I have listened to similar and lower priced Adams and Focals and liked both. The Focals were wonderful to listen to, but I thought weren't terribly accurate. The Adams are very good and one option for me. But I haven't heard Eves before.
Yes, I've read people saying the same thing about Eves not having the harshness you get with Adams.
What about bass on the Eves? Is a 2.5-way 5 inch speaker too small?
My current monitors are Mackie MR824 (8 inch) and this would be "downgrading" to 5 inch. The Mackies have good bass, so I'm worried I will lose some of that. I do have a sub-woofer I can compliment with if I need to, but prefer to just use the monitors by themselves if I can.
I’d call Store DJ / Manny’s in Melbourne and see if they have any on display to demo. If you are not in a rush, they have sales up to 20% a couple of times per year. If I had the spare cash, I’d almost see if we could get a deal on 2 pairs. But a new midi controller is my next priority.
I had a listen to both the Eve SC305s and SC307s earlier today. My observations, if interested...
They both sound wonderful, but I can see why people would get the 307 over the 305 despite the price different. The 307 has more separation and clarity in the lower mids and middle range -- they were easier to listen to. The 305s were more forward in the mids, as you'd expect for the smaller drivers, but I think at the cost of some clarity and sounding a bit compressed there. So the 7" drivers seem to be the sweet spot.
Both went plenty loud. Both had good stereo imaging, but the 307s won out there again, especially at louder volumes the stereo field sounded excellent on them.
I compared to the Adam A7X, and found the overall tone of the Adams vs. Eves fairly similar. But I was only listening to forgiving orchestral stuff. I preferred the low end on the Eves more.
Surprisingly, the 305's low end didn't worry me at all. They get plenty deep enough. The bass drum and low strings I had in a track we listened to were articulated almost the same between the 2 of them. Maybe a bit clearer on the 307's, but the 305's still did very well. For Hybrid orchestral style tracks where there is low synth or strings are doubled with a low sine wave the 305's might struggle a bit, but otherwise they'd be fine.
Bottom line is, I loved the SC305s, but now have made the mistake of listening to the SC307s.