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.