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Upgrade advice sought

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by 2chnfornow, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. 2chnfornow

    2chnfornow Active Member

    I have been bitten by the upgrade bug.

    My current speakers are Mackie HR 824MKII's.
    Pre-Amp is a Pro-Ject Pre Box.
    Subwoofer is a SVS 20-39 PC+ driven by a Paradigm X-30 crossover.
    Main playback source is A Oppo BDP-83

    My room is small at approx. 220 sq/ft.

    My budget is up to approx. $4000.oo.

    All opinions welcome.

  2. -B-

    -B- Well-Known Member

    Re: Upgrade advive sought

    I highly recommend Dynaudio....but I a happen to be biased. Go listen to as many brands as you can as you can!
  3. Zing

    Zing Retired Admin Famous

    Re: Upgrade advive sought

    First and foremost...

    Secondly, what is it that you'd like to upgrade? More specifically, what is it that you're dissatisfied with and would like to improve?

    Do you want to spend that budget on one item or build a whole new system with it?
  4. 2chnfornow

    2chnfornow Active Member

    I am looking to spend the entire upgrade budget on speakers. If I need to add amplifiers for passive speakers, I do have a pair of Audiosource 70w monoblocks that can be used until I discern that something better is required.
  5. Flint

    Flint "Do you know who I am?" Superstar

    $4K for speakers? Hot dang!

    There are a ton of options, but I also like Dynaudio. Look at PSB and Focal as well.
  6. Zing

    Zing Retired Admin Famous

    Are you able to audition a variety of speakers? Do you live in such an area that you can drive to a few hi fi shops and listen to different speakers?
  7. 2chnfornow

    2chnfornow Active Member

    In strange way that is part of the issue. I live in NYC and there are so many options available.

    That's the main reason that I am seeking advice here.
  8. Botch

    Botch I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S! Superstar

    Monitor Audio RX-8 Silvers. They've been rated very highly in some of the audio magazines, I have their predecessors and absolutely love them, and you'll have some of the $4,000 left over so you can buy me some "thank you" disks. :D
  9. Zing

    Zing Retired Admin Famous

    That's really not a bad thing but I understand how overwhelming it could easily become.

    If you're not up against a clock for getting new speakers, I say take the next 6 months and have fun. Visit all the shops you can (a second or third time if needed), bring your own media, take notes, widdle down the choices and before you know it, you'll have the speakers that sound most awesome to you.
  10. 2chnfornow

    2chnfornow Active Member

  11. yromj

    yromj Well-Known Member

    First and foremost: :text-welcomeconfetti: to the fray!!

    Is the $4k just for the mains? If so, then I also highly recommend checking out Dynaudio.

  12. PaulyT

    PaulyT Behind the Curtain Staff Member Administrator Moderator Superstar

    Welcome! These discussions are always fun. :D

    So, tossing out another idea, what are your thoughts about used? Audiogon.com would likely have some killer speakers in your price range. Just doing a quick search, not that I've heard any of these speakers:

    Thiel CS6

    Thiel CS7

    Usher CP8571
  13. yromj

    yromj Well-Known Member

  14. Maximo

    Maximo Well-Known Member

    I've heard Theils and they were amazing.
  15. Rope

    Rope Well-Known Member Famous

    If you're not opposed to used gear, either Usher or Thiel would be excellent choices for two channel listening.

    Usher CP8571

    Thiel CS6

  16. 2chnfornow

    2chnfornow Active Member

    I have been checking Audiogon, however finding something that is within pickup range is dicey.

    Thanks for the suggestions, all opinions are welcome.

    Does anyone have any experience or opinions on Legacy Audio.
  17. PaulyT

    PaulyT Behind the Curtain Staff Member Administrator Moderator Superstar

  18. Razz

    Razz Well-Known Member

  19. Rope

    Rope Well-Known Member Famous

  20. Yesfan70

    Yesfan70 I'm famous now bitches! vvvvv Famous

    Chalk up another recommendation for Dynaudio. I love their speakers. I would also look at models from the Klipsch Heritage line (Cornwalls or LaScalas).

    I've never heard any of the Legacy Audio speakers, but for $4000 they would be near the top of my list of demos. A used pair, like the Focus, should be within your budget.

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