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"Thanks for the suggestions, but again, I'm looking to narrow my list, not add to it. "Sorry, I mis-read your original post. Why limit your search to just your shortlist? You are excluding some excellent candidates that will do just as well, some even better.I have heard the Tekton Lores. IMO, all the speakers I mentioned sound (and look!) better. The Dirty Weekends absolutely crush them. And at about $500 for used VA Bachs and Conquests, those are well below your budget.Shop wisely and $800 in the used market will buy you a much better speaker than that same expenditure on a new speaker.
I couldn't agree more! I just cancelled my ZU Soul Supreme order and went with the Dirty Weekends with the Jupiter Copper Cap upgrade in a Ferrari Red High Gloss. Hope to have them in about 1.5 months. I am VERY familiar with Dirty Weekends as this is now my 3rd pair. I LOVE these speakers1 I have also owned many Tekton's as well. The Dirty Weekends are better, IMO. Up your spending to $1000 and buy a pair of DW's next time they go on sale. You won't regret it.
Hmm...I still think the Omen DWs are too big for my space though. Maybe I'll have to mock up a cardboard replica and see how it fits.
Sorry...just realized you refer to the Lore Reference, which are 10 x 12 footprint.Is 2 inches really a deal killer??
So, with all that said I need some great-sounding speakers that meet all these criteria:1. Small floor standers.2. Easy to place and work well in less-than-ideal spaces3. Relatively high efficiency4. Has the potential to sound great with as little as 25wpc 5. Available for about $800 or less6. Sound good at low volumes 7. Non-fatiguing; easy to listen to for hours.8. Preferably front-ported, since I’ll have to have the speakers (rear baffle) within 12-18 inches of the front wall (depending on the depth of the speaker).
The GR Research A/V-3 checks all your boxes and would be a lot better sounding than any new $800 speaker you can buy.http://gr-research.com/av-3.aspx[img]removed1 inch GR-T3 soft dome tweeterTwo M-130-16, 5.25 inch composite paper woofer with polymer chassis, and vented Kapton voice coilFrequency response is within +/- 1.5db -3db down point is 40HzSensitivity is 91db (1watt/1m)Nominal power range 5-200 watts RMSImpedance 6/8 ohms.Cabinet size 41.875" high (plus base thickness), 8" wide, and 11.5" deep.$329.00 per pair The catch is the A/V-3 is a kit. I would think you could find a woodworker to make the MDF boxes for $400 but at that price you would have to do the finishing. No grills either if that is important.
...... the job of the OP is to seperate the wheat from the chaff. Dictating what you'll receive when asking a question will limit the value of the answer.
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