Of course things are evolving and constantly being moved in a new house...
I had owned and sold a McIntosh (MA6200) integrated back in the 80s, missed the performance ever since. Decided to get back into the realm again and started planning a system based around Mc separates, tube preamp and most likely SS amp. Figured out the C22 Mk V was a good fit with a MC312.
Came across a set of Thiel CS3.6 close by for what I thought was good a price. Did some digging around the web for info and found lots of data including the Thiel owners page. Also chatted with a good friend who knew the brand. Word was great speakers with excellent precision and imaging. Made an appointment to audition the speakers, SOLD, paid the nice chap and took ‘em home.
Hooked up my Anthem based set up and wow, folks weren’t kidding how concise the speakers perform. Poor recordings or engineering were obvious, Donald Fagen’s OCD for finished product was up front and concise. Heard things in the music I don't remember hearing before.
More readings on the 3.6 and I decided the new system would merit a MC462, it was a good choice. Would have loved to get some new MC611s but reason intervened as the law of diminishing returns came to mind. I did audition new speakers prior to buying the 3.6s, Wilson, B&W 802 D3, Sonus Faber Olypica Nova V, Dynaudio Contour 60i & 30i, etc. I felt the 3.6s held their own with the previous speakers I had auditioned.
With the planned system in mind I was guessing speakers to measure up would run in the $15-30K range. Interesting how speaker purchasing is so personal and subjective to the listener.
So update to January 2022 Mr Peabody, I’ve got my current system. Found a set of blown mids which have already been rebuilt by Coherent Sound Service, thanks Rob! Now looking for a blown set of tweeters to have rebuilt. With redone mids and tweeters ready to install I'll pull the XCs and do a full rebuild of the XCs with new caps and resistors. Plan is to redo one speaker and compare to the prior set up.
Hope you enjoyed the short story and more so enjoy your listening.