Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Speakers' started by KarlRobinson, Dec 8, 2003.
Who's going to give me their preference?
check out PMC range, very good and have a link up with BRYSTON
Try a pair of the Acoustic Energy AE1Mk3 Reference monitors. I have a pair which are partnered with a Cyrus DVD8 + PSX-R and a Cyrus 8 + PSX-R. Sounds pretty damn good. They are fantastically detailed but never sound harsh and the bass is very tight.
Acoustic Energy AE1Mk3
seconds hand or new kef ref speakers (old type without hyper-tweeter)
ATC SM35's - Horsham hifi have em @ £1700
If your prepared to import goto Audiogon and buy used Thiel speakers CS1.6, CS2.3, CS2.4, CS3.6 these are excellent speakers and Stereophile magazine said the the CS2.4 are one of the best speakers in the world. New price £3500 but second hand 2000 - 2500 dollars (bout £1500 - £1800)
Spendor ought to be on your list - it would certainly be on mine if I had £2K to spend. I think SP1/2's would be in this price range (pictured below). If they're too much then check out the SP2/3E - both fantastic, classic speakers that give you the music.
under your budget, but i think monitor audio gold reference 20s are awseome floorstanders at £1500. they have a new silver finish which looks nice but is dearer, i think?
I know a few people who rate Harbeths Monitor 30 pro's
Check them out here
Asthetically, they wont make the missus jump for joy, but apparently, they make some fine sounds.
Monitor Audio Gold Ref 20's Also consider the 60's at £2.3K
£2.5K Martin Logan Clarity (need a good amp - Krell, Bryston, MF etc)
What's the rest of the system?
Haven't got an amp yet, so the rest of the system is open.
What does anyone think of the new B&W 700 series.
I'll second the PMC, especally the FB1
B&W 805/804s would fit that price range,as would the Wilson Benesch Arc,which is also a very nice speaker.
The only proviso I have re: the PMC's is whilst the bass is extended,it's a bit on the slow side for me anyway,and as mentioned above,the ATC's are also well worth a look.
Just be sure to try as many as possible in your own home before buying.
Pair of Martin Logans - either the Clarity or 2nd hand pair such as Aeon's - you wont go back to a box speaker!
Also very good advice.....and if going down the ELS route,also take a look at the newer Quad ELS's,some of which can be had a decent prices secondhand.
Also bear in mind that some speakers,notably the B&W Nautilus range and certainly most electrostatics can present a very difficult load for your amps.
A bit out of your price bracket at £2.5K, but very lovely indeed at the price, are B&W Signature 805s.
If you're going to partner them with a decent subwoofer then you should also consider speakers from the M&K "professional" range. £1400 would buy you a pair of 2510s, or £2800 a pair of active 2510Ps (expensive, but obviously that includes all the amplification you need for both speakers).
No one has mentioned Dynaduio yet so I will. Either the 1.3SE or the 25th Anniversary edition would be on my short list if I had money to spare.
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Dynaudio Contour S1.4 in beech on the dedicated stands
Just under 2k
Proac Response D15 are pretty cool at about £1800
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