Originally Posted by MrGuru
Unfortunately (?) that's the exact reason. I have a great sounding setup (imo), but have the upgrade itch. I do listen to mostly HT, very rarely I'll throw a CD in.
Define "great sounding"
are good speakers, but they have their flaws. An upgrade should bring you more noticeable Clarity and Detail, and perhaps a better balance or perceived balance across the spectrum.
Next, what is it you are really hoping to gain? Larger Floorstanding speakers can give a better sense of impact above the Subwoofer Crossover.
Also, what characteristics are you looking for in a speakers, do you want Laid Back
, or would you prefer a crisper more present sound?
Is $2000 the absolute ceiling for speakers?
Here is an alternative approach -
Wharfedale Diamond 10.7 Floorstanding - $800/pr ($1300 retail) -
Wharfedale Diamond 10.CM 3-way Center (2x6.5") $300/ea ($450 retail) -
There are definite advantages to a 3-way Center. Note the Diamond 10.CM is a very large speaker with 2x6.5" bass drivers. If you consider it, make sure you have room for it, otherwise, try they 2-way Diamond 10.CS with 2x5" bass drivers.
The Retail cost on these speakers is about $1750, not far from your budget.
Some would classify the Diamond as laid back and very smooth.
Stereophile Review - Diamond 10.7 Floorstanding Speaker -
Another approach to more impact is larger Front Speakers -
The Monitor Audio Silver 2
are bookshelf speakers with 8" bass drivers, and should kick pretty hard. The Monitor Audio Silver Series are highly rated.
Monitor Audio Silver 2 (8") bookshelf - $1050/pair -
The matching Center speakers is -
Monitor Audio Silver Center - $725/each -
Again, TOTAL - $1775
, close to your budget.
Many claim the Monitor Audio
are bit crisper and more present.
But, again, depending on your needs and limitations, the Monitor Audio Silver 6, Silver 8,
and Silver 10
are nothing to sneeze at -
Prices are EACH, so a bit above your price range, but the SIlver 6
and the Silver Center
would only be a bit over your price range.
$1500/pr = Monitor Audio Silver 6
$_750/ea = Monitor Audio Silver Center
$2250 = Total
Of those listed the most intriguing to me are the JADE 3
and the Monitor Audio Silver
, though for me, the Monitor Audio Silver 10
... not that I can actually afford them.
The Wharfedale Diamond 10.7
are intriguing because of the substantial discounts on a very good speaker. I have the Wharfedale DIamond 9.6, very silky smooth, and a trace laid back. I would expect the 10 series to be an improvement.
Given that the Polk RTi-A3
are only about $300/pr
, the speakers mentioned in this thread should be a real upgrade.
Bare in mind that with the exception of the massively large Premium Wharfedale
Speakers, the JADE
series are their Flagship models - Top of the Line.
does make a premium line of old-school speaker but they cost about the price of a new car -
Wharfedale Airedale -
The point is, with the exception of the crazy expensive Airedale
, the JADE
are the Flagship, top of the line, speakers. And ... very close to your stated budget.