wester17

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$3000 Speaker Search
I apologize for being so late to chime in, but I would strongly support the Spatial Audio M3 Turbo recommendation. They are ideally suited to the criteria you have listed – especially the sound stage component. They are efficient, dynamic, and ver... 
Best small used monitors under $1000
Lately I've been seriously auditioning bookshelf speakers under $1k, and for the most part I've been quite disappointed. I did come across a new one, however, that both I and my most experienced audiophile friend have been raving about -- the new ... 
Help Choosing Speakers
I've been primarily using an Adcom GFA 555, and the sound and sound- stage are excellent. I've also used a Carver CM-2002, and I've played with a little APPJ 64N with surprising results. These speakers are so efficient they will work well with mos... 
Help Choosing Speakers
As mentioned, Clayton can answer your room placement questions, but these speakers are very adaptable to various room situations.  Here's a link to a review at NewRecordDay in which he places them in a small room and the results are still very ple... 
Help Choosing Speakers
I would say your Spatials would need to be about 3 feet into the room to get optimal sound. The good news is that they are easy to slide in and out if you need to -- unless of course, you add the spikes to the bottom feet as I have done. The Spati... 
Help Choosing Speakers
For minimalist yet stunning looks, excellent efficiency, great dynamics, and quality sound, I suggest the Spatial Audio M3 or M2 Turbos. Lately I've been driving mine with a 3.5 watt tube amp and the sound is totally engaging, with a soundstage th... 
Launch of Zu Audio Experiences loudspeakers
As for price, they said at RMAF that the Experience would sell in the $30,000 per pair range. I'm guessing that the prototype at the show -- which has been 7 years in development -- had a price-tag much higher. But oh... it sounded so nice! The ho... 
Launch of Zu Audio Experiences loudspeakers
Zu had their Experience prototype at Rocky Mountain Audio fest, being driven by a Peachtree amp. I was fortunate enough to hear it, and I must say, I was very, very impressed. There wasn't a speaker in the show that came close to producing its sou... 
Best Preamp - NO preamp... (?)
At the advice of my most experienced audiophile friend, I bypassed the preamp about a month ago, and I'm going directly into a power amp from my Benchmark DAC2.  It's sounding wonderful, and I don't know why I'd want to add anything else to the ch... 
A thin and elegant system?
If you want something stylish and different, without the box, I suggest you check out the Spatial Audio speakers. They can't be placed against the wall, but they sound as good as anything out there, and look much "lighter" and hip than your typica... 
Looking to buy floor standing speakers in $1000 per speaker range.
You owe it to yourself to check out the Spatial Audio M3 Turbos. I spent a full year auditioning speakers, and listened to pretty much everything in your price range -- Teckton, Zu, B&W, NHT, Magnepan, Def Tek, KEF, and many more. For me it ca... 
Speakers with warm treble and good bass
Give your Spatial Audio M3 Turbos a chance to break in and see what you think. I have the M3s (non-turbo) and have not had any listener fatigue whatsoever. I sold my Klipschorns after 17 years because of treble harshness that was causing fatigue, ... 
Tekton Pendragons
I've only heard the Pendragons once, at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest last fall. The entire time, the owner was complaining about how the phono cartridge wasn't broken in yet, blah, blah. I wasn't very impressed with them. I've listened to almost ... 
Searching for the ideal vintage bookshelf speakers.
If you can find a pair, it's hard to beat the Rogers LS3/5as. They are one of the most honest sounding speakers I have ever heard. Don't expect heavy bass -- and they may be pushing their limits in a 30 foot long room (unless you sit closer to the... 
klipschorns, they kick ass for sure
I recently sold my Klipchorns after 17 years of pure enjoyment. I’m moving and downsizing, and the new digs don’t have the corners I need. Prior to selling, I went on a six month odyssey (a very enjoyable one, I might add) of listening to every de...