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    Hello Everyone!!
    Im looking for some suggestions on what people consider to be the best floor standing speakers for under 1500$.
    I listen to 70 % music and 30 % movies

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    New or used???

    That will make a world of difference!
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    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

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    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    Both. As long as they sound good. I listen to all types of music from country to rap.

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    Well your money will go a lot further on the used market.

    For 1500 you have a lot of options. I'd personally go with the newly released Magnepan 1.7's (or 1.6's and save some cash), but country, and especially rap, aren't exactly their strong points.

    There's always the vintage Polks, from Monitors to RTA's to SDA's, or even LSi's, but again, those may be a tad "refined" for what you're looking for.


    How about some Polk RTi-A9's??? Badass speakers. Serious bass response and sparkly highs, but they're surprisingly good at more delicate stuff too. You could find a used pair for under a grand, and you could probably go new, with warranty for 1500.

    http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/r...ex.php?s=rtia9
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    Source 2: Rega Apollo CDP
    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

    HT:

    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    I had the Rti a9's but sold them. I felt they lacked detail on some of my more "refined" music. I was even thinking about going with the new lsim 703 speakers but was afraid they wouldnt fill my 2700 cubic feet room. I do have a really good sub though(HSU VTF HO). So that might help with the lows. Do you think lsim 703 would be to small for a room that size?

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    What associated gear, room size, etc. Maggies will require more than a receiver.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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    New martin logan electromotion for $1600

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    Quote Originally Posted by robert0507 View Post
    Do you think lsim 703 would be to small for a room that size?
    Nope. They will fill it with ease.

    The 703's are awesome speakers.
    2-Channel:

    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo CDP
    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

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    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    U should also ck out the KEF Q900's! $1400 for the pair,I have them,and I couldnt be happier for the price! Great on all aspects.
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    "Best" is in the eye/ear of the beholder. There is no definitive "best" anything, it's all subjective. When you ask a question like this, the answers will always be what folks think is "best" to them in their system. This may or may not be of any help to you. Good luck in your search.

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    If you love "sparklers", then the KEFs mentioned above are 'your' speaker. Lots of detail, they lose almost nothing, have a LOT of mid-range very clean highs and good enough bass (tight). They would NOT be my first choice, but maybe second, because I like a more laid back speaker for music. But a lot of guys don't "like" that.

    I'd take a look at some "used" Dynaudio towers and see what you think! But from your description, you sound like a possible KEF man to me!

    You also need to specify what you plan to use for amplification (that would have made a HUGE difference for your former RTi-A9s--in fact that may have been your problem with those--not the speakers themselves--because, properly, powered they would have NO problem filling up your space and they have plenty of detail and enough refinement with the "right amp"?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by heiney9 View Post
    What associated gear, room size, etc. Maggies will require more than a receiver.
    I have the onkyo 3008 for a rec. and emotiva xpa 2 for the fron two channels. I just scored 2 12 feet emotiva 10 gauge x seires speaker wire for 50 dollars on audiogon.

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    The Onkyo 3008 is a very nice AVR and the Emotiva has lots of power. But together that is "far" from the best combo for a set of Rti-A9s if you're more interested in "music". It is Great for HT, though!

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    That is a forward and bright set-up so I'd go with a warm sounding speaker. That gear would not sound good on the Maggies, they are too revealing. Maybe LSi's but they outclass the gear you are using. RTiA's are iout since they are on the bright side and with the Emo/Onk combo would be too bright and forward for me, but maybe you like it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heiney9 View Post
    That is a forward and bright set-up so I'd go with a warm sounding speaker. That gear would not sound good on the Maggies, they are too revealing. Maybe LSi's but they outclass the gear you are using. RTiA's are iout since they are on the bright side and with the Emo/Onk combo would be too bright and forward for me, but maybe you like it that way.

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    Yeah I would agree with that. I think the Rti A9's are good speakers for HT, but not so much for music. Thats why I think I am leaning towards the Lsim 703 in conjunction with a good sub. I would go for the lsim 705 but out of my price range for now. I would love to demo the 703 but no one in CT has them

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    I did also consider some Maggies but I heard they dont blend well with a lot of subs. I know someone who is selling their 1.6 Maggies for 900$ but was not sure if I should get them. I have never heard Maggies before so that is also something I have to get my ears on

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    I am running LSiM 703s along with a sub for my two channel system and I can attest that that setup has no problem filling a large room with sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robert0507 View Post
    I did also consider some Maggies but I heard they dont blend well with a lot of subs. I know someone who is selling their 1.6 Maggies for 900$ but was not sure if I should get them. I have never heard Maggies before so that is also something I have to get my ears on
    Ask him to listen to them before you buy em. I refuse to buy speakers without hearing them first, ESPECIALLY MAGGIES. They can delaminate and the only really good way to find out is to listen to them with some music. Delaminations drops the price quite a bit but if you dont know if they have that issue you can get taken.

    You also need space both in front AND BEHIND the speaker if you go with Maggies, they need a bunch of "personal" space all the way around to truly sound their best......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawgfish View Post
    I am running LSiM 703s along with a sub for my two channel system and I can attest that that setup has no problem filling a large room with sound.
    Would you say the lsim 703 are bright or laid back speakers

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    Quote Originally Posted by robert0507 View Post
    I did also consider some Maggies but I heard they dont blend well with a lot of subs. I know someone who is selling their 1.6 Maggies for 900$ but was not sure if I should get them. I have never heard Maggies before so that is also something I have to get my ears on
    They will sound horrible with your gear, sorry to put it so directly but it won't make for a nice sounding system. Again Maggies are very revealing speakers and with the Emo and Onk being very strident, bright and forward, unless you like nails on a chalk board forget the Maggies.

    I think if you can find some used LSi's or even closeouts since the LSi-M are now in production that would be a good choice. The LSi-M's are very nice but again they sort of outclass the gear you are currently running, but no harm in growing into them.

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    Check out some Vandersteen 2Ce (or better, 2Ce Signature). Used should be within your budget, even for the signatures.

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    With your gear, a new set of these Polks would be hard to beat:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/PAIR-LSi25-E...item35bb475b0b

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    Quote Originally Posted by robert0507 View Post
    I just scored 2 12 feet emotiva 10 gauge x seires speaker wire for 50 dollars on audiogon.
    They have speaker wire? Is it "Reference" level wire, or just regular wire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conradicles View Post
    With your gear, a new set of these Polks would be hard to beat:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/PAIR-LSi25-E...item35bb475b0b
    I was going to suggest the same speaker. I've never heard the 25's but with the powered 10", should be a great all around speaker especially at today's price.

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    I would say they are neutral to slightly warm. Like H9 alluded to, they will be very friendly to your system as it grows. They are a great speaker and very versatile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawgfish View Post
    I would say they are neutral to slightly warm. Like H9 alluded to, they will be very friendly to your system as it grows. They are a great speaker and very versatile.
    Thank you Dawgfish. Were could I find some speaker stands for those 703. Also would the xpa2 amp be to much power for these speakers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    They have speaker wire? Is it "Reference" level wire, or just regular wire?
    Reference level. I dont think the seller knew what he had......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conradicles View Post
    With your gear, a new set of these Polks would be hard to beat:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/PAIR-LSi25-E...item35bb475b0b
    If I were to do it all over again with polk LSi line for music on I would go with the the 9's plus a sub before the LSi25s, for HT they have been great, you lose the control of the bass and high/mids due trying to get the best of both worlds by having the subs chained to your speakers
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/PAIR-LSi9-Eb...item5ae609f52d

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    Quote Originally Posted by txcoastal1 View Post
    If I were to do it all over again with polk LSi line for music on I would go with the the 9's plus a sub before the LSi25s, for HT they have been great, you lose the control of the bass and high/mids due trying to get the best of both worlds by having the subs chained to your speakers
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/PAIR-LSi9-Eb...item5ae609f52d

    Just IMHO

    I could not agree more with this. If I had to do it over again I to would go with the LSi9's and let good subs do the bass.( Was this not Matthew Polk's setup at one time) Powered subs should never be in towers because low bass signals usually sound better in differant spots than your mid to high range signals would sound. You are very limited in positioning when you have the powered sub in the same enclosure as the midrange/tweeter.

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    I would go with a system I recently previewed in the Boston Area:The Aon3 Bookshelves....Ribbon Tweeter,...8ohms nominal,very efficient.....paired with the Revel T-1 sub...heavenly.

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