The MBL room. All MBL. All the time.
This room sounded OK, if you keep in mind the goals of systems like this
and the resulting limitations in terms of lack of transparency,
microdynamics (there ain't none), frequency response tilted up in the
bass, and really a total lack of interest in reproducing the actual
There are a number of systems in this
category, including those built around the big JM Lab, B&W and Wilson
speakers. The MBL system sounds 'better' than these other in a number of
ways - it is really up to an individual's taste.
people who are not audiophiles just want an "Impressive" system (see
Official Report for more). This system qualifies. It also is "Enjoyable"
to listen to and communicates some levels of "Emotion" (but not all)
which the JM Lab & B&W do not. However, music on these speakers does
not, and perhaps never will, sound "Real".
If we can
get more people outside the hobby to buy systems like this, an
impressive system that actually sounds good, then maybe their friends
will start becoming interested as well - and maybe this hobby will
actually grow for a change.