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Best under $1000 speakers for turntable

Hello everyone! Some time next year I'm planning to get either a Planar 2 performance pack or Planar 3 turntable. I want to have active bookshelf speakers paired to it. What would you recommend? Under $1000 but most of the options will be less i guess. Thinking about Klipsch R-51PM, or Kanto YU6 (the Tuk is almost impossible to come by in Europe). Also Maybe Dali Zensor 1 AX? Or Audioengline a5+ or HD6? And would monitors like LYD 5 or Adam A5x be ok? Will listen to different genres. And should be able to find in Europe! Thanks in advance!
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If you use proper studio monitors you're probably going to want a preamp with volume control in there so you don't have to adjust them independently.
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As mentioned by QIREX in post #2, you either want Speakers that have their own Remote Volume Control, or you will need some type of Pre-Amp to manage the volume.

Can you give us some sense or the size of speaker you are looking for?

Here are 6.5" Active Monitors with 1xAUX, 1xOptical, 1xCoaxial inputs, plus Bluetooth 5.0, which is as far as I know, the latest Bluetooth Version. The speakers also have their own source select and remote control.

Edifier S3000-Pro - $799/pr -

https://www.amazon.com/Edifier-S3000...dp/B07L6RXHQ6/

I read reviews and heard demos of the S2000-Pro that were very positive, and I would expect even more performance from the S3000-Pro.

Here is the S3000-Pro -



When viewing YouTube videos remember they tend to emphasize Mid/High at the sacrifice of bass.

If you want to add a Pre-Amp to standard Studio Monitors, you should be able to get 6.5" or perhaps 8" within you budget plus this pre-amp --

Emotiva PT100 Pre-Amp - $329 -


https://emotiva.com/collections/pre-...roducts/pt-100

There are some Chinese Pre-Amp on Amazon for less money, they might work OK.

https://www.amazon.com/Nobsound-Digi...dp/B07CQYZS89/


And here are some Studio Monitors, most within your budget range with the Pre-Amp -

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...studio-monitor

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...studio-monitor

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...studio-monitor

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...studio-monitor

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...studio-monitor

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...studio-monitor

The above Speakers are all price EACH (not per pair).

Then we have the separate Issue of a Phono Equalization Pre-Amp with has special equalization specifically for Turntables. If your selected turntable does not have this built in, you will have to buy that as an additional component.

Here is one example of a Brand Name Phono Equalization Pre-Amp -

Project Phono Box MM - $79 -

https://www.amazon.com/Pro-Ject-Phon...dp/B000YEK1AQ/

However, if you need to trim the budget down a bit, there are many low cost Phono Equalization Pre-Amps on Amazon -

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Phono+pre...f=nb_sb_noss_2

VERY VERY likely you will need an MM (moving magnet) Pre-Amp which is by far the most common type. Some of the more expensive models have both MM and MC (moving coil). The MC have very low output and need additional amplfication; these are far less common.

Just a few thoughts.

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Hello everyone! Some time next year I'm planning to get either a Planar 2 performance pack or Planar 3 turntable. I want to have active bookshelf speakers paired to it. What would you recommend? Under $1000 but most of the options will be less i guess. Thinking about Klipsch R-51PM, or Kanto YU6 (the Tuk is almost impossible to come by in Europe). Also Maybe Dali Zensor 1 AX? Or Audioengline a5+ or HD6? And would monitors like LYD 5 or Adam A5x be ok? Will listen to different genres. And should be able to find in Europe! Thanks in advance!
Google reviews on these speakers and scroll down to find the dealer in your Country.

https://www.kaliaudio.com/where-to-buy

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Thank you for all the replies! Sorry forgot to mention, I'm surely buying a preamp, Rega's own either Fono MM or Fono Mini
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I would check out Fyne Audio. The designers all came from Tannoy when the company was sold.
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If you intend on using true active powered studio monitors, I would recommend you reconsider. Studio monitors are used for a true flat sound reproduction by sound engineers for production purposes and channel by channel mxing, equalizing, and host of other cool stuff. Not really great for just listening to records. I've spent hundreds of hours in recording studios and heard some of the best equipment.

if you really want active monitors after my little diatribe -- fine - I'll thrwo in my two cents. Just be sure you have been in a studio and heard active monitors.
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Oh the fyne got me reconsidering the active requirement! Really interesting! What amp would you recommend for those? Integrated maybe, or separate (I don't have too much space and budget, budget)
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By the way, I'll be buying in the EU/UK but I leave outside so I will have the tax refund
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The Totem Kin Play might be worth considering, if they are available to you.
https://totemacoustic.com/product/kin-play/
They are active, but also can be driven by an external amplifier. They have RCA inputs that can be switched from Line Level to Phono. They also have Bluetooth, 3.5 mm, and optical inputs. There is also a sub-woofer out.
They are available from Totem dealers, but are also being sold directly from Totem in an on-line store: https://kinmini.com/en/kin-play/buy.
I have not heard the Kin Play, but I have the Kin Mini Flex as height speakers in my HT. Before I installed them I set them up in my second zone for a couple days, and also spent a few hours trying them out with my main receiver and a Paradigm PW-Amp I was playing around with, and found them to be smooth, detailed, and not fatiguing, quite enjoyable to listen to, actually.
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Thank you, Morgan! Looks very promising! What about the kins' sound stage? will it be ok for the turntables I'm considering or too bad?
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Oh the fyne got me reconsidering the active requirement! Really interesting! What amp would you recommend for those? Integrated maybe, or separate (I don't have too much space and budget, budget)
Arcam SA10, Marantz pm6006 or any of the budget NAD's. Fyne speakers are pretty easy to run. They are just starting to appear in the USA. They've been getting great reviews all over Europe and Asia.
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Thank you, Morgan! Looks very promising! What about the kins' sound stage? will it be ok for the turntables I'm considering or too bad?
Yeah, they're so cool I wish I had a use for a pair, but I don't.
I thought the soundstage with the Kin Mini Flex was excellent. I had 2 pair of them in my Zone 2 for roughly two days on two separate occasions (now all in place as front and rear height speakers), which is an unfinished basement, being driven by an '70s era Marantz amp, so no room correction of any sort. In other words a fairly unforgiving environment, but they seemed to produce a wide soundstage and a reasonable image. In the short time I had them in there I did find myself being drawn into the music while listening to them, even with the lack of bass (which shouldn't be a problem with the Kin Plays, they have significantly more low end extension, according to the specs). I also had them in my HT, hooked-up to that little PW Amp along with my sub, with Anthem Room Correction applied, for a couple hours and that was very nice. Lacked somewhat from my usual set-up, but not by much, and for much less.
I don't have any experience with those turntables but am of the opinion that good speakers will work with any source so can't see why they wouldn't just fine. These speakers were certainly made with vinyl listening in mind as they include a phono pre-amp. You will want to use a Moving Magnet cartridge, if you're going to use the onboard pre-amp, but both those options you mentioned come with MM.
Best thing, and most fun, to do is to listen to them for yourself, of course.
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