Originally Posted by ntrain96
Also you can score some nice Kef speakers in that price range as well too. Q100 monitors and a matching Q600c center channel can be easily had within your price range.
I heard that setup yesterday. Picked up a pair of Q100's because of the audition. I don't know if they'll be fatiguing in the long run (the cabinet doesn't exactly make efforts to reduce diffraction), but they provide a better window into the recording than a few $20k+ speakers I've heard. (Though that's because it seems that few of the players in the five-figure speaker market actually know how to design a crossover, or control tweeter directivity at the bottom of its passband. There are exceptions: Revel, Tannoy, KEF, Gradient, Gedlee, etc. But most five-figure speakers perform worse than well-engineered cheap speakers.)
In stereo, they sounded astoundingly similar to a pair of current Quad ESL's, though without the delicacy of the Quads on material such as solo oboe. To my ears they were clearly superior in every respect except for upper bass dynamics to a pair of Wilson Benesch ARC's. (Same room, same electronics.)
The "matching" center, however, just isn't. For movies I suppose it would be fine (movie sound isn't terribly important, and fine details of loudspeakers are obscured by visual stimuli) but on more serious material ("Tommy" on DVD-A, "Wish You Were Here" on SACD, Dmitri Kitayenko conducting a Cologne orchestra through DSCH 8 on SACD), the mismatch between the mains and center was glaring and obvious.
A far higher-fidelity option would be to use three Q100's across the front.