Originally Posted by Alimentall
Do you have an updated list of $2000-$3000 speakers you've heard and what kept them from being 'the perfect speaker' for you?
Sure, I can provide a quick list and con list.
MA RS6’s – Didn’t really have an engaging midrange. I agree with Jim Salk completely that in order for a speaker to be engaging, it needs to get the midrange “right.” It’s all about the midrange for me, something the MA’s just didn’t excel in. They also had a slight mechanical sound to them.
Vandersteen 1C’s. These are ugly speakers, at least IMO (and my wife’s). They also don’t dig down low and aren’t the most dynamic speakers.
Vandersteen 2CE Sig II’s – Again we run into the looks factor. The sock is a cool idea, but it’s not practical for my home anymore (I have a daughter, and a bun in the oven due in mid October) - the “grill” isn’t very protective. And, as you all probably already know, Vandersteen’s have a small listening window and are very finicky about setup/calibration. My new basement kind of sucks for sound, so these just weren’t working out. In a dedicated room with treatments – very doable. These speakers definitely have a realistic and detailed midrange, though.
Paradigm Studio 100’s – They are a little bright after extensive listening and lacked that engaging midrange I crave. Funkmonkey said it best when he said that he hasn’t heard a speaker that has yet portrayed symbols accurately. The Digm’s fall into this category. They also struggled with horns.
Swan Diva 6.2 – The bass was a tad sloppy and I probably would have suffered listener fatigue if listening for extended periods. The midrange was okay, but nothing to write home about. I had hoped for a smoother, more detailed treble.
Rocket 850 Sig’s – These are very comparable to the Paradigm’s. Can be a bit bright at times and don’t convey the horns and symbols as realistically as I want.
Salk Song Towers – This speaker is probably the best of all I’ve heard in the $3000 and less range. This is also the only speaker that had the captivating, realistic and engaging midrange that I desire. However, it is ID so I’d have to order it and hope it sounds good in my crappy basement. This speaker is one that I’d love to own, though. It’s not perfect, but I doubt I’ll find anything this good for $1500 or even $3000. Honestly, I was saving up for a pair until I got kicked in the nuts by some financial demons.
Those are the ones that I can remember off the top of my head. If I had to choose, it would be the Salk’s. Like I said, I was going to buy a pair, but…
If things change down the road, I’ll be back in a flash. I really want to hear a lot more speakers (Aerial, Revel, JM Labs/Focal, Salk Veracity’s, and Era’s immediately come to mind, not to mention more offerings that Mark Schifter is releasing), but if I can’t, I can’t.