Fritz Carbon 7... fritzspeakers.com
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IMHO, it would be the Zu Audio Definition MK IV. Read the description of the bass in this review,
I especially like this comment,"A pair of them is barely legal. With the new Def's cabinet structure and loading, these dual 12" drivers will quite literally obliterate anything and everyone in their way. Pressurizing a room to clean dust off walls? No problem." Do read the entire review, as comments are made that the midrange is engaging and treble is silky smooth.
Here is another good review,
Since the sensitivity of the speaker is high, the sound will be very dynamic. Also, if you ever decide to upgrade your amp, you won't need mega power, so you could choose a more cost effective high quality, lower wattage amp.
I have heard these speakers at a friend's house with a quality 60 watt amp, and when he puts on the right music and cranks the volume just a little, this is how it feels,
Thanks for the response. I hadn't heard of those speaker companies before but they look promising. I'm not exactly sure how to describe what I'm looking for other than transparency to source material while avoiding being too "bright" or having sibilance. I want a speaker that can groove with Jack Johnson but be able to keep up with Slipknot. I will also be using these in my home theater so dynamic range is important. They need to look good too, to increase WAF. I can spend up to 20k for main speakers.
Mature?? I'm pushing 80 and notice constantly that most young fools just become old fools.
Wisdom can come with age BUT you have to be paying attention , a rare trait esp. in USA.
If I had a buck for every time I heard someone say their best years were in HS I could buy 2 Mercs and a pr of Magico7's.
Makes me glad I never went to HS.
Agree with Phasecorrect that there's a lot more to good sound than bass and tastes/priorities change over time, although if you can afford to get the bass -- and you certainly can at this price level -- why not?
Also agree that Revel makes excellent speakers that are certainly neutral sounding and definitely worth a listen. But given what you said about brightness/sibilants I think you should at least give a speaker with a ribbon tweeter a listen as some people find them very detailed but also do a nice job avoiding any hardness or harshness that can irritate some people. I again echo my recommendation for the Acoustic Zen Crescendos as they are full range, fairly easy on the eyes, and have a refined ribbon tweeter. And there happens to be a nice used pair on AG right not for a little under $10k, although new they're still well under your $20k limit at about $16k. I'd also take a hard look at the Vandersteen 5s (although not sure of the price in their latest iteration). You're in a great price neighborhood with lots of great choices, and I'm sure you're gonna get lots of other good recommendations I didn't think of.
Hope this helps, and best of luck.
I have a pair of Zu Def 4s paired with Mcintosh MC60s, circa 1957. Just getting broken in. Bass-how badly do you want to hurt yourself? As above, If you want a listen contact me. Atlanta area. I'll check this thread periodically.
Thought about the Revels long and hard but dynamics more easily come with high efficiency.The Zus have two subs in aluminum billet down firing. Real solid bass. I can't make them say uncle.