My new listening space... 16d x 12w, open on the right to the rest of the house.  Listening spot is 11-12ft from speakers and speakers are 7-8ft apart.  Not as holographic as mid-field listening, but great sound nonetheless.  Love those Lintons...

 My past listening space... 12x12 with wide opening on the right and in the back. Listening spot and speakers form an equilateral triangle, about 6ft1/2 each side. Currently listening to the Wharfedale Linton Heritage!  The Totem Hawks and the Wharfedale Denton 80th Anniversary are taking a break.
Other speakers that I have owned in this space: Klipsch RP600M, ELAC UB5, KEF LS50, Q100, Magnepan MG12, MMG, Paradigm Studio 40 v5, Vandersteen 2CE Signature, Rega RS5, PSB T5 image...

Room Details

Dimensions: 12’ × 12’  Small
Ceiling: 9’

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    • Wharfedale Linton Heritage
    3-way, big stand-mount being evaluated right now...Big sound, solid bass, warm tones, good details, great imaging and soundstage. Very likeable speaker if you like sound strong in upper bass / lower midrange.  Compared to pricier speaker, they lack "air".
    • Marantz PM-8004
    Very descent integrated, 2x70wpc, a variation of the Pearl Lite.
    • Totem Acoustic Hawk
    Fantastic small-footprint full range speaker, great soundstage & imaging, dynamic, musical, I would say neutral, they sound much bigger that they look.
    • Wharfedale Denton 80th Anniversary
    Great little bookshelf speakers, they are not monsters of details and transparency, but they are so musical and so pleasant to listen to that their shortcomings are forgetable.  Uniquely voiced to sound like the 60-70s original Dentons, they are warm, laid-back, never bright, and they make old recordings sound really good.  The quality of the cabinets is unbelievable for the money.
    • SVS SB-1000
    12inch woofer in a sealed box, always cut at 50-60hz to complement my sets of speakers with sub-bass.
    • Yamaha BD-S677
    Best bang for the buck universal player, with a DAC and analog outputs far better than my old MSB Link III.
    • Belden LC-1 Interconnects
    Great connectors and all desirable construction/material/electrical properties.
    • Belden 5T00UP
    About 10 awg OFC high-conductivity, Resistance is less than 1% of the lowest impedance reached by speakers, Capacitance far less than 50pF/ft, Inductance far less than 0.2uF/ft... in other words it is like no cable at all.
    Too bad that it is so expensive. Only a few can afford it.

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Appreciate you sharing your experience with the LS50s.   I've demoed them in the past and really enjoyed how well they sounded with jazz music (which is the genre I mostly listen too).   I have a 2 year old that shares the same common space as my stereo though, and am nervous about the high gloss finish, and exposed uni-q drivers with him moseying around.  

I've read somewhere that the Kef R100s are similarly spec'd to the LS50s.  I've also considered them for awhile since they do have grilles.  Glad to hear your LS50s are playing well with the Marantz though!

Currently I'm rocking a pair of the German-made Kirksaeter Silverline 60s.   They are very musical and have excellent controlled base for their size.  The cabinets are MDF so I'm not concerned with my little one playing around the speakers.   Perhaps when he's a little older I will get more serious about upgrading to Kef's or Totems. 


Thanks for replying.  Definitely going to aim to get a pair of Totems to try with my Marantz!


I really like your setup.  I also have a Marantz integrated (PM-7005) and find it very musical with stand mounted monitors.  

Totems are very enjoyable speakers too.  Do you find your PM-8004 pairs well with them?