The Paradigms are good for high levels. They pretty efficent. Just be careful because they can have a pretty harsh top end with the wrong equipment.
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Try a pro audio pair of any of the larger models (audition to your tastes) of JBL, Meyer, PMC, ATC, Genelec, Westlake, Tannoy, Dynaudio....active designs will be more dynamic and tend to go at least 3 db louder for the equivalent amplifier power. My ATC SCM 100's sound totally effortless at 105 db continuous (120 db peaks) at the listening position (12 feet back from the speakers) but I rarely listen that loud for long and if I do it is only with a high quality recording...but man, when I do, do they ever rock!
You mentioned AC/DC, actually "Back in Black" is an excellent example of a high quality recording, as far as rock genre recordings go, with only the mildest of compression used in the mix/master.
In case you are skeptical, I might add that AC/DC themselves use ATC speakers...so on ATC you get to hear AC/DC just the way Angus does!
As a longtime electrostat owner and dealer, I'd have to say that this is not the ideal technology for hard rock at high decibels.
In my opinion, one effective way to get where you want to go is to use a high-end speaker with pro-sound drivers. Examples include PiSpeakers, Klipsch heritage series, Classic Audio Reproductions, Edgarhorn, vintage Altec, and two other brands that I happen to sell (don't want to turn this post into an ad so I'll mention who they are in an e-mail). The advantage of prosound drivers is they have excellent dynamic characteristics, and the disadvantages are they are usually not as smooth as high quality high-end drivers and being high efficiency will require a pretty big box to get good bass extension. In my opinion the better designs sound very smooth, but the box size issue remains. However, if you're considering Martin Logans, you've already conceded a fair amount of real estate to your speaker system.
Best of luck in your quest,
No stats for all out rock (owner of Innersound Stats here)
great ideas from others, Klipsch, Pro speakers with Compression drivers and horn subs ( a guy I used to know made DIY open baffle speakers with pro drivers and I heard SPL's that hit 130db..... although I dont think I could handle that level more than 1 song.
Save your ears dude 'cause you might not need speakers later-on...
Speaking of Klipsch I get tired of them very quickly much bellow 96dB but dare to say they have the best synergy between horn and dynamic bass among all speakers.
There are Dyns that could be cranked way above 100dB with less fatigue but with HUGE power required.
I want to thank all of you for all the really helpfull info. I am proud to announce that as of today I am the proud poppa of a pair of 1982 Klipschorns. Your guys comments prompted me to find a local Klipsch dealer, who was actually very close by, and he also is a dealer for Anthem/Paradigm so i could really hammer him with questions
He is redoing his store and had his old personal Klipschorns that he was going to let go, and after teling him what im doing, he offfered them to me. I got the serial #s, called Klipsch today spoke to them about what its like (as far as parts, blue book value, upgrading and the like) and the lead tech at Klipsch gave me some more great info, which helped me knock the price down.
I got them for $2150 cash. YAAAAAAAAAAYYY is all i can say.
Thanks a ton, i couldnt be happier, if it werent for you guys, i wouldnt have seriously considered Klipsch otherwise, as i had thought they were as fragile as Martin Logans- boy was i wrong ~! I also picked up toady in a seperate purchase my Technics SE-A5 MKII, so ive got the speakers and Amp DONE. Now just for preamps. Yeah he could give me a deal on Anthem as well, but id still have to have a seperate phono preamp stage because a big part of this new system will be for my old and well packed Technics turntable (which my kids have never heard). I cant wait to figure that part out, and then i can rock away ~!