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Hi Guys,

 

I've been looking to buy floor standing speaker for 6 months and haven't made a decision yet. 

 

Ironically, I bought all other materials such as speaker cables, streamer, Integrated amp and RCA cable.. 

 

Actually I was going to buy Evoke 50, but changed mind as a price of brand new one was around 6k.. (I paid deposit, but got refunded, cuz I thought better go with 2nd hand)

 

I have auditioned Kef R series, Dynaudio evokes, Triangle, Sonus Fabre, B&W 7 & 8 series, Paradigms.. 

 

I listen vocal oriented musics (especially female vocals).. can anyone recommend under 3.5k.. 

 

I have Plinius Hautonga.

Cheers.

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Some prices my not be accurate.

 

Price Range: $2000 to $5000

1. Lenehan Audio ML-1 $2,800 in 2014

2. Kef LS50 Wireless $3,495

3. Paradigm Prestige 75F $3,999

4. B&W 603 $2,699; 703 $4600

5. Magnepan MG1.7i - $3,790.00 with Elac Debut S12EQ $1,300 (cannot recommend the 1.7 without a subwoofer)

6. Spatial Hologram M3 Turbo S $4290

7. Focal Aria 926 $4500

8. Krix Harmonix Mk2 $3,000 

9. Golden Ear Triton 7 $3000

10. Proac D2 $4950

 

11. Dynaudio Special 40 $4,690

 

12. ATC SCM 19 $3,999

 

13. Osborn Eos Elite $4000

 

14. Legend Acoustics Tripos $3490

 

 

Price Range: $5000 to $10000

1. PMC Twenty5.23 $6,490

2. Dynaudio Focus 20 XD stand-mount $7,999 incl power amps; Contour 20 $ $8000, 60XD $14,999

3. B&W 805d3 $7900

4. Krix Neuphonix Mk2 $5,300

5. ATC SCM19A $6800

6. VAF I66 $8500; VAF Signature i66 Mk2 $8,000

7. Audio Physic Classic 30 $8000

8. Harbeth 30.2

9. Krix Esoterix Altum $6995

10. Revel F208 $9,400

 

11. Devialet Phantom Gold pair $10,000

 

12. PMC Twenty5 24 $8,990

 

13. ATC SCM 40 $6999

 

14. Focal Aria 936 $6500

 

15. M8audio Sweet Maxwell $6500

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3 minutes ago, Irek said:

Some prices my not be accurate.

 

Price Range: $2000 to $5000

1. Lenehan Audio ML-1 $2,800 in 2014

2. Kef LS50 Wireless $3,495

3. Paradigm Prestige 75F $3,999

4. B&W 603 $2,699; 703 $4600

5. Magnepan MG1.7i - $3,790.00 with Elac Debut S12EQ $1,300 (cannot recommend the 1.7 without a subwoofer)

6. Spatial Hologram M3 Turbo S $4290

7. Focal Aria 926 $4500

8. Krix Harmonix Mk2 $3,000 

9. Golden Ear Triton 7 $3000

10. Proac D2 $4950

 

11. Dynaudio Special 40 $4,690

 

12. ATC SCM 19 $3,999

 

13. Osborn Eos Elite $4000

 

14. Legend Acoustics Tripos $3490

 

 

Price Range: $5000 to $10000

1. PMC Twenty5.23 $6,490

2. Dynaudio Focus 20 XD stand-mount $7,999 incl power amps; Contour 20 $ $8000, 60XD $14,999

3. B&W 805d3 $7900

4. Krix Neuphonix Mk2 $5,300

5. ATC SCM19A $6800

6. VAF I66 $8500; VAF Signature i66 Mk2 $8,000

7. Audio Physic Classic 30 $8000

8. Harbeth 30.2

9. Krix Esoterix Altum $6995

10. Revel F208 $9,400

 

11. Devialet Phantom Gold pair $10,000

 

12. PMC Twenty5 24 $8,990

 

13. ATC SCM 40 $6999

 

14. Focal Aria 936 $6500

 

15. M8audio Sweet Maxwell $6500

Thanks, I've seen this list. this list has included some bookshelf. :) 

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There are many many many options. For vocal I like Focal Aria 926 and those flax drivers look very cool. 

Did you visit Len Wallis and Life Style Store?  

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8 minutes ago, Irek said:

There are many many many options. For vocal I like Focal Aria 926 and those flax drivers look very cool. 

Did you visit Len Wallis and Life Style Store?  

yes I’ve been there many times but unfortunately they dont have Focal...

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Len Wallis use to have Focal but now they move to Triangle. 

Life Style Store use to have Focal only for cars but now they also have other speakers. I mean they have it on website I don't know which ones are available for demo. 

There are sometimes Arias 926 secound hand for sale but they sell very fast. 

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7 hours ago, BeroGO said:

Thanks, I've seen this list. this list has included some bookshelf. :) 

Although some of the bookshelf beat a number of floor standers. 

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OP said used $3.5k floorstander so that means anything that was $5-10k rrp.

 

More common used items that come up are ATC40 $3-4K, VAF I-66 $1.5-3k, Proacs, Sonus Faber Cremona $4k, B&W various, Dynaudio 82 and 380/38 $1-3k, Spendor, Focals like 1027 and 826 $2k, Monitor Audio 50, Vienna Acoustics.

 

I know someone with Gammut Phi 7 if you like can ask them around $3k.

 

Would go for three way driver floorstander than most two way designs to get the better midrange detail with some exceptions like Martin Logan Ethos $4k electrostatic or Ambience Ribbon hybrids $1-3k.

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On 14/09/2020 at 12:46 PM, BeroGO said:

Hi Guys,

 

I've been looking to buy floor standing speaker for 6 months and haven't made a decision yet. 

 

Ironically, I bought all other materials such as speaker cables, streamer, Integrated amp and RCA cable.. 

 

Actually I was going to buy Evoke 50, but changed mind as a price of brand new one was around 6k.. (I paid deposit, but got refunded, cuz I thought better go with 2nd hand)

 

I have auditioned Kef R series, Dynaudio evokes, Triangle, Sonus Fabre, B&W 7 & 8 series, Paradigms.. 

 

I listen vocal oriented musics (especially female vocals).. can anyone recommend under 3.5k.. 

 

I have Plinius Hautonga.

Cheers.

Fantastic amp. I always liked Dyns on your amp and all other Plinius gear.

 

There are 2 pairs of Excite floorstanders on here at the moment in your budget.

https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/322580-fs-dynaudio-excite-x38-upgraded-crossover/?tab=comments#comment-4613120

https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/321833-fs-dynaudio-excite-x44-satin-white-floorstanders-brand-new-in-box-rrp-6490-price-drop/?tab=comments#comment-4607811

 

 

What did you like most when demoing?

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2 minutes ago, Bunno77 said:

Fantastic amp. I always liked Dyns on your amp and all other Plinius gear.

 

There are 2 pairs of Excite floorstanders on here at the moment in your budget.

https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/322580-fs-dynaudio-excite-x38-upgraded-crossover/?tab=comments#comment-4613120

https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/321833-fs-dynaudio-excite-x44-satin-white-floorstanders-brand-new-in-box-rrp-6490-price-drop/?tab=comments#comment-4607811

 

 

What did you like most when demoing?

Dynaudio is the most like the one so far and that’s the reason why I bought Hautonga first as it’s so hard to find a stock since covid’s happend. I have already seen those posts and still thinking about x44. I would buy contour 3.4 le but a guy who is selling x38 bought it faster than me from a seller. haha. I love Hautonga!!! I have auditioned many many amps and pick this!

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20 minutes ago, Al.M said:

OP said used $3.5k floorstander so that means anything that was $5-10k rrp.

 

More common used items that come up are ATC40 $3-4K, VAF I-66 $1.5-3k, Proacs, Sonus Faber Cremona $4k, B&W various, Dynaudio 82 and 380/38 $1-3k, Spendor, Focals like 1027 and 826 $2k, Monitor Audio 50, Vienna Acoustics.

 

I know someone with Gammut Phi 7 if you like can ask them around $3k.

 

Would go for three way driver floorstander than most two way designs to get the better midrange detail with some exceptions like Martin Logan Ethos $4k electrostatic or Ambience Ribbon hybrids $1-3k.

Thanks for your comment! Never heard about Gammut. I will search it now. :)

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2 hours ago, Al.M said:

OP said used $3.5k floorstander so that means anything that was $5-10k rrp.

 

More common used items that come up are ATC40 $3-4K, VAF I-66 $1.5-3k, Proacs, Sonus Faber Cremona $4k, B&W various, Dynaudio 82 and 380/38 $1-3k, Spendor, Focals like 1027 and 826 $2k, Monitor Audio 50, Vienna Acoustics.

 

I know someone with Gammut Phi 7 if you like can ask them around $3k.

 

Would go for three way driver floorstander than most two way designs to get the better midrange detail with some exceptions like Martin Logan Ethos $4k electrostatic or Ambience Ribbon hybrids $1-3k.

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If I can suggest something cheaper than most speakers on this list, you can buy a DIY Peerless 6.5" MTM floor standing speaker kit with nice looking, ready-finished black or jarrah veneer cabinets from Wagner Electronics or the Loudspeaker Kit: about $1800 pair, all you have to do is screw in the drivers and connect the wires.

 

Stated efficiency is 92dB, high end Peerless drivers.  Reportedly great sound and they don't look like DIY.

 

Geoff

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Here's the link:

 

https://www.wagneronline.com.au/6-5-tower-speaker-kit-pair/hdsk-speaker-kits-complete/speaker-kits/audio-speakers-pa/hdsk455-ja-74882/993935/pd/

 

And they're $1600 pr, in jarrah; cheaper in black vinyl. Cabinets are apparently Australian made, so you're not paying for the shipping from overseas.

 

Geoff

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1 hour ago, Geoff Millar said:

Here's the link:

 

https://www.wagneronline.com.au/6-5-tower-speaker-kit-pair/hdsk-speaker-kits-complete/speaker-kits/audio-speakers-pa/hdsk455-ja-74882/993935/pd/

 

And they're $1600 pr, in jarrah; cheaper in black vinyl. Cabinets are apparently Australian made, so you're not paying for the shipping from overseas.

 

Geoff

Thanks for your suggestion Geoff. 

It's quite attractive, but I don't trust my hand skills. Do you know where can I audition them? Actually the shop is located in NSW, so it's even better.

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29 minutes ago, BeroGO said:

Thanks for your suggestion Geoff. 

It's quite attractive, but I don't trust my hand skills. Do you know where can I audition them? Actually the shop is located in NSW, so it's even better.

Well, really all you have to do  - from the description and the instruction - is screw in the drivers and mount the crossover boards, the holes are already drilled. Then you just connect the wires from the crossover to the drivers , so provided you're handy with a screwdriver, I don't think there would be a problem.  There's no finishing, the cabinets are already assembled so you don't need to make sawdust.

 

At least in the older releases of these kits, the drivers are Danish made, not Chinese made if that makes a difference to the sound. The tweeters alone retail for over $100 each, the woofers for about $100 each.

 

I'd ring Wagner and see how you go, I'm not sure whether they have a showroom.  Not sure how the COVID situation is going in NSW, but in Melbourne all shops are closed anyway so you can't audition anything.

 

I should stress that I haven't heard these speakers, but Peerless HDS drivers are excellent.

 

I believe they're designed by Stones Sound Studios in Brisbane; again, suggest check that with Wagner.

 

Geoff

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3 minutes ago, Geoff Millar said:

Well, really all you have to do  - from the description and the instruction - is screw in the drivers and mount the crossover boards, the holes are already drilled. Then you just connect the wires from the crossover to the drivers , so provided you're handy with a screwdriver, I don't think there would be a problem.  There's no finishing, the cabinets are already assembled so you don't need to make sawdust.

 

At least in the older releases of these kits, the drivers are Danish made, not Chinese made if that makes a difference to the sound. The tweeters alone retail for over $100 each, the woofers for about $100 each.

 

I'd ring Wagner and see how you go, I'm not sure whether they have a showroom.  Not sure how the COVID situation is going in NSW, but in Melbourne all shops are closed anyway.

 

I should stress that I haven't heard these speakers, but Peerless HDS drivers are excellent.

 

I believe they're designed by Stones Sound Studios in Brisbane; again, suggest check that with Wagner.

 

Geoff

Ok. I will contact Wagner to check whether they have a demo. Luckily, none of the shops in NSW are closed, so all the Hi-Fi shops are still running their business without any restrictions at the moment. 

Hope all the restrictions in VIC release soon. 

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Good luck with your search!

 

The speakers are, I think, called Peerless HDS455: you might find some reviews online, and I think the Stones Sound Studios have some reviews on their website. 

 

Here's some info for you, including a crossover mod from a third party to improve the sound.

 

NB I don't have any connection with Wagner, Peerless etc - but I like getting good value for money!

 

Geoff

HDS455-V1.pdf HDS-455 Crossover Mod.pdf

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Hi Min.

Sorry, bit late to the party here, but FWIW, I’ve very happily used Plinius amplification for the past 20 years or so. Best synergy I’ve had has been with Harbeths (though admittedly not floorstanders), and ProAc. 

Have driven ProAc Response Threes with the M16P / SA 100 III combo (sooo good), ProAc Tablette Reference 8 Signatures via the 9200 integrated, and currently using the same 9200 to Very successfully drive my keepers - ProAc D48Rs.

I’d be confident that the Hautonga would be equally happy driving offerings from either of these designers.

There was also a time when some Plinius dealers in NZ were pairing them quite successfully with Shahinian speakers.....

Good luck.

Cheers Brian

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