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Best speaker for a large loft ~2000sqft

I'm about to move into a new loft with a large open space, about 50-75ft long and 30ft wide. My audio/sitting area will be towards one end facing the open space. I'll be setting up a hybrid stereo+home theater system so I want a speaker with enough versatility for both movies and music including classical and rock.

Can anyone offer up some recommendations for a versatile audiophile speaker which can fill a large room while also being capable of producing beautiful sound at low volume and close proximity.

So that this thread can be useful for lots of us, I'd like to see recommendations for a speaker pair in the $10-$15K range.... as well as the $5K range.

Maybe you can also mention which amps/pre-amps you'd recommend for the speakers.

Thanks for the help forumites!

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Best speaker for a large loft ~2000sqft

Hello Mr. Moustache,

I suggest a Audiophysic Virgos powered by Conrad-Johnson premier 140 and Jeff Rowland Pre-Amp for control. This set up i'm sure has the caracteristics you described.

Good listenings and test, hope you get the sonic-graal you're loking for.

Aquilino

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Your budget is just under what the new

Legacy Whisper HDs command. Perhaps a pair of used Whispers and gobs of power from a Parasound JC2 and pair of Parasound JC1s.

http://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/806legacy/
http://www.stereophile.com/solidpreamps/308para
http://www.stereophile.com/solidpoweramps/774

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what about B&W?

I have been contemplating the B&W 802D because... well they're just sexy and I've heard good things. Or on the lower end perhaps some 804's.... could this be a suitable option? What about amps?

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Whatever you contemplate

please audition as to choose you must listen.

This would also power B&W 802Ds nicely.

Parasound JC2 and pair of Parasound JC1s.
http://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/806legacy/
http://www.stereophile.com/solidpreamps/308para
http://www.stereophile.com/solidpoweramps/774

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I would suggest you look into pair of used pair of JM lab Focal Grand Utopias. Considering the size of your room, I can almost guarantee that you will be completely satisfied especially if you mate them together with a pair of monoblock amps. Tube or solid state, it doesn't matter. I would prefer solid state Levinson amps or VTL tube amps in your particular application.

Good luck :-)

Mark Evans

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What type of music do you listen to?

I know technically all speakers should supposedly reproduce the sound that was recorded, but....! It just does not happen that way. I listened to Fleetwood Mac's opening track for "the Dance", specifically the track "Chains", and right after that I tested the same set of speakers on what I would mostly listen to (classical) with the third movement of Beethoven's violin concerto with Anne Sophie Mutter. The way different speakers reproduced the sound was as varied as you can imagine. Yes, a good speaker will be better than a bad speaker anyway, but for the budget you are referring, you may as well consider these not so unnoticeable nuances.

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All different

All speakers sound different. This is one of the main reasons I and many others say "Don't but any speaker unless you have heard and liked its sound".

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Nice set-up
Aquilino Sanona wrote:

Hello Mr. Moustache,

I suggest a Audiophysic Virgos powered by Conrad-Johnson premier 140 and Jeff Rowland Pre-Amp for control. This set up i'm sure has the caracteristics you described.

Good listenings and test, hope you get the sonic-graal you're loking for.

Aquilino

Those components mated together would no doubt produce some righteous sounding music.

Jeff Rowland is another genius in my book.

Mark

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Legacy Whisper vs 802D?

I've been looking into the Legacy Whispers and am hearing good things. For my space I know I'll need a large speaker, which the Whispers most definitely are. The price seems to be about right too... but being priced about the same as the 802D's I'm having trouble finding a good comparison between the two. Can anyone shed light on some major differences?

Obviously I need to listen to them both before making any decisions. The JM Lab Utopias sound awesome so great suggestion but I think they're a little more expensive than what I'm looking to spend.

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The Whispers will

sound bigger! ;)

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 When you have a large space

 When you have a large space you should always consider Magnepans with Audio-Research amplification. Nothing sounds better when you can set up correctly. There is a reason why more stereophile readers have Magnepan than any other brand, by a large margin.

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Whisper & 802

To second what jackfish mentioned, the Whispers will sound bigger.

The 802 Diamonds are very good.  The upper mids sound a lot like the smaller Legacy Classic HD , but with deeper bass and a slightly deader cabinet.  They both have the dual 8" drivers that are very well constructed, and both use Rohacell.

At some point, Legacy moved on from their kevlar mids, to their new silver/graphite rohacell driver- the Youtube comparison is pretty interesting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQjweIamc1U

The Beamers cost three times the price as the entry level Legacy Classic though. The 802 diamond tweeter is definately better than the metal versions, but I think I prefer a good ribbon over it.

I personally think both the Focus SE (the Classic's big brother) and the Whisper easily takes the 802D.  Quicker and deeper bass, and not as rough in the lower treble as the 802D.

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