go to the montana audio site and read about there speakers.
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How about Zu? Depending on your budget, either the Druid, Presence or Definition would seem to fit your needs very well. I have the Druids with the Mini-Method sub and I find them very non-fatiguing, with killer imaging and tons of punch when I ask for it. I had some relatives over for Easter yesterday and the Druids sounded excellent on both Frank Sinatra (his voice sounded like he was in the room with us - very rich and smooth) and Fatboy Slim (very punchy with killer deep bass). I'm running a CD/HD player into a tube preamp, with a class D amp supplying the power.
I like Totem's. Maybe you just need something a big larger for your room?
Dynaudio might be something to consider if you are just looking for a tweak to the current timbre of the Totems.
If you want to try something completely different than monitors or box floor standers, in particular in a room where optimal placement and listening position are a challenge, or you just want the sound stage and imaging to hold together better regardless of listening position, consider a pair of Ohm Walsh series (www.ohmspeakers.com).
Your temptation of Revels is a good one. The M22 are extraordinary in soundstage and detail retrieval and offer very decent bass. The downside is that they are quite placement sensitive and need very good electronics pushing them. The F32 is a tremendous performer and may be a very good choice given your large room.
I run Cary tube gear with my Revel M22's and really feel I have everything I want...but still keep an eye open for a local pair of F32s!
Hey guys, thanks for all the replies. I'm looking into all of them.
Multiple suggestions for Totem Forest: is this speaker really going to be right for my sized room? I have some concerns.
Budget: I'd like to keep the speakers under $2000 used, but up to $2500 or so is doable. My two most promising local options so far are: (both asking $2500)
1) Dynaudio Contour S3.4
2) Revel F32
They are both so tempting.. There's also a Revel F32 for 2300 shipped!
How close to the speakers is your listening position? I think this might influence how well the Forests work for you. Not to mention power rating of the 2 channel you ultimately get. I own them but have them in a 15' x 13' alcove that opens on one side to a much larger room. My listening position is ~7-8' from them. I use a 60 watt integrated tube amp. Sound levels are satsifying - but on rare occasions, I find I can't peel the paint.
You have probably visited the Totem site, but just in case...
From the Forest specs
Placement distance apart: 4' - 12'
Impedance: 8 ohms (6.4 minimum)
Sensitivity: 87 dB
Power: 120 W continuous 200 W peak
Crossover frequency: 2.5 kHz compensated 2nd order
Woofer: 6 1/2", 3"
(I'm not in any way associated with Totem).
Good luck with your decision.
I have the Mani's in a 16' x 24'room. The first eight feet of the room (on the 24' dimension) is open to a large (2 story) entrance vestibule on one side. The speakers are 8' apart on the 16 wall and I sit 11' away. Sound familiar? I highly recommend trying the Manis, particularly if you like to Totem sound.
For someone who likes Totem Sound, the natural choices as alternatives are Totem(higer models),DynAudio, Sonus Faber, Spendor, Quad and to some extent ProAc ( ProAc is a great speaker, but a little bit more forward comapred to totem ).
To mention specifically the models:
Totem -- Forest, Wind
DynAudio -- Contour S3.4, Contour S1.4 with REL Sub
Spendor - S8e
Quad - 22L
ProAc - Response Series
PS: Revel is so much of a different sound compared to Totems. Atleast for me, they are kind of polar opposites in sound re-production approach. I listened to many Totems, SFs, Spendors, Dyns, Quads and some ProAcs and Revels as well. Of this group, Revels are the ones whose sound is starkly different from the others.