I was looking at the Magnepan 1.7's but not real thrilled about some quality issues I hear about Maggies. So, what others should I be lookoing at. I tried out some Klipch WF-35 and they are just to bright and not much for soundstage. I can drive just about anything.
Vandersteen 2CE Sig II. If you have room for Maggies, you have room for them, and a used pair would be about $1500 or less. A great speaker. The only thing I didn't like about them when I owned them is their narrow vertical listening window. Great when you're in the sweet spot, but a little less great when you're up and around the room.
Also Triangles are super. Look for the Celius which can be had for about 1200 used. The new floor stander is is Antal which sounds the same. Sam Tellig gave them a great write up several years ago in Stereophile.
"quality issues"? The only one I know of is that the old speakers had issues with UV light rotting the glue that held the wires to the diaphram. But that was only after about 15 years or so. I know for a fact that glue was changed and improved many years ago.
If you can find a pair on the used market, I would suggest auditioning Meadowlark Ospreys. Finest transmission-line speakers made, IMHO. Organic well-balanced presentation w/ beautiful mids. I've heard Pat voiced them to go exceptionally well w/ tube amplification, but I've been running mine w/ a Sim Audio w5/p5 combo for six+ yrs. now, and absolutely love it. Happy listening...
Used Revel F 30 , sometimes as low as $1500 around here which is a great deal. Well extended Bass that can shake the rafters, midrange fantastic, better highs than the Vandersteens IMO. They can really fill up a room with a wide soundstage and can play fairly loud with little distortion.
If your room is not larger than 1600 cubic feet, I would recommend trying Ohm Walsh 1000s. They are not too bright (if anything, maybe a tad rolled off up top) based on my experience with the similar Ohm Walsh 2000. They come with a 4-month home trial, so you only lose the shipping if they don't float your boat. Ohm also provides excellent customer service, IME.
If you can drive the maggies, then I'd do Snell Type AIII or AIII-i's...if you have the choice, then the AIII. You'll have money left over and wonderful sound to boot. You may need to have the woofers re-foamed, but this is do-able without much trouble.
There are plenty that love Maggies, and I'm not sure I understand the "quality" statement - just not an issue IMHO. That being said, the Vandersteen 2Ces are excellent and close to that price new. However, I would look for a pair of used Merlin VSMs, once of the finest speakers at any price.
First, Thanks to all that have replied. I am going to look at the ones that came up over and over again. The room is a funny size. The listen area is about 16x16. But it is open to the dining area. adds another 10 feet. And stairwell area adds another 6 feet. I really do like the sound of the 1.7's. But, the room maye to small.
DonJr I am in the Twin City area of MN.
I am not a dealer. I just read that there can be some issues with the ribbon wearing out after awhile. Not sure how long that takes.