For your tastes it sounds like Harbeth would be a very good choice. Others from your list that fit well with your requirements would be DeVore, ProAc, Dynaudio, with Spendor and Sonus Faber as other potential possibilities. If I’m you I’d tend to stay away from metal tweeters that, depending on what electronics you’re using, can exhibit characteristics that might not appeal to you — this would include the Revels that I wouldn’t tend to recommend for that reason. Hope this helps, and best of luck.
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I have no problem recommending them over many of the others but it is too much of an investment, imho, to make without a convincing audition.
On my way travels to audition some of the brands you mentioned, I stopped one day at a random store and listened to the Revel F228 Be. They were driven by a pair of PS Audio BHK monoblocks and pre. Source was streaming, but I don't recall if it was the PS Audio DAC. I didn't know how good they sounded at the time, but after auditioning quite a few loudspeakers, the Performa F228 Be are very high on my list. In fact, they're just below a couple Wilson Audio offerings, the Yvette, and now the SabrinaX.
My travels to hear loudspeakers taught me something. Great speakers can sound very average when poorly set up or with a bad source, and the reverse is also true. I didn't feel like the room was overly treated or anything special was done during the my audition of the Revel loudspeakers, but they sounded pretty amazing to my ears.
I like the revel line of speakers. The 228’s are very nice but I preferred the Salon and Studio 2’s. When auditioning speakers a few years back, I ended up buying the larger Usher speakers instead of the Salon 2’s. I prefer the DMD Diamond tweeter and the 11” Eaton woofer in the ushers over the revel. if you consider looks, Usher has all of the speakers you listed beat. The BE 10 ushers are around $6k used or higher.
Thanks all for the input so far. I can get the F228 BE very deeply discounted. Still not sure it is worth it though, not sure it will be a major improvement. Wish to hear from others comparisons of the Revels to others in that price range, if people have heard them compared.
I am not particularly worried about the Be tweeter in and of itself, as my Epos also has a metal tweeter, and in my system I have made the sound sweet and full sounding in how it is set up, not too sharp sounding. I have learned how the drivers are used and mated to each other that really matters.
Yes I don’t pay much mind to some of the comments just saying oh yes that is the best $10,000 speaker! Been around the block enough.
Well if you don’t want comments you will not get any…. Buy some and see if you like them…
they have no real flaw and multiple measurements back that up. Does not mean you will like them if you like some coloration.
I like wilsons better even though they are a “worse” speaker in all factors other than I like the coloration in the mids and bass of the wilsons. the Sabrina is twice the price more or less and worse in absolute terms.
The Kef reference 3 is 50% more and much worse to my ear even though it measures well it sounds hard in the highs and lacks dyamics.
The Sonus Faber Olympica nova 3 is very good but again it is not better in anyway way just different. it lacks the bass authority (leading edge impact) of the Sabrina to my ear but very close in sound.
So no one can help you. Buy what you like.