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Speakers £3,000 Maximum Any Ideas

Discussion in 'audio' started by Pete the Feet, May 15, 2011.

  1. Pete the Feet

    Pete the Feet pfm Member

    I am currently on the lookout to upgrade my existing speakers Rega R5. I currently run them with a Rega Dac/NAC52/Supercap/NAP135's. The current room did not suit my previous speakers as the room is very hard, suspended floors and vinyl floor covering.
    I have recently auditioned Proac Response D18, decent bass but a bit bright at the top end and PMC FB1i bass not as good but very easy on the ear. The PMC FB1i were the favourite of the two. They have only been auditioned in the shop mind.
    I have previously tried a pair of aged Shahinian Arcs which although the bass and mid was superb the top end was jarring on some vocals.
    I was wondering if a pair of Harbeth SHL5's on decent stands would fit the bill but there aren't any dealers in the Manchester area. I believe Tony recently had a pair for sale but it looks like I missed the boat there.
    I listen mainly at lowish volumes which still permit conversation so cranking the level up to get a good sound is not usually an option.
  2. muzzer

    muzzer Numb Nut

  3. Cereal Killer

    Cereal Killer fourhundredandthirtytwo

    I've seen some S/H Kudos C30s advertised somewhere for around your budget, but I can't remember where!
    If you want to buy new then Neat momentum 4i's would be a good match too.
    There's also some Neat MF7's on eBay ATM.
  4. Pete the Feet

    Pete the Feet pfm Member

    I haven't heard the + model but I beleive the I model has a paper tweeter as opposed to the metal one. Thanks for the info though.
    I don't want to rush into this so I am doing my best to exercise a little restraint, but I'm struggling.
  5. muzzer

    muzzer Numb Nut

    The + was the FB1i predecessor with soft dome tweeter, they are not a £2000 speaker though.
  6. Pete the Feet

    Pete the Feet pfm Member

    Ah cheers for that. Where did you find them lacking and what did you replace them with and what do you run with the replacements?
  7. muzzer

    muzzer Numb Nut

  8. Interzone

    Interzone pfm Member

    WB arcs on the wam for about 1500 ATM......
  9. muzzer

    muzzer Numb Nut

    In my system I found them quite prone to sibilance, they weren't bad just nothing special but the sssh on vocals did my head in.
    I was using a Tact class D power amp at the time and replaced the PMCs with a pair of Audionote J's on Something Solid stands which I love.
  10. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    the second hand focal 1027 in classifieds will be brilliant as will be the c30 too
  11. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    oh and alans harbeth 7 are from an absolute gentleman , i have bought many things from alan . highly recommended
  12. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    Nice pair of used Quad ESLs.

    The 63 or 988 should do nicely.
  13. bottleneck

    bottleneck pfm Member

    I agree with Robert.

    Planar speakers (quad and other makes) beam sound in as near to a straight line as anything does... (ignoring that its backwards from the panel aswell as forwards) which would at least mean reflections from room boundaries are lessened.

    I like the most recent quads a lot - 9**.. and ideally suited to poor room acoustics.

    If you can get a used pair and part with your Naims, B&O's top model include room measurement and equalisation in the digital domain and amps in the speakers - they are very good at making the most of a poor acoustic.
  14. taz

    taz pfm Member

    what about the monitor audio pl300 ?I have heard very good things about them, or Mordaunt-Short performance 6, there was a pair being sold on another forum for really cheap money, it's a difficult price range really as you have so much to choose from and I live not that far from you so I know the problem with dealers around here, we used to have loads of good dealers in and around Manchester but they have all gone ? sign of the times I guess. Personaly for that money I would wan't to hear as many speakers as possible, I would also include the JM labs as well
  15. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    There is (or was a couple of days ago) a pair of ProAc Response 3.5s in Yew on this forum , Wigwam or HiFi for sale.com for under £1500 asking. With your Naim amplification these would be perfect; I know because a friend and I were there a few years ago. In fact he still uses the 3.5, but with 500/552 nowadays. I went to the 4. Utterly compatible, even in a smallish room.

    These are fairly efficient, have superb imaging and good, tight bass with soft and extending treble. They were around £4.5k a decade ago.
  16. muzzer

    muzzer Numb Nut

    There are Harbeth dealers in Leeds and Huddersfield.
  17. avole

    avole A wise man reflects

    Try Martin Logan.
  18. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Are you dissatisfied with your existing speakers in any way? You have a dificult room it seems, so how about room treatment?
  19. Piper

    Piper pfm Member

    Quite the opposite IMO, the FB1i are superb and worked really well with my Naim setup, I was so pleased with my FBs that I upgraded recently to a bigger pair of PMCs. So it's all about opinions!

    I bought mine from Adventures in Hifi in Chester and in their demo room and my lounge there was certainly no lack of bass from the PMCs but I can't say I've heard them anywhere else
  20. muzzer

    muzzer Numb Nut

    The i is a major revamp of the + model so maybe they sorted the shortcomings.
    I have had the GB1 as well and they were fine apart from sounding "small scale"

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