attractive towers with high WAF for living room?

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albireo13

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attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« on: 16 Jul 2011, 11:26 am »
Looking for opinions on this one. I've been running with Paradigm Studio-20s (V5) for over a year and want to upgrade. This is for our living room, 100% 2ch music. The Studios have been a nice intro into quality speakers. Now, I'm looking for something with a bit more bass presence and with a smother high end. Plus, I want to get away from speaker stands.
My living room is large, 14X24', but we tend to listen at low-mid levels ... jazz, blues, classical, folk, some rock. I don't blast or need "wall thumpers".

I really want these to be nice, attractive, to get buy-in from the wife!     ; )

Budget? Well < $2K preferrably,  can go used.

My priorities: high WAF, sonic upgrade from the Studio20s, modest size ... don't want them to dominate the room.
Candidates I'm looking into:
* Salk spkrs (Songbirds, SongTowers)
* Aerial Model 6
* Totem - Staff, Hawk, Forest?
* Selah speakers - don't know much about them

Would love to hear other folks' solutions to this??

Thx
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mcgsxr

Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #1 on: 16 Jul 2011, 12:11 pm »
I have owned Totems in the past, and I would not suggest that they are all that smooth - I paired them with a Class A Sugden amp, that was a great combo.

Were it my dollars, with WAF in the pic, I would absolutely trend towards Salk.  Furrniture that sounds good!

BYOB

Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #2 on: 16 Jul 2011, 12:24 pm »
what about aperion?



I have listened at friends house and really liked them. not as much as my LS6 but enjoyed better than his old Paradigm.

WntrMute2

Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #3 on: 16 Jul 2011, 12:38 pm »
Salk HT2-TLs.  High WAF in my house.




Kinger

Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #4 on: 16 Jul 2011, 01:12 pm »
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Budget? Well < $2K preferrably,  can go used
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mhconley

Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #5 on: 16 Jul 2011, 02:32 pm »
Fritz Carbon 7 Towers.



Unfortunately he will not ship these but he will hand deliver them antywhere between Orange County and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Martin

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Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #6 on: 16 Jul 2011, 02:36 pm »
The Carnegie Acoustics CST-1's sounded very good at CAF last weekend.

http://www.carnegieacoustics.com/#/products/


albireo13

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Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #7 on: 16 Jul 2011, 02:55 pm »
The Fritz Carbon 7s I am very interested in but, I live in New Hampshire so I have to rule those out.       :(

The HT2-TLs are great but ... out of my budget for sure, at about $4K.

  Actually  the HT1-TLs  or even the Salk 1801-TLs would be a stretch goal.


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Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #8 on: 16 Jul 2011, 03:03 pm »
You could keep your eyes out for a used pair of Von Schwiekert VR-33's.

I know new they are out of your price range, but if you stalk audiogon maybe a pair used might show up.

They might just be the perfect WAF speaker. They can be placed close to a wall, so they don't dominate the room, and are mostly black grill cloth so they aren't very overt.

I haven't heard them, but they are getting great reviews.

charmerci

Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #9 on: 16 Jul 2011, 04:58 pm »
People on the Salk thread say if you allow her to pick out the veneer - she approves the speaker!

Phil A

Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #10 on: 16 Jul 2011, 05:21 pm »
Salk HT2-TLs.  High WAF in my house.




The finish on the speakers looks great.  What type of wood finish?

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Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #11 on: 17 Jul 2011, 01:25 am »
Smaller Salk towers  :thumb:

Aperion   :thumb:

You should also consider small single driver speakers with a powered subwoofer.  The sub can be adjusted to taste.  The single driver speakers should remove treble emphasize. 

Here's one suggestion:  http://tbisound.com/index.asp (very placement insensitive, the majestic diamonds are stand/wall mounts, but are tiny).  This stuff is the audiophile version of lifestyle systems.  The subs are really remarkable and could allow you to shop for a very small floorstander (like a Totem Aero).
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albireo13

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Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #12 on: 17 Jul 2011, 02:44 am »
the Songbirds are smaller Salk speakers which look very nice indeed.   That's an option.
 :)

albireo13

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Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #13 on: 19 Jul 2011, 11:01 am »
The Songtowers are in the lead right now for me.  I wish they were a tad shorter and smaller though.
Have to reconcile that.


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Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #14 on: 19 Jul 2011, 11:47 am »
Jim Salk can probably tweak the cabinet design for you.

Big Red Machine

Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #15 on: 19 Jul 2011, 11:55 am »
The Songtowers are in the lead right now for me.  I wish they were a tad shorter and smaller though.
Have to reconcile that.

Which makes it a Songbird.  You are killing yourself over this decision.  No matter the choice you will be very happy. 

albireo13

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Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #16 on: 19 Jul 2011, 12:10 pm »
I know.  Picking speakers is a real pain.  Tons of quality choices ....  few opportunities to actually hear them ... coupled with the fact that sound quality is such a subjective thing.


Poultrygeist

Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #17 on: 19 Jul 2011, 01:32 pm »



My wife loves the Zu Omens in ghost black ( subtle smoke gray swirls on black which don't show up in pictures )

milford3

Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #18 on: 19 Jul 2011, 01:57 pm »


Axiom M80v3
You can custom order your finish.  And they sound great.

wagnju

Re: attractive towers with high WAF for living room?
« Reply #19 on: 2 Sep 2011, 08:35 pm »






what about the Swans DIVA series , $1,200/pair and sounds very good too ? My wife loves it , looks and sound  :thumb:
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