Good Speakers for Rock and Roll Under 15K

I have nice speakers for acoustics, jazz, vocals, etc. but are not great for rock and roll.  Would welcome any recommendations for speakers that do a great job with classic rock and roll.  I will add some components in my system that might influence thinking:

New Audio Frontiers Tube Preamp, New Audio Frontiers 845 Tube Power Amp, Lampizator Atlantic DAC, Innuos Zenith Streamer, Tchernov cables.


+1 for ATC SCM40a. Under budget and you can run XLR right to your tube pre. Have a look at their client list….

Yet another vote for ATC. Prior to the active ATC SCM50ASLT speakers in my main listening room, I had Legacy Focus XD speakers. These ATC speakers are about half the size of the XDs, don’t require power amps (I didn’t like running the XDs full range active), sound better and actually play much louder (way beyond what is safe for my hearing) without distortion.

I’m equally impressed with ATC’s SCM20ASL pro active monitors in my recording studio.

I’m a classic rock keyboard and bass player. Although I enjoy all genres of music, my first love is classic rock.

Finally, I want to point out that passive ATC SCM40 speakers won the Arizona Audio Video Speaker Fest in 2019 against seven other mostly more expensive, highly regarded speakers. The presenter was not playing the normal audiophile music but mostly classic rock. Towards the end, some of the attendees wanted the volume really cranked up. The SCM40s filled the large room with clean, undistorted sound without breathing hard. They were driven with ATC’s P1 stereo amp (100W/channel).

PBN M1!5…. Can’t beat these for the money and quality. Hand built by Peter himself.   Take a look and reach out if any questions.  I have a few of his speakers.  Also have someone with the bigger 15s which are insane.





B&W 805 (if you like Monitor speakers), Infinity, Thiel or Vandersteen are all great Rock-N-Roll loudspeakers. Keep me posted on your purchase decision. Big Jazz fan here as well.


Happy Listening!