What kind of music do you like? Not all speakers can produce all genres of music well.
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A used pair of Vandersteen 2CE Sig IIs will offer you far more sophisticated drivers,Technology and just more natural performance with all of your music.
Perhaps later you can take advantage of the Regas pre amp out Main in feature and High Pass her and add a Vandy 2WQ for even higher level of performance with the system.
You are going to have to give us more info as to your likes vs dislikes. Are you looking for something a little laid back or right in your face. Do you like big bass or sacrifice some bottom to get a smaller, tighter package. Do you want new with a warrantee? There are lots of speakers out there, so think about what is important to you. It is a big investment.
You're on the right track considering speakers.
There's a huge difference between the PSB Synchrony One and the Revel F12. You'd need to go up a level in the Revel line to be in the same park as the PSB Synchrony.
I'd also consider the PSB Synchrony Two and either the Paradigm Studio 60 or 100.
The big question is whether your little integrated amp has enough power to adequately drive the Revel, Paradigm or PSB.
Thanks for the responses.
Likes and dislikes: I listen to jazz, blues, acoustic/roots music, some rock, some classical. I'm not a bass freak, but I don't want to feel like I'm missing the bottom end too much.
As to whether the Rega has enough power: I can see where that would be a concern, esp. from you guys who are pushing a lot of power. I'm holding off on that kind of rig until I have a dedicated listening room. My current room isn't huge and my listening volumes are reasonable, so I'm hoping this will not be an issue. Would the fact that the PSB Synchrony Ones are 4ohm make a difference?
As far as the Onkyo CDP: It is Stereophile class B so I don't think it is hurting me; there are better cdp's and I will consider and upgrade or an external DAC. But loudspeakers will come first.
In terms of budget: This is the point of the thread, really. Of course I'd like to spend less rather than more, but I am trying to determine how much I need to spend to achieve more than an incremental improvement. In the interest of system balance, my budget should probably be no more than 3k, used or new. Any more than that and it begs the question if I should be upgrading the other components as well.
It makes sense to buy the very best speakers you can afford regardless of the other gear. From purely a distortion standpoint, speakers are orders of magnitude worse than any reasonable electronics. Look at the speaker purchase as a long term investment.
Regarding power... Once you've heard the "ease of music" that adequate power provides you'll question how you ever did without. Also, note that better (cleaner) speakers will have you turning up the volume.
Pricing of a speaker is whatever the manufacturer thinks he can sell for. It has little direct correlation to how it sounds. A $5k speaker from brand A may not sound better than a $3k speaker from brand B. Often, depending on your system and your room, a $10k speaker may not sound better than a $5k speaker from the same brand.
What I am trying to say is don't use price alone to judge the sound quality of a speaker. You got to audition them yourself, preferably with your own equipment in your own room. If that isn't possible, at least audition them with equipment in the same class as yours and listen often with different equipment to get a true sense of the characteristic of the speaker. For example, if a speaker sounds aggressive in three different rooms driven by different amps of different brands, it most likely is an aggressive speaker.
One thing I have learned over the past 30 some odd years as an audiophile is that never judge a book by its cover and never judge a piece of audio equipment by its price.