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Need help to find some speakers for mostly classical listening w/vocals, approx $200+ pair

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I listen to a variety of music but mostly classical orchestral, some chamber music, not so much classical vocals.  In my jazz I like instrumental and some current jazz vocalists like Karrin Allyson (might be misspelled) and Diana Krall.  I also listen to celtic, contemporary Christian which is some pop some rock.

 

I realize for around $200 you can't get sound of $10000 speakers, but there are a lot of good choices and I'm lost.  There are:

 

Boston Acoustics

Polk Audio

Kef

Mission

Wharfedale

Pioneer

Klipsch

Bic Ventura

PSB

 

and so on.  I will be powering them with an Onkyo TX-NR414 receiver with rated output around 80w per channel RMS.  Its amplifier section is supposed to be a high current one.

 

Can you give me any advice?  I am open to very old and used or new, just want the sound as good as possible.  Also room is about 10x13 with some bare walls/floor.  Not looking to 'crank it up'.

 

Randy

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try the pioneer sp-fs51-lr speakers. very well engineered and very good clean sound. local best buy should have them but i wouldn't judge them there cause noisy in store listening can be a pain and they usually have the speakers hooked up to a junk receiver. i love the midrange on them the most. very clean and natural, like what a speaker is suppose to do. people say they're little soft on the highs but i think cause they might have some high frequency hearing loss or their amp/receiver just rolls off the upper frequencies lot. i use my 1980's h/k 770 dual-mono power amp with the matching h/k 725 preamp and i get amazingly clean sound with good 360 degree soundstage.

they can be bright if it's the track so these defiantly don't lack highs and show a good amount of air with wind instruments. they have good high frequency extension,even for soft domes. they have good bass and pretty good low-bass and i found them fine when listening to some hip-hop and varies of electronic musc but that's me since i do not care for the boom,boom,boom of an elevated midbass people my age and younger tend to favor with their ghetto subs. i overall think they're very nice sounding pair of speakers. should give them a try atleast.
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Once again, get the Energy RC-10 on Amazon at $220. It's a deal nobody can miss.

Then write to say thank you when it's done,

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If used is doable there is a vintage speaker thread here where you could ask around for ongoing deals at a shop/place near ya beerchug.gif

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I don't know how much they cost in the USA, but I've just bought a pair of Dali Zensor 1 (for 200 euros, so they may well be sold for 200 dollars a pair ?), and I couldn't be happier. Check them out.

There's a gushing review on Stereophile : http://www.stereophile.com/content/dali-zensor-1-loudspeaker

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