Buying used is wise .... I bought for peanuts Mission Cyrus 781 speakers (under 100 bucks) To upgrade that would be buying thousand dollars used speakers (Harbeth probably)... With luck and if you look for you will be the next owner...I cannot say anything bad about them....But they are at the limit of size for budget speakers...They are on my desk between the computer screen on my homemade anti-vibration sandwiches plates...My best to you...
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With all due respect to the previous poster, the Klipsch have nice and lively sound but a bit bright for my classical music ambitions.
Buying used, you can get a cut above that and end up with even more quality, although for the money, the Klipsch is a nice offering, especially for certain kind of music...
I prefer the MA silver over Klipsch.
With your budget, it would be difficult to out do the MA silver - I love mine with pretty top end sound, and clear mid and tight bass...although lacks refinement of an upper end speakers.
I second the Harbeth previous poster mentioned - they would surely lift you out of a side ways move, and give you an upgrade...but would be hard to find for that money...
Perhaps you can look at Spendor speakers as well...
I owned and sold a pair of the Spendor S3/5's that fit right in to your budget. They were absolutely wonderful little speakers! However,these definitely aren't rock out at 100db speakers. They did seem to perform pretty well in our 15x25 ft finished basement. YMMV. The MA's sound like checking out as well.
Enjoy the hunt!!
I own a pair of Dali Zensor 1s. I purchased them used ($200) from another AGer who wanted to upgrade to the Zensor 3s. The 3s would be better for a 'largish' room, however can't say how they would compare to the Monitors.
A used pair of Paradigm Studio Reference 20s V4 might be just the ticket. I once owned a pair and thought them to be quite dynamic.
You might be able to find a dealer willing to discount some B&W 607s. An industry typical 15% discount would bring their price to $595. Saving just a bit longer to step up to these from the typical ~$400 offerings would be a good move IMO. The older 600 series was quite dynamic and some reviews claim the new 607s are as well.
You could probably audition 20 other brands and not find any more dynamic than Epos or B&W. One exception might be the new Klipsch RP-600M. I haven't heard them yet but many are raving about their dynamics. However, my presumption is their midrange isn't as refined as some of the British brands.
Been doing some reading this morning.
It may take more than $500 to significantly better my existing Silver 3i speakers.
Did not realize this model was still made in England before they switched production to China.
Tbh, there is not much wrong with them but at the very low price I paid I assumed they were a cheaper speaker that it seems they truly are.
Guess I should just trust my ears, the grass is not always greener on the other side!
Still looking at options though.
Uberwaltz, yes, I was thinking that $500 would be more likely to purchase a speaker sounding different as apposed to better. I guess it comes down to how much you enjoy the Monitors. I have 3 sets of speakers for use in my secondary system, change can be fun. Also serves as an educational experience.
Unfortunately no sub out from my vintage Sanyo receiver so if went the sub route would have to be on the speaker high levels, which could work of course....
Now we are on the same wavelength here, and a sideways move could end up being a backwards move, been there and done that many times!
But a change is also always fun and always educational!
Some great recommendations on this page. My 2 cents is to check out Accessories4Less that has several new bookshelf speakers in your budget including shipping: KEF, Canton, and Focal speakers. You can check them out at the below link.
Polk Audio is discontinuing their flagship LSiM line, and as a result they are unloading existing inventory at greatly reduced prices. You can get a pair of the LSiM703s for $600 new on Amazon (originally listed for $1499). They are unusual for a bookshelf in that they are a true 3-way speaker.
Stereophile reviewed them positively several years ago and confirmed that their -3 db point was 55 Hz. It is a 4 ohm speaker with 86db sensitivity.
i like the b&w 686,you can get them used for less than 250$.
i auditioned them next to the 685 who got much better reviews at the time but i prefered the 686 because they sound sweeter and less forward. i used an old arcam delta integrated with them and it was a great match ,they were ok with rotel and nad amps but nowhere near the arcam. they need at least 75wpc though they are quite small.
there are refurbished ohm walsh e2 for 400 now on their website (outlet)they have a 120 day trial! and 3 years limited warranty.you can probably get some great used kef,infinity or dynaudio bookshelves for that price as well. what amp?
I cannot say as I would describe them as lush or warm but obviously a lot of that is system dependant.
I would say they are warmer on the very top end than the Silver 3i which is not a bad thing.
Mids sound about the same with vocals and acoustics being well detailed.
The bass might be a tad deeper but does appear to be more defined, especially as the volume is pushed where the Silver 3i could start sounding a little harsh and more "boomy"
Do not get me wrong the Silvers are mighty fine speakers for the money and I am talking louder than really comfortable levels and they are in a fairly large room.
Overall I am pretty happy with the Haydn,s.
I had some Haydn Grands and liked them at first, but they were lacking treble (too warm) and kind of boring (not very dynamic) after listening to them for a while. They are pretty. I had them in my bedroom, and maybe that was too large of a space for them. They might be good for a desktop system. They're the polar opposite of the Monitor Audio sound, so I can see how they might be a good fit if you didn't like that sound.
Obviously we will see as time goes one.
At this sort of price points it is no big deal if I end up not liking and want to try something else from the excellent suggestions here.
Tbh with my Sanyo receiver with tone controls I can boost the treble a little if needed, I could not really fix the perceived harshness of the Silver’s though when pushed.
I have already found out the Haydn are more critical of placement. I had a little too much bass boom and just moving the LH speaker 3 inch forward and 4 inch further apart and narrowing the toe in cured that entirely.
Oh and they absolutely need the port bungs in place in my application and location.
I certainly am a lot more aware of top shelf monitors around this price now so that is a very good thing indeed!