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What's the best passive (and preferably floorstanding) speaker one can find for $2,500 or less?

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A relative of mine wants to drop around US$2,500 or less on a pair of passive loudspeakers. Floorstanders are strongly preferred. The speakers will be powered by either a higher-end Marantz AV receiver or an uncharacteristically reliable NAD C370 (formerly owned by me). The relative intends to use the speakers to listen to many genres of music and TV/movie sound at a distance of approximately 15 feet from the loudspeakers. (No, the Dutch & Dutch 8Cs, Kii Threes and various low-priced JBL and Kali Audio monitors are not good options for this use case.)

The relative is currently eyeing a lightly used pair of Revel Performa F206s on Audiogon. I'm concerned about the load these will put on the partnering amplifier, especially in light of the listening distance:

https://www.soundstagenetwork.com/i...&catid=77:loudspeaker-measurements&Itemid=153

If any of you have suggestions or recommendations, or if you think the Revel F206s may be my relative's best bet, I'd be grateful as always for your thoughts.
 
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I'd recommend the Vandersteen 2. A new pair goes for $2,700, but I've seen them sell used for much less. However, there have been many iterations of the 2 over the years, so some pairs are more used than others. That NAD would also work.
 
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NHT C4, Revel F36, KEF R500, PSB T, Ascend Acoustics Sierra Tower (the RAAL upgrade is worth it but over budget, the default tweeter is fine), Focal Aria 926, or Wharfedale Reva 4 (for a small room, not efficient enough for larger rooms),
 

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How about trying a small manufacturer?

For example these are my speakers from a small manufacturer in EU (2390 EUR):
Too much money, and they will cost more n the United States because of import duties and shipping.
 

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I suspect the NRC's chamber has issues with deep bass. A number of big speakers show funky measurements down low.
The chamber they use is rated down to 80Hz. They had access to one that’s down to 20Hz, they compared measured differences and created a compensation curve. However, it practically never works well, so I would disregard anything below 100Hz from them.
 
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I'd throw a suggestion out there for the paradigm line of speakers. Their studio, reference and signature lines are quite good.



A relative of mine wants to drop around US$2,500 or less on a pair of passive loudspeakers. Floorstanders are strongly preferred. The speakers will be powered by either a higher-end Marantz AV receiver or an uncharacteristically reliable NAD C370 (formerly owned by me). The relative intends to use the speakers to listen to many genres of music and TV/movie sound at a distance of approximately 15 feet from the loudspeakers. (No, the Dutch & Dutch 8Cs, Kii Threes and various low-priced JBL and Kali Audio monitors are not good options for this use case.)

The relative is currently eyeing a lightly used pair of Revel Performa F206s on Audiogon. I'm concerned about the load these will put on the partnering amplifier, especially in light of the listening distance:

https://www.soundstagenetwork.com/i...&catid=77:loudspeaker-measurements&Itemid=153

If any of you have suggestions or recommendations, or if you think the Revel F206s may be my relative's best bet, I'd be grateful as always for your thoughts.
 

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I suspect the NRC's chamber has issues with deep bass. A number of big speakers show funky measurements down low.
Ah, noted, thanks for explaining.
 

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Ascend Sierra Towers is the obvious choice for those that know about Internet Direct speakers.

Will easily beat speakers twice its price in subjective shootouts. If you want an accurate, non-fatiguing system and you’re setting up for a main seating position, that would be my choice.

Just like you’ve found on this site re: mainstream and popular DAC and Amps, the jewels are the ones that are currently unpopular and not well-known.
 

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Those Studio Electrics measure pretty badly. I wonder what Benchmark was thinking in (formerly) partnering with that company to sell speakers.
 
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