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Bluesound Powernode speaker selection, need advice

1UkranianGuy

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Hello all, I'm planning to build a system around a Bluesound Powernode, using bookshelf speakers and a sub. Been doing a bunch of research on bookshelves and narrowed down to 2 candidates - Buchardt P300 or Golden Ear BRX. Basically I'm looking for the best possible speaker choice (bookshelves only) up to $2K. Midbass/treble and good staging is a priority, since bass will be handled by a REL T/9x.

I know sound is subjective but would love to hear any recommendations, comments and experiences, especially from those who own or have listened to the speakers mentioned. Much appreciated!
 

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Golden Ear BRX:
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We don't have spinorama for Buchard P300, but we do for Buchardt Audio S400 MKII:
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The Buchard, IMO, is a better designed speaker.

Here's a few more options that you haven't considered:

Passive Bookshelves < US$1,800/pair:
NamePSPSwSubLFX
Ascend Acoustics Sierra-LX6.88.636
Kef R3 (Amir) (Erin) [Discontinued on Feb 2023, replaced by R3 Meta]6.68.336
Philharmonic BMR v2 (Erin)6.17.733
Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2EX V26.08.042
Revel M16 with sealed port [readme] (Amir)5.9????
Elac Debut Reference DBR-62 (Amir)5.77.843
Revel M105 (Amir)5.98.351
JBL HDI-1600 (Amir)5.87.638
Kef LS50 Meta (Amir)5.77.843
Revel M16 with open port (Amir)5.67.745
Polk Audio Signature Elite ES20 (Amir)4.86.739
Arendal Sound 1723 Bookshelf S THX (Erin)4.87.662
Arendal Sound 1961 Bookshelf (Erin)4.47.368

From my thread.
 

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Hello all, I'm planning to build a system around a Bluesound Powernode, using bookshelf speakers and a sub. Been doing a bunch of research on bookshelves and narrowed down to 2 candidates - Buchardt P300 or Golden Ear BRX. Basically I'm looking for the best possible speaker choice (bookshelves only) up to $2K. Midbass/treble and good staging is a priority, since bass will be handled by a REL T/9x.

I know sound is subjective but would love to hear any recommendations, comments and experiences, especially from those who own or have listened to the speakers mentioned. Much appreciated!
I did not hear the Buchard P300 but I really was not impressed by the Golden Ear BRX. I was listening it against Revel M16 and there was no contest. BRX was unremarkable as far as I am concerned.
 
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I did not hear the Buchard P300 but I really was not impressed by the Golden Ear BRX. I was listening it against Revel M16 and there was no contest. BRX was unremarkable as far as I am concerned.
What is your opinion on the Revel M16's? Is that what you're using now?
 

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I am not using it. I was just at the store looking for a sub and I saw the Golden Ear BRX on the stands and asked to hear them. I was not impressed and told the salesmen so. He was hoping for a sale and asked me if I wanted to hear something really good and that is how I ended up hearing the M16s.
For last 4-5 years I was using powered speakers. Currently I am using Genelec 8020D with their 7040 sub.
 
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