Underwood HiFi speakers have gotten excellent reviews. You might ask Walter about the various products you're looking at, as well as cabling and interconnects
This is pretty embarrassing, but that’s not exactly an easy question for me to answer... I’ve not had the chance to hear a wide variety of speakers, and I’m the only person in my social group who seems to care about the quality of sound reproduction, which is kind of sad BC I’m fairly ignorant in my own right. Most of the vernacular used in reviews to describe sound is pretty esoteric to me.
Of the speakers I’ve heard, I liked the Harbeths the best. I liked KEF R3’s, although the sound was a little “small” if that makes any sense. Didn’t like the Klipsch, didn’t like Cerwin Vega AT-15.
I want speakers that will sound good with a variety of types of music... I guess you could say I value coherence, neutrality, balance, and spatially “believable” imaging. Controlled low frequency response that isn’t necessarily overbearing. High end that can be extended without being in-your-face bright. I’m sorry... I feel like I’m just embarrassing myself here.
My budget was actually supposed to be $1000-$1500, but when I saw the LSA’s on sale brand new, I thought, “screw it, it’s not like I’m not going to make rent or anything.” Besides, I’m already $1500 over the budget I set for my amp and pre, lol.
I've owned the LSA-20s for about 6 months and like them a lot. (Used Totems for years.) But I've found the amp you pair these speakers with makes a huge difference. I switched out my B&K ST-2140 for a new LSA Voyager 350 GaN (which probably can make any speaker system sound better) and the result was terrific, esp in the higher frequencies. More mellow/smooth. Very clear detailing. Even so, it's difficult for me to imagine a better speaker for the money than the LSA-20s. The only advice I might add is to compare the "Signature" with the "Standard," which costs about $1k more for a different tweeter. (Beautiful looking cabinets.) To my ear not convinced the tweeter makes a big difference when the Signature is paired with a good power amp. I like this GaN but a tube amp would probably also work well to soften the treble register. In any case, this is another product from Walter's shop that does what he always claims: produce great music at great value.
Signatures are warm sounding speakers with detailed spacious highs and tight base. They don't need a sub for music. They are versatile theater speakers. Very inefficient and I would want a 300 watt amp.
I replaced B&W 1980 801s with these. My old speakers were acoustic suspension. Signatures are very revealing speakers.