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Allow an out-and-out Arcam guy to give a predictable shout-out for ProAc (I'm on my third and fourth pairs).
Stereo speakers: if you're happy to go Used, there are a few pairs on eBay right now worth considering, but my money would go on the Studio 125's http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ProAc-studio-125-/162591527702?hash=item25db35d316:g:bB0AAOSwbiFZUCex with bidding opening at a rather pricey £549 for secondhand speakers but they are definitely worth that and more vs what you might get new. Light on bass for some tastes but I doubt you'll find a sweeter mid-range and more musical speaker for less than £1000. If my LS8's exploded, my first port of call for replacements would be another pair of Studio 125s (they were my first serious speakers).
About that bass then...
Sub-woofer: heresy I know. When I got my Celef (non-ProAc-badged ProAcs by Stewart Tyler) LS8 standmounts I also spent £150ish on a REL Strata II sub-woofer and stuck it away in a corner. I'd never used one before and was dubious to say the least about whether it would tie in with the speakers and whether the bass would sound like it was coming out of the corner... but I could always sell it on and get my money back. It took a bit of experimentation to get the levels right, but now the extra bass sounds like it is coming out of, and is fully integrated with, the LS8s - and I still have all that LS3/5 style sweetness. My Arcam A39 allows me to switch the second set of speakers in/out ans this is where I've hooked up the REL so I occasionally listen with the sub off but it quickly goes back on. The combo sounds pretty special to these ears.
The advantage of a separate sub is of course that you can tune the bass to fit the dynamics of your room, constraints of your speaker positioning etc. I'd always recommend auditioning before purchase of course, but being able to tweak the sound of a system based on stereo speakers of which you won't find anything other than positive reviews does make "blind" (deaf?) purchasing much less risky.
So I'd consider a late bid on the Studio 125s and I'd make an offer on the £200 Buy It Now price on this REL Strata III http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rel-Acoustics-Strata-III-Subwoofer-/232411681053?hash=item361cd0d11d:g:-tMAAOSwWdZZa0BY. With a bit of luck and killer timing you could get a stunning set-up for £750. If you're disappointed by how that sounds when installed, I know a great hearing specialist...
Hope this helps!
Best I ever got down to was 15, but only playing once a week. My son plays (same place), his handicap is 9 and falling. We have some very good golfers here, but the atmosphere is very friendly, unlike some clubs.
24 ain't bad at this stage I seem to recall that the worldwide average is 28
Sounds like a good handicap on that course, all that water would put the fear of God in me!!
I have just come back to golf, after a 12 year layoff. So at the moment I am off 24! I was off 16 when I finished playing 12 years ago. ideally I hope to get down to 18.
18.3, and rising Weird thing is I've never hit the ball as well as I do now. You know how it is, play steady for most of the round, but blow up on a few holes. Missing putts lately too, very frustrating. There's (hopefully) a great round waiting to emerge. It doesn't help that I mostly only play in comps, which are usually on the 'Codrington' course - read long water carries and large/slick greens