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If you were in the market for a bookshelf speaker.....  regardless of size, room and money, what would you chose for bang for bucks?

 

im looking at the Elac, wharfedale 4.1, 4.2,  Monitor Audio, KEFs,  B&W, etc   Many more others I have not listed!   

 

 

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Love the in-house designed ELAC stuff, dreadfully miss my old BS403s. 

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6 minutes ago, thathifiguy said:

Love the in-house designed ELAC stuff, dreadfully miss my old BS403s. 

I can’t wait to here these in the flesh in action:

 

 

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If money is no object, where does "bang for the buck" come into it?  Or have I misunderstood the concept?

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If the most expensive passive speakers that I could buy would be b&w 606 then I would be happy with 'settling' for not having anything 'better'. The recent sale on them was great value! I like the sound of them more than KEF, Q Accoustics and Monitor Audio in the same price range.

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38 minutes ago, Antipodean Brad said:

If money is no object, where does "bang for the buck" come into it?  Or have I misunderstood the concept?

Expensive doesn’t always equate to being better sounding, that’s why I’ve used the term “bang for buck”.   

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11 minutes ago, gwurb said:

If the most expensive passive speakers that I could buy would be b&w 606 then I would be happy with 'settling' for not having anything 'better'. The recent sale on them was great value! I like the sound of them more than KEF, Q Accoustics and Monitor Audio in the same price range.

I missed out hey!  

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I would think first that music will come out for that reason speakers and also what is the amplifier with which I will move them, since as they say not the most expensive is synonymous with good, but first the ear rules and then the synergy that chains and the  music that I like.

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Hace 1 hora, Adicto a la música dijo:

 

 

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I've always curious about the Yamaha NS-B series & the Soavo series, they look great but I have never heard them.  I just wonder if they are sleeping giants.  Yamaha is a reputable company with a great history, still developing new products, so I just wonder.

 

Anybody here heard them?

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There are so many good stand mount speakers out there, but if you are open to something a bit different to the usual suspects you could have a look at the Contrast range of crossoverless  speakers.

These are very efficient, which gives a lot more flexibility in amplifier choice and if you like your music as coherent and organic, they are well worth an audition. I have heard a couple of models in their range many times and they are a refreshing change form the usual fare.

 

https://www.contrast.com.ua/

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TAD Micro Evolution One

 

 

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In addition to those already mentioned, PSB, DALI Zensor & Q Acoustics all presented as pretty good bang for buck last time I was shopping for new bookshelf speakers.

To be fair, I was specifically looking at speakers with a narrow footprint, so there were other worthy brands that I didn't consider or audition only because of their shape.

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Lenehan

 

Biased I may be, but might still stand well where bang for buck is concerned, regardless of this :D

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7 minutes ago, muon* said:

Lenehan

 

Biased I may be, but might still stand well where bang for buck is concerned, regardless of this :D

one more vote for the Lenehans. Have heard the ML2 Reference standmounts, and these were absolutely worth their coin!

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22 minutes ago, vinilink said:

TAD Micro Evolution One

 

 


Phenomenol

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1 minute ago, Addicted to music said:
Phenomenol

If I am still single, I would have bought this pair already. What can I do other than have to please my boss. 

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I've got some Vaf Evo 1's on layby currently, replacing paradigm 3se.

 

Also I've rotated Kef ls50s, Vienna Acoustics haydn grand se, axis voicebox s and vaf i90's through the bookshelf system over the years, usually a pleasant journey.

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I've just gotten a pair of Focal 706's. I know they're from Focal's budget line, but they do not at all sound like a budget speaker. I would be very interested in hearing the more expensive Focal's as I am very, very happy with what I've got.

 

Andrew

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3 hours ago, rantan said:

There are so many good stand mount speakers out there, but if you are open to something a bit different to the usual suspects you could have a look at the Contrast range of crossoverless  speakers.

These are very efficient, which gives a lot more flexibility in amplifier choice and if you like your music as coherent and organic, they are well worth an audition. I have heard a couple of models in their range many times and they are a refreshing change form the usual fare.

 

https://www.contrast.com.ua/

Reminds me of some old epicure speakers I used to have in that they only had a small cap on the tweeter and essentially ran the same format. I loved them, and haven't heard anything like them since. I don't know how accurate they were, but they sounded good. A bloke in the USA who worked for epicure still makes parts for old epicure models, and makes his own speakers based on the same design.

 

https://www.humanspeakers.com/

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22 hours ago, Addicted to music said:

If you were in the market for a bookshelf speaker.....  regardless of size, room and money, what would you chose for bang for bucks?

 

im looking at the Elac, wharfedale 4.1, 4.2,  Monitor Audio, KEFs,  B&W, etc   Many more others I have not listed!   

 

 

Manufacturers/ Brands that sell 'Direct to Consumer' often have the best bang for buck.. eg a $1500 speaker sold direct could in many cases compare favourably to speakers normally priced north of $3000 if import duties, wholesalers, and retailers weren't involved.. The BIG CAVEAT  is you can't generally easily audition prior which is often a deal breaker for many. 

 

The next best value imo lies in 'name brands' built in a country with cheaper labour and better economies of scale.. eg, say a Tannoy or Kef speaker built to xyz specification in China will be half the price than  if the identical product (xyz spec) was built in England. You generally get a lot for your money.. As (like in most things) , a speaker that is half the price of another is not usually twice as bad. The cheaper item usually has a better price/performance ratio. 

 

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Legend Acoustics has just released the Tripos - a three way bookshelf speaker that uses the Kurre enclosure. Should be a lovely speaker. 
 

There’s also Marten Oscar Duo which I have and they are unbelievably good. 

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On 13/05/2020 at 9:12 AM, Addicted to music said:

If you were in the market for a bookshelf speaker.....  regardless of size, room and money, what would you chose for bang for bucks?

 

im looking at the Elac, wharfedale 4.1, 4.2,  Monitor Audio, KEFs,  B&W, etc   Many more others I have not listed!   

 

 

VAF Signature i25 would be on my short list (if using the term bookshelf loosely) 🙂

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If I had the money (and my current speakers weren’t still doing great) I’d get a shiny new Stirling Broadcast LS3/5a V3 😍

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