psb is a good match with nad electronics. totem makes a fine product but is more power hungry than psb.
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Bob, thanks for your reply. The sub is a Velodyne CT80; I am using the sub's crossover, set at about 80Hz.
To make sure I understand, you suggest I unhitch the preamp from amp section, and run RCA cables to an Aegis sub, and then back? And with a Aegis sub this will get me sound significantly better than what I have now? Even if the bass were better (and better integrated) wouldn't the whole upper range be the same?--Alex
If you looking at PSB, then id suggest you check out the Stratus Mini. I owned a pair and i felt their greatest strength was rock music. They are forgiving of lesser electronics ( I used an Onkyo stereo amp and a cheeeeeap Kenwood CDP with good results) they also have good bass for their size. If you are in a larger room then maybe the Bronze or Silver would be a better choice. I sold my Stratus Mini's on this site for $460 so they are within your budget.
tell you what if you want PSB check out dmc-electronics web site - they are in California - I bought a pair of Image 6Ts - they have most of the newer models, - new for about half price - authorized dealer - factory sealed but with supposed blemish on cabinet - yet to see it - I listen to rock and jazz and they sound great either way - no hassel seller
If you're looking new, agree on the PSB recs.
I use JM Reynaud Twins with my bee and a Sony 9000es sacd/dvd player in my second system. Very, very pleased with this setup, does everything very well. Used should be well within your budget, but you'd need 28" stands. Don't think you'd be disappointed, and if you upgraded the amp, say to a tube int, the Twins sure won't embarass themselves. Used them for four years with a Rogue Tempest int.
Thank you all very much for your comments! It will take me some time to run down all these suggestions, but it should be fun. Bob, in response to your last post, I run the speaker wires to the subwoofer, then from the sub out to the monitors. There is a single crossover dial on the back of the sub, which I have been setting to about 80Hz. So the monitors are not trying to produce bass, unless the sub is off. But I am intrigued by your suggestion--to scoop out the bass before the signal even gets to the amp section of the integrated--and I plan to try it this weekend. I notice now that the sub has RCA in and out jacks; the out jacks are labeled "80Hz high-pass output." So I guess Velodyne thought of this too. Thanks again for your very thorough comments--Alex