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Budget secondhand standmount speakers

Discussion in 'audio' started by gerlando, Jun 23, 2022.

  1. gerlando

    gerlando Prog Rocker

    The Myryads remind me the Q Acoustics Concept 20.
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  2. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    Same design team but well before the Concept 20 I believe.
  3. S-Man

    S-Man Kinkless Tetrode Admirer

    It's possible that my Concept 20s were not up to spec, but they sounded very poor. Very dull and boring.
    Listen before purchase if possible (I didn't :().

    Usher S-520s are much better. I found them a touch forward in the upper mids in my room/system, but in another system they sounded excellent.
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  4. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    I can vouch for the Myryad A170, tried on the end of a Denon micro system for my son pretty decent for giggles hooked them up to my Nait XS and was gob smacked. Yes not going to offer the depth and sheer slam of bigger floorstanders , but in isolation they are superb fast precise and detailed with more bass then a cabinet that size has any right to produce!
    They are extremely revealing and will simply convey the music but won't flatter a bad source.

    As my son has a different set up now these might be available soon as I have too much stuff!
  5. justin65

    justin65 pfm Member

    I bought Klipsch R41 and they are supremely good bookshelf speaker. They have boundless energy and rhythmc assurance. They can be picked up second hand for under £200
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  6. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

  7. NickofWimbledon

    NickofWimbledon Well-Known Member

    eBay today suggests you could afford: -
    B&W DM1400 or DM4
    Monitor Audio Silver 2
    Heybrook Quartet
    Q Acoustics 3030i
    Castle Trent 2 or Pembroke
    Epos 5 or 11
    Dali Spektor 2
    Castle Durham
    Naim n-Sats
    Linn Tukan
    Tannoy Revolution DC4

    That's from a minute's looking. The point is just that they are all different. Can you give us a steer on what you want - anything different from what you had (apart from cost)?
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  8. gerlando

    gerlando Prog Rocker

    Thank you all for your suggestion, but I have to sell my Gurus before.
  9. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    I’d bought the pair of Q Acoustics for my daughter mail order from Richer Sounds, based on many great reviews. Luckily I then heard a pair in a shop before we’d even opened the box.

    Managed to switch to a pair of Dali Zensors.

    Reminded me that auditioning is not an optional step at any price point.
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  10. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    Hmmm, tempted by the DM4 and Epos 11...........
  11. NickofWimbledon

    NickofWimbledon Well-Known Member

    For that money, you can probably try them for a month or two and then sell them for no cost (apart from the faff of selling on eBay). What's not to like?
  12. TimF

    TimF pfm Member

    Shame you must move the Guru's on, nothing that I know of in your price bracket is going to give them a run for the money overall, not that the QM's are perfect, but the ability of them to give a fairly realistic account of bass in such a small enclosure is hard to find generally. I love my Guru Juniors and would hate to give them up! Hopefully you will find something acceptable though!
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  13. gerlando

    gerlando Prog Rocker

    Unfortunately I've had a heavy drop in my job work, so I have to sell my speakers and some of my turntables to finish paying taxes to the government. :(
  14. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    I wouldn’t mind having most of those in my collection, the Heybrook, Castle, Epos and Linn options are all excellent.
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  15. gerlando

    gerlando Prog Rocker

    If it were up to me I would have no doubts and I would take the excellent Royd Minstrel at about £150,
    but unfortunately SWMBO wants them small, white and glossy, so: Q Acoustics, Markaudio Sota, or .....
  16. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    I get that… although there’s the argument (probably not a successful one) that Minstrels are more compact than any stand mounted speaker when you factor in the stands… white and glossy they ain’t though.

    Shame you can’t stretch to Neat Iotas, they definitely fit the bill for compact, white and glossy… but you’re probably not finding them for under £500 for a clean used pair, they’re £1000 new now (thanks to stupid inflation), and it’s pushing used values up.

    The Q Acoustics speakers are nice, but somewhat tame/safe sounding unless you’re either sitting near field or driving them hard… probably not what you’re after.

    If you come across a pair of white Linn Katans, just buy them, I’m absolutely certain that they would satisfy your needs… not gloss, but beautifully finished and they sound fantastic.
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  17. NickofWimbledon

    NickofWimbledon Well-Known Member

    I'd vote for Neat Iotas too if any were around at the price!
  18. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Well the silly thing is, they’re selling used for the same as, or more than they cost new a couple of years back now. It’s absolutely crazy!
  19. TimF

    TimF pfm Member

    Sorry Gerlando! Hang in there, keep on, keeping on! At least music is still that, music for the soul, no matter what it is played on! Take care!
  20. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Yes, I mirror this, been there myself.
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