Picked up a SGCD and may just pair that with an S300 as the prices out there are very reasonable. This would be for a 2nd system integrated into the first (or at least all on same rack).
Main duties would be TV, Movies, Spotify background etc. Pretty much the bulk of the duty till the main system gets fired up for critical listening or maybe a movie or concert.
I currently run the SGCD over to powered speakers but choices there are limited. With the amp, the possibilities are almost endless - Dyn, EMITs, Focal, Harbeth (never heard those), Monitor, Revel etc etc.
Anyone have suggestions for this dac/amp combo? Maybe 2500 (used is fine) or less.
For background and movies I think you want a speaker that has a bit of low end grunt and plays anything reasonably well. Might be a bit big but a pair of Klipsch Heresys would be my choice. Available for way less than your budget used.
Anthony Gallo Reference Strada (MKII) speakers (eventually with a subwoofer or two of your choice?).
The speakers are about $2,200 brand new and can be had at a better price on the used market. The “[p]atented CDT3 (Cylindrical Diaphragm Transducer) sporting 180° horizontal dispersion from 6kHz to above 20kHz” is really hard to beat for transparency, width and depth of soundstage, and sweet/non-fatiguing highs.
They sound best with a subwoofer or two (I like small RELs with my office system pair) but are really great all-around performers. Their aesthetic is not for everyone, but that180° dispersion and boxless form factor is special in my experience.
I like my Salk Supercharged SongSurrounds. They had been used in a second system which is being replaced. I was swapping stuff around and hooked them up to the AVR just to see how they’d do and liked em well enough to leave them for a month or so. The AVR also serves up background music and the occasional sit down and soak it up moments. In all respects the Songs served well.
Before landing on the Salks I tried a pair of Revel M105 in the same AVR setup and they got lost in the room. Good sounding speaker but much too small. Another pair I also liked real well are Ascend Sierra 2EX. Beautiful and stout bamboo cabinets.
I am using that combination with a pair of ProAc Response 1SC. Sounds wonderful to my, granted aging, ears. Used, they were about 1500 $CN. They are hard to find. The British Audiophile on You Tube still uses them as a reference.
Thanks again for the responses. VKennedy- new or used is fine. Usually find a lot of value in used. A few of these I have never heard (Wharfedale for instance) but fun to research.
I have plenty room but a pair of smaller speakers that fit in my setup/table would be best vs running them near the mains.
What I’m running now is 5-15/16"W x 9-3/4"H x 7-1/2"D. They are on their sides. So could probably go 12in high and 7.5 wide and deep does not matter. Otherwise they sit outside the table on stands or floor.
Did I mention their “tweeter” has 180° horizontal dispersion and cast an absolutely phenomenal sound stage?
Their box-less and crossover-less design allows for a pretty seamless presentation of mid to high frequencies and allows them to be placed nearer to the front wall to eke out a bit more mid to low frequencies if preferred.