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Hi all, I am currently investigating stand mount speakers.
I have listened to:
Krix esoterix altum
Dynaudio (multiple pairs) special 40 etc etc
PMC 25.22
Qaccoustics c300
totem signature
preference order (1st Krix esoterix, 2nd PMC, 3rd tie Qaccoustic + totem, 4th dynaudio)

Want to listen to:
Buchardt s400
ATC SCM19
Harbeth 30.1
+ any others people may recommend 

I have a budget ceiling of $5000 and the Krix are well above this unfortunately. 
If anyone has any insight or recommendations that could be awesome, or even if you're in Sydney and friendly enough to allow me to audition.

I am not a bass head (dont listen to EDM or HIpHop) More into natural sounding timbre, great sounding vocals and imaging (sucker for a sweat midrange). 
I also don't want the speaker to sound (small). Qaccoustics really excelled here, sounded like a large floor stander.

 

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Whilst above your budget I 'd also recommend having a listening to the B&W 805's and Focal 1008be. They can be sourced second hand within your price range when they come up.

Both are terrific speakers with their own set of pro's and cons.

For vocals and midrange sweetness, I'd plump for the Focal's. They can certainly sound big too.

But that's just my opinion.

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2 minutes ago, dirktoggler said:

Whilst above your budget I 'd also recommend having a listening to the B&W 805's and Focal 1008be. They can be sourced second hand within your price range when they come up.

Both are terrific speakers with their own set of pro's and cons.

For vocals and midrange sweetness, I'd plump for the Focal's. They can certainly sound big too.

But that's just my opinion.

thankyou I will have to give them both a listen :)

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The Contrast Lens or Magic are in your ball park.

I haven’t heard those two exact models but the Soul and smaller model gave very good impressions at the recent Hifi show in Melbourne with the sort of sound signature you are after. 
Check the Room  1202 thread on here. 

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4 hours ago, ray4410 said:

hulgich serenade

Ill contact them :)

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4 hours ago, jakeyb77 said:

The Contrast Lens or Magic are in your ball park.

I haven’t heard those two exact models but the Soul and smaller model gave very good impressions at the recent Hifi show in Melbourne with the sort of sound signature you are after. 
Check the Room  1202 thread on here. 

They have got into contact with me, look forward to hearing them

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Osborn EOS reference elite are in your price range. I listened to the epitome range and the vocals and midrange blew my Xt8f’s out of the water and I believe they have the same drivers in the EOS. 

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I don't have much to add here other than I am currently putting money aside for a similar goal, and would be curious to hear your impressions of the Krix, and why they currently top your list.

 

Oh, actually, ProAc Response D2s might be worth considering. I was impressed by their scale and tone when I heard them last. They definitely don't sound small. 

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You might want to check out Cabasse. Their concentric drivers allow their mid range bookshelf speakers to be 3-way. They don't seem popular in Australia, and so you can get them secondhand at really good prices. They are also pretty efficient so they allow for a wide range of pairings with tube amps which might get you the sound you are looking for.

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8 hours ago, twofires said:

I don't have much to add here other than I am currently putting money aside for a similar goal, and would be curious to hear your impressions of the Krix, and why they currently top your list.

 

Oh, actually, ProAc Response D2s might be worth considering. I was impressed by their scale and tone when I heard them last. They definitely don't sound small. 

It just was the natural sound and airiness of them. It’s one of those things where you just stop and enjoy the music.

i night have to put the Hulgich in the top spot though, heard them yesterday and they were beautiful 

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3 minutes ago, yannakout said:

It just was the natural sound and airiness of them. It’s one of those things where you just stop and enjoy the music.

i night have to put the Hulgich in the top spot though, heard them yesterday and they were beautiful 

Nice. While our music tastes differ, airiness is certainly a quality I appreciate in a speaker - one completely lacking from what I have presently. 

 

Which model of Hulgich did you hear? 

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35 minutes ago, twofires said:

Nice. While our music tastes differ, airiness is certainly a quality I appreciate in a speaker - one completely lacking from what I have presently. 

 

Which model of Hulgich did you hear? 

I heard the Nina, I think the Serenade might be my go to as it’s less expensive but still is Sid to have a similar sound profile, not being quite as good tho

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I would suggest to think about speakers and amp as a combo. If you want to focus on vocals then some tube integrated $5000+ might be a good option. 

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