worth consideration are fritz’s carrera be and the buchardt s400, now in its 2nd iteration
there are others i am aware of and have owned but their current prices exceed the stated range
You have to do a Tekton speaker here, I mean it’s an absolute must with all the drama involved with these and people who think that us owners are crazy.
You’ll get the most clicks on your post by saying there is a Tekton speaker involved too! ;)
Impact Monitor $2,100
Would love to hear peoples thoughts on these against the Buchardt S400 MKII
I agree with @rocray — Nola Boxer 3. I have the OG Boxer and love them. They replaced B&W 805s for me and I never looked back. I haven’t heard KEF LS50 Metas but seems like everyone has a pair so that could be a good baseline speaker for comparisons.
like your idea!
Folks-Thanks so much! Love the responses. Pls give me the MSRP with any model you suggest.
dj- Love the Philharmonic thought
JJss- Fritz is a bit above the pricing
jjss yes the Buchards seem to rate inclusion
DNGR- Yes site unheard I would take a speaker
from Steve at Decware. Re-write those qualifiers!!
Okay this is what I was really hoping for. Several suggestions
on companies I knew nothing about.
Also several respondents who are unable to decide what they
like best and hence sent multiple names and unidentified MRSPs
may be overlooked in deference to time.
Also, not looking for any "Baseline" speakers.
There are some good ones no one has suggested yet.
Just one please!! Sorry if that makes you really concentrate.
yes the carrera ’be’ model may be a touch above -- sorry
pls talk to fritz have him send you his best set for 3 grand msrp (i bought my be’s from him for less than 3 grand, he is a small but well known maker, not sure what his ’official’ msrp’s are for the various models but i am confident to say that most who want a set of new be’s could get them from fritz at or very near 3 grand)
these are $4500 msrp
just a suggestion, for an affordable, yet true ’reference’ level amp, i think you would do well with a smaller hegel integrated (use the amp section, not necessarily the dac section, though if a current gen model, that can also be used) - h95, rost, h120
msrp $2000-3000 - hard to do better for top tier uber clean pure sounding amplification with exemplary bass control, hegels will make sure all tested speakers are well driven and are not artifically being affected by an amp’s flawed ability to deal with odd loads and current delivery demands
The MSRP for Harbeth P3esr used to be around 2.5k but I checked the prices for the latest XD version and it now sits at $3290. I really like this speaker but I must admit it’s getting difficult to justify the price tag anymore. It’s a good little speaker, but $3290? No thanks. At this price, I’ll take the Fritz Carrera BE any day of the week and twice a day on Sunday.
@chorus --if I am one of the posters at which this was targeted...
"If you want to explain why you suggested the model that would be lovely!"
These have had some strong reports so far such as from Audioholics, are built like tanks, and sound wonderful to my ears in my room.
I have only received one of these as a Center in a surround and it is identical to the units sold for L / R except for the location and orientation of the badging. Waiting additional shipment!
I have a preliminary list of 14 speakers to consider.
Non exceed a $3,000 MSRP.
1. Buchardt S400 $2,300 Danish/Chinese
2. Triangle 40th Anniversary Comete $2,500 France
3. ATC SCM 7 $1,900 UK
4. Sonus Faber Lumina II $1,200 Italy
5. GoldenEar BRX $1,600 China
6. Elac UniFi Reference $1,200 China
7. DecWare DM 945 $1,000 USA
8. KLH Model 5 $2,000 USA
9. Fritz Carbon $2,750 USA
10. Fyne Audio F500 $1,000 China
11. Falcon LS 3/5a Mofi $1,995 UK
12. Focal Aria 906 $1,000 French
Sensitivity, Ohms, Freq , Weight.
tweeter. Transferable Warranty, US Based Service location.
as the comments accumulate, i have not yet seen a reply to jim’s queries above, which are important
also, to his second point, i am wondering what is the purpose of the shoot out - there are standmounts of vastly different sizes, used for vastly different applications - for example a harbeth p3 and a monitor 40 are both ’standmounts’, but vastly vastly different in use, ability, purpose, and need for room or equipment based ancillary bass reinforcement
the op might shed some light on all this, so the ’help’ he seeks on this thread might be more on target