At the end of the day, if i were you, I'd be looking at big speakers with big drivers and lots of them. That's what it takes to get large scale music to play effortlessly and loud.
Once again. My philosophy is no replacement for displacement.
What I think the real challenge in audio is, getting a system like that to be an "audiophile" sounding system.
I think it's real easy to get an intimate musical sounding system with low power and small single driver speakers.
I also think it's real easy to get a loud blow your socks off, shatter the windows make your pants flap kind of system.
The real trick is getting them both together at the same time. Having that mega watt bad ass system play intimately and romantic as well. Low to moderate volumes but still retaining the detail, nuances and dynamics of the recording without having to be cranked up to get it. I think that is the biggest challenge in audio and that's what hooks me and catches my attention when I hear it at a show.
It's funny, when I walk into a room that has small speakers or drivers and the music they are playing is vocals or acoustics and everyone is smiling, I then ask them to put on something a little more demanding and play it at a higher volume and the response I get is " it's like, Umm, not really the strong suit of this speaker." And I am not knocking these type of speakers or rooms at shows or that matter. Hey, there are a need for these type of systems. Whether it be a small space, an apartment, a wife
, or you simply like music that isn't needed to be played louder to move you. Audio is so subjective. Everyone has their own idea of what sounds good. But I would think on a whole, most of us want a well rounded system and don't just listen to one genre of music. So in that case, a well rounded system is needed, and I am telling you this right now from my own experience. The ZU Audio DW is the BEST all around speaker I have ever owned.
I am ONLY even looking because I want to move my ZU's back to the theater room.