Building a New System - Could use some advice

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TonyLent

Enthusiast
Definitely unless you just want to keep using the Bose, speakers are largely about preference in the long run. I'd just want better than even what has been called by some Bose's best speaker (which isn't saying a lot).

Might I point you to Salk Sound and/or Philharmonic Audio?
I did some initial research on speakers and so far I am leaning towards Polk Audio Legend L800. https://www.themasterswitch.com/best-floorstanding-speakers
OR
Possibly the McIntosh XR100
 
Pogre

Pogre

Audioholic Overlord
I did some initial research on speakers and so far I am leaning towards Polk Audio Legend L800. https://www.themasterswitch.com/best-floorstanding-speakers
Those reviewed very well here with @Matthew J Poes. In fact he bought them, so that's saying a lot in my opinion. They are however, not a typical speaker and have some specific requirements for placement, wiring and amplification. You'll want to make sure they'll work for your specific layout. Set up correctly tho, and I hear they're astounding. There was quite a lively discussion about them following the review post. I'm very interested in them and would love an opportunity to check them out.


HD suggested also, Philharmonic or Salk sound. In my opinion you cannot find better quality speakers for the money anywhere else. They're truly special speakers and I've never heard a single negative comment about them. If I had the budget, that's where I'd be shopping.

 
Matthew J Poes

Matthew J Poes

Senior Audioholic
I think all the options for speakers are good ones. It is the dominant factor in the sound of any system. By far. Like as in, 80% is the speakers in many situations. If the room is too awful that can dominate our perceptions instead, but most residential rooms aren’t too bad to begin with.

I will give one more plug. Perlisten. I liked them so much I became a dealer. The Polks are a very good speaker butI took them because they were such a special speaker. Their unique imaging ability. Without that superpower, they were a good but not standout speaker. Could you do better for the money? Not necessarily, but I am also not suggesting they are the deal or the century.

On the other hand, the Perlistens are an outstanding technical achievement. They are just a really unique and well engineered speaker. Excellent for 2-channel or home theater. I wasn’t a dealer of anything a few weeks back and took this brand on simply because I think it’s that amazing. I decided it would be worth it to have a brand of speakers I really felt confident in recommending and offering to folks when I consult with them.
 
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stalag2005

Full Audioholic
If I was getting the best stereo components go to Benchmark Media for their setup. I would consider pairing them to a Paradigm Founders Edition 100F
 
Eppie

Eppie

Full Audioholic
If I was getting the best stereo components go to Benchmark Media for their setup. I would consider pairing them to a Paradigm Founders Edition 100F
Somebody on CanuckAudioMart is selling a week old pair for $500 under retail. Liked them so much he is upgrading to the 120F. :D
 
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stalag2005

Full Audioholic
Somebody on CanuckAudioMart is selling a week old pair for $500 under retail. Liked them so much he is upgrading to the 120F. :D
WHERE!!!! Seems that the speakers you mention are $5900 for the pair. yes that is $500 under retail, but gee, still expensive.
 
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