I have two pairs of speakers in my two-channel system that I alternate between regularly. Here's what they are and why I like them:
Polk Audio SDA-1C's: warmth, liquid midrange, enveloping soundstage, powerful but natural bass.
Magnepan 1.6QR's: detail, speed, delicacy, imaging, realism, transparency.
I leave the SDA's setup in their perfect positions at all times and move the maggies into or out of position when I am or am not using them. This is pretty easy because the maggies are so light plus their stands slide nicely on the linoleum floor, and I have their positions marked on the floor with duct tape. See pics. The longest I go without switching is a week or two; other times I switch 5 times in one day.
I absolutely prefer the SDA's on some recordings, and I absolutely prefer the Maggies on other recordings.
I want a loudspeaker that can be the best of both worlds and do what I like about both the maggies and SDA's, but better.
*** I am not looking for a compromise or a middle ground. I am looking for a loudspeaker that does what the maggies and SDA's do at least AS WELL, if not BETTER. Otherwise, I'll just keeping switching between these two; I don't mind.***
I'm only looking to spend between 1k-2k on the used market, so I don't know if what I'm looking for exists in that range. I could get a pair of 1.7's, but I'm too early in my audio career to get pinned into a brand; I want to try new designs.
I'm thinking Theil. 3.6 or 2.3.
Thanks for the help, dudes!