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.


For your electronics you will definitely need very efficient speakers. My system is much like yours, mainly tube. The 845s are limiting your choices but certainly provide a very musical, engaging signal. No one has mentioned ZU Definition IV but believe me, with the right amplification, which you have, they are dynamic as hell with outstanding bass. Sean Casey has a term-shove. Regardless of the critics who regard these as shouty, I can say without reservation that is a fallacy derived from listening to these through the wrong amplification. There is a pair listed at TMR.


I’m still an Ohm Walsh fan in particular for these things, if you can even find a pair for sale these days, especially for their overall good sound, versatility and ability to bring a recording into your room and make it sound like live performers there.


If one’s preference is to take you into the recording more than to take the recording into your room, then more conventional box designs are well suited for the job. I lean towards larger neutral sounding speakers that can go loud and clear here. KEF meta and Revel are two of my current favorites, but many many others would do as well. Any good, reputable speaker that is truly "good" and that is driven by a good quality amp that is similarly up to the job, will do rock and roll very well along with all the rest. I’d shoot for good speakers in general, not ones advertised to excel with only some kinds of music.

Speakers alone can’t get you all the way. YOu need good speakers and a good amp to drive them well at louder volume levels suitable for a lot of rock music.  A good modern Class D amp will provide a lot of bang for the buck.  Good luck and cheers!


Legacy Audio Focus XD, Klipsch Klipschorn, Vaughn Line Array Major (need a subwoofer, but for $9000 per pair and 100 dB sensitivity, worth the look), JBL 4367 are all worth the look. We have reviewed all of them, and all are exceptional. 

Would welcome any recommendations for speakers that do a great job with classic rock and roll.

What does this mean? Before recommending speakers, you have to know what the OP requires from a rock and roll speaker compared to one for, say, orchestra.