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#97586 - 01/12/18 05:59 PM Re: Speaker recommendations? [Re: arbitrageur]
Daddicus Offline
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Registered: 11/27/17
Posts: 11
Loc: Minnesota, USA
Originally Posted By arbitrageur
All of the advice offered in this thread so far is quite good. Here is my take:

Really get to know the room you will be placing the speakers in (dimensions, materials). How much flexibility do you have for placement (near wall, on wall, in wall, how far can things be moved to find the right placement)? Changing the speaker and listener placement by just a few inches or degrees can dramatically alter the sound. What is your preference for sound - fill the room or pinpoint imaging and detail? If you work with a retailer, a good one will want to know details about the room and what is in it. A speaker works with (or fights) the room (and its contents) and the combination of the two is the biggest impact on what you hear. The different manufacturers and models target different room sizes, placements, and customer demographics. Price is a result of technology/engineering, manufacturing quality/materials, and distribution model - any of which may be more or less important to you. The best speaker for your space and ears won't necessarily be the most expensive you can afford.

In my personal space, which is a dedicated listening room that can accommodate acoustic treatments, I spent half on the speakers and half on room treatments. If I could have picked a different room it would have higher ceilings, more depth/length, and more symmetry.

Thank you! Good counsel!

#97588 - 01/13/18 03:21 PM Re: Speaker recommendations? [Re: Daddicus]
NRBQLou Offline

Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 122
Loc: Denver, CO USA
All great advice here; with that kind of budget you can really pick and choose. Here's one more to consider. I own a pair of their lesser towers (love them, but of course that is subjective) and had a chance to audition these. Big fun at the audio dealer if nothing else! And built-in subs just to make it kick a little more ass, all for $8500.

Marantz AV 7701, Outlaw 5000
Fronts - Golden Ear Triton 2, Center - Martin Logan Motion 8, Surround L/R - Energy Audissey A5+2,
Sony XBR65X850E
Oppo BDP-83, Sony UBP-X800
Roku Streaming Stick +
Music Hall mm5.1 table, Ortofon 2M Blue Cartridge, Cambridge Audio 640P Phono Preamp, Pro-Ject Speed Box
Belkin Pure AV Power Conditioner
Audioquest Type 8 speaker cable, Monoprice speaker Cable
Mostly Monoprice interconnects

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