Floor Standing Speaker Advice Required

Discussion in 'Audio Equipment' started by Nick C, Aug 20, 2004.

  1. Nick C

    Nick C Guest

    Hi,

    I've got an Aura Evolution VA100 Mk II amp + marantz CD67 SE CD Player
    with a pair of old wharfdale Performance 430 Floor-standers. I'm
    wanting to upgrade the speakers as a first stage(for obvious reasons!)
    and would like some advice as suitable replacements. I'd prefer floor
    standers & want to get deep tight bass + clear mid range & treble.
    Wife dictates that they should ideally be available in a light oak
    cabinet. I'm willing to pay £500-600 & would consider buying used for
    speakers in excellent condition.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Nick C.
     
    Nick C, Aug 20, 2004
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  2. Nick C

    N Guest

    Hi:

    I'm in the US and not up to date on what speakers to recommend.

    Have you thought about looking at a copy of "What HiFi?" magazine?
    They seem to review about everything sold in GB, and in the back of
    every issue there are brief reviews of everything reviewed previously.

    That might be a good place for you to start. You could use the
    magazine to narrow your choices down to a short list, then go to the
    shops and listen to speakers on your list. Sorry I can't offer more
    specific recommendations, but I think the above might be a good way to
    start.

    If you search the web, you'll find manufacturer web sites and many
    other audio resources. For example:

    http://groups.google.com/groups?q=best+tower+speakers&ie=UTF-8&hl=en

    http://www.google.com/search?q=best...lr=&ie=UTF-8&newwindow=1&safe=off&sa=N&tab=gw

    When you go to the shops, bring a few CDs that you know and like to
    the shops. Use them to evaluate the speakers. Most importantly, buy
    only what looks and sounds good to you, no matter what anybody or any
    magazine tells you. Selecting speakers can be a very personal choice.

    There are many speakers and I'm sure you'll find lots of competitive
    models that will suit your needs. For the "deep tight bass" you seek,
    in the US we have what are informally called "power towers," which are
    floorstanding tower speakers that include an amplifier to power the
    woofer. (These are sometimes referred to as "built-in powered
    subwoofers," or phrases like that.)

    Giving the woofer its own amplifier designed for that woofer and
    cabinet makes it possible for you to adjust the bass output easily to
    suit your taste. For example:

    Some examples from one brand:

    http://www.definitivetech.com/loudspeakers/powertower/powertower.html

    http://www.definitivetech.com/loudspeakers/loudspeakers.html

    I don't know if speakers like this will fit your budget or interest
    you, but they might be worth a look. When you get to the shops and
    start looking and listening, I think it won't be difficult to narrow
    down your choices.

    Yet another thought: If you're planning to go to a home-theater setup
    eventually, you may not want big speakers, because they'll be
    expensive and because they'll take up a lot of room. You could start
    off with a pair of bookshelf speakers and a separate powered
    subwoofer, then add the center and rear speakers later.
     
    N, Aug 20, 2004
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  3. Nick C

    Stu-R Guest

    Fluance SV-10s with their 10 inch subwoofer. Made and marketed in
    Canada. Available on the web directly from them.
     
    Stu-R, Aug 21, 2004
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