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£600 to spend on standmount speakers

Discussion in 'audio' started by ossy, Jul 19, 2020.

  1. ossy

    ossy pfm Member

    Am after a pair of involving standmounts for a small room (13m2), or small floorstanders.

    Current speakers are quad 11l’s being driven by a quad vena. The quads are ok but not very involving.

    On the shortlist are Triangle esprit Titus ez, anybody heard them?

    What would you recommend?
  2. lordmortlock

    lordmortlock Mark Audio drivers and TP4 Cartridges

  3. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

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  4. Linds

    Linds pfm Member

  5. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

  6. TonyScarlett

    TonyScarlett pfm Member

    Once again absolutely no one mentions the Amphion Argon1, work well close to boundaries or in awkward spaces, absolutely superb little speakers that are actually designed for the real world.
    Darren likes this.
  7. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    I did actually :) Steve at Ultimate Stream has some black ones for sale, but I decided to hold out for some ProAc or Special 40’s and push the boat, agree they fly under the radar
  8. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    Well, you just did, in post #6.
  9. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    The other factor is how easy will it be to shift them on if/when you decide to change things again. Well known/regarded/reviewed stuff is easier to move.
  10. TonyScarlett

    TonyScarlett pfm Member

    And if I hadn't no one else will have:)
  11. Ponty

    Ponty pfm Member

    Will second this. I’ve got some as well. Fantastic speaker and a complete bargain.
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  12. Linds

    Linds pfm Member

    Oops. Soz I love my DB1+. I’m PMC-focussed. Always liked the Proacs I heard but I’m trying to avoid changing anything for as long as poss. OMG I’ll be googling Proacs this evening
  13. ossy

    ossy pfm Member

    Previous speakers (prior to quads) were ruark talisman II floor standers. Lovely but bass overpowered the room although put up with this for at least 5 years. I am wary of floorstanders, small standmounts would fit the room better.
    Wife has said ‘I am not having those giant speakers back again’.........:eek:
  14. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    Have you heard the 3S, curious how that passive radiator alters the sound.
  15. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    Check out Totem, they do some small footprint speakers Arro/Hawk, heard them with some Arcam amps a while ago should work well with the Vena.
  16. synapse

    synapse pfm Member

  17. hifilover1979

    hifilover1979 Bigger than you...

    Aren't there some Neat SX3s for sale on these forums?

    I'd deffo look at those

    What about the usual suspects (KEF LS50s, Monitor Audio Silver 100s, Gold 50s, Dynaudio Emit 20s, PMC DB1i's etc)?
  18. TonyScarlett

    TonyScarlett pfm Member

    Hi, the Argon 1s actually replaced the 3S in my system. Sound wise the 3S obviously digs deeper and (obviously) sounds "bigger" but ultimately there is surprisingly little in it, you probably won't be surprised to hear they actually sound very similar, they both work extremely well close to boundaries, they have a completely natural & unfatiguing top end which won't grab your attention during a 10 min demo in a hifi shop but will also not make your ears bleed during a long listening session. The biggest difference for me is the 1s have a bit more of that midrange sparkle, that quality that people often mention describing small BBC type monitors (the 3S replaced P3ESRs in my system) which is why I ended up preferring them over there big brothers.
  19. norton

    norton Well-Known Member

    I have some Proac Reference 8 Signatures
    Like new and boxed
    Also have the Atacama stands with the extra weights in the floor plates
    Pm if interested
  20. Yomanze

    Yomanze pfm Member

    Agree, very balanced, big soundstage, room friendly, great all-rounders. The Argon 2 and 3 are a step up, and could be had for the budget s/h. :)

    These are better than B&W 805 Sigs, for a lot less dough.

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