Raidho. The C1.1s occasionally come up on Audiogon under $10,000.
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Having heard the Pulsars on several occasions I completely agree... very enjoyable. I was at Goldprint Audio a couple of weeks ago to listen to the new Alta Audio Celesta FRM-2's and ohhh mama! A very well balanced speaker with incredible bass (similar to the larger Perspectives) and a wonderful top end. I believe they're right around your stated price point and definitely worthy of an audition. Maybe give Taylor (Goldprint) a call since he's a dealer for Alta as well as Joseph. I'm sure he's had a chance to compare both and would be able to offer an honest opinion.
I've heard the Raidho D1 with Luxman tubes and I've never heard anything so beautiful in my life. My close friend owns a shop and of everything he could pair with the Raidho, this Luxman amp provided the sweetest sound. For my personal taste, there's no speaker to date that can compare to the Raidho D1.
Like mentioned above, try and see if you can take a listen to the Alta Celesta/FRM-2's. They are simply fantastic with amazing bass response for a "bookshelf".
There are several VERY positive reviews on these out there (ToneAudio mentioned in their recent review that they are at the head of the class in the sub $20k speaker market at this time)
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Rrolack, shoot Bob Gross from Speaker Art an email to inquire about his new ribbon Super Clef's. They are amazing from first hand experience. I own a set of the standard Super Clef's(Scanspeak soft dome) and they are wonderful as well.
Bob also uses high (4th & 7th order) slopes in his networks but is the only builder to employ Kaminsky series networks. All the Clef series speakers use an 8" woofer made to his specifications by, I believe, Eminence.
The price point is well under your budget but these speakers tend to "punch well above their weight".
I've had great results driving them with a variety of amps as well. My limited experience has been with a vintage Mitsubishi DA-15DC, Jolida JD 302CRC, & Wyred 4 Sound 500W monoblocks. All three offered astonishing performance with different "personalities".
The ARC Ref5 SE is nothing less than outstanding. I do not think you will find better money spent on a pre-amp.
Now, to address your loudspeakers. Having heard both the Pulsar & Perspecive models. Until I can demo the Pearl 2 or Pearl 3, you might want to consider a Magico or Wilson Audio speaker.
Keep me posted & Happy Listening!