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General speaker questions for audio and home theater.

My tastes in sound seem to be virtually identical to yours.

After to listening to about 75 different speakers it came down to Spendor SP 100s or Harbeth Monitor 40s for me. I had high hopes for Reynaud, but found them not to my liking at all. This was about four years ago, and I understand he has re-designed some of his line. I thought the 40s had a glorious midrange, but were a bit bright and analytical for me. I only heard them once, and the electronics were suspects. The Spendors absolutely needed the right amp to tame the lower midrange-upper bass, but with that I found them great and bought them. I use a Plinius 8200, now discontinued.

My standard in all of this has been the great concert hall, with warm, rich, inviting sound. After I purchased the Spendors, I chanced on the Vandersteen 3A Signatures. If I had it to do it all over again, I would have bought them. I think they are a much better buy and very close to what you want. If you add two Vandersteen 2Wq subwoofers at some point, you will have a wonderfull system for the whole range of classical music, but you don't need the subs to really enjoy music. They add quite a bit to organ music.

But, you must listen for yourself. Everybody's opinion is nothing more than a guide to what to listen to. To thine own ears be true!


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