What speaker could safely be ordered without hearing it first?

Hi everyone,

I’m in the midst of my speaker search and curious about something.......as noted above. There are some brands I would be interested in based on reputation, reviews, looks etc but may never be able to hear first.

I’m curious what the collective group thinks would be a safe choice having never heard them first. I know there are variables as in size of room, current gear etc. Just want to see what people would suggest. The one I would note based on what I have read is Joseph Audio. I’d also be curious if people would say the same about Borresen.

So it may be a frivolous exercise but I’ll ask the question anyway. Let me know your thoughts.


Specs for speakers that are important to me ; sensitity,  min power recommendation.  Max power ....   sure FR is nice , but that's room dependent 

Harbeth speakers work well with Luxman solid state integrated amps. You can’t get much safer than that.


I dunno - some folks, like me, wouldn’t want to deal with returning big floorstanding speakers, returns or no returns..

I get it. I just don't trust my ability to make a purchasing decision based on a showroom demo or review. But there are many here who are much more knowledgeable than I am. 


I'm pretty sure this rarely happens. Its a great idea, but I can't imagine many dealers are going to let you take expensive speakers home, unbox them, audition them,re-box them and then bring them back. They may sell them too you, and let you bring them back with a restocking fee.

I agree -- but I never suggested it did!  I'm referring to online sales.