The room is 30’ w 18’ d 8’ h. 8’ of the width is recessed and carpeted the rest is hardwood. Kitchen dining and living room area all open. Speakers have to be in the middle of the back wall on the hardwood in the dining section of the big stupid room. Walls are logs.
They’ll be powered by a yamaha as2100 with the source being records and cassettes (because they’re the highest of hifi).
Off axis imaging is paramount. I find warmer speakers pair well with the as2100 for the sound I prefer. I don’t want a sub so some bass is ideal (some not tons).
I’m very happy with my amp and just looking to upgrade from the $2-300 speaker range and something around $1000 is where I’d like to play now.
70s and 80s rock and metal makeup the majority of my collection but that said I like a laid back sound that won’t be fatiguing.