Best speakers under $1100?

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  1. Donald B

    Donald B Auditioning

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    I just want everyones personal opinion. Please do not list more than 3 selections. [​IMG] It can be floorstanding, or book shelves.
     
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    I would recommend the PSB T65, listened to the T55 yesterday and they sounded great.

    The Polk RTi10 also sound good.
     
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    are you talking just 1 pair?
     
  4. Donald B

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    Yes.
     
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    Best pair I found under that price are the Boston VR-M60s (bookshelf--1000$/retail pair).

    Others that I came close to buying instead

    B&W CM2s (bookshelf)
    Paradigm Studio Reference 20s (bookshelf).
    Each was close to the Bostons, but not quite as good in bass response and overall "neutrality" of sound.

    Brands I considered but opted not to because of 4 ohm issue,

    Totem Acoustic
    Dynaudio.

    (I know that's more than three, but if you are 4 ohm capable, you owe it to yourself to check those last two brands out.)
     
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    I have been listening to speakers with a friend who wants to spend about a $1000 for a pair of floorstanders, and so far the B&W 603's are the winner. We listened to Polks (not sure what number) and Paradigm monitor series (Monitor 9) so far. Want to check out the PSB T55 or T65 though.
     
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    I recently bought a pair of Polk RTi10 and I think they're pretty nice for $999 retail. You might be able to get a deal on them if you shop around.

    Greg
     
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    B&W 603s3's
     
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    Onix Rocket @ av123.com
     
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    GR Research A/V-2 www.gr-research.com I know of a pair for sale right now with matching stands for a great price. Let me know if you might be interested. (NOTE: they are 4 Ohm, the A/V-1 and -3 are 8 Ohm)

    Polk LSi9. (The Polk RTi line are hardly what I would consider great speakers).

    For $1100, you could get Studio 40s rather than 20s.
     
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    Mordaunt-Short Avant 908.
     
  13. Lee-M

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    You could get a pair of used Klipsch Fortes, Chorus, or Cornwalls for under $1100, and they would blow out of the water anything new that costs almost twice as much. Another, newer alternative would be Klipsch KLF30's, but they don't seem to be as readily available.

    Take a look at ebay for a couple of weeks; see what is available, what comes up, and what it sells for.

    Don't listen to the naysayers who say "Klipsch is too bright". Hop on over to the Klipsch Forum, read the current posts, or do searches for the models I've mentioned.

    I bought a pair of Fortes in 1988, and do not ever intend on parting with them. Everyone, without exception, who hears them is amazed at the sonic clarity and realism they are capable of. "It's like they [singer, group, actor, whatever] are right here in the room".

    On the other hand, I would not discount the Boston Acoustics option either; they were the first brand I owned, and I was very pleased with them. The Klipsch, however, are in a different league; I compared them recently with a pair of Martin-Logans, and while the M-L's sounded good (very clear and detailed), there is a you-are-there realism to my Fortes that I would only abandon by going with a larger, fully horn-loaded Klipsch speaker.
     
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    OK, I'll take a shot. But you didn't say what you want them for:

    Dynamic floorstander: Onix Rocket 550

    Bookshelf/sub pair: Ascend Acoustics CBM 340 & SVS PB-10 (for HT), or Onix ULW (for music) (but might try to stretch the budget to the UFW-10 for an extra $50 - but we haven't talked shipping yet).

    Something different for music: Magnepan MMG plus either of the Onix subs.
     
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    Polk Audio LSi9s if you have the amp to power these 4 Ohm babies! THEY'RE GLORIOUS! [​IMG]
     
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    Bose!!

















    Just kidding!!
     
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    I'm wondering where the Swan 6.1's end up in the spectrum. Do the fact that they are internet speakers make up for the lower price when comparing the quality? Thanks.
     
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    My vote is for Ed Frias' EFE T-22s. Definitely the best I've heard for under $1100. Check the reviews on audioreview.com.
     

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