For Arguments Sake: What Is The Best Bookshelf Speaker Out There???

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  1. Geno

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    Woofer needs to be 6.5" or smaller.

    vintage, used, brand spanking new, whatever, I just want to know what is the best out there. maybe we can get a list and rank them later.


    my vote is the advent baby II's - very smooth but not overwhelming at all
     
  2. BryanZ

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    Depends upon the budget and individual taste.
     
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    Totem Mani-2 Special Edition and the Merlin VSM would be the best I've had the opportunity to listen to. But I don't really audition monitors so my pool to draw from is pretty small.
     
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    Why 6.5"?
     
  5. Geno

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    why 6.5"??? to keep speakers at BOOKSHELF status.
    and budget is not a concern

    100% Music
     
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    Dynaudio 1.3 MKII/SE's
     
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    i'm curious about that new dynaudio special 25...
     
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    The JMlab Mini Utopias are nice as well as the B&W N805's. But than again, its all preference.
     
  10. Manuel Delaflor

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    Here is my vote:
    MB-1
    They are incredible stiff, the cabinet is one piece (there is no way to disassemble it). The sound is transparent and accurate. Their imaging and soundstage are top notch.
     
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    I vote for the classic Pinnacle PN6+ made 10 years ago and a very nice bookshelf speaker. You can't beat the price and performance.
     
  12. Justin Ward

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    Why my Paradigm Titans of course!
    OK maybe not the best, but one of the best in that price range.
     
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    VMPS QSO 626R with TRT capacitor upgrade.
     
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    JM Lab Micro Utopia (wouldn't really call the Mini a bookself)
    JM Lab Electra 906
    www.focal-jmlab.fr
     
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    I've heard that PSB Alphas are good, and NHT Super Zeroes too.
    I have to follow this thread, cuz I'm debating moving from 6.1 (with a front center speaker in back) to 7.1 (with 2 book shelf speakers). [​IMG] But my budget would be ~$250 street (or ~$400 list) for both.
    I've also heard that Paradigm Titans are nice too.
    www.ecoustics.com might be an interesting place to check reviews. And www.audioreview.com too.
     
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    If I wanted bookshelf sound I would look at DIY options such as the Scan-Speaker Revelator textile dome tweeter and 5 1/2" mid-range.

    This way the bookshelf is destined for only one person...

    And the best part with DIY speaker like the Revelator is you get to save since you're only spending about $1,000 worth of bare parts.
     
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    Klipsch RB-5 II.
     
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    Geno, I'm not sure what you are getting at? Are you actually looking to buy a pair of "The best bookshelf speaker" or are you just taking a poll for curiosities sake? If you are looking at buying a pair, then it would be very helpful to know what preamp, poweramp, source you are using, not to mention the room dimensions.
    However, if you have unlimited funds, then I would highly recommend the Wilson Benesch Discovery. Extremely high standard of construction using carbon fibre and with an integral stand. Four drivers (!) in such a compact cabinet (including isobaric bass drivers) gives it excellent bass extension and spl output for a bookshelf speaker. Excellent sound all round, from an innovative company (the first to implement curved cabinets). Details are:
    Discovery pic 1
    Discovery pic 2
    Discovery specs
    Of course, you will need a cool $10,000 to be able to have the pleasure of owning them. [​IMG]
    Cheers,
    Mike
     
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    ACI Emeral or Sapphire III LE's!!!
     

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