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post #11 of 110 Old 01-14-08, 10:22 AM
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Re: $1500-$2000 Fronts

I should have also listened to the Triangle and Focal offerings, but the trip was precluded by weather. I've been happy with my Vandersteens, but if I were shopping now, I would definitely add those to the list.

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Re: $1500-$2000 Fronts

You might be able to get a pair of Klipsch RF83's if you can talk a dealer down. If not then the RF63's are nice also. They both go pretty low for a floor stander without an active sub built in.

Von Schweikert VR-2's are nice also. They might be a little more than $2K unless you get a good deal or buy used.

Truly though you will get more bass oomph if you use a subwoofer. For movies good bookshelves paired with a sub are best IMHO.
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Re: $1500-$2000 Fronts

You've received excellent advice regarding the Vandersteens. I have to agree (I owned a beloved pair of 2ci's) that there is no other speaker that will give you as much good to excellent sound for the money that I have heard. They are simply THAT good! Best all around bang for the buck in speakerdom...my 2 cents worth.
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There is a couple of Martin Logan Montage at Magnolia (Best Buy) in Montclair for $399.00 ea ... It think they were the floor model
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okay, so tomorrow I go to check out the Paradigms, B&W's, DefTech's and Monitor's. That is if Ahead Stereo has all the the models I am interested in. I know they are dealers of all 4 brands, and maybe they will have something else on the list. This will be the second listen on the Paradigm studio 60's, 1st on the 100's if they have them; B&W 683's second listen, CM7's will be the first. I have heard the Mythos ST at Best Buy with all the rest of the noise around so couldn't get a real feel for them, so they get a second shot. Hopefully there won't be any screaming kids in a higher end stereo shop...

I can say that after first listen between the Paradigm studio 60's and the B&W 683's it was pretty much a draw. The Studio 60's seemed to favor the mids a bit more (better vocals and more of a full sound), and the 683's had slightly more punch in the bass and seemed to reach a touch higher (more separation in the sound). Between the two my preference would go to the Paradigm Studio 60's, but only by a very thin margin... So, they both deserve a second listen, with different music.

The Vandersteens will have to wait until round three
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Do yourself a favor and no matter what you hear...don't forget round 3 and listen to the Vandersteens. You'll be doing yourself (not to mention your ears) a great favor!
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I agree with the above posters, your list looks good I really like the sound of the B&W 683's I dont own a pair but have listened to them. The Monitor Audio Silver RS-6/8 are nice also bit lack some of the low end that your looking for.

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i know you've got a lot of speakers on your list but i'll chime in anyway w/ 1/3of a cent for the klipsh rf-63's maybe for someone else trying to formulate an oppinion.good luck and have fun.
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Re: $1500-$2000 Fronts

<Enter the heretic>

If you're willing to go with a sub, I'd think about going with a pair of Paradigm Studio 20's and the biggest baddest sub from SVS your budget can afford. I think a bookshelf speaker is easier to setup and get "right" than a typical floorstander. The other thing is that bookshelf speakers can go pretty low. For example, the 20's can go down to 54hz vs the 46hz the Studio 60's you're looking at... which wouldn't matter all that much if you get a quality sub like SVS thrown in to handle the <80hz duties.

Just my opinion..

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Re: $1500-$2000 Fronts

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Music is first and foremost for the main speakers for me.
Vandersteens. Down the road just adding a center and surrounds you may find the bass sufficient even for your movies (set fronts to large) without a sub.
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