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get a pair of sound dynmaics 300ti speakers. Not only are they even cheaper 2nd and 3rd hand then your $600max. But they blow away much of what your looking at. And they put cash back in your pocket for software and anything else ..I have seen them for as little as $125.00 and tops at $250.00. Make sure you check the drivers for foam rot. There easy to drive and place.
Since you like the sound, why don't you look for a pair of used Von Schweikert VR-1s? They should be available for around $400 or less. For a bigger sound you could also look for a pair of LCR-15s. They are harder to locate but make a better HT speaker. I like them better for 2-channel as well, truth be told.
Try the spica tc-60. It is a big improvement over the original tc-50. It has good bass, fantastic imaging and sounds better than anything near its price. I have a pair and I like them much better than the tc-50. I got them for 500 dollars including shipping and I think they were a good buy at that price. Hope this helps. Shay
I had a set of Europas a few years ago, and was very impressed. I hadn't thought of the 1C, but it may be a good choice as well, as I wouldn't have to spend another $200 on stands. The PSB sounds like a winner, although I haven't heard it.
Walls are only 9 feet apart here, so space is at a premium. Also, I ride my bicycle rollers there in the winter, so I have to be able to tuck the speaker back into the corner when I am riding. I had a set of Von Schweikert VR2000's that I recently sold, and although they were a little big, I am kicking myself, as they were easy to drive and would have sounded nice with the Music Hall.
I recently bought a pair of Silverline Minuets from someone here on Audiogon. Really excellent, balanced and natural sound that exceeds the small size of the speakers. Bass is also suprisingly good.
PSB also makes very good speakers, but try to find a pair of higher end PSBs used that are within your budget.
Hyperion 585s absolutely fabulous. You can get them from Quest for Sound an Audiogon Dealer.
If you really like Von Schweickert and can go up a little in price then get the VR2s . They are small floor standers much fuller than the VR1s and very easy to drive. Last pair I saw was Ebay of all places for only $1K. I know its more but you will be happy.
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(((I would just like to put something together that is pleasing and doesn't sound like mid-fi. 50wpc, not a whole lot of current, so the speaker should be relatively easy to drive.))
How bout checking into the 90 DB phase and time correct easy to drive Vandersteen 1C tower floorstander....
With your amp should make you a proud musical system.
Mr McCormick designer of your other systems power amp also uses Vandersteens.
A third for the Silverline Minuets. I recently put together a similar system for my living room, mainly sound for the tv, internet radio. I have almost no room for speakers. The minuets sound natural and have absolutely amazing bass for their size. I'm sure I could get them to image really well and fill the room with sound if I could get them on good stands away from the walls, but it's also nice to have them sort of tucked away in my small living room. If you are looking for something small and unobtrusive, they are worth checking out.