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Speakers for my turntable system?

Hi, I'm trying to find some good speakers that are a match with both the rest of my system, listening space (small room, can't place the speakers more than 1.5-2 feet away from a wall), and music taste.

This is my first setup, btw.
Turntable: Denon DP 300F (with phono output) - already bought
Cartridge: Denon DL-110 or Audio Technica 440MLA - gonna buy either of these today
Integrated Amp: NAD C315BEE (no phono, but my Denon has it) - already bought
Speakers: I was going to get a Wharfdale Diamond 10.1 but I didn't know if it would be a good match for my system. Also, I've got around twenty recommendations for speakers that I've narrowed down to ten. I don't know which of these recs to work with. So, I haven't decided yet, let alone bought one.

My music taste: I don't have a very diverse music taste at all. I probably will NOT ever run jazz, classical, country, or classic rock through my speakers.

I'd say around 70% of the bands I listen to fall under the pop rock/pop punk/punk rock spectrum.. Fast-paced (not always but usually), simple riffs, higher mid range vocals, bass. sometimes violin in the case of Yellowcard. Some of these bands are super raw sounding, some of them have really polished production, but they're still pop punk.

The remaining 30% consist of bands like Bright Eyes (acoustic folk rock), Brand New (weird mellow rock, I'd call them alternative rock), various indie rock/alternative rock bands, and maybe three or four hardcore bands.

I don't want the overall sound to be identical to what I hear on CD's, instead I really want it to have its own --- color, so to speak.

I don't have much space in my room, and I definitely won't be able to place the speakers more than 2 feet away from a wall (and even that's really pushing it). I probably won't play music at excessively loud volumes, since the apartment isn't completely soundproof and I live on the third floor.

Recommendations I've gotten that are in my price range:
Boston Acoustics A26
Energy CB-20 or CB-10
Polk Monitor 50
Infinity Primus P252
Cambridge Soundworks Model 6
PSB speakers
KLH 6 or 17
Advent Large Loudspeaker with walnut cabinets
Wharfdale Pacific EVo 30
Wharfdale Diamond 10.1
Wharfdale Diamond 9.6

I'd appreciate any help even narrowing down this list to three or four, because I simply can't work with all of these.
Budget-wise, I really want to keep it under $350, no more than $400 if it's absolutely necessary. This includes subs. I'm most concerned about the size of the speakers (since my room isn't huge), placement issues, overall sound/compatibility with the rest of my system and my music taste, etc.

Thank you!

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As for the whole warm vs

As for the whole warm vs bright thing, I've never really figured out what it meant. I know warm is more prominent in the low frequencies and bright is more prominent in the high frequences, but I can't seem to translate that into sound...if that makes sense.

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You have to listen...

my ears and preferences, or anyone elses, are probably different than yours. You gotta listen for yourself. Good Luck!

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I can't audition any of these

I can't audition any of these speakers except Energy, there are no places near me that carry them.

Boston Acoustics A26 ($200)
Boston Acoustics VS 260 ($250))
Energy CB-10 ($250)
Energy RM-10 ($300)
Infinity Primus P252 ($330)
Wharfdale Evo 2-8 ($300)
Wharfdale Diamond 10.1 ($310)
PSB Alpha B1 ($300)

narrowed the list down :)

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There are several internet direct sellers

that offer 30 day trials with full purchase price refunds. This allows in home auditions with your equipment in your room.

Ascend Acoustics Sierra CBM-170 SE $300/pair

Axiom Audio Millennia M2 v3 $328/pair

Emotiva X-Ref XRM-6.1 $399/pair

SVS SCS-02(M) $399/pair

Elemental Designs A.6-mtm $399/pair

HSU HB-1 Mk2 $358/pair

Aperion Intimus 5B $370/pair

EMP Tek E41-B $299/pair

Audioengine P4 $249/pair

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PSB Alpha B1

In my mind the best one there in many ways is the PSB Alpha B1. Almost every magazine in the hi-fi world has gone crazy over it.

I assume that you have already read the Stereophile review on it.

The big reservation I have about it is that it only goes down to 65 Hz. If you can live with that it would be first choice.

Now that I have said all of that, the one I would probably BUY would be the Wharfdale Diamond 10.1, because I like the fact that it goes down to 48 Hz, and the recent Stereophile review was very positive.

I couldn't live with the lack of bass of the Alpha B1.

 

I don't know what part of the L.A. area you are in, but Atlantic Stereo in Costa Mesa is the store that sells Wharfedale. (949) 646-8895

 

 

 

 

 

jkim4007 wrote:

I can't audition any of these speakers except Energy, there are no places near me that carry them.

Boston Acoustics A26 ($200)
Boston Acoustics VS 260 ($250))
Energy CB-10 ($250)
Energy RM-10 ($300)
Infinity Primus P252 ($330)
Wharfdale Evo 2-8 ($300)
Wharfdale Diamond 10.1 ($310)
PSB Alpha B1 ($300)

narrowed the list down :)

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This just shows that I should

This just shows that I should trust my gut feeling. I found the Diamond 10.1's for 400$ including shipping and the Evo2-8's for $334 including shipping, so I went ahead and bought the Evo's. Here's to hoping I don't regret my decision, since I'm pretty prone to changing my mind, haha.

I'm gonna wait a few weeks and replace the stock cartridge with the Denon DL-110 as well, thanks guys!

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also, one last question. this

also, one last question (technically two). this is my system, and I've bought everything except the cartridge. I just feel a bit uneasy since I haven't seen anyone with a system that's similar to mine (Denon table, NAD amp, Wharfedale speakers) and that makes me wonder, is it a bad combination? by bad combination, I'm asking will the Nad work with the Wharfedale speakers and the Denon TT?

Denon DP-300F - $225 (used without cartridge)
Denon DL-110 - $146 (new)
NAD C315BEE - $225 (used)
Wharfedale Pacific Evo2-8 - $335 (pair)

Total: $931

and does anyone have suggestions for good cables? How many do I need? (It seems like once I finally think I'm done with the system and can listen to my records, I realize that it's not and I need another component, haha)

edit: I know I said I'd wait a few weeks, but I just bought the cartridge on impulse. I guess all that's left is cables now.

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