Seeking Bookshelf Recommendations

Looking for some new bookshelf speakers for a second system in a small bedroom.   The room is pretty well treated with 6 broadband absorption and 9 diffuser panels. I’m running Audio Mirror Reflection 45 mono blocks with a Canary preamp. Source will most likely be a Gustard R26 as both dac and streamer. I also have a pair of Rel t5i subs and Aperion dual firing super tweeters.  

Soundstaging and imaging are king for me. I want the biggest most dimensional sound I can afford.  My amp pairing is really smooth so I’m not looking for anything too warm.  I’d like something that is neutral but full in the lower mids and upper bass but also extended and airy in the treble.  My current Totem Arros do the soundstaging/imaging but are a little weak for me in the lower mids and upper bass.  Also I really value clarity and resolution as long as the magic isn’t lost of course. Basically I’m looking to have my cake and eat it too. My budget is around 3k and right now tops of my list are Fritz Carreras and Kef R3 metas. Also, Joseph Pulsars would be at the very top of my wish list but I’m trying to spend less unless it’s truly worth it.  Others that are lower on the list are Nola Boxers, Totem Signature Ones, Merlin TSM MMM, and maybe even one of the smaller Thiel floor standing speakers

As always I’m looking forward to everyone’s thoughts and hopefully there is at least a couple great speakers I’m missing. 


Another great thing about Fritz is you get to talk to the guy who makes the speakers, and he's happy to talk for hours about speakers or anything else and happy to answer any questions you might have... 

Given your quest, I support the Fritz recommendations. I use both the LRS+ and Fritz Carbon 7SEs in my 11x15' room. You would need different amplification for the LRS+s.

OP with your tube amp Omega speakers will work well.If you are not for the looks the Tekton impact monitor loves tubes. If you live in the Chicago area you can try my Tekton monitor impact.

Great thread.  👍   LRS's are awesome in the right application but not what I'd recommend.


I've had the Carrera be's, original tweeter and revised, and I've heard pulsar.  For the money go fritz.  Fritz is awesome to workwith as well.  Honestly, he's the best 👌.   He knows drivers and crossovers well and builds fantastic cabs.  He does it all himself.  I'd even consider any of his other speakers too, not just the Carreras.  

ATC might work well for you too.  SCM 11?