Look at some of the Tekton offerings Lore Reference etc
Jamo;Fluance to add a couple of choices.
Jamo;Fluance to add a couple of choices.
Vintage VMPS speakers if you want to Rock and Roll. Some of the best rockers ever made, AND they play Chopin just fine.. They are a big heavy speaker. TII se, TIII se, RM30s, RM40s (if you can find them) Elixirs (Never gonna find them), RM50s, V60s. I’ve used them over 35 years now.. They use to call him Mr. Bass at NASA, they use to have some of his subs, there for testing purposes.
I have QSO 808s (58lb each monitor, 3 way) 1-300.00
TII se (110lb, full range floor stander, round drivers, single ribbon UHF driver, 4 way) I do a mid range upgrade to a soft dome, quite nice. 4-700.00
RM30s (120lb ea. full range narrow baffle planar base & WCF bass/sub drivers, 3 way) 1-2,000.00
RMx Elixirs (390lb ea. full range, hybrid line source, planar & WCF bass/sub drivers, 4 way) Narrow baffle HDF not MDF.. Impressive 4-7,000.00
Infinity if you know what your looking for.. Some great OLDER speakers, new not so much.. 100-1500.00
A real goodie if you can find a pair is VMPS RM40, with TRT, silver wire. WCF, FST, sound coat and a real cool finish.. There were some great ones..(finishes) One great speaker at close to 250 lb each. 13-2200.00 BIG bang for the buck...
So many great ideas here. I appreciate all of the responses. Good people, you hi-fi folks! Time for the full story... I've had Zu Dirty Weekends on order since October. Finally, I have the invoice. I can pay the balance owed and they will be sent to me on Monday. Thing is during this long wait I've had second thoughts and wondered about some other options. (That's what some of us do, I guess. Never really satisfied! And I don't even have the speakers yet!) I also have an amp w/ A/B speaker capability and have enjoyed flipping between two pairs for a slightly different experience. I had a pair of the Pioneer Andrew Jones towers and sold them. I had an old pair of Klipsch KG2s and sold those as well. If I spend the full boat on the Zu speakers it'll be awhile before I add a second pair again. As a result, I'm laboring over this decision. I'm going to make the decision today and move forward. Thank you all again for the excellent input. Given my affliction, I'm sure I'll get around to some of these ideas one way or another. Cheers.
You might be able to find some Klipsch KLF-20 or KLF-30 around your budget. You might need to reglue the back plate, there were issues with them coming loose and you'll get a little cabinet coloration at high volumes as they aren't the most solid cabinets, even if the back is solid. They can rock though and hold together at higher volumes. The RF-7 used would also be in your budget. Many people like them, I prefer the older three way Legend designs.
Tekton Pendragons can sometimes be found on the used market for close to $1K. In my experience they're worth every penny and pretty much trounce the competition at anywhere near the price in terms of pure emotional engagement and 'you are there'-type realism. JBL Studio 590s are put on sale about 4x per year for $499 each with a 30 day trial period and free shipping both ways...very difficult to beat at that price for sheer, visceral impact but not quite as easy to drive as the Tektons and perhaps a bit more clinical...they're superb budget speakers, though.
For crazy loud and sheer fun, the Sansui SP-X11000. The absolute King of the Kabuki’s. I’ve never seen a speaker move so much air. They are a twin cabinet design for each channel and though certainly not hi-fi, they are the only speaker I’ll never get rid of. Your neighborhood villagers will be at your front door with pitchforks in hand.
I recommend a pair of vintage Infinity RS II’s. They are around used for under a $1000. You might have to have the woofs re-foamed. They are very large.
If you really want to rock out, find a pair of JBL 4698B Cabaret's. They are a PA speaker from the 1980-90’s designed by Mark Gander of JBL. Best kept secret in home audio. 18" woofer, 10" mid and a 2404H tweeter. A friend has a pair and he swears they keep up with his 4343, 4345’s and blow his L-300’s out of the water. They handle all types of music but will mix concrete if you want to rock out. Very efficient too at 103 dB/1 Watt/1 Meter. About as efficient as a Klipsch Corner Horn. They will handle ampzilla solid state amps (400 Watts RMS continuous, 800 Watts peak) or low-power tube amps. They do it all. Not wife-friendly with those pro-cabs but, you could build nice cabs for them. I see them occasionally on Cragslist for around $800-1200/ pair. They are large.
Cerwin Vega Baby! Not my speaker, but with the right amplification they will make your ears bleed and give you left ventricular blockage.
While the Outlaw is respectable, it is in no way capable of transporting you to that aural Nirvana. The aforementioned Ampzilla would arrive you bruised, in need of IV administered fluids and a B12 shot.
You might update important legal documents before firing up that combo.
With the ribbon tweeter and drivers that really punch I would say Martin Login tower 40s. Used under $1000. No sub needed hear and highs that will have your neighbors complaining. If you are near Chicagoland area check out https://holmaudio.com/used-demo-new/
if you are not try to find them. I was amazed by how much these speakers handled everything. Tube and SS sounded incredible.
I'm giving another nod for you to look at Fluance speakers made in Canada. Well built and good sounding at very wallet-friendly prices. Last year I set up a fourth listening room in my house that was a very simple analog setup -- Integrated Tube Amp, Phono Stage, Turntable, and Speakers.
I'd read several excellent reviews on Fluance components, so I took advantage of their Trial At Home offer and bought their top level turntable, the RT85 which came with an Ortofon 2M Blue Stylus (a steal at $499.99) and their Signature Model Three-Way Floorstanding Speakers (again, an incredible bargain at $799.99). Fluance offers Free Shipping and a 30 Day Free Return Policy.
That listening room has gotten a ton of use by myself and friends, and it performs ridiculously above its total investment price point of components. I use that room to prove to my vinyl-loving music friends that you don't have to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on expensive high-end gear to enjoy great sound.
Other speaker options I have used and enjoyed are Monitor Audio Silver and Bronze model floorstanding speakers and Klipsch Forte II speakers. I have seen all of these for sale in the Pre-Owned marketplace that fits in your budget. Happy hunting!