You should seriously consider auditioning other (better) speakers before further upgrades, IMHO.
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Speakers are definately in the long term works, but for now I can't afford it. (Have to focus on the amp side) I have not yet picked up the G2's but can get them for $400. Are the Kinima's that bad?
I have been using a set of JBL's from the '80's and they're doing fine. Re-allocate the $400 elsewhere perhaps.
Can you recomend a speaker in the $1k and under range?
New build's are a bit akward because I don't know a lot of the characteristics, but I'll learn as I go.
I would strongly consider selling the Spectral preamp, buying a used Cary SLI-80 integrated with phono, and then keeping the $400 and looking at different used speakers. The Cary should give you plenty of options, it has solid output, I would imagine any speaker that's 89db sensitive or higher with a nominal impedance above 6ohms would be fine. Many speakers quality, look at Reference 3A, JMlabs, Totem, and Zu, and many others. Just my .02, whatever you do take your time, have fun, and listen, listen, listen. Good luck!
I have not yet picked up the G2's but can get them for $400. Are the Kinima's that bad?
I don't have direct experience but the look of them and the design got me very worried. A quick google indicate that there are some unhappy customers of their other speakers. So just a word of caution - there might be a good reason they are so "cheap".
I would recommend you get a pair of Veritas 1.8 used. I think you can find some quite close to your price range.
Of course I could be completely wrong...but I sense something wrong and I also read that they went out of business after only a few years. The Veritas 1.8 are discontinued too but Energy is well known and respected brand and these were probably they best speaker they have made, so far.
This is the difficulty with new systems, is that after building computers for many years, it is truly a constant test of swapping componenents. Is building a system around speakers common practice? I would have thought the amp would come first?
Also, Does the SLI-80 come with a Phono option? I have heard nothing but praise for the Spectral pre and thought I may want to retain it, but it is worth $1200 or more after it's recent authorized service.