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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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?

Ron Ramsey's picture

I fell through the cracks of Reaganomics. "You're riding high in April, Shot down in May." Consequently, I've never owned $1000 speakers. My current pair cost $279. To compensate, I imagined an Alternate History. In this parallel reality, Philip K. Dick didn't write SF stories, he reviewed audio equipment. All excess wealth was funneled into a Fund for the Common Good. With this Ultimate Social Safety Net, all speakers cost $1000. Just pick the pair that suits your needs. Based on that, I recommend all of them.

James N's picture

Dynaudio BM5A. Great powered studio monitor for exactly $1000. For a traditional speaker, I like the Totem Mite and Rega R3.

DD's picture

Used pair of Martin Logan Sequels, Sequel IIs, or SL3s.

Rishi's picture

Usher Audio s520

T.L's picture


OvenMaster's picture

Anything that says "KEF Reference" on it.

jkm's picture

B&W 685, I just love them.

Shahrukh Dandiwala's picture

Jean Marie Reynaud's Twin Mk III. Musical, detailed, elegant. Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!

C.  King, Thousand Oaks, CA's picture

A pair of high-quality tin cans and an audiophile-grade strand of twine.

Jeff in Oregon's picture

This one is rather dificult without hearing 90% of what is available on the market curently. In the last year, I purchased a new pair of PSB 45-Ts and enjoy them alot, but don't overlook Craig's List, I also grabed a pair of Klipsch SF-1s in mint condition for $25 that sound great with my Rotel/ Linn system. Or the KEF 104/2s for $150. The Kefs, aside from needing woofer repair (the norm), were in showroom condition. It's always nice to buy new, but if you look around, you can stretch your hi-fi buck a lot farther. PS, did I mention the 9/10 NHT 2.5is for $50? Happy shopping.

Steve Rogers's picture

Focal/JMLab 707S—discontinued, so sold quite cheaply. Exellent in their class and they sound better then many floorstanders for the same price, including JMLabs offerings! They are a large monitors, which in my opinion is the value category.

Dustin Nash's picture

Magnepan MMG. $599 save $400!

oedi's picture

Paradigm Monitor 7 v5

audio-sleuth@comcast.net's picture

System Audio SA 705s. No low bass, but every thing else.

BD's picture

Magnepan MMG: Nothing I've heard at anything near its price sounds so much like music.

Terrence's picture

Dynaudio Audience 42

Silvertone's picture

Paradigm Signature S1. One of the best monitors out there at any price.

Dan's picture

B&W 685

ed's picture

I would look at the Aperion 5T. Nice open midrange (takes a bit to break in), reasonable bass for a mini tower, good imaging, beautiful cabinets, and great customer service. Some would want a sub for the lowest octave or so.

Bill Lollis's picture

For lovers of loud rock music, Klipsch RF-82. Although they list for $1098, they can be purchased for under $1000. Will cleanly reproduce concert levels in a typical listening room. Sound decent on other kinds of music and at lower levels. Great for home theater, too.

Andrew Wilensky's picture

I personally love my Klipsch RF-62 floorstanding speakers. I did a lot of research and had in home trials with three different pairs. The Klipsch have clear highs with the horns, and a lot of lows as well. You can crank these without any distortion. $878/pair

Anonymous's picture

I'd suggest a pair of Audio Nirvana Super 8s in a Madisound Fostex BK-20 cabinet.

Bill Ries's picture

Paradigm Studio 20

Wesley Katzir's picture

For music: Magnepan MMG (for only $600 hard to beat) For music and movies: B&W 685.

Greg Abarr's picture

Wharfdale 9 series. As low as $599/pair. Great sound for the price.

Bruce Hazen's picture

A used pair of Spendor S3/5Rs. Like Harbeths, these are speakers for grown-ups.

Alex's picture

Some B&Ws for $ 1000/pair.

Felix's picture

Any new Harbeth under $1000. Listen and you'll understand.

Ken's picture

Infinity Primus P162. They are Stereophile Class C and I picked up a scratch'n'dent pair for under $200 and they really sound sweet in my small listening room. I look at these as a speaker I can easily live with until I can afford my "dream" speakers.

Michael Croce's picture

Without a doubt, the Magnepan MMG (with a $1000 limit).