Originally Posted by Rehan
I have a room that I will be using as a dedicated HT and also for music listening. I'm starting from scratch so don't have anything yet, but am trying to decide on the front speakers pair first. My budget for the front pair is $10k.
I did recently have the local A/V store demo the Paradigm Persona 3Fs ($10k/pair) and the GoldenEar References ($8500/pair) and found the sound of the GoldenEars to be better than the Persona 3Fs which I found to be a little bright.
I would love to hear which of these two speakers others would recommend or if neither of these, what are the the best speakers in the $10k budget for the pair? Thank you!
If I were you, I would look at this as a process which may take some time to complete. And others, including myself, who comment may have entirely different perceptions of what sounds bright, or clear, or natural, or balanced, or full, or whatever terms are used to describe what we hear. Not long ago, I encouraged a friend of mine, in a similar position, to make a road trip to a larger community where he would have the opportunity to audition a number of different "high-end" speakers. To our mutual surprise (since he had never considered panels), after doing several auditions, he ultimately selected large Martin Logan electrostatic panels. And, he loves them.
Who knows what you will find that you like when you actually listen to a number of different ones. And, comparable price may not equate to comparable performance according to your personal standards. I would try to listen to several different speakers in approximately the $5000 to $10,000 price range, gradually discarding the ones that don't quite measure up. That will let you concentrate on the top two or three that you believe you really like. And, you might want to audition your top choices more than once, with gradually longer listening sessions.
Pay attention to the size of the room that you are listening in, and be sure to use your own music. Also try to make sure that the speakers are positioned in about the same relationship with the listening position that they would be in your room.
Finally, try to make sure that the ones you select are purchased on-approval, so that you can spend some time with them in your own listening environment. The audio store listening room may be very different from your own, and that could affect your final preference for a speaker. Good luck with your search!