Help with speakers

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  • 06-22-2010, 01:27 PM
    jelidj
    Help with speakers
    I have an Arcam Solo and am looking to upgrade my speakers. Right now I have an older (10 years) paradigm studio 20's.
    Small room so want bookshelf and am looking at Revolver 33 and Totem rainmakers
    Trying out the 33's and a huge improvement over the Paradigms so far.

    Any suggestions would be helpful.
    Thanks
  • 06-22-2010, 01:33 PM
    markw
    Where are you?
    Geographic location sometimes dictates what items are available and we don't read minds. A maximum price might help, too.
  • 06-22-2010, 04:13 PM
    Mr Peabody
    The Solo is a nice little unit. I have heard it with Dynaudio, them and Arcam have always been a good match in my opinion. Dali has a bookshelf that runs about $675.00 that I thought was very good for the money, I didn't get the model. You might even consider B&W. There's a lot to choose from out there.
  • 06-24-2010, 05:06 AM
    jelidj
    Trying to keep cost under or around $1,000
  • 06-24-2010, 11:10 AM
    D. Paul Navigator
    Add these two to your list, as both are competitive with anything else in it's price range.

    BOOKSHELF DESIGNS:
    Jamo C803, large and heavy, excellent tweeter and the woofer is a high tech sandwich design, like power, and not recommended if you don't have a high power clean amp

    Swan D2.1se (but only if you have a high output clean amp, run best at 140+ watts, will clip smaller amps)

    KEF iIQ30 details rival some of the best bookshelves made and likes power, but will work well with a 75 watt amp.
  • 06-24-2010, 11:29 AM
    manlystanley
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by D. Paul Navigator


    Jamo C803, large and heavy, excellent tweeter and the woofer is a high tech sandwich design, like power, and not recommended if you don't have a high power clean amp

    Helo Paul,
    A question for you, I've read from multiple sources that the Jamo 80x's need "a high power clean amp". I have a 300W amp and my setup sounds great. However, does the phrase "a high power clean amp" mean:

    -- They have to be played loud with lots of power..
    -- Or, if your amp has lost of reserve then they sound good soft or loud.

    I ask this, because my 809's sound great either loud or soft and I was wondering if it's just something about my setup or is this typical??

    Thanks,
    Stan
  • 06-24-2010, 06:32 PM
    Mr Peabody
    The Dali's are $675.00 A PAIR. I haven't seen prices on Dynaudio's Excite series but I'd think you could get an entry bookshelf in your price for a pair. Or, if you are willing to buy used you could certainly get a set of Audience 52's or if lucky something in the Contour series.
  • 06-24-2010, 07:02 PM
    D. Paul Navigator
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by manlystanley
    Helo Paul,
    A question for you, I've read from multiple sources that the Jamo 80x's need "a high power clean amp". I have a 300W amp and my setup sounds great. However, does the phrase "a high power clean amp" mean:

    -- They have to be played loud with lots of power..
    -- Or, if your amp has lost of reserve then they sound good soft or loud.

    I ask this, because my 809's sound great either loud or soft and I was wondering if it's just something about my setup or is this typical??

    Thanks,
    Stan


    I'm sorry but the typical Japanese mainstream receiver/amplifiers aren't my favorite. Adcom, Parasound, Marantz, others like them simply make great speakers sound better, and clipping can really make a great speaker sound average.