REGA RS7 or Tannoy Ptestige Line
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Make sure any speaker you audition has the fabric dome tweeters since you dislike metal domes (as do I). I listen to a lot of rock and it sounds stunning through my Odyssey Lorelei speakers. (My speakers are actually the Kismet floor standers, but they are just a beefed up pair of Lorelei's with a better crossover. The sound is extremely close. My setup has very deep and full tight bass and midbass, smooth midrange and very non-fatiguing highs. I listen to anything from Allman Brothers all the way to ZZ Top and it all sounds good, some great and some stupendous.
Pink Floyd is amazing on them. Jazz and Classical sound equally as well. May be worth checking out. I think they are around 2800.00 but the same speakers under the Symphonic Line brand are around 10,000.00 in Europe and they are the same speaker system.
So sounds like you haven't found the magic bullet with the other brands. As I mentioned in the other post, get thee to Park Ave. Audio and listen to the Joseph Audios dammit. What are you waiting for? They're right in your back yard. Just don't listen to the Pulsars or you'll be wrecked (or your budget will). Get off your arse man.
The best speaker I heard at the Newport Audio Show was the Prana fifty90. It had the most coherent and compelling sound I've heard. I don't know if it goes low enough for you but if I had $4000 I'd seriously consider getting a pair.
Todd Garfunkel of MA Recordings was sharing a room with the designer, Steven Norber, and I could have stayed all day in there. I never heard of them before but the sound was addicting.
There are two toggles on the back: one brings the midrange forward just a bit and the other takes the natural roll off from 18Khz-20Khz and flattens it instead which seems to add a touch more emphasize that probably helps on some recordings. I preferred the natural roll off.
Of the two CDs I bought from Todd, there was natural decay and ambience that recreated the venue on my system but with the Pranas, it was like being "in" the venue.
I don't know how else to describe it. Both portrayals sounded great and I could easily live with either, but the Pranas are doing something that I can't quite put my finger on.
All the best,
I'd suggest taking a look at the Tekton Pendragons or perhaps a pair of Zu Definition Mk IIIs (if they have any available, you might come close to your 5K budget). The Tekton's are a real full-range speaker, sound great with all types of music, and are not that fussy about placement and other components. I owned a pair for several months and never found them harsh sounding at all. The Zus are similar but take tone and dynamics to an even higher level.
Since I don't know what electronics your using or room dimensions I can only suggest 6 of the best all round speakers at approximately $5k or less(of course this is my opinion). All theses speakers are capable of bass 40hz or lower.
Focus Audio-FP 70SE
Stirling Broadcast LS3/6
David..if you have a large enough room I cannot recommend enough the formidable Polk LSIM 707. At $4K a pair it can easily go up against speakers in the $20K to $30K price range. Its large clocking in around a 100 pounds and is a four way design that will go all the way down to 22hz. Has one of the very best tweeter's on the market that is a in house design. Its common for Audiophile's to brush off Polk as a inferior speaker thats not Audiophile level which is a very stupid attitude. I previously owned the LSI 9's but the LSIM series takes it to a whole new level producing all the sonic qualities of the very best speakers such as hall effect, echo decay and three dimensional imaging with the very best detail with silky smooth highs and mids. If your room is mid size consider the $3K LSIM 705's which are 78 pounds and will go down to 24Hz. Their is no speaker on the market in the $3K to $4k price range that can better the Polk's. The Polk's sound their best with amps in the 200 too 500 watt range.
A lot of very helpful suggestions made above. I particularly like the suggestion of Vandersteen, the Sonus Faber Liuto, Maggies (if you have the room to place them correctly), Gershman, Proac, Martin Logan and Stirling (the Spendor classic box speakers, which include something similar to the Stirling Broadcast LS3/6 is nice sounding too.
I would add to this list the Synthesis speaker (tall, very thin tower), Tyler Acoustics (the ones with the horn tweeter) and the cheaper Audionote speakers.
Thank you for all your input. I will demo as many speakers as I can from your suggestions prior to making a decision.
I remember you recommending the Jospeh's and I will go to Park Ave Audio. I part own a small tech company and my average work week is 70 hours but I will get off my arse soon!
Thanks again everyone!