I'm not an "audiophile" but appreciate great sound. I'm also penurious, so I'm cheap.
I'm building a 5.1 system and so far I've got a Hsu VTF-2 (with an upgraded sub-amp from Hsu), and a Denon X4000 I picked up from BB for $625 I'm currently searching for a used Crown XLS 1500 amp to power the future fronts. I'll have the Denon power the center and rears.
30% HT and 70% Music, but the only time I'm sat in one place listening to my current system is when I'm watching a movie/TV. When I play music I'm usually doing something around the house, and I'm never just sat there with my eyes closed listening. My music collection is 80% high grade MP3s, compressed with LAME at variable 192k.
Type of listening room:
I will be moving in the next few months and have no idea how big the living room will be and with what type of floors it will have. It shouldn't be large though. I'll probably be in a condo with a space of around 8x15x20ft (but that's just a guess). But I want to start my search for speakers now because I know some are hard to find or I don't want to miss out on a really good deal. How many of you have missed out on amazing deals sold in the past on Audiogon, CL, or eBay of pieces that you're now looking for? It's definitely happened to me! So I don't want to miss out on something and want to start searching now. Which means I need a speaker that is flexible when it comes to placement and room acoustics.
What I want in a speaker:
What I want in a speaker is not only accuracy but also transparency and a big soundstage. I realize that the term "soundstage" is thrown around here quite loosely. But I need some speakers that don't require me to sit directly in front of to appreciate. I also want speakers that do the "disappearing act" quite well. I initially was looking at Martin Logans and Maggies, because you can pick those up hugely discounted on the used market. But I realized that, yes they are some of the most transparent and effortless speakers on the market, but I would have to listen to those within the impossibly small sweetspot to appreciate them. I need something that sound amazing even outside the room. So, I started to read reviews and search on AVS, and Audiogon forums and started to realize that there are other options to planars and ESLs, that sound not only great in-room but also outside the room. I also realized that on the used market that there are a few that fit within my budget of $800/pair. Those speakers that I've come across that supposedly sound great in and out of a room are all "omni or semi-omni" directional speakers and not the typical speakers in a box. I do love esoteric designs, so I don't mind weirdness
Speakers that fit within my budget of $800/pair used, and sound good outside the room:
- Mirage OMD-15
- Gallo Reference Strada
- Ohm Accoustics MicroWalsh Tall
- Sunfire CRM 2
- Duevel Planet
Also, because I have a decent sub, I don't need bass response below 60-100Hz (although, from what I've read, the lower the response from the fronts the better for better sound integration - correct me if I'm wrong).
And I don't really want to take more time and save up more money and just get the Gallo Acoustics Reference 3.5s and be done with it. I might do that in a few years, but now I want to stick to a budget of $800.
- What have I missed?
- Are there other speakers that I should consider?
- Out of those listed, has anyone listened and compared any of those and found one to be better than the other?
- What are the pros and cons of each?
- What are your experiences with those listed?
Edited by JonnyBCookin - 2/23/14 at 12:51pm