Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Spokane Valley, Washington
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Hard to beat the Ascends, for that price as well as killer bang for the buck ratio. The Ascends in my room(17x22x8) are very easy to place, throw up a nice wide soundstage and get plenty loud for my listening. This set being 170se's and a 340se for a center. I have done 3x340s across the front as well. In my room, I'm really digging the 170s for left and right with the 340 for the center. The 170se's do a wonderful job with the midrange and high end...with this setup a sub is mandatory for me anyway.
You could also do Arx, never heard them, but lots of peeps like them a lot. I have had Swan D2.1se+ in this room and they are Awesome. They do take room(4feet from any wall) and a bit of juice to make them shine. They were a bit picky about placement, but when you find their happy place, they FILL my room with buttery smooth and Loud sound. No sub necessary for music...They put out serous ass end for that size of speaker. A pair of those and a matching center comes in at your budget. You could also try a set of Danas...again, haven't had them, but many people like them. Jon at theaudioinsder is a cool cat to deal with besides...
If you feel like a hunt, try the used market...there are plenty of killer deals to be had...I just sold a set of Dynaudios, for Your budget, that new, were $2k for the 3. I took a crazy notion and put the 170s next to the Dyns for a couple of weeks and found I enjoyed the Ascends(with sub) a little more. Crazy talk you say....nahhhh. The Dyns by themselves are better, do more, fill the room....but with a sub...things change a bit. Needless to say the Ascends stayed and I ordered more during the current sale. ...sorry, got off into a rant,
bottom line, It's your money/ears...there are lots of options for you. At your price point, I would do ID for sure...Your room WILL make a difference. You may have to try a few pair, in YOUR room, before you find one you REALLY like. The cost of shipping the set you didn't like back is what it will cost you to find out...Enjoy the hunt...For me, the hunt is the best thing AFTER listening to the music!
sorry, I see you ask for a $600 budget...I was thinking $800...hadn't had my coffee yet.
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