Floorstanders - £1,500 max. Advice, please...

6th.replicant

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Please advise. Want to upgrade my speakers. Maximum budget: £1,500. Floorstanders only. Room dimensions: 16ft x 16ft, with a c. 11ft-high ceiling. Carpeted floorboards. Current kit: as below, but the Arcam A70 is soon to be replaced by an A38. Must be bi-wirable - I'm a recent bi-amp convert. [:)] Detest bright-, forward-, metallic-sounding treble. Very mixed music collection but yardstick/priority is classical music/accoustic jazz sounding natural, warm and alive, but no 'steel-strung' cellos, viols or lutes etc, clanking harpsichords or Miles Davis's horns inducing a Nurofen habit - if you get my drift. I prefer a balanced sound with deeep bass extension available if it's in the recording, be it Bach's organ works, Massive Attack, Burning Spear or Jacques Loussier's double-bass player. Thus far, my demo shortlist is as follows: Proac Studio 130 and 140s; Tannoy Revolution Signature DC6T. (Have tried various MAs over the years but find their top-end treble too 'metallic' for my ears...) Any other suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks [:D]
 

Frank Harvey

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Other than the ProAcs, I'd recommend the Spendor A5's within your price range, but I think you might have more options if you could extend your budget to £2k. If that's possible, let me know and I'll recommend some other alternatives.
 
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I'm not sure that the Arcam mixed with Proac will make for tight bass. What about the PMC GB1i? Lovely speaker.
 
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FrankHarveyHiFi:
Other than the ProAcs, I'd recommend the Spendor A5's within your price range, but I think you might have more options if you could extend your budget to £2k. If that's possible, let me know and I'll recommend some other alternatives.

The OP wants biwirable, but maybe an audition will change that
 

Frank Harvey

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Whoops, me skimming again! Must stop doing 10 things at the same time


Even from our extensive range, the A5's were all I could pick out. I would still recommend the OP extends his budget a little if possible.
 

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If you can find some second hand GS60's or GS20's (you can get the GS60's for less than £1200) you will not be dissapointed.
 

drummerman

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6th.replicant:Please advise. Want to upgrade my speakers. Maximum budget: £1,500. Floorstanders only. Room dimensions: 16ft x 16ft, with a c. 11ft-high ceiling. Carpeted floorboards. Current kit: as below, but the Arcam A70 is soon to be replaced by an A38. Must be bi-wirable - I'm a recent bi-amp convert.
Detest bright-, forward-, metallic-sounding treble. Very mixed music collection but yardstick/priority is classical music/accoustic jazz sounding natural, warm and alive, but no 'steel-strung' chellos, viols or lutes etc, clanking harpsichords or Miles Davis's horns inducing a Nurofen habit - if you get my drift. I prefer a balanced sound with deeep bass extension available if it's in the recording, be it Bach's organ works, Massive Attack, Burning Spear or Jacques Loussier's double-bass player. Thus far, my demo shortlist is as follows: Proac Studio 130 and 140s; Tannoy Revolution Signature DC6T. (Have tried various MAs over the years but find their top-end treble too 'metallic' for my ears...) Any other suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks


As you are a 'bi-amp' convert, why not go active and save some dosh in the process.

Perhaps EB Acoustics new floorstanders in several lovely finishes, including gloss white, built in 200/W amplification, preamp and DAC, remote/c and dimmable front display for volume/selection. Tweeter/Woofer frequency attenuation Yours for ... lets say £1350 or another 200 quid with room equalization ... bargain.
 

6th.replicant

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igglebert:...What about the PMC GB1i? Lovely speaker.
Did consider PMC GB1i, but wary of its bass-light reputation, such as WHF?'s comment, for example: "They don't go quite as deep or attacking as some speakers."
 
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max , advice please ?

ok , id start a thread cos i havnt a clue
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im sure i noticed a pair of spendor a6 for £1250 at a sevenoaks branch , in last months whfi mag i think , id see if they are still there ?
 

plastic penguin

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6th.replicant:igglebert:...What about the PMC GB1i? Lovely speaker. Did consider PMC GB1i, but wary of its bass-light reputation, such as WHF?'s comment, for example: "They don't go quite as deep or attacking as some speakers."

That's why an audition is recommended.
 

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I have pmc gb1i's in a similar size room. They are great speakers, and seem to go with all the amps I have had. For that kind of money, a home demo is essential though.
 

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plastic penguin:
6th.replicant:igglebert:...What about the PMC GB1i? Lovely speaker. Did consider PMC GB1i, but wary of its bass-light reputation, such as WHF?'s comment, for example: "They don't go quite as deep or attacking as some speakers."

That's why an audition is recommended.

Indeed, but don't want to waste dealer's time, nor mine, if it's a non-starter 'cos it's bass-light.

I really do want deep bass extension. Considering the latter, and my Arcams, do you think GB1i is worth a punt, then?

Ta
 

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drummerman:

As you are a 'bi-amp' convert, why not go active and save some dosh in the process.

Perhaps EB Acoustics new floorstanders in several lovely finishes, including gloss white, built in 200/W amplification, preamp and DAC, remote/c and dimmable front display for volume/selection. Tweeter/Woofer frequency attenuation Yours for ... lets say £1350 or another 200 quid with room equalization ... bargain.

Did I mention they are tapered towards the top in pyramid fashion and can be ordered with an optional clear acrylic plint with lovely big spikes. An extra ton though.
 

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drummerman:drummerman:

As you are a 'bi-amp' convert, why not go active and save some dosh in the process.

Perhaps EB Acoustics new floorstanders in several lovely finishes, including gloss white, built in 200/W amplification, preamp and DAC, remote/c and dimmable front display for volume/selection. Tweeter/Woofer frequency attenuation Yours for ... lets say £1350 or another 200 quid with room equalization ... bargain.

Did I mention they are tapered towards the top in pyramid fashion and can be ordered with an optional clear acrylic plint with lovely big spikes. An extra ton though.

I'm confused?????

What's the advantage in having 'active' speakers??

Got a link or full product name so I can Google for info?

Ta
 

plastic penguin

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6th.replicant:plastic penguin:

6th.replicant:igglebert:...What about the PMC GB1i? Lovely speaker. Did consider PMC GB1i, but wary of its bass-light reputation, such as WHF?'s comment, for example: "They don't go quite as deep or attacking as some speakers."

That's why an audition is recommended.

Indeed, but don't want to waste dealer's time, nor mine, if it's a non-starter 'cos it's bass-light. I really do want deep bass extension. Considering the latter, and my Arcams, do you think GB1i is worth a punt, then? Ta


You certainly wouldn't be wasting their time. If you're planning on spending that sort of dough, you really need to hear at least 3 different makes. This hi-fi lark is dangerous if you get it wrong....
 

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6th.replicant:drummerman:drummerman:

As you are a 'bi-amp' convert, why not go active and save some dosh in the process.

Perhaps EB Acoustics new floorstanders in several lovely finishes, including gloss white, built in 200/W amplification, preamp and DAC, remote/c and dimmable front display for volume/selection. Tweeter/Woofer frequency attenuation Yours for ... lets say £1350 or another 200 quid with room equalization ... bargain.

Did I mention they are tapered towards the top in pyramid fashion and can be ordered with an optional clear acrylic plint with lovely big spikes. An extra ton though.

I'm confused????? What's the advantage in having 'active' speakers?? Got a link or full product name so I can Google for info? Ta


Not yet but I'm on the ball
 

6th.replicant

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plastic penguin:...This hi-fi lark is dangerous if you get it wrong....

Very true.

Once bought a muiti-award-winning, 5-star etc Cambridge Azure cdp sans demo - got it home and it sounded 'orrible!


Mercifully, it also had a fault - drawer kept flying open while playing - so was able to obtain refund pronto. Phew.

Lesson learnt, though.
 
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Well, at least try the Spendor A5 if a decent single amp is really an option.

Try the GB1i to see what you think. Then try the FB1i, and when you stop smiling work out how to extend the budget. For those that like their bass, the FB1i is fabulous. So entertaining!
 

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6th.replicant:plastic penguin:
6th.replicant:igglebert:...What about the PMC GB1i? Lovely speaker. Did consider PMC GB1i, but wary of its bass-light reputation, such as WHF?'s comment, for example: "They don't go quite as deep or attacking as some speakers."

That's why an audition is recommended.

Indeed, but don't want to waste dealer's time, nor mine, if it's a non-starter 'cos it's bass-light.

I really do want deep bass extension. Considering the latter, and my Arcams, do you think GB1i is worth a punt, then?

Ta


It my room, they are certainly not shy in the bass department. When i switched amps from k2 to i30, there is even more bass.

Defo worth a punt, what have you got to lose?

Take your time, and rule everything out, till you have the near perfect speaker.
 
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Why not try and see if you could get a pair of Gershman Avant Garde speakers very good bass and excellent soundstage. They need a bit of power and good placement away from walls but are an excellent speaker from Canada. Try second hand market you wont be disapointed.
 
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I hear very good things of the Yamaha Soavo 1.1 floorstanders. Nearer £2k though but you might find some on ex-dem if they appealed.
 

6th.replicant

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Found a dealer, Billy Vee, that stocks PMC GB1i & FB1i; Spendor A5; ProAc 130 & 140...

Also, anyone know a good source(s) for crispy ex-demo kit? (Already aware of BADA's Marketplace.)

BTW, thanks for all suggestions/responses.
 
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See the Mountain Snow ex-dem list (list of independent dealers - the equivalent to BADA Marketplace).
 

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