I listened to B+W Nautilus 801 and 802, Audio Physic Libra, Dunlavy SC IV/A, Thiel CS6, Aerial Model 8 and 10T, Avalon Arcus, ProAc Response 4, JMLab Mezzo Utopias, and Wilson Watt/Puppies before finally purchasing the Studios. The Studios were one of the most life-like speakers I have ever heard and are reasonable in size and appearance. While they were not cheap, I do not think its performance can be match at anywhere near its price. I have listened to these speakers with Levinson electronics, Conrad-Johnson electronics, and Audio Research electronics. They have all sounded great, but I prefer my set up of Levinson electronics but with an Audio Research Ref 1 preamp. If you are looking to save a couple of bucks, listen to the Audio Physic Virgo and Libra. While not as good as the Studios in my opinion, still excellent sounding. Hope I have been helpful.
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