You have a $4000 budget, what would you buy?

steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 17,657
edited May 24 in Speakers
1. Must be a floorstander
2. Will not be used with a sub
3. No electrostatics
4. MUST BE NEW
5. No "delicate flowers" it's got to ROCK

Here's a few I'm considering; MartinLogan Motion 60XT, Polk LsiM 707, PSB Imagine T2. Give me some more ideas...
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  • Rick88Rick88 Posts: 12,546
    edited May 24
  • nbrowsernbrowser Posts: 6,270
    $2,000 Canadian pesos up here, with half the budget left...I can afford a killer amp for them. Yes I've heard them off a Marantz integrated and they absolutely floored me, stunning low end and a nice smooth inviting top end.

    http://www.wharfedale.co.uk/product.php?pid=79
  • Is this just for the speakers or speakers plus amp? What size room?

    These Klipsch speakers (RF-7 II) would go nice in a larger room:

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    At Amazon, they are $2,000 for a "like new open box" and $3,200 new.
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 827
    Don't know, I never had that much to spend on speakers
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 17,657
    GREAT ideas so far...keep them coming!
  • These are from the "Loud" Speaker company (Cerwin Vega):

    they have dual 15" woofers, a 6.5" mid-range, a 1" tweeter. (model XLS-215)

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  • adb3daadb3da Posts: 357
    I'd try to find some new old stock Dynaudio Focus series speakers I think. But they may all be gone by now.
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 4,595
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    Check $$ with @DSkip
  • mpitogompitogo Posts: 60
    edited May 25
    Golden Ear Triton Two, or Triton One if you can find it on sale.
  • FTGVFTGV Posts: 3,483
    edited May 25
    Revel F208 would be high on my list along with the PSB's.I would also look at Salks. http://www.salksound.com/
  • decaldecal Posts: 2,907
    Check out Tyler Acoustics.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 15,878
    Or wait a couple months until the new SDA line comes out....
  • scottyboy76scottyboy76 Posts: 2,931
    I thought you would never go back to floorstanders after fallin in love with your big bookies, LOL
    I tell ya, always regret leavin some psb stratus golds in a guys livin room cause he wanted 300 bucks and wouldn't even pretend to dicker back and forth, so I left with some big boston acoustics for half that, but I still remember the way they sounded.
    Old speakers, but if they have kept up the quality, hard to beat.
    Good luck old man and god bless
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 1,012
    Or wait a couple months until the new SDA line comes out....

    How "confirmed" is this John? I have seen some cryptic messages from them on social media lately that point to this.
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 4,664
    mpitogo wrote: »
    Golden Ear Triton Two, or Triton One if you can find it on sale.

    This is what I was going to recommend. I've heard the twos three different times and love them.

    Hopefully, they will be my next pair.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,204
    edited May 25
    Given your decorating tastes Steve, you want something with a nice finish to it, that also looks like a piece of furniture rather than a big black box.

    I would reconsider the "must be new" aspect though, demo or slightly used will afford you more speaker for the buck. Are the speakers your seeking going to replace the Harbeths ? Are you looking for similar sound signatures ?
  • Erik TracyErik Tracy Posts: 4,691
    How big of a room are these going in, and what will they be driven by?

    Is there flexibility in placement out in the room?
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 17,657
    edited May 25
    Tony--
    Yes, replacements for the harbeths. Ready to get back to the "weight" and scale of a floorstander. I'd love to have the harbeth midrange/treble, but ready for something more dynamic with better bass. I can never quite integrate a sub (this was my 2nd attempt), and find satisfaction going that route, so the SVS is gonna sell as well. I have had a few towers that dug plenty deep for me. Seems to me there is a biq "sweet-spot" for outstanding towers in the $3500-$4000 bracket.

    So far, I really like the suggestion of the Focal Aria 936's. Of course Revel's are always on my watch list. I have looked extensively at Golden Ear, but I cannot get past the cheeseball construction/sock grill thing, so they are a non-starter. I also don't like powered woofers in passive speakers--I don't have a dazzling argument, just not my cup of tea.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 17,657
    edited May 25
    Erik Tracy wrote: »
    How big of a room are these going in, and what will they be driven by?

    Is there flexibility in placement out in the room?

    Room is approx 26' x 18', 10ft ceilings; listening area in the first 1/2 of the room, with system on the 18' wall. Seating will be about 10-12ft from the rack.

    Here's a pic of the family room end of the great room:

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    The dining room end:

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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 7,429
    Why not any on the used market. I have had great luck with posting "want ads"

    Dealers will usually chime in and sell their demo models

    You could step up a notch in the line of your choice..i.e. Focal Electra 1028 Be
  • Erik TracyErik Tracy Posts: 4,691
    I still vividly remember how impressed I was with Spatial Audio's M3 Turbo at THE SHOW last year.

    And also the Salk Song Tower - plenty of dynamic slam and balance.

    I'm going to the LA Audio show next week - I'm going to revisit Spatial's room.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 17,657
    edited May 25
    Here's my beef going used:
    1. Everything today is in "excellent condition" (but not really)
    2. I'm a fussy SOB
    3. People tend to "tinker" and I don't want a tinkered-with speaker
    4. You have to be at the right place, at the right time to get the speaker you're after
    5. There's plenty of great choices (new) in the $4k and under bracket IMO

    Having said that, I got LUCKY with the Harbeth's. The guy just happened to be in Arizona, and the speakers were absolutely perfect---even the bottoms, which sometimes look like hell on a used monitor. Plus, the price was outstanding.
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 3,413
    steveinaz wrote: »
    Tony--
    Yes, replacements for the harbeths. Ready to get back to the "weight" and scale of a floorstander. I'd love to have the harbeth midrange/treble, but ready for something more dynamic with better bass. I can never quite integrate a sub (this was my 2nd attempt), and find satisfaction going that route, so the SVS is gonna sell as well.

    I thought I remembered you being pretty happy with the integration of the SVS? Was that just initial excitement that faded?

    I LOVE my 703s, so I would love to hear the towers. But they are the nicest speaks I have ever owned (or even heard really), so I am sure there are lots of other, better options out there.

    And I also do think you should be open to dealer demos and likely used gear. Weren't your Harbeth's used?
  • ManticoreManticore Posts: 86
    Nice open floor plan. Looks great. It will probably take floor speakers over bookies to fill that room the way you want...all the way to the kitchen.
    Especially like that soffit type ceiling. Great for sound.
    Happy speaker hunting.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,204
    edited May 25
    Gotcha Steve....The Salks are a good suggestion. Dynamics, bass slam with no sub....in a room that big...Gotta throw the Legacy Focus HD's in the mix. You won't find them new for 4k, but maybe a demo pair. You'll forget about subwoofers with those. The Dynes and the Focals are also good rock speakers.

    I know you plan on keeping the same amp, and that would be a good match with any of the 4 brands mentioned as well.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 17,657
    Thanks Tony.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 15,878
    Or wait a couple months until the new SDA line comes out....

    How "confirmed" is this John? I have seen some cryptic messages from them on social media lately that point to this.

    It's not, just wishful thinking.
  • JstasJstas Posts: 13,451
    https://www.kefdirect.com/speakers/hi-fi-speakers/r-series/r700-floorstanding-loudspeaker.html

    http://us.kef.com/r700

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    They come in black, white and walnut. The walnut looks sharp.

    I'd recommend the R900's but they'll be almost a grand outside of your dictated price range.

    My first thought here would be the Polk LSiM707's.

    I have 703's and they knock everyone's socks off.

    The KEF's are very neutral in regards to gear and every KEF I've had has been relatively easy to drive so almost any amplification will work. My favorite amp to use with my iQ9's is one of my New Audio Dimensions jobs. KEF and NAD pair well together. Polk and NAD pair well together as well.
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