At 3-5k, in my opinion, there are 4 products one needs to consider. At his level, the product needs to perform in all aspects. Many product do well in extension, smoothness of response, detail, but all too many fail with regard to maintaining linearity at high playback levels. For me, this destroys the realism, the suspension of dis-belief, if the product thins out and distortion products impede the experience. That stated;
Mark Seaton's Catalyst
is a solid choice. With nearly 2kw of dsp contoured, on-board power, this statement product is the steal in high end audio active loudspeakers.
Earl Geddes' Summa
also exhibits solid performance. Geddes' is second to none when it comes to waveguide theory and implementation into a commercial product. This is the finest, high output, controlled directivity, 2 way loudspeaker in the world.
Jeff Permanian's Triple 12 HT
is a steal and has recently been improved with a compression tweeter upgrade. To achieve the proper weight and dynamics to recreate the realism of a live event, there is no replacement for displacement. This product combines the all muscle in the world, with the finesse of a finely voiced product. In my opinion, JTR's speaker products are the
steal in passive loudspeakers today.
If ones space is somewhat smaller, or the SPL levels aren't as extreme, the JBL 6332
Studio Monitor is a technological tour de force. With all the work of Toole, Olive, and the entire R/D staff of Harman, this product has incredible features that simply allow it to playback in a controlled manner, and simply get out of the way. No other loudspeaker in the world has more research and development in it than this speaker. This is the result of all that effort. A phenomenal product.
Additionally, a professional, compression tweeter based, controlled directivity, high output, bi-amplified 2 way loudspeaker, from either Meyer, or JBL, would be a very good choice if sound quality trumps
aesthetics. They both have outstanding quality work, and either would be a very good choice.
That's it, good luck