Need advice on which speakers I should audition?


Hi everyone, need a little help getting a list together on which speakers I should audition!

I have been in this audiophilia for many years now, and have heard and personally owned many speakers, but haven't listened to anything new lately! I am speakerless as of right now and all my equipment is boxed and put away, as I am finishing my rec/sound room in my basement! My room will be 14'x 21' x 7-6"
ceilings. I like most music except opera and rap, my favorite is hard rock/metal and blues! I am looking for a full range floor stander possibly bi-ampable?

I own different equipment but for this system, I will be using Quicksilver mini-mono amps, SAS 10A pre, and Original A8 Super CDP! am open to using S.S. amp/amps to drive woofers if needed!

Budget for speakers is up to $3000, but if something cheaper does it for me, I have no problem with that.

Speakers I have owned in the past were: Magnats, Scientific Fidelity Tesla's, Martin Logan CLSII's, Vandersteen 2ce, Cerwin-Vega 317P

Below is a list of speakers I made up just from good things I a have heard ...have not listened to any yet except the Thiel CS2.4 for a short time! Obviously some of these speakers won't be synergistic with my current equipment and some of these speakers are not available in my area, so you can see why I need a little help and advice!
I'd like to get a reasonable list together, maybe you can add to , delete or recommend some that are on my list!

Revel F12
Totem Sttaf, or Hawk
Salk Sound Song Tower QWT
VMPS RM2
Energy Reference Connoisseur RC-70
PSB Imagine T, or Synchrony Two
Epos M22i
Usher CP-6311
Dynaudio Focus 220
Vienna Acoustics Mozart Grand
Spendor S8e
Thiel CS2.4
JM Reynaud Euterpe

Thanks for your help!
John
johnm846
consider the totem, although i believe they are more jazz oriented than most....one you left out that i have been impressed with is the old jm labs , now focal, 918 model, they get no respect, but if you listen to them awhile you will find out they are a steal at their price...good listening..
Good selection. F12 deserves its place at the top of your list.
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"I think the PSB Synchrony is a major step up. I've owned the Spendor S8e and I don't think it's well suited to your music -- too polite."

In general will most British speakers have this quality?

Thanks, for the input so far ! keep them coming!
If there is a Devore Fidelity dealer anywhere near you I would highly recommend an audition. The 8's or Super 8's are remarkable speakers and don't seem to favor any particular musical genre.
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The Quickie Mid Mono's would be great with The 94 DB Proac Studio 140 and later High passed with Vandersteen 2Wq sub
if this is too much start with The 90 DB Vandersteen 1C and then High pass w/ the Vandy 2WQ sub as well.
Cheers John
"The Quickie Mid Mono's would be great with The 94 DB Proac Studio 140 and later High passed with Vandersteen 2Wq sub
if this is too much start with The 90 DB Vandersteen 1C and then High pass w/ the Vandy 2WQ sub as well.
Cheers John"

I haven't heard the Studio 140's but always liked ProAc's in the past! As far as the Vandy's , never been a fan of there sound, to me they seem to lack in the dynamics department, vey thin and dull sounding.
I'll have to add the 140's to my list!

Revel F12
Totem Sttaf, or Hawk
Salk Sound Song Tower QWT
VMPS RM2
Energy Reference Connoisseur RC-70
PSB Imagine T, or Synchrony Two
Epos M22i
Usher CP-6311
Dynaudio Focus 220
Vienna Acoustics Mozart Grand
Spendor S8e
Thiel CS2.4
JM Reynaud Euterpe
ProAc Studio 140
DeVore Fidelity gibbon 8

From the list above, the following speakers I am able to audition locally;

Energy Reference Connoisseur RC-70
Dynaudio Focus 220
Vienna Acoustics Mozart Grand
ProAc Studio 140

Are the other speakers from the previous list worth driving at least 80 miles to listen to???
Back in mid 80s I remembered replacing my ML CLSII to the then new Energy Reference Connoisseur 22 (a model with wooden stand integrated to the speaker as one single unit, nice and solidly built, pretty heavy too). RRP then was around the range of CLSs, $2k-2,5k. Drove them with a Sony ES cdp, VTL Ultimate Pre, and VTL225 Amp. The ERC 22 were truly transparent, coherent and neutrally balanced speakers with excellent smooth highs and great bass extension that belie their size! Pop, Rock, Jazz and R&B were their forte. I still considered those today to be one of the more musically satisfying set-up I've had.

Eventually looking for a change, I replaced them with the MGIIIa in '87, but thereinafter found often times missed the Energy's overall all round musical abilities. I am not currently familiar with their line-ups, nor to which direction the helm been taking the brand since. But assuming they have progressed right, I'd certainly place them high amongst your must audition list. Having owned and lived with the Response 3.5 & 4s, I'd also vote for the ProAcs, excellent speakers, however, harder to get right and more demanding of upstream components compared to the Energy (if memory serves right).
Audition as many as possible but you have to realize there are dealers that can't set up a system.
Compile your listening experiences to written reviews and user reviews to validate opinion.
Trust yours ears. Remember that you will be listening to these speakers for many years. We can lead you to the watering but that's it.
trust your ears...trust your ears ,,,trust your ears,,,reviews are great and some info here is great, there is some bad product out there for the money, but there is alot more these days,,,good listening...dwhitt
"Audition as many as possible but you have to realize there are dealers that can't set up a system.
Compile your listening experiences to written reviews and user reviews to validate opinion.
Trust yours ears. Remember that you will be listening to these speakers for many years. We can lead you to the watering but that's it.
Magnumpi205"

"trust your ears...trust your ears ,,,trust your ears,,,reviews are great and some info here is great, there is some bad product out there for the money, but there is alot more these days,,,good listening...dwhitt
Dwhitt "

Hey guy's thanks for the encouragement!!! I do trust my ears...the problem for me is that there is no way possible to listen to every speaker in my budget, so I've compiled a list of speakers I have heard numerous good things about and since I haven't heard any on the list yet, I am asking fellow agonner's to recommend maybe from their experience a few speakers given the type of equipment i own and music I listen to! Then I can merge my audition list to a reasonable amount of speakers that are available in my area to listen too, so I appreciate everyones input!!!
Revamped list:

Totem Forest
VMPS RM2
Energy Reference Connoisseur RC-70
PSB Imagine T
PSB Synchrony Two
Epos M22i
Usher CP-6311
Dynaudio Focus 220
Vienna Acoustics Mozart Grand
ProAc Studio 140
Rega R7
Monitor Audio GR20
Revel F32
Dali Ikon 6
Sonus Faber Concerto
Sonus Faber Grand Piano