Hello All - I am shopping/buying speakers and want your advice
and recommendations on what speakers to audition that might meet my needs/wants. I am looking for floor standing speakers in
the price range of $8,000 to $13,000 with the following info for you to
I currently have an older CJ 120 wat system but
am now changing my entire system starting with speakers. I am looking at AR LS28 or Primaluna EVO 400 tube
preamps and a class D power amp. Right now,
the Bel Canto 600 with 300+ wats. My plan
is to add tube magic in the signal path at the preamplifier.
I stream mostly via Bluesound Nod 2i but for
serious listening I have a Linn LP12.
I need speakers that are not to room, location or
set-up fussy as I have moved a few times and will move again.
My listening tastes are diverse although I don’t
listen to rap, heavy metal, pop or much opera.
The rest is fair game.
I love to crank-it-up, but I listen mostly and
moderate to low volume levels – the speakers MUST sound good at low volumes
Tied to bullet above - I am partial to highly efficient
speakers with 90 db efficiency or more.
I have a have the impression that higher efficiency speakers still sound
good at lower volume. I have been told,
by salespeople, that this is not correct, so I open to efficiency below 90 db.
I need and want something pleasing to the eye
and not obtrusive. Said another way, and
to give you an idea of my aesthetic taste, absolutely no Tektons.
The sound that engages me emotionally and I am
looking for in speakers:
and lots of air and space
highs (I like the sound of ribbon tweeters as it seems to extend way up and sparkle…airy)
like base but only as a support and foundation for the rest of the musical range,
but it is not a big focus for me as it is for some.
I do not like:
that seems reserved, held back, constrained (i.e., opposite of special and
coming clearly from a box or from specific location….as in from a box
of extended highs
Considered to date:
Audio Alec, $10K – Spacial and airy to a fantastic level. Imaging is just moderate.
Audio X5, $7K – To date, they have check most of my boxes except they are
really large and obtrusive. Basically, I
am looking for this sound but in a more attractive package.
– Very open and airy but imaging and top end sparkle missing for my taste
YOUR CHALLENGE – What other speakers should I consider and looking at? Thank you in advance for your thoughts!