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Best bookshelf speakers under $2000


Hi guys,

room size-15*10
I have been looking for good bookshelf speakers. somebody suggested for Monitor audio gold series. I am also emphasaizing on the quality material of the speakers.

I need the best quality and sound, budget could be stretched some more.
I do not have space to keep floor standers.
I have decided to go for bookshelf with sub.

I have amp of woodstock 80 watts /channel.
Source- Cambridge audio 651 bd.


Later on if necesary, will go for another amp.
Please suggest.
Are b&w 805 bookshelf really good?
Somebody suggested for ascendo bookshelf which will cost approx 2.25 lakhs(out of budget).

I trust all you tech savvy guys as i have seen the passion for audio on this forum

Any help is welcome.
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Re: Best bookshelf speakers under $2000

At that price range, I would recommend an audition of the following (what you like will be your preference):
Dynaudio focus series
PSB Synchrony 1B
Monitor Audio Gold
B&W
Xavian (if your are in Mumbai)

Virtually all of these would demand a better source and amplification so keep that in mind when planning the budget.

My personal favourite out of the lot are the Dynaudio range
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Re: Best bookshelf speakers under $2000

Hey give Genelec 8030a an audition,they are active speakers though, they are really nice.
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Re: Best bookshelf speakers under $2000

I read about and heard Paradigm Studio 20 with Seismic 110 sub ( dimunitive size
But great performance ) to be a good combo. Please budget for some nice stands.

Jaibir has mentioned some nice choices too.

Paradigms are avbl in Mumbai.

About 2 days back I heard the Kef R300 at Profx. That meets your budget
And is a sweet sounding too. Well constructed and handsome.

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Re: Best bookshelf speakers under $2000

I am highly thankful to all of you who gave their time and shared their knowledge and experience.

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Re: Best bookshelf speakers under $2000

Vikas, none of the speakers suggested will make any sense with the amplifier and source that you have. Frankly playing a B&W with a Woodstock 80 watt amp will be akin to taking a Ferrari body and inserting a Maruti 800 engine in it.

If you looking at music only a good CD player, a decent two channel amp, and simple bookshelves for about 50-60K will give you much better sound than what you can get from B&W 805 played by your current amp.

Look at CDP and amps from CA, Marantz, Arcam, Creek, etc. Attach these to a decent pair of bookshelves such as B&W 685 or equivalent from other companies, and you are done.

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Re: Best bookshelf speakers under $2000

Hi Venkat,

I appreciate your suggestion.

I have cambridge audio bd universal player.

Till the time I am not going for high end amp, I wish to use the speakers with woodstock( this is only for the time being as I have planned to complete my audio system BRICK BY BRICK). So still would u like to provide same suggestion?

OR u can suggest that Should I go for monitor audio gold series, that will cost somewhere around 70k.

I also do not wish to go for unnecessary high end gear as I have auditioned the gear costing 10 lakh and it does not sound like somebody should spend that amount of money( amplifier of Belles soloist1 -2.35 lakhs and ascendo floor standing speakers-6.5 lakhs). That was just ok for me. soundstage was good however bass was lacking.I have heard that speakers like B&W demand for very high amplification and does not sound as good as they should.

Most importantly, I wish to go for a quality 2 channel stereo for my movies and music( music is more important, 70%).

I am not fucusing on very high end gear costing money in couple of lakhs.
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Re: Best bookshelf speakers under $2000

Hi,

If you are in Delhi, you can check out Zu Audio Omen Bookshelves. They are american speakers. I have heard them and they are outstanding. They are well mated with tube amps, but they perform well with SS amps too.

Here is the link - Zu Audio | A Revolution in American HiFi

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Re: Best bookshelf speakers under $2000

Hi John,

Yes , I am based in Delhi.

Looked at these, the specs are outstanding, First ever seen. Could you please tell wher in delhi I can audition these?
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Re: Best bookshelf speakers under $2000

As per Zu Audio Website:

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19A Begampur Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, India 110017
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