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Running a 5.1 system, will be a 7.2 when I add the two new towers and second sub. Running a Denon 2312ci receiver, currently 2 pair of Carnival 2's and a Carnival 5 center with a Outlaw LFM-1 EX Sub. I am looking for a set of towers and I am in no rush. I would love to focus on a set of speakers with clear crisp highs and midrange. Tweeters or horns, but I want the best for the money! I was suggested ARX's before, I am also looking at a set of Mordaunt Short Mezzo 6's or 8's, but I doubt I will ever get to hear these before I buy them. Also looking for a wood type finish. Again, I will most likely not get to hear most brands suggested, so I kind of have to live off of member reviews. Suggestions? Thanks ya'll.
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Running a 5.1 system, will be a 7.2 when I add the two new towers and second sub. Running a Denon 2312ci receiver, currently 2 pair of Carnival 2's and a Carnival 5 center with a Outlaw LFM-1 EX Sub. I am looking for a set of towers and I am in no rush. I would love to focus on a set of speakers with clear crisp highs and midrange. Tweeters or horns, but I want the best for the money! I was suggested ARX's before, I am also looking at a set of Mordaunt Short Mezzo 6's or 8's, but I doubt I will ever get to hear these before I buy them. Also looking for a wood type finish. Again, I will most likely not get to hear most brands suggested, so I kind of have to live off of member reviews. Suggestions? Thanks ya'll.

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If you don't mind basic black veneer the Arx A3 is an awesome tower. $499 but it performs as good as some $1k towers. I do know it is better made than some $1500 towers. The Verus Forte is another nice tower in your range too.
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I'm gonna throw in the Paradigm monitor 9 for consideration.

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While it is $100 more then the requirements, I'd suspect it's worth every penny. Good recommendation!

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You should try to listen to the Klipsch reference series. The RF 62 and RF 82 models are in this range. Also Axiom makes a good speaker and the m80 is I am this range. Both Klipsch and Axiom will provide deep bass and clear highs. The m80s are very clear
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I'm gonna throw in the Paradigm monitor 9 for consideration.

I agree. Fantastic speaker.

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The best speaker in that price range is the PSB Image T6.

I bought them a year ago for my new 2nd home, and they are wonderful; nearly as good as the $4300 Vandersteen 3A speakers I have at my other house.

Stereophile tested them and said they were their new "reference" speaker for under $2000, and The Absolute Sound picked them in a feature article as the speaker for their "Editor's Choice" Recommended System (stereo) for $3600.

There isn't anything I have heard in that price range that even comes close. They compete with speakers that cost over $2000.

The Cherry finish is also very nice; hard to tell it from real wood veneer.

Of course you are aware of the Carnival 8 speakers, which are only $700/pair, but they are not in the same class as the T6. The Mezzo 8 is almost as good as the T6, but sells for a lot more money.







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Running a 5.1 system, will be a 7.2 when I add the two new towers and second sub. Running a Denon 2312ci receiver, currently 2 pair of Carnival 2's and a Carnival 5 center with a Outlaw LFM-1 EX Sub. I am looking for a set of towers and I am in no rush. I would love to focus on a set of speakers with clear crisp highs and midrange. Tweeters or horns, but I want the best for the money! I was suggested ARX's before, I am also looking at a set of Mordaunt Short Mezzo 6's or 8's, but I doubt I will ever get to hear these before I buy them. Also looking for a wood type finish. Again, I will most likely not get to hear most brands suggested, so I kind of have to live off of member reviews. Suggestions? Thanks ya'll.

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Thanks for all the recommendations so far! I will take a deep look at all suggested! I am very interested in the Paradigm monitor 9, the T6 and also the Focal and Philharmonic 1. The Philharmonic looks very interesting and I bet from the design that it has incredible highs and midrange, exactly what I am looking for. The Goldenear is more than I am looking for at the moment, but certainly looks like a nice speaker and I am for sure it sounds amazing!
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The best speaker in that price range is the PSB Image T6.

I bought them a year ago for my new 2nd home, and they are wonderful; nearly as good as the $4300 Vandersteen 3A speakers I have at my other house.

Stereophile tested them and said they were their new "reference" speaker for under $2000, and The Absolute Sound picked them in a feature article as the speaker for their "Editor's Choice" Recommended System (stereo) for $3600.

There isn't anything I have heard in that price range that even comes close. They compete with speakers that cost over $2000.

The Cherry finish is also very nice; hard to tell it from real wood veneer.

Of course you are aware of the Carnival 8 speakers, which are only $700/pair, but they are not in the same class as the T6. The Mezzo 8 is almost as good as the T6, but sells for a lot more money.

Always good stuff from you and zieglj01! I did look at the Carnival 8's, but really they are just a bigger version of my Carnival 2's! The T6's are a beautiful speaker and if they sound as good as they look, they are a winner!
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While it is $100 more then the requirements, I'd suspect it's worth every penny. Good recommendation!

How are Nuance? My budget could go to $3000 if I found something I really liked! I just think that with a flooded market a beautiful and great sounding pair of tower speakers could be had for $1500 bucks or less. I would like to ask you, what do you think is a really good pair of $1500 speakers? Again, with great highs and mids!
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Well I had not chimed in due to your budget constraints, but I think you should look at the Aperion Grand Verus towers. I really enjoy mine, they are great in the mids and highs and in the cherry finish they look fantastic. Customer service is top notch and they have a ten yr warranty. You also have 30 day in home trial w/ free shipping both ways if you aren't satisfied. Check their website and their thread. About $300 over your earlier limit.
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What about a matching center? Are you just going to live with what you got?

I can only imagine your soundstage if you picked up the Philharmonics.

That being said, I'd like to recommend a used pair of Paradigm Studio 100's....V2 and newer. You wouldn't be disappointed with the sound and depending on the version, Paradigm offers a V5 conversion for the tweeter.
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What about a matching center? Are you just going to live with what you got?

I can only imagine your soundstage if you picked up the Philharmonics.

That being said, I'd like to recommend a used pair of Paradigm Studio 100's....V2 and newer. You wouldn't be disappointed with the sound and depending on the version, Paradigm offers a V5 conversion for the tweeter.

Just a factual note--I do have a matching center for the Phil 1's. I'll try and get it posted on my site next week.
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Just a factual note--I do have a matching center for the Phil 1's. I'll try and get it posted on my site next week.

I think that would seal the deal for me if I was buying in this price range.

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How are Nuance? My budget could go to $3000 if I found something I really liked! I just think that with a flooded market a beautiful and great sounding pair of tower speakers could be had for $1500 bucks or less. I would like to ask you, what do you think is a really good pair of $1500 speakers? Again, with great highs and mids!

I've heard a lot of speakers, and all of the ones recommended here in this thread. For close to $1500 a used pair of Salk SongTowers or new pair of Philharmonic 1's would be untouchable in my opinion.

Kef and Vandersteen also make a good speaker in that range.

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I think that would seal the deal for me if I was buying in this price range.


I've heard a lot of speakers, and all of the ones recommended here in this thread. For close to $1500 a used pair of Salk SongTowers or new pair of Philharmonic 1's would be untouchable in my opinion.

Kef and Vandersteen also make a good speaker in that range.

What are a new pair of Songtowers going for? I thought I read that they are about 2K? or is that a piece? Also I know you liked the RT, but is it worth the upgrade?
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What are a new pair of Songtowers going for? I thought I read that they are about 2K? or is that a piece? Also I know you liked the RT, but is it worth the upgrade?

They are $2000/pair, so that's why I said used (they pop up sometimes, usually when someone is moving up in the Salk line).

The ribbon is very special, but it depends on your tastes in music. If you listen to classical, jazz and vocal heavy music you'll hear the difference. If you listen to rock and big band stuff the dome might be more fitting. I listen to all those styles and love my ribbons.

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They are $2000/pair, so that's why I said used (they pop up sometimes, usually when someone is moving up in the Salk line).

The ribbon is very special, but it depends on your tastes in music. If you listen to classical, jazz and vocal heavy music you'll hear the difference. If you listen to rock and big band stuff the dome might be more fitting. I listen to all those styles and love my ribbons.

I think the Song Tower could be the one!
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What about a matching center? Are you just going to live with what you got?

I can only imagine your soundstage if you picked up the Philharmonics.

That being said, I'd like to recommend a used pair of Paradigm Studio 100's....V2 and newer. You wouldn't be disappointed with the sound and depending on the version, Paradigm offers a V5 conversion for the tweeter.

Looking on the site, I do not see a center channel offering from Philharmonic? These are a beautiful set of speakers, I showed my wife some of the photo's in the gallery and she said WOW that's like furniture! Nice!
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B&W cm9 if u r wiling to go to 3k like u said.
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Looking on the site, I do not see a center channel offering from Philharmonic? These are a beautiful set of speakers, I showed my wife some of the photo's in the gallery and she said WOW that's like furniture! Nice!

There is an matching center ch. speaker for the Philharmonic 1:

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Just a factual note--I do have a matching center for the Phil 1's. I'll try and get it posted on my site next week.

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B&W cm9 if u r wiling to go to 3k like u said.

I recently went through a similar search and ended up settling on the B&W 683s ($1500/pr retail). Love them
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There is an matching center ch. speaker for the Philharmonic 1:

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The Philharmonic 1 is now tops on my list! I would however like to hear them! Anywhere in the Tri State area that I could see these? Southern NJ>Philadelphia would be ideal.
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The Philharmonic 1 is now tops on my list! I would however like to hear them! Anywhere in the Tri State area that I could see these? Southern NJ>Philadelphia would be ideal.

Dennis is based in the DC area, so one option would be to contact him and see if you could arrange for a demo there.
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