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So with no mention of amplification, I feel the recommendations are a bit blind. Perhaps you've great amplification, but if not, improved will aid in structure and depth. Also, your source and cabling all influence. Massed stands?
I've listened to this speaker through a friend's electronics, CEC 2000 highly modified, custom tube DAC, custom preamp and VTL 60wpr triode monoblocks and they sang with plenty of bass in a room 30X20X12. Actually thought they sounded a bit congested in the midrange.
But, perhaps the suggestions are legitimate for your needs.
You can still find BM15P on line and new - but it may have been discontinued so it is not available everywhere.
The 10 inch woofer has a 4 inch voice coil and along with the esotec tweeter this is a very serious speaker for the money. Of course it will look butt ugly but given your price range I suspect it will be hard to find something beautiful aesthetic stand mount and yet still get you the bass response you want.
The midrange will not be as forward as the Harbeth (it probably has a bit of scooped midrange - like most hi-fi speakers do) but it is very much in the direction you seek.
Kiza I see you also have a post regarding possible speaker stand options/height. Rather than changing speakers ( I'm a fan of Harbeths , (I own the Monitor 30s) one idea that might be worth considering is something from Mapleshade's range of stands, the Bedrock or Gibraltar . The place the speakers much lower than normal and are suppose to increase the bass output. I've not tried them myself yet but if you want to avoid using a subwoofer, it might help.
Just curious as I always found it odd that when unless your "Bookshelf" speakers are actually on a bookshelf why would a floorstanding speaker not work that takes up the same space as a monitor on a stand 14 inches from the wall. This also removes the sub and with the proper choice in design (and size of the drivers and the tower ie) not rear ported or over pressurizing the room many can be placed closer to the wall than on a stand. You also get the bass thats lacking. Cheers!
I previously owned Dynaudio Special 25's. Their bass belies their size and appearance. However they are rear ported and perform best on stands and away from the wall. I now use Merlin TSM-mme speakers. These also have wonderful bass performance and are a top choice in a compact speaker. I was amazed at how good the bass lines are. I played Gary Karr's Spirituals and his Adagio discs and they sounded superb. Merlin's are worth auditioning and seeing if they will work for you. Merlin's are sealed in a cabinet that is as solid as a brick. They can work well as a bookshelf if needed.
Thanks a LOT to everyone. All day long I was looking for
Dynaudios BM15p but no luck. I have offer on Dynaudio
Audience 82 but they are to big and they should be placed at least 2'-3' from rear wall. Also I have offer on Paradigms
Signature S4 but they go down to 54Hz. Tomorrow I will have
chance to audition Totem Speakers, so will see.
Again, thanks a lot.
Bass is not Harbeth's forte. I have the SHL5 in a similar room and although bass performance is decent, bass doesn't go too deep and lacks tautness and agility in comparison to some other dynamic speakers that excel on bass. You might want to look at ATC SCM20 Signatures. Before that you need to check whether your amps are capable of driving these.
A couple of days ago I've auditioned the Totem Mani 2.
What to say, I was looking left and right to see where is Subwoofer. Great sound but they need a lots of power.
Definitely no Dynaudios BM15p. I even contacted sellers
from Europe but no luck, old stock is sold and nobody have
them anymore. Other option are Fritzspeakers Carbon 7 but
not too many people is familiar with Fritzspeakers.
Did anybody heard them. I would really appreciate any
comments on Carbon 7 speakers. Again, THANKS A LOT to all
of You on Yours suggestions. Just to mention. I have very
moderate system, Rogue Audio Perseus Tube Preamp and
NAD C275BEE Power Amplifier. Maybe this will help with
I own a pair of Mani-2 sig. which I have up for sale, I also have the Totem Model One. They have amazing sound and bass. I wish could keep them but my room is too small and the Mani's are overloading the room, the Model One's are better suited.
You have already heard the Mani's so I don't need to keep praising them. I just had lunch today with Fritz and have listened to the Carbon 7's in the past, they are very similar, also excellent bass and smooth top end. Fritz uses a soft dome tweeter where the Mani's are metal dome. You'll be able to play the Carbon 7's all day and night and not get fatigued. Both need a good amount of power to make them sing. He is currently very busy building Carbon 7's, they have been very successful.
With either speaker you will need a solid stand to get the most out of them.
I really enjoy Fritz, he really knows his business, has no problem talking to you about sound and loves doing it. You can custom order the wood finish, I just saw a pair today that he just finished with a beautiful unusual dark chocolate teak that looks like something between a walnut and rosewood, Very Striking.
Give him a call. He's about to fly out to Detroit to the Audio Karma audio show, he'll have a room there auditioning the Carbon 7's.