Need speaker advice


I'm looking for a new pair of speakers. The reason for this is that I find my Tannoy Legacy Eaton a little too difficult to drive for my 2x12w Audion Audio Sterling. I also feel that the Tannoys are a little too relaxed and a little rolled off.

One problem with brands like Tekton and nsmt is that I live in Sweden and I do not have the opportunity to listen to them (which I assume is the same problem in the US) and to send them back if I don't like them is not financially defensible. To take a chance on one of these brands I really have to be sure that they are what I’m looking for. I don’t think this will happend.

I heard Klipsch Heresey III which I didn't like. To my taste, they were too much on my face and too harsh. Could have been the room and/or the amplifier and/or ...?

I listen to all kinds of music, from progressive rock to classical music.
My listening position is 6.6 feet from the speakers.
My budget is aprox $ 7,200.

Any suggestions?



These ”spider eyes” are the only thing that I think is likeable about Tekton speaters. Sorry. If it ends up with Tekton (The Perfect Set I think is the most interesting) it has to be with black finish. The black finish is the best looking. And I hate black speakers ;).

For Zu audio speakers, I have heard, subs are a must, which seems to me like buying an unfinished speaker. But I don’t know. Have never heard any and there are no dealers for Zu i Sweden.


I can’t find much on these speakers. Nowere to be found in Sweden to my knowlage.


I haven’t heard the new ones just the Heresy III. Forte IV looks very nice, but I don’t like that so many reviewers says that Klipsch Heresy, Forte and Cornwall are ”labeled” as a ”Rock speaker”. Some expressly say that these speakers are nothing for classical music. And I really like classical musik, as much as rock music. So…


I will probably sell the Tannoys (as my ATC SCM 19 v2) when I buy new ones.
Yes, I really wanted that the Klipsch sound would be my sound. The look very nice.


I like to roll tubes and have already more than I will live to wear out ;) But mostly pairs, not quads.


More ”exotic” speakers that I would love to have a chance to listen too, but...nowhere to be found in Sweden.


Another speaker brand I can’t find in Sweden. Unfortunatly.


90 dB is just one dB more sensitive, so…
”You are a few miles away from my favorite store in the states.” Is there a place in the US called Sweden? I know that many of your ancestors came from Sweden, but a place called Sweden in the US?

I’m from ”good old country of Sweden” in Europe :)


But isn’t Sonus Faber FM2 just a small stand mount at 84dB sensitivity?


To find a pair of Avalon Ascent within my budget would be hard. But I saw that they are not sensitive speakers, even if they are flat in their resistance they will be to hard to drive for 2x12w.


ProAc Tablet? They are rated at 86dB sensitivity, but their nominal impedance are stated to 10 ohms!!! They are very small stand mounts. Defenitly needs subs.


No dealer for Zu Audio in Sweden. But I know the dealer in Denmark where I bought Audio Audio also have Zu speakers. But it’s a long way to drive if I wanna audition them. I saw a you tube clip where they described a Zu speaker as having an A shaped sound profile. What they meant by that was that Zu speakers lacks bass and being rolled off in the treble. The medecine to that was to add a sub and have them toed in at the listener (if I remember correctly).


Dali speakers are to hard to drive with 2x12w.

When I was a dealer I had a number of monitor speakers and with the good ones I never felt the need for a sub woofer. I guess that is because I was very satisfied with the midrange which is where the music resides. 

If you look at FM2’s spec, the only thing that seems SET friendly is its high impedance (over 8ohm). But it turns out that, I enjoy them better when pairing them with my 2A3 vs. XA25. 
FM2s were made at least three decades ago- there may be new book shelf speakers that work well with your amp, especially when you sit less than 7 ft away from them.

Very interesting ( Many would say unexpected) outcome you describe. Is your 2A3 amplifier SET or PSET ? What do they do better than the Pass Labs XA 25 when paired with your Sonus Faber speakers? This situation reminds me of the Rogers LS3 5/A BBC monitors, low sensitivity (82-84 db) but very easy to drive 15 ohm impedance load. Some listeners used them quite successfully with low power tube amplifiers.
You don't need more bass you need more music. 

Not sure I am allowed to say that on audiogon....