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Which speakers in your opinion makes Classic Rock sing? ($1500 and under new or used)

Let's see what you guys come up with. smile.gif
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Easy: A pair of gently-used Paradigm 5se MkII or 7se speakers (they're essentially the same).

A mint-condition pair can easily be had for well under $200.

Spend the remaining $1,300 on some good beer or whiskey to drink while you enjoy them. cool.gif


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http://www.polkaudio.com/products/lsi25

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Some more info.

Primarily listening to guitar-oriented Classic Rock (Beatles, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Boston, you name it...)

I enjoy listening to music with a loud volume. I like lots of bass but it needs to be tight, articulated midrange, and not aggressive highs. Detailed if possible, but no harsh highs. Main goal? Possibility of listening for hours without ear fatigue.

Size of the room is 17' x 12' with a 7'-high ceiling.

Arcam AVR350 is the amp.
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Primarily listening to guitar-oriented Classic Rock (Beatles, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Boston, you name it...) ...
AC/DC, April Wine, Boston, The Cult, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Who... cool.gif
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I like lots of bass but it needs to be tight, articulated midrange, and not aggressive highs. Detailed if possible, but no harsh highs.
Yup, the Paradigms will give you that, IMO.
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I enjoy listening to music with a loud volume. ... Possibility of listening for hours without ear fatigue.
I used to enjoy loud volume (and occasionally still do) but I've never listened to anything "for hours" so, unfortunately, I can't comment specifically on that last point.


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Well if you want a laid back sound, I would avoid the Polk LSi25. You could take a look at the Focal Chorus 716V, or the Wharfedale Diamond 10.7. Check out www.audiogon.com for a great selection of high end used speakers.

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Some more info.

Primarily listening to guitar-oriented Classic Rock (Beatles, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Boston, you name it...)

I enjoy listening to music with a loud volume. I like lots of bass but it needs to be tight, articulated midrange, and not aggressive highs. Detailed if possible, but no harsh highs. Main goal? Possibility of listening for hours without ear fatigue.

Size of the room is 17' x 12' with a 7'-high ceiling.

Arcam AVR350 is the amp.

Revel Concerta F12s.

The JBL L890s tonygeno suggested in post #4 would also be a good choice.
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Revel F12 or KEF Q900.

I think used for $800 or new for $1300 is good.
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+1 kef q900

i'm so laid back,i'm laid out
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Ascend Acoustics Sierra Towers-used

+2 KEF Q900

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Cerwin Vega on Craig's list - we are talking classic rock. Stand on top of them with a beer bong.

I like the JBL idea too - but L100s please.
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I like the F12's at that point too.

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Lot of great ideas for audiofile listening. For an "off the beaten path" i.e. bachelor pad/ bar room sound (lol) stage monitors will definately do loud crunching guitar.... these are just an example.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/jbl-jrx112m-12-2-way-stage-monitor
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I also like the spend extra money on beer.. idea and I would have to start with "Smokin" by boston turned up!
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+3 KEF Q900 towers. A sweet spot in the KEF lineup for stereo music listening sans sub wink.gif

If you really want to hang onto the extra beer money then these two ...

FOCAL Chorus 814V 716v for $850 http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/FOCAL814V/FOCAL-Chorus-814V-716v-Dual-6-Floorstanding-Speakers-Gloss-Black-Pair/1.html

HTD Level3 Towers for $800 http://www.htd.com/Products/level-three-speakers/Level-THREE-Tower-Speakers (They don't get "a lot" of mention in the forums but check out the reviews online.)
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+3 KEF Q900 towers. A sweet spot in the KEF lineup for stereo music listening sans sub wink.gif

If you really want to hang onto the extra beer money then these two ...

FOCAL Chorus 814V 716v for $850 http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/FOCAL814V/FOCAL-Chorus-814V-716v-Dual-6-Floorstanding-Speakers-Gloss-Black-Pair/1.html

HTD Level3 Towers for $800 http://www.htd.com/Products/level-three-speakers/Level-THREE-Tower-Speakers (They don't get "a lot" of mention in the forums but check out the reviews online.)

I would add the Arx A5 towers in as well for extra beer money. $749 plus shipping puts them about $800-850. http://www.theaudioinsider.com/manufacturers.php?mPath=13 Classic rock is pretty much all I listen too (Who, Van Halen, ZZ Top, Foreigner, Queen ect.) and the A5s perform great, although they still play the current stuff very well too.
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I choose Dynaudio DM 2/6, small bookshelf with good bass, and no sub

I listen from rock to metal \m/

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Well if you want a laid back sound, I would avoid the Polk LSi25. You could take a look at the Focal Chorus 716V, or the Wharfedale Diamond 10.7. Check out www.audiogon.com for a great selection of high end used speakers.

How would you expect laid back sound listening to classic rock at loud volumes? My focus would be on a speaker with lots of bottom end..that being said the LSI25 will do that.
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Laid back sound refers to the nature of the tweeter. Polk/Klipsch/Axiom, all have a common theme of being brighter than others. The OP wants a warmer, less harsh sound: "and not aggressive highs. Detailed if possible, but no harsh highs. Main goal? Possibility of listening for hours without ear fatigue."

On that note I will also suggest the Energy RC-70, fantastic speakers with a warm sound and excellent bass: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pair-of-Brand-New-Energy-Floorstanding-Speakers-RC-70-Speakers-/181155761097

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+3 KEF Q900 towers. A sweet spot in the KEF lineup for stereo music listening sans sub wink.gif

But if you are like me, a believer in subs, the...

- KEF Q300WA from Amazon at $650, plus
- Rythmik F12G for $874

Sorry, $24 over budget redface.gif

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Laid back sound refers to the nature of the tweeter. Polk/Klipsch/Axiom, all have a common theme of being brighter than others.

Not the LSi series. They are actually very warm sounding.
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The Kef Q900's are supposed to play down to 30Hz easily. Probably even lower if your room allows. These would be more than enough to handle any(all?) bass with classic rock.

+4 to the Kef Q900's.

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+1 on the Focals from Accessories4less. in fact right now, for $1249 you get the 2 mains, the matching center, and a nice little Mordaunt-short sub, shipped free!
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