Tekton Moab. Done. Next?
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If you don't mind a rather narrow sweet spot (as with most electrostatics), the Janszen Valentina is a really great speaker. You can search for reviews under that name and also Janszen zA2.1. The model recently was upgraded to larger woofers and better crossover, and it was an improvement, especially in the bass.
Ten grand is enough to get you there if the components are up to the task. I had a chance to own a pair of Vienna Acoustics ‘Die Musik’ for $10k and when I pm’d owners and asked if they thought my components would be a good match I was told no, even the seller risked losing the sale to tell me I would need to upgrade my system for those power/current hungry speakers if I wanted to hear what they were capable of.
I know it's a little above your budget but Magico A3 is a must listen before you make a purchase, incredibly musical and it boogies. Drivers are seamlessly integrated like point-source. Build quality is world class, all aircraft-grade aluminum cabinet, beryllium tweeter, and graphene mids and woofers. Good luck.
After posting on every forum I could find and reading recommendations for every speaker under the sun I just started buying and selling anything I could afford locally. I got to own several speakers that list over $20k and really learned about my listening room and my personal preferences, that every speaker is a compromise. The ability to own a speaker for 8 months which for me was how long it took for the infatuation to pass and start hearing the flaws, and because of my room bass was predictable with no port support only rear ported or sealed box would reach 50 hz.
My favorite $10k or less was the Usher Be-20dmd with my only nit being a flat soundstage, wide and deep as you can imagine but not much height to it. Ultimately I combined my speaker and component budget and bought a clean pair of dsp 8000.2's, cured my bass problems and everything else. Happy hunting
I'm certainly glad I sought your opinions on speaker options, as you all have given me many options. I think i'm going to limit the auditioning process to maybe 5 or 6 different candidates, for my own sanity. Right now, anything I audition will be compared to the Sopra 2, which I'm favoring right now. The Magico A3, the Joseph Audio Perspective, and the offerings from Emerald Physics and Goldenear will be put on my audition list. I'll do more research on some of the others to round out the audition list. Note; Some of the recommendations that you all made are too tall for my room. And while I'm sure they're fine loudspeakers in their own right, they would overwhelm my medium-sized room. But thanks for the suggestions just the same.
I just went through the same journey as you are in. I auditioned Focal Sopra N2, Kanta, Magico A3, KEF ref 3, Audiosolutions Figaro L, Revel Studio2, F228be, BW 803D3, MA Pl300 II.
I had short listed it to Magico A3, Audiosolutions Figaro L and MA Pl300 II
It was very hard to decide between Figaro L and Magico A3. Finally I decided for Magico A3. They simply the best.
Figaro L are also impeccable. You can close your eyes and pick either of those and you will not be disappointed.
By the way, my search went on for > 4 months. So you can understand the pain I went through.
I have sleeper speaker that's under the radar and very few are in the know but coming from Thiel, Vandersteen, Avalon and AZ Crescendos' just to name a few and these Liberty's XVOX is in a class of their own and at 1/4 of the price of those mentioned. These are an entry level if you want to call them that but are made by PBN Audio which says a lot...
Reach out to the distributor, Mike at 11steroe.com and see the many videos on youtube under ocd hi-fi guy. These Liberty speakers are superb!
You can follow the progression as they break-in, it took mines almost 300 hours before they hit their sweet-spot but the speaker is seamless top to bottom and the bass is amazing...
The sound is rich, resolving, 3D, wide and deep sound stage with unbelievable pin-point imaging; they really disappear!
The finish on that pair was really beautiful. The test was kind of silly though. He spoke about how they were better speakers than the Klipsch Forte, which I'm sure they are, but when he set up the Liberty speakers, it was with a different amplifier!
Besides that, he used different music, and it wasn't very good at that, but in any case, any hope of comparison was lost. I do believe that they are probably an excellent value for that money though. I'd love to try them.
Yep, Mike used a variety of amps and a sampling of all types of music to demonstrate that they can handle almost anything and not a speaker for certain types of music.
He also showed how loud and clean they can play without distorting. These speakers are the best I have heard and I have had a lot of them; they sound better than the $16K speakers I had.