5 year speaker plan

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I am sort of maybe looking for new speakers in the medium term future and would like some advice from esteemed members here.

My current system is listed in my signature.

I have had ProAc for the last 10 years and current pair for the last 5 years. Prior to that, I had DIY wide band driver Mitsubishi Diatone monitors.

I have a positive bias to warmer side of neutral. I listen to more vocals than percussions. I like soundstage and bass as much as the next guy but mid range / nice vocals is the 1st priority.

My room is medium / small measuring at (L x W x H) 25ft x 16ft x 10ft.

Budget is for now arbitarily set at USD80,000 - USD100,000.

Help me narrow the field of potential candidates. I loathe to change amps so candiadates have to match well with the Naim or Accuphase.

Much appreciated in advance for your advice.

PS : I may post similar requests in other forums so if u come across, please forgive me
 
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bonzo75

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What music do you listen to, and is it digital, analog, what kind of recordings
 

BruceD

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I've heard both the Carbon 6's and 8's-- frankly for "much" more dosh I cannot think of any in a domestic envirnoment

that will better them-even in the price range you mention--

I'd keep 'em;)

BruceD
 
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more biased towards vocals, pop, rock. Not much jazz at all. Would like to learn classical. Mandarin pop from the 80's etc

Have a bunch of 70's/80's/90's to current Lps

few hundred to a thousand CDs. A few SACDs

also exploring streaming
 

bonzo75

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more biased towards vocals, pop, rock. Not much jazz at all. Would like to learn classical. Mandarin pop from the 80's etc

Have a bunch of 70's/80's/90's to current Lps

few hundred to a thousand CDs. A few SACDs

also exploring streaming
If you want to learn classical, and end up learning it, your speakers choice might change from pop rock. So, since you have a 5 year speaker plan, it depends how much you end up learning. Best way is to go to a lot of concerts and then at the end of the first year start demoing. Your preferences might change
 
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If you like vocal music with tight and tuneful bass, then I recommend you to try Lansche 4.2 speaker with SET tube amplifier.

I am confident that few speakers can match vocal sound from my Lansche 4.1 driven by SET tube.

Elvis Presley and Eva Cassidy give spooky presence in my listening room.
 

Ron Resnick

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For your priority of vocals, which is my priority too, as well as the warmer side of neutral, I recommend investigating Magnepan speakers (especially if you live in the USA) and Analysis Audio speakers (especially if you live in Europe).

If a smaller, European company does not worry you, I prefer the sound of the Analysis Audio speakers over the sound of the Magnepan speakers.

Driven by a high power tube amp or a high power hybrid amp I think either speaker would be magic on vocals.

For the ultimate in transparency and in-the-room presence of vocalists, in return for slightly less corporeal body and instrumental weight, I strongly recommend the MartinLogan Neolith.

I would drive all three speakers with the exact same amplifiers.

The Spanish company Alsyvox makes a ribbon loudspeaker which appears, by Munich show reports, to be very promising. I have not heard it myself, but I woukd like to audition it someday.
 
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Leif S

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I am sort of maybe looking for new speakers in the medium term future and would like some advice from esteemed members here.

My current system is listed in my signature.

I have had ProAc for the last 10 years and current pair for the last 5 years. Prior to that, I had DIY wide band driver Mitsubishi Diatone monitors.

I have a positive bias to warmer side of neutral. I listen to more vocals than percussions. I like soundstage and bass as much as the next guy but mid range / nice vocals is the 1st priority.

My room is medium / small measuring at (L x W x H) 25ft x 16ft x 10ft.

Budget is for now arbitarily set at USD80,000 - USD100,000.

Help me narrow the field of potential candidates. I loathe to change amps so candiadates have to match well with the Naim or Accuphase.

Much appreciated in advance for your advice.

PS : I may post similar requests in other forums so if u come across, please forgive me
Our rooms are almost identical in size. Your going to have fun!
I am sort of maybe looking for new speakers in the medium term future and would like some advice from esteemed members here.



Much appreciated in advance for your advice.

PS : I may post similar requests in other forums so if u come across, please forgive me
 
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Bodhi

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Given your room size and musical preferences, my vote goes to the Magico M2 @$63.6kUS (incl: MPod tripod stands). Those speakers can really do bass & hugely impressed at the recent Munich High End show. They have a similar sound signature to the M6, but would be easier to place & would not overload your room. Additionally, your Accuphase mono's would do a stellar job driving the M2's.
 
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KeithR

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For Naim and Accuphase coupled with a slightly warm of neutral speaker like your Proacs and a vocal/rock preference- panels and Magicos are far from the solution in my experience.

I'd recommend auditioning Wilson and Gamut - both are excellent on vocals and dynamic for rock/pop, relatively easy to drive for your amp stable. Gamut is warm, but not as warm as say Sonus Faber.
 

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