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Help finding new mains

I have been searching for some time for a new set of mains. Currently I am using a DIY set of Hawthorne Audio 15" Silver Iris open baffle speakers, and while I have enjoyed them it's time to move on. My budget for new speakers is roughly $3k. I listen to music more than I watch movies but they need to be dual purpose. I have not been able to audition any speakers in years and the nearest audio store is 2.5 hours away from me.

I would love to have a pair of speakers that have a wide sweet spot, good sound stage and good imaging. (Is this realistic within this budget?) I was looking into Tekton speakers but after reading through most of the Tekton thread I decided against it. I am not opposed to buying used or going ID. There are so many choices I don't really know where to start.

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Processor: Emotiva UMC-1
Amp: ClassDAudio.com CDA-250

Thanks in advance.
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I have been searching for some time for a new set of mains. Currently I am using a DIY set of Hawthorne Audio 15" Silver Iris open baffle speakers, and while I have enjoyed them it's time to move on. My budget for new speakers is roughly $3k. I listen to music more than I watch movies but they need to be dual purpose. I have not been able to audition any speakers in years and the nearest audio store is 2.5 hours away from me.

I would love to have a pair of speakers that have a wide sweet spot, good sound stage and good imaging. (Is this realistic within this budget?) I was looking into Tekton speakers but after reading through most of the Tekton thread I decided against it. I am not opposed to buying used or going ID. There are so many choices I don't really know where to start.

My associated equipment is:
Processor: Emotiva UMC-1
Amp: ClassDAudio.com CDA-250

Thanks in advance.

I haven't been keeping up with the Tekton thread. They were my first thought for your budget and I have been personally considering giving these a shot. May I ask what made you steer away from them? I am now curious and maybe should check out that thread also.


As an alternative, I have been very happy with my Emotiva Airmotiv T1's. In my personal opinion, I think they have fantastic imaging, and the soundstage has great width and good depth. Tonality is fairly consistent for my 3 chair wide front row theater seating. My mains are about 12' apart and about 14' from speakers to MLP. Now this is just by ear, I have no actual measurements to back this up. The back row of seating I haven't really paid much attention to since I don't really ever sit back there.
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I haven't been keeping up with the Tekton thread. They were my first thought for your budget and I have been personally considering giving these a shot. May I ask what made you steer away from them? I am now curious and maybe should check out that thread also.


As an alternative, I have been very happy with my Emotiva Airmotiv T1's. In my personal opinion, I think they have fantastic imaging, and the soundstage has great width and good depth. Tonality is fairly consistent for my 3 chair wide front row theater seating. My mains are about 12' apart and about 14' from speakers to MLP. Now this is just by ear, I have no actual measurements to back this up. The back row of seating I haven't really paid much attention to since I don't really ever sit back there.
It was a combination of the questionable claims and also the customer service problems people have had with Tekton. The customer service may have been rectified but I have a hard time with some of the claims with out proof.
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It was a combination of the questionable claims and also the customer service problems people have had with Tekton. The customer service may have been rectified but I have a hard time with some of the claims with out proof.
Interesting. I'm not sure what the questionable claims are so I guess I will have to follow up on the Tekton thread before making any decisions about trying them out. Hopefully the customer service issues have been worked out. An internet direct company will have a hard time surviving with a reputation for poor customer service. I do know that the company does have a big fan with Terry London over at Home Theater Review. He says at the end of each review (or at least the 3 that I have read) that he ended up buying the review samples.

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Revel F206 are a little above your price range at full retail. Most store will cut a deal below full retail.

These would be top of my short list in that price range.

https://revelspeakers.com/productdet...duct/f206.html
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I have been searching for some time for a new set of mains. Currently I am using a DIY set of Hawthorne Audio 15" Silver Iris open baffle speakers, and while I have enjoyed them it's time to move on. My budget for new speakers is roughly $3k. I listen to music more than I watch movies but they need to be dual purpose. I have not been able to audition any speakers in years and the nearest audio store is 2.5 hours away from me.

I would love to have a pair of speakers that have a wide sweet spot, good sound stage and good imaging. (Is this realistic within this budget?) I was looking into Tekton speakers but after reading through most of the Tekton thread I decided against it. I am not opposed to buying used or going ID. There are so many choices I don't really know where to start.

My associated equipment is:
Processor: Emotiva UMC-1
Amp: ClassDAudio.com CDA-250

Thanks in advance.
So no subwoofer?

Perhaps these?

http://www.philharmonicaudio.com/BMR...armonitor.html
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I have a pair of 15" OB subs and a 10" Dayton Titanic MKIII. I have looked into the Philharmonic speakers and they are definitely on my list.
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FWIW I enjoy classic rock, jazz, blues, folk. Many a Friday night I find my self listening to YES, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, ect.
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FWIW I enjoy classic rock, jazz, blues, folk. Many a Friday night I find my self listening to YES, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, ect.
I would look at the Canton Vento -- sold each
https://www.accessories4less.com/mak...ss-each/1.html

Or the RBH R-55E -- sold each
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For most of the speakers that have been shown to me the sensitivity has been less that 90db 1w1m. The speakers I currently have are 96db 1w1m, if I'm not mistaken. Am I going to need to get a larger amp to push comparable SPL levels without distortion? My amp is currently 125w @8ohms .
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kef has a sale on the R series (website - kefdirect)

the r700 is within the budget the r900 (my next upgrade one day) are above the budget but sound awesome

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For most of the speakers that have been shown to me the sensitivity has been less that 90db 1w1m. The speakers I currently have are 96db 1w1m, if I'm not mistaken. Am I going to need to get a larger amp to push comparable SPL levels without distortion? My amp is currently 125w @8ohms .
PSA has rather utilitarian high sensitivity speakers that many use for Home Theater but are said to be very musical as well.

Their owner Tom Vodhanel is a wealth of knowledge and if he doesn't think his products will meet your specific music first needs he'd definitely point you in the right direction by recommending other manufacturer's products.

But so would Dennis Murphy owner of Philharmonic Audio.

https://www.powersoundaudio.com/collections/speakers

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Give the Vandersteen 2Ce Signature II an audition. Extremely musical speakers for the money. If you like classic rock these are right up your alley with righteous mid-bass and great imaging (in the sweet spot these have a massive, holographic sound stage). Love my Vandersteens

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Since you currently have open baffle speakers, maybe something similar

http://www.spatialaudio.us/products/

https://hometheaterreview.com/spatia...kers-reviewed/
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The open baffles I have right now are very similar to the Spatials in design, so that would be a lateral move. Also I really don’t have the space needed to let the OBs breathe.
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