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post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
What's the all-time best pair of speakers under $5000? Let's hear it. I shall have a budget for that soon and need to know what to look for.
post #2 of 30
what amp you will be using?

your speakers need synergy with power amp
post #3 of 30
Thread Starter 
havent decided on an amp yet, but i maybe around $1000 or less for the amp.
post #4 of 30
If you shop around you can find an excellent pair of loudspeakers for a whole helluva lot less than five grand. I assume you want this for stereo play, so I'd suggest trying to find some full-range speakers. That is, in my opinion, the best all-around solution for stereo.

You can find more than enough power to drive those full-range speakers for less than $1,000.00, too. Think again, shop wisely, send the proper signal to the industry.
post #5 of 30
Thread Starter 
I've heard good things about Kef 104.2 in this forum. I listen to a lot of music. I can probably get them for around $600 - $800 range. Anyone have opinons on them? How would they compare to other brands in the same price range like the Vandy 2Ce's or some other brands that I don't know about.
post #6 of 30
I went to a high end place a month or so ago and 2 of the best speakers I heard there were the Martin Logan Aeon i speakers for about $3,200 and a pair of Definitive Technology BP-7002 for about $2,200. I was only there for a little bit but these 2 speakers really stood out from the rest.
post #7 of 30
Kef Reference 203
Martin Logan Aeon
Energy Veritas 2.4i
Monitor Audio Gold Reference 60
Dynaudio S3.4

no particular order
post #8 of 30
Von Schweikert Audio 4jr - $3995 a pair
post #9 of 30
Vmps Rm 40.

http://www.audioc.com/speakers1/talisman/talismanse.htm

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...s-11-2004.html

just reccomendations... you need to go and hear them for sure.

DALI speakers are outstanding too.
post #10 of 30
You might also want to look into the new JM profile line
Profile 918 : $3,995
Profile 928 : $5,500
The other suggestions look solid as well.
post #11 of 30
Magnepan 3.6 or with a small discount Paradigm Signature 8

but as others say you need to listen for yourself and the room acoustics, and equipment all will play a part in the total sound.
post #12 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by jakev2003
What's the all-time best pair of speakers under $5000? Let's hear it. I shall have a budget for that soon and need to know what to look for.

Check out these too:

http://www.digitalp.com/ap4.htm
post #13 of 30
Thread Starter 
How about Mirage M1? They certainly have the look.
post #14 of 30
I would have fun auditioning speakers with that kind of budget. I would be happily shopping for months!
post #15 of 30
In my experience, the Thiels C 2.4!
post #16 of 30
personally, i'd go with one of these two:

Merlin TSM-MX for $3800

ASW Genius 400 for $4500

detail, crispness, imaging. tight bass (the ASW goes deeper) and a you-are-there feel that's more satisfying than any other sub-5k speakers i've ever listened to.
post #17 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by jakev2003
What's the all-time best pair of speakers under $5000? Let's hear it. I shall have a budget for that soon and need to know what to look for.
B&W 804S at 4000
B&W 803S at 5500 (but possibly can be discounted to 5000)
post #18 of 30
Look at Von Schweikert Audio.
post #19 of 30
post #20 of 30
You may even want to consider the Paradigm Studio 100's. Nearly every review compares them to speakers costing much more. I know I really like mine.

I do agree though that going with pre-owned can be a great deal. Shipping often gets to be an issue though. If the price is right, it sure helps offset shipping costs.

Which one is best is highly subjective...
post #21 of 30
Jakev2003,

There are no ideal speakers that will please everyone's personal tastes. There's a fine-line between ultra-detailed and rich-syrupy sound reproduction.

You've to decide for yourself what's important to you based on the following extremes:
Category 1) Brighter sounding speakers are fast/dynamic, hyper-detailed, with excellent PRAT, slam/punch and deep bass extension. However, some speakers can sometimes sound cold, sterile, dry, thin/lean with annoying glare.

Category 2) Warmer sounding speakers have musical, rich, full bodied sound which typically sound smooth and very forgiving at the expense of sometimes sounding syrupy, wooly, not very accurate with rolled-off highs and lacking resolution.

Just because I chose to buy Von Schweikert VR-4JR's, it don't mean it will fit your personal taste.

Since you're planning to spend so much money on your speakers, you need to audition the speakers in your house and make a final decision.

Happy shopping,

-Alex
post #22 of 30
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys, there are so many choices. Better deals are found on Audiogon and it's hard to audition them that's why I ask for your opinions. I'll probably should narrow my budget down to $2000 or less, preferably for used speakers. With $2000, it's easier to make a decision I suppose.

So with a $2000 budget, what pair of used speakers would you buy on Audiogon?
post #23 of 30
Agree that personal listening will be required. It is the only way to find out what You like. Just because I like or prefer a speaker does not mean that you will. But if you wanted my opinion on what you may want to consider, then my first post still stands. Jm's are what I am the most familiar with. But I also liked Monitor Audio when I heard them. Totem speakers were good also. The Von's were real good I thought. It's all what kind of sound you are looking for. Me personally, I do not like the bright in you face sound of some speakers. Some people do. My speakers do not have characteristics in my system. That is allot of money to spend so the people here can maybe expose you to different brands that you may have not been exposed to before, but ultimately, you will need to listen and deicide what sound you like the best.

Also remember that the same speakers can sound different depending on the setup. I heard my speakers with an all BAT setup and it was quite an experience. Very very full and warm and a fat bass. Now with my setup the 927's sound very different. The bass is tighter and the highs are more detailed. Not harsh or crass. Just more detailed IMO.
post #24 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by jakev2003
Thanks guys, there are so many choices. Better deals are found on Audiogon and it's hard to audition them that's why I ask for your opinions. I'll probably should narrow my budget down to $2000 or less, preferably for used speakers. With $2000, it's easier to make a decision I suppose.

So with a $2000 budget, what pair of used speakers would you buy on Audiogon?
you should really do whatever you can to listen to a pair of Merlins... they show up fairly often on audiogon, for less than $2k, and they're really just stunning.
post #25 of 30
At 5k/pair ??? At the current price, if you can find any existing JMLab electra 937be; It will blow almost the rest a mile; There is none can compare not even B&W803/804 or ML in this price range. Well, this is just IMO :), Thus it's technically really is (not bias). Just do your research & I hope you can find a pair of 937 to demo. I have the 927 very recently & it sound super !
post #26 of 30
Well All this is sibjective-but I'll give you my opnion as I got to hear all of these during a combination of auditioning here in Houston and CES 2005.

heres some that I feel are really really good;

1. Silverline Sonata 3 - My top pick, but at 7200 new a pair, over budget ( try to find these babies used though)

2. Gallo Reference 3s- quite good and well within budget for you.

3. Green Mountain Callisto- super yum yum demonstration for me at CES

4. USHER 6311- a real value and quite good. Slightly harsher sounding than the above choices however. But good.

5. Magnepan 3.6s have the ultimate WOW!!! factor on first listen. Bass extension always an issue. Some folks get fatigued- but you should audition these notables.

6. Thiels- fiddle factor is too high for me. Also you will need all new electronics to get the most out of them IMHO.

7. The Von Schweikerts 4jrs were quite the hit at CES as well. I guess I was a bit less impressed, but heck-give em a listen for sure.
post #27 of 30
Tritonstudio,

Just because you happen to like JMLab speakers, doesn't mean they will " blow almost the rest a mile". We all have our preferences... I've auditioned the JMLabs and I didn't like how the 937 and 927 sounded. It doesn't mean that they are bad speakers, it just means that we as individuals have different tastes. In my opinion, every potential shopper should audition as many speakers as possible and preferably at their own homes in order to draw their final conclusion.
post #28 of 30
I too happen to like the JM speakers. I have the 927be's. As I said before, what I like may not be what every one else likes. But I do feel that they are good speakers and they a worth a listen. I agree with Alx about listening to as much as you can. I have heard Dynaudio Evidence, 2.5, Contour 3.0, 5.2's, Jm lab's Grand Utopia Be, Alto Utopia Be, Diva Be, 936, 926, Wilson audio wattpuppy, and Sophia. Martin Logan not sure of the model. And some B&W speakers. All these were at length. Not to mention all the equipment I heard at the shows I went to. Some were in my range and some were not. But by doing this I was able to get a feel for what I liked and did not like. So, yes it is important to listen to as much as you can.
post #29 of 30
C'mon, that's just IMO ! :)
post #30 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by jakev2003
So with a $2000 budget, what pair of used speakers would you buy on Audiogon?
JM Lab Electra 926 towers. Retail 4200.
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