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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I need sub guidance too. But that post will have to be made in the appropriate forum. smile.gif


I am planning on a speaker purchase VERY soon. Likely within the next month or so. And this purchase will be a long term investment. I'm not particularly well heeled (read: I live on a budget) and I have to make my purchases count. I'm a long time audiophile and I love music. I will listen to movies on this system also. But I am primarily interested in music reproduction. By the way, I am also a musician (drummer) and I understand the importance of buying quality. When I bought my last drum kit (Mapex) I labored over the decision because I wanted to buy the best kit I could afford. I ended up buying a used Mapex Saturn kit which is immaculate - and I got it at a steal. But I searched like mad for the best deal I could find before I bought it.

Anyway, I'm very particular about the "voicing" of the speaker I want to buy. And I'm looking for recommendations. Basically, I want a speaker whose TREBLE performance might be variously labeled as "sweet" or "smooth" or "forgiving" or "laid back"...etc. I'm pretty sensitive to what I would call bright speakers or forward treble. Don't care much for metal domes. I guess you could say I'm not a "detail freak". I'm looking for something which sounds musical to my ears. I have heard the big Tekton Pendragons being driven by a Peachtree Audio integrated and the sound was right down my alley. However, $2500 is a bit more than I want to pay for a set of speakers...not to mention that they are big room dominating behemoths. So, does anyone have any thoughts to share? I'm open to suggestions from all comers.

P.S. I don't mind at all if they're floorstanding or stand mount monitors. It's just that the Pendragon is...well...big. biggrin.gif
post #2 of 16
So, if $2,500 is too spendy, what would be a comfortable budget? Is around $2,000 better? $1,500? Less?
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'd say $1500 is more in the ballpark. I could do $2500. But it would blow ALL of my budget and I'd like to reserve some for a few other little goodies.

On the other hand, the Tekton is efficient enough to be driven by a receiver, which would save me some money. Hmmm.

By the way, I posted a similar thread some time ago...two years maybe? But life happened and the money I had saved for an audio upgrade ended up being spent on more urgent things...like medical bills. I only say this because I wouldn't want regulars here to think I was just wasting their time.
post #4 of 16
Have you considered the Tekton Design Enzo's? $500 cheaper with 8's instead of 10's.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by AudioFyle View Post

I'd say $1500 is more in the ballpark. I could do $2500. But it would blow ALL of my budget and I'd like to reserve some for a few other little goodies.

On the other hand, the Tekton is efficient enough to be driven by a receiver, which would save me some money. Hmmm.

By the way, I posted a similar thread some time ago...two years maybe? But life happened and the money I had saved for an audio upgrade ended up being spent on more urgent things...like medical bills. I only say this because I wouldn't want regulars here to think I was just wasting their time.

From what I've been reading, I'd drop the idea of purchasing the Tekton's like a hot potato. Bad mojo goin' on over there.

How big is your potential media room? Is it a dedicated space? Is this all for movies, or is it a movie/music mix? Do you like loud and punchy or more mellow and accurate?

$1,500 for all speakers and a sub might be cutting it razor thin and you might have fewer quality choices. I'd suggest going towards the $2,000 mark at least. If you're looking for excellent speakers, I would then suggest buying a little at a time and not everything at once to make sure all speaker expenditures are good ones. Slow and steady wins the race in Audioland. biggrin.gif
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Ok. My room is on the small to medium size. Don't have the exact dimensions, as I'm on the road right now. I can measure when I get home. But not a huge room. They will be used for both music and movies...about 70 percent music. Volume? I like to turn it up now and again. But I don't blast it consistently. Just once in a blue moon. Musical genres? Everything...literally. Rock, jazz, classical, metal, country, bluegrass...I'm all over the map in that regard.
post #7 of 16
Although the Paradigm Studio 20 V.5 is a metal woofer, they seem very well regarded.
If you care to read about them: http://www.stereophile.com/content/paradigm-reference-studio-20-v5-loudspeaker

My favorite silk dome is cheap for your budget, but they're Cambridge Audio S30. They have tower speakers and a center channel that if you purchased you'd still have about $1000 to get a really nice sub like an HSU, PSA, or SVS.

On a similar note, the Dana 640i is also well regarded and I believe one of our members owns a site where you can purchase them:
http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?loudspeakers=dana&p=dana-640i-stand-monitor&cPath=21_25&products_id=39&

Another recommendation is Swan D2.1se silk dome tweeter and huge sound. From what I've read they need to be far away from the wall to sound as amazing as they look. Take a look at the entire Swan line, they have beautiful speakers, soft dome's, and rave reviews.
http://www.theaudioinsider.com/product_info.php?loudspeakers=swan-high-end&p=swan-d2-1se%2B-stand-monitor&cPath=21_23&products_id=69&


Hope this helps some!
post #8 of 16
I really like Paradigm Studio's as that's what I have! biggrin.gif

The Ascend Acoustic Sierra-1 bookshelfs with NRT tweeter upgrades might be worth checking out as well. Then you have the option of adding their matching towers and center as you can.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Really? Paradigms? I was under the impression that Paradigms were the polar opposite of what I'm looking for. I've heard they have a rather bright treble balance.
post #10 of 16
Check out totem bookshelves. In your price range and one of my favorite sounding speakers.
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
Valtyr wrote: My favorite silk dome is cheap for your budget, but they're Cambridge Audio S30. They have tower speakers and a center channel that if you purchased you'd still have about $1000 to get a really nice sub...


I've considered Cambridge Audio. From what I've read they sound like speakers I might enjoy. Of course, I can't audition them, so I'd be buying blind.

I neglected to mention at the outset of this thread that this will be a 2.1 system. Surround is not a priority for me.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by AudioFyle View Post

Really? Paradigms? I was under the impression that Paradigms were the polar opposite of what I'm looking for. I've heard they have a rather bright treble balance.

Actually, not to me. Klipsch or KEF would be what I would consider bright and harsh. Listen to an audiophile recording of piano or guitar and the Studios can reproduce a pretty uncanny recreation of what these instruments actually sound like. In a sense, they're fairly balanced speakers, though starting to get a bit spendy.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by AudioFyle View Post

Valtyr wrote: My favorite silk dome is cheap for your budget, but they're Cambridge Audio S30. They have tower speakers and a center channel that if you purchased you'd still have about $1000 to get a really nice sub...


I've considered Cambridge Audio. From what I've read they sound like speakers I might enjoy. Of course, I can't audition them, so I'd be buying blind.

I neglected to mention at the outset of this thread that this will be a 2.1 system. Surround is not a priority for me.

I am not sure that in your price range the S30's are what I'd get unless you were going to get the whole thing. I bought them blind because there are probably 25+ pages of people that love them on this forum. They're great.

I've found that my Monitor Audio RS6's are pretty nice and in your range leaving a lot for a sub. Did you have an opportunity to look at any of my other suggestions like Swan or Dana? I'd like to know your thoughts on those if have any.

Lastly, I'll have my Paradigm speakers set up today when they're delivered and I can comment on how bright they are, but I've only heard great things about them. In fact I bought them for that reason!
post #14 of 16
I'm a big fan of the S30 (have a pair) and for someone who wants to spend only $200 they are hard to beat. But for your budget range there are many better speakers available.

Since music listening is your priority ... I'd suggest you'll probably get more speaker (quality sound) for your money if you pick either two tower speakers, or, two bookshelf speakers and a sub.

Besides the Tekton Pendragon, is there another speaker you've heard you like the sound quality of?
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by sdg4vfx View Post


Since music listening is your priority ... I'd suggest you'll probably get more speaker (quality sound) for your money if you pick either two tower speakers, or, two bookshelf speakers and a sub. Besides the Tekton Pendragon, is there another speaker you've heard you like the sound quality of?

Well, if you notice above you will see that I mentioned this will be a 2.1 system. In other words, there will be a sub. In fact, there already is a sub...an ancient and malfunctioning M&K dual 12" push/pull sub. Back when she was working optimally, that sub was a BEAST. In fact, it is so good that I am considering having it repaired/restored if I can find someone/someplace to work on it. Or, I may just buy a new sub. I can't really decide.

As far as the Tekton speaker is concerned, I only mentioned it as a point-of-reference as they have a sound I like. They were big and powerful sounding with balanced sound and a smooth non-aggressive treble. I'm sure this smoothness was only magnified by the use of Peachtree (tube) electronics to drive them. Anyway, I can't possibly accommodate the Tektons. They are simply too large for my 13x14 den. As much as would love to have big old monster towers, I need a 2.1 system.

Which brings me back to my specs, I'm looking for a speaker with a gentle and forgiving treble response.
post #16 of 16
I need to tag this forum. i'm in the same boat ...
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