I'm of this thinking, I had the R300's for a while and they definitely benefit from a more powerful amp to control that bass. Like advised above the whole performance jumped up a notch.
Can i ask what source you're using?
What were the other speakers?Thanks for the replied, everybody. Point noted about a more powerful amp controlling bass, but I’m not talking about flabby, indistinguishable bass notes; I’m talking about boomy, floor wobbling bass that over powers everything. They are big speakers, especially for standmounts, and this and the way they are interacting with my room is causing the problem. I’ve pulled them out, toed them in, toed them out, bunged them, half bunged them, every combination of the above you can imagine and still no improvement. Sources are a Rega turntable and a Rotel CD player.
I don‘t wish to change the amplifier at the moment. I’ve heard it with other speakers and rate it highly. It also has an excellent phono stage.
Many interesting suggestions above which I will read up on. I see sense in a sealed box design as this will allow me to place them closer to a wall, away from curious little hands.
The basic LS50s are within budget.The Amphions I mentioned are available below his £800 budget.
Ideally you need an amp with a high damping factor to get a grip on that bass, something like the HEGEL amplifierHello all. I’ve been running R300s with a Rega Brio and I’m not happy. There are many good qualities but the bass is unruly and overblown. Believe me I’ve tried every tweak with positioning, bungs etc. but the sound is just not to my liking; I’ve never been a bass head.
I got them to fill a 5x4m room but hanker for a more delicate, airy sound.
Any suggestions for alternatives? Thanks
(Ahem)What were the other speakers?
Heard it with some baby Spendors. Lovely sound but too small for my current room.(Ahem)
If you could tell us what those speakers were it might give us opportunity offer something that'll be better suited.
If you can find a pair of Spendor A3. These are mini floorstanders. They occasionally come up for sale.Heard it with some baby Spendors. Lovely sound but too small for my current room.
Quoting my earlier post, since I think these are all better than B&W 600 series, and I also doubt a Brio can power ATC enough for them not to sound bland.Try Focal Aria 906, Martin Logan Motion 15i and Quad S2. Or, if you can find a used pair for your budget, B&W PM1 with their matching stands.
Ideally you need an amp with a high damping factor to get a grip on that bass, something like the HEGEL amplifier
Have to confess to being a little disappointed with the R300s. I’m sure there are many reasons which aren’t their fault but I find the bass response to be excessive. Perhaps they do need better amplification but the Brio is no slouch. Lots of options to investigate. Thanks to all. I’ll keep you updated.You're right to keep the Rega Brio and ditch the Kefs. That's a great amp!
Have to confess to being a little disappointed with the R300s. I’m sure there are many reasons which aren’t their fault but I find the bass response to be excessive. Perhaps they do need better amplification but the Brio is no slouch. Lots of options to investigate. Thanks to all. I’ll keep you updated.
why do many asume it's just a matter of the room, mabye it's just a synergy between the amp,speakers and how op what's the music to sound like
Another vote for ATC - I have the 11s and they are brilliant.