My first post, need some opinions about speakers

Hi - This is my first post. I'm in the process of selecting new speakers for my system. I have narrowed my choice down to:

A. Devore Nines, which I have listened to several times and like very much.

B. A pair of speakers built by a friend that have Feastrex D5nf drivers and a Feastrex passive ratiator. I have heard these too, and also enjoy them very much.

I have a Shindo tube amp and tube preamp, and a 47 Labs Flatfish CD player. I listen primarily to blues and jazz, and also some heavier rock.

I am sure I would be happy with either pair, but I would welcome any impressions or opinions you have.

Thank you
Devore's are supposed to be the cat's meow with Shindo. Nice gear -- that's my dream stuff. Like that you play rock over those 'dainty' little Shindo's. Bet it sounds great.
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Concur with everything said by Viridian. If both speakers seem about equal to you, you have two choices:

Be a good friend and support your friend's speaker building business, knowing that you will never be able to sell your speakers.


Buy the name brand speakers that you know you will be able to get at least half your money back on (assuming you are buying them new).

Speakers and money are a lot easier to replace than a great friendship and integrity - never jeopardize either.
I tried the Devore Super 8's for about a week in my setup. Found them too forward/revealing for digital gear (I've heard that Devore designs his speakers around analog sources). They're nice, just not good with my tube amp and digital front-end. They have the same drive units as the Nines if I'm not mistaken.

Living Voice IBX-R2's might be another consideration. Just as (actually more efficient) than the Devores while giving you a warmer "british" sound that's favorable to rock and other forward sounding music (and much more forgiving with digital). That's what I'm likely settling on as I've been demoing them for over a week now.
support your're going to replace everything in a couple more years anyway....its the law.