I have the Dynaudio Contour 3.0 speakers and I cant say enough good things about them.They sound perfectly awesome after 12 years of owning them. Dynaudio is highly recommended.
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I had demonstrated almost 30 floor standing speakers not long back. There was three that stood out,Joseph audio perspective over 10k Kef r900 and your dynaudio excite 36 I found the same qualities that you have and I preferred them over the 3.4 contour. I ended up buying the kefs but would have been happy to own the excite 36 speakers. I was surprised how good they performed . I was also was surprised at the reviews because I heard things much differently. Enjoy
Yep. I know that's a tall order, but yep. I should probably add a must hear for NEW speakers under 5K, as there are many fantastic used transducers out there for much less. I spend a lot of time visiting audio stores and listening to friends' systems, and these Dynaudios are really special in a few important areas. I don't have a deal with the Danes, just calling it as I see (hear) it. :)
If I were shopping in the $5K range, I wouldn't buy anything until I at least auditioned some Magneplanar 3.7i's.
Or in a smaller room I'd get 1.7s and use the balance of the 5K for some quality subwoofers.
I got my 1.7s at 10% off. If you could do that w/3.7s, you're right at $5K--phase coherence, no boxy resonances, no ringing or overshoot distortion, easier to control bass--an awful lot to like. I've had my 1.7s for 7 mos and I still can't believe how good they sound every time I fire them up, whether it's LP or digital off my laptop (via Audirvana Plus).
+1 regarding the Maggies 1.6, 1.7, 3.6, 3.7... and... maybe the new MG12 w DWM bass panels. When properly set up with custom stands, proper electronics, and maybe a custom crossover - there is very little that can better them in <$10,000+ range.
And... if you really want to "blow your mind" have "Peter Gunn" complete his Magnestand mod. I have the 1.6 Magnestand's and they are superb in all respects.
I just auditioned the Triton 1's... and... they don't really come close to my Magnestands in an overall context. The Triton 1's do have a superb soundstage and imaging (very Maggie-like), but their highs are overwhelmed by their bass and mids - their highs are almost "veiled" (too rolled off). But, I think it's primarly that the highs just aren't balanced with the bass and mids... and... would liklely benefit from a good EQ, or DSP (DSPeaker Anti-mode, etc.) to improve their balance. Though, their bass and mids are impressive - very detailed with good resolution. The DSP can also help eliminate the "room boom," of the Triton 1's, which need some good room treatments, or a DSP, in that context also - not a fault of the speakers, but of the room. However, if you are sensitive to highs in a lot of speakers with prominent highs, then you might like the "smooth" sound of the Triton 1's.
I also second the recommenation of the Audiokinesis speakers in the <$5,000 range - very little can compete with those also... and... the plus is they are so efficient, they can be driven by a good tube OTL amp like those of Atmasphere, or a good tube TC amp.
And... if you really want unmatched sound quality at a bargain price - you will find the Wavetouch Audio Grand Teton monitors are almost unmatched by anything <$10,000+. They are also very efficient and can be driven by a lot of very reasonable priced amps... such as the Atmasphere M30 OTL tube amp. They sound as good, or better, than my Magnestand 1.6's.
So... you have lot's of great options... though... I would place the Tritons further down the list.