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What Speakers at AudiogoN with $1.2k in my pocket

Hi

Today at home I listened to Grizzly Bear, 4Tet, Kurt Vile, St.Vincent, King Tubby, Portishead, Beefheart, Ghostface, Aphex Twin, and some Russian monks chanting vespers. Fairly average kinda day; indie, electronica, rock, techno, folk, occasional classical - mixed bag.

I think like most people here, I like a realistic, non fatiguing sound.

I have an lossless audio files to appleTV running into Peachtree iDac, into AMC tube power amp, with Kimber hero interconnects and 4VS speaker cables.

My speakers suck.

With around $1.2k to spend and looking at what's listed on AudiogoN what would you recommend?

I see some Dynaudio Audience 72's in my price range. Good idea?

 

Thanks

 

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I should have said, listening space 20' x 15', hard floor. Would prefer towers, unless someone suggests otherwise...

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I'd first listen to a bunch at audio

dealers to see what I like.  No one can tell you what will sound good to you.  This strategy may not be real fair to the dealer, but perhaps they can give you a deal on something you like so you don't drift back to the Gon.

The Dynaudio Audience 72 is a rather power hungry loudspeaker presenting a 4 Ohm load and low sensitivity.  You might want to find something that would be an easier load for your tube amp.

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Hi Rupert:

Stereophile and The Absolute Sound went GAGA over the PSB Image T6 Tower speakers, which you can buy new at Audio Advisor for $1298.

The Absolute Sound even featured them as the speaker they chose for their recommended system at $3000 or so.

I have had them for a year now, and they sound absolutely wonderful in my system at my second home.  I have the $4500 Vandersteen 3A at my big house, and these T6 sound good enough that I am not even tempted to upgrade; good stuff! 

If you want something that is smaller physically or a bit less expensive, the T5 is almost as good for $1000; just a tad less bass extension.

THe Dynaudio 72, by the way, is not very efficient; 86 db/w. That might be a problem with the amount of amplifier power you have. I would recommend that you try to get something that is 89db/w or higher (each 3db lower means you need twice the power for the same sound level).

A friend of mine had the Dynaudio 72 for a couple of years, and he said he got rid of them because they sounded too bright, but I think the brightness was not the speakers, but was caused by his crummy amplifier. I would say, however, that those speakers do not put out much bass.

 

rupertn wrote:

Hi

Today at home I listened to Grizzly Bear, 4Tet, Kurt Vile, St.Vincent, King Tubby, Portishead, Beefheart, Ghostface, Aphex Twin, and some Russian monks chanting vespers. Fairly average kinda day; indie, electronica, rock, techno, folk, occasional classical - mixed bag.

I think like most people here, I like a realistic, non fatiguing sound.

I have an lossless audio files to appleTV running into Peachtree iDac, into AMC tube power amp, with Kimber hero interconnects and 4VS speaker cables.

My speakers suck.

With around $1.2k to spend and looking at what's listed on AudiogoN what would you recommend?

I see some Dynaudio Audience 72's in my price range. Good idea?

 

Thanks

 

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You might want to check out the Zu Omen Standard.
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Druids

I ended up buying a set of used Zu Druid MkIV and I'm very very happy with them. My system sounds "alive".

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Very nice...

enjoy!

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