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Depending on how much bass you are looking for, then you've already said it...Sonus Fabers are wonderful and for 1500, you can buy a lot of SF these days...particularly if you go back 2 generations to the Electa Amators/Extrema generation.
Maggies are very good for the money, as long as you have space and a good, high current amp
Depending on volume, you (might?) be able to look at an older Quad 988? no doubt you can check here.
For even less than SF, if you can find Celestion SL700 or SL600si, they are great speakers. Set up right (very hard to do), they image beautifully, have an incredibly beautiful voicing, and have surprisingly deep bass (but only when set up right on the bass part).
If you want a more disciplined sound that is still quite warm tonally, try PMC (professional monitor company). Or Totem Acoustics.
All for now...if i think of others, i'll post. Good luck and enjoy! pls keep us posted.
If you are looking for speakers at about $1500 with some good bass I would have a look for Thiel 3.6's but be aware you will need a stout amplifier for them. The other speaker you should take a look at is the Martin Aerius i. There are a pair of black Thiel 3.6's for sale here on Audiogon right now.
Sorry, I should have also mentioned room size being important. If your room is medium to large, check out the link below. For a full, rich sounding speaker, these will be hard to beat for the price. The main rap on these was with the bass response and that may not be an issue with a larger room, although they may not be suited for a smaller room. The manufacturer is outstanding to deal with and I suspect these are still supported. The asking price matches lowest ever on Audiogon.
Here is a link to Stereophile's review:
Agree on Vandersteens...they have always (as long as i can remember...back to mid 90s) positioned themselves as great value for money speakers that do a lot of things well that other speakers cannot touch...and many other things at a level that is at least on par/competitive.
As for KEFs, my own experience is a bit dated...the first few generations of uni-q felt like they could bite a bit. Perhaps the latest 2 generations are better...again, my own experience is 2 generations out of date, so one person's opinion regarding s/hand KEFs...
I have the new C1 sig (a bit beyond your budget) and the esotar2 tweeter is the sweetest smoothest I ever heard. Even The esotec/esotar tweeter is very smooth that are in the models Excite 12/16/32's - Focus 160 - Contour S1.4 would be in your budget. There is a used pair of contour 1.8 mkII here too. Ideally you should demo them first.
Good suggestions, I wish I could demo all of these speakers, but I cannot. I will be pairing these speakers with a McIntosh 2205 and more than likely an Anthem AVM40 or AVM50 (do not have the Anthem yet). The Vandersteen's seem to be a very good option at this point for the money. I have heard these paired with McIntosh in the past and they are very easy on the ears.
Keep the reccommendations coming....