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post #1 of 27
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I'm shopping for new from floor standing speakers for my Pioneer Elite SC-35 receiver and am having a difficult time. I'd like to spend less that $1k ea, and am considering the following; B&W 683, Axiom M80, JBL L890, Wharfedale Diamond 10.7. I'm looking for full range front speakers and I don't care how big they are. I just want something that has great sound, full range, nice bass, and can be used for HT or audio. I will purchase the matching center speaker and likely the rears for HT 5.1 setup at some point. It's certainly easiest to find and test the B&W's as every Best Buy carries them. I have not had the ability to hear the other options as I am only considering them based on internet research. I hate to buy something that I have not heard, so am leaning toward the B&W 683's. Thought I'd see if anyone has an opinion of any of the listed speakers and more importantly if you've heard them side by side. Thanks!
post #2 of 27
I would put the Wharfdale 10.7 at the top of that group if it was my money on the table. You did say $1000 EACH?

Actually, I did some rather extensive shopping/listening a year ago, and I narrowed it down to the KEF Q900 and the PSB Image T6 speakers. The ones on your list didn't make the final cut...lol.

I ended up deciding that the best overall performer for under $2000 was the PSB Image T6, and after enjoying them for a year I have no reason to regret that decision; they are wonderful speakers.

The Q900 does have bigger drivers and goes a little lower in the bass, but I decided that the Image T6 is better balanced tonally over the whole frequency range; it was a very close call though.

I would certainly suggest that you look hard at those two speakers before deciding. They are the clear champions in this price category IMO, and the Stereophile and other reviews tend to further that view.

The B & W 683 would be my last choice there; I find their tonal balance and overall sound to be surpassed by most good speakers in that price category.

There are online retailers that will give you 30 days to return the speakers for a full refund. You may have to pay return shipping if an audition leaves you unsatisfied, but having a couple of weeks to hear them in your own acoustical environment with your own amplifier or receiver is absolutely essential in my view. Better to have the option of returning them if it should come to that.





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Originally Posted by californiacan View Post

I'm shopping for new from floor standing speakers for my Pioneer Elite SC-35 receiver and am having a difficult time. I'd like to spend less that $1k ea, and am considering the following; B&W 683, Axiom M80, JBL L890, Wharfedale Diamond 10.7. I'm looking for full range front speakers and I don't care how big they are. I just want something that has great sound, full range, nice bass, and can be used for HT or audio. I will purchase the matching center speaker and likely the rears for HT 5.1 setup at some point. It's certainly easiest to find and test the B&W's as every Best Buy carries them. I have not had the ability to hear the other options as I am only considering them based on internet research. I hate to buy something that I have not heard, so am leaning toward the B&W 683's. Thought I'd see if anyone has an opinion of any of the listed speakers and more importantly if you've heard them side by side. Thanks!
post #3 of 27
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Originally Posted by californiacan View Post

I'm shopping for new from floor standing speakers for my Pioneer Elite SC-35 receiver and am having a difficult time. I'd like to spend less that $1k ea, and am considering the following; B&W 683, Axiom M80, JBL L890, Wharfedale Diamond 10.7. I'm looking for full range front speakers and I don't care how big they are. I just want something that has great sound, full range, nice bass, and can be used for HT or audio. I will purchase the matching center speaker and likely the rears for HT 5.1 setup at some point. It's certainly easiest to find and test the B&W's as every Best Buy carries them. I have not had the ability to hear the other options as I am only considering them based on internet research. I hate to buy something that I have not heard, so am leaning toward the B&W 683's. Thought I'd see if anyone has an opinion of any of the listed speakers and more importantly if you've heard them side by side. Thanks!

Are you in socal? You can come by some of the LAHTG member's places to demo their floor standers if you want to demo some more speakers. For $1000 each I liked the sound of the Energy RC-50s and from what I read the 70s are better for music. So I'd recommend the 70s along with their matching center (RC LCR). For a metal dome tweeter they didn't sound bad at all at higher volumes. Quite easy to drive too!
post #4 of 27
Definitely, price and sound quality of Wharfedale Diamond 10.7 are far better than B&W 683. The detail of B&W 600x series are always a big question. You can also add Monitor Audio RX8 to the list but it must stay behind Wharfedale 10.7.
post #5 of 27
I feel the B&W's are the best choice for music and movies out of your choices. But I have not heard the Axiom M80's so I have no idea how they perform. I saw pic's and they look nice.
B&W 6 series is their entry level line but perform better IMO then most others anywhere near their price point. With proper calibration and positing , they can be one great sounding speaker for both music and movies. This is something I love about B&W is their ability to perform no matter what you do with them. They are one of those speakers that do what they are supposed to do. All speakers can make sound , christmas cards make sound .
The PSB reference is a excellent choice to compare to the B&W's. They are amazing for what you pay for them. They are built very well and sound as good as they look. I have always been impressed with PSB with demoing and Installing them.
Energy can be hit or miss. I have sat in front of them many times and walked away with mixed feelings. They do a lot right but something isn't quite involving. For me anyway , you might love them. Something that you must hear for yourself.
The Wharfedales are nice as I have heard them a few times as I have been to customers houses who purchased them online and I came out to calibrate them. They are clear and pleasing to listen to. I would love to do a side by side with the B&W's but listening to them in different rooms and systems , I prefer the B&W's as they sound more balanced.
The JBl's I don't really like for music but do a good job for theater. It's almost like they are more gear towards movie soundtracks then music. That makes no sense but it's what my ears tell me when I listen to them. They sound forced or unbalanced but it's not as noticeable when you watch movies. If you want good JBL speakers , you have to look into the Synthesis series , this is where they start to really shine but the price also starts too shine to. They are kinda worth the asking price but not really as personally I have heard many speakers in their price class perform as good or better. Your call here as you should experience Synthesis.
Their are 2 other speakers I would suggest you look at in your price range to compare. Polk audio RTIA7's and Paradigm Monitor 11's , yeah the Monitors are a bit more but check them out anyway. They are pretty damn nice for the money and I'm no Paradigm fan. They impressed me for the money.The Monitor 9 and 7 are also fantastic. I actually really dig the 7's as they are amazing for the money. Worthy compare.

Good luck with your speaker shopping. You can't buy on our opinions but at least you can use them as guides on whats worth checking out. get off your computer and travel to dealers who carry them, it's well worth the time and effort, who knows you just might come home with the right ones.
post #6 of 27
I'm not a fan of the B&Ws. Too bright in my opinion. I agree with commsysman on the T6s. They are great speakers, but run in the $1300-1400 range for a pair. I almost decided on them a few weeks ago before changing my mind and going with the Paradigm Monitor 9s, which are $1200 a pair. That said, take a look at Paradigm Monitor 7s. They run about $900 a pair, so right in line with your budget. Haven't heard the other speakers you listed.
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by pokekevin View Post


Are you in socal? You can come by some of the LAHTG member's places to demo their floor standers if you want to demo some more speakers. For $1000 each I liked the sound of the Energy RC-50s and from what I read the 70s are better for music. So I'd recommend the 70s along with their matching center (RC LCR). For a metal dome tweeter they didn't sound bad at all at higher volumes. Quite easy to drive too!

Yes, I am in the LA area. Where are you suggesting that I demo different speakers? I've been to the Magnolia store and Fry's. Would be great to find a shop that had several options in the same price area to directly compare. Thanks for your help!
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by californiacan View Post

I'm shopping for new from floor standing speakers for my Pioneer Elite SC-35 receiver and am having a difficult time. I'd like to spend less that $1k ea, and am considering the following; B&W 683, Axiom M80, JBL L890, Wharfedale Diamond 10.7. I'm looking for full range front speakers and I don't care how big they are. I just want something that has great sound, full range, nice bass, and can be used for HT or audio. I will purchase the matching center speaker and likely the rears for HT 5.1 setup at some point. It's certainly easiest to find and test the B&W's as every Best Buy carries them. I have not had the ability to hear the other options as I am only considering them based on internet research. I hate to buy something that I have not heard, so am leaning toward the B&W 683's. Thought I'd see if anyone has an opinion of any of the listed speakers and more importantly if you've heard them side by side. Thanks!

Take a look at:
http://www.rbhsound.com/sx6300.php
Slightly over budget, but a great speaker for HT, http://www.klipsch.com/floorstanding-speakers
I have been using RBH in one of my rooms for many years. Well engineered, good build quality and solid components. Here is a pic of one of my RBH 661-SE speakers: http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/f...m/IMGP0564.jpgIf we can help you, drop us a line.

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Should have asked how big is your room and what will the listening distance be? Is the primary use HT or music?
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post #9 of 27
T6 sounds like the best choice. But what about Arx A3 or A5? Nothing else under 1k uses planar ribbon.
post #10 of 27
Definition Audio-Video in Santa Monica has PSB and Dynaudio speakers (310-829-6064), among others. HTS Systems in Van Nuys has KEF speakers (818-781-0976).





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Originally Posted by californiacan View Post

Yes, I am in the LA area. Where are you suggesting that I demo different speakers? I've been to the Magnolia store and Fry's. Would be great to find a shop that had several options in the same price area to directly compare. Thanks for your help!
post #11 of 27
He did say $1000 EACH...not per pair.

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Originally Posted by Daq32 View Post

I'm not a fan of the B&Ws. Too bright in my opinion. I agree with commsysman on the T6s. They are great speakers, but run in the $1300-1400 range for a pair. I almost decided on them a few weeks ago before changing my mind and going with the Paradigm Monitor 9s, which are $1200 a pair. That said, take a look at Paradigm Monitor 7s. They run about $900 a pair, so right in line with your budget. Haven't heard the other speakers you listed.
post #12 of 27
For $1k each:
Philharmonic 1
Salk soundtower
Ascend Sierra Tower

All internet direct
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by californiacan View Post

I am in the LA area. Where are you suggesting that I demo different speakers?

Go to Audio High in Los Angelos, they should have KEF Q series speakers.
They should also carry Monitor Audio speakers.
post #14 of 27
I work in a higher end speaker shop and listen to a lot of these and one tower which you should give a ton of consideration in the definitive tech 8060 bipolar supertower. I have 8040's right now and I think they are one of the best full range speakers for under 1K. Go and listen to them side by side with the others you are looking at and you'll be surprised.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

He did say $1000 EACH...not per pair.

Tru dat. Well then go crazy and get something better than Monitor 7s!
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by saeyedoc View Post

For $1k each:
Philharmonic 1
Salk soundtower
Ascend Sierra Tower

All internet direct

+1

NHT Classic 4

Klipsch Heresy III

JBL Studio 590

Polk LSi 15 (you can get these for $1k pr while they last)
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by saeyedoc View Post

For $1k each:
Philharmonic 1
Salk soundtower
Ascend Sierra Tower

All internet direct

+1, the Sierra Towers are even good enough to replace the champion of my longest owned speakers, the Newform R630. So damn balanced top to bottom and more efficient than the Salk and Phil...
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by derekrorabaugh View Post

I work in a higher end speaker shop and listen to a lot of these and one tower which you should give a ton of consideration in the definitive tech 8060 bipolar supertower. I have 8040's right now and I think they are one of the best full range speakers for under 1K. Go and listen to them side by side with the others you are looking at and you'll be surprised.

Another vote for the 8060s. They are the only ones so far mentioned that are actually full range and they don't need a huge amp to get the full range.
post #19 of 27
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Another vote for the 8060s. They are the only ones so far mentioned that are actually full range and they don't need a huge amp to get the full range.

The real question is can the OP accommodate speakers that need several feet of breathing room behind them?
post #20 of 27
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The real question is can the OP accommodate speakers that need several feet of breathing room behind them?

I vote also for the 8060-st towers...and they dony need several feet away from walls....about 6-8 inches is all you need....these are truely a full range speaker and do amazing for movies and music alike.....I listened to alot of speakers before I bought and I always ended up comeing back to the detech 8060-st's.......best of luck
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

Definition Audio-Video in Santa Monica has PSB and Dynaudio speakers (310-829-6064), among others. HTS Systems in Van Nuys has KEF speakers (818-781-0976).

I'm going to check out these speakers you speak so highly of
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by californiacan View Post


Yes, I am in the LA area. Where are you suggesting that I demo different speakers? I've been to the Magnolia store and Fry's. Would be great to find a shop that had several options in the same price area to directly compare. Thanks for your help!

I meant come out sometimes to the meets and demo some of the speakers the group has to see if you'd like any of em
post #23 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the tips. You've all given me more to check out. I'll post what I end up doing, but give me a few weeks!
post #24 of 27
Since people are pushing you towards it.
Definitely try before you buy if you can the PSB Image T6 using your own music and wide range of stuff if you listen to a wide range.
I have them and technically there good and everything but I wish I hadn't bought them.
post #25 of 27
Thread Starter 
Well, I had a chance to listen to the Paradigm line up including the Monitor 11 and the Studio line. I have to say, especially for the money, I thought the Monitor 11's were impressive and close to the Studio line and for a lot less money! Problem is, I couldn't listen to them next to some of the other items I've been considering such as the B&W 683's, or the speakers that some of you have suggested. What opinions does anyone have of the Paradigm Monitor 11's ? Thanks.
post #26 of 27
I am not sure how far you are from Tustin but you can visit Digital Ear. They have a ton of speakers for you to audition. I would suggest taking a listen to some Focals.
post #27 of 27
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I would suggest taking a listen to some focals.

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