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I had been looking at the STF-2 before you mentioned it. I think I like that as an option.

Well the budget that I came up with was kind of arbitrary. Let me ask you this: What would you do for my situation with a $2000 budget?

Building my own enclosure for the driver is not something I'd likely enjoy, and thus I wouldn't really be motivated to do the research in order be able to do it right the first time. What I want is powerful, tight, and accurate sound representation.

The space it is in is large, and acoustically retarded. I'd say about 20x20, but certainly not square.
For 2000 dollars and a nice 2.1 setup, I would go with CHT's PRO-10 or SHO-10. I dont have much time to elaborate, but these are one of the best speakers in it's price bracket. When I have the time, we can discuss in more detail. I suggest you look them up on google.

They are a smaller company; all their equipment are manufactured in the states.

Link here

Energy also makes quality speakers as well as Klipsch. There are literally hundreds of options to go with.
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This is the kind of response I like. I've only glanced at each of these thus far, the TWO.2 and VTF-1 I had both looked at last night though. What I wonder is if the power from the TWO.2 even with the upgraded powersupply is going to be enough for the Sierra-1s?
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Why would suggest these over the original selection?
The Paradigm MilleniaOne's are easier to drive meaning you can save money on the amp. Long story short, Paradigm has a long history making audiophile grade home theater products compared to other bookshelf makers (e.g. M-Audio, Polk Audio, Acoustic Research, etc.)

The MillleniaOne will run $500 retail but can be had around $400 street, cheaper if you can find someone to sell them to you used. Many people are calling the Millenia series a steal because you are getting sound comparable to $2000 floorstanding loudspeakers. With the Millenia you can always go 5.0 if you ever change your mind.

Their Millenia sub is going to run you $1400 retail but I recommend the Seismic 110 over their new Millenia because for roughly the same price the Seismic has much better low freq. response over the Millenia. The Millenia sub is mainly for stash away purposes, I personally prefer a classic looking subwoofer.

Seismic 110 review


However you can pair your favorite sub with the MilleniaOne 2.0 because £1,250 for a sub may be too expensive for some and too much power for a medium to small room.

Amp: Pioneer M-10X
Edited by AzO - 2/2/11 at 7:13pm
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This is the kind of response I like. I've only glanced at each of these thus far, the TWO.2 and VTF-1 I had both looked at last night though. What I wonder is if the power from the TWO.2 even with the upgraded powersupply is going to be enough for the Sierra-1s?
Yeah it will be more than enough. The extra large tank cap will give them all the slam they need. Think quality not quantity too. You can get a 120wpc class-D amp for under $100 but it won't have the detail or finesse of the TWO.2. To be honest though, I'd go with the N2X. Dollar for dollar they will sound better and are likely built better. I haven't seen the insides of a Sierra-1 but that guy Ron does one hell of a great job building GR-Research kits. Look up some reviews on both before making a decision.
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I'd recommend checking out Peachtree Audio. They make an all in one DAC/tube preamp/2-channel amp, excellent reviews everywhere, do a quick Google search, it's a pretty revolutionary product when it comes to HiFi, well at least when it came out, I think some companies are trying to follow their foot-steps now in making HiFi consumer-friendly/digital. Uses ESS Sabre DAC, which is a pretty high end chip, especially considering the Peachtree's cost. It's also got a crapload of features and connections like headphone out, sub out, pre/line out, it's even got USB input. I have the Decco2, which is the same as their top model the Nova, except the power amp on the Nova is 80w vs Decco2's 60w. It's $800, 60w should be plenty unless you're trying to power a big room or listening from far away. Use the rest of the budget on speakers + sub, you can find some nice deals on Audiogon.com

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Originally Posted by Daetlus View Post
This is the kind of response I like. I've only glanced at each of these thus far, the TWO.2 and VTF-1 I had both looked at last night though. What I wonder is if the power from the TWO.2 even with the upgraded powersupply is going to be enough for the Sierra-1s?
http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=88028.0

Virtue makes excellent amps. Sierra-1 are great speakers as well, they have a cult-like following actually..
Edited by koven - 2/2/11 at 7:35pm
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I'll just leave this here....

http://www.magneplanar.com/
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I'll just leave this here....

http://www.magneplanar.com/
If you have the space and a dedicated listening room. My father owned a set of Magnepans (MG 12's IIRC) running on a 3B SST while I was growing up... they sound beautiful but the positioning (and sweet spot) is hellish.
    
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If you have the space and a dedicated listening room. My father owned a set of Magnepans (MG 12's IIRC) running on a 3B SST while I was growing up... they sound beautiful but the positioning (and sweet spot) is hellish.
I do not. The space is slightly L shaped, has stairs coming from the main floor coming into it, and 7 doors.

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I'll just leave this here....

http://www.magneplanar.com/
Thanks.

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I'd recommend checking out Peachtree Audio. They make an all in one DAC/tube preamp/2-channel amp, excellent reviews everywhere, do a quick Google search, it's a pretty revolutionary product when it comes to HiFi, well at least when it came out, I think some companies are trying to follow their foot-steps now in making HiFi consumer-friendly/digital. Uses ESS Sabre DAC, which is a pretty high end chip, especially considering the Peachtree's cost. It's also got a crapload of features and connections like headphone out, sub out, pre/line out, it's even got USB input. I have the Decco2, which is the same as their top model the Nova, except the power amp on the Nova is 80w vs Decco2's 60w. It's $800, 60w should be plenty unless you're trying to power a big room or listening from far away. Use the rest of the budget on speakers + sub, you can find some nice deals on Audiogon.com



http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=88028.0

Virtue makes excellent amps. Sierra-1 are great speakers as well, they have a cult-like following actually..
Thanks for the Sierra-1 info. I will check out peach tree audio.

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Yeah it will be more than enough. The extra large tank cap will give them all the slam they need. Think quality not quantity too. You can get a 120wpc class-D amp for under $100 but it won't have the detail or finesse of the TWO.2. To be honest though, I'd go with the N2X. Dollar for dollar they will sound better and are likely built better. I haven't seen the insides of a Sierra-1 but that guy Ron does one hell of a great job building GR-Research kits. Look up some reviews on both before making a decision.
I don't have any complaints with the price involved, I've listened to the differences you get from different types of amps, and believe they are worth the price. Just wanted to make sure it would be enough.

I will make sure to do a lot of review reading on all items before purchase.
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Yeah it will be more than enough. The extra large tank cap will give them all the slam they need. Think quality not quantity too. You can get a 120wpc class-D amp for under $100 but it won't have the detail or finesse of the TWO.2. To be honest though, I'd go with the N2X. Dollar for dollar they will sound better and are likely built better. I haven't seen the insides of a Sierra-1 but that guy Ron does one hell of a great job building GR-Research kits. Look up some reviews on both before making a decision.
I think he should go with the N3S. He'll benifit from it a little more seeing as his room is pretty big and it's alot more efficient 90.5 dB compared to the 85 dB of the N2X.

If you're using it soley for music either the peachtree or the TWO.2 will be good.
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