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Speaker Recommendation for Rotel RA-150 and Cambridge DacMagic Plus

Hello,

I am in the market for speakers for my Rotel RA-1520 (2*60W) integrated amp.

These will be located in my office and not a large room and will be sitting on either side of my office desk so bookshelf is preferred.  I listen to a variety of new/old rock, jazz, plus some top 40 stuff (easy on the brain).  I am currently using Boston Accoustics T-1030 which I bought in the mid 90's and had recently refoamed. But these speakers are just borrowed from my home theatre setup until I find permanent speakers.

My setup is:

Rotel RA-150

Cambridge Dacmagic Plus

iTunes / Channel D Pure player.

As I am not really near an urban centre, I am limited to what I can listen to in person. MY local hifi dealer sells Totem,B&W, and very high stuff.

on my list of potential candidates are:

B&W 685 - I heard the 685 which sounded amazing but was not ready to commit ($800 CAD).

Wharfedale Diamond series - great reviews but have not listened to them.

KEF Q series - I did hear these but only in a loud environment but was impressed by the highs.

PSB Alpha B1 - recommended by this website/magazine ;)

 

Any recommendations or suggestions would be appreciated.

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The PSB Alpha B1 are really excellent speakers, but you need to be aware that they don't have any bass to speak of. Most people would want some sort of subwoofer with them. The Sony SA-W3000 subwoofer goes for about $130, and would be adequate for a small area such as you are using, but you need a small floor space for it.

For a speaker that will give you a better full-range overall sound, you might want to look at the PSB Image B6 speakers.

Another good one is the Monitor Audio M2.

 

rowland wrote:

Hello,

I am in the market for speakers for my Rotel RA-1520 (2*60W) integrated amp.

These will be located in my office and not a large room and will be sitting on either side of my office desk so bookshelf is preferred.  I listen to a variety of new/old rock, jazz, plus some top 40 stuff (easy on the brain).  I am currently using Boston Accoustics T-1030 which I bought in the mid 90's and had recently refoamed. But these speakers are just borrowed from my home theatre setup until I find permanent speakers.

My setup is:

Rotel RA-150

Cambridge Dacmagic Plus

iTunes / Channel D Pure player.

As I am not really near an urban centre, I am limited to what I can listen to in person. MY local hifi dealer sells Totem,B&W, and very high stuff.

on my list of potential candidates are:

B&W 685 - I heard the 685 which sounded amazing but was not ready to commit ($800 CAD).

Wharfedale Diamond series - great reviews but have not listened to them.

KEF Q series - I did hear these but only in a loud environment but was impressed by the highs.

PSB Alpha B1 - recommended by this website/magazine ;)

 

Any recommendations or suggestions would be appreciated.

rowland
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Thanks for the feedback. I

Thanks for the feedback.

I listened to a variety of PSB bookshelf speakers and my decision came down to two speakers: the PSB Imagine B in glossy white vs the B&W 685.

Although both sounded great (I am not an audiophile), the PSB speakers in white just look phenomenal!

I just ordered the PSB in glossy white for $1,100 plus taxes (12%) here in Canada. They should be here within 2-3 weeks.

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