Originally Posted by Dr_Mark
There are a pair of Dali Helicon 300's for $900. There retailed for $3k. Very good speaker
See, BITW; this is where your question becomes really hard to answer. OT1H, I agree with Dr. Mark...those Dali are
nice speakers for that price; and based on the formula in your OP, $3k new...going for $900 or less, is a bargain (although, that's entirely
way to look at things IMO). But in a million years, I don't think I'd recommend Dali for a guy starting out...as it appears you are. They are not
for everyone, IMO (wood-pulp mid-bass, and purported to be light in the low-end...lol).
That's why this is such a tough call; there's "best" for me
, "best" for Dr. Mark..."best" for everyone else, and then "best" for you
. I'm a Dynaudio guy; but that's not the only reason I recommended the Focus 140s. I don't roll like that; I'm not a fan-boy, and think my speaker is best...for everyone, and all situations. No, on second thought, here is the only advice I could probably give you...FWIW; since you are just starting out, and have an AVR...I'd stick with something fairly "well-known", and easy to drive.
You're just getting to know the "hi-end". You don't even know, what you don't know yet. You're going to get these speakers, and IMO...you're going to want to try others. You should; that's the only way you get to know what you truly want, and don't want out of a speaker or system. Point is...you might have to put this pair on the market someday, and you can have a tougher time moving "esoteric" stuff like Dali (which is maybe why a $3k pair, is listed for $900 to begin with?). Now...if you were going on your 5th pair of monitors...and you had an idea of a speaker that matched what the Dali offers, in terms of its sonics; sure, it would be a fine choice (and I'm not just trying to pick on the Dali specifically. I'd say the same thing of the Nola, etc.).
And as for the Dynaudio Focus 140? Well, it's a great all-arounder...but can be hard to drive; I don't want to catch guff from the guys who think it's nonsense...they're entitled to their opinion...but I'm not sure your AVR is up to it. If you like Paradigm, that might be a good place to start. They're a little bright for my taste...but one man's "bright", is another man's "just right". Only one way you're going to find out, where you fall on the spectrum.
Hope that helps? Let us know what you end up doing, and good luck. P.S. Don't think too
hard; pick something, and get enjoying music
! (as opposed to getting too caught up in the gear