I would recommend Auditorium23 for sure pricing should be in the neighborhood of $1000-1200. And they come up used from time to time.
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With my Devore O/93's, Auditorium 23 easily bested my Cardas Clear Beyond which cost 4 times as much. I did not expect it at all. I bought mine slightly used and figured I would give them a go and just sell them if they failed to impress. The Cardas sounded too hi-fi, too sharply delineated without sounding all-of-a-single-piece-of-cloth which is just another way of saying that the A23 were more organic sounding without sacrficing anything like deep bass, smooth but extended highs, and wide soundstage.
I have a second set of loudspeakers which I rotate in and out of my system, Spendor D7.2's (I like the Devores much better) and they too sound better with the Auditorium 23 than with the Cardas Clear Beyond. And to top it off, the bananas that come standard with the Auditorium are so much easier to disconnect and reconnect at both the loudspeaker and amp than thick spades. Somehow I thought that spades were inherently superior to bananas. I have no idea why or how I thought that but no longer.
I am still astounded by the impact of cables. As I have upgraded my system over the last 40 years I purchased monster interconnects and audioquest rocket 44 speaker cables.
Then I moved and needed a different length in speaker cables and tried Blue Jean Cables - they sounded great actually better in my opinion than the audioquest.
Then I ordered Kimber Kables 12 TCs and the difference was immediate, the highs were harsh and I would get a headache after about 30 minutes of listening. And the sound was different based on the dynamic range of the music - some music like jazz the bass presentation was excellent and full and other music like rock the definition between drums and bass guitar was muddy. This is my opinion and unexpected because I really thought the sound may be slightly different because of the gauge but didn't expect the harshness in the highs.
I returned the 12 TCs and tried the Bifocals and the sound was first consistent and second the harshness in the highs was not present and the sound seemed to have details and be congruent across the sound spectrum.
I have kept the bifocals even though I think the cost is crazy - I'm fortunate and because I've been able to purchase many of my items as demos I decided the sound is great to me.
I encourage you to experiment. I am impressed with the DeVore Supernines and hope you find something that brings you joy. And when you find it - have the confidence to be pleased with your experience. After all my opinion is only valuable if you can learn something from my experience :).