Hi Folks...I'm new to the forum and wanted to get some ideas about the best Floor standing speaker for a $5k budget.
I currently have a Denon PMA 1500ae amp (matching SACD player) and Acoustic energy Aegis 3 floor standers. As budget speakers go, they've been great, but I'm looking to upgrade.
Into the mix, I'm also looking at getting the Line Magnetic 219ia tube amp. Although a SET amp with moderate power (on paper) ...I don't think this will have any problems driving virtually any speakers.
So.....I've started my research and here are the suspects I've rounded up so far for my budget:
1. Kef R900 (killer deal to be had currently!))
2. Revel F208
3. Sonus Faber Venere 3
4. Vienna Acoustic Beethoven Baby grand
5. Paradigm Signature S6 (prob too expensive!)
6. Focal Aria 948
I've also been intrigued by the offerings from Definitive Technology (ST-L) and Golden Ear Triton 1's, as well as some of the off track options like the Tektron Pendragon and Zu Audio Omen Def.
The problem (if it really is a problem) is that you find great reviews for everything so it's tough to really make a distinction of what would really fit better.
The speakers are very much for 2 channel Hi-Fi, I already have a home cinema system upstairs with the Acoustic Energy Radiance speakers, which are great BTW, but I want a really great pair of speakers for the new amp I'm getting.
I like the idea of big old school speakers that really excel in delivering a great sound. Speakers that will last a life time potentially. I have a pretty large listening space, so big speakers are no problem for me....in fact I tend to like the idea of big heavy speakers.
The music I listen to is primarily instrumental, ranging from Jazz / Fusion and Progressive. I'm a bass player so want to be able to hear and feel the bass, but I also want things to be accurate and subtle. A lot of the music I listen to has piano, bass and complex drums in the mix. It's usually very dynamic.
So really I'm just looking for some feedback as to the selections above, any comments or alternative suggestions? There are so many speakers on the market it's almost impossible to cover them all.
As mentioned, I am intrigued by the def Technology and golden ear speakers, but not sure if people here consider them to be serious in terms of audiophile quality. I'm also not too convinced by on board / powered subs and long term reliability?
Anyway...hope some of you guys can help me out and help me focus a bit more!