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@bobspets1 - The speakers I've used for the last 3 years are Infinity RS1.5, built around 1980. They are a large bookshelf/monitor style speaker on short stands. They have the famous Infinity EMIT tweeters, so highs are extended and smooth. They also have the even more famous Watkins dual voice-coil woofers and have excellent bass extension and articulation. I love these speakers. I paid $264 for them 3 years ago, but I typically see them for a hundred or two more than that today.
Are you considering used?
I owned a pair of JSE Infinite Slopes (two unique patents). Used them for years, they were terrific, my son has them now. I had Model 2, my friend had smaller, shorter version, also sounded terrific.
some used ones for sale
If you can stretch your budget, these have had upgrades. perhaps make an offer for less. local pickup only, in CT. they would be expensive to ship.
Several speakers come to mind: Dahlquist DQ-20's or 30's, Vandersteen 2CE's, PSB Stratus Silvers or the silver i's, KEF C80's & B&W's 802 Series 80 speakers. I still have the KEF's & 802's both of which have really nicely veneered cabinets.
The KEF's retailed in the 1980s for $1000 and were the C (Classic) series top of the line. They've very smooth yet very detailed mids & highs, and incredible bass using KEF's flat, racetrack-shaped B139 woofer, and very sophisticated constant 4 ohm impedance crossovers that are a very easy amplifier load that makes it possible to drive them with a boom box. Good amps make them sing & give them taught, powerful bass.
The earliest B&W's unlike all the metal domed 802's that followed, had smooth sounding textile tweeters, kevlar mids, and dual acoustic suspension 6" or 8" woofers and are very musical. The 802's are a difficult load and need really good, powerful amps. I drive them and my Magnepan LRS's with an old Classe CAP-151 integrated amp. These old 802 Series 80's often sell for between $900 to $1200 whereas new 802D's sell for +/- $20,000. It would be hard to go wrong with any of the above speakers.