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Old 1st August 2013, 12:41 AM   #1
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Default What's the best pair of bookshelf speakers for under $1000?

First of all, my apologies but there does not seem to be a topic like this discussed in recent history.

What I'm looking for is the most perfectly neutral bookshelf speaker pair (kit, assembled or plans) for under $1000. Flat frequency response and able to take 100W or so. I am trying for a sound at least as good as my BGcorp RD50 ribbons.

I have tried the Proac 1SC clone, Ascend Acoustics CBM-170, KEF C20 and Klipsch RB-81. The Proac clone sounded best to me but rather than audition every bookshelf speaker available, I thought I'd ask...

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Old 1st August 2013, 03:00 AM   #2
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Of speakers I have owned I say the Magnepan MMG. They are small floor standers but well under a grand ten years ago. There are probably a million possible answers. In general DIY or buy used will get you best value.
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..I am trying for a sound at least as good as my BGcorp RD50 ribbons..
Some would say you are already at the "summit" so to speak, where everything else is a decline.

In a "bookshelf" speaker you'll likely get no better than these:

Kairos (Pair)

It should easily exceed the Proac variant, both objectively and subjectively.
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I have a pair of Zaph ZRT 2.5s. If the single driver version is anywhere near as good these should be contenders. You may be able to classify the sealed version as a bookshelf, but its a little big.
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I used to have a pair of the DIYKIT 1SC clones ( PROAC 1SC ) and after the OW1 mod, sounded almost as good as my RD50s... almost...
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I used to have a pair of the DIYKIT 1SC clones ( PROAC 1SC ) and after the OW1 mod, sounded almost as good as my RD50s... almost...
Again, the Kairos will be noticeably better than the Proac variant (..at least in most respects).
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It would be helpful if you said a bit more about how you plan on using the speakers. "Able to take 100w" sounds to me like you like to crank it up at times. What kind of space will the speakers be in? What kind of amp? I've no doubt that everything mentioned so far are great speakers, so it's really going to come down to your specific application. Having said that I'd add this one to your short list, Alpha-8 Minion - Alpha Series - Waveguide Speaker Kits DIY Sound Group
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In a "bookshelf" speaker you'll likely get no better than these:

Kairos (Pair)

It should easily exceed the Proac variant, both objectively and subjectively.
Very good drivers and a very good designer. Should be a match made in heaven
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I can highly recommend Zaph's ZD5's sealed (with a sub) which is what I have but the lower distortion measurements of the Satori make me a 3rd endorser of the Kairos.
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It would be helpful if you said a bit more about how you plan on using the speakers. "Able to take 100w" sounds to me like you like to crank it up at times. What kind of space will the speakers be in? What kind of amp? I've no doubt that everything mentioned so far are great speakers, so it's really going to come down to your specific application. Having said that I'd add this one to your short list, Alpha-8 Minion - Alpha Series - Waveguide Speaker Kits DIY Sound Group
The speakers will be used for quiet instrumentals, easy listening and female voices. I mentioned 100W just for somewhere to start. My amp is a custom made KT88 tube unit with about 65W RMS. My preamp is also a tube unit as is my CD player.
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