My equipment is at the bottom of my posts. My budget is around £350.
I have had floorstanders before ( mon audio silver 7i) and liked them but they did not sound good in my smaller living room when i moved house. I switched to the S1's which i think are stunning for vocal and acoustic driven music but are dull for rock and electronic lacking the drive to do it justice. The problem is the bass. Its not the lack of weight but the lack of punch. The bass is soft, and frankly poor, for charging rock ,classical or electronic music. i think stand mounters like the RS1 and 686 can give plenty of bass if they are in a well balanced system. Enough for my taste anyway.
I demo'd the b and w 686's and the mon audio RS1's using a
oksan kandy amp,and found them both to be excellent, with the 686's being punchier sounding and giving a slightly better 3d picture, although the RS1's were still good in this dept, certainly far better than the original S1's. The Epos M5's have had some superb reviews but i would like to hear from people who own a pair.I would have thought that anyone demoing a set of epos m5 might have demo'd RS1's as they are roughly same size and price.