Looking for bookshelf speakers

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by Hyo, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. Hyo

    Hyo Auditioning

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    Listened to Linn Katan speakers, and B&W CM2. Like the Linn better. Didn't get a chance to listen to the Vienna Acoustics Haydan yet. Any suggestions on other bookshelf speakers in this category?
     
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    Charles Gurganus Supporting Actor

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    Proacs are worth a listen.
     
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    ChrisWiggles Producer

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    Dyanaudio Audience 52s, and paradigm studio 20s. I think the 52s are the better of these two though.
     
  4. Will^B

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    I got my JBL s26II running off my new 53tx, Im in love! [​IMG]
     
  5. Lanny Hoff

    Lanny Hoff Stunt Coordinator

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    ACI Emerald. Big, sweet sound in a small, good-looking package. www.audioc.com.
     
  6. Steve-sas

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    The Linn Katans are nice speakers...one of my favorites...but VERY difficult to drive.

    Definitely listen to the Haydns. Can be boomy with impropper placement...but a very nice, smooth, non-fatiguing speaker.

    Polk LSi7 or LSi9. Some of the best upper range in any speaker less than $1,000.

    NHT SB3 - Acoustic suspension - Great bass from a small bookshelf speaker.

    Boston VR-M60 - Classic "Boston " sound.

    Sonus Faber Concertino - Wonderful sound but a little bass shy.
     
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    Von Schweikert VR-1 and the Quad 12L are nice speakers in that price range.
     
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    David*RT Stunt Coordinator

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    Paradigm studio/20's.....the smaller Totems (don't remember the model name).
     
  11. Tim Ranger

    Tim Ranger Stunt Coordinator

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    I'll second the rec on the ACI Emeralds. Real little sonic gems for sure! Heck of a great bunch of folks to deal with as well
     
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    Lanny Hoff Stunt Coordinator

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    I wasn't going to say anything else about the ACI Emeralds, but here goes:

    I've had mine for 9 days. Last weekend I did some listening against NHT M5's, my old Paradigm Atoms, and Energy C-3's. It was really no contest. The ACI is a brilliantly detailed speaker, which is something of a double-edged sword. Good recordings are absolutely drop-dead gorgeous, but bad recordings can be hard to listen to. With the other speakers I mentioned, all recordings more or less sound the same.

    Getting these speakers has reinvented my system and has totally reinvigorated my music listening!
     
  13. Keith Hyde

    Keith Hyde Stunt Coordinator

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    PSB makes some respectable bookshelves. I'm not familiar with your price range, but even the PSB Alpha A/V's at $225 a pair are respectable. I tend to suspect you are in a higher price range, but PSB will have good offerings there. The Image line of PSB may be more your speed.

    The Alphas were my first ever "mains" (when a grand had to get a CD, AVR, and speakers). Now they pull duty as surrounds and cut the cake just fine until I get to upgrading them. They're a good Canadian company. Haven't ever seen much of a discussion on them here, but the world is full of little secrets.
     

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