For style and excellent sonics, my choice is/was B&W 804D3. If you have deeper pockets, the B&W 803D3. Mate with a small REL subwoofer and you're done (subwoofer can be switched off if neighbors start banging).
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go see Johnny Rutan at Audio Connection in Verona. At $10k you can get Vandersteen Treo CT in many Veneer choices... Check out my Casa Pacifica system pictures for Ambrosia Maple. IF you want high end automotive paint in your choice of color you would be at $15 K for Quattro. See my Poverty Bay photos for Audi Phantom Black Pearl. Johnny is ARC dealer, he will appreciate your choice of electronics :-) which are stellar. Pass is a beast.
enjoy the journey and the music
The beauty of a larger speaker is that it sounds great at any volume. Especially, low volume for apartment dwellers. I own a set of Sonus Faber Amati Futuras.
These speakers are so gorgeous I get no complaints from my wife about having them in the living room. Certainly the best constructed speaker with finishing no other company can even come close.
The sound is smooth and well proportioned across the entire frequency range. Close your eyes and listen to Neil Young, Live at Massey Hall, 1971, perform right in front of you.
These are full range speakers. It’s why they sound sooo good. Even at low volumes. You will not feel the urge to crank it. The speakers are consistent in sound throughout the entire normal listening volume range and beyond.
If you can arrange an in-house demo you will be sold. Get the big ones. Blow the entire wad.
I love the look of the new Nova's. Modern design with the walnut and anodized aluminum.
Recently listened to the 1's and was pretty impressed.
We're on lockdown here in NorCal and want to eval the 2's. Why bother with the 3's, at that point just go to the 5s.
Although, can't get past the dealer mark ups, way too many other fantastic direct speaker options mentioned above (Ascend, Buchardt, Salk, etc.)
Good luck, happy listening
Check out Daedalus loudspeakers at Daedalus.com and then call and speak with Lou. They’re heirloom quality hardwood custom made to your likI guess with beautiful inlay work that rally caught my eyes. Zero MDF used making them three times lighter yet still approaching or just beyond 100 pounds. Sonically I’m told by people I trust that they’re amazing. You can also listen to them on YouTube if you have headphones. Definitely talk to him before you buy. They are usually a lifetime purchase so I am told. You’ll be glad you phoned him.
Lots of good suggestions above. I would add to the comments about Daedalus speakers that their combination of an exceptionally flat and benign impedance curve, high sensitivity, and high power handling capability makes them extremely versatile with respect to amplifier selection.
I have owned a pair of Daedalus Ulysses for the past ten years. I am presently driving them with a Pass XA25 amplifier, and previously with a 300B tube-based VAC Renaissance 70/70 MkIII. Your much more powerful X250.8 should be a fine match for Lou's speakers as well.
BTW, the URL that was previously stated for Daedalus was not correct. It should be daedalusaudio.com.
Good luck. Regards,
Charney Audio Companions a work of art with sweet engaging sound that fits in your budget! No sub needed and in Somerset NJ about 45mins west of Manhattan off NJ Trpk exit 9. Contact Charney and set up an appointment for a listen...well worth the effort!
Take a look at Gershman Acoustics Grande Avant Garde.
Beautifully finished, great looking, exceptional sound, great reviews
BTW - with Gersnman speakers the excellent frequency response down to 22 Hz translates to better bass - not "more bass"
Regards - Steve
Isn't it amazing that 20 people have 20 different opinions. Goes to prove that loudspeaker choice is in the "eye of the beholder", or should I say ,
So I guess I'll throw in my 2 cents into this cesspool of ideas and recommend MAGNEPAN. They have models to fit almost any budget and sound incredible to say the least. Agreed, that most, so called audiophiles have never experienced a really proper demonstration of 'MAGGIES". Once you do, it will be like opening a door into "audio nirvana".
And, by the way, I see you have a PASS LABS AMP. MAGGIES love PASS LABS AMPS, because virtually all of their designs are capable of high levels of output current. I have heard 3 different models of MAGNEPANS, all driven by PASS LABS AMPS. Every time came away more convinced that the only other loudspeaker I would move up to when the money is available would be HARBETH. If your are mainly into "rock", MAGGIES would be my choice between the two. If I could afford two high end systems, one would be with "MAGGIES" and the other HARBETH.