Help with Speaker Shortlist ??

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I am looking at drawing up a speaker shortlist to audition and would like your help. My budget is £1500 - £2000, and I'm looking for floorstanders to link to an Audiolab8200A. I mainly listen to rock. The room is smallish, but very bright - wooden floors, wooden blinds etc. The sound I'm after is very clear and not "shouty" ! Any thoughts ??
 

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Dear Jacko,

Whatever I would have suggested in the past has just gone straight out of the window. Just taken delivery of a pair of AVI ADM 9T's and they are simply the best thing ever.

Whatever else you listen to, for me there is now NO alternative, listen to the AVI's and at your budget you can add a sub if you feel the need.

AVI ADM 9T

:cheer:
 

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If the wooden floor is suspended, isolating the speakers from it, is likely to be of significant importance.

Speakers that you might consider are:

Kef R500/700
PMC Twenty.23 / GB1i
Proac Studio 140 / D18

If the room is bare, you might consider a thick rug....but you won't know for definite until the speakers are in situ.

Avoid silver coated cables.
 

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I have actually just had a demo of the above PMC 23 and PMC GB1i, and I was very impressed.

I have Arcam kit though, not Audiolab
 

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Womaz said:
I have actually just had a demo of the above PMC 23 and PMC GB1i, and I was very impressed.

I have Arcam kit though, not Audiolab

Arcam + PMC have always been a great mix....which speaker did you prefer and for what reason?

Cheers

Cno
 

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CnoEvil said:
Womaz said:
I have actually just had a demo of the above PMC 23 and PMC GB1i, and I was very impressed.

I have Arcam kit though, not Audiolab

Arcam + PMC have always been a great mix....which speaker did you prefer and for what reason? Cheers Cno

I preferred the PMC23, mainly for the improved bass, but there was not a great deal of difference to be honest.

One retails at £1675 and the other at £2095.....so decisions to be made.

I will probably look to upgrade my source later in the year too, so the more expensive pair may prove a more future proof purchase.

My gut feeling is the GB1i as I tend to listen through headphones a lot now.
 

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Womaz said:
I preferred the PMC23, mainly for the improved bass, but there was not a great deal of difference to be honest.

One retails at £1675 and the other at £2095.....so decisions to be made.

I will probably look to upgrade my source later in the year too, so the more expensive pair may prove a more future proof purchase.

My gut feeling is the GB1i as I tend to listen through headphones a lot now.

Did you consider the Kef R Series?
 

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I asked about these but my dealer does not stock them.

I decided that after making a "short list".....of about twelve speakers it was time to narrow it down and demo

Also did the MA RX6, and in comparison they were awful. I think I had been spoilt by the PMCs first though.

Also did the standmount DB1, as a curve ball, and for such a tiny box they were alos very impressive.

No more demos. Its decision time :)
 

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Womaz said:
I asked about these but my dealer does not stock them.

I decided that after making a "short list".....of about twelve speakers it was time to narrow it down and demo

Also did the MA RX6, and in comparison they were awful. I think I had been spoilt by the PMCs first though.

Also did the standmount DB1, as a curve ball, and for such a tiny box they were alos very impressive.

No more demos. Its decision time :)

I think you've made a great choice, and I wouldn't be in too much of a hurry to change anything else until your new system has settled down, and you've got used to how it sounds.
 

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CnoEvil said:
Womaz said:
I asked about these but my dealer does not stock them.

I decided that after making a "short list".....of about twelve speakers it was time to narrow it down and demo

Also did the MA RX6, and in comparison they were awful. I think I had been spoilt by the PMCs first though.

Also did the standmount DB1, as a curve ball, and for such a tiny box they were alos very impressive.

No more demos. Its decision time :)

I think you've made a great choice, and I wouldn't be in too much of a hurry to change anything else until your new system has settled down, and you've got used to how it sounds.

Thanks Cno, thats probably good advice. Its took me 2 months to decide on which way to go, and I decided on the speakers first...............maybe a DAC or new CD player next.
 

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womaz,

Have a try of the AVI ADM 9T, (with sub). I have just taken delivery of a pair(no sub) and straight out of the packing they are stupendous. I have spent all day desperate to get cd after cd played. AND no DAC or Amplifiers needed.

Try to give them a go.

:cheers:
 

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relocated said:
womaz,

Have a try of the AVI ADM 9T, (with sub). I have just taken delivery of a pair(no sub) and straight out of the packing they are stupendous. I have spent all day desperate to get cd after cd played. AND no DAC or Amplifiers needed.

Try to give them a go.

:cheers:

Thanks for the tip, but honest I need to make a decision, or it will go on and on. Thanks anyway.
 

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Astonished you're not even going to listen to the Kef R500's and R700's. You get a whole lot of loudspeaker for your money with these beauties. Not a million miles off the kef reference series.....
 

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Jacko said:
I am looking at drawing up a speaker shortlist to audition and would like your help. My budget is £1500 - £2000, and I'm looking for floorstanders to link to an Audiolab8200A. I mainly listen to rock. The room is smallish, but very bright - wooden floors, wooden blinds etc. The sound I'm after is very clear and not "shouty" ! Any thoughts ??

How big is the room?
 

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