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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Tommy_N, Aug 2, 2002.

  1. Tommy_N

    Tommy_N Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm in the market for new speakers. I've listened to Paradigm, B&W, Def Tech & Klipsch. I'm happy with how they all sound. When I have more time I'm going to post my thoughts on them all. Budget is around $1,500 to $2,500

    I'm wondering if there are any good looking speakers in that range. So far I really like the look of the B&W, especially with the grills off.

    I know Martin Logans look great but they are out of my price range.

    Any other suggestions? I'm looking for something different. Of course sound quality is going to be a top priority. Size does not matter.

    Thanks

    Tom
     
  2. chung_sotheby

    chung_sotheby Well-Known Member

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    Tommy, it depends on what your asthetic tastes are.
    Here are a few speakers that I think are just gorgeous
    Norh 9.0
    http://www.norh.com
    AAD 2000 series
    http://www.aadsound.com
    Revel Ultima Gems
    B&W Nautilus
    Rockets from Onix
    Blueroom Minipod and Housepod
    Dynaudio Contour 1.3 SE
    Dynaudio Contour 3.3
    Gallo Acoustics Nucleus
    Amphion Argon II
    http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/amphion_argon2.htm
    Waterfall Victoriahttp://www.hifichoice.co.uk/review_print.asp?ID=2071
    Celestion A2
    Celestion AVF 302
    http://www.celestion.com/products/en...es/sound1.html
    Hope this helps.
     
  3. John Kotches

    John Kotches Well-Known Member

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    Chung,
    Good point on the personal aesthetics issue.
    I'll try to pick a couple of brands you missed [​IMG]
    I've always been partial to the looks of the Sonus Fabers. In terms of sheer "it's pretty, it's oh so pretty" they are certainly up there.
    Another option might be the Rockets or Divas from AV123.
    If they had speakers in your price range, the Avalons are very nice too. I don't think they do, unless the Symbols qualify.
    Regards,
     
  4. Alex Prosak

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    How about the Thiel CS 1.6s? I auditioned them about a week ago and I think they sound fantastic and you can get them in some really nice finishes. I believe MSRP on them is $2390.
     
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    Onix Rockets or Swans Divas not only look like fine furniture, but sound even better than they look.
     
  7. chung_sotheby

    chung_sotheby Well-Known Member

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    Oh, I forgot to mention Soliloquy, which also makes AAD
     
  8. Chris Tsutsui

    Chris Tsutsui Well-Known Member

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    Martin Logan Aeons go for less than $2000 when they are on sale, even with a maple or oak trim. Team them with a decent subwoofer and they can play better than a lot of speakers in that price range.
     
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    Kef's new Q series and Reference series look very good. www.kef.com
     
  10. Phill O

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    I happen to like the look of the old music series
    of NHT speakers. I have the model 2.5i and 1.5 .
    And I liked the canted front baffel.
     
  11. Jason Wilcox

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    almost anything vienna
     
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    B&W CDM line and 800 line
    Sanus Faber cremonas
     
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    B&W 800 signature and the rest of the nautalius line

    Sonus faber amati homage

    Silverline audio sonatina and sonata mk1 (avalon style), sinfonia and la folia mk2s

    Avalon

    Avantguard
     
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    I like the KEF Ref line. They are wonderful looking speakers and are some of the best bookshelf speakers that I've heard.
     
  15. TerryHenson

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    Up until recently, my speakers were always wood grained in appearance (30 years worth). My last purchase were some PSB Silver-i's in the gloss black finish. I was apprehensive about how they would look when installed into my ht room. The room has wood beamed ceiling and walls, oak cabinets, and some paneling. Pretty much wood everywhere. [​IMG]
    Well... the speakers look sleek and sexy, and they give the room a nice contrast that had been missing. They look like musical instruments, ie; a Baby Grand or Fender guitar, instead of more wood which the room didn't need. Now if I could get the wife to dust them more often!
    Terry
     
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    In my opinion, for the money these look great. They sound just as good too. [​IMG]
    The Onix Rockets are real beauties as well.
     
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    having recently had a chance to see them in person, i'd definitely agree with the Rockets.
    most beautiful line i've seen under $2000.
    simple, good color combo between the glossy piano black tops and bottoms and the warm, dark rosewood veneer.
    Basically a conservative old fashioned look, but there is just enough curve to the body to make them covertly seductive.
    i like that they aren't "in your face".
     
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    Damn, all of the Calix speakers look incredible! How much do they cost?
     
  20. Tommy_N

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    Thanks for all the great responses...Now knock it off! Too many choices. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    It's hard to tell w/o seeing them in person. I don't think I like the Rockets or Divas. The ML's are out of my range. The Minipod look cool, but I have a feeling their sound is probably subpar. Dynaudio Contour are also pricey.
    Anybody know prices for the Kef line? I can't find any info on their web page.
    Also, Russ, how much do those cost.
    Thanks
    Tom
     

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