I would highly recommend the Meadowlark Kestrel hot rods. Read up on them, there are a few used pairs. They match up beautifully with your dac.
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How about Sonus Faber Grand Pianos??? I still own Grand Pianos (but now listen to another brand another model much more expensive) and do not sell them because I like them too much.
To my ears, the Grand Pianos sound more clear and are more pleasing to me than the Concertino. They are also not as lush as the Amati (though they do not pretend to go down to 20hz) and I like that about them. I auditioned the Meadowlark Kestrel and, per my ears, I prefer the Grand Pianos. I have not auditioned the Grand Piano HOME so cannot express an opinion as to those. I have seen the Grand Pianos on Audiogon for around $1500 to 2000.
I used to own SF Concertos which had a great sound. I've since bought Vienna Acoustics Beethovens and Haydns. I use the Haydns as rear surrounds and they are a terrific speaker. I don't see them on the used market much, but if you have the opportunity, certainly give them a listen. They are worth every penny. Good Luck.
Might I recommend the B&W 805's. They're excellent in the mid's and high's and could be just what your looking for. They do lack a little in lower freq's (56htz) but should pair up nicely with your NHT subwoofer. I have a pair of these and listen to similar music styles as you. Patrica Barber, Fionna Apple, James Taylor, and several Jazz, R&B, and Blues albums. I highly recommend them for a speaker in the price range you are looking in. Give them a listen, and good luck.
I am not sure of the power requirements of the Concertino relative to the Grand Piano. For the Grand Piano I first used a Densen Beat B-100 (I think 100 watts) and that was not enough power. I switched to an ARC VT-100 MkII and never thought I lacked power, though I probably could have used more. However, the VT100MkII and the Grand Piano sounded pretty good together. I did not use any other amps with the Grand Piano. The Grand Piano sounded more true in the upper mass and lower midrange.
One caveat is that I did not do a side by side comparison with these speakers in the same room with same electronics but in different rooms and with different electronics.
One other caveat on the Grand Piano is I have only used them with the stone isolation bases. I never used them without the bases but would not be surprised if the bases materially improve the sound.
Hope this helps.
Thanks so much Avkmusic. My amp is only rated at 70 watss per channel. Also, I don't really have the room for the Grand Pianos but would like to get them if I did. The stone bases are nice, too bad they've been discontinued.
So you thought the Grand Pianos overall sounded more accurate/true than the Kestrels? Very interesting. I may go with another monitor as an alternative. I appreciate your thoughts.
having used the concertos, concertino and electa amator for a number of years, well, its time to move on.
today using the spendor s3/5 with very good results!
Used also totem model 1, vienna haynds and my vote still goes to the spendors.
your i-5 i bet will sound good with these speakers.
make sure you put them at least 5 feet away frm rear wall for them to sound open and uncongested.
Soliloquy actually voiced their speakers using Sim Audio equipment so this might be a good fit with your current system. Either the 5.0 monitors or 5.3 floorstanders(not very big but need space to breathe) would fit your budget, and they sell some B-stock stuff that would put many manufacturer's A-stock to shame if you're looking for a bargain.
Others I would strongly recommend would be Triangle Titus or Zephyr(may be hard to find), Audio Physic Spark III, or Silverline Panatella?, a small $1500 floorstander that I think just came out.
You've already listed some of the others I would have mentioned, but since speakers are so personal I'd highly recommend at least giving these a listen before making a final decision. Best of luck.