Speakers - Your "Safest" Choice

Hello All: Many of us have limited access/ability to audition multiple speakers brands. That got me to thinking- If one had a budget of $20K max, a solid state amp rated at 125WPC, and listened to all varieties of music (primarily rock, pop, folk), what speaker(s) would you be most willing to recommend to that person and feel confident they would be happy with the purchase?


Borresen X3 or X6 they are an amazing choice 

Marten Oscar Trio really good too 

Wilson Sasha DAW used or Sabrina used too 

You are save with those choices 

Do consider posting more information, like the rest of your system in detail and the size of the room and so on. Your original question is a bit too open ended to get truly useful responses.

In a forum like this personal preference varies so much. If you don’t audition speakers your choice might be just OK for you, or even worse, unenjoyable to you. You are not optimizing what your $20K will buy.

I recently went through the speaker auditioning process. I live in a major city with 5-6 brick and mortar hifi stores. Some speakers were very "technical"... lots of precise detail, thrown in your face, Many people like that sort of thing and it is impressive at first listen. To me, some of these type of speakers are not very musical and may offer up a sound that would not keep me in my chair for hours and hours of listening. Also speaker performance is often very dependant on good matching of upstream amplification and sources. Additionally ,much of the genres of music you enjoy are not that well recorded or mastered for the "air bud" crowd. Unforgiving speakers won’t help you enjoy listening to that. In the end, I didn’t buy what I thought I would when first going into the process.

The " safest choice" for you maybe to buy buying used. You will likely find speakers just a few years old for way less $$$ than new, which will allow you to either spend less or get something better than what $20K new would buy you. If you don’t ultimately like them, can sell them, get your money back, and look for another pair. Although many sellers are unwilling to ship large speakers, many 2nd hand dealers will.


What 125/wpc solid state amp do you have.?  How loud do you listen?  All makes a big difference. Can you handle big, heavy speakers? 

around 20K

brand model price
Qln Prestige Five 17500
Qln qln prestige five 17500
Rosso Fiorentino Audio Voltrerra 2 17500
Monitor Audio Platinum 300 3G 17900
Acora Acoustics SRB 18000
Martin Logan EXPRESSION ESL 13A 18000
Paradigm PERSONA 5F 18000
Perlisten S7T 18000
Sonus Faber Olympica Nova V 18000
Tekton MATRIX LS 18000
Vandersteen Quatro Wood CT 18000
Devore Fidelity Orangutan O/96 18503
Fyne F704 19000
B&W 800 Series 19001
Diapason Karis WAVE Limited Edition 19082
Perlisten AUDIO S7T 19185
Vienna Acoustics Liszt 19495
Marten Parker Trio 19500
Magico S1 MKII M-CAST 19600
Wilson SabrinaX 19700
ATC SCM50ASL 19734
Tannoy Kensington 19800
YG Ascent 19800
Usher BE-20 Diamond 19990
Canton Reference 2k 19995
Salk BePure 2 19995
Vienna Acoustics The Kiss 19995
Salk BePure 3 20000
Triangle Magellan Quatuor 40th Anniversary 20000
Triangle Magellan Quatuor 20000
Trenner Friedl RA 20198
Totem Element Metal V2 21000
Kharma ELEGANCE S7 22000
Usher td-10 22000
Harbeth M40.3 XD 23000
ProAc K10 23000
Amphion Krypton3 24000
Dali DALI EPICON 8 24000