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The Song3 Encore's from SALK Audio would be my choice. They are $6,500 and sounded better than $50,000 speakers I heard at the RMAF. They sell direct only to bypass distributors. As a result they are able to buy expensive drivers and manufacture really excellent speaker cabinets. Call Jim Salk and let him know Larry Edwards sent you. I know the distributors in the group are not going to happy with me to recommend these speakers. However, when you hear them, you will be thankful I pointed you in this direction.
Ishkabibil Is RIGHT-ON!~
Never throw out a T-bone steak that never had Salt & Pepper to bring out it's favor. Adcom Amps play well on some speakers. Find a Hi Fi dealer in your area. See if you can take home a floor DEMO. Start with a Tube 30+watts should drive your speakers. Not a tube guy?
That's OK But it will give you loads of Musicality you ear may tell your brain what its been wanting or is missing... Solid state only?
Pass Labs>>>> FIRST WATT dose both in Spades.
+1 for ATC SCM40, or the more costly active SCM 40a (if you want to upgrade your amp with amplifiers designed for the speaker drivers). These are modestly sized floor standers. If you listen to jazz and classical, their accuracy across the frequency spectrum is outstanding. Tight bass, crisp but not overly bright highs, nice soundstage. The company makes studio monitors used in the recording industry. They come with a 6-yr, warranty. Check them out at http://atcloudspeakers.co.uk/hi-fi/loudspeakers/entry-series/scm40/
Here's a somewhat dated review for what it's worth. https://www.stereophile.com/content/fifth-element-59-page-2 I believe one or more of the drivers has been upgraded in the latest version of the SCM 40.
If you want a smaller stand mounted speaker, you can consider the SCM 19 and use the $1,500 in savings compared to the SCM 40 towards a new amp, cables, power conditioning, a sub, room treatments, etc.
Lots of other good alternatives have been mentioned. I've heard several Dynaudio and Aerial Acoustics products I liked (I own Aerial Acoustics Model 8b's), but must say I found some of the upper level B&W speakers a bit too bright in the highs and fatiguing. As always, listen for yourself.
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