Speaker Sugestions Wanted $1500 max

Just for some backround, I am 15-years-old and in love with audio. My current system includes Klipsch RF-3's, Shanling Stp-80 (35 wpc 4,8 ohm taps), Crapy cd player ( to be upgraded), turntable sold (had yamaha px-3) but thinking of a vpi in the near future, hk430 (using only tuner)

Now for the point. I am intresting in getting new speakers, I like my RF-3's but there are somthings I dislike. First off the highs are a little shrill and fatiging. The build quility isn't very nice. And I just feel its time for an upgrade, and I feel for $1500 I can woop the pants off my current speakers.

I Listen to Rock and vocal/ small band jazz, at moderate levels. I need speakers that will work well with my new shanling stp-80. It can easily drive my klipsch and looking for the same. I need bass so if your going to sugest monitors a sub, stands, and the speaker will have to be avalible for my $1500 max budget, even though the less I spend the rest will go towards more music. I would like to have a floorstander, just for the bigger sound and bass, but I am open to anything really. I would rather have used, for the bang for the buck option.

I also don't want a laid back "polite" speaker. I want something that is dynamic and live sounding.

Hi Crazytubepower,

Glad to have you amongst us!

I think the best bang-for-the-buck prospects are likely to be among used, discontinued loudspeakers.

My suggestions would be Klipsch Cornwall (comparable in efficiency to your RF-3's but better quality drivers and probably better bass); Klipsch LaScala (stunning dynamics but missing the bottom octave and a half; add a sub and/or try an OTL or single-ended triode amp some day); Fried Valhalla or Studio 7 (lower efficiency than your Klipsches but definitely smoother and excellent bass); and the Bugtussel Sommu (competitive with the Frieds). All of these are currently available used here on Audiogon.

Best of luck on your Quest!

Duke LeJeune
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