I have about $4000 to spend and I want some nice, loud speakers. I have almost decided to buy Klipsch La Scalas, and 4 12" Infinite Subwoofers. Anyone know of anything else I can get for about the same amount of money... $5000 total. Any opinions/suggestions would be appreciated.
I would suggest just two subwoofers; brands like HSU and SVS give excellent bang for the buck. As for main speakers, in that price range it is largely your call, but the Klipsch Heritage line is good stuff. You could probably pick up a pair of Klipschorns on ebay for pretty cheap if you dont mind "slightly" used.
with 4 grand I would say MartinLogan. But, with the way you said you want to pair your speakers with 4 cheap subs, you would hear how nasty those subs really are due to the blinding speed of ML bass Another thing, ML's REQUIRE an amp that has a minimum of 75 watts per channel, stable in 4 ohms.
Take my advice on this one! Listen to the MartinLogan Aeons with a nice amp /preamp combo and there are your speakers! Save up for a nice sub later.
word of caution, they require 3 feet from the wall at a minimum to perform their best.
Tweeter, as mentioned above, carries ML. They are my local dealer
I've heard that Infinite's Subwoofers are excellent... Maybe I have heard wrong?.. And how much would a good amp be ...I have no sound equipment at this moment...I plan to buy all this in about 3 months...
Oh, and also I will mainly be using these for parties...At the lake and wherever, and around the house. So maybe some speakers that have some bass and will not require subs to go with them to sound good.
Skies- What you have to keep in mind is that at this price range there are literally hundreds if not thousands of options at your disposal.
As far as Infinity subs go, there is nothing wrong with them particularly, but there are better values out there. Also buying four subwoofers won't boost your output as much as one might imagine. Buying two higher quality subs will however give you both deeper and more accurate bass. Both SVS and HSU offer moderately priced (~$500) subs that would fit the bill nicely and piss your neighbors off to no end.
Amplification largely depends on what kind of speakers you choose. For Klipsch, Harmon Kardon and NAD are good matches among others.
Then there are the speakers. This is ultimately up to your taste in what you want to hear. Klipsch is described as overly bright by some people, but with the right amplifier they will sound pretty good and they do go plenty loud with little power. Martin Logan is good stuff, but you will probably need a lot of money to get optimal performance out of them.
I wouldn't reccomend MartinLogan for party speakers anyway, they are a real HIFI speaker, and need to be sat in front of to be listened to. As soon as you stand up, there are no highs at all to speak of.
That should work fine. The speakers are incredibly efficient and dont need that much in the way of power. Besides, an amp could always be upgraded. You could just go for the Reference series for less money and probably end up with similar sound, but its up to you.
For even better sound, look at the Onix SP3 TUBE amp. LaScalas BEG to be driven with a great tube amp, and this is it! With 38 wpc, it doesnt look like much, but this will drive the speakers to high levels without a problem. The sound will be smooth, sweet, and seductive. The bass will be deep and tight, just like a great live performance.
Depends on two things. First is money, and two is how much critical listening is going to be done on it versus partying. But even 38 watts will indeed drive the LaScala to deafening volume. If it were me though I would go for a lower end Conrad Johnson. I have no money though...
Would any of you happen to know what the LaScalas might cost in Canada? I currently live in Canada...I'm just trying to figure out how much money I will have after I buy the speakers so I can get a price range for an amp. I really like the Onix A-120MkII, thank you Gavin.
take a look at the Onix line of speakers as well. They look as beautiful as they sound. They have a generous, tight bass, full mids, and clean highs. Unlike Klipsch, they won't be overly bright. These are true HiFi speakers.
The RS750 is a downright fantastc speaker that will trounce more expensive designs.
Any idea how MartinLogans would work in an ht/music application driven by NAD separates, a NAD T773 or an HK avr7300? Looking to set up a new system. Also considering Monitor Audio and PSB speakers. Thx.
I have La Scala's and a Hsu STF-3 sub. The sub helps a lot, even on music. The LS has nice tight bass, but it drops off quickly: 53 Hz at -3 dB and 45 Hz at -5 dB. A good musical sub fills in the low end.
I'd only trade the above for Klipschorns, but you need a big room with good corners on the long wall for those.
ML would be awesome driven by NAD!!! just make sure they put out around 75 to 100 watts per channel! You would end up with a system that you can listen to day in, day out with zero fatigue.
Try to find a pair of Mirage omnipolar speakers.I own a pair of OM6's,and they are outstanding.They retailed for around $4000 CAD when I bought them,and I got them on clearance for $1600....I have a MCcormack amp and pre-amp,so the signal is clean and pure.My Rega CD player is great too.....By the way,those speakers have a built in subwoofers....Try looking for the newer version of the OM6 by Mirage......
Which Magnepans do u own? I auditioned some this weekend with the Arcam avr 300 and the Rotel rsx 1067 and was very impressed. I'm trying to figure out a way to afford the Magnepan set up (3.6 in front, 1.6 for surrounds, center etc). The performance of the Arcam and the Rotel have me questioning getting the NAD separates since they are more wife fiendly than the NADs (insert rude joke here). Also any info on placing the Maggies would be appreciated. Thx.
I have the MMG-W for right now, which are wall mount. I am going to upgrade to the MC-1 sometime soon.
If you have WAF to deal with, look at the MMG which is essentially a smaller version of what you heard in the store ( MMG is 4' tall). You can get the MMG directly from Magnepan for $550 a pair. The performance will not be as good as the 3.6 (of course)
MG12 is the way I would go right now if optimum sonic performance is more important than WAF. They are a great sounding speaker, and sound virtually identical to the 1.6 to my ears except for the bass, and a little smaller. You may still want a sub though
I actually have rotel driving mine. They are a quality product, and really stand behind what they make.
You will want to go with seperate components (IE: amp and pre-amp) if you look at maggies. A reciever will not do them justice. That is why I am steering you away from the 3.6. When you get up that high, you are usually talking about SERIOUS power to make them sing.
The MG12 is an easier to drive, easy going, better sounding than ML speaker. Take a look. Your dealer should have one on display.
I would still reccomend going to www.magnepan.com and order a pair of MMG's to audition them in your home. That way, you can see what they are like. The MMG's are only $550 a pair plus minimal shipping. If you don't care for them, send them back!
Trust me, The MMG's blow away everything in their price range once broken in. If your amp can drive 4 ohms, go for it! You won't regret it! And, if you do decide to keep them, you have your surround channels taken care of.