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! 


You mentioned JM Reynaud.  I have the Bliss Silvers, which are 2 way standmounts, and the Cantibile Jubilees, which are small floorstanders.  The Cantibiles have greater dynamics and stronger bass.  Both can be driven by SS or tubed amps, and I find the sound non-fatiguing, very smooth, and intensely musical.  I sometimes run them with Belles Mps and enjoy the combination very much.

@mijostyn Thanks for the room acoustic device.  I completely agree that I probably am not achieving perfect room acoustics, however I have to work within the aesthetics of my wife as my setup is in our main living room.  WIth that being said, my room is about 14x28x8 and the speakers are about 10ft from the side walls.  Additionally I have two very large & heavy Persian rugs on the floor as well as some curtains hanging behind my listening position.  I'm unable to put anything on the ceiling so have that as a constraint.  With that being said i'm open to other treatment ideas.  

@doni glad to hear of personal experience with JM Reynaud and Belles combo working well.  I've had a hard time finding reviews and personal experience as they seem to have very limited North American presence.  However from what little I have been able to find the Cantible Jubilees do seem like a very high contender. 
Unfortunately it seems like their pricing has increased a lot recently and now retail in the US around $6k....maybe a demo pair if I could find one would be closer to my budget.  Do you happen to have any experience with ProAc or Spendor as well as they are currently also frontrunners based on availability and consistently positive reviews, but would be nice to know a comparison between the Reynaud's or how they pair with Belles. 

Thanks as always! 

You need to put sound absorption at as many first reflection sites as you can. Find them using the mirror method. Sit in your listening position and have someone move along the walls holding a mirror flat against the walls. When you see the reflection of the speaker in the mirror mark the wall with masking tape at that spot, it is a first reflection zone. Do this for both side and front walls. There are attractive sound deadening panels available which you might be able to get by the wife. 

Hello All, 

I thought I'd give an update and share that I purchased the Spendor A7's and have been quite happy overall.  Ultimately, I was able to hear a pair of Spendor A4's locally in someone's home and liked the overall sound so thought the A7 could only be an improvement.  The only other pair I was able to hear in person (again through a local acquaintance) was a pair of Sonus Faber Sonetto's. While I did like them (and they look beautiful) they seemed a little too relaxed. 

I think many people might also claim that Spendor's are too relaxed or "Pipe and Slippers" as I've heard them described but I've found them to be quite dynamic and lively so perhaps just differences in models. 

I'd still really love to hear the ProAc D20's , anything from Salk or Ascend or also the JMR's but it just hasn't been feasible.  So ultimately, in the end I took the safe choice in going with the A7's (assuming they would be at least similar to the A4's).  I was also able to find them below my budget.  Are they the perfect speaker or even the best in my given constraints...maybe not, but they have definitely been a step up from my B&W's and I think a step in the right direction to what I'm hoping to achieve.  They have a significantly more well rounded and deeper bass and have not had any fatigue issues.  So overall, I'd say it's been a positive step on my hi-fi journey.  

Thank you all for the advice and help!!!