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Speaker suggestions

Postby Davidwp » Sun May 12, 2019 10:54 am

I have a DAC XP SIGNATURE/MONO X 300 SIGNATURE & the time has come to replace my aged Castle speakers & would welcome comment on the 3 speakers I have shortlisted to demo.

B&W 702 S2
ATC SCM40
ProAc -Response D30S

Also are there any other speakers I should consider, listen mainly to folk, rock & clasical.

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Re: Speaker suggestions

Postby hifinutt » Sun May 12, 2019 1:27 pm

lot of fans for the atc but i find them bright

i heard the d30r several times and i was struck by the wood finish compared to the B&W which i also like

i heard the d30r in one room which speakers close to wall with arcam and it was a lovely sound , then i heard same speakers in a different room with valve amps and they were horrible . i guess a home demo is very important . i do love proac though

for the price of the d30 you could get a nice s/h b&w 804d 2

after demoing the proac dt8 , d20 , d30r i ended up with tannoy eaton legacy which is pretty good but not a floorstander
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Re: Speaker suggestions

Postby Attonine » Sun May 12, 2019 2:30 pm

hifinutt wrote:lot of fans for the atc but i find them bright


I wouldn’t put ATC and bright in the same sentence, but each to their own. I’m not a fan of B&W, I find their larger speakers in particular a bit of a bully. But they are popular so.....

I think their are lots of options for the OP. As B&W are on the list I would suggest KEF, though I’m not up with current models, and Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grands, especially if a pair can be found used. Usual suspect should be considered if can be easily demoed from local dealer: Spendor, PMC, Dynaudio, Sony’s Faber etc..

I say try everything you can, especially if local dealers have stock.
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Re: Speaker suggestions

Postby Joe » Sun May 12, 2019 4:34 pm

Attonine wrote:I say try everything you can, especially if local dealers have stock.

Yep. There are second hand bargains to be had but it's always a stab in the dark. If you want to get it right first time, go and listen to a variety of speakers and narrow down a shortlist for home demo if at all possible.
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Re: Speaker suggestions

Postby Davidwp » Sun May 12, 2019 8:17 pm

Many thanks for the replies so far.
I would rather demo the speakers first as for me this is a sizeable investment so wasn't considering S/H. At the very least a dealer should be able to set up a demo using DAC/Mono Cyrus set up like mine.
Attonine - thanks for all your suggestions- couldn't find the Vienna acoustics available as new. I currently biwire the Castle speakers & have thought in the future of adding a second pair of the Mono 300's so I would like speakers with more than one pair of terminals, Spendor, Dynaudio & the new PMC don't.
So at the moment think I will try & demo the B&W, ATC & Proac.
Any further thoughts suggestions most welcome.

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Re: Speaker suggestions

Postby callen24 » Sun May 12, 2019 8:23 pm

audio vector.
but there are many good se ondhand bargains, if you can collect.
So what you see cheap, might decide it.
Look out for totem s/h to

I suspect you can’t go wrong with the right KEF model

I would not recommend the vienna acoustics i have because they need lots of space and are incredibly hard to set up
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Re: Speaker suggestions

Postby Davidwp » Sun May 12, 2019 8:48 pm

Thanks Callen not heard of audio vector before but then it has been over 20years since I bought stereo speakers!
You are right about S/H bargains & collecting is not a problem just a little concerned about not demoing them first. I have seen S/H Pmc Twenty 26 for £2995.00 which is tempting but would be bought cold.

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Re: Speaker suggestions

Postby callen24 » Sun May 12, 2019 10:51 pm

Davidwp wrote:Thanks Callen not heard of audio vector before but then it has been over 20years since I bought stereo speakers!
You are right about S/H bargains & collecting is not a problem just a little concerned about not demoing them first. I have seen S/H Pmc Twenty 26 for £2995.00 which is tempting but would be bought cold.


see them working when you collect?
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Re: Speaker suggestions

Postby madaboutlawns » Sun May 12, 2019 11:12 pm

I have a similar system to yours and I run a pair of Dali Opticon 8's.
I actually bought the x300 sigs to power them, and they work and sound great.
The cost is a little lower than your other choices and to my ears they are fantastic.

I love listening to them and don't ever tire of hearing them sing.
Although I've not heard any other speakers with my system, I have been to a few shows and listened to a lot of speakers, I find it hard to find anything that sounds better than what I have. I might be bias, I don't know?

But I think these should be on your demo list.
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Re: Speaker suggestions

Postby callen24 » Mon May 13, 2019 8:59 am

madaboutlawns wrote:I have a similar system to yours and I run a pair of Dali Opticon 8's.
I actually bought the x300 sigs to power them, and they work and sound great.
The cost is a little lower than your other choices and to my ears they are fantastic.

I love listening to them and don't ever tire of hearing them sing.
Although I've not heard any other speakers with my system, I have been to a few shows and listened to a lot of speakers, I find it hard to find anything that sounds better than what I have. I might be bias, I don't know?

But I think these should be on your demo list.


I forgot to say dali O0
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rega RP6, AT95e/paratrace, Clearaudio nano, sub-platter upgrade
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Re: Speaker suggestions

Postby Davidwp » Mon May 13, 2019 4:40 pm

madaboutlawns wrote:I have a similar system to yours and I run a pair of Dali Opticon 8's.
I actually bought the x300 sigs to power them, and they work and sound great.
The cost is a little lower than your other choices and to my ears they are fantastic.

I love listening to them and don't ever tire of hearing them sing.
Although I've not heard any other speakers with my system, I have been to a few shows and listened to a lot of speakers, I find it hard to find anything that sounds better than what I have. I might be bias, I don't know?

But I think these should be on your demo list.


Thanks for that I will definitely add them to the list. I wasn't too sure of price I should be looking at but if you are using them with the x300 & are happy & I can save some money then even better O0