What amp do you use?
I like 3 way bookshelves, Bryston ACTIVE Mini-T's. They use an outboard crossover so you don't need to buy a new amp and get the benefit of an active design.
Thinking about getting some bookshelf/standmount speakers
Right now I`m using Revel F52`s along with 4 subs.
I`m looking to change things up just for fun.
My room is 18'x22' with a sloping ceiling that goes from 8' to 13' and I have acoustic panels for sound treatment in place.
I don`t want the 'head in a vice' sweet spot first and foremost.
I`ll be keeping the 4 subs so deep bass is not a requirement but a big open sound with great midrange is.
I like detail and pinpoint imaging too.
The bookshelf speakers have to be as good or better than the F52`s (sans bass response) across the board.
Looking forward to your suggestions !
I use ATC SCM19's with 2 subs and am also very pleased with the results.
If you want speakers that disappear these do it well.
They like a lot of power and your amp should drive them well.
They are very transparent to source. I have upgraded components to feed them better signal and have been sweetly rewarded.
If in your budget the "professional" SCM20PSL's have better tweeters. The tweeters in the "entry series" SCM19's are great, they just roll off a little early. I have Townshend Supertweeters on top of mine to great effect.
They integrate well with subwoofers since they are a sealed box design and the bass rolls off smooth and gradual.
Endgame speaker for me. (Granted with subs and supertweeters.)
"What do you think of the Harbeth 30.2 XD ?"
I’ve owned every Harbeth minus the M40. I am now using the Super HL5 Plus. IMO, it is the best Harbeth that I have owned. You can get them within your budget. These are priced real fair. Those stands sell for $1600 alone!
Harbeth Super HL5 Plus XD Bookshelf Speakers; SHL5+ XD; Walnut Pair w/ Stands - The Music Room (tmraudio.com)
+ whatever for Harbeth, I have the 30.2 XDs with a pair of REL subs, love them. The HL5s yogi posted look like a good deal.
They are not the best for loud rock though, which is fine for me, rock is not what I sit down and pay attention to, but everyone once in a while I get the urge to look for a "rock speaker" maybe Tannoy (in addition to the Harbeth’s), ) but I digress...
Looks like I have a lot of good suggestions !
I`ll do my homework so that when the right pair pop up I`ll be ready (I hope)
To get a taste of what stand mount/bookshelves will sound like with my subs I took the bass section jumper bars off the Revels.
I`ll have a listen later on...should prove interesting.