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Upgrading from Pioneer SP-EFS73 towers

I currently have a Pioneer Elite SC-85 receiver, a Klipsch R12SW sub, and Pioneer Elite SP-EFS73 tower speakers. I do mostly music but also movies. I do not use atmos.

I want to upgrade my towers. I listened to the Reference Premiere bookshelves and certain aspects of them were a big improvement. They did much better in rock and for female vocals. They also felt more energetic. The Pioneers sound more relaxed but also have more depth and don't sound as thin as the Klipsch do. I was considering getting the Klipsch RP towers, but I'm not sure they'll fix my issues with the bookshelves.

I am currently looking into Bowers and Wilkins, Martin Logan, KEF, and Wharfedale. I have auditioned the Bowers and Wilkins CM8/9/10 and the whole Martin Logan Motion series. I liked them both. I think I preferred the 60XT's to any Bowers except maybe the CM10 S2.

I actually want to stay in the $1000-1500 range, but I am able to get some hefty discounts on Martin Logan, B&W and Wharfedale that let me get the Martin Logan 60XT's for about $1550, for example. I think I could swing the CM9's as well. The most expensive KEF's I could get new are the Q700 (at normal price).

Any input you guys have is greatly appreciated. I will NOT spend more than $1600 to be strict, but they'd really have to baffle me to spend that much. Currrently my top contenders are the Motion 40 for about $1100.

Thanks!

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If you like the ribbon tweeter of the Martin Logans. Goldenear Triton 7s are another great option at $1400. They are very well reviewed and a well-respected brand. They also seem to have comparable specs to the other speakers you mentioned.

http://www.goldenear.com/products/triton-series
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Are you going to sell the current Pioneer Elite Towers?

Does your budget include the potential sale of them?

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Are you going to sell the current Pioneer Elite Towers?

Does your budget include the potential sale of them?
I am selling them to fund the upgrade, so my budget includes what I'll likely get from them.

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+1 for Goldenear! If you have a dealer nearby, be sure to give them a listen.
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If you like the ribbon tweeter of the Martin Logans. Goldenear Triton 7s are another great option at $1400. They are very well reviewed and a well-respected brand. They also seem to have comparable specs to the other speakers you mentioned.

http://www.goldenear.com/products/triton-series
I really doubt the driver configuration would lend to the Triton 7's sounding as good as the Motion 60xt, which I'd be paying similar money for.

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+1 for Goldenear! If you have a dealer nearby, be sure to give them a listen.
Again I'm getting a great deal on ML and B&W so I could not imagine speakers half the MSRP sounding as good.

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I really doubt the driver configuration would lend to the Triton 7's sounding as good as the Motion 60xt, which I'd be paying similar money for.


Again I'm getting a great deal on ML and B&W so I could not imagine speakers half the MSRP sounding as good.
At half the MSRP, you're getting a pretty nice deal. Only thing that could compete with that discount would be a DIY build. I would then recommended the Elusive 1099s or Fusion 15 from DIYsoundgroup.com

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At half the MSRP, you're getting a pretty nice deal. Only thing that could compete with that discount would be a DIY build. I would then recommended the Elusive 1099s or Fusion 15 from DIYsoundgroup.com
Definitely not ready for a DIY build, thanks for the input though!

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Thought I should update. I went and got the B&W CM9 S2. The Bowers sounded better than the ML in my demos, so I thought I'd give these a shot. I love them so far!

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