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I am currently listening to the dentons. Yes they are very pleasant to listen to. I have had many speakers and the one that I am thinking could fit your bill is the vandersteen 2ce. It is on the warm side, with smooth treble, goes very low, and has a dedicated midrange. Laid back and musical. If it wasn't for the size of these mammoths, (and the desire to change), i still would have them today.
To noromance, Thanks for the recommendations: The Harbeth HLS5 is probably too expensive, even used. However, I will check out.both
To Chrisr The Vandy 2ce may be too large for my 12X15 room listening place, and they are floorstanders which would then have to replace my Golden Ear Technology 7's
I owned a pair of Vandersteens 1C's about 10 years ago, and thought them a fine speaker, though somewhat soft or warmish. The GET's 7's are very good speakers, but they don't have the musicality of Dentons, and tend to some edginess in the highs.. However, it may be worth considering the 2ce
To meadow man, Thanks for the recommendation. I did consider the Bryston middle T speakers before I even bought the Dentons, but they climbed to over 3K. Even used, they are expensive. I don't think I considered mini T, unless I am confusing the two Bryston speaker models
To noromance, Thanks for the tip, but can you explain what speaker on e-bay you are referencing??
If you want fabulous well developed midrange, there's a pair of rega rs-3 for sale in the used gear section. This is a 2.5 way, simple crossover between tweeter (19mm so not overpowering) and midrange, and a bass driver naturally blended without filter. I have a pair of rs-5, and they are the best uncolored midrange i have had in my house so far. I would definitely check that out.
To noromance.....Don't intend to buy new cables. Though, I will check out your suggestion
BTW, I actually auditioned a pair of Epos 12i and was very impressed with their sound. It did sound like real music However, that was 11 years ago. Occasionally, a pair or two surface on e-bay and even AG.
However, I bought a used/mint Conrad Johnson PV-14L SE( that is with upgrade caps) Sounds excellent and has pushed Denton's 80's to a higher level.
Now need to hear what improvements the pre-amp may render in sound quality with my main speakers, Golden Ear Technology 7's...very accurate speaker but a bit edgy on top because of its tweeter is based on Heil Air Motion transformer design.
To mesch, Thank you. I have only put a few hours on CJ 14L SE pre-amp but am impressed by the improvements in sound quality . Today I switched back to the Golden Ear Technology 's model 7 from the Denton 80's. The pre-amp seemed to tame the highs a bit on GET's because of the (re-designed) Heil Air Motion Transformer used by them