Thanks, I'm hoping to spend $2K or less on a pair of speakers. I wish I had unlimited funds to dedicate to this hobby, but unfortunately I don't And I'll try to pair it with the most powerful receiver I can (will probably go used so I can get say a Denon X4K series receiver, or even X6K if I can find a good deal). Receiver, because at some point I'll add a center speaker for movies, but probably won't add a sub.
Since I'm a subjectivist audiophile, therefor with an opinion that's not very welcome among the listen by numbers crowd, let me refer you to someone with slightly more credibility than me. I know Steve, and we disagree fairly frequently, but I think he's got it mostly right with this one. Where I disagree with him on this one is that I still have soundstage and center when way off axis. Caveats are that these are 86db at 1 meter at 1v and they like power plus they need to be placed out from the front wall, which some folks cannot do …. WAF. These are very tolerant of positioning provided that they are several feet out into the room from that front wall and aren't so brutally resolving as my ESLs. The goal being to play music and not drive you nuts.Please compare Magnepan LRS with a natural sounding high end speaker (MSRP 2 to 4k per pair).
I am intrigued by them but have not been able audition them yet.
I know a few audiophile types with $500k to $700k systems who bought these just for the hell of it, for a master bedroom or office, who agree with my and Steve's assessment. Within it's limits (no 120db), for $650 for the pair, they're the deal of the year. Just be prepared to wait 3 - 5 months in line unless you can find a dealer who stocks them. Many dealers refuse to stock them because they're too cheap and no money in them (direct quote, btw, from the Maggie dealer in C-Bus) For an audiophile oriented budget system with these and maybe the little Schiit Vidar amp at 200w per at 4ohms at $699 and stream, you're there.
I'm currently using them in my budget system and they're being driven by the cheapest Yamaha integrated the AS301 They're fine provided that you're not looking for a 100+db.
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And another would be the new $2,000 Dynaudio Evoke 20 standmount.
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