without question..piega p-10s'..there are a number on this site now that the new c-series is coming out. you will not be dissapointed..as long as your plinius gear can handle a 4ohm load they will sound superb.
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I've owned a pair of Aerial Acoustic 10T's for several years now and have enjoyed them immensely. These are the Santos Rosewood finish and retail for $8700 with the stands but can be found used for about $4000. Fit'n finish are of excellent quality as are all Aerial models. Bass is very full yet tight (with the right amp), and sonics very good.
I will venture a confident guess that you'd be hard pressed to find a better full range speaker at the $8700 or below price. I would even go so far as to say that, with few exceptions(like perhaps the Vandersteen Model 5's), you'd have to spend perhaps double the $8700 to hear any appreciable differences or sonic improvements.
With the right equipment, this is a very engaging speaker at lower and higher listening levels.
A speaker I like in that price range is the Proac 3.8. No, I don't own a pair. Great balance from highs to bass. Grainless mid range. Easy load for your power amp to drive. The speaker is forgiving of those recordings that are not audiophile quality. Last, wife acceptance factor very good. They are not large.
If you can find a pair---Verity Audio Fidelio! Midrange like you have never heard before, great detail. A very lifelike speaker with no fatigue at all, smooth. Very easy to drive and they look oh so good, very small footprint. Rear firing woofer make them somewhat room dependent, but I have found them to be very, very good speakers--my search has ended! I have seen them for sale every once and awhile for around $5000.00 give or take. Take your time, good luck.
I'm in San Diego and I'm going to check out the 10T's, snce there is a local dealer. I have to say, though, that there are a lot of posts in the Speaker Asylum comparing the 10T's to the PSB Goldi! Now, I listened critically to the Goldi against the Josephs, among others and for $1800 or so on the 'net, they are a good deal, but a $5K+ speaker? No way. The Goldi were boomy, rolled off, with sloppy bass and HUGE (very low WAF). Given some of the buzz on the 10T's, I would be very surprised if they were comparable in any way to the 10T's. Anyone know where the Piega's can be auditioned in SoCal?
You may want to try a new pair of Magnepan 3.6s. The large, immediate and dynamic soundstage very well may give you a new lease on life. The Maggies have their drawbacks but, the large and immediate soundstage, and truth of timbre are not among them.
One of the greatest things about this hobby is that we can change around and try many perspectives in pursuit of audio nirvana. If you have not had dipoles in the past then I would highly recommend them. There are a lot of good ones out there.
I auditioned a few yesterday at a local store, none of which were mentioned here, but I will share some of the experiences. I went to listen to the Aerial 10T's, and of course, they are discontinued. There is a new 10T coming out in 6-12 mos, though, supposedly with the 20T's ribbon tweeter. I listed to the 20T's. Awesome. Amazing detail, soundstage, presence, does everything a speaker should do well, and for $20K retail, it should! Wilson Wattpuppy 6: Nice speaker, but other than a more "present" midrange, was not as good in any category as the 20T. B&W 801 and 802. Surprisingly not that great compared to the 20T's. I think some of it had to do with the electronics difference (Mark Levinson v. Krell) and the setup of the speakers (801's were in a huge showroom), but the 801's just did not resolve the soundstage in a clear way, i.e., the instruments did not assume a coherent position on a hypothetical stage, the way the 20T's did. Same with the 802's (which are less than 50% of the 20T's of course). 10K+ is way out of my price range, of course, but fun listening. I wonder what the old 10T's sound like compared to the 20T's? Anyone know? I also listened to the Joseph Audio rm33si, which sounded very nice (for $7500), better than the 802's, I think, but again,the setup was significantly less than ideal. So that's the take so far!