Best floor standing speaker for 4K

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  1. jensK

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    I am looking for a new pair of floor standing loudspeakers. The main use for them would for music and I my budget is in the range of 4K. I have no preference for the optics, but some slightly more elegant speakers looking speakers could get the thumps up from the wife. The room size is 30 *20 ft.

    I compiled a list of speaker companies below, but I am SURE you can help me to expand the list.

    I intend to use this list as a helpful resource to study what is on offer in the UK and everyone else is invited to use the listing as well.


    Acapella These guys have some really amazing pictures on their webpage!! WAF = 0 points
    Acoustic Energy
    ALR Jordan
    Anthony Gallo
    Aerial
    Ascendo ---> have a look at this link ->>>> Click on System M and then on the pic
    Art
    Artcoustic
    Audica
    Audio Physic
    Audio Pro
    AVI
    BC Acoustique
    BK
    Bose
    Boston Acoustics
    Bower & Wilkins
    Cabasse
    Canton
    Celestion
    Chario
    Dali
    Duevel
    Dynaudio
    Eben
    Elac
    Eltax
    Epos
    Final
    Focal
    Gale
    GamuT
    genelec
    Hansen
    Harbeth
    Heco
    Infinity
    Jamo
    JAS Audio
    JBL
    Kef
    Klipsch
    Krell
    Linn
    Living Voice
    Mackie
    M&K
    Magnat
    Magnepan
    Martin Logan
    MBL
    Meridian
    Mission
    Monitor Audio
    MA Platinumseries
    Mordaunt Short
    Naim
    Neat
    Peak Consult
    PSB
    Onkyo
    Opera
    Pioneer
    PMC
    ProAc
    Q Acoustics
    Quad
    Quadral
    Rega
    REL
    Revel
    Roksan
    Ruark
    Sequence
    Snell
    Sonos
    Sonus Faber
    Sony
    Steinway Lyngdorf
    SpeakerCraft
    Spendor
    Stirling
    SVS
    System Audio
    Tannoy
    TDL
    Teufel
    Thiel
    Totem
    Triangle
    Usher
    Velodyne
    Vivid Audio
    Visaton
    Wharfedale
    Wilson Audio
    Yamaha
    Zingali



    PS: I am still adding content to this list 20 Sept. 2007.
    added Ascendo, BC Acoustique, Hansen, Neat, PSB, Zingali, 21 Sept. 2007
    Aerial, Genelec 23 Sept. 2007
    Added more stuff Sept 2009
     
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  2. Scott_Mac

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    That's a huge list!

    I certainly haven't heard many in the price bracket, but the Dynaudio Confidence series are rather special and Naim Allaes impressed me, though they're rather cheaper!
     
  3. jensK

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    The Dynaudios look very nice, but they seem to be a little above my price limit (Confidence C4 =16000 USD)

    http://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/794/
     
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    What about ProAc or PMC?
     
  5. jensK

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    Conger,

    There you go. I missed some of the obvious candidates.

    I added both to my list and will have a look at their range.

    Do you like any of those ProAC/PMC speakers in particular?
     
  6. recruit

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    I would include Wilson Benesch in you're list, they most definitely make some of the best speakers in the world.
     
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    don't mean tosound rude but that list is massive and there is no way you can listen to even half of those! Sonos for example are rubbish and don't do anything close to what your lookin for - i would suggest going down to your local dealer/s and shortlist a few that way. have you got the amps to drive them - £4k speakers need decent driving imo so maybe you should look at that as well
     
  8. Knyght_byte

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    do check out the Monitor Audio Platinums and let us know how they sound...heh....think they a bit above £4k but try anyhow......looks like im not going to be able to afford the standmount model till next year sometime.....shame, i got the decent amp, just need the top class speakers and source now...lol
     
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    You should take M&K off the list, the best you can get for movies but not stereo pairs :). I have always liked Quad electrostatics, not checked for a while re price but unbeatable for accoustic material IMO
     
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    Recruit,

    They are listed as Wilson Audio. Thats the name of webpage.
     
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    Sorry Wilson Audio is not the same as Wilson Benesch although they do make nice speakers.
     
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    I'd go for Gallo Reference 3.1s... You could afford the Bass amp as well. They could also be the basis of an AV system as well (reference centre speaker + ADivas or Dues as rears).
     
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    You have sonus faber speakers in your sig. I assume you are happy with them?

    I bet you could get something gorgeous with cremona in the name for 4k?
     
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    :(

    Maybe you'll have to drop down to the Contour S3.4 or S5.4 instead then :D
     
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    PMC are already on your list, at that sort of price the OB1s are well worth an audition.
     
  16. jensK

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    :oops:

    Thanks for pointing that out. Another thing learned.

    I added Wilson Benesch to my list and I will have a look at their speakers, but I am not sure if they have anything for 4K.
     
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    Yes, I agree. After your post I had a closer look at the Dynaudio page and I saw the Contour series. Price wise they are in the price bracket of 4K and they are very nice looking.

    I'll try to find a place that stocks them. Do you know any Dynaudio dealer around London that has the Contour speakers on demo?
     
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    I don't in London unfortunately, i've emailed them in the past and they've been extremely helpful, they may be able to point you in the direction of a stockist/demo.
     
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    I looked at platinumseries/ and I have to say they look very nice. Can't wait to see them turning up in the show rooms. Have you seen any of them. I think 7Oaks (Swiss Cottage) was listed as one of the few dealers around London to stock the platinum series.
     
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    Hi Matey,

    i have a pair of Dynaudio Contour 3.0's from a few years back, these are exceptional speakers and are after selling them still been badgered by my new missus re them (they are too big for my room). so if your intersted in the 2nd hand market let me know there is a thread on the forums for them. it would save you a lot of money for other upgrades.

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=490916

    Jon
     
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    I'm quite sure Music Matters in Hatch End have them. Not quite London, but not very far esp if you're in North London
     
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    The Pioneer S-1EX-QL are the only speakers in that price bracket that I can honestly say made me wonder what I had been missing over my thirty odd years in audio and home cinema. They not only sound superb, but the build and looks are something else. Equally as good as a stereo pair or in a 5/7.1 system.

    When we move house mid next year our main cinema room will use the Pio EX series, so I had better start saving now!
     
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    Thanks for your advice Indus. I am located nearby the M25/M4 corridor and Music Matters is just round the corner.

    I might be lucky and can listen to them soon.

    :devil:

    PS: I am still not half way through the list I posted here (Yes I am a slow reader). So it will be some time till I come up with list of my favorite loudspeakers.

    So far I have on my list:
    Dynaudio Contour S5.4 (I like the idea of this giant speaker -> hopefully it translates into big sound as well)
    MA Platinum (if I can find a shop that stocks them)
    Pioneer S-1EX-QL (if I can find a shop that stocks them. KenG is there any Pioneer dealer near London that has a pair? Where did you see them?)
    Sonus Faber (obvious choice for me,as SF owner and I know where to find the best demo in London as well)
     
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    You may wish to consider Revels, as well.
     
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    I have heared very good things about them, but they just don't offer the design/finish that I would preferably will go for.

    I like big speakers and Revel scores in this regard, but the optics are not in same legue as other contenders IMO.

    Still I could change my mind when I hear them.

    Thanks for your advice howaboutthat:D
     
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    Interesting thread this. I'm no expert but I'd probably get the latest hifi magazines, audition all their top pics first and then if I don't like any of that lot start working through the rest of the list.

    Remember hearing a story about a guy who worked in formula 1. Walked into the cornflake shop just of tottenham court road and said to the sales assistant I want to buy the most expensive hifi system you have. Sales assistant said the most expensive system we have is 80K but we'll set this system up that costs 8K and if you can't tell the difference then you are best of buying the 8K system. Always wanted to tell that story.
     
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    I am no expert in London Hifi shops either, but if had the money I would look around Grahams or KJ West ONE (the later one got my thumbs up for doing well when a order did not turn up at the expected time and they kept me informed along the process & they are just the best (IMO) for HiFi /home cinema in London. ...


    Well if had 80K that would be a interesting thread and I would be tempted to go to Audio Physic and others ...

    PS: Cornflakes is not my cup of tea and this might be down to a not so great audition I had recently, but I welcome your report which explains why staff at Cornflakes expects only cashloaded F1 people will show up.

    In my case they kept me waiting for 20 min. in the reception area (with apointment booked two weeks in advance and the showroom was not prepared ....I don't remember that they were the most welcoming bunch either ). Well every shop gets a chance, but in this case I doubt that I will ever return.. Well on the positive site is they have decent equipment on show, but they never ever bothered to show their equipment at full potential and left me in there demo room alone, lights switched off and advised me not to view/listen too many DVDs/CDs.
    Well could I tell more? No, I think I stop here and happily leave Cornflakes to the F1 .. clients ... Although, it is a shame that L.Hamilton is leaving the country. .
     
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    A friend at work told me the story one day so how true it is I don't know. I know I've read threads on here that some get home auditions of equipment in all honesty if your looking to spend 4K I would have thought it might be worth a local retailer travelling to you with a few sets of speakers that you are interested in so that you could audition them in your home, imagine acoustics in your environment would play a possible role in your decision. Like I say and you can see from my signature I'm not in the same league but I'm interested in people experiences with AV. In saying that I bought the best digital piano on the market as I knew it reproduced the best quality replication of an acoustic piano sound so I can in some respects appreciate good audio :thumbsup:
     
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    I would consider beauties like PMC OB1 / EB1 (not too sure of prices) or Acoustic Energy AE3 MkII.

    Again, as has been said previously, a good demo (ideally in your own home) with components as close to yours as possible will show any of the magical synergy which makes a system come truly alive.

    Good luck and happy auditioning.

    Dobly
     
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    PMC OB1: £2700
    PMC EB1: £6000
     

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