Speakers for NAD Stereo System.....Kindly Requesting Help
Hello All, I have purchased the following items for a Music only set up: NAD C-740 Receiver NAD C-272 Amp NAD C-542 CD Player As for the speakers, I have auditioned the Polks LSi9 and they sound pretty good, but I would like to do a little bit more research before I make my decision. All suggestions will be greatly appreciated. My budget is $1000.00 Max. Thank you all!
No worries. I suspected that was why you went with a receiver.
Ah, bookshelves. For < $1K USD, I feel bookshelves can often provide value and performance. Be sure you factor in the cost of a good pair of stands to extract best performance from bookshelf speakers.
You have a wide range of speakers to choose from. The important thing is to go out and listen to them to find what you like best. Some of the better dealers will permit home auditioning and this is best because you can hear how they fare in your acoustic environs and with your components.
Being a very happy Paradigm owner I must be a member of the "Paradigm brigade". I think Paradigm offers unparalelled choice and value for the dollar. At under 1k I would suggest the Paradigm Studio 20. I have an NAD C162 pre amp, NAD C542 CD player, and a Hafler 9505 power amp and Paradigm Monitor 5 speakers and am very happy with their performance. So for Paradigm under 1k I would suggest the Studio 20 and Monitor 5 as their best sounding speakers under 1k. At just over a thousand the Studio 40 is awesome. Anyway I auditioned the Monitor 5 against the B&W 600 series and for me the Paradigm had better overall balance.
I just joined the Paradigm brigade myself, having bought a pair of Studio 40s (paid $1025). But I was really impressed with the Boston Acoustics VR-M60. They list at $1000/pair; I don't think they're typically discounted very much. There's also a smaller VR-M50, which goes for less money.
I guess it's a matter of opinion but some people think the LSi9, Studio 20, and the B&W 601 and 602 require a subwoofer, even for stereo music. The bass coming out of VR-M60 is amazing for such a small enclosure. Try to give them a listen before you make up your mind.
If you want great all around sound (including bass) from a bookshelf, try Definitive technology's pm series. They use powered 8" subs in them, and sound like your room is full of huge speakers. I use them with a NAD c320bee intergrated amp. Everyone that comes into my apartment tells me that they can't believe "all of that sound is coming from those little speakers." They have reviews, prices (priced individually, not per pair) and specs on their web page definitivetech.com (?) They run from about $850 a pair and up.
NHT SB3s at US$600 a pair retail is another great value. They have excellent bass extension, to the point of not needing a SW for stereo. These speakers image very precisely and are quite neutral and laid back. Also, they look extraordinarily beutiful at their price point.
Personally, I wouldn't say the SB3's are totally neutral... I found they tend to be a bit on the lush side in the lower midrange/upper bass. Without a good amount of amplifier headroom, these speakers also sound compressed and seems to get a bit dark sounding (recessed).
I agree on the bass extension. Every one that has listened to the SB3's I had wondered if I had a subwoofer.
Just my 2¢ USD.
My $1,000 /pr Green Mountain Audio Europa's easily bested the Paradigm Ref Studio 20's side by side. And the Ref Studio 40's....and the Ref Studio 100's.....and the Sig S-2's. No contest. Might not satisfy the all important WFI though (Wife acceptance factor) although my wife loves the look and on nice stands, they look fine. Give em a listen if you can find them in your area. 45 lbs each of cast marble. NO resonances from these speakers. Time/phase aligned. Best deal in all of audio in my opinion. check out what owners are saying about them at http//greenmountainaudio.com/ click on the "Europa" picture icon.
I recently had a look at some Pardigms Studio series at a couple of different stores in my area, and I was really disappointed with them. I think the Monitor series are really great entry-level speakers, but once you're into the $1000- range and above, the other lines just don't deliver. I'm not as good at describing my impressions as some of you other guys, but they just sounded more hi-fi than musical to me.
Now, those are my ears - but I come from Maui's world of time coherent design choice, and it's hard for me to go back to any other.
Thanks, Tevo. Little Ricky, give a minute to check out the last Meadowlark link above. Pat really describes the concepts very well. I recently heard a pair of his old original Kestrels (the first speaker that he produced) against a pair of Paradigm Studio 60s. It was an interesting comparison.
Also go to greenmountainaudio.com.
My overall impression of the 1st order designs above is simply a natural, beleivable sound that invites you into the music. I also use a pair of Sequerra Met 7s at work all day, and they are accurate and non-fatiquing.