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Need speaker upgrade suggestions...

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by MonkeyMan, Feb 5, 2021.

  1. MonkeyMan

    MonkeyMan A man who dreams he is a butterfly? Thread Starter

    My system details are in my profile. I have Vandersteen Treo CTs now and want to make a meaningful upgrade. The amplifier is Boulder 1060. My long time dealer suggests Tannoy, MBL or Focal. While I have personally heard all three, I wonder if our brethren here may have other suggestions. Budget would be no more than $15,000, which believe it or not is pretty limiting. The really great ones are all much more expensive. I could consider used if in perfect condition.

    My sound preference is neutral, with as much resolution as possible, as little distortion as possible, and truly full range.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2021
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  2. Catcher10

    Catcher10 I like records, and Prog...duh

    In that range there are a ton of speakers to chose from, problem is being able to audition them.....These look hyper-interesting at 35Hz-23kHz 94dB sensitivity made in Austria.
    ichos No. THREE Mk.II
  3. FalseMetal666

    FalseMetal666 Forum Resident

    San Francisco, CA
    This is probably way out of left field, but I have always badly wanted a pair of B&W 801D and if I had your budget (or even half of it), I'd snap up a pair without hesitation. They're the only speakers I know of where Stereophile specifically warns users of their prolific bass power. Also they look cool.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2021
  4. Dingly Del Boy

    Dingly Del Boy Forum Resident

    British Columbia
    You might want to take a look at the new Dynaudio Contour 60i. They are not particularly sensitive and like a lot of power, which of course your Boulder has in spades.
  5. krisjay

    krisjay Forum Resident

    With that budget, perhaps some Wilson Sabrina's, or Harbeth M40.2's.
  6. Dennis0675

    Dennis0675 Mature Guy

  7. goheelz

    goheelz Member

    Have you auditioned Vandersteen 5A’s?
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  8. Black Elk

    Black Elk Music Lover

    Bay Area, U.S.A.
    How big is your listening room?
  9. tIANcI

    tIANcI Wondering when the hifi madness will end

    At $15,000, neutral/natural ... I’ll go for Wilson Audio. Harbeth M40 can also be considered.
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  10. Ilusndweller

    Ilusndweller S.H.M.F.=>Reely kewl.

    Columbus, Ohio
    Note to self: pay attention to this thread! :edthumbs:
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  11. terzinator

    terzinator boots lost in transit

    first off, i have made a personal decision to stop recommending things.

    second off, Harbeth 40.3.
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  12. RemyM

    RemyM Forum Resident

    Spendor Classic 100
  13. Mad shadows

    Mad shadows Forum Resident

    Karlskrona- Sweden
    It may not be your final choice but need to listen to what ATC offers. I think their ATC SMC50/100/150 fits very well in to what you are looking for.
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  14. GoldprintAudio

    GoldprintAudio Forum Resident

    Lexington, NC
    Already mentioned above, but the Spendor Classic 100 would be fun.

    Joseph Audio Perspective2
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  15. Mr.Sign

    Mr.Sign Forum Resident

    KEF Reference 3 or 5 depending on room size
  16. MonkeyMan

    MonkeyMan A man who dreams he is a butterfly? Thread Starter

    20 feet by 13 feet with and 8 foot 8 inch ceiling...
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  17. RemyM

    RemyM Forum Resident

    Going to buy at a dealer or online?
  18. MonkeyMan

    MonkeyMan A man who dreams he is a butterfly? Thread Starter


  19. brew ziggins

    brew ziggins Forum Prisoner

    The Village
    I forget which Revel is in that price range, the Studio 2, I think. Worth checking out if your nearby dealer carries them.
  20. aunitedlemon

    aunitedlemon Music is medicine, dose often.

    I don't expect you to take my recommendation very seriously but I cast a vote for JBL's L82 or L100. I'm extremely impressed but I'm still very much honey-mooning.
  21. Shangri-La

    Shangri-La Well-Known Member

    I went with the GoldenEar Triton Reference.

    After a few months, I noticed that Stereophile rated them as full range Class A.
  22. RemyM

    RemyM Forum Resident

    Which brands do they sell?
  23. MonkeyMan

    MonkeyMan A man who dreams he is a butterfly? Thread Starter

    My dealer is talking to me about brand new Tannoy Canterbury GR... I can only imagine what that 15 inch driver would do with so much power from my Boulder amplifier. :eek:
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  24. FalseMetal666

    FalseMetal666 Forum Resident

    San Francisco, CA
    Your dealer is smart. Ask if he has any JBL 4367s.
  25. Casino

    Casino Senior Member

    Do whatever that audiophile in the above picture says... has better hearing than any of us do!

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