I think you'd like the sound of B&W or Golden Ear, but easy to drive isn't often how I think of them.
Have you heard Klipsch Heresy?
American made. Therein lies the rub.
JBL 4367 Tower- USaudiomart $10k. Excellent Lively Sound for larger space.Horn.
Decware makes some Speakers of hi efficiency. Open baffle.
Paradigm Founders 120H $8.5k new. Best Seller in an SF HiFi store.
Heard with a $5k Luxmann INT. Sound was great. Piano, Sax.
ATC-40's or 50s. Poor recordings won't go on these.
Focal Kanta 2s.Pretty Lively. Good Value Used.
@russ69 A few I think of when I hear "lively"
All are pretty easy to drive.
IMHE, the Zu speakers are quite polarizing. I've been with groups of friends listening to them and some fall in love while others look like they're sucking on a lemon. While not my cup of tea, they certainly are lively, popular and come in tons of cool color options. Most threads rave about company support. Cheers,
I went to the first "The Show" in SoCal. Walked into the Zu room. Pillows on the floor spinning some discs, everybody was grooving but I wasn't. I sat in the sweet spot and just didn't get it. It might have been the source material it seemed very eclectic, but I didn't hear a hint of anything I might like but thanks for the suggestions.