Speaker match


Wanted to build a small budget system using my NAD 3020 amp that has 20 watts.Wanted a speaker with 90db or better to use with this amp and have read good things about Rega RS1, Tekton Mini Lore ,Decware as well as other speakers in the $1000 or less price range.Any thoughts on these or any others you would recommend?Thanks.
john421
What have you listened to so far?
Actually have not heard any.Have Paradigms monitors and Celetions monitors as well,but they are older vintage speakers which sound ok but was wanting to upgrade.
Size room?, type of music listen to? Some of the Focals used will be in your range. The NAD is good for many of the speakers in this range as so many run a bit hot on top. You will have tons of choices, but mostly what you will get in this thread will be people telling you what they have and like. Right now you can get closeouts on last years models from many of the companies out there. Sierra, I think it is makes some nice efficient speakers. Keep in mind that the NAD is a legit 20 watts and has some current behind it, unlike some of the lower stuff out there. I have run a bit more powerful NAD integrated, the 326BEE on my Floorstanding Proac Supertowers (that are for sale around your range) and the sound was excellent. To me, much better than most of the 1k choices on the market, but that's me and I'm also trying to sell them as I upgraded recently. Great luck to you.
Room size is 15W x 20L.Listen to R&B,Soul as well as music like the Eagles and Clapton and similar. Also a bit of Jazz.
This is a GREAT amp, and no need to limit your speakers to 90dB. The NAD 7225 (25W) was my main amp for 20 years (no lie), and it works great with lower-sensitivity speakers.
Yes,it has lots of current.Had read that a few people have driven Maggie MMG's with this amp,but afraid I would be expecting to much from the amp.$600 is around what I was looking for and reviews say they are great speakers for the price.
For me, the best speaker I've heard under $1000 is the Vandersteen Model 1c. I must have put them next to at least 25 pairs of speakers under 2k and they beat every one. Your amp will have no problem driving them. If you don't have a local dealer, post and I can recommend a couple of good places.
I'm in central Va. And a store called Audio Art carries them,right up the road from me in Richmond.

Having owned a couple of 3020's, no doubt it is a gutsy 20 watts with good headroom. Since you seem to be concerned with speaker sensitivity, what does the 3020's power indicator show when using your Celestion (89db) playing your most demanding music at it's loudest? Does the last light blink, and if so, how often? I could not find sensitivity for the Paradigm, but sure it is not higher than the Celestion.
Lights go only up to second spot on indicators. But really do not play t he music loud.Paradigm roughly the same,they are Compact Monitors,15 to 100 recommended watts..Just wanted to keep the NAD in good shape being so old and not damage it..That is why I was thinking a more efficient speaker.
There's a pair of Joseph Audio RM22si Signature IIs for sale here at a little over your price. Excellent all-around speakers with outstanding imaging and soundstage, and they pull off an excellent disappearing act as well. And they are an easy load on an amp. Worth stretching a bit IMO if you can.
Are any of the choices I started the thread with good speakers?I'm open to any suggestions and appreciate everybodys.
"Just wanted to keep the NAD in good shape being so old and not damage it..That is why I was thinking a more efficient speaker."

I wouldn't use that as my primary motivation in seeking out new speakers. As long as you are not doing anything extreme like blasting music at very high levels, I wouldn't worry about hurting the amp.

As far as the choices you list in your first post goes, its not that one is better than the other. Its whatever speaker you like the best. They're all good speakers, you just have to like them.
Any other suggest ions ?
I have two pair of Proac's in teak that I"m selling off. One are Supertowers that new went for over 3k and Studio 1's. The towers go all the way down to 30HZ. Both sets disappear and image like very few can. I have run both with NAD amps. One is a much older NAD amp that probably is only rated around 20watts, but like we all said, it's about how easily a speaker can be driven and how much current is behind the amp. The NAD sound is a perfect match with the Proac's. Let me know if you have interest and we can talk.
Since your NAD 3020 has (IIRC) pre-out/power in connections, I'd be tempted to consider MMGs with either of two options:

an appropriate external power amp in the $400ish price range.

or, more intriguing:

an SVS SB1000 subwoofer (at a total cost of $1100)

Both items are sold direct with the ability to return if dissatisfied. If you cross to the SVS sub at 80ish hz, you'll shift a fair bit of the heavy lifting in the deep bass from the NAD's power amp section to the SVS internal amp. I'm still not certain how well the 3020 would drive the MMGs once it's freed of the deep bass duties, but you could give it a shot. If it doesn't work, send it back.

BTW, integrating the MMGs to a sub can be challenging and time consuming, but it can be an excellent combination once dialed in.
Always liked the thought of having MMG's.Kinda puts me over budget,but it's something to consider.
"Since your NAD 3020 has (IIRC) pre-out/power in connections'

I'm pretty sure that the 3020 doesn't have that feature.
JBL Studio 280. $1000 from the harman store (harman.com) or jbl.com free shipping.
I thought I remembered that the 3020 shipped with a u shaped jumper connecting the pre and power amp sections. I had one back in the day, but might be confusing it with something else after all these years. If so, please ignore my posts above.
I thought the OP was talking about the new 3020, not the old one.
08-22-14: Ctsooner
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Yes,the the older NAD 3020 Series 20 is what I have.It has jumpers between pre and the amp section.And about the speakers you have for sell Jperry.Little lady said they don't match the wood flooring.
jperry, yes I have.
Would a hafler dh220 and the NAD 3020 as a pre be a good choice with the maggie mmgs?
Maggie's need a lot to drive them don't they? Honestly, for me Z's post earlier says a lot. I know a ton of folks who listen to the Vandy 1c's with NAD amps as they go very very well together.

8-19-14: Zd542
For me, the best speaker I've heard under $1000 is the Vandersteen Model 1c. I must have put them next to at least 25 pairs of speakers under 2k and they beat every one. Your amp will have no problem driving them. If you don't have a local dealer, post and I can recommend a couple of good places.
Zd542 (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Thanks.

Actually, I put my Model 1's next to my Magnepan 1.7's, witch are a big step up from the MMG's, and they beat those as well. Keep in mind, though, that's just my opinion. It would be a good idea for you to verify anything you decide to buy yourself. Personal taste can vary quite a bit.
Zd542, My R-I's were a LOT better than MMG's as well.
I can well believe you results with 1.7's as well.
I love the whole Vandy line but for the money, that 1c is a special speaker. there are so many contenders out there, but there is a reason that this speaker has been around in some form since the 80's or early 90's. I know that MANY of the folks who work at Vandersteen use the NAD amps with their speakers. It's just got synergy, so go listen and bring your amp in. Get a set of low cost AQ cables with the 1C's too. you won't regret it at all.
The Focal 807W Speakers, 92.5 db.