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Old 07-31-2015, 09:54 AM
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Everybody likes a bit of their own brand.

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Sometimes but not always the brand they own. For example I don't own Martin Logan I just know it is a stellar home audio speaker close to the 2k budget listed . For my home theater I have SVS brand but entire 7.1 surround speaker set was about 2k. Also I actually might have recommended Amphion Argon 3L 's but at over 3k they are well beyond the budget.
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Old 07-31-2015, 10:21 AM
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You already own Harbeth's, so obviously you have "good ears".

For larger speakers, Vandersteen 2ce,sig III cannot be beat at their respective price point.

For integrated amp, it depends how much you want to spend. I am a big fan of McIntosh amps. Audio Classics is a good source for pre-owned McIntosh gear if you do want to purchase new.

If you want new, and do not want to spend huge bucks, try the CamBridge or Yamaha integrates, nice stuff, IMHO.

If your new amp, already has a decent DAC, look into the Cambridge CXC transport for very nice CD playback.
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Old 07-31-2015, 03:07 PM
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Though they are legendary speakers deserving their reputations for accurate sound, given the fact that in the opening post Prizen mentions preferring the sound of his existing system with the loudness circuit engaged and that accuracy isnít important, I think it unlikely that he would like the neutral sound of the AR-3a, Advent Loudspeaker or the previously mentioned Rectilinear III speakers especially with only 45 watts available to drive them.
The old Advents were popular in the days when almost everyone used a receiver with the loudness button engaged.

Audiophiles have fits when anyone mentions the use of this function.

I've owned and listened to many speakers (as I'm sure most old timers here have as well) and the old Advents are very good at reproducing "colored" sound with the loudness feature engaged so I'm puzzled by your post.

Neutral sound would be listening to them "without" the use of the loudness feature that basically mimics the "Smiley face EQ curve".

I am obviously recommending them because I have experience with them, notice I didn't recommend the big Harbeth M40 or B&W 803 that I also own. Those are out of his budget.

We all have our own preferences, same with guitars. The popularity of the old original Advents and Henry Kloss designs have gained respect for their performance and enjoyment they brought to more than a few music lovers over the past 50 odd years.
If the OP lived anywhere near me, he could pay a visit and listen for himself.
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These have gotten rave reviews:

http://www.tektondesign.com/seas-pendragon.html

I follow this guy's site quite a bit, and he's written a glowing review of the pendragon:

http://parttimeaudiophile.com/2015/0...eas-pendragon/

He also has a list of equipment that he calls references, and always has nice things to say about Rogue Audio's amplifier products:

http://parttimeaudiophile.com/references/

Admittedly, the audiophile world has radically different meanings about the word "affordable" so I'll just leave it at that.
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I was big into hifi in the 90's then financial focuses went elsewhere.

In the last couple years I've gone back but this time I decided instead of speakers, I was going to focus on headphones.

If you're playing/streaming flac files, or any digital content really, you'll want to make sure the DAC is good. I use a Meridian Director in that role and have been extremely pleased.
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I'll just leave this here and go on about my way:
http://www.parasound.com/hint.php

It'll make cheap speakers sound great and great speakers sound glorious and make the best of any source you own.
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The old Advents were popular in the days when almost everyone used a receiver with the loudness button engaged.

Audiophiles have fits when anyone mentions the use of this function.

I've owned and listened to many speakers (as I'm sure most old timers here have as well) and the old Advents are very good at reproducing "colored" sound with the loudness feature engaged so I'm puzzled by your post.

Neutral sound would be listening to them "without" the use of the loudness feature that basically mimics the "Smiley face EQ curve".

I am obviously recommending them because I have experience with them, notice I didn't recommend the big Harbeth M40 or B&W 803 that I also own. Those are out of his budget.

We all have our own preferences, same with guitars. The popularity of the old original Advents and Henry Kloss designs have gained respect for their performance and enjoyment they brought to more than a few music lovers over the past 50 odd years.
If the OP lived anywhere near me, he could pay a visit and listen for himself.
I owned the larger, second-generation New Advent Loudspeaker and the AR-58s, a later version of the AR-3a. I wish I still had both. I presently own a pair of B&W 802s.

I gave my Advents to a friend thinking he would be happy to have them instead of his boomy Technics speakers. Years later I learned he sold them preferring the colored sound of of his Technics speakers. Iíve had other experiences where people opted for Sansui or later Fisher speakers instead of more accurate JBL and Polk speakers.

So it is that Iíve come to expect that people seeking the sound described in the opening post are likely to be more satisfied with speakers with no pretensions to high fidelity.

Loudness circuits were intended to compensate for the human earís loss of sensitivity to low and high frequencies at low volume. If they work as intended it is coincidental because there too many variables that a fixed circuit canít address. Ultimately, they end up coloring the sound but to what degree depends on individual speaker characteristics and the specific acoustic properties of the room.
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Thanks, I will certainly look into a new DAC. Any recommendations for some modern floorstanders. These are the brands that I have access to - Monitor Audio / Tannoy / Kef / Q Acoustics ?
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The Tekton SEAS Pendragons are some of the most highly regarded affordable floorstanders on the market. Take a look at the link in my post above...
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Thanks, I will certainly look into a new DAC. Any recommendations for some modern floorstanders. These are the brands that I have access to - Monitor Audio / Tannoy / Kef / Q Acoustics ?
Any of the PSB Imagine series speakers are great.
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Check out Revel speakers. I heard the F12 ($1300) and they sound wonderful. Very full and musical and never fatiguing. There are more expensive models, too, I didn't listen to them.
http://www.revelspeakers.com/product...oduct/f12.html
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Thanks, I will certainly look into a new DAC. Any recommendations for some modern floorstanders. These are the brands that I have access to - Monitor Audio / Tannoy / Kef / Q Acoustics ?
The Monitor Audio 8 and 6 are excellent speakers, great value, too.
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As a long time "audio-geek", I've ridden the equipment merry go round far
longer than I should have.
As I'm also a carpenter, I got into the DIY speaker building thing about 15 years ago, I had all the tools & enough skill, a friend had all the math !
I've built many pairs of speakers, some have stayed longer than others.
You can build some very satisfying designs for relative peanuts.
There are however, as noted above, some really good sounding speakers
that don't have to break the bank.
With loudspeakers, you have to try and pick the compromises you can live with.
I've yet to hear a pair that can reproduce a cymbal, for example.
- you pick your poison.
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Take a look at Ascend Acoustics. They are mainly known for their bookshelf speakers, but they have an amazing floor standing speaker as well call the Sierra Tower.
http://www.ascendacoustics.com/pages...s/SRT/srt.html

I have owned the Ascend CMT-340 mains and center and the CMT-170 rears for many years and they still sound awesome. Do a search for these.

I also love the Salk Songtower speakers. If I upgrade, it will more than like be the Salk speakers.
https://www.salksound.com/songtower%20home.htm
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Ended up going for a pair of Triangle Magellan Cello SW2 floorstanders.. About a two week wait till they arrive!
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