I just let go of my Monitor Audio Silver 6's and am in the market for something new. I am aware that some of these might not fill the 6's shoes, but I really just want to try something new, something fresh, and something different.
I had the 8's which are pretty close to what you have. I don't see any of your new choices as a step up. Would it be possible to raise your standards a bit and try for something not only different, but better sounding as well?
I did listen to the PSB Imagine T the other day. I can buy those at about $1,900.00, but they lack the bottem end that I am looking for and if I'm going to be pushing the budget I want to check off all of the boxes (Full range, similar size to the 6's, quality wood grain finish preferably in a red/brown)
Right now I am leaning toward the wharfedales because they are going for $650.00 a pair right now. At that price I'll be happy if they are even in the same ballpark as the 6's.
I have never heard of Teckton. I know Revel is supposed to be very good and my local shop claims that the Revel F36 is "The best floorstanding speaker under $2,000.00". I am weary though because I don't know that much about them.
The MA Silver 6 by all accounts is an excellent speaker. I auditioned at length the MA Silver 8 and nearly went with them but ended up going with the Bowers and Wilkins 683 S2. For me the bass quantity and quality was better (bigger with better tonality), the treble seems a bit more refined as well. The mids of the MA Sliver series and the 683 S2 are similar with the MA being a touch more refined in the Sliver 8.
I could have easily lived with the Silver 8, it is excellent. But if your looking for a change the 683 S2 might be a good choice.
I noticed you were considering the B&W CM8. If you can live with the Black Ash vinyl veneer you might want to check the 683 S2 out.
I don't think you are going to like the Focals in all likelihood. I own older 936s and they are analytical, require really good electronics and cables to get them singing right. The rich and fullest sound on your list is probably the Vandersteens, but get a model up if you can. good luck
I've always liked the B&W 683. But once you hear those drivers in a proper enclosure (The CM series) you can never go back.
I agree with you on the Vandersteens. I have a pair of 2Ci that are incredibly warm and have stunning low end (always lacked top end though). I have used them to mix on for years. And my very first pair of decent speakers were the 1Cs. I bought them when I was 17 and unfortunately never had proper power for them, which always makes me want to go back to them.
I'd address the preamp first. The preamp is a very important part of what you ultimately hear, so I'd recommend a good stereo pre first before changing what are already very good speakers. Best of luck and FWIW.
Again, I don't know much about these Revels. The guy who sells them by me was a real dick about them.
I walked in and said I was looking to replace my Monitor Audio Silver 6's and was looking in the $2,000 and under range. He brought me right over to the Revel F36s and said bluntly "Well.. These are the best speakers for under $2,000 that you can get. Everyone that works here has a pair and they're great.". He had the F36s and some other speakers hooked up to a Denon receiver. He sat me down in front of them in some nice leather chairs and brought me an RCA to 1/8inch wire so I could play some of the tunes from my phone. (Unfortunately I just happened to be in the area and was unprepared). I listened to David Gilmours "The Blue" and then Iron & Wine "Caught in the briars". They sounded full bodied top to bottom, but how could I tell with Mp3s playing on an iphone through a receiver...?
I mentioned that they sounded good but I couldn't get a good grasp on what they can really do because of the receiver and the iphone etc... He responded by telling me that the Denon receiver was really nice and that it shouldn't be a problem. So strange. These guys sell some quality stuff too like Mcintosh, Music Hall, Totem, Martin Logan etc
Anyway.. They are the only dealer around and I had a bad experience, but upon further reading Revel does seem legit.
I just picked up a pair of Kef 107.2's for $1400 and they're pretty damn good!
These have had the driver's surrounds replaced and crossovers serviced so they're in pretty good shape, you could probably find a similar pair.
I've also got a couple pair of Martin Logans (CLS llz and Aerius i), just sold a pair of Maggy 1.7's and had a pair of Vandersteen 2Ce's - the Kefs are more than capable of holding their own in this group. The Vandersteens are really good too, you'll never go wrong with a pair. There are quite a few older top end speakers available that are in your price range now.
<Elac dealer disclaimer> Huge recommendation for the Elac UF5 and the UF5 slim. Always amazed at what this 1000-1500 pair speaker system delivers. :-) I compared the UB5/UF5 to the CM5/CM7/CM8/CM9 and was shocked how much better the Elacs were, and for 3X less cost.
I own a pair of Silver 8s and have recently auditioned quite a few speakers around $5k, including Revel F36, Focal Aria 936, Magnepan 1.7i, Golden Ear Triton 1, Harbeth C7es3, Spendor SP2, and various B&W speakers.
Focal and Golden Ear are analytical and cold compared to MA. Revel F36 is decent but they do have a brighter treble than MA, and listening fatigue can set in quickly with them, maybe unless driven with a warm tube amp. The Silver 8 is a bit more forgiving.
B&Ws just never grabbed me in anyway. I'd say they also lean toward a brighter treble, but it's as though they're almost too neutral, if there is such a thing. They're fine speakers but I quickly lose interest with them. Then there's Golden Ear. I simply can't understand the appeal of this brand. To my ears, their flagship model sounded no better than some cheap BB-level Klipsch towers.
When I approached the $4k range with the Harbeths and Spendors, that's when I really felt like I stepped into a higher league (sans the bass). These speakers have uncanny midrange, presence and detail.They simply sound more musical than any of the others mentioned, even the Maggies.
I made a big mistake playing around in the $2k range, despite already owning the Silver 8s. I owned the Maggies for a short while because they were so different that I mistook them for being better. I took a considerable hit on those.
I haven't heard Vandersteens, but one of the local dealers, who I trust, holds them in high regard. I probably should have auditioned some.
I would wager a bet that some of the Internet direct brands like Salk, Zu Audio and Tekton likely offer more performance value than the common MAs, B&Ws, Focals and Revels.
My advice: keep your Silver 6s for a while longer and save until you can enter the $4 to $5k range, or try a used pair of Tektons, or Salk Song towers that you could sell without much loss.
Just my opinions of course, listen for yourself if you can.☺
I could add JBK 4312 SE very detailed and powerful of course accurate . Damn good looking too. ""but"" if you looking for very big and powerful bottom end . Those Fat White chicks from Indiana with the ankle tattoo that you see at those all you can eat buffets , should do it !
Can't say enough good things about the GoldenEar Triton towers: the Sevens at full price, or Threes or Twos used, would all be in your range. I think there's a pair of Twos listed at $1600 right now here on A-gon. We compared the B&W CM8s to the Triton 3+ and 2+ recently - felt the Tritons drivers were better integrated than the CM8s, especially in the bass to midrange area. Every Triton speaker was remarkably coherent from top to bottom. The CM 10s are much better balanced, but they're also much more money.
We didn't spend much time with the Triton Ones because they were above our price range (we spent our audition time mainly with the 7, 3+ and 2+), but "cold and analytical" isn't remotely what any of the Tritons sounded like - quite the reverse. There was plenty of detail, but I'd say one of the hallmarks of the GET line is that they are non-fatiguing - very smooth and natural sounding to my ears, with a sweet and extended treble.
One of my favorite dynamic speakers, for the money, or even twice the money (sold new for around $2,400.00 and, if you can find, used for around $1,000.00) is the mid 2000s model, Canadian made, PSB Stratus Stratus Gold i. A fairly large floor standing speaker, that when set up properly, simply does everything right. It needs to be at least 3' from the rear wall and a good foot from the side walls and needs to be in a room at least 12' x 20' to really open up and sound great. Imaging is incredible with a deep and wide sound stage. Base is deep and tight (no need for a sub, as long as you have enough clean power); mids, especially female vocals, strings and horns, just sound right; percussions are quick and dynamic and highs are crisp and clean. It is 4 ohm, so needs an amp that is up to the task. I have long been a fan of electrostats and ribbons, but for a cone driver, dynamic speaker, this remains high on my list of favorites. Just a thought, Jim
I don't think the Focal 900 series is a good indicator of what the 700 series are like. The F cone sounds radically different than Polyglass and I don't think they're anywhere near as precise. I listened to Golden Ears, the entire Chorus and Aria line from Focal, some Paradigms, ML's, B&W's and some others. The thing with Golden Ears is the AMT tweeter. They all basically sound the same in ways and they most definitely sound hyper-accurate. I bought Focal 936's. I like them a lot and I don't think the 700 even touches them.
So what type of music do you like? This may help us with recommendations. I can tell you that the JBL Studio 570/580/590 are much better than entry level Revel in sound quality just not in looks and finish. I have owned the Focal 726 also and they just cannot compete with the JBL in any genre of music. That JBL compression driver is quite special.