Home Speaker Asylum

General speaker questions for audio and home theater.

RE: mad speaker decision

It really depends upon space and budget.

There are a few terrific horn systems around and if that's what you want then there really is no substitute. That "jump" factor is unique although my love for horns is based on the way that large full range systems energise the air in a similar way to real instruments. A horn is, of course, a way of matching impedences across a range frequencies to the air ( I'm sure that could be worded better but I hope the concept got across).

The only thing I can think of as a mid point is what I use myself. I transferred to them from Quad ESL 63s so I made a comparable journey to your intention. Very accurate, wonderfull imaging and clarity to a similar degree as the Quads coupled with astoundng power and dynamics ( which the Quads do indeed lack). Try a pair of active ATC monitors (classic or tower, not the entry level models). I suggest that you look at new or used models that have been brought to current specification including the recent ATC made tweeters. Oh, there is a downside. Being true monitors they are very revealing ( but not harsh or etched in any way). They easily sort out less than very good ancillary equipment from the best.

Edit: As bullethead has sensibly recommended Klipsch I would think that the Klipsch'esque Volti speakers should also merit your attention. Somewhat more refined I am led to believe.

Edits: 03/04/17

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