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My budget can go up to $3000 for a pair of large towers, so just trying to get an idea of what would be the best brand for that price.
Most of use is for movies, xbox, tv and some for music mostly internet radio,mp3 or dvd audio.
Have been looking at Klipsch RF7ii and Axiom M80 but would like some more input of other brands since not all have online sales with pricing.

Thanks for any responses given.

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I suggest you check out the KEF Q900 and Paradigm Reference Studio 60.

Both are well under $3000 and are much better-sounding speakers IMO than the Klipsch speakers (no experience with Axiom).

The KEF Q900 has kick-ass bass down to 25 Hz, and according to the Stereophile article on them, need no subwooofer. You may want to check the review article on their website. They loved them!

Another exceptionally good speaker, for about $2800, is the Dynaudio Excite X32.




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My budget can go up to $3000 for a pair of large towers, so just trying to get an idea of what would be the best brand for that price.
Most of use is for movies, xbox, tv and some for music mostly internet radio,mp3 or dvd audio.
Have been looking at Klipsch RF7ii and Axiom M80 but would like some more input of other brands since not all have online sales with pricing.

Thanks for any responses given.

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Look at Paradigm
Focal
B&W
Salk
Kef
Aperion
Goldenear
Monitor Audio
PSB
Dynaudio

Just to name a few. There are many more but those are just off the top of my head. $3k should get you a very nice set of towers.
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Ascend Sierra Towers
Salk Sound Songtowers
Philharmonic Audio 2's or 3's

All have high praises and run from $2K-$3K.
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My budget can go up to $3000 for a pair of large towers, so just trying to get an idea of what would be the best brand for that price.
Most of use is for movies, xbox, tv and some for music mostly internet radio,mp3 or dvd audio.
Have been looking at Klipsch RF7ii and Axiom M80 but would like some more input of other brands since not all have online sales with pricing.

Thanks for any responses given.

Rustolem

I don't know what dealers you have near you, but I would add:
Paradigm Studio 100
PSB Syncrony 2
Goldenear Triton Two
KEF R500

Also, since this is primarily for home theater, are you planning on adding a center channel and subwoofer?
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My budget can go up to $3000 for a pair of large towers, so just trying to get an idea of what would be the best brand for that price.
Most of use is for movies, xbox, tv and some for music mostly internet radio,mp3 or dvd audio.
Have been looking at Klipsch RF7ii and Axiom M80 but would like some more input of other brands since not all have online sales with pricing.

Thanks for any responses given.

Rustolem

Klipsch RF-7 II's are a good choice for a mostly movie set up because of their high output capability. Might also look at http: http://www.rbhsound.com/sx6300r.php
Slightly over budget, but might consider: http://www.rbhsound.com/sx8300.php
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Ascend Sierra Towers
Salk Sound Songtowers
Philharmonic Audio 2's or 3's

All have high praises and run from $2K-$3K.

Those are excellent speakers. Probably the best internet direct models for music. But for you I'd recommend something efficient yet ribbon:

http://www.tektondesign.com/ModelUruz.htm

That'll be far better for movies than most other speakers in the market but still great for music due to the ribbons.
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Those are excellent speakers. Probably the best internet direct models for music. But for you I'd recommend something efficient yet ribbon:

http://www.tektondesign.com/ModelUruz.htm

That'll be far better for movies than most other speakers in the market but still great for music due to the ribbons.

Have you heard these? Are there measurements anywhere?

One thing I have learned about ribbons....they are not the same, and don't have the same qualities.

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For what you have outlined, i recommend the paradigms!

I would look at the monitor and studio line. You would want to stay with floorstanders such as the monitor 9 or 11s and the studio 60s and 100s.

The monitors may be enough for you.
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Those are excellent speakers. Probably the best internet direct models for music. But for you I'd recommend something efficient yet ribbon:

http://www.tektondesign.com/ModelUruz.htm

That'll be far better for movies than most other speakers in the market but still great for music due to the ribbons.

A 10" mid/woofer with a ribbon, and the claim of being a 1.5 way doesnt exactly inspire confidence in the design... I agree with cschang about wanting measurements.
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Look at Paradigm
Focal
B&W
Salk
Kef
Aperion
Goldenear
Monitor Audio
PSB
Dynaudio

Just to name a few. There are many more but those are just off the top of my head. $3k should get you a very nice set of towers.

I currently have the GoldenEar Triton Two Towers with the Sat50 and Sat 30 for surround, but just not happy with the overall volume.

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I currently have the GoldenEar Triton Two Towers with the Sat50 and Sat 30 for surround, but just not happy with the overall volume.

You may want to look into JTR:
http://jtrspeakers.com/home-audio/triple-12ht/
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I don't know what dealers you have near you, but I would add:
Paradigm Studio 100
PSB Syncrony 2
Goldenear Triton Two
KEF R500

Also, since this is primarily for home theater, are you planning on adding a center channel and subwoofer?

Yes on the sub and center for a 5.1 system.

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http://jtrspeakers.com/home-audio/triple-12ht/

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If you were considering Klipsch already... if you have a wide room (18+ feet) then consider used Klipschorns for around 2K$.

So you are looking at stereo for movies? Not multi-chanel?

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If you were considering Klipsch already... if you have a wide room (18+ feet) then consider used Klipschorns for around 2K$.

So you are looking at stereo for movies? Not multi-chanel?

Want a full 5.1 setup, mostly watch Blu-rays, HD tv and Xbox.
Some music which I want loud with bass.

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You have a Golden Ear Two HT setup and want more volume?

What are you powering your system with now? And how large a space?
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Or I suppose La Scala's if K-horns aren't feasible in your room.

He could likely get 3 pairs for 3K and be done with the HT!

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Personally, but only because I own them, I'm going to recommend the Swan T900F


(T1000F Pictured, the T1000F is the T900F with an added subwoofer. The difference will be that the T900F does not have the black box at the bottom, its just flat.)



http://www.lockwaresystems.com/t900f-121-239.html

I am currently rewriting my review (mainly because with my new room setup, my sound has changed) but I have been nothing but impressed about every aspect of these speakers. A wonderful sounding pair and easily one of the best purchases of my life.

otherwise...

I'd recommend the Salk SongTower RT or the Philharmonic 2 (3 if you want deeper bass, although your subwoofer should be taking over).

 

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I'd look for a great used pair of Definitive Technology BP7000's for that price.
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A 10" mid/woofer with a ribbon, and the claim of being a 1.5 way doesnt exactly inspire confidence in the design... I agree with cschang about wanting measurements.

http://tektondesign.wordpress.com/20...nts-published/

Let me know what you think.
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I just purchased a set of B&W CM8's and have really fallen in love with them. I had an older pair of Kliptsch and the difference is night and day! I listen to Music about 50% and 50%... music is SO clear and defined and HT , wow... dialogs, etc just come right out at you...

I also picked up a Sub and a Center by BW. That really brought out the best in my HT setup. its like being at the movies... well except for the huge screen

I have a Pioneer Sc 35 that i got on sale at BB and it works fantastically witht he BW Speakers...
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If you want more "volume" then what you have, I second or third what was already said by ack and zieg and take a look at a pair of JTR Triple 12HT's. They are very efficient, and only need 34 watts to play at reference levels at a distance of 12 feet! If these aren't loud enough, then I don't know what is.

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Let me know what you think.

Need, at least, some off axis measurements.

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I think people are missing the fact that he already owns a pair of $3K floorstanding speakers that are rated 90db efficient and have ribbonfolded tweeters and they are not playing loud enough for him.

Stepping into a less efficient speaker is not the answer. Sounds like he wants high SPL, low distortion speakers with high sensitivity, hence the JTR recommendation. Obviously there are others like Klipsch, etc, but recommending a less sensitive speaker is probably not a good idea.

I suppose he could throw more hardware at the solution (bigger, better amp) and potentially some room acoustics, but the easiest answer is get more efficient speakers.
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i think people are missing the fact that he already owns a pair of $3k floorstanding speakers that are rated 90db efficient and have ribbonfolded tweeters and they are not playing loud enough for him.

Stepping into a less efficient speaker is not the answer. Sounds like he wants high spl, low distortion speakers with high sensitivity, hence the jtr recommendation. Obviously there are others like klipsch, etc, but recommending a less sensitive speaker is probably not a good idea.

I suppose he could throw more hardware at the solution (bigger, better amp) and potentially some room acoustics, but the easiest answer is get more efficient speakers.

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Need, at least, some off axis measurements.

Anyone wants to trial one and measure it? I lack the equipments and return shipping.
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I think people are missing the fact that he already owns a pair of $3K floorstanding speakers that are rated 90db efficient and have ribbonfolded tweeters and they are not playing loud enough for him.

The Tektons I recommended would be a far more efficient similar speaker with ribbons. If he's interested in ultra flat freq off axis then his current speakers are fine, just need more juice from the amp. Nothing's perfect dude...
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I think Philharmonic, Salk, & Ascend.

I own Revel Salon2, Linkwitz Orion3, KEF Reference 201/2, & Philharmonic 3.

I will say for $3K, the Philharmonic 3 gets my vote big time.

Phil3 are amazing. For $3K, unbelievable.

The Phil2 has the same RAAL tweeter & BG Neo8 midrange, but a little less bass. For $2K, crazy deal!
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