I’ve set up an additional music system in a spare bedroom, small with wall to wall carpeting.  My current system, all purchased used  on Audiogon or AudioMart, consists of a Hegel 590 integrated amp, an Ayre C-5 Universal CD player, Synergistic interconnects ,Nordost Heimdall speaker cables and Synergistic Research and Shunyata power products.  Currently I’m feeding the cables into a Tannoy D-100 monitor I purchased 30 years ago and which sat in the garage for the last 20 years. It sounds pretty darn good but of course, the bass could be better, the limitation of small speakers.  But as technology for small monitor speakers has advanced over 30 years, I’m looking for recommendations for monitors that sound great but give a little more bass.   I’ve been looking at the Totem Signature One and the Dynaudio 40 Anniversary models, based on reviews.  But I’d very much like to hear the recommendations of this experienced group.  Thanks, appreciate it.


Look into Amphion.

also consider one or two small subs (baby REL?) with Eight inch woofers.

I like the Aerial 5T as a small but excellent sounding bookshelf, with an amazing midrange, surprisingly solid bass. 


Aerial Model 5T Loudspeaker - The Absolute Sound

A lot of good suggestions mentioned (the ProAc and Vanderstein are two of the best).  I wanted to toss in my vote for Legacy Studio HD stand mount/bookshelf.

I had an older pair of Epos ES12 speakers forever (still have, still love!!!) that I replaced last year with Legacy, and it has been mind blowing how good these are.

Very efficient (91db), super solid build, nothing is 'off the shelf', hand made in the USA, and STUNNING.

Recently purchased and really enjoy the throwback Wharedale Linton Heritage book shelf units. $1700 a pair with stands. Nice value for the’s a time travel thing back to the 70s. Three way big box with rear ports, but with modern Kelvar mid-range and woofer. They’re bit sensitive to wall placement with the rear ports, but sound rich and decently detailed with my high voltage connected Rel T5i sub. A bit big to actually be book shelf mounted, but a familiar sound....often paired in tests with KLH 5s. These are warmer than the KLH units with a bit less tweeter resolution.