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Budget? What aspects of sound reproduction and speaker performance are most important to you? What speakers do you have now, and what are you looking to improve upon? I wouldn’t consider buying anything until you know what your new room looks like as you may end up with too much or too little speaker for the room, among many other room variables.
High-amp - The Magnepans tweeter will sound dull in comparison to electrosats
The spendor will image like a stat with narrow baffles , very similar in sound as the Audio Physic I spoke of yesterday.
The Eminent technology lft 8b has highs closer to stats than magnepans
Another speaker that has stat characteristics would be the Paradigm Persona
All in my opinion on my hearing these speakers in person and doing comparisons with both magnepan and stats at the same time
No-one can tell you what speakers you will like in your room with your gear, your hearing and your biases. No-one. If possible, best option is to audition at home with a money back guarantee. And if you do this, make sure the speakers are fully broken in before auditioning.
It’s all totally subjective and the posted comments (although well intended) are based on that persons personal preferences and biases.
I can tell you I have the Joseph Audio Pulsars with a REL T7i sub and they get pretty close to the MBL 116's, which retail for $30K and it is my last speaker system.
If you want a pair of trousers that are not too short or too long, you will need custom made trousers made to your exact measurements. Otherwise youll be wearing trousers that are too long or too short, neither of which is perfect.
If you want perfectly tuned speakers, you will need custom tuned speakers tuned to your ears.
I would like to think there are speakers out there that are somewhat forgiving and sound good regardless of room size, except in extreme cases. I have moved over 20 times in my adult life but have only changed my speakers maybe 3 times. If they are good, you just try to make them work.
I currently have hybrid electrostatics (which have bee pretty adaptable) and love the sound, particularly the mids and the highs, but I would like something a little smaller (count Maggies out then). A little unforgiving on poorly recorded tracks, they do need a lot of power to sound good and are a little picky about the listening position. Looking for something a little more efficient (good sound at lower volumes) and something more to fill the room as I always seem to end up in places with a "Great Room" situation, rather than a dedicated listening habitat.
My wife won't let me sell my current speakers until she is sure that what I purchase will sound as good (or better) than what we have. I really don't want to drag two sets around if I don't sell them beforehand!
The price range is dictated pretty well buy my shortlist, $2 - $6K.
Points all well-taken soix, bubinga and maplegrovemusic, thank you.
Or I could just throw it all out the window and go for...
kenjit12-25-2019 4:24amkef ls50 are award winning state of the art. The best in the world.
I have a recently acquired pair of Spendor A7's and can tell you that they are pretty forgiving with respect to positioning, mainly to the way the bass port works and the tweeter dispersion (not ultra wide). They are also very easy to drive (impedance curve) and fairly efficient. So that addresses two of your concerns mentioned above.
I would like to hear them next to the new D7.2's but concerned that they are still too 'analytical' and bright like some have experienced with the D7's. Still using the same tweeter. Reviews only just starting to come out so unsure yet.
That said, the A7's are wonderfully musical, natural, open speakers that are still fun/dynamic/punchy and have excellent base detail. But if you play lots of bass thumping EDM you may want a sub.