Originally Posted by bthrb4u
i prefer a laid back presentation and don't mind if the dynamics are lacking a little because of it. my ears can not take a forward presentation anymore.
For a number of reasons related to recording, mixing, mastering and live sound, I strongly suspect that the thing you are looking for is tipped toward a little less midrange along with a high end that is somewhat demphasized.
Since loudspeakers are so strongly affected by room acoustics, placement and orientation, and also strongly affected by system equalization whether automated or manual, asking for specific makes and models is probably not the most effective route to follow.
also, i'm sure i'll get the check audiogon comments but i plan on going out of my way to audition the speakers that bring the most comments and i
prefer to buy new.
Same argument. Since speakers are so profoundly affected by room acoustics, placement and orientation which are characteristics of the specific room you audition in, and the surety that the room you audition speakers in is significantly different from your listening room, auditions aren't recommended either.
So after demolishing common audiophile wisdom, what positive solutions do I have? The best speakers for your purposes have smooth response, good dynamic range (so they aren't stressed in normal use) and directivity that is either consistent with frequency ("Constant directivity") or at least smooth over the audible range. They must be placed in a room that has its reflections and colorations under control, because a typically laid back speaker in a shrieky room is usually a shrieky speaker. The room should also have reasonable amounts of diffusion. Finally, the speaker/amplifier/room combination needs overall system equalization, as well as spectral tuning for your preferences.
Frankly there are a lot of speakers that could be fit into this plan,some costing only a few hundred dollars. Like so many situations in life, it is not the tool's cost or appearance that matters so much as how carefully you choose it and use it.