I am trying to get a Christmas present for my brother. He has a Marantz SR4400 and he needs some new bookshelf speakers. I want to keep this around $300, so I was either thinking Axiom M3, B&W DM303 (maybe the DM 600 S3), and the Monitor Audio B2. A sub will be added later, he will mostly use this for music (rock and a little rap) and wants something that will be very clear at higher volumes. I don't really know what to listen for when auditioning these so any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
The MA's are a great match with Marantz and I've heard the others are good as well. My local Marantz dealer is also my MA dealer so I've heard them together several times and it's a very good combo. I have the B1 in the kitchen and like them alot.
How about B&W with Marantz, will those match well?