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I am looking for a new pair of floorstanders. They will primarily be used for stereo-music. I am pretty picky and want openness, transparency and a musical sound. Room is 12 by 16 feet, dedicated.

I already have a NAD C390DD and therefore PSB Imagine T2s are on my shortlist, but what other speakers should I look at?

I don't need enormous SPL, high SQ is way more important. However, I want them to have decent bass and depth.

Help and hints are appreciated.
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A nice dealer could probably get you the Revel F206 or KEF R700 for $2K/pr.

But you must audition all speakers before buying if you are pretty picky.
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I was reading on here that some people think the jump from $2000 to $2500-$2700 really is worth it in terms of quality and options. No experience with anything at that range myself though. At least not yet. smile.gif
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Check out the SVS Ultra towers.
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$2,000 MSRP for a pair of Definitive Technology BP8060's with a built in powered subwoofer. The BP8080's are $1,500 each.

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Look at the Focal 826V - on closeout pricing
http://www.musicdirect.com/search.aspx?pagenum=2&searchterm=focal&mid=&sid=&gid=&cid=&min=&max=#results

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Another one to consider would be the Aperion Verus Grand Tower. They also have a similar home trial deal as SVS with free shipping both ways. No risk in trying them out. 

 

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These are a very good $2000 contender if stereo music is your priority:

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In a similar vein: Salk Songtower
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Look at the Focal 826V - on closeout pricing
http://www.musicdirect.com/search.aspx?pagenum=2&searchterm=focal&mid=&sid=&gid=&cid=&min=&max=#results

Top deal. At $2200/pr shipped, the 836V's make it pretty temping to bust the budget a bit. wink.gif
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Top deal. At $2200/pr shipped, the 836V's make it pretty temping to bust the budget a bit. wink.gif

That will make you think.

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I have looked at the different options, and I am picky both with sound and aestethics.

These models look good, but it is really hard not to be able to audition them. What I seek is fullness, and openness, but not harsh sounding. I need good, tight bass that can fill my room.

Short list is as follows:
- Triangle Genese Quartet
- SVS Ultra (Not that pretty, not quite on par with the best at the upper end of the spectrum?)
- Kef R700 (A bit pricier)
- PSB Imagine T2
- GoldenEar Triton Seven? (Cheaper, hard to get how they really perform. Some say they are warm, some reference class)
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I have looked at the different options, and I am picky both with sound and aestethics.

These models look good, but it is really hard not to be able to audition them. What I seek is fullness, and openness, but not harsh sounding. I need good, tight bass that can fill my room.

Short list is as follows:
- Triangle Genese Quartet
- SVS Ultra (Not that pretty, not quite on par with the best at the upper end of the spectrum?)
- Kef R700 (A bit pricier)
- PSB Imagine T2
- GoldenEar Triton Seven? (Cheaper, hard to get how they really perform. Some say they are warm, some reference class)

The SVS Ultras have a no cost trial with 45 days and free shipping both ways.

Imaginer T2s from Crutchfield have a 60 day trial with little to no return shipping and free shipping to you.

Either option gives you plenty of time to try them in your home.

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Look at the Focal 826V - on closeout pricing
http://www.musicdirect.com/search.aspx?pagenum=2&searchterm=focal&mid=&sid=&gid=&cid=&min=&max=#results

+1 I really liked the Focal Chorus 826 V's that I auditioned.

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A nice dealer could probably get you the Revel F206 or KEF R700 for $2K/pr.

But you must audition all speakers before buying if you are pretty picky.

You'll probably have to be married to the dealer who will sell the Revel F206's for that price, as the MSRP is around $3500.00. Maybe the M106 with stands...

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You'll probably have to be married to the dealer who will sell the Revel F206's for that price, as the MSRP is around $3500.00. Maybe the M106 with stands...

Or just a great friend willing to help. wink.gif
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Someone ^^^^^ has the 826's also lol. Maybe he can chime in on if they're as good as some of the other $2,000ish pairs he's heard biggrin.gif

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Someone ^^^^^ has the 826's also lol. Maybe he can chime in on if they're as good as some of the other $2,000ish pairs he's heard biggrin.gif

They sound pretty good. biggrin.gif

Diminishing returns and all that. wink.gif

I think some less expensive speakers would sound as good. Definitely don't need to spend $2K+ to get great sound IMO.

But there are many factors when choosing speakers.
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Look at the Focal 826V - on closeout pricing
http://www.musicdirect.com/search.aspx?pagenum=2&searchterm=focal&mid=&sid=&gid=&cid=&min=&max=#results

$1600 is a great price on the 826V. I paid $1800.

I bet you could call MD and negotiate $1500 and they would sell!

That's what I did when I bought my TAD 2201 from MD.
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I have looked at the different options, and I am picky both with sound and aestethics.

These models look good, but it is really hard not to be able to audition them. What I seek is fullness, and openness, but not harsh sounding. I need good, tight bass that can fill my room.

Short list is as follows:
- Triangle Genese Quartet
- SVS Ultra (Not that pretty, not quite on par with the best at the upper end of the spectrum?)
- Kef R700 (A bit pricier)
- PSB Imagine T2
- GoldenEar Triton Seven? (Cheaper, hard to get how they really perform. Some say they are warm, some reference class)

 

I'm casting a vote for the Triton Sevens!  Besides amazing sound quality these guys deliver a very slim form factor.  Should also satisfy your aesthetic concerns.  Of course I'm a little biased being a GE dealer.  Check with your local dealers for the various brands and see if you can do an in-home demo.  I think it's extremely important to hear a speaker before you buy it.  Also, highly doubt the SVS free shipping guarantee applies to HI but I very well may be wrong.  Just my two cents.  Happy hunting!

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I'm casting a vote for the Triton Sevens!  Besides amazing sound quality these guys deliver a very slim form factor.  Should also satisfy your aesthetic concerns.  Of course I'm a little biased being a GE dealer.  Check with your local dealers for the various brands and see if you can do an in-home demo.  I think it's extremely important to hear a speaker before you buy it.  Also, highly doubt the SVS free shipping guarantee applies to HI but I very well may be wrong.  Just my two cents.  Happy hunting!

I would rather get two big satellite speakers + 2 subs and stack the 2 satellites atop the 2 subs to create my own modular "tower" speaker.
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To each his own but I thought the original question was related to floor standing speakers. If we were comparing sub/sats or powered towers that would be a different conversation entirely.
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^^^ Hear hear! The OP is crystal clear on what he wants:
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I am looking for a new pair of floorstanders. They will primarily be used for stereo-music. I am pretty picky ...

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I have looked at the different options, and I am picky both with sound and aestethics.

Your contribution was spot on.
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What about sub or subs OP?

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To each his own but I thought the original question was related to floor standing speakers. If we were comparing sub/sats or powered towers that would be a different conversation entirely.
It doesn't cause anyone irreparable harm to point out to the OP that there's no inherent superiority to a floor stander versus sub/bookshelf arrangement, nor will the sky fall if it's pointed out to him that if he does use subs that there's no benefit to be gained with floor standers over book shelves. If he already knows that, fine.
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My vote is to get the GE3 for 2000. The GE7 is only 1400 so you can get an even better speaker with 2 subs in them also.


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Head on over to home theater shack and check out their $1000 shootout and $2000 shootout. Lots of great speakers reviewed there. Personally, I own the tekton Lores...great low end, very musical, big soundstage...I like the gold ears and martin Logan motions as well.
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Check out the SVS Ultra towers.

+1 and try them in your own home, these should provide you the low end your looking for they play down below 30
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What about sub or subs OP?

I could go with subs and standsmounts, but subs cost a lot. Dual SB12 NSDs e.g.would cost about 1000$ and I have tried using subs with standmounts and feel the integration leaves a bit to be desired.


Another reason for wanting floorstanders is my children (under 3 years both of them) and how stable a speaker is. My experience tells me that standmounts tend to wobble more and are prone to fall over to a greater extent?

I mentioned PSB Imagine T2s from the outset, but I see few people consider them an option?
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If you have kids, make sure to always have the grills on. My neighbors kids showed up for 5 minutes unattended and every tweeter and woofer on my NHT Classic surround system had been poked in, lol, a very expensive lesson.
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