Originally Posted by Cigarbat
I'm willing to go up to about the $20K range, but always looking for a good deal.
I was mostly looking for some suggestions of high quality speaker that would be good for both HT & 2 channel audio.
I live in Westlake Village, CA which borders Los Angeles.
For speakers similar to Revel, below are 3 well known, must-audition speakers. I would think the key for your search is to audition in person
with 2, 3 of your favorite CD's. For a SOTA 2 channel speaker to double as hometheater, I would suggest you get the biggest, most full range front speakers possible.
The front 3 speakers "dominate" the sound - go big on these. All these speakers have dealers in Southern Cal.
Ultra expensive and at the very top of the list. Fast, transparent, sparkling without being edgy. Sound airy and transparent (the most difficult of quality to achieve) like a panel speaker. The big Magico is possibly the best system I've ever auditioned in 20 years as an audiophile. Minus: ultra expensive, might sound better with tubes, reserved probably only the nuttiest
and most dedicated audiophile as it is picky what it sounds best with. Then you will be in heaven.
2. Wilson Audio:
Stunning 3D soundstage, pinpoint imaging, brighter than the Magico, but no less enthralling, just different. Physically stunning to look at; really, just a thing of beauty. Ferrari paint finish option. Minus: Might sound better with tube amps. Also very picky what it sounds best with. Like Magico, I don't recommend these unless you are a seasoned audiophile as component matching is a pain in the derriere.
This speaker is the opposite of Aerial Acoustics below: Wilson is bright, Aerial warm; no right or wrong as both are fantastic.
3. Aerial Acoustics:
Huge, satisfying, punchy bass, smooth high end, great soundstage depth, does everything well. Warmer sounding than the other 3 and probably the easiest to match components with. I tend to recommend this for people who have not been in high end audio for a long time because it is easy to make them sing. This company has been an audiophile favorite for many years. The top of the line 20T received Stereophile's product of the year and I would love to audition this one of these days.
: You already know the outstanding Salon. The designer Kevin Voecks gave a demo of these speakers a couple of years ago in the Newport Beach High End show and I fell in love with the speakers. Extreme high resolution, smooth high end, punchy bass, also more friendly than Wilson.