" warm fuzzy crisp " is kind of contradicting ,no?
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DCM Time Windows 1A! Forty years later still World-beaters! A very successful design from Steve Eberbach - over 26,000 pairs sold! If you like the Vandersteen 2's you will love the TW's! Comparable phase-coherent imaging - but superior dynamic range! I am now onto my THIRD pair! Cost - $219 + shipping from an eBay seller (mint condition). New they sold for $1200/pr.
At your price range you might want to entertain monitors as well as floor standers. Some very good monitors would be Silverline Minuet Supreme or Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 or 11.1. If you’re stuck on floor standers and can stretch a little the Silverline Prelude or Wharfedale 10.3 or 11.3 are solid options. Within your price range and considering what you’re looking for along with the somewhat limited power of your tube amp I’d go with the Minuet Supremes that I think would really sing in your setup. Best of luck.
Anything DALI. They have a lot of good speakers but yes, you should look at monitors as well. And start saving your money because you will want to upgrade soon as nothing in this price range will be satisfying for long. And the Silverline speakers soix talks about are very good but all are above $500 and the Minuet Supremes and Supreme Plus are all discontinued now..
@arctikdeth ....walking across a wool carpet on a warm low humidity day can make any speaker do that....;)
And a nice jolt for the listener next to you....but don't pet the dog.
You get the 'Why?!" look....after it settles down...
@gguy767 ....best values will likely be used. so good luck. Consensus in this crowd is unlikely, and it might help to define your listening space.
Happy listening and shopping....
I have an old pair of Paradigm Monitor 9 floorstanders. Been sitting in my garage for years because I got a great price and never used them. I recently hooked them up to listen before I sold them off and was very surprised. These can be had in the $300 range and they sound fantastic. Definitely worth listening to in your price range.
My 2 cents? I would keep an eye on your local craigslist "for sale" section and buy a good pair of used vintage speakers, you'll get more speaker for your money.
Before I bought my Zu Omens last year I walked into a Best Buy Magnolia room to see what they had, very disappointing to say the least, especially at the $500 range ($250 per speaker). (By the way, the Zu Omen's would be a great choice; great sounding speaker, high efficiency, and I believe they have a 30 day return policy; they were around $1200 for the pair)
I check Craigslist almost every day for audio equipment, I'll even search using the term "audiophile"... I'd definitely only entertain add's posted by individuals that are willing to demo the speakers.
Some great speakers pop up every day / week, give it a shot!
Second and third the recommendations to shop used. Craigslist is a great resource. Obviously there are many factors to consider when building a system, budget being one of them...we all have them.
I'd recommend looking into the now defunct AV123 line of speakers.
They were good values when new, and offer tremendous value on the used market. Some designs (like the X-LS) still have a following and support from their designer (GR Research). Drivers are usually off the shelf variety and still available through vendors like Madisound.
The complete set of AV123 Xstatiks, x-voce and x-omnis listed on USAM, could come in under your budget by selling off the pieces you don't need. Of course you'd need to be local to the seller.
X-statiks would be my choice for your bass needs, or if you can locate a pair of Mini Stratas, they have built in 8" subs. Worth looking into and a bargain on the used market. Listing a little over your budget around $700. There are reviews out there on this speaker, and definitely worth the read.
The Ascend Acoustics Model CBM 170-SE bookshelf are on sale right now, from $348 to $298 pair I like that they have the soft dome tweeter. Match them with a good Sub down the road and that might be just the ticket
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Found a pair of daulquist M905’s not sure if anyone has experience with these. The guy wants 200$ on Craiglist. I can’t find much on these speakers but I haven’t read any bad reviews. Just from what I read they seem like a very well liked speaker all around. General reviews are along the lines of (it’s a solid audiophile grade speaker that is all around great sounding). If anyone has any experience with these, let me know what ya think.
Go to www.regnan.com. They are thee folks for anything Daulquist. As for new just a bit above your budget look at PSB alpha t20's. Good review of those at ZeroFidelity. Maybe Tekton mini lores ( not likely warm but easy to drive. Good luck on you quest and "enjoy the music"