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Look at the Monitor Audio Bronze 6. 90db sensitivity. Front ported.https://www.crutchfield.com/p_893BZ6B/Monitor-Audio-Bronze-6-Black-Oak-Vinyl.html?cc=07&tp=185Wharfedale 11.3's. The port is on the underside very bottom of the speaker facing the floor so you can get by with placing them a little closer to the wall. 90db sensitivity.https://www.hifichoice.com/content/wharfedale-diamond-113https://www.crutchfield.com/p_336D113WN/Wharfedale-Diamond-11-3-Walnut.html?tp=185
I've owned the Lore Reference but I believe I preferred the regular Lore which comes up used in your range. Having said that both were quite good. I'd add Zu Omen Dirty weekend. I've heard they are killer from reliable sources and you can potentially find them used at your price point if you're patient.
Nice sketch, but crummy room dimensions for bass peaks/dips. I'd avoid the Vandersteen loudspeakers. The full length cloth covering could be destroyed by your "crazy" dog.Heard Zu at an audio show, I know a terrible place to audition, but they didn't do anything for me.Tekton is probably your best option, but haven't heard them. I like their single tweeter designs best (Lore, Mini Lore) which are both currently discounted and within your budget. And laminate finish would be ideal around your dog and active wife. What's that shown between the speaker? Have found removing any furniture between speakers will reveal more of the soundstage.
I’ve owned the Lore S’s and heard the regular Lores multiple times. If I was looking for a speaker in your situation I’d probably look at the M lores, but that’s just me. As mentioned they are boxy and not super eye appealing (in standard finishes) but the Lores that I’ve owned/heard were quite nice. You may want to consider getting a pair with grills as in my experience bare drivers attract a lot of unwanted attention and I think look better when the speakers need to play the role of furniture.
You can easily modify ported speakers to reduce boom when placed near boundaries.
How so? Are you talking permanent or easily reversible mods? I'd prefer not to do any permanent mods as they would kill the speakers' resale value.
The Absolute Sound pretty much raved about the Emotiva Airmotiv T1 a couple of years ago. The current version (T1+) sells for $699.
My best guess for $1,000 towers, is going to be the Original Lore's form Tekton..You can go cheaper $700-$750 for the smaller lore's , but I've noticed that most people upgrade from the smaller models to the Original Lore, So just spend the extra $200 (free shipping / No tax)..$,1000 + $50 for the grills..Don't skimp on the grills ( cleaning drivers is nerve racking )..I've owned 2 sets of Tektons (Seas Pendragon & Double Impact SE) and 2 sets of Tekton subwoofers (Cinema & Enzo's)..http://www.tektondesign.com/lore.html
With the right amp, and given where he's coming from, I could not imagine the OP not being absolutely thrilled with the DW. My local buddy had a pair and we both loved listening to them. And we both have over 25 yrs in this game and have owned speakers at many multiples their cost. Give these serious consideration. I would likely own them if my room weren't so big.If you find a local pair your budget s/b achievable. Maybe post a WTB ad? Also take a look at Omega speakers. Their trademark is speed, transparency and musicality. Very easy to drive with low power tubes. Most new models are outside your budget, but check used.Good luck with the search.
Small compact 2-way floorstanders I've owned and enjoyed, and are very easy to more around: Coincident Conquest and Vienna Acoustics Bach. Simple direct traditional designs with nice cabinets. Both originally sold in the 1200 to 1500 range, but on current used markets are 300 to 600. Yeah they are oldish models, but that doesn't mean they don't sound great. My brother still has his Conquests that he bought in late 90's.VA Bachs:[img]Coincident Conquests:[img]
Smart to avoid monitors. I've had two small cats knock over monitors (one was 10" x 10" x 20") on low (12") and higher (24") stands.
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