Compact Floor-standing Speaker Recommendations under $4k

Hello All, 

I'm continuing to build up my first HiFi system and am in need of some advice for my next speakers.  My current system is as follows: 

  • Belles Aria Integrated Amp
  • ClearAudio Concept w/ Satisfy Carbon Tonearm
  • Nagaoka MP500 cartridge 
  • Graham Slee Reflex M phono stage
  • B&W 705 stand mount (the original series circa ~2004)

Generally, I'm very happy with my setup, however I do sometimes find it a bit bright   & fatiguing after longer listening sessions.  I believe the speakers may be the cause so I'm looking for recommendations based on my current system. 

I'd like to find a neutral speaker that's non-fatiguing and hopefully a bit more full range.  So I've been considering changing to floor-standing speakers to maybe get a bit more bass.  However, size and space are of concern so would like something reasonably compact.   I listen mainly to jazz, blues, folk and some classic rock.  Really love good vocals so would like a smooth midrange.  

My budget is $4k max (new or used is okay)

I'm early in my search but so far have been looking at Spendor A7's or Proac D20's. 

Unfortunately, where I live I don't have any nearby dealers or places to demo so will have to be purchased without an audition and hopefully have a good result. I know this isn't ideal, but it's unavoidable. 

Appreciate any recommendations...thanks! 


I own a pair of Monitor Audio Gold 200 floor standers. I often listen for hours with no fatigue at all. They are a very neutral speaker and right in your price cap. I own the last version - assume the new version is very similar and maybe a slight improvement (upgraded tweeters). Full disclosure - I use a pair of subs but have been impressed when I cut them off and let the MA’s take over. Good luck. 

Later B&Ws (now very expensive) work really well, but for many years a lot of us found their tweeters impressive initially but too wearing for long or loud sessions.

Spendor A7s and ProAc D20s are both good options, but ATC ACM 40s might well be an even better choice.

Having heard many speakers over the years, we recently bought Neat Xplorers for a holiday home and Near Iota Alphas for my girlfriend’s house. They look unusual but unobtrusive and they sound wonderfully engaging.

Which of those would be best, as with the other excellent speakers other people have mentioned, may well come down to the details of your room, how much space the speakers have, the floor and so on. If you can’t get a demonstration at your house, I’d encourage buying second-hand (which will take patience) - let someone else suffer the depreciation.



Recently, I was able to buy a pair of used Focal Kanta 1 with the stands for $4k.  Great deal, matches great with my REL T5/x, amazing sound and absolutely zero brightness or fatigue.  

#1 fix for bright speakers is to pair it with an appropriate tube amp. It will elevate both components to another level. 

If you want a compact speaker that's more full range and of very high quality, the Philharmonic BMR bookies should be on your very short list.

It's $1,900 for some very high quality components, Raal tweeter. The crossovers are supposedly sophisticated but I know absolutely about that short of things. It's just something I repeatedly hear.