I am considering a speaker purchase in the $3500 range on the USED market and I've been having difficulties deciding. There are quite a number of speakers in that price range used that I haven't heard, so I was hoping for some recommendations.
These are the speakers that I heard and liked albeit not in that price range:
Avantgarde Duos and Trios - simply lovely. The trios are the best speakers by far I've ever heard.
JM Lab Utopia - I like the original better than the Be. Although the Be version is an objectively better speaker, the original spoke to me.
Revel Salon - Albeit not the most detail or articulate speaker, it was very enjoyable and musical
Gallo reference 3.1 - Pretty decent, although I think I can do better by spending a bit more.
NHT 3.3 and 2.9 - Very nice speakers for the money albeit a bit on the bright side
Monitor gold and silver lines - very detailed and articulate, but a bit thin and lack bass
Paradigm - Nice speakers for the money. I would prefer a bit more detail and bass
Speakers I heard and didn't like:
Genesis all models - too dry for my taste
Avalons various models - Sloppy bass, piercing highs
B&W - I've yet to hear a B&W speaker I like. Really dry and lifeless. I have no idea why they're so popular
Hales - Too bright
I've heard others that I've been ambivalent about.
This is my criteria:
Full range speakers. I want tight, articulate bass down to 25 hz
Err on the side of warmth. I'm hypersensitive to bright sounding speakers
I listen to rock, classical and some jazz
Rega Planet 2k CD
Cary SLP-88 preamp
PS Audio 200c amp
The electronics might get upgraded sometime in the future if the speakers warrant it.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.