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I'm helping a friend put together a 2.0 system for a large room. The layout of the room will only allow for a 2.0 or 3.0 system. A sub might be added later, but probably just stick with a higher quality 2.0 system. Ideally would like to spend around $1000-1500 for the speakers, but will go up to $2k if increase in quality is good enough.

Current models I am considering are the Paradigm Monitor 11 v7 ($1500), and MartinLogan Motion 12 ($600, newegg).

He's not really that much of a critical listener, so leaning towards the MLs, and having him add a bigger TV, or something.
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Philharmonic 1 or 2
Salk Songtower or Songbird
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$1,600 speakers: Philharmonic 1 speakers:

http://philharmonicaudio.com/philharmonic1.html

$2K speakers: Philharmonic 2:

http://philharmonicaudio.com/philharmonic2.html
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Philharmonic 1 or 2
Salk Songtower or Songbird
Ascend Sierra Tower

Checkout the graphs and specs of these speakers. I think they're way better than the logan and paradigm you're considering.
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On the retail side - I would look at the Wharfedale EVO
http://www.musicdirect.com/p-15535-w...eakers-pr.aspx

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Very interesting speakers, each of them. I've read a lot about these over the years, but never had the pleasure of hearing them. I imagine speakers of these provenance would benefit from a separate amplifier rather than being powered by a home theatre receiver.

Suggestions on processor/amp combo are appreciated. Previously I was going to opt for a Pioneer VSX-1121, 110W RMS @ 8 ohm.
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On the retail side - I would look at the Wharfedale EVO
http://www.musicdirect.com/p-15535-w...eakers-pr.aspx

Wow...pretty intriguing for $799/pr free shipping. I like the low extension, and half the price of many of the others. Also, many favorable reviews.

I think the other speakers mentioned might not be valued to the client I am dealing with, and he'd be happier with an extra set of outdoor speakers with the saved $$. Also, the blond maple finish would look great, and they are concerned about finish.

Any way to gauge what would sound best in a large room? The room is HUGE, 25 foot ceilings, glass along the right wall (when in listening position), and open to a large kitchen along the left. An acoustic nightmare, so I think I will lean toward saving money there, and adding funds to different part of the project (outdoor speakers, or better display).

Keep the suggestions coming, I really appreciate it.
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IMO, the KEF Q900 are worth the extra money.

As for the Wharfdales, I've not heard the ones on clearance, but given that the $4000 Wharfdale 4-way with the small cone midrange and close-by protruding tweeter sounded muffled and congested to me compared to the Q900's in the same dealer's room...I wouldn't think about buying one of their cheaper models without listening to them first.

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Wow...pretty intriguing for $799/pr free shipping. I like the low extension, and half the price of many of the others. Also, many favorable reviews.
Any way to gauge what would sound best in a large room? The room is HUGE, 25 foot ceilings, glass along the right wall (when in listening position), and open to a large kitchen along the left. An acoustic nightmare, so I think I will lean toward saving money there, and adding funds to different part of the project (outdoor speakers, or better display).
I think the other speakers mentioned might not be valued to the client I am dealing with, and he'd be happier with an extra set of outdoor speakers with the saved $$. Also, the blond maple finish would look great, and they are concerned about finish.

There is no guarantee that one will sound better than the other, based on
subjective opinion. That is going to be a hard room, in home audition with
a return policy - is the way to go. Good Luck!

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Last year I shopped for a set of floorstanding speakers in the under-$2000 price range.

I listened to just about everything I could find over a period of several months, and came to the conclusion that there are two standout speakers in that price category that just leave the others in the dust.

I narrowed it down to the KEF Q900 and the PSB Image T6. The KEF Q900 is a bit bigger and has a bit more bass, but ultimately I decided that the overall sound of the Image T6 from top to bottom was a tiny bit more coherent and refined than the KEF.

These are both excellent speakers, and I think anyone will be thrilled with the performance of either one, but that was my final decision. I have had the T6 speakers for a year now, and they still sound flawless. There is no question in my mind that they are the best-sounding speakers I could find for under $2000, and the fact that they are only $1300 is quite amazing to me; great sound and great value.



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I'm helping a friend put together a 2.0 system for a large room. The layout of the room will only allow for a 2.0 or 3.0 system. A sub might be added later, but probably just stick with a higher quality 2.0 system. Ideally would like to spend around $1000-1500 for the speakers, but will go up to $2k if increase in quality is good enough.

Current models I am considering are the Paradigm Monitor 11 v7 ($1500), and MartinLogan Motion 12 ($600, newegg).

He's not really that much of a critical listener, so leaning towards the MLs, and having him add a bigger TV, or something.

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I too was looking at ParadigM (Studio 20's and 60's). Once I saw the Ascend Sierra Towers I was hooked. Will be going in that direction when I upgrade.

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Suggestions on processor/amp combo are appreciated. Previously I was going to opt for a Pioneer VSX-1121, 110W RMS @ 8 ohm.

Actually the amp or receiver choice depends on the efficiency ratings of any speaker you're gonna use but if you're gonna use 110W @ 8 ohm. Any speakers recommended above, heck any speakers short to super inefficient custom ones would work well. I can say that running my Ascend Sierra towers with only 50W@8 amp in my overly large bedroom is sufficient.
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