Versatile, non-fatiguing speakers for a small room under $1500 used or new: advice needed!


Hi, first post here! And not a very original one, my apologies!:)

So after years of listening to music through miscellaneous mid-fi solutions, I am finally thinking about dipping my toes in hi-fi audio and putting together a dedicated stereo setup. Currently I am looking at speakers, and my head is already aching from the abundance of options, so I am looking for suggestions from you guys, primarily from those of you who have had first-hand experience building a stereo in a small room like mine and achieved results they are happy with.

My room is pretty small (approx. 13’ x 10’), and I will be placing my speakers along the long wall. My listening position will be 6 feet away, give or take; plus the speakers will have to sit fairly close to the front wall. 15 inches from the back of the speaker would be nice, but if needed, I definitely I could move them out farther into the room (up to 20 inches from the back of the speaker), for listening sessions and then move them back again. There are several rows of shelves , filled with CDs and stuff, in the middle of the back wall above my head (not wall-to-wall though) - would that work as dispersion? I’m thinking of applying some room treatment behind the speakers, and on the right-hand side wall as well (if needed) - on the left hand side is a window covered with thick curtains.

Budget: under $1500 used or new.
I listen to all kinds of music, primarily rock of all eras and subgenres (blues/folk/prog/hard/art/psych/indie, etc), jazz, blues, classical, acoustic, singer-songwriters, female vocal, 80s new wave/post punk, some heavy metal. So the speakers need to be as versatile as possible. As someone who likes rock music, the bass is important, but I live in an apartment (neighbors!), so I have to find the right balance there as I don’t want to overload the room - the bass has to be there but under control and not boomy. I want as big a sound as possible in my small room without overpowering it. In general, I’m looking for engaging, non-fatiguing, dynamic sound with good midrange and tone, with enough punch to rock out when needed, nuance to play softer, more sparse types of music, and resolution so the details in fast complex passages don’t get lost or smeared. Not a fan of excessive brightness, sibilance, or harshness in the upper midrange.

I’m primarily looking at standmounts, but maybe certain smaller floorstanders would be fine? I’ve seen opinions claiming floorstanders are the way to go, regardless of the size of the room. What do you think would be preferable in my situation - apartment with neighbors, 13’x10’ room, long wall positioning, distance to speakers about 6 feet, maybe less?

Thanks!
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Plenty of choices, Harbeths p3ser are very very nice, dynaudio special 40
All speakers sound best a couple feet out from the wall. I resolve this using cheap wood dollys from Harbor Freight. Move them in/out. Helps a ton with finding best placement in the room.


Go to Underwood HiFi and see his specials LSA 10 Signature, review pair $2500 discounted to $1299. Look for quality stands. EP should have stands so ask


The LSA-10 Statement monitor uses a custom LSA 1” copper beryllium dome tweeter with a compact neodymium XBL2 magnet structure and a shallow waveguide to better integrate with the woofer, a single custom LSA black anodized aluminum 6.5” XBL2 woofer, and a single rear mounted 5” x 7” sub bass radiator. Other upgrades include a far more sophisticated 8th order linear phase acoustic crossover topology with state of the art crossover components and upgraded internal cable. The LSA-10 Statement has an in-room response from 32 Hz to 30 kHz +/-3dB, and a 10 ohm impedance for easy drivability. The LSA-10 Statement has a high gloss Chocolate Rosewood veneer with a magnetically attached grille.
Size: 13.5" H x 14.25" D x 8.0" (baffle). Widest W dimension is 9.5"
Weight 25 lbs ea

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Also check GR Research. He was offering a fantastic deal on some speakers. He is highly respected designer


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i have not heard lsa’s except at a couple high end shows years back, in standard issue lousy sounding hotel rooms

there are a couple evidently experienced, frequent posters who recommend them...

i always wonder though... when folks say ’this speaker is stunningly dynamic’ then i see it is 83 db/w/m efficiency ... i guess we are talking near field listening?  or we are typically running them with a run of the mill 1000 w amps for peaks?

hmmmm....
I am late to the party here - and so many great recommendations on wonderful sounding speakers.
You could also look into powered monitors . A great choice for the room size you have are a pair of EVE Sc207 , https://www.eve-audio.de/index.php?page=SC207 . They would include the power you need and more money spent on a DAC/Pre for your Digital streaming experience. They are best with XLR’s so make sure the DAC has XLR outs. You will keep clutter to a minimum , maybe have a little extra for cabling and power filtration. Add a few cool room treatments for the sound and you will be ahead of the game.

My son has a pair in our recording room. He has worked in several well known recording studios and several engineers have bought them for their home studios. They are far from fatiguing and the AMT tweeters are not too full with a very clean clear and open sound. They look cool IMO without the odd shapes many Genelec’s have.

Having the choice of AMT’s , BE and soft dome tweeters as well as horns in my house I am surprised at the tweeter’s sound reproduction. The only negative may be the desire to have them 24 inches from the wall . You could adjust the EQ if they are closer or have a sound board behind. Sound boards can be a nice piece of art if done correctly.
Wow, lots of responses while I was gone (dealing with some pressing personal issues at the moment) - so thanks for that. I’ll get to them eventually - definitely lots of food for thought and some excellent suggestions.