Best speaker under $10K, for a smaller room (Condo living room)


#1

Hi all,

I am curious to know what are some of the top contenders for a sub-10K speakers (new or used) that fits the bill for a condo?

My requirements are, smallish to fit, full range, doesn’t HAVE TO be placed too far away from the wall, not extremely hard to drive (own a Classe CA-2100, 200W into 4-0hm), musical, and flexible enough to play Jazz, Rock, Techno, PLUS movies well! I’ve heard some speakers that play Classical/Jazz greatly and then absolutely ruin any rock music! Also, as I live in a condo, these speakers would also play my L-R channel of HT for our Netflix and movie watching… so if a matching center could be found is ideal!

My current speaker is a B&W 805S (not diamond), and generally I am happy with them. I also have a small B&W PV1 subwoofer that despite its size, it actually does quite well going low and it’s quite musical. But, I wanna move to a full range speaker now, and possibly change the sub. The brands I’ve been looking at are Focal, B&W, and possibly the new Magico A3. I did listen to A3 at a dealer in Anaheim, connected to a Tube amp, and it DISAPPOINTED! I am not so sure if it was the Amp, or the speaker, while it has amazing bass for its size, it absolutely lacked details in the mid and highs! I attribute that mostly the the Tube amp, but not having a solid state setup to do a comparison, it’s hard to say!

Thanks for any insight! Cheers and Happy New Year!


#2

Check out Dave Fabrikant Ascend Acoustics just down the road in San Clemente.

I have the Sierra 2. Don’t look at the prices, just go listen and take a pair home for a trial. He also makes centers that match.


#3

Thanks, never heard of em, have to check em out. I live in Vancouver, Canada though… was just visiting Anaheim. Will probably go back soon though.


#4

Try a pair of KEF LS50 (on sale). GREAT bookshelfers.


#5

Kef LS50 has no bass. I like my current speakers much better.


#6

You said full range and smallish. Only one that comes to mind is Dynaudio X38. 3-way speaker, full range. If you want more everything , then X44. If money burns holes in the pockets, head to JBL Synthesis website and end the game there


#7

GoldenEar Technology Triton Reference

(floor standing speakers take little more space than small speakers on stands)


#8

Thanks, that’s a good option to checkout. I am also gonna audition B&W 804D which is similarly sized, Focal 6’5" driver options. Now, one question, the Dynaduio has a rear port, doesn’t that mean it simply cannot be placed close to the wall vs. front ported speakers?


#9

It is rear ported indeed, but they do offer the foam plugs I believe, if the room gain bass becomes excessive, then it may tame it that way


#10

If I were in the market for new speakers, I would be sure to check out the current offerings from Tyler Acoustics:

http://www.tyleracoustics.com/index.html

I have a pair of Tyler’s (discontinued) Linbrook Signature System floorstanders in my surround system and they never fail to amaze. By buying factory direct, you cut out two middlemen – the distributor and the dealer. The value proposition is off the charts with these speakers, and Tyler is a great guy to deal with.


#11

What’s a condo? An apartment in a high rise building, right?


#12

http://www.tyleracoustics.com/Highland.html

Highland H2s. I always figure they’re not audiophile enough for this crowd but I do love them. I have a big room and they soundstage like crazy in my room.


#13

A condominium is a residence in a multi-family structure, similar to an apartment. The difference is in a condominium there are individual owners of the units. With apartments, there is a single owner, and it is occupied by renters.


#14

Ditto the T refs, Elk… small footprint (built in subs), around $8k.


Modern minimalist styling. Pair great with M700s.
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#15

Or if you want something smaller, Triton One R $6500


#16

PSB Imagine T3! Very musical, very very natural sound. IMO.


#17

Maybe a great sounding option but the aesthetics don’t work with our modern decor, having in mind this will be placed in our main living room and I don’t have a dedicated room for it! :see_no_evil:


#18

Spendor D7 or 9, Legacy Focus or Signature, Reynaud Abscisse Jubilee or even Verity Finn.


#19

I’m a big fan of Focal’s new Aria line.


#20

If you could get your hands on a set of gently used Kii Three’s… that would be a whole new ballgame IMHO.