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£2k - £4k main speakers

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by TheSeer, Oct 14, 2003.

  1. TheSeer

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    Hello all,

    I have up to £4k to spend on a pair of main speakers and was wondering what might be some suitable candidates to audition?

    My current shortlist is BW803/804, KEF 205/203, PMC OB1 & Dynaudio Contour3.4. Are there any others that I ought to listen to?

    The main speakers need to be the foundation for a 5.1/7.1 system. But the main emphasis is on stereo replay. I listen mainly to rock/pop but good rendition of the human voice is essential.

    I would really appreciate any experience or advise that people can offer.

    Thanks

    TS

    PS: What is the best way of auditioning several speakers assuming that one dealer stocks them all? Is it best done in one big session?
     
  2. nathan_silly

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    Chuck in Ruark Solstice, JM Labs Electra range in that list too.

    For that sort of budget, defo borrow a couple of pairs for at least a week (use demo models as these have been run in) if the guy refuses to let you take them home-he's not a good dealer, go elseware.
     
  3. Crustyloafer

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    You could also try the ART Expressions.

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    They are £4000 for the top monitor section and you can add the bass modules later for another £4000. They sound bloody brilliant too. Ask them nicely enough and they will do them in any finish or colour you care to choose. for those of you that do no know who ART are, they used to be Systemdek but now make loudspeakers.
     
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    I was rather keen on Jamo oriels...... but im not sure they are still made.

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  5. dunkyboy

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    I'll second that vote for the ART Expressions - heard them briefly in less than ideal conditions and was absolutely blown away! Fantastic speakers. Not cheap, though...

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    In that price range you could take a look at some of the Wilson Benesch speakers also,and the cheaper Martin Logans.
    Also worth considering is the possibility of picking up an oldish Wilson(not Benesch) System 5,which are beginning to come down to that sort of price level.
     
  7. NicolasB

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    I'm very fond of the B&W Nautilus 803s. KEF Reference 205s are very fine too. You should definitely add B&W Signature 805s to your list as well - they are surprisingly different from the Nautilus 803s, but both are very good in different ways.
     
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    I'll third the ART expressions. Blew my socks off @ Sound and Vision this year. Utter, utter transparency.
     

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