Yeah, it is pretty much a near-field. I changed the subject to "mid" though!
It maybe borderline mid-field, since I might spend some time on the couch listening. Most of the time though, I'll be at my desk.
Yeah, no speakers on the desk. My desk is only 36 inches wide, and is used up by the computer monitor anyway. That's why I was initially considering floorstanders as a potential option.
Genres... pretty varied:
* Rock (all kinds, grunge, classic, oldies, progressive)
* Metal (heavy, progressive, mathcore)
* Electronic (dance, experimental, classic [Silver Apples!])
* Some classical
I might be listening to a ton of Frank Zappa, then need a change and switch to Animals as Leaders, or Talking Heads, or Run the Jewels, or Kool Keith, or Beck, or The Mars Volta, or Tom Petty, or BEAK>, or Parliament, or Genesis, or Jamiroquai, or Crystal Method, or Soundgarden, or The Cure, or Lamb of God....
My source would be digital. At the moment, it is my computer through a USB DAC to an old "all-in-one" AIWA system with some scavanged Pioneer speakers (hence the desire to upgrade).
I may hook up my old record player at some point, so it would be nice to have at least one additional input. Not sure how likely that is though.
Budget... that's somewhat flexible. I started out considering floorstanders and an integrated amp, using a DAC I already have. That would have been about $2000 (USD). I've had some good experiences with Schiit headphone components at work, so I was also considering a Schiit hybrid pre-amp and Vidar amp instead of an integrated solid state amp. That bumps the price up maybe another $500.
But, if I find something that really gets my motor running, I'm open to saving up a while longer.
There is one consideration that might affect my choice: I have been thinking about tinkering with making music. So having a system that can be accurate enough for a newb (in a non-studio environment) would be nice. I have some good heapdhones to work with too. The Schiit Freya+ allows bypassing the tubes and can even be passive, so that might help avoid the system "coloring" the mix. It wouldn't be the same as pair of active speakers though.
Primarily though, this system will be for listening. I like detail and sound stage, but I think clinical would grate on me unless I was specifically trying to make something of my own. I really want some bass. I doesn't need to shake the room, but I need to hear and enjoy it.
I wonder, would feeding something like the Genelec 8040 with a Schiit Freya+ using tubes make it a bit less clinical for enjoying while I work?