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    So I just offed my primary pair of speakers, the Usher Audio Dancer Mini-2's. They served me extremely well over the last 9 months, and just the fact that I kept them around that long says a lot!

    I got rid of them because I'm ready to try something new, but I'm not sure what that is. In the meantime, I'll be using a trusty pair of Magnepan 1.6's.

    My favorite speakers that I've owned to date are the Magnepan 3.6's, and while I'm very much tempted to just find another pair of those, I also feel like I should keep trying new things for a few more years, just to learn.

    Budget is 2-4k max.

    My short list includes the Focal Utopias (micro, diva, something along those lines), the Thiel 2.4, the Emerald Physics CS2.3, maybe an older Wilson Sophia, the Maggie 3.6's of course, and I am open to all suggestions.

    Is there anything in that range that I'd be stupid to not have owned at some point??
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    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
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    At a used price, a pair of PSB Synchrony One towers. A Wilson Sophia at that price will have to be pretty beat up.

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    I would seriously look into a pair of Salk Songtowers with the RAAL tweeter. I'm hoping to own the Salk Soundscape 8's at some point. If you can get past the aesthetics, Philharmonics are excellent also. Both perform well above their respective prices.

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    I do love my horn speakers, but I'm also starting to learn how awesome Focal speakers are...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    At a used price, a pair of PSB Synchrony One towers. A Wilson Sophia at that price will have to be pretty beat up.
    There was a pair of original Sophia 1's on my local CL for 5200. They looked to be in good shape. I would have to stretch the budget, and the seller would have to come down some.
    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

    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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    It might be lower on the budget from what you were planning, but I'd highly recommend you check these out. I think you might be surprised how well these sound.
    http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/m...200331558.html

    They need a fairly big room, but with proper placement, they are quite impressive. They were well reviewed in the 90's and still hold up well. I had the earlier non-SI version a few years back.
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    The reviewer in this article replaced his B&W 800 with a pair of these:

    http://hometheaterreview.com/tekton-...aker-reviewed/

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    Hold off on your Magnepan and try some other things. I'm the same way and my eventual last speaker will be Magnepan 3.7. This is where you can have a lot of fun so do it man. I'd pass on the PSB and Emerald's but like the Salk and Thiel idea.

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    Id be real curious abou your thoughts on the Thiels the medical director where I work has some Thiels not sure the model but he absolutley adores them..
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    Get the Mirage M-3si, they are in your back yard. I believe they were Stereophile Class B back in the day. Talk him down a bit and you won't loose a dime when you sell them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billbillw View Post
    It might be lower on the budget from what you were planning, but I'd highly recommend you check these out. I think you might be surprised how well these sound.
    http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/m...200331558.html

    They need a fairly big room, but with proper placement, they are quite impressive. They were well reviewed in the 90's and still hold up well. I had the earlier non-SI version a few years back.
    Nice, man! I've owned a pair of M-7si's and M-5si's. I always thought the M3's would be the sweetest, maybe even better than the M1's.

    The MCsi he's selling with them is a very good center. This would be a sweet setup for somebody, but I've already got my MXsi fill.
    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

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai View Post
    Hold off on your Magnepan and try some other things. I'm the same way and my eventual last speaker will be Magnepan 3.7. This is where you can have a lot of fun so do it man. I'd pass on the PSB and Emerald's but like the Salk and Thiel idea.
    I could totally see the 3.7 being a last speaker for me too. It'll be few years until they start dropping in price on the used market though. I said my budget is 2-4, but I'd really like to keep it around 3.

    I'm not in a huge rush (partially because the 1.6's sound so damn good.. great bang for your buck right there!), so I'll just keep my eyes open over the next few weeks/months and see what pops up.
    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

    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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    Ok, Didn't know you've already been there/done that. Good luck with your hunt.



    Quote Originally Posted by falconcry72 View Post
    Nice, man! I've owned a pair of M-7si's and M-5si's. I always thought the M3's would be the sweetest, maybe even better than the M1's.

    The MCsi he's selling with them is a very good center. This would be a sweet setup for somebody, but I've already got my MXsi fill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falconcry72 View Post
    I could totally see the 3.7 being a last speaker for me too. It'll be few years until they start dropping in price on the used market though. I said my budget is 2-4, but I'd really like to keep it around 3.

    I'm not in a huge rush (partially because the 1.6's sound so damn good.. great bang for your buck right there!), so I'll just keep my eyes open over the next few weeks/months and see what pops up.
    You could pick up a set of 3.3R, 3.5R or catch a pair of 3.6 and be just as happy. I paid 1500 for my 3.5R years ago when I found them used on Audiogon. I wouldn't go back to the 1.6 series since the used price on the larger models is worth waiting for the right deal.

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    If you can any used, Joseph Audio.
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    Second the Joseph Audio. Heard them at the Axpona show and was impressed. Also look at the Audio Physic line. This is my present speaker and they image amazing well and just disappear. Pair do the AP Tempo 25 year anniversary models on the Gon right now almost in your price range.
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    What used from Joseph Audio will fit into the 2-4 range guys?

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    There is a set of MG20's on the 'gon right now for 3400.00. Not a bad place to hang the hat for a while.
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    12 years old....only if you can demo them in person. This is one speaker that you just can't shoot from the hip and wing an online sale. They've been there for 24 days and I'd bet they have an issue but that's just an observation from buying a few dozen of these over the years.

    That being said....it could be an absolute GEM since I've seen some of those slip by in that same time period, lol. You can't win them all.

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    Agreed Mark... When I got mine, I knew going in that I was taking a risk, but having the skills to face the challenges minimized that risk. I had a major amount of delamination in the right channel, but was able to fix it for 35 bucks and about 15 hours of my time. I picked them up for less than a pair of 1.6's current going rate to boot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nooshinjohn View Post
    Agreed Mark... When I got mine, I knew going in that I was taking a risk, but having the skills to face the challenges minimized that risk. I had a major amount of delamination in the right channel, but was able to fix it for 35 bucks and about 15 hours of my time. I picked them up for less than a pair of 1.6's current going rate to boot.
    Yeah, I remember you doing the work on all that. Great job BTW. It's something folks should take into account is all I meant. I'm like you, as I'd go with my gut since I can repair them in the same way but that isn't a task for someone who isn't expecting it, you know what I mean? Any kind of planar or electrostatic speaker should be handled in the same way....get a demo if at all possible.

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    How about some Sonus Faber?

    http://app.audiogon.com/listings/son...an-cherry-fins

    http://app.audiogon.com/listings/son...g-loudspeak--2

    Focal?

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    Martin Logan?

    http://app.audiogon.com/listings/mar...d-bonus-option (I tend to not like the lower models for the bass response however depends on your listening)
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    Default Dragon anyone?

    Even after taking this review with a grain of salt...these have peaked my interest to try and get a listen to them somehow.

    Tekton Pendragon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vandam View Post
    Even after taking this review with a grain of salt...these have peaked my interest to try and get a listen to them somehow.

    Tekton Pendragon
    lol, that review is pretty superlative!!!

    I'm interested.
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    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

    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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    My brother in law has a set of Joseph Audio's, cant remember which ones

    But I listened to them when I was in Atlanta this past April

    Did like a 12 hour music session in his listening room.

    They are some pretty delicious speakers I must say

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    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

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Vandam View Post
    Even after taking this review with a grain of salt...these have peaked my interest to try and get a listen to them somehow.

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    I saw these in the newsletter. My interest is piqued as well.
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    falcon, there is a guy by me selling a pair of EP CS2.7s for under $4k which is a crazy good deal. They're amazing speakers, and improve upon the 2.3s.

    I would get them if I didn't value my life, and also I am on full court press building up a downpayment for a hew house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newrival View Post
    falcon, there is a guy by me selling a pair of EP CS2.7s for under $4k which is a crazy good deal. They're amazing speakers, and improve upon the 2.3s.

    I would get them if I didn't value my life, and also I am on full court press building up a downpayment for a hew house.
    Where are they listed? I vaguely remember seeing a pair on agon in the last month..

    My biggest problem with the EP's is that I'd have to run a second amp.
    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

    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 was curious about these Legacy Audio Focus 20/20s.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...vip=true&rt=nc

    It looks like they did not sell for $2500.

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