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#1 of 23 OFFLINE   Tommy_N

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Posted August 02 2002 - 02:47 AM

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 of 23 OFFLINE   chung_sotheby

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Posted August 02 2002 - 03:02 AM

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.soundstag...hion_argon2.htm
Waterfall Victoriahttp://www.hifichoic...int.asp?ID=2071
Celestion A2
Celestion AVF 302
http://www.celestion....es/sound1.html
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#3 of 23 OFFLINE   John Kotches

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Posted August 02 2002 - 03:05 AM

Chung,

Good point on the personal aesthetics issue.

I'll try to pick a couple of brands you missed Posted Image

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.

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#4 of 23 OFFLINE   Alex Prosak

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Posted August 02 2002 - 05:16 AM

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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Posted August 02 2002 - 05:38 AM

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#6 of 23 OFFLINE   Russell _T

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Posted August 02 2002 - 05:59 AM

Onix Rockets or Swans Divas not only look like fine furniture, but sound even better than they look.
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#7 of 23 OFFLINE   chung_sotheby

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Posted August 02 2002 - 06:06 AM

Oh, I forgot to mention Soliloquy, which also makes AAD

#8 of 23 OFFLINE   Chris Tsutsui

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Posted August 02 2002 - 06:48 AM

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.

#9 of 23 OFFLINE   Jason_Me

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Posted August 02 2002 - 07:03 AM

Kef's new Q series and Reference series look very good. www.kef.com
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#10 of 23 OFFLINE   Phill O

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Posted August 02 2002 - 03:20 PM

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 of 23 OFFLINE   Jason Wilcox

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Posted August 02 2002 - 03:47 PM

almost anything vienna

#12 of 23 OFFLINE   rodneyH

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Posted August 02 2002 - 04:20 PM

B&W CDM line and 800 line Sanus Faber cremonas

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Posted August 02 2002 - 05:35 PM

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

#14 of 23 OFFLINE   Martice

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Posted August 03 2002 - 12:06 AM

I like the KEF Ref line. They are wonderful looking speakers and are some of the best bookshelf speakers that I've heard.
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#15 of 23 OFFLINE   TerryHenson

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Posted August 03 2002 - 01:57 PM

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. Posted Image

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!

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#16 of 23 OFFLINE   Sean D

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Posted August 03 2002 - 02:19 PM

In my opinion, for the money these look great. They sound just as good too. Posted Image
The Onix Rockets are real beauties as well.

#17 of 23 OFFLINE   Paul_Scott

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Posted August 03 2002 - 02:45 PM

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".

#18 of 23 OFFLINE   Russell _T

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Posted August 03 2002 - 03:00 PM

Well if cost is no object. www.calix.com.tw
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#19 of 23 OFFLINE   Jason_Me

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Posted August 03 2002 - 03:10 PM

Damn, all of the Calix speakers look incredible! How much do they cost?
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#20 of 23 OFFLINE   Tommy_N

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Posted August 03 2002 - 04:03 PM

Thanks for all the great responses...Now knock it off! Too many choices. Posted Image Posted Image


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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