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post #11 of 24
Greg is absolutely right with his reccomendation. Your friend, if he is spending real money... needs to go find a dealer that will let him A-B things in his house. I wouldn't suggest B&W or Martin Logan as both are going to be insanely revealing and eventually fatiguing to most listeners. David Michael Audio (Greg's links) is a fantastic dealer for the midwest area, I cannot recommend them more. If you talk to them, tell them Greg and Dunn sent you.

For geek cred so you guys know we actually experienced the diamonds first hand:

http://i.imgur.com/ewcDF.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/KiSda.jpg

The Kudos perform in a way that is totally misleading compared to their look. However in the 9K range your friend may consider looking at some of Harbeth's options as they are releasing a new monitor speaker this year.

As for power equipment, he should look into Naim (David also stocks their product) as we've been insanely impressed with the price/performance of their units.
post #12 of 24
For 9K... hmmmm...

I'd build a 3-way bi-amped system using sound reinforcement studio/reference drivers. A pair of 15-18" subs in stereo pair under a pair of monitors using 8" RCF mid-bass drivers crossed at ~100hz and either a very nice horn or large dome that can be crossed over down around 1.5K. I would not part with 9K knowing that I could build a better sounding pair of speakers for a 3rd the price.

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I'm not a big fan of the Martin Logans.
I will say that Magnepan Speakers are a ton of fun, and you can get a used pair for well under $1,000. You will definitely need a good subwoofer with them, but they have a unique sound signature that you will not find with any piston style speaker. I think everyone should own a pair at some point! They are naturally bi-polar so they'll fill the room with sound. It's even better if you can put them in a large room with a vaulted ceiling. They will fill the entire space.

Yup^. Then drop a few grand on a quality sub, and you're set.thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by irishdunn View Post

As for power equipment, he should look into Naim (David also stocks their product) as we've been insanely impressed with the price/performance of their units.

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I have a low end Naim amp setup, 3 stereo amps running active, it rocks!
Naim kit holds its value pretty well too! even the 30+ year old stuff is very sort after!
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I have been very impressed with Naim stuff so far. I didn't give them a good listen until very recently and the first thing I heard was the NaimDAC. It's surprisingly detailed and has an excellent warm tone. It's incredibly pleasing to the ear. Considering some of the other alternatives, it's very affordable. I believe the NaimDAC is somewhere around $4,000 and the Weiss DAC202 is $8000. I much preferred the NaimDAC's warmth and silky approach compared to the very revealing and somewhat harsh tonality of the Weiss DAC202.
post #17 of 24
Martin Logans will only be as revealing as the source. IMO with a budget of 9k for speakers, you should already have a high end source or have a budget for one. Also, everyone has their preferences as to what kind of sound they prefer so keep that in mind. For instance, Greg seems to prefer a warm presentation.. I tend to think of the Logans as neutral. I don't like speakers to add color to the sound, I like a neutral presentation as close as possible as to what was originally recorded. Many cone based speakers will color the sound to some extent. So if your cousin is looking for neutral speakers, I would strongly recommend they look into Martin Logan.
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If Martin Logans are neutral then pretty much every loudspeaker on the market is neutral.
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Replace that with "subjective opinions."
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