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dB,I'm a fan of controlled directivity designs and as such my recommendations will side with those types of designs. In that vein, here are my recommendations:JBL 708p/708i or their little brothers 508p/508i - you and the wife may not like the looks though.ELAC Adante AC-61 (A good subjective review is here on this thread: http://www.avsforum.com/forum/89-speakers/2703993-elac-adante-ces-2017-a.html#post49658497). It's supposed to be out soon, is designed by Andrew Jones, and they look nice. I would look at these as a direct competitor to KEF in this price range (and I'm a fan of KEF too!).If you find a decent woodworker or builder, AND if it passes your wife's inspection, you can try Linkwitz LX Mini, there are some prettier builds out there and the design does approach CD. However, you may not like the looks at all.I've listened to various smaller stand mount speakers, all of them non-CD design including Fritz, Salk, Sonus Faber, Evoke, etc...and haven't been impressed. But the ones that impressed me are the Ryan Speakers R610 and various stand mount designs from Selah audio. Best,Anand.
For the life of me, I don't see a JBL 508p anywhere?
A little hard to address the original question because who knows what will be around at the stipulated ~2020 time frame....
That's a beefy stand mount to be moving around. OTOH any single driver speaker is an active speaker by default.
1. A stand mount and a stand occupy the same floor space and height as a smaller floorstander, and would likely cost as much. The difference is that a stand mount is smaller and lighter and more easily moved by one person. That is becoming more important to me as I grow older.
2. While powered monitors are a great integrated solution, I have had bas experiences in which one part of an integrated component fails and renders the rest unusable. I am now firmly in the separates camp.
Well, not impossibly heavy (38 lbs.), though with stand you are right it would take a little work to move about. I could probably put some Herbie's sliders underneath so I don't have to actually lift anything, just slide. What I like about this solution is what I like about my current (Horning Perikles Ultimate) floorstanders -- high efficiency. I have always gravitated to high efficiency designs. They come alive at low volumes and low wattage. They seem particularly good at microdetails for voice, piano, strings, etc. However, there are always trade-offs. I had Omegas from many generations ago that I felt were somewhat rolled-off at both frequency extremes, and as such weren't the ultimate solution for me. I'd have to investigate these further to be sure that the driver state-of-the-art has advanced sufficiently to suit my needs. From a WAF standpoint (multiple wood finishes) and mostly from a size standpoint -- although these are visually "smaller" than my current floorstanders -- these are a strong contender. And I certainly like the idea of two drivers (with no crossover) better than a single driver. I need to explore more, but I've never met a single driver yet that can "do it all" well.-dB
Kef Active LS-50 (includes built in amps). Active speakers are better than passives, period. There are other choices if you don't like Kef.
How about the Reference 3A MM DE CAPO BE monitor? Specifications: 40-40,000 Hz, 92 dB/w/m, 8 ohms, 150 watts maximum input, 15" x 11" x 13", 27 poundsFeatures: no crossover (twitter is cap protected), sloped front baffle, hand built drivers (carbon fiber woofer, beryllium tweeter), unfortunately a dull grey finishReported attributes: dynamic, good bass output, big soundstage, hearty/rich sounding, transparent/honest, refined/fast
JLM,http://www.soundstagenetwork.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1150:nrc-measurements-reference-3a-mm-de-capo-be&catid=77:loudspeaker-measurements&Itemid=153http://www.stereophile.com/content/reference-mm-de-capo-i-loudspeaker-measurements#fct6CiFovPbWPe7b.97Measurements don't lie. I wouldn't give that speaker a second of my time. Atrocious performance. I'm not surprised by sunnydaze's comments.Best,Anand.
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