A very important question and a near impossible decision to make.
I’ve had the Adam A8X’s a year after moving to Japan. In those 6 years I’ve only used them for half of the time. Why? I found some NS-10’s.
I tried switching back but my mix just sounded off. TBF I don’t think that is to do with Adams, more to do with my flawed living room/studio space. A completely untreated and harsh room. They always say that one should check their mixes on other playback devices and it couldn’t be truer for me.
The NS-10’s translated better.
However, when I put in the solid work and sat in the ideal listening position a few years prior and used my Adams they were incredible for mixing and it translated extremely well.
I’m deep into my project. I have been mixing into the Yammies and everything is sounding all well and good when cross referenced. I have a summer holiday coming up and I intend on switching to the Adams to see how things sound and to maybe work with them on the final part before I finish this project.
My advice given your room size is to go for the 8’s. I’ve checked out the 7’s and they are great but I could instantly hear the difference.
My extra advice would be to get a pair of Yammie’s. I have to work a lot harder on the translation of the mix with the Adams; a fatiguing process. Again, it could be because of my acoustically awful room.
I hope I haven’t made your decision ever tougher. Those Yammie’s, man. Their like the Octatrack; “Once you know, you know.” and “You get out, what you put in.”
I will report back again soon. Like I happily said, I have a long holiday just around the corner. I want to squash any internal arguments I have. I want to do a true comparison, geek out, and factually spot all the differences I can paying meticulous attention to detail. Pit them against one another.
If you buy before then, then please report back with your findings. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. I’d be glad to hear your perspective.