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We have run the Rega Brio/Vandersteen 1CI successfully paired together at Audio Connection for years.
An easy 90 DB efficiency 6 ohm provides a safe easy load .
In my opinion its advantage is a more open sounding experience with a dimensional feel.
When compared to mentioned box speakers above i think you'll find its tonal and imaging abilities well beyond exceptions.
The 1CI features a unique multi enclosure that many more sophisticated designs use yet at working mans pricing. Their phase and time correct drivers, that get the whole timing of the music when compared to other conventional wisdom box speakers.
The 38HZ bass extension just makes music more full and natural.
This speaker also comes with a well written easy to understand owners manual guiding you to the genuine performance of what you deserve.
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IMO, your going about it the wrong way. Usually one get the speakers first, as they are the only component you can actually hear, and then one finds a suitable amplifier to properly drive them.
But it seems you already have the Brio and are locked into it. So I suggest you understand it's output capabilities and then find speakers that have the proper specs (impedance & sensitive) that the Brio can meet without breaking a sweat. And by all means, audition the speakers to find the pair that sounds best to you, your amp can properly drive and are within your budget.
The Rega is not a powerhouse at 73 wpc in 4 ohms and there is even a warning on their website to be careful driving 4 ohm loads. I would take this to heart and stick with 8 ohm speakers within sensitivity ratings at 90dB and above and you research and develop your short list. Your Brio will be much happier.
I have the Rega Brio R in my second system, which is also the system that gets played the most.
I went a different path with single driver speakers, the Omega Super 7 Monitor MK2. I find the sound from single driver speakers very seductive. Vocals have an in the room presence. Because they are a 7 inch driver, they play loud and with finesse. Running out of steam is not an issue. An omni version of this speaker is possible, as well.
The set-up includes an Emotiva ERC-2 cd player, Stanton ST 150 turntable, Sumiko Pearl cartridge, Audience Ohno speaker cables, AudioQuest Black Mamba II interconnects.
I heard the Brio-R driving GoldenEar Aeons and GoldenEar Triton 7s (floor standers, $1400). Both sounded excellent but I thought the 7s were special at that price point. I don't know what kind of music you listen to but I personally like as close to full range as I can get. Which is why I would audition he Triton 7s and probably the Vandies.