15k USD Speakers for Classical and Pop Extended Listening, Near setup, Low volume

Dear Audiophiles,

I am looking for some speakers for my home office. Speakers would be place 6ft from me on either side of my desk. Speakers will be 8 ft apart.

I love classical music and pop. I am looking for speakers for extended listening at not very high volume. They should be warm and non fatiguing.

I am currently considering following speakers:

1. Monitor Audio Gold 300

2. ATC SCM40

3. Kef R7 Meta

Do you have any other suggestions. Thanks and appreciate your help!


A floor stander like the Paradigm Personal 3F with a super warm amp. Something along those line. I may have misspoken when I said a floor stander could work great. I was assuming the clear listening space was 13 x 21. I now think that is your overall room size. Your fellow Canadian Mitch Barnett can make almost any floor stander work in your room. I speak from experience.

If you like classical music, then the LRS+ is what I would try first. It will have a bigger sound stage and depth than any bookshelf. The French brand I mentioned may have a better driver, but for a small space the LRS+ is amazing.

The KEF LS50 Meta + KEF KC62 sub were great but the soundstage is smaller than the LRS+. The Yamaha NS3000 will have the very best driver from anything I mentioned. Maybe the best in the world for a cone.

I use the KEF KC62 sub with a crossover setting at 50Hz for the LRS+. It is hard to beat this in a small space at any price.


Here is another option that will sound better than anything else in a small space (no room to deal with). I use this for late night listening while I work.

RAAL 1995 Immanis (I use the older phones, until I can afford the Immanis)

BTW - I have photos of my office in the link provided that show LRS+ | Thiel CS3.7 | KEF LS50 Meta.


if your price range is around 10K here is a list https://speakerchoices.com/?pricemin=7000&pricemax=12000

if you don't need high volume I would go with very high quality bookshelf speakers - definitely NOT behind you. 

@grislybutter So you were underwhelmed when you heard a speaker behind you? Total opposite of how I hear my office system.


@yyzsantabarbara @grislybutter - do you think Kef Reference 1 Meta will be better for my needs. I don't need to go high volume. I just want detailed pleasent sound

@yyzsantabarbara I don't have an office system per se, I have one room and I do have 2 places to listen, one being my desk much like the above setup all the way across except my room is about 10'x20'. I do not like the sound when I am not facing the speakers or I am not in or near the sweet spot.