[quote user="Clare Newsome"]
We used our reference ATC SCM 50 speakers (about £8K worth), plus some price-comparable options (Wilson Benesch Square 2s, I believe), and I personally gave them an extensive, rewarding run with Mordaunt Short Performance 6s (£3500). We also hooked up the Monitor Audio Platinum PL100s (£5000) we were testing at the same time.
But i'm afraid i'm not going to give you a simple one/two answer on speakers - hi-fi at this level deserves to be heard and explored in full, with a wealth of options open to you depending on your room size and musical preference.
What I will say is that you'll be underselling the power and potential of the Plinius' if you pair them with £1500 speakers along the lines of the B&W and WB speakers you mention: yes, they're excellent speakers, but you should be thinking of higher-end still to hear what these exceptional electronics are capable of.
So, if you've a massive room, hear them with the Monitor Audio Platinums; if you like an ultra-real sound try the Mordaunt Shorts (though this combo could sound a little edgy in a bare room); for an all-round sound the WB Square Twos would be great. Others to try? Pro-Ac Response D28. Some Focal Be-range and Dali Helicons are worth mentioning, too - again, it'll depend so much on your musical preferences and room set-up.
Don't forget decent cable, either - we found the Plinius pair thrived on high-end leads.
And finally, do I think the Plinius pair is better than the Leema pair? Yes - but then it should be for £1000 extra!
If you really are thinking of buying a £10K+ set-up like this, i'd enjoy every minute of the testing and listening involved - not only will it be fun, but it's an investment in your enjoyment future. I'm jealous - we really didn't want to wave goodbye to the Plinius kit.
unfortunately due to the size of my room i have to cut my choice to some quality £1500-2300 standmounters instead.I listen to every type of music except Techno.My room size is 3.5-4.5.And i have listened to most of the kit except Plinius.
Have to try them in different combinations.Now that you have a better idea of my requirements i,ll start again.
If i choose a budget system it's going to be AVI,COPLAND 823,B&W 805s or WB ONE or PRO AC D TWO vs Primare i30,Copland 823,B&W 805s,PRO AC D TWO(which combi and speakers will sound best).Now if i choose to spend more then it'll be between £6000 Plinius kit,with above speakers or the £2300 Monitor Audio PL100 vs £5500 Leema kit with above speakers or the £2300 Monitor Audio pl-100 which combi and speakers will sound best.Now that you know i,m interested in the MA PL-100 not the £5000 PL-300 and there is just £500 difference between the Leema and Plinius and how would they fair individually, i mean CD vs CD /AMP vs AMP and also which one of these would give me a more neutral sound similar to AVI or a warmer sound like the Primare.Lastly i,m also interested in the £2500 Marantz SA-11S2 any idea how it sounds like?