Your room seems quite small for open baffles. Why the significant move from a much more traditional 3-way floor stander?
Good question. Firstly, I hear that open baffles should reduce horizontal and vertical reflections and actually be better in a small room. Secondly, the close listening position means that I have to be careful of driver integration and crossovers. The M5 tweeter handles most of frequency range and does not have a crossover, so theoretically should be better than my 2.5 driver Sonus fabers. Finally, I enjoy my current system, but the bass lacks ‘clarity’ and it is hard to separate the bass notes and timbre. From what New Day Records says, the Spatial open baffles are outstanding at cleaning up the bass.
So although I haven’t heard them, and likely won’t be able to audition them in South Africa, what the reviews say is exactly what I’m looking for.