Find a used set of Snell Cv Towers for $1000 then spend the other $2000 on some new music. They have the grunt of which you seek.
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"Totem Audio. Can't remember all the models but most of that I heard were great, I love the wind. powerful sound but not over the top."
I've had Totem Mani 2 Sigs. for 2-3 years & love them. Very "neutral", like great studio monitors, but with all the good audiophile qualities. Whatever you put into them with your amp, pre-amp, cables, source, CD's or LP's, etc., is just what you'll hear.....
I will try to find a Dynaudio dealer. Hopefully one that carries the countour S3.4. That abd the C1 are the models I'm most interested in 2nd hand.
Steveaudio. Do you know what the difference is between the Mani-2 and the Mani-2 sig? I have been around long enough to know that not every change is an upgrade. The Dali Helicon 400 is a very nice speaker the Dali Helicon 400mkII isn't. That made me a bit weary for mkII models.
I bought 6 month old demo of Hyperion HPS-938 for $3k with a warranty. Used go for about $2500. It looks like Wilson Puppy but, according to reviews, sounds better. It had whole bunch of awards including component of the decade from "Enjoy the Music" and was sensation in 2004. They have speed comparable to electrostats.
I've never heard Wilsons but Hyperion sound fuller and more relaxed (according to review). I drive them with pretty unforgiving gear (Benchmark DAC1, Rowland 102 - class D) and even bright recordings sound normal. They are very dynamic and vivid but midrange is simply superb. Read reviews (links on their website - some links might not work and you'll need to modify them slightly)
On negative side - it is smaller company (Taiwanese that builds them in California) that have very limited dealership. Also it looks like Wilson Puppy - black coffin (It is slowly growing on me).
Mordante - after reading your post again, Hyperions might be too polite for you. They are more for Classical or Jazz but less for heavy metal. They are still very dynamic but have overall sound just opposite to hi-fiish (dramatic) sounding speakers.
I wouldn't avoid speakers with bass refleks firing down. Some excellent speakers like Revel Saloon 2 do that to better control bass coupling. Review states that they have the most even and natural sounding bass (plus great extension).