I have a recommendation: go listen to the Talon Audio Khorus. Let me know what you think.
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Have a listen to a pair of Tannoy System 15 DMT II. Strap them onto a base made of 6 concrete cinder blocks with chains at the bottom and heavy duty bungy cord from the top. They list at around $6K. Only problem is that they're not sold in hifi shops, only in pro audio stores. For the ultimate, try Tannoy Westminister Royals which occasionally appear used within your price range. My choice if I had no budget restraints. Of course, these belong to the high-sensitivity, horn-loaded, coaxial tradition of speaker design and aren't for everybody. But I know more than one audiophile who got rid of his subwoofered Quad ESLs to make room for the big dual concentrics. Just a thought. Enjoy your choice; I can't think of a more pleasing task to undertake.
i'd check out the avantgarde duo's, sometimes awailable used , at or below your price-range (for their latest wersion; the earlier wersion is even less $$$). as this speaker is outta my price-range, i am going to get a custom-tweeked pair of the newform research 645r's - check out their www, & the reviews on audioreview. especially interesting on the audioreview comments are the associated equipment used (not yust the speakers). doug
I was in your same position about a year ago and listened to many of the same speakers you have mentioned. After auditioning Dunlavy SC-IV/A, B+W N801/802, Avalon, Eggleston, Dynaudio, Wilson, Aerial, Thiel, Martin Logan, etc., I finally purchased the Revel Studios. After a year of ownership, I am still impressed at how live recorded music sounds through them. As for Audio Physic, I was very impressed by the Libras and felt that the Virgos, for their price, were the best in their class. Hope this helps.
Avguygeorge, Mostly, I am anti-tube. I auditioned a lot of tube amps and pre-amps but could not find one that let me hear all of the notes. However, I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with the Audio Research DAC. They provided warmth, an expanded sound stage, and - surprisingly - more detail and low end response. Perhaps this is the proper place for tubes.