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I'll second the De Capos. I have a tube amps and had a pair of BW 602's and upgraded to the de capos. Major difference, the de capos are more detailed, dynamic, sensitive, richer.
The 602's are now in my home theater system and they work very well there.
used you can get them for around 1200-1900 depending on model
the wood cabs are my fav
"I recently purchased a pair of B&W CDM1 SE for a steal on Craigslist, and while the treble is more detailed, they don't sound as good overall as the 602's. I have also tried a new pair of the B&W CM series and there was a very marginal improvement in clarity and image, but not enough to justify the cost difference, so they went back."
If you're doing a horizontal biamp, try it vertical. I will probably sound a lot better. If you still feel the need to get new speakers, DeVore makes a really good pair bookshelves. Sterling is another good one.
Thanks for the continued recommendations. There is so much good stuff out there in this price range, it is difficult to choose. I have looked at everything suggested. The LS50 seems to have a strong following. There were a fair amount of comparisons with the Ascend on the web. Analysis paralysis! Now even more choices.
I hadn't heard of vertical biamping, even though I have considered that the tweeters basically don't tax an amp at all. If I have time this afternoon I may switch them.
I appreciate the continued dialog!
"I hadn't heard of vertical biamping, even though I have considered that the tweeters basically don't tax an amp at all."
That's the problem. An amps power output is based on frequency/resistance. The lower the resistance (frequency), the harder the amp has to work. In a horizontal setup like you have, the amp for the tweeters doesn't have to work nearly as hard as the amp for the low frequencies. An amps sound will change depending on how hard it has to work. When you use 1 stereo amp to power each speaker, both amps are being asked to work the same amount. Vertical solves a lot of problems. To be honest, you really shouldn't make any decisions until you either do a vertical biamp, or just use 1 amp for everything.