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Offline Nick B

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want recommendations for small 2 way speakers and powered sub
« on: August 15, 2017, 07:55:38 AM »
I've been living happily with my 2 way SP Techs for 8-9 years. My wife has enjoyed the sound, but always hated the looks... including the stands. Visually, my wife would like smaller speakers including smaller stands. I've never used a sub, but if I go smaller, it's a must. It would likely be a powered sub at that....maybe downfiring.
So assuming I don't get killed with selling my SP Techs, what are some bang for the buck 2 ways that might work for me? i listen to rock, folk, vocals, especially female, orchestral but not much classical. I enjoy a detailed, but not analytical sound. The Uber has been a huge help in providing more detail and taking the edge off.
Ive heard good things about Danny Ritchie's speakers, but I'm not into building kits. I don't have the skill set to cut wood and build cabinets. Due to $$ constraints, I'd probably purchase used. I'd also appreciate comments about subs. I would be using only one in keeping with the idea of maintaining a small footprint
Nick

PS   forgot to mention SP Techs are 12x21x16
« Last Edit: August 15, 2017, 08:25:34 AM by Nick B »
ICEpower 1200as2 stereo amp
Audio Hungary APR 204 preamp
KEF LS 50 speakers
Border Patrol SE dac
Auralic Aries Mini
Roon & Tidal
Don Sachs phono
Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio Uber
All cables by Gary A

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Re: want recommendations for small 2 way speakers and powered sub
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2017, 08:00:19 AM »
Come to RC and listen to our Trinity.
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Re: want recommendations for small 2 way speakers and powered sub
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2017, 08:43:19 AM »
Come to RC and listen to our Trinity.

Thanks, Hugh. Can you provide measurements?
Nick
ICEpower 1200as2 stereo amp
Audio Hungary APR 204 preamp
KEF LS 50 speakers
Border Patrol SE dac
Auralic Aries Mini
Roon & Tidal
Don Sachs phono
Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio Uber
All cables by Gary A

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Re: want recommendations for small 2 way speakers and powered sub
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2017, 08:45:23 AM »
Your ears are your best assets.   :-P

It's on our website.
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Re: want recommendations for small 2 way speakers and powered sub
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2017, 10:17:21 AM »
That appears similar to the footprint of the SP Techs. If I switch, I would have to go smaller or the wife would not be happy  [-( [-(
Nick
ICEpower 1200as2 stereo amp
Audio Hungary APR 204 preamp
KEF LS 50 speakers
Border Patrol SE dac
Auralic Aries Mini
Roon & Tidal
Don Sachs phono
Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio Uber
All cables by Gary A

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Re: want recommendations for small 2 way speakers and powered sub
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2017, 11:34:36 AM »
I do have smaller ones from Onix.
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Re: want recommendations for small 2 way speakers and powered sub
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2017, 11:45:40 AM »
Tell her "no."

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Re: want recommendations for small 2 way speakers and powered sub
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2017, 11:55:57 AM »
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Re: want recommendations for small 2 way speakers and powered sub
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2017, 12:13:09 PM »
Tell her "no."

 :pop

I like that. ;)

Tell her what???  [-o< [-o<
Actually, I'm lucky to have her and I'd like to have a smaller setup as well. She's been great with my hobby.... I mean obssession. I will check out the Onix
Nick
ICEpower 1200as2 stereo amp
Audio Hungary APR 204 preamp
KEF LS 50 speakers
Border Patrol SE dac
Auralic Aries Mini
Roon & Tidal
Don Sachs phono
Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio Uber
All cables by Gary A

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Re: want recommendations for small 2 way speakers and powered sub
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2017, 12:22:15 PM »
Tell her "no."

 :pop

I like that. ;)

Tell her what???  [-o< [-o<
Actually, I'm lucky to have her and I'd like to have a smaller setup as well. She's been great with my hobby.... I mean obssession. I will check out the Onix
Nick

Tell her YOU love HER. ;)
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Re: want recommendations for small 2 way speakers and powered sub
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2017, 01:16:24 PM »
Tell her "no."

 :pop

I like that. ;)

Tell her what???  [-o< [-o<
Actually, I'm lucky to have her and I'd like to have a smaller setup as well. She's been great with my hobby.... I mean obssession. I will check out the Onix
Nick

Tell her YOU love HER. ;)


Ok, I love audio...I mean YOU. Got it  :thumb:
ICEpower 1200as2 stereo amp
Audio Hungary APR 204 preamp
KEF LS 50 speakers
Border Patrol SE dac
Auralic Aries Mini
Roon & Tidal
Don Sachs phono
Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio Uber
All cables by Gary A

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Re: want recommendations for small 2 way speakers and powered sub
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2017, 01:25:56 PM »
Tell her YOU love HER. ;)

Yes, definitely do that!

Then order these...


Console her by promising to leave the grills on when her friends visit.

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Re: want recommendations for small 2 way speakers and powered sub
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2017, 01:48:37 PM »
What about these?


http://legacyaudio.com/products/view/calibre/
3 way + 2 passive radiators, standmount. Don't need a sub. Probably not much smaller than Timepieces, but slightly prettier.

If you have to go small, "The One" and "The 1+1" by Audience are worth checking out.

You can hide a subwoofer anywhere in the room as long as it crosses at or below 80Hz, and it's closer to your ears than the main speakers, so you can adjust the delay on the subs to match the mains arrival time. For music, it's gotta be a sealed sub. Ideally you'd have 4 subs hidden around the room so they would even out the bass response and minimize the bass modes. "Swarm" style. There are some nice in-wall subs available now that are virtually invisible with paintable metal grill.

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Re: want recommendations for small 2 way speakers and powered sub
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2017, 02:10:44 PM »
Would Kef LS50 work?  I have not heard them but they seem to get high praise on the net :)

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Re: want recommendations for small 2 way speakers and powered sub
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2017, 08:29:05 PM »
Tell her YOU love HER. ;)

Yes, definitely do that!

Then order these...


Console her by promising to leave the grills on when her friends visit.


Mucho cojones, Don Ricardo......
ICEpower 1200as2 stereo amp
Audio Hungary APR 204 preamp
KEF LS 50 speakers
Border Patrol SE dac
Auralic Aries Mini
Roon & Tidal
Don Sachs phono
Basis Ovation turntable
Graham 1.5 T tonearm
AT-ML150 cartridge
PI Audio Uber
All cables by Gary A