you might find something at www.ohmspeakers.com either new MicroWalsh for just a bit more or look in the outlet store for refurbished and updated models that offer great sound per $$$ . The CAM42 ,model currently in the outlet store would be a good pick.
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It looks like the Vandersteen bookshelf speakers are ~$1300. You probably can get them used for <$1K. Thanks for buying American! When recently deliberating a speaker upgrade, I considered the Revel F206 and F208. I quick internet search on worker and environmental protections in Indonesia turned up multiple articles of child sweat shops. No thanks, I cannot support that in the slightest. I ended up with used Thiels. They sound killer!
Also worth noting on the Rogue gear...it’s designed and hand built in the US....doesn’t mean all of the pieces are made here, which they are not...tough to buy ‘all American’ These days with global supply chains and thin margins. They couldn’t sell the Sphinx for $1,295 if all components of it were made in the US.
tough to buy ‘all American’Charles Hansen posted on audioasylum that Ayre made very effort to source from American manufacturers. It's just not possible to *every* part from the USA.
- Chassis: Made in California, including anodizing and silkscreening.I imagine Rogue is in a similar boat.
Klipsch Heresy IIIs, only because I recently bought a pair…the "Capitol" version was shipped to me instead of the cheaper, normal model, and the "damaged box" deal saved over a grand from list. Yes, the box had a smashed corner (speakers were safe), but I don't listen to the box anyway. Arkansas! HA…I changed the IIIs to a black grill because the stock "looks like a sweater" grill was saggy, not unlike an actual sweater. Weirdly, I now have a "hat trick plus" of USA built stuff…Schiit Freya tube preamp, Dennis Had "Inspire" SEP amp, and the Klipsch. Also a Schiit Loki EQ gizmo, and USA Morrow cables. I do like my Russian tubes, and consider them to be refugees.
Check out the Ascend Acoustics Sierra 1. An actual bookshelf speaker that falls within your budget. Uses the same tweeter that Spendor has used in some $3K speakers.
If you’re willing to buy used, consider the Vandersteen VLRs. With a bit of patience, you should be able to pick up a lightly used pair for $1K. Someone here recently got a pair for less than $800.
Schiit Audio allegedly sources most of their parts in the U.S. Definitely consider them for amplification.
Omega is your best bet but only if you don’t listen to complicated music
like Symphony which I don’t think you do from your post .
We need to stop recomending floor standers when he wants bookshelf .
Silverline and Totem build outstanding monitor speakers but not likely to find any under 1K that will rock out .
Louis at Omega is a great guy and has excellent service and I know he is a rocker .
Maybe a pair of JBL - 4312M II Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) from Music Direct?
I think they may be made in Mexico, like my JBL 4319 monitors, but like Canada, it's considered North America.
All the best,
A DIY option for you:
Selah Audio "Tono" kit:
Add Parts-express cabinets and they would cost about $950.
I own a pair of these. Incredible value. Rick is great to work with. He sells many other kits and fully assembled speakers.
I have recommended these before and sorry, they are not what you asked for, but for the price, I had to throw them out there. They are a kit that you would need to assemble. I'm an old time speaker builder and can tell you that these compete very well with $5000 speakers. These are $1000 a pair and if you look, you should be able to find a $100 off coupon, They are designed by Jeff Bagby, he is an accomplished designer and this kit is very easy to put together. They are constantly out of stock, they bring them in and sell out in just a few days. I see them available every so often, so when they say they are due in jump on them if you are interested. On this link, scroll down and you will see images of finished sets that others have done, you'll notice some look outstanding and worst case look pretty good. Good Luck, Tim
ok enough, I can't stand the criticism. So even though I recommended and still do, a small floor stander, here is another kit (book shelf) , this one, no cabinet assembly that competes very well at a low price.
How can those of us not fluent in reading know anything about bookshelves ?
sorry I recommend a floor stander the magnepan
the VLR can most definitely be purchased used for under a grand
small Sony’s Faber Concertino are also amazingly musical and about $750 used, high whipped by WAF factor in leather / Walnut
you might be wound 2 tight
” the lost art of reading” influenced my comment about a lack of fluency in reading and therefore a comment about Recommendations of floorstander because we might not know what a bookshelf IS.....
also so I believe you were the 2nd poster to point out VLR at or below a thousand