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#349614 - 06/05/11 02:20 PM Help me shop for 'new' speakers
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OK. So for my father's day, I got a Panny 55VT30 plasma that I've been waiting forever to get. I wanted a Kuro but alas, couldn't find any NOS. Fortunately, my company gets a Panasonic Employee Purchase Program discount so I got it for 25% of MSRP. Waiting for a delivery date.

Now this means I can move my Panny 6UY (480p) to the bedroom, where I know have to 'create' a system. I'm moving my Pio 45TX there to go w/ the Roku and Tivo S3. Now I need some speakers.

1) I can put my Von Schweikert VR1's there and get some new speakers for the stereo tube system, but they have to be efficient for the 25W tube amps.

2) I can move my M22s from the man cave and then I can upgrade to Axiom towers. The man cave doesn't 'need' towers, the space is relatively small and what I've got works.

I prefer variety so it might be nice to just get some new speakers (used OK) to have in the house.

Ones I've liked or lusted after
Monitor Audio GR10's
Sonus Faber Cremona
Wharfdale Evo 20 and above

Suggestions?

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#349618 - 06/05/11 02:33 PM Re: Help me shop for 'new' speakers [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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Cesar, I have the Monitor Audio GR10s and thought they matched very well with tubes. Very detailed tweeter, but I felt it was a little dry. When I hooked it up to a 35W integrated tube amp the sound became much more enjoyable to my ears. A touch more warmth made them more friendly.

Placement can be tricky with them as I found the bass to be a little undefined. Foam plugs can be put in the ports to tune the sound, but the frequency response does get diminished. Still, for a bookshelf speaker they do a great job of recreating the low end.
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#349627 - 06/05/11 04:45 PM Re: Help me shop for 'new' speakers [Re: St_PatGuy]
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Yeah, I listened to the GR10's years ago before the Axioms and LOVED them. Come to think of it, they may have been powered my some McIntosh's. To me, the detail was outstanding. Still love 'em and would love to add them to the stable. I watch Audiogon all the time and only saw them once but couldn't justify them because there was no place to use them. Now they're no where to be seen...

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#349629 - 06/05/11 05:05 PM Re: Help me shop for 'new' speakers [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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I see the newer GS10s come up, but never listened to them and don't know how they compare.
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#349759 - 06/07/11 04:12 PM Re: Help me shop for 'new' speakers [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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EVO 40's on sale at MusicDirect.com for 999.
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#349766 - 06/07/11 05:13 PM Re: Help me shop for 'new' speakers [Re: mace]
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Originally Posted By: mace
EVO 40's on sale at MusicDirect.com for 999.


Yup, hence why I put them on my list. I liked their sound when I started looking Axioms and got the mailer from Music Direct last week.

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#350296 - 06/15/11 06:46 PM Re: Help me shop for 'new' speakers [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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I'm leaning to a sub-$1K price on NIB GS10. The price is too good to pass up.

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#350309 - 06/15/11 08:57 PM Re: Help me shop for 'new' speakers [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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That sounds like a pretty good deal.

What color are they?

Are those the ones on Audiogon?


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#350329 - 06/16/11 12:43 AM Re: Help me shop for 'new' speakers [Re: St_PatGuy]
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Yup, piano black. Are you gonna esnipe me? wink

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#350338 - 06/16/11 07:40 AM Re: Help me shop for 'new' speakers [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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No but Mark will.
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