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A look back at the Bookshelf Marathon – Summary

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A shortlist after all...

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And then always that winner question: ‘what is the best speaker’? Short answer: there isn’t one, except the one that captures your heart. These are three shortlists of speakers that have not so much captured our hearts, but that we think belong on a shortlist if you are looking for certain characteristics in music reproduction.

If you like speakers that are rhythmically correct, clear sounding and have a controlled, all-round reproduction:

  • Buchardt S400 Mk2
  • Audio Physic Step 35
  • Elac Vela BS 403

If you prefer to dig into the recording, enjoy actively involved listening and want to hear lots of detail but without losing the music between notes, then the following speakers belong on your shortlist:

  • Amphion Argon 3S
  • Neat Petite Classic
  • ATC SCM 11

If you prefer a relaxed listening experience, with rich sound, full bass and a large soundstage, we would recommend the following speakers for comparison:

  • Dynaudio Evoke 20, especially for classical music lovers
  • Revel M106

So are the speakers not mentioned not great? Or decent? They certainly are good, but in weighing the notes we took and listening back in the livestream, these are the speakers that offer the most on these criteria. In combination with either the Nilai or the Pass. Again: the combination with the amplifier is very important.

Conclusion

Don't look at what we think. That sounds a little strange after we have shared with you what we think for three Sundays, and you have just read a list of recommendations. But fact is: we don't sit on the couch in your living room and we don't play your favorite music. You do. You should get a big smile every time you turn on the music. What we try to do is guide you in choosing from the huge selection. Or maybe we'll show you something you didn't know could sound like this and we inspire you.
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Winkels met Amphion

Sint-Antoniusstraat 15
2300 Turnhout, BE
Joseph Bensstraat 21
1180 Ukkel, BE
Bredabaan 1031
B-2930 Brasschaat, BE
Pelikaanstraat 126
2018 Antwerpen, BE
Sikkel 40 F
3274 KK Heinenoord, NL

Winkels met ATC

Emrikweg 25
2031 BT Haarlem, NL
Korevaarstraat 2 e-f
2311 JS Leiden, NL
Hennesweg 20
6035 AD Ospel, NL

Winkels met Audio Physic

St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Koningsstraat 35
2011TC Haarlem, Noord Holland, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

Winkels met Dynaudio

Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
Grotestraat 23
5931 CS Tegelen, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Geldropseweg 105
5611 SE Eindhoven, NL
Korevaarstraat 2 e-f
2311 JS Leiden, NL
Theresiastraat 151 - 157
2593 AG Den Haag, Noord Holland, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

Winkels met Elac

Grotestraat 23
5931 CS Tegelen, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

Winkels met JBL

Stationsweg 87
9471 GM Zuidlaren, NL
Geldropseweg 105
5611 SE Eindhoven, NL

Winkels met Kef

Sint-Antoniusstraat 15
2300 Turnhout, BE
Joseph Bensstraat 21
1180 Ukkel, BE
Bredabaan 1031
B-2930 Brasschaat, BE
Pelikaanstraat 126
2018 Antwerpen, BE
Laat 29A
1811EB Alkmaar, NL
Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
Grotestraat 23
5931 CS Tegelen, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Geldropseweg 105
5611 SE Eindhoven, NL
Breestraat 146-148
2311CX Leiden, Zuid Holland, NL
Hermesweg 2
3741 GP Baarn, Utrecht, NL
Steenstraat 54
6828 CM Arnhem, Gelderland, NL
St.-Katelijnevest 53
2000 Antwerpen, BE
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

Winkels met Monitor Audio

Sint-Antoniusstraat 15
2300 Turnhout, BE
Joseph Bensstraat 21
1180 Ukkel, BE
Pleinweg 136
3083 EP Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NL
Bredabaan 1031
B-2930 Brasschaat, BE
Pelikaanstraat 126
2018 Antwerpen, BE
Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Korevaarstraat 2 e-f
2311 JS Leiden, NL
Koningsstraat 35
2011TC Haarlem, Noord Holland, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

Winkels met Neat

Hermesweg 2
3741 GP Baarn, Utrecht, NL
Koningsstraat 35
2011TC Haarlem, Noord Holland, NL
Spoorstraat 18
7491 CK Delden, Overijssel, NL
Steenstraat 54
6828 CM Arnhem, Gelderland, NL

Winkels met Revel

Sint-Antoniusstraat 15
2300 Turnhout, BE
Joseph Bensstraat 21
1180 Ukkel, BE
Bredabaan 1031
B-2930 Brasschaat, BE
Pelikaanstraat 126
2018 Antwerpen, BE

Winkels met Sonus Faber

Sint-Antoniusstraat 15
2300 Turnhout, BE
Joseph Bensstraat 21
1180 Ukkel, BE
Pleinweg 136
3083 EP Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NL
Bredabaan 1031
B-2930 Brasschaat, BE
Pelikaanstraat 126
2018 Antwerpen, BE
Laat 29A
1811EB Alkmaar, NL
Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
Grotestraat 23
5931 CS Tegelen, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Breestraat 146-148
2311CX Leiden, Zuid Holland, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

4 COMMENTS

  1. In addition to the agreement regarding the excellence of the Hypex Nilai500DIY poweramp, I note that the new KEF R3 Meta is NOT mentioned in the final list -> I remember my great disappointment during the test

    ATC SCM 11 we could not assess them correctly when sounding in mono but I also contemplate them. With Hypex Nilai and closer to the walls (the usual in European rooms).

    My winners:

    Audio Physic Step 35 (expensive) + Hypex Nilai + subwoofer?
    Neat Petite Classic + Pass Labs

    -> Money leans towards the Neat Petite Classic with Brittish amplifier sound. Or hybrid like my new (December 2022) Magnat MA 900 in my cheap second audio system (with modded KEF Q100, bass-front bass reflex closed…).

    • Neither is the Sonos Faber mentioned and we are quite taken with it. I’d like to quote the last sentences, since I somehow suspect they will fail to get noticed:

      “So are the speakers not mentioned not great? Or decent? They certainly are good, but in weighing the notes we took and listening back in the livestream, these are the speakers that offer the most on these criteria.”

      The shortlists are not the list of winners. I’d like to make that clear. Emphasise it even.

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