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    Best LOOKING full size speaker for <$1000

    My neighbor has a modest sized HT in a huge sized room. He now wants to add floor standing speakers to help fill the room and look cool. But, get this, he is going after looks and not necessary quality of sound.

    His criteria:
    - new or used
    - must be non-black in color
    - bigger in size the better
    - semi easy to drive (my advise)
    - no need for matching center - 2 channel only

    He will be driving them with a mid-level Marantz receiver.

    I know this is a against the grain here, but i'm his only go to guy and i have no clue what to recommend.

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    You could show him the Zu Audio Omen:

    http://omen.zuaudio.com/

    Looks pretty sweet, is big and costs $1K at the introductory price



    He could get either the Blue or Red versions
    Last edited by Ajani; 11-11-2010 at 07:00 AM.

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    Another big, funky, high sensitivity option at $1K is the Tekton Lore:



    http://www.tektondesign.com/lore.html

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    I can't seem to find the Monsoon Flat Panels anywhere but they looked cool. There is a pic here
    http://www.questforsound.com/speakers.htm
    halfway down

    Also the Ushers look nice
    http://www.usheraudiousa.com/product...v-series/v-602

    These AADs are a little out of price range but I have heard them and they kick nicely.
    http://www.questforsound.com/speakers/spkrs_aad_E48.htm

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    Wharfedale Diamond 10.5 or 10.7's...

    they even sound damn nice too

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    Fantastic options...i didn't realize $1k could buy some much speaker. I'm gonna show him all on the this thread and go from there. Hopefully more will chime in.

    thanks and i'll let you know which way he goes in the next few weeks. Plus, after i get them setup, maybe a review is in order.

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    The neat thing about the Zu Omens is you can drive them with whatever you've got. They sound sweet with 2 watts or 200 watts. Just amazing speakers.

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    Is this $1k per speaker or $1k total speaker budget?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02audionoob
    Is this $1k per speaker or $1k total speaker budget?
    $1k total for a pair of floor standing speakers. I should have been clear on that.

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    If it's really about looks as much as sound, you might want to check out the Polk RTi series.

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    I'd also add the Klipsch Reference series, like the RF62, some find the copper color drivers pretty cool. I'm not a good judge of what looks good.

    You might also consider the Cerwin Vega CLS-12
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    The Cerwin Vega CLS series is a great idea, considering the criteria. Big. Good value. Efficient. Some might even say they look good...to each his own.

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    one vote for Klipsch KG 5.5 for big sound and the pair i have comes in walnut veneer.

    They are tremendous even with a 30 wpc rms ht receiver. Though its a harmon kardon so its no surprise they can pound with it. Fairly efficient speakers...
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    here a picture of the wharfedale Diamond 10.7's...



    I bought a pair of Diamond 10.2's (biggest monitors of the line), for my attic home theatre system (thread following ). They go for €300, and have no right to sound SO good...

    also, for the price, the finish is absolutely superb and they are IMHO very good looking...

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    I found these as well...wonder what they look like in person?

    EMP Tek E55Ti = $795 pair + FREE shipping..are you kidding me?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel_
    I found these as well...wonder what they look like in person?

    EMP Tek E55Ti = $795 pair + FREE shipping..are you kidding me?

    I have to assume those things sound like crap, since they look like a $5K pair of speakers!!!!

    Those things have amazing visual appeal for a sub $1K product...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajani
    I have to assume those things sound like crap, since they look like a $5K pair of speakers!!!!

    Those things have amazing visual appeal for a sub $1K product...
    One would believe they sound like crap, but i found a few reviews from audioholics.com. Depending on your impression of them, they seem to like the sound and did a $1k speaker shootout with other well know brands. This speaker did well and i believe won the contest...or came in 2nd.

    Here's one of them...
    http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/s...5ti-first-look

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel_
    One would believe they sound like crap, but i found a few reviews from audioholics.com. Depending on your impression of them, they seem to like the sound and did a $1k speaker shootout with other well know brands. This speaker did well and i believe won the contest...or came in 2nd.

    Here's one of them...
    http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/s...5ti-first-look
    I checked out the reviews and their smaller floorstander won 2009 product of the year from Audioholics... best of all it sells for just $500

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajani
    I checked out the reviews and their smaller floorstander won 2009 product of the year from Audioholics... best of all it sells for just $500
    one of the great parts of being involved in forums like this...is finding those gems. This list is full of them. Cannot wait for him to decide and me to hear them.

    Heck, someone from this post my find a speaker for themselves, after all, Christmas is around the corner. I can just see some new floor standers under my tree.

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    You don't need new floorstanders! Be happy with what you have

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel_
    one of the great parts of being involved in forums like this...is finding those gems. This list is full of them. Cannot wait for him to decide and me to hear them.

    Heck, someone from this post my find a speaker for themselves, after all, Christmas is around the corner. I can just see some new floor standers under my tree.
    If you want new floorstanders I'd suggest waiting for next year January's release of the Revel Performa Series 3... I suspect that would be a more appropriate replacement than any of the speakers in this thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel_
    I found these as well...wonder what they look like in person?

    EMP Tek E55Ti = $795 pair + FREE shipping..are you kidding me?

    They might be worth investigating. They look really good. They've gotten good reviews. They look really good! The price is very reasonable.

    Not only that, they appear to be mirror imaged!
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    Quote Originally Posted by audio amateur
    You don't need new floorstanders! Be happy with what you have

    LOL...i wouldn't replace the Revel F30s, they anchor my basement HT. I could use a pair upstairs in my living room where i have 2 in walls with not much volume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajani
    If you want new floorstanders I'd suggest waiting for next year January's release of the Revel Performa Series 3... I suspect that would be a more appropriate replacement than any of the speakers in this thread

    Wasn't aware they are up for a new series...i'd love to have a pair of F52s for the living room, but at $4k used, it will be a while...

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