So, reviving this thread a bit for your collective input (I hope!). I got a phone call from Sweetwater 'checking in' as they are wont to do. For the last two or three years I have been basically monitor-less (at least remotely professional monitors). I had some NS10s that I never particular enjoyed (though I acclimated to them over time) and would AB them with some shitty Sony bookshelf speakers that I've had so long that I know them pretty well and rely on for bass response. Anyway, I sold the NS10s (to a member of the Beach Boys' crew actually, who happened to be in town ) and ever since I've just relied on the shitty Sony speakers.
I've mixed a bit on Adam A7xs and they were delightful. However, the room I mixed with them in is significantly different from my own room and those are at the top of my price range of being vaguely responsible. Ever since, every December as the holiday sales roll in of 24-36 months without interest, I'm tempted to pull the trigger but decided I could hold off a bit longer. That time is approaching though and I was curious for people's input.
I've just moved into a house which has me in this new room. It's small (probably 150' square), carpeted, and only one small window (sadly). There are a lot of things breaking up the reflections surprisingly with my record shelves, open closets full of clothes, and other stuff in there, and will really never fully treat a room to be truly 'professional' aside from maybe some bass traps in the corners.
My struggle is balancing price with frequency response. I don't need the volume that Adams offer or other speakers in that range for such a small room, but I like the broad bass response that can get down to 42 or 40 hz if I'm doing serious kick drum action. However, if I dip a bit in price, the volume is more in a reasonable range where I'd still have more than enough, but the speaker sizes don't offer that low-end. To be clear, I have no interest in the sub solution either. I'm not sure why, it just doesn't feel right mixing with a sub when many listeners won't have them.
I'm curious for any thoughts and insight. Am I over-concerned with the bass response that probably won't even be clear in such a small room? Or is it better to be safe than sorry, go ahead and plunk down more like $1500 for a pair and have that range rather than dip into the $1000-1200 zone and be left with 48-50 hz of bass response at the lower? The Neumann KH120s, Focal Shape50s, and Dynaudio BM5s/6s or LYD5s or 6s are sort of on my radar aside from the Adams, but again, the Adams have that response that that cheaper tier doesn't have.