Any LS3/5A type of speaker. The Spendor 3/5 can be had for well under a grand!
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REGA RX1 or its predecessor models, the RS1 or the R1
".....The Rega R1 becomes my new budget reference speaker. In addition of its ability to get the fundamentals of music right, it adds clarity and resolution, and an ability to lay out a vivid and coherent 3-dimensional stereo image. In small room applications, what more could you want?..."
Epos Elan 10s or Epos Epic 1s with one of the new Yamaha integrateds would make a great match for that room size. You'd have plenty left over for some heavy, good quality stands, which impact the sound more than you might assume.
I've owned the Epic 2 speakers (larger and probably too much bass for your room) for 4 years and they compete well with most speakers under $3K. Of course, speakers all come down to personal taste, but these Epos models are great all rounders IMO, and don't have any blatant weaknesses.
Hi yogi, I have a pair of s 3/5 spendors. They sound a little veiled. I have to try with solid state. It might be the speaker itself since I purchased used.
mapman I have followed you journey with the audio note kit and really enjoyed it. What is your current system?
i have minuet supreme plus in the office with a Yamaha rx 777 and like those but was wondering about the quad12l.
Im more curious about others systems and the synergies.
Silverline Minuet, Elac UB5, and if you are willing to go just a bit over budget, the KEF LS-5o is among the best around at any price in a small room.(That is what I use in my 9x11 room with great results) Any of these could be driven to good effect with modest, but carefully picked out electronics. As you know, when you are assembling a world class playback system at any budget, make sure to select the best source components you can afford. A lousy source will make even megabuck efforts sound not nearly as good as they are capable of..
If you go used
Proac response 1sc great if you can find a set most people keep them
sonus Faber has a bunch of nice small speakers that can be had under a grand now consertino domus comes to mind
ls 3/5 as people mentions but they need more power then most small speakers
Monitor audio and Dynaudio have some wonderful speakers under a grand too
That's a start so many more
Although I'm a single driver guy, I do have a second system where I'm constantly fooling around with more conventional setups using small speakers.
My current favorites are Amphion Heliums. I've had many of the suggested speakers on this thread (P3esr, LS50, Silverline Minuet + among others) and the Amphion is definitely my favorite. Currently using them with a Nuprime STA-9 and a Schiit Saga preamp.
I bought a pair of inexpensive LSA speakers that sound pretty good in my high end preamp going to Akitika power amp which I built for a few hundred dollars. Good enough for my casual listening. I have a mostly class A system for my listening (in my music chair).
For my snowbird home I bought a pair of used Revel Performa 2s for under 1k. They will be matched with a First Sound preamp and a Plinius P10 power amp and a serviceable Marantz CD player that I may upgrade at some point. The Revels are quite a bit better than the LSAs. Over the years I have upgraded my speaker and interconnect to Acoustic Zen through Audiogon. I do have basic Supra speaker cable in my casual system that sounds quite good for a very reasonable price.
Kef ls50 lack dynamics and need expensive amplification.
Trust me - Jbl lsr 305 - very good dynamics that some 10k speakers are unable to deliver. The Neumann kh120 is 10% better in sound quality, better build quality (cast aluminum), metal grilles, made to last forever!
chord mojo DAC - the very best if you listen to low Bitrate stuff like webradio, Spotify or MP3
I bought a pair of KEF LS50 used with stands for $750! They are found used regularly for less than $1,000. Originally I was driving them with a NAD 326BEE which I picked up used still under warranty for $275. This makes up a pretty amazing system for around $1K. A better option would be Rogue Audio Sphinx integrated which you could find used for less than a grand. LS50 is least expensive Stereophile Class A recommendation and they keep a Sphinx on hand for many of their speaker comparisons. Stereophile believes this pairing is ridiculously good for the money.
Lately I've been seriously auditioning bookshelf speakers under $1k, and for the most part I've been quite disappointed. I did come across a new one, however, that both I and my most experienced audiophile friend have been raving about -- the new HSU CCB-8. They are a bit larger in size than most bookshelves, but their sound is impressive. Just make sure you take the grills off when you listen. For some reason the grills have a significant muffling affect on the speakers.