Originally Posted by mindless
My critereia, in descending priority, are voice clarity, dynamics, bass tightness and depth, and cost. My budget is $15k max. for the front speakers-new, used, or discounted.
Top of my list is the B&W 802D, but i"m interested in comments- perhaps the Salk, Audiokinesis, etc? I could add subs if necessary.
I love Avantgarde, but the matching center and surrounds would be too expensive. I also like planars, but I think they'd be weak on bass and dynamices.
I'm looking forward to comments and suggestions
I presume the 15K is to cover ALL speakers? how about for electronics?
Regardless... I know what I'd do (and am in fact doing) and can guarantee you it will meet all of your requirements for sound.
Front left/right: Klipsch Jubilee (approx $7,500 delivered to your door, but with no crossover...meant to be biamped BUt, a passive design is available)
Center: "Jubescala" Modified LaScala with preferabley the large horn on the Jubilee or, if space is an issue, the smaller brother, K510 put in place of the stock LaScala drivers/horns for mid/highs
Rears: In my case, I'm going stock LaScalas but, if I had not owned them for 30 years and been sentimental, I'd yank the midrange/HF horns out and make them JubeScalas as well.
Jubilee's, let's call it 8K
3 LaScalas, moderate condition, let's call it 2K
1 K402 (large horn) for center channel, 1K
2 K510's for rear speakers, 1.5K
Right now, we're at 12.5K and have plenty left over for electronics, subwoofers, fancy wires and other goodies.
This is exaclty what I'm doing and would be happy to bet anyone lunch that it will accomplish your stated goals with ease AND authority.
If you are ever near Knoxville, TN area, you are more than welcome to stop by for an audition and find out for yourself. If you are NOT near Knoxville but intrigued.... post your location. There are 25 or so, Jubilee owners out there in the world that would love to share them with others.
Picture of Jubilee attached (not mine...mine are in black)
Picture of JubeScala attached with the smaller horn sitting on top
Picture of JubeScala with larger K402 sitting on top.