On the hunt for some used speakers in the $1,500 range.
I'm not new to this and I've tried many many speakers at this point. I'm looking for more seasoned vets to respond. I LOVE trying new brands. I have a medium sized room, listen to EVERYTHING, and am looking for a floorstander because bass impact is important to me.
For electronics, I have a Dared SL2000a pre with some great tubes (thanks to Brock!), CIA VDA-2 DAC, and a pair of B&K Sonata M200's (200wpc @ 8 ohms, 400wpc @ 4ohms).
I figured it would be best for those interested in helping to read what I've been through. So here goes in no particular order:
PSB Synchrony One - The flagships of PSB's line. Amazing speakers. I regret selling them but their sacrifice allowed me to get equipment for my business that has lead to so many great things in my career. They did absolutely everything right. I never got to throw tubes at them. I got them for a ridiculous price otherwise they would have been out of my reach. I only dated them, but they were wife material.
Dynaudio Audience 72 - Again, didn't get to throw tubes at these. Now that I realize how tubes can really add soul to a speaker, I feel like never got to hear the speakers I have owned the RIGHT way. Anyway, Dynaudio is a special company. You have to be if you're building your own drivers. What I did like was the imaging. For HT they were kickass. They were slightly fatiguing up top and a hair to forward for my tastes. Bass was pretty good. Overall though, very fun speakers that had a very unique sound.
Magnepan MG10 - They don't have the slam nor the dynamics that I need, but damn do they do a few things well. Acoustic instruments sound incredible. Jazz is so nice on these. Paired with my sub, they're great, but I need more dynamics and impact. I won't be selling these because of their rarity.
Magnepan 1.7 - I now realized that my room was the issue I had when owned these monsters. I probably would have liked them in the room I have now.
Monitor Audio RS6 - My first taste of hifi. They had great bass for their footprint. Vocals on these speakers were amazing. The mids were over emphasized and the top end caused a little fatigue.
Paradigm Signature S2 Monitors - Another top of the line speaker from Paradigm. Absolutely beautiful finish. The beryllium tweeter was very nice. They were neutral, balanced, and easy to listen to. Bottom end wasn't there but they were bookies. At the end of the day, we just didn't have any chemistry. Nothing stood out to me.
KEF Q300 - Didn't like much about these speakers. No bass, no resolution, no sparkle. To me they were TOO laid back and dull. Could have been a synergy thing.
Polk SDA-2B - I threw maybe $400 at these in modifications. They were very musical, fun to crank, and of course had amazing imaging. At the end of the day I wanted more from the top and more definition on the bottom. Could have been a room thing, but after trying them in several rooms, it was time to let them go. I had a great run with them though.
Polk LSi9 - These were stock. Just to laid back for my tastes. Almost the opposite of the Dynaudio's. They have great slam for their size, but the bass that was there wasn't refined. They are a romantic sounding speaker that have zero fatigue. It was a pleasure dating them, but they were not wifey material.
Polk CRS+ - Same great musicality as the SDA-2B's, they just lacked that punch for me.
Polk Monitor 5B - Not a standout speaker, but great for a small room. I have the RD0-198 tweets in these and completely redid the xover's with Sonicaps & Mills. Still, they are nothing really special in my opinion. Just fun speakers that are musical and get the job done. Kind of like a girl "friend." Not wifey material at all.
Just thinking about the speakers I've gone through is crazy. I've had great times with many of these. The PSB Synchrony One's were the first pair of speakers that gave me EVERYTHING. I mean everything. I didn't find a single thing that I didn't like. I know what you're thinking, "Dude, take that $1,500 and spend it on something lower in PSB's line." That's not what I want to do. I've tried this type of girl and am curious about different girls now. Call it audio promiscuity. I don't want to have something lower when I already had a taste of the top.
So what I'd like to do is maybe try something different from Dynaudio. Brands I'm interested in are Totem & Usher although I've never heard anything from them. I'd LIKE a floorstander but I could be convinced to try another monitor.
So give it to me ! What should I try?