Have you had any speakers you have liked or heard any you like ? If so what are they
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I liked the svs pinnacles in the store. I own 2 of the last 3 klipsch series. Was pissed when they came out so quickly w same speaker dif stand for the bottom n more modern look. That sound a ton better too i wss glancing at the kef q series. I think its the q series. Just not sure what to do. Looking for dif opinions
From what I’ve read, Tekton owns this segment. But can’t go wrong with KEF, B&W, etc. Also, Tannoy has a new tower for $1100 that looks very interesting.
If you’re at all serious about home theater I would not skimp on the center channel speaker. I’d shy away from SVS — good speakers but that metal-dome tweeter doesn’t always play nice with A/V receivers. Very hit or miss. Here are a few to consider:
BTW, I worked for Magnolia for a bit and got to try all their receivers at length. By far my favorite and the most transparent and dimensional with high-quality recordings through $9000 B&W 804Ds was the Yamaha Aventage. Smoked Marantz, Adcom, and Onkyo, and it has the bonus of being significantly more reliable than all of them as well. A guy came in who owned a Marantz AVR and when I switched back and forth between his Marantz and the Yammy he told me the Marantz sounded “broken” in comparison. He was not happy. Anyway, more food for thought FWIW.
It IS a tough question. I am, right now auditioning a set of rear loaded horns that I built. Should be plug and play, right? I know better and have several drivers to try out in the enclosures. Even though I like the sound of the horn in general, it will require auditioning.
In short, I gone for the build it yourself concept over the decades because of what you can save in price and shipping.
Find somewhere to hear the Paradigm Premier line. $3K for their biggest floorstanders and their biggest CC...inclusive! And they are one of the few companies that use vertically aligned TW/MR on their center channels, which is key for good dialog and blending with the L/Rs. Their smaller kit is $2400 for all 3. I use their SE-1 and SE Center from a a few years back, and I am totally happy with them...for HT.
I am getting Paradigm prestige soon for audio only. But I think the Premier would work well as someone else mentioned. I like the KEF R100 for a warmer sound but they are clearing out the R500 floor standers for a good price. Heard good things about several of the ones mentioned. But you have to listen for yourself. There are so many good but different sounds to the same source. Also may want to consider Focal and Dali.
If you're just gonna connect em to a receiver, don't bother. Unless you plan on upgrading to an integrated. Only then will you understand just how poorly the receiver was serving you. Not to mention the misleading advice that led you to rely on it in the first place. Sorry. Lotta misleading advice out there.
Also if you're gonna go the HT center channel route don't bother. With two speakers set up properly the center image will be better from two good speakers (driven by an integrated amp, not a receiver) than any three speakers you can buy for the same budget.
Its all about the budget- and not the size of the budget either but what's in it.
Get two of the best Tekton you can afford. Ditch the receiver ASAP for a decent integrated. And instead of putting all your money into one sub spread the same budget out over four.
@tblanka ...Keep the Onk for awhile (I looked up the specs...it's far from 'ghastly', y'all. *S* Stop pushing the bias....), and buy the speakers you Want and Like the sound of....
(Currently that model is $200~350 on eBay....just for reference sake...)
You can use your sub with the 'newbies' and make the call:
Love It....or List It. ;)
Play with your space like all good audi's ought to...right? *G*
THEN (and only when), make the call on 'separates'....and what the budget might cope with. *S*
If the 'home system' can't 'do' NPR on the weekend in my local focal locus....On Demand.....it makes for a 'long weekend' and not necessarily pleasant at times....
As is said:
"Your Results May Vary...."
I don't know yours...;) *L*
...I'm a big fan of the KIS principal. I only add the 2nd S if I think it's deserved.... ;)
Speakers are and will always be the Biggest Modifier of your experience.
Going 'integrated' at the same time inserts another variable into your equation...which, IMHO (millercarbon, please Note..*s*) has already become a whole new one by nature...
Again....MHO....and I'll stand with it.
I just order the Magnapan 0.7's and if you can drive and place them correctly they are hard to beat for the price, but I'm still keeping my DT Mythos ST's that I use for HT. They are a predisesor to the Goldenear line of speakers. I love that they have built in sub making them a truly full range speaker. So the the Goldenear Triton 7 tower speaker might be a good one to consider. Good luck 🎻
OK, brace yourself. I wasn't expecting to like them this much. I have an old pair of Genesis APM-1s that simply weren't doing it for me anymore. I needed more. I've had them for over 10 years, having bought them used. I bought the JBLs strictly on current owners' reviews. I was blown away. They have made my Genesis irrelevant. I'm not just talking out my ass here when I say that I am finally 100% happy with the sound that I have now. Everything sounds incredible. Those reviews you have read are not exaggerating one bit. Worse case scenario, you can return them if you don't like them. I'm curious to see what you decide and looking forward to reading your impressions should you get them.
There are a plethora of choices in your price range, to be sure. If you like Klipsch - real Klipsch - then the Heresy IV https://www.klipsch.com/products/heresy-iv-floorstanding-speaker#product-specs would be your choice, but do yourself a favor and pair them with a tube amp. I have never heard a Klipsch speaker of any kind (and I've been in to audio for 45 years, including pro audio, and owning a HiFi store back in the day) sound 'right' on even the best solid state gear. On the other hand, I have heard Cornwalls and an ancient McIntosh MC-240 sound damn near magical. Going 180 degrees the opposite direction, Magneplanar 1.7i http://www.magneplanar.com/model_17 will have size and detail nothing else in this price range can touch. Just make sure you can pull them away from the walls a couple feet, and that your amp is happy at 4 Ohms. Pivoting yet again, it's hard to ignore the pedigree of the KEF R3 https://us.kef.com/speakers/hi-fi-speakers/rseries.html . Think of them as a more forgiving LS-50 with an extra octave of bass or a working man's Reference 1 https://us.kef.com/speakers/hi-fi-speakers/the-reference/reference-1-ultimate-bookshelf-speaker-pair.html . Or for that matter, buy a pair of LS-50s https://us.kef.com/catalog/product/view/id/1143/s/ls50-mini-monitor-speaker-pair/category/219/ - $899/pr at KEF direct, and get a genuine no-holds-barred Class A speaker and spend the change on a subwoofer. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Goldenear https://www.goldenear.com/products/triton-series Triton 3 (powered woofer) and Triton 5 (all-passive). So, there are my Top 5 (well 7, counting options) recommendations in the $2500-ish range, each with a distinct approach to sound reproduction, each with impeccable credentials. Happy listening.
I have owned Maggie 0.7s, Revel F30s in my primary system and KEF and Elacs in my secondary system. Currently running Devore 9s in my primary driven by a LM tube amp. The lesson I have learned is that efficiency is the key to the “at a reasonable price” part of the equation. Going efficient will give you a lot of flex w the amp that will save you $.
Ie - the recs here for maggies or your consideration of Kef Q series are both off base given your amp in my limited experience. I have owned both and i didnt think either sounded satisfying unless paired w something orders of magnitude above what you are using for amplification. I have never owned tektons but suspect they may be something for you to seriously consider. Same with dirty weekends. Both are speakers i would argue cross over between life style and audiophile and are supposed to be forgivingly easy to drive. If on the other hand you buy something simply off the reviews and ignore db rating, you may end up trapped into having to upgrade you amp. Most hifi speakers are analogous to a magnifying lens. The more expensive, the greater the magnification. Receiver generally dont “look” good at high levels of magnification and dont have power to make low db rated speakers shine
FWIW - I have a pair of the Polk Audio LSiM 705’s I bought 2 years ago and love them. Polk is currently offering a 50% off on their website. Wish I got in on that deal ! Might be just what you looking for and in your budget !
@tblanka +1 for the Tannoy!-
I purchased an all tannoy setup about 15 years ago for my A/V system and still have them - they are all still working flawlessly
- Fusion 4 Towers for the front
- Fusion centre channel
- Fusion 1 for the rear
I also looked at Klipsch in the same snack bracket, and found a store that carried both that I could audition.
It was pretty close...
- Klipsch were very dynamic but a little bit brighter that the Tannoy and depending on personal preference they might be better for Surround sound
- The Tannoys won out on musical presentation
I drove them with a 70w/channel Denon 5.1 A/V receiver
There are higher priced/perofrming model/ranges like the Revolution models that use the Tannoy centre mounted tweeter.
The only thing to be aware of with Tannoy is that they can require a little more toe-in that other brands to achieve an excellent image.
Hope that helps
It is my opinion...many of todays speakers are fluff,hi tech looks and garbage...TheHOF audio engineers of yesterday are gone.....Too many of todays speakers are utilizing expensive parts to arrive at a less than ideal audible solution resulting in money flying out the window constantly in search of something to be lived with....The more spent the less satisfied.......Get a solid 2 way classic,well balanced and accurate and you’ll all save yourself alot of bucks..maybe put it into the electronics driving them....
Take a look at the speaker line from Monitor Audio. I have Monitor Audio Gold 100. Across their line there is good value from the price. Their floor standing as well as book shelves sound very good. The type of music that is your preference may should also be taken into consideration. I like jazz and speakers that are dynamic, clean and generally neutral. If heavy rock, R&B, or some other pop genre with very heavy bass you may want to consider other brans. There is obvious a wide range to select from
First off, you are using a surround sound receiver which is great for multi-channel video and music, but it limits the 2 channel Hi-Fi sound that you can get from a decent 2 channel system. I would recommend that you use that fund to invest in a 2 channel stereo integrated amp and speakers. You can spend around $1500 with a quality Solid State amp or a Tube amp or a Tube Hybrid amp and then a $1000 on a set of speakers. I have a Vincent SV237 Hybrid amp and a set of Klipsch Forte speakers which I really love (no subwoofer needed). I have removed the bottom risers from the Forte and have then on a speaker stand that points the mid-high horns to my head level which puts the sweet spot where it needs to be. My goal is to create the live experience from a 2 channel music which is really the what artist has intended us to hear. Hope this help which ever way you decide go.