Check out the Kharmas,Selah Audio produces line-arrays around the Fontec tweeters/Dayton aluminum Reference drivers.The Talon Raptor or Jena Labs Reference monitors,VSA 9/11/15.
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Anything you specifically dislike about the Salons? They're nice spkrs AFAI remember...
Anyway, back to other spkrs:
*Genesis (new V & up). You'll probably like these.
*new Piega 10 (I liked those; so did you)
*Avalon Eidolon? Can't see why they'd dislike the Rowland. You'll probably like these too.
*JM lab: I've heard them play well with a Rowland (the bigger model whatever it's called). BUT the Utopia line (that has some bass extension) will probably dominate yr room.
Really, there are many good and expensive speakers out there -- especially my own, which are the best, of course:^)
Any pointers to steer us in the right direction?
In that price range you may want to consider the Intuitive Design Denali's at $65K. I own the Intuitive Design Summits, and they are phenomenal. My room is a little smaller, but not that much. The Summits have very good bass, but do roll off around 40 hertz, so I have them supplemented with a Rel Storm 3. But to give you an idea of their low end output, I've got the Rel crossover set at 27 hertz to avoid overwhelming bass.
I wrote a review about the Summits. If the Denalis are as much better than they are as the price suggests (Summits are about 3500, stands about 1500, total ~5k, plus Stillpoints), then they must be breathtaking. The Denali speakers are said to have great dynamic range and phenomenal soundstaging. If spending that kind of money, I'd certainly give them a listen.
Green Mountain Audio is soon releasing a speaker called The Pico Executive. Roy tells me this speaker is "amazing" I have never been able to prove Roy wrong. They will retail for $5K/pair, which seems like they would in a lower end league than the ones you have listened to. Far from it. WELL worth a listen if you have a dealer near you. Or call Roy at (719) 636-2500
Tough call - you have tried some of the best. Maybe give Talon Firebirds', Legacy Audio Helix - whisper - or focus 20/20, Rockport's. Pipedream speaks by Nearfield Acoustics or Wisdom Audio may have something that will work for you.
How about the Amati's with a sub???? REL, Wilson, M-Logan.
You may want to consider any of the above and try different equip. with them. Preamps can really add or subtract a lot. Couple that with different cables and shazam. It could be your missing link.