Ascends CBM-170s...if you don't mind black speakers.
Axiom stuff is also good. Has some nice finishes.
If you want better speakers than the ones listed above, go to audiogon.com to buy some nice sounding used speakers. Many audiophiles there treat their systems with kid gloves. You should be able to get a nice "good as new" pair at the site.
Originally posted by IlliniHoops Anyone have an opinion of the JM Lab 706S?
If you mean the Chorus 706S, very nice speakers, quite detailed, very good with the mid-range, and only slightly coloured in the high frequencies.
I would check out the EPOS ELS 3 if I were you. Excellent performers and can take on speakers priced much higher. Bags of detail and consistent across the entire frequency range. They've won tons of awards over here in the UK, and have been extremely well reviewed in the US.
They're distributed by Music Hall Audio in the US, and you can get them in different colour finishes, so don't worry if the light cherry is not your thing
Originally posted by IlliniHoops Will my old Sansui 8080 drive the EPOS? They are 4 Ohm speakers, right?
I'm not familiar with the Sansui I'm afraid
Yes, they're rated at 4 Ohms but they're quite an easy load. They were measured in Stereophile as never dipping below 4.9 Ohms and spending most of their time at 6 Ohms and much higher. There's plenty of 8 Ohm speakers out there that actually dip lower than 4.9 Ohms at some point in the frequency range. You'll also see in the specs that the minimum power they need is 25W.
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