I realize this question is asked frequently, but I've done my research. I'm wondering if anything has changed and would like to put the question out into the ether again. I have about a grand to spend on a stereo pair of speakers - new or used, I don't really care (condition is important if used though). Having asked similar questions previously, I will try to cover the important factors at the outset:
These could be in one of two rooms, so some versatility would be of benefit: Room 1: 12x10; Room 2: 20x15
Music: blues, rock, jazz - in that order, then possibly some television (I already have a quite nice HT setup, so that's not a factor)
Budget: $1000 - would prefer not to have a sub, but would make an exception for bookshelves
Existing Equipment: Emotiva USP-1, UPA-5 amp (may switch out for a decent 2-channel), upgraded Technics 1200 TT (to be named CD, and possibly some I-Pod music)
Items I've considered thus far:
Axiom M60/80's (have heard the original version of the M60's and enjoyed the detail - haven't heard v3 and wouldn't want a sub with towers)
Rockets (have a pair of 760's I could use, but then would have to buy new surrounds for HT... lol)
Ascends CBM-170's (with a sub) or 340's - had the original of both, but have yet to hear the SE editions
Aperions - have yet to hear these, but live near Portland (city of manufacture)
Aurum Cantus L2's (available used locally, ~$500
PBN Montana Monitor
Norh - very interested in these, but as they have to ship from Thailand it would be an investment and possibly an expensive return process
Vandersteen Model 2 or 1B (both available used locally, <$400)
I am fairly obviously a fan of the internet-direct model, but am not stuck with it hard and fast - so any recommendations or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I realize the tonal qualities of many of these speakers are considerably different also, but I am interested in your thoughts given the associated equipment and musical tastes listed. I do greatly enjoy detail, but not to the point of fatigue; I do not generally listen to extremely loud music and am not remotely interested excessive bass.
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