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Seeking recommendations for SMOOTH and warm powered monitors. Thank you!

I am looking for a pair of powered monitor speakers. I plan on using them for listening to and enjoying music, not critical monitoring. I would like nothing larger than a 6.5" woofer, maybe a 7", but no 8" 2-ways. I have a sub, so smaller 2.5"-5" mid drivers are okay also if the speaker fits the bill otherwise. I've been using Audioengine A2s, original version, and loving them, but I've had three pairs of Audioengines and all of them have ended up dying. In fact, my A2s just hit the deck. No need to suggest A5s or any other Audioengine products. Not interested, sadly. I've owned the 5 and I think it's a pretty awful speaker compared to the lovely little A2. I like the A2 because it's very dark, warm, smooth and rich sounding with ridiculously overblown midbass, but if I keep buying them, I'm going to have a pile of broken ones in the yard. Their reliability is probably the worst I've seen, but the A2 is basically the sound I like (though not the most refined or sophisticated speaker in the world). I have no interest in anything forward, extra clean, bright or detailed, and no metal dome tweeters. In addition, what I'm looking for is naturalness of tone, rich, warm bass, above average integration between mid and tweeter, a near total absence of artifacts such as cone shout, shrieking saxes, or spitty sibilants, and a buttery smooth, soft tonality. Asking a lot, I know! I would appreciate recommendations. As a point of reference, some non-powered speakers I've loved in the past are Quad ESL 57s and Harbeth Monitor 30s. Thank you!

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Topic - Seeking recommendations for SMOOTH and warm powered monitors. Thank you! - Mr Blue Sky 00:29:45 05/10/17 (23)


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