pricey for smallish monitors but to quote a reviewer from AXPONA, these are “little speakers that deliver big sound”
My speakers, I know so am biased but I have competitive benchmarks and am not an idiot. If this is your budget, I think I offer a pretty spectacular value as no one is producing composite (Nightshade = Fiberglass, Blackthorn = Carbon Fiber) speakers in this price range and the cabinet makes a huge difference in allowing the speaker to simply do its job.
Check out Boenicke......then forget the rest. Not exactly forget the rest but your list will grow shorter when compared to any of the Boenicke range. Just my opinion which ain't worth diddly squat....,Having heard many loudspeakers in my time. Nothing crushes them, and certainly many are woefully short of the musicality that Boenicke speakers ooze..
I have to agree with mn2bttb. Revels are really hard to beat, they just play the music. I used a set of F36 for a while and debated whether to keep them or my Magnepan 3.5s. Personally, I would use a pair of Rythmik subs.
I’m very intrigued by the Boenicke speakers myself. But when suggesting Boenicke, I’d want to be made aware of the rather high demands that brand puts on the choice of amplifier. I just read a review again where the W8 was measured at 81 db sensitivity with a challenging impedance, the speaker designer suggesting his speakers should have 1,000w amplification to reach their potential. Wow!!!!
+1 for the Magnepan 3.7i. Even the smaller 1.7i, at just over $2K, makes a bigger, more realistic stage - with fine detail and timber (whether seated in or out of the sweet spot) than anything near it’s price.
Magico A1, A3, Vandersteen Treo, Wilson Sabrina (used), KEF LS 5o with R900 Sub,Fritz Carrera, Legacy Signatures, or Elac Adante series, Maggie 3.7 for planer IMHO. All based on room selection, treatment, and front end, amplifier budget
I had researched speakers in those range for nearly 6 months: Considered nearly 12 speakers. I had short listed to Magico A3, Audiosolutions Figaro L, Aerial Acoustics 7T, Revel F228be. I ended up buying Aerial Acoustics 7T. Love them. Audiosolutions Figaro L and Magico A3s were very close too. If you are really serious, audition speakers as much as you can and shorten the list as you go. Else, it will be confusing and hard. Best of luck.
Speakers image and sound stage are placement dependent, component dependent, and room dependent. That said KII3 Dutch & Dutch Meridian Genelec, etc. DSP active speakers will be the easiest to position in any room regardless of parameters or components and give consistent performance. Read a few reviews. When you are finally done shopping, touching, drooling, speaking for myself here, and just want to sit and enjoy all the music, not just the songs tuned to your system, go listen to some dsp self powered speakers and then wonder why everybody isn't using them. I'm thinking of having mine chromed and putting some custom power meters on them. No i'm not related to kenjit.
The Legacy Calibre XD is the best speaker I've ever heard under $7k. It's a true giant killer that crushes $20k-$30k speakers. The same thing applies as you move up the Legacy line. But the Calibre XD is truly something special. Anyone in attendance at RMAF or Axpona can walk in to the Legacy room, listen to the Calibre XD's and walk around the entire show trying to find any another speaker that sounds as good for the price. You probably wont.
Also a fan of the entire line of Ryan Speakers, although it's a different sound. A bit hot on the top end, but in a very very refined way.