It is hard to find a spkr. that does it all. If your budget really is in the 3000. territory I would suggest the Totem Forest. This is a floor stander so you don't need stands, and it can be used with any "normal" power amp. I am using 15 watt tube amps and the sound is excellent, even at high volumn! These speakers are colorfull, but, not colored,(can you envision what I mean?) and very music friendly. Definately worth checking out. The problem with most transparent speakers is a certain "grey" sound that just doesn't exist in real music. these have none of that trait. This is a full range spkr. that won't disapoint you in the bass. Sure, for 3000. you could have a much more expensive used spkr., but you might have a hard time finding one you like better than these! If you have tons of room, and are willing to spend the time matching amps, cables, room, etc. to your system, then the Magnepans are the way to go. I lived with them for 10 smiling years, but moved on so I could have a living room again.
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