I will just say that what I would choose, is what I have heard. Others might say, they are old dinosaurs and there is so much better out there. The best "jazz" speakers I've ever heard are JBL L150a's. To me the L150a, you feel like you are sitting in a jazz club and the only thing missing is the smell of cigarette smoke in the air. I thought I knew the music of Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Dave Brubeck or Holly Cole's Temptation . I felt like I was in the room they were performing. This was with a AR VSI-55 for amplification. Whatever you end up with, I have felt that the big box speakers do things the wee little ones just can't get there. Happy hunting. Can't wait to see what others suggest.
1. only consider efficient/high sensitivity speakers, so that you can more easily try tubes later
2. full range, no passive radiators, no ports, if port, front facing only.
3. IF sub, make it a stereo pair of self powered subs, located adjacent to the FL/FR. Low bass may start mono, however the overtones become directional.
JBL 4367, no really they are amazing I have been playing with a pair for a few days. I am a fan of the Sophia 3 but feel the 4367 betters it in every way. The bass is very textured and detailed from the 15” driver. They have the best highs I have ever heard. Not just shimmers but actually delineation of every high hat ride.
For jazz and all things acoustic it is very difficult to beat Harbeth 40.2 / 40.3 XD or SHL5 XD or Plus. Listen to some on Youtube and you will understand. Their rich sound is apparent even on your computer speakers or earpods.
Of course the ATCs mentioned are great - 50s to 150s
The Ocean Way Eureka’s are phenomenal.
The ATC’s and Ocean Way’s are highly regarded by audio engineers and performers because of their accuracy, dynamics and clarity.
And the Harbeth’s are similar, but with a bit more warm, rich sound - which jazz and acoustic music requires.
After those - and a bit easier to find on the pre-owned market would be some of the JBL’s noted, and the Klipsch Forte’s, Cornwall’s and La Scalla’s.
Again - listen to these playing jazz pieces on YouTube and you will quickly understand - compared to almost anything else - except for the Quad ESL 57’s, which are the benchmark / reference for jazz and acoustic sounds (which are a bit impractical - unless rebuilt by one of the Quad specialists).
I would go with the Wilson Sasha DAWs. I don’t love the older Wilsons. The tweeter had gone through a half dozen revisions since the Sophias. The Darryl Wilson designs are pure magic, as far as bringing a pianist into the room. The DAWs are the first with undistorted low bass I’ve heard - also important in rendering piano!
If you a “live”, you are there sound, check out Volti Audio Rivals. They’re very sensitive, Horn loaded midrange & tweeters mated try o a a 15” ported woofer in a not crazy big, well made & well finished cabinet.
They’re very dynamic at any volume level, detailed, image well w/ nice body & tone w/ a good source which it seems like you certainly have. Voltis are considerably better quality than any Klipsch products in build & sound quality.
If you’re after more of a highly etched, “ hifi” sound, there are many other fine suggestions mentioned. Imo, if you want the best of both, you gotta spend a real lot of $ on both the speakers & the heroic amplification to match. I think the Voltis are a very good balance of the two for about $15K.
If you can wait a while the new Emerald Physics line is coming out. They are of open baffle design, so no cabinet resonance to contend with. I'm hoping they will be as efficient as the old line. The old ones image as good as any speaker I've heard and are very efficient. They come with an external crossover so can single-bi-or tri-amped. Very detailed and dynamic....Kind of like a dynamic sounding Magnepan. They used a coaxial tweeter/midrange arrangement. Factory direct, so pricing is extremely good. I sold my B&W 802D's to get the EP2.8's and I never looked back. Just my opinion.
Guys, thank you all for interesting recommendations.
Many speakers you mentioned i didnt hear, but here in Croatia, Europe, in city where i live i know some people with some of them and i think i will contact them and arrange listening.
According to some more expensive speakers combinations, I always liked Magico S7 , but here in Croatia, i think no one has them. But i understand that they are very expensive.
Jazz is very dynamic music, if you listen artists like
Bror Fredrik "Esbjörn" Svensson , from Esjborn Swenson trio
or maybe Yaron Herman Trio.
So, i will see how things go. I was even considering some PMC speakers like Fenestria , because i have PMC passive monitors in studio and they sound great for mixing and mastering. ATC are great too .
All new improved JBL L100 Classic Black Edition sounded better than the Revel Ultima Salon 2 Speakers, some say are one of the best speakers on the market !
You have an outstanding system capable of driving a large number of speakers -- the point is to get speakers performing at the level of your electronics.
As you are located in Croatia, I'd suggest you start with EU products first in order to get the best value for money.
Here are some subjective recommendations:
Estelon (from Estonia) makes high resolution speakers with very good frequency response characteristics. I liked the Estelon X diamonds, but they also offer smaller models.
Apertura (France) make excellently balanced speakers with very large real ribbon tweeters, and their sense of timing, dynamics, and reproduction of ambience (live jazz, for example) are exemplary. These are high sensitivity.
Fink audio ("Borg") and Goebel Marquis (from Germany) are superbly engineered products with outstanding dynamics, the Borg is cheaper than the Marquis.
Of course the Kharma (Holland) Exquisite classique is a good all rounder that fits well in your room and looks very good (BTW, so does Estelon - if a bit unusual).
Turning to other choices, Wilson make excellently engineered products. Your room probably needs the Sasha.
Of course there are many choices out there and half the fun is in the auditioning!
Ozzy.... I heard them....The bass is incredibly Tight and really deep...They say it's the way they design their drivers and enclosures...Maybe this in New School......I ponied up and bought a pair...8 week wait.....Listen to them and you will "hear" what everyone is talking about. I actually thought they were more impressive than their 100K speakers.
Well, I have yet to own a pair but they're definitely on my Wishlist - JBL's Everest DD 67000 which sell brand new for $41,250.00 each. I best start saving my duckette's, huh? Either these or the next down JBL's pecking order, the JBL K2 S9900, which are also not cheap at $24,200.00 each? The Everest I believe has a Dual 15" Woofer's, a 4" Midrange Compression Driver, and I believe a 1" High Frequency Compression Driver. I believe the K2 S9900 has the same except just a single 15" Woofer! In my mind, you can't go wrong with either! Or both!
If you had a pair of Wilson, and looking at the rest of your gear, the speakers you are considering might be somewhere between 50k and 150k USD. Pretty big range, but if you consider brands like Magico, Von Schweikert, or Estelon, only a few models from each brand would fit into this category. M2 or M3 from Magicos for example, but their bass isn’t really full. I have been a Magico fan but I always wanted to hear more bass out of them. Recently I got to audition a pair of Von Schweikert at the store, and right there and then, I traded in my S5 mk2 and ordered Von Schweikert speakers. They come with optional booster amp for the bass and your tube amplifiers can drive the highs and mids more effectively while the booster amp drives the bass woofers. The sound was effortless full range dynamics and impressive details and imaging. The closest thing I’ve heard to the Iive music.
I replaced MartinLogan Monolith II's with Philharmonic Audio BMR Towers. Everyone who has heard both in my house are unanimous; the Towers are hands-down better. I listen to a variety of music, mostly soft jazz, both vocal and instrumental. No Dixieland. Occasionally Maynard Ferguson.
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