What speaker would you recommend to someone for up to $1000/pair—and not a penny more?

What speaker would you recommend to someone for up to $1000/pair—and not a penny more?
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76% (226 votes)
Don't have one
24% (71 votes)
Total votes: 297

Dave in Dallas says, "Ask your readers to recommend a product within a specified price range they would buy today and why they would consider that product."<P>So, here goes: What speaker would you recommend to someone for up to $1000/pair&#151;and not a penny more?

samuel smith's picture

Polk lsi 9 is about $900 a pair. Polk lsi 15 is an even better buy for about $650 more. Great speakers.

Antonio G.'s picture

Linn Katan bookshelves with Linn Katan stands.

xanthia01@gmail.com's picture

It is a little hard for me, because pricing in my country is so off the mark with what you guys pay. I'd recommend some B&W DM686s, ProAc Tablettes, Orpheus Aurora 1, MKIII, Whatmough Performance P25, or EPOS M12i. Hey—that's a lot of choice!

lego's picture

Ascend CBE 170se and a Hsu VTF-1 for a total of $809, delivered. A tough combination to beat for the money and a whole lot more

Jim Tavegia's picture

Monitor Audio Silver RS6, B&W 684—maybe a deal can be had for the Triangle Heliade and Epos models that might qualify.

Rob Huntrods's picture

Axiom M22v2 (plus a sub). Even with a sub, under $1000. Great sounding speaker.

Adam Schmidt's picture

Aperion Audio Intimus 5Ts towers, $995/pair. Best speaker I have heard below $10k. I have a 6.1 system with 5 5Ts for SACD/BluRay and they are jaw droopingly good. Equal in clarity to my Martin Logans (Sequel ii) and have a better low end. Huge sound from a small speaker (foot print is about the size of a dvd case). Using a Denon 4308, and ps3.

Austin's picture

Epos M5i—and power it with the Cayin A-50T on ultralinear mode.

Chris H's picture

Does second-hand count? I bought a pair of one year old cherry B&W 705s for under a grand. Well worth it

Eric Shook's picture

Vandersteen 1c: a speaker that well outperforms its $1000 price tag and is a great path to the 2ce, considering trade-in credit. Like money in the bank.

Scott's picture

Paradigm Studio 20

David's picture

Monitor Audio RS6

The Phoenix's picture

Totem Rainmakers Tower or KEF IQ50.

Chris Kenney's picture

Based solely on outstanding reviews about their imaging, dynamic range, and soundstaging, the Magnepan MMGs seem like a real bargain. I've heard their larger stable mates and if those qualities are replicated in their basic models, I'd agree they're a real steal.

BSSK's picture

Thiel SCS4 Low distortion short coil/long gap, coaxial high quality aluminum driver. Coherent sound with a wide soundstage. Cannot get any better for USD $990.

Lance's picture

Monitor Audio Silver RS6

John's picture

The Monitor Audio Silver RS-6, though beware of using them with bright electronics or in small, live rooms. It's everything BJR said it is!

Dimitris Gogas's picture

A used Sonus Faber Concertino. You can have it for under $1000. Provided you can find one.

Angel's picture

Monitor Audio RS6

Clarke Robinson's picture

Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1. Easily the most completely satisfying speaker from top to bottom that I know of under $1k.

inhumanity's picture

Dynaudio Audience 52

Ven Vedam's picture

Aperion Intimus 5T

Strelow's picture

B&W 685. I'm very happy with them.

mike eschman's picture

Used linn Kans or used Theil CS1.5s.

Nodaker's picture

B&W 705

Mark Sobotkin's picture

NHT Classic 3

Chris Sauer's picture

eBay: A pair of Thiel .5 for $400 or a pair of Linn or B&W monitors

Jeff Glotzer's picture

Magenpan MMG. $550 bucks!

Todd Giencke's picture

PSB Alpha B1 monitors and a PSB SubSeries 5i subwoofer. MSRP $828

babu's picture