Since you liked the Tekton why not just get another pair?
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Subject to caveat emptor and all of that, if I were in the market actively at this point, I already would have jumped on the Pioneer S-1EX’s on offer through eBay (and perhaps elsewhere). TAD drivers and beryllium tweeter, high-line Andrew Jones design. I have the smaller and presumably lesser S-4EXs (no beryllium, monitors) mounted atop a pair of JBL PS1400s and will never sell them. Shipping is the only thing I would have any concerns about.
I have seen a range of B&W 803s at or below your price point that also would draw my attention, along with a smattering of Harbeths and Spendors. It is a rather seemingly obscure model, but for a good price — $720.00 — offset by a potentially longish drive, I might check out the Spendor S9s available in Minnesota or Wisconsin (as I recall) Then, I would grab the Spendor center channel offered on eBay or one of the audio sites listed at a starting bid of $499.00.
If your ceiling (amplitude?) goes up a bit, the Joseph Pulsars listed somewhere for $6,000.00 (perhaps put in a sensible offer) look beautiful. The Pioneers would be my first pursuit, all things considered, but there are a lot of amazing speakers out there right now in your pricing realm.
I would rather keep the amp and pre. The DCI amps are better than the XLS Crowns. Very clean and powerful. I've had other class d amps in the past and the Crown is better than the highly touted Lyngdorf IMO... that is until you turn on room correction. Even then it has major authority advantage. JBL actually reccomends the DCI series for their high priced Synthesis line.
Some good suggestions. I'm looking into them.
Probably Moabs would be the choice if I go that route, although I worry about the loss of midbass impact since they don’t have those drivers.
Dream on buddy the mid bass is fantastic. Even teajay who owns Ulfberhts and reviewed Moabs told me they are so close you practically have to use organ music and be listening for it to tell. So get Moabs and hope nobody ever drops by with Ulfs and Tocatta and Fugue to compare.
I love my Salks, built in Michigan. Here are a few good options, used:
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I will back up on the Tekton subject. Loud volumes I thought they hardened up some. Lost coherence. Pretty damn loud mind you. I thought this was my room and very well could have been. I've other speakers in there since and I don't really get that sensation.
Something like the Pioneer S1 reccomended earlier would have a much more heroic cabinet so may keep in check at higher levels better. If those were closer I would probably give them a go.
the music you mentioned, the budget, the amp and preamp you are using all leads to the Rubicon 8. https://holmaudio.com/dali/
I just listened to these yesterday at Holm Audio. Really Really good for everything including rock without any listening fatigue. Try the trim sound track. I swear they had the sub hooked up at one point. So much so I checked to see if it was. The JL sub did not have any cables plugged in. If you are near the Chicagoland area go listen, Hell, take them home to try them out. You will be keeping them. https://holmaudio.com/dali/
I'm surprised no one has mentioned some of the usual suspects, such as: Golden Ear, Monitor Audio, PSB and Revel. I know it's hard to be patient when the upgrade itch bites; but, I suggest you demo as many speakers as you can before deciding. If I ever replace my speakers again, I know I'll include Salk Sound in that demo process. Bottom line is trust your ears; and, good luck in your search!
A couple years ago I listened to Monitor Gold 300 floorstanders and was very impressed, seemed to be a great balance between detail yet not fatiguing, excellent all arounder. This was not the new model but the one that came out a couple of years ago with a vertical silver ribbon twitter. Liked it more than Revel f208 which seemed like it had less life and excitement (neutral i know).
I am not sure how people could demo salk, arent they entirely internet based?
Certainly — I hope that they meet (and exceed) your expectations. Take time to dial them in by way of positioning, which is invited with all speakers but perhaps moreso for those with concentric drivers. Most top flight speakers are reviewed as punching well above their price points (to the point that notion is rather hackneyed) but if Pioneer simply marketed these as TAD speakers I believe they would have commanded prices and notoriety in line with Revel’s Ultima 2 line. And I am a Revel fan (and owner) going back to the Madrigal days.
If the Pioneer S-1EX does indeed sound near the TAD E-1, then you have one mighty speaker at the price they are being offered for on eBay - that speaker looks to have drivers similar to the TAD E-1. I have owned E-1s along with the matching amp/preamp for two years and they will take me to the grave. Don't know the retail on the Pioneer's but the E-1s are $30k retail.
Do realize you'll need a great amp to pair whatever speakers you purchase. Otherwise you'll get that compressed hardness when played loud. Just because an amp has "plenty" of power does not mean that it makes pure clean power. The speaker/amp interface is the most important metric in system synergy. Good luck in your pursuit.
Slept on it for the night and hit the send button this morning on the S1s. Worked out a descent deal for both of us I believe. If my electronics do not do them justice I will certainly look to upgrade slowly. I do think the Crown DCI would surprise a lot of folks though.
Probably a stupid question....... Will a speaker that has dual binding posts for bi-wire also work for bi-amping?
You most likely did make a wise choice with Pioneer. Wow. Stereophile reviewed them and said this tower speaker model was a winner and not fussy about placement either. I like that. Heck, I had to put my big full range towers in the corners and it ruined just a little bit of the sound. When it is a great speaker it is a great speaker. Sounds like you found a winner. Have fun with the slam. I wish I could hear them.
I have a pair of Goldenear Triton 2+, which now run just under 4K. They keep going up in price. I think last I heard they were $3695. As all the reviewers will tell you, they're damned good. Very relaxed. They don't feel like they're trying to be good, they just are. An example of the opposite in my mind is Dynaudio. To me, they try too hard. Their bass is very tight--too tight to my ears--and their treble the same.
I wouldn't say the Goldenears romanticise the music. Some recordings I have, especially SACD or DSD discs can have a very tight sound, and the Goldenears pick that up, but make it sound musical.
Of course, as with all speakers, the source is very important. I have older Audio Research equipment. A Ref Preamp V. 2 Mk., and a PH7 phono amp. I've had some not-so-good ARC pieces, but I love these. My amp is a McCormack DNA-1, upgraded so many times it has an SMC logos on front. With the tubes, it's magical. I play vinyl on an old VPI TNT-3, which I keep in good condition, and records sound wonderful.
There are less expensive Goldenears that have also gotten fabulous reviews. I wouldn't let the fact that they take out two-page ads in every stereo magazine scare you. They make the speakers in Hong Kong and Sandy Gross (famous for other speaker lines) has become a good business man. I like the idea of in-house, hand manufactured as much as the next guy, but I couldn't afford more than a $3K speaker. And equivalent hand-made speaker would probably be at least triple.
Anyway, if I were in the market for a speaker with a $3K or less budget, I would listen to Goldenear. Often, though, the dealer shows them as surround sound speakers. Tell him to hook the Goldenears to some decent front end equipment. No speaker sounds good hooked to cheap solid state, high-watt surround sound equipment
@rushfan I had the DIs for a couple years and liked them very much. I wouldn't say I gave up on them and the Moabs were in the running on this purchase.
I had Goldenear Triton Ones before the DIs. Liked them a lot, liked the DIs more. I would love to hear the Reference.
@gkr70067I find the DCI Crowns very clean and powerful. Also from all accounts the Pioneers like high power so I will bi amp for a total of 600w channel. If it does not sound great I will look at replacing. I may try and borrow a more upscale amp to try out for a shootout.
Won't arrive till the 15th!! Damn.. hate waiting.
My DAC choices recently came down to MHDT Orchid and Audio Mirror. Based on some good discussion with people I trust, I picked up the Orchid, and it is one amazing DAC. I had several other higher priced DACs, and this one is way more musically engaging. I'd put it high on your list of considerations. Good luck putting it all together!
If you have $4 - $5 grand to spend, with your electronics and desire for classical music and midrange, you really need to consider Sonus faber Sonetto V’s at $4,999.00. Quintessence Audio in Chicago is a great dealer with good demo capabilities and knowledgeable staff. They may even have a demo pair at less money. The Sonetto’s are easily matched with amps both SS and Tube. I have owned Luxman, and Rogue Audio amps and Focal, B&W, Yamaha NS 1000, and finally Sonus Faber Venere 2.5 and now Sonetto V speakers. While I don’t have a $100k system, mine is a $15k system. I’ve had friends with $70k systems say they can’t get the sound that I have. I can only agree that Dynaudio, Monitor Audio and the many other suggestions you’ve received are good speakers, but you’d be selling yourself short if you don’t at least audition the Sonetto V’s. Good listening and good luck!