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What speakers have some of the best value in the $2-3k price point?

JRS

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I'm so sad about RMAF. I never got to go.
The first two years were awesome[--as many die hard hobbyists as commercial rooms--first time I saw field effect transducers, humongo folded horns for bass, even laptop as a source but novel and even a bit risque. With time it became a zoo.
 

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If you go back 35 years Rookie, does that make my 50 years a sophomore slump? Seriously, this site has opened a can of worms for the high end over priced audiophile industry, and they know it. Could have saved a lot of money if this info was available back then.
That's 35 years "high end" audio, I have 15 before that; even though I was using AR LST speakers for most of that time I didn't count it. As to saving money--no kidding. I was on that train for while buying the Thiel's, Dunlavy's, Newform ribbon hybrids, and Infinity Preludes within about 7 years of one another. They all did some things superbly but all had a fatal chink that could have likely been easily repaired with DSP. It was then that I discovered DEQX and never looked back. And one of the reasons I seldom go to audio shops anymore. But now looking at and even welcoming some future flail here as I take the plunge into an AudioLense/DAC based system. Cheers.
 

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Dali Oberon 9 is the speaker I would buy
 

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The Ascend Acoustics Sierra Ribbon Towers are another great value in that price range. If you can find a gently used pair, the value is really hard to beat.
Sorry to derail the thread a bit. Are there objective measurements for these in terms of directivity? AFAIK nobody seems to have properly measured that yet. Combined with the fact that the woofer/midrange drivers used are a couple generations older than the Sierra 2EX, makes me wonder if these are genuinely any better than the latter.
 

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Sorry to derail the thread a bit. Are there objective measurements for these in terms of directivity? AFAIK nobody seems to have properly measured that yet. Combined with the fact that the woofer/midrange drivers used are a couple generations older than the Sierra 2EX, makes me wonder if these are genuinely any better than the latter.
Amir reviewed the Sierra Horizon RAAL Center which has the same driver assortment, internal cabinet volume, and crossover points as the Sierra RAAL Towers:

I expect that it measures quite similarly to the towers. As for your directivity question, of note is the level of the horizontal off-axis response out to about 16kHz+ without dropping off significantly even out to 90 degrees and the ~2kHz clean directivity matched crossover from the dedicated midrange to the larger 70-20xr RAAL ribbon. The ribbon is also well behaved in the 96dB THD graph compared to some of the other smaller ribbons/AMTs that have been measured. Sensitivity of ~90dB is nice as well, although subwoofers are recommended.
 
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I can't tell you. They were bookshelves and it might have been even more than $5k. It was in the big boy expensive room that I wasn't directed to when I said my price range. I should have asked. As for the M106 I haven't heard them but based on what I've read in this forum the people who have heard couldn't tell a difference and a good chunk of people preferred the M16's. I should give them a listen though.
From your original post you seemed to imply you have listened to many speakers. I was surprised to find out you can not even name one. I don't mean to be anything more than honest.
What would be helpful is if we knew what speakers represented your $5k gold standard and a list of the speakers you have heard and liked in the $$$ price class.
The other big point I have is what is the "more", that you want here? What are you looking to better by upgrading? Speak of those traits that you find are important, and what is missing in M16's.

The other thing to consider is something may hit a sweet nerve that you can not predict. My preference of the JBL 530 over the Revel M105 was unexpected. You just never know when something just has a special treat for you and maybe you alone.

Someone mentioned the JBL L82. While I wait for my JBL 4309's, I have a pair here of L82's that I borrowed unexpectedly from the universe. They are good, like real good. I'd honestly give those a try if I was just about anyone, especially if you like to turn the volume up as these can boogie without strain. Man can they, stunning IMHO. Of course I'd still want to know what you believe is missing in your current speakers.

I was so disappointed with the Aria 906 that I've never tried anything else from them. Probably irrational though.
What was it you did not like about them? Really nobody can help you unless they know more about this and your listening habits.
 

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I know you haven't been around here long, but this doesn't amount to a hill of beans.
This site is the ultimate in cherry popping. Then again, the last time I took any audio rag seriously was way back when Absolute sound was run by HP. Nowadays these reviewers are mostly cable / interconnect pimps. How we went from “lamp cord” to $10,000 .5 meter wire is still both amusing and disappointing.
 
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