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Looking for suggestions for new speakers under $3k.

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Posted on May 11, 2022 at 09:37:05
free.ranger
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Nothing too funky in design; 8-ish ohm loading; preferring tonality over magnum bass or extra-articulation, cone or hybrid types.

My Infinity Ren 80's are getting old. Foam, rubber, plastic are getting brittle. I love these things, but nothing lasts forever.

I read raves about the new (old) KLH 5's, but they might be a bit etched; not sure.

Thanks for tips.

 

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Think Magnepan!, posted on May 11, 2022 at 10:53:46
Mike K
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I recently traded in a pair of LRS, which I dearly loved, for a pair of
1.7is, which I am also loving. You owe it to yourself to audition them.

Life is hard. It's harder when you're stupid.

 

RE: Looking for suggestions for new speakers under $3k., posted on May 11, 2022 at 11:02:38
mbnx01
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Polk Audio R100 on Skylan stands with a really good subwoofer.


Buchardt S400 II.




'A lie is halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on'. -Mark Twain

 

RE: Looking for suggestions for new speakers under $3k., posted on May 11, 2022 at 13:22:32
Demo
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SVS Prime Pinnacle

 

RE: Looking for suggestions for new speakers under $3k., posted on May 11, 2022 at 13:40:34
G Squared
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I love maggies, if you have the room and an amp that can drive them they might be a good choice. Since you already have EMIT drivers, floor standers with ribbon tweeters may be appealing. Salk makes some a smidgeon above your price point. ProAc has some really nice ones as well, but they are more expensive. I have heard Salk ribbon models at CAF and they sounded great.


Gsquared

 

You can snag a used pair of Vandy 3A Sigs under $3000 (nt), posted on May 11, 2022 at 13:55:27
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ATC SCM11 v.2: $2899 with money-back guarantee from Music Direct, posted on May 11, 2022 at 14:13:41
John Marks
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Or, if you want to take a walk on the wild side:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1649025-REG/neumann_509142_monitor_alignment_kit_3.html

Neumann KN 80 DSP-enabled monitors plus subwoofer plus calibrated microphone plus smartphone app.

I can think of two very sophisticated enterprises that regard that package as the value leader in that product category.

Too bad that the satellites look a bit like a pregnant Mrs. Smurf.

john

 

Thanks to all for the suggestions. Lots to consider. nt, posted on May 12, 2022 at 06:15:14
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And quite a challenge..., posted on May 12, 2022 at 07:39:26
Ivan303
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because that's a REALLY decent set of speakers you are considering getting rid of.

Me?

I'd be trying to figure out how I could revive them for less that a grand?





 

Madisound has at least one Infinity driver replacement on their website., posted on May 12, 2022 at 10:41:48
John Marks
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Perhaps if you phoned them, they could recommend driver replacements.

jm

 

RE: Think Magnepan!, posted on May 12, 2022 at 11:09:11
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I just installed a pair of Magnapan LRS speakers that are driven by a pair of Parasound JC 1 monoblocks and augmented (45 Hz/24 dB) with a pair of KEF KC62 subs. The sound is excellent. The speakers and the subs pair seamlessly. Of course the catch is the need for a high-current amp for the speakers.

db

 

RE: Looking for suggestions for new speakers under $3k., posted on May 15, 2022 at 06:58:29
AudioKnob
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A little late to the shin-dig ... just wanted to throw in a + for Salk; will be my next round fo sho!!

 

RE: Looking for suggestions for new speakers under $3k., posted on May 17, 2022 at 06:24:54
Bob Neill
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Vive la france!

 

Now $6350 new, posted on May 17, 2022 at 16:15:11
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Ours are '07 models and I haven't been able to part with them, until I can find Model 5A's within 150 miles.

 

RE: Funky? 1.7 Maggies, posted on May 18, 2022 at 12:31:48
tall ears
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or .7 Maggies with two good subs - easy 4 Ohm load but very inefficient so you need power if running full bandwidth.

What's your amplifier?

 

RE: Looking for suggestions for new speakers under $3k., posted on May 19, 2022 at 08:47:17
HiOnFi
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check out the offerings at Underwood HiFi. Having owned Magnepan 3.5Rs IMO, there are much better choices that are much less amp dependent

 

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