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.


@atmasphere Wrote:

@gregjacob Its actually a myth that a speaker can be good for one genre of music (rock) and not another. If your speakers aren't good for rock, then they are likely weak with jazz and classical too. Put another way, no-one has ever figured out a way to design any electronics (including speakers) to favor a certain genre.

Put yet another way, what makes a speaker good for rock should make it good for classical, jazz and folk just as well. If it isn't, its not that good for rock either, which is simply to say its not that good.

I agree 100%. Genre specific speakers, are pure nonsense!



@atmasphere is correct. No reputable recording studio would pick monitors that favor one type of music or another. ATC, especially their active speakers, can play very loud with very low levels of distortion while being extremely reliable; why they are found in many of the best studios. And yes, a well recorded orchestra at concert levels will place a greater demand on speakers than most rock performances.

Stuff in your budget worth auditing...

15k - Yamaha NS5000

11k - Borresen X3

But, you will need to put that flea watt power amp away for either speaker and get a pair of Schiit Tyr monoblocks. Those 350 watts will make either speaker kick like a mule.


I find listening to rock vs jazz, instrumentals or classical are totally different.  With Rock I am listening to guitars, drums, and maybe a piano.  I am listening to the overall beat and vibe.   Rock and roll recordings are meant for dynamic speakers.  I don't think you are going to be in a room and picturing where the lead guitar is vs the bass guitar.  That is why I would go SS and Texton or ATC if that is all your are listening too.  

The Op has great amps probably from Gestalt Audio if I were to guess.  I have Horn speakers that are 98DB.  I truly love horn speakers for my Jazz, Classical, and instrumental listening.  Rock and roll do not engage me in serious listening.  I think it is all about the musical instruments and being able to hear each instrument.  Rock and roll is dynamic and in your face.  I would not even use a tube Preamp for just rock and roll.  I am not saying that my speakers do not play rock and roll good either.  I am saying that a dynamic speaker is what I would get if all I was interested in was Rcok.

I am curious what the op is going to do.