It's true! It's difficult to find a floorstanding loudspeaker system that images in the same league as a good minimonitor, while still giving you the dynamics, bass extention, and overall size of the presentation.
Also, I read in this thread that planar magnetic speakers are the answer. Perhaps. They do image very well, however, you have to be in their narrow "sweet spot" to get the benefits of their capabilities. As soon as you stand up, the highs are muted, or move out of the ideal area, and you've lost much of what makes them so special. Should you go this route, Magnepan
has been offering a starter program that can get you into a pair of their entry-level MMG
s for only $550.00/pr. delivered. Add a good, quick sub (i.e. Hsu Research
), and you have a very well-rounded, musical system for the buck.
With that said, if you want "your cake and eat it too", the two least expensive floorstanding models that will accomplish this are the Silverline Audio Sonatina II
and the ProAc Response 2.5
. You should be impressed with either one of these examples. And with a good tube preamp, you might be done upgrading (well, at least for awhile -such is the audiophile). ;-)
H a p p y L i s t e n i n g !
Authorized dealer for Silverline Audio and Hsu Research.