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Op you should go and relisten to the Golden Ear Triton 1R which is a smaller version of the Reference version.
There is a gigantic difference in sound quality from the original Tritrons to the new 1R, all of the drivers have been redesigned, specifically for this speaker, plus a whole host of other improvements. We had the same feelings as you did with the older Tritrons, the sonic balance wasn’t quite right.
We heard at Axpona the brand new Tritron 1R being played on all Prima Luna gear the it was one of the best sounds at Axpona beating out rooms that were two to three times this rooms modest price point.If you check out the show reviews countless reviewers said the same thing that the Tritron 1R were the best value oriented speaker at the entire show and were a true standout.
Still trying to reconcile that post that says you want bookshelf but you are also listening to a lot of floorstanders?
Another stand out is the Legacy Calibre this is basically a full range floorstander shrunk down it is very close in sound to a pair of Legacy Focus Signatures. the Calibre has very deep bass and is efficient.
The Calibre throws a huge soundstage and has real deep bass sub 40hz, the drivers are state of the art Gemany made Heil AMT tweeter/midrange, a front firing custom made Italian midrange woofer and a top loaded subwoofer and two passive radiators all in a relatively compact enclosure.
Then there is the ATC SCM 19MK II which are inefficent at 85db but can do well with a lower wattage amplifier if the room isn’t too big or the volume requirements aren’t too great. Fabulous midrange, outstanding dynamics. A classic not too bright nor too dull very balanced performer.
We are in the NY Metro area.
If you are in our neck of the woods we have a very large selection of affordable loudspeakers from PSB, Kef, Quad, Dali, Legacy, ATC, Golden Ear.
to name a few.
Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ
Thanks for the input so far everyone.
I'll see if I can track down any of the various recommendations in my area (upper midwest). I'm hesitant to get anything I haven't heard.
It should at least be easy enough to find the Triton 1R, though as I mentioned I am mostly looking for a bookshelf. I included my thought on the Triton just to give a better idea of what I do/don't like. I've listened to quite a few other floorstanders, and thought many of them were pretty good, when I compared them to bookshelves at the same price point, I tended to like the bookshelves more. I don't really know why.