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Looking for recommendations for a good pair of speakers to buy and set up my old amp and turntable in a room to listen to my fairly large album collection in a new house that we’re building. Probably going with Sonos throughout rest of house and outdoor spaces for “ambient” background music. I was thinking about one room where I can go listen to and really enjoy my old music. My old speakers had rotted out from age and didn’t survive the move. Money is an object and smaller is better than larger. But I do want something that will give a high quality sound and be worth the time to go sit down and listen for a while. Thanks

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I have been happy with my Klipsch speakers. Off the shelf at Best buy.
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I have these in a pretty bad ass sound bar. Planning to add rear and side speakers, probably DT there as well.
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I have been a Def Tech fan for a while, use their Mythos speaks in my HT application. Great speakers, made right here in Baltimore.
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Hard to make a recommendation without more details.

Max price point?
Floorstanding or bookshelf/monitor?
Do you listen loud?

If you want to do critical listening, are OK with a stand-mounted speaker, don't need to fill an auditorium, and don't listen to seriously bass-heavy music, the KEF LS50 is one of the best speakers I've heard under $5,000.
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My Son have a set of Focal speakers He got Used on the cheap..Pretty expensive new,I think around $15K. They sound freaking AWESOME!!
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Also important to know is the amplifier that you plan to use in order to match the speaker power handling to the amplifiers power output.
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Originally Posted by Commocean View Post
Hard to make a recommendation without more details.

Max price point?
Floorstanding or bookshelf/monitor?
Do you listen loud?

If you want to do critical listening, are OK with a stand-mounted speaker, don't need to fill an auditorium, and don't listen to seriously bass-heavy music, the KEF LS50 is one of the best speakers I've heard under $5,000.
My plan is to use my old JVC S-301 amp and Sony turntable that I bought as my first "investments" after college. I'm looking for good quality sound, but don't expect extreme audiophile quality. The room isn't huge, and I won't be listening at extreme volumes. Hearing is already impaired from my college job as a bartender at a great old concert bar in Baton Rouge ("the Kingfish"). If I can get what I want out of a smaller footprint bookshelf/monitor, that would be my preference over floorstanding. As far as budget, I'm building a new house and, like almost everyone who does this, we're over budget from the start, and getting worse every day. So I don't want to break the bank on the speakers. But do want the sound quality to be good enough to worth listening to, on occasion.
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Originally Posted by Cajun Martini View Post
My plan is to use my old JVC S-301 amp and Sony turntable that I bought as my first "investments" after college. I'm looking for good quality sound, but don't expect extreme audiophile quality. The room isn't huge, and I won't be listening at extreme volumes. Hearing is already impaired from my college job as a bartender at a great old concert bar in Baton Rouge ("the Kingfish"). If I can get what I want out of a smaller footprint bookshelf/monitor, that would be my preference over floorstanding. As far as budget, I'm building a new house and, like almost everyone who does this, we're over budget from the start, and getting worse every day. So I don't want to break the bank on the speakers. But do want the sound quality to be good enough to worth listening to, on occasion.

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Check these out:
https://www.aperionaudio.com/speaker...kshelf-speaker
A few years ago I was looking for a set of small, inexpensive speakers to use with a secondary system in my basement. After doing a bunch of research, I bought a pair of the Verus II's.
For the money, I can't imagine that you can do much better in terms of sound and construction/aesthetics.
I have been very happy with them. The reviews online are almost universally very positive.

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This is how it starts.


This is how it ends up.
Are those Chorus II's? Haven't seen a pair of those in a while.
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Axiom Audio out of Canada has some nice stuff. I’ve had a set for 9-10 years. Sound great. Online only I’m pretty sure. Not sure if they have a bluetooth option yet.
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Originally Posted by superjag View Post
Check these out:
https://www.aperionaudio.com/speaker...kshelf-speaker
A few years ago I was looking for a set of small, inexpensive speakers to use with a secondary system in my basement. After doing a bunch of research, I bought a pair of the Verus II's.
For the money, I can't imagine that you can do much better in terms of sound and construction/aesthetics.
I have been very happy with them. The reviews online are almost universally very positive.



Are those Chorus II's? Haven't seen a pair of those in a while.

Yes Chorus II's with Crites Mods. Usually driven by The Fisher.


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I have Paradigm Millenia's and absolutely love them. Small and compact but push some powerful clear sound
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Originally Posted by Cajun Martini View Post
My plan is to use my old JVC S-301 amp and Sony turntable that I bought as my first "investments" after college. I'm looking for good quality sound, but don't expect extreme audiophile quality. The room isn't huge, and I won't be listening at extreme volumes. Hearing is already impaired from my college job as a bartender at a great old concert bar in Baton Rouge ("the Kingfish"). If I can get what I want out of a smaller footprint bookshelf/monitor, that would be my preference over floorstanding. As far as budget, I'm building a new house and, like almost everyone who does this, we're over budget from the start, and getting worse every day. So I don't want to break the bank on the speakers. But do want the sound quality to be good enough to worth listening to, on occasion.
Not to be difficult, but I have no idea what breaking the bank means for you

You can get a set of Pioneer bookshelves designed by Andrew Jones for about $150 a pair.

You can get a set of TAD Reference One speakers, also designed by Andrew Jones, for around $80,000 a pair.

You can get the Elac B5/B6 bookshelf, also designed by Andrew Jones, for around $500 a pair.

In you future listening room, can you put your speakers (assuming you go bookshelf) on stands and get them away from the walls?

If not, you'll want to look at either sealed, front, or downward firing speakers which limits your opens pretty tightly.

But yeah, no one can give you a useful answer without understanding your budget.

It would also be really, really beneficial if you can go somewhere to listen to a couple of options. Even if it's just Best Buy, you can listen to some of their Magnolia options to give you an idea of what you do/don't like.
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It would be nice if you could mention a budget.

If you don't mind or even would like a small project, why not use your old speaker cabinets and buy replacement woofers/midrange/tweeters for yourself, maybe upgrade the crossovers.
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I'm surprised no one mentioned JBL. I highly recommend them, especially with small amplifiers since they are notoriously efficient.
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It would be nice if you could mention a budget.

If you don't mind or even would like a small project, why not use your old speaker cabinets and buy replacement woofers/midrange/tweeters for yourself, maybe upgrade the crossovers.
Budget is $1000 or less for the pair. Unfortunately my old speaker cabinets are no longer available. They were Phillips, fairly large and heavy. Really bigger than I'm hoping to have now, anyway. I could go with smaller speakers on stands, bookshelf or maybe mounted in wall or ceiling.
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For $1000 you could get some Martin Logan’s or Bower and Wilkins. I found a pair of last years Martin Logan bookshelves for around $500 on Amazon. That’s 1/2 what the new models go for. Brand new in box. I think you just need to go out and listen to some things and figure out what sounds best to you.

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