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Do these bookshelf speakers exist?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

Looking for a short list of bookshelf speakers to consider.


Bookshelf size (doesn't have to be that small, but no towers or almost-towers)
-- these will likely be placed on a wide media center, not on stands.

Decent quality looks
-- no plain black vinyl; at least black ash or gloss. Colored wood finishes better. Must have grille.

Bass response -3 dB at 40 Hz in room (or better)
-- my room is open, medium size, and placement is few feet from wall.

At least 89 dB 1w/1m efficiency
-- listening position is about 10 ft. away

Budget: $800 - $1500 / pair (somewhat flexible)


On my list right now:
Ascend Sierra-1 (opt. NrT)
Soundfield Monitor 1 (A/C power is not an issue)
They are both listed at 86.5 dB, but meet the other criteria.

Thanks for the input!
post #2 of 7
Dynaudio Excite X16s
Totem Rainmakers
Monitor Audio RX2
Dali Ikon2
Edited by callas01 - 12/6/12 at 11:49am
post #3 of 7
Are you not running a sub? I think the soundfield's would be hard to beat if that's the case.
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by Jay1 View Post

Are you not running a sub? I think the soundfield's would be hard to beat if that's the case.

+1

Also maybe the Atlantic Technology AT-2s could be a viable option.
post #5 of 7
Have not personally listened to but:
http://soundfieldaudio.net/Products.html

Size: 17" H x 10" w x 12.5" d
"FR: 38-20,000 Hz +/- 3db, 100-10,000hz +/- 2db. Typical in room extension to below 30hz."

It's partially active (the bass driver has built in amplification).

It's not a tiny bookshelf by any means, but I don't think it's a quasi-tower either.
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input. I'm thinking Soundfield Monitor 1 will be hard to beat if no sub, as everyone says. But now that I'm agreeing with that, I'm reconsidering a small sub in the corner.

Certainly opens things up if I only need down to 80Hz with efficiency.
post #7 of 7
The Tekton 8.1T either meets or comes close to your 40 hz requirement, and easily meets your efficiency and price requirements (~95dB/w, $650/pr + extra for veneer options). I think (but am not sure) that you can purchase optional grilles.

http://www.tektondesign.com/model81t.html
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