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    A pair of Polk Audio SRS, pick your favorite, with Treys' crossovers.

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    New, LSiM 707.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WLDock View Post

    I hope to listen to the Salk's in the Spring myself.
    It would be worth the trip! You are a lot closer to him than to me, but if you want to make the drive......maybe by end of March there will be no more snow or single digit temps.
    Make yourself necessary to someone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    Joseph Audio flys under the radar for most folks, but don't dismiss them. Excellent sound and quality that competes with anyone. Also look at Revels, also excellent bookies imho.

    BTW, those Selah's look damn sweet.
    I'm familiar with the speakers, and IMO they're overpriced. Beautiful cabinet but there are other implementations of those drivers that can be tweaked to have a very similar signature. Tyler over at Tyler Acoustics has been using those in his Linbrook speakers for quite a while and it seems like they're being phased out now.
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    Get a nice pair of ML Electromotion, 1000 times better than the ML Source and they sound like the Vistas. The are perfect for a small room and can reveal anything at a low volume with great rewards for good components in the chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aboroth00 View Post
    ..... Tyler over at Tyler Acoustics has been using those in his Linbrook speakers for quite a while and it seems like they're being phased out now.
    That's a shame too. I'm listening to that right now. Extremely pleasing sound.

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    I'm pursuing a set of bookies right now hoping that the company (that has since closed its doors) still has a few in stock. If so, I'm hoping that I'll be in the market for some speaker stands in short order.
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    When I was looking for some used Vandy 2ce a few years ago the store manger for giggles put these on and were amazing. The Quatros are I think 12k out of your range. These I think 5/6k

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    lots of choices above ^^^ If you wanna go NOS with warranty try SF . . . comes w/ stands

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    Quote Originally Posted by treitz3 View Post
    Eh, please do not be offended B Run but ZU's are about the furthest thing from what I would consider good or even decent sound. Granted, I have only heard one speaker out of their lineup but wow, what a bad impression. This is just my opinion based upon my observations so please don't send a hit man after me.

    While I haven't heard any Joseph Audio, I have heard nothing but good about them. One real contender I would consider is a used Tyler Acoustics monitor [not the Decade series] upgraded by VR3. Within the price range and after all is said and done, it may just be one of the best imaging speakers you have ever laid your ears upon. Food for thought.

    *runs away expeditiously from B Run while has the chance*

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    I'm afraid I'm with BRun on this one. Like Brandon says they are sensitive to setup and equipment upstream. It took me awhile to get them right in my setup but I'm really glad I stuck with them. They are the most dynamic and realistic sounding speakers I ever heard. If I had $5000 for a set of speakers I would look at either ZU Definitions, a totally tricked out set of SRS 1.2 TLs, or some Maggie MG-20s. The ZUs would be at the head of the line. You need to get your ears on another pair that has been set up properly. You still may not like them but then again......
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    Yeah.... I can't do monoliths like SDA's or Maggies. The SMGa's are hard enough to get right in my 14x12 room. Zu is still on my 'must-listen to' list.


    If this company still has a pair of the bookies up for grabs, I'm done looking. It's just a matter of getting the funds and finalizing the purchase. Think Pulsar at 1/3 the cost - it might not be quite at Pulsar level, but its still the best monitor I've heard to date. I had forgotten about them until this search started.
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    I do have to add that I'm appreciative of all the plugs in the thread. There were several options I hadn't thought about, which is what I was trying to achieve... cover all bases. If this avenue is a dead end, I'm going to have to get my ears on many a speaker over the next 6 months.



    Thanks guys.
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    I read the Pulsar review below and found it very interesting, especially when he revisited the review a year later. That passage really shows how we can grow in this hobby and that things might not always be the way they appear, no matter how certain we are.

    http://parttimeaudiophile.com/2010/1...-loudspeakers/
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    Did you ever listen to those Elemental bookies that were at LSAF a couple years back? Those were the best bookshelf speakers I have ever heard, or maybe second next to the Wilson Duette. I think that guy was up in Lewisville somewhere, not sure if he's still around but don't recall him at LSAF last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AsSiMiLaTeD View Post
    Did you ever listen to those Elemental bookies that were at LSAF a couple years back? Those were the best bookshelf speakers I have ever heard, or maybe second next to the Wilson Duette. I think that guy was up in Lewisville somewhere, not sure if he's still around but don't recall him at LSAF last year.
    element is out of business but dskip,halen and myself are trying to get in contact with them.
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    dskip, ask russman about opera speakers brought in by cardas imports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marvda1 View Post
    element is out of business but dskip,halen and myself are trying to get in contact with them.
    Like Marvin said, we're working on it. I didn't see the point to bring up the name since they weren't well known and are now defunct, but I'm actively pursuing them through channels with diplomatic ties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSkip View Post
    Like Marvin said, we're working on it. I didn't see the point to bring up the name since they weren't well known and are now defunct, but I'm actively pursuing them through channels with diplomatic ties.
    translated, the good ole boy network.
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    The Focal Micro Utopia BE's aren't bad choices at all.

    My choice for bookshelf speakers are B&W CM5 (1,500 pair) or the B&W 805-Diamon (5,500 a pair).
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    Quote Originally Posted by RamZet View Post
    The Focal Micro Utopia BE's aren't bad choices at all.

    My choice for bookshelf speakers are B&W CM5 (1,500 pair) or the B&W 805-Diamon (5,500 a pair).
    I'm trying to convince Halen to bring his B&W's back home with him so I can hear them in my rig. I'm not much of a B&W guy from everything I've heard, but I've never heard it on my gear, so who knows?
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    i heard the $5000 b&w bookshelves and the floor standers below them at modia in southlake and the dancers blow them out the water.
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    B&W is a great mainstream speaker, but like the Polk LSiM you can find better gear for the money if you're willing to look beyond what you can get in your local Best Buy.
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    i forgot about these, heard the originals. they have increased in price quite a bit from the original price. price of being popular i guess.
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    Anyone heard anything from Lawrence Audio?
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    Personally, Harbeth Super HL 5's.
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    For Bookshelf speakers a few come to mind.

    1) Dynaudio Focus 160's come to mind. They will fall into your budget nicely. Used you could do better but they don't show up all that often.
    2) B&W N805's , tried and true probably one of the very best Bookshelf speakers ever made. Used only unless you go D series , then the bank gets tested.
    3) Totem Model 1's- well within your budget but well worth the time to listen. One of the best overall speakers to date.
    4) Revel M106 this is a shocking speaker that really sucks you into whatever you are listening to. I basically lost myself in the music demoing them which is something that tells me I really like them. Again very well within your budget.

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    Same Brands just Floor models , can't say enough about Dynaudio , B&W , Totem and Revel. All 4 companies make wonderful sounding speakers and you should spend some time in from of them.

    Honestly I think the F206's are probably the best overall floor standing speakers well with in your price class. They have this warm bass like older paper drivers , they have a mid range that is tight accurate and true to the sound and with amazing high end that brings life to all cymbals and high vocals. I can't begin to say enough about these new Revel speakers. They are personally on my very short list of a future upgrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by treitz3 View Post
    Here's a pic of two....your pick.



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    Go Green Mountain Audio & never look back!
    http://greenmountainaudio.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by carvcom View Post
    Go Green Mountain Audio & never look back!
    http://greenmountainaudio.com/

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