Danish speakers designers are often concerned with this. Also, Vienna speakers are slim.
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I was about to recommend Devialet, but I just saw their prices. Ouch.
Monitor Audio Radius are very neutral, but sound like small speakers. Just can't get a lot of bass out of tiny woofers, around $1250 new.
As for electronics..... hmmm, you are in the Bel Canto range, especially used. If you only had a turntable and 1 analog source, the Mytek Brooklyn would do DAC and preamp duties. Then you'd just have to figure out your amp solution. Bel Canto e series amps would do.
Otherwise, the Parasound Halo Integrated is in your budget, and has a built in DAC.
This is more of an exercise in possibility rather than an actual purchase. I was just curious what was out there in that design.
I haven't really seen anything like what I am thinking, as most towers use 6-8" wide drivers on the front. Perhaps it is the limit of physics.
As for my gear, Salk & Emotiva
Depends on perspective...line array speakers are often very thin & tall, while planars just the opposite.
Bel Canto was a good suggestion for small cabinet electronics. Really most of the class D amps these days are small (e.g. Rowland, Rogue, etc.) If you configure something like a Vinny Rossi LIO, you can get amp/pre/dac all in one box, feed it from a NAS in another room and some skinny speakers and there wouldn't be much to look at...Cheers,
i think it's a pretty common question these days. I'm slowly headed toward a more compact system- not that I ever had a big spread anyway, thankfully.
The Chromecast Audio seems pretty sweet, I may try one out. So far, only Bluetooth into an inexpensive DAC for me, but I enjoy it.
I have a tt and cdp I'm not ready to part with- but I could thin the album herd and share with friends.
I appreciate the good ideas and options in the thread.
The Devialet 120 around $3500 used is a zero compromise component that offers state of the art amplification, preamplification, d/a and phono. Pair it with speakers you like that are SAM ready (I use ls50s) and there will be no beating it at 5k in my opinion.
Devialet actually innovates and creates new technologies. Their stuff is down right stunning both asthetically and sonically.
The weight isn't an issue - just a way of summing up the mass of it all.
I appreciate the answers, but most of these are simply boxes with drivers on the front face - and yes I know the reasons for that - but I think I am after alternative designs. The KEF Blade is a good, albiet expensive, example. Perhaps speakers that have a sculptural sensibilty over the traditional box tower?
My base system summarized: Benchmark DAC2 + Benchmark AHB2 + microRendu + KEF LS50 speakers = $6200. Buying a used DAC2 and KEF speakers would get me to $5K for the base system. The listed items are super light and small.
My suggestion is an Benchmark DAC2 (with 2 analog inputs and volume control), the Benchmark AHB2 amp, a Sonare microRendu, ROON or JRiver music server software, TIDAL monthly subscription, a computer in a far away room, a mobile communication device (iPad, Surface, iPhone, Android). I think you will have many speakers to choose from with the AHB2 amp. I have my TV, XBox, and microRendu connected to the digital inputs on the DAC2. I have an analog tuner that I have connected to the analog input on the DAC2. I have a remote for the DAC2. I use the mobile communication device with a ROON app to talk to my noisy computer which is at the other end of the house. I have a direct Ethernet wire from my network router to the mircoRendu (which connects to the USB input of the DAC2). You can also use D-link type of wired connections (or even wifi via some device) for the computer and microRendu but I prefer the reliability of the wired connection to my DAC. Notice that I have a noisy computer, it does not matter with the microRendu.