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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

    Location:
    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.
    [​IMG]
     
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  4. Dingly Del Boy

    Dingly Del Boy Forum Resident

    Location:
    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

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

    Dennis0675 Mature Guy

    Location:
    Ohio
  7. goheelz

    goheelz Member

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

    Black Elk Music Lover

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

    tIANcI Wondering when the hifi madness will end

    Location:
    Malaysia
    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.

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

    terzinator boots lost in transit

    Location:
    Minnesota
    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

    Location:
    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

    Location:
    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

    Location:
    Germany
    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

    Dealer

     
  19. brew ziggins

    brew ziggins Forum Prisoner

    Location:
    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

    Location:
    CA
    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

    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    Your dealer is smart. Ask if he has any JBL 4367s.
    [​IMG]
     
  25. Casino

    Casino Senior Member

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

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