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spiderfan
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Narrowing Down Choices

I'm looking to get a new pair of tower speakers and amp (likely integrated, w/ phono & dac for now). Would like to keep below $2000 USD, $1500 would be great $2500 would likely be tops for the two components, after browsing around am already likely there. Unable to audition items due to my location. Used isn't an option due to location and current events, for me either; I am in Canada in a more remote location. Music preferences vary wildly, a warmer/fuller sound is preferred to sterile/clinical or treble heavy or too much sibilance, but anything will be a huge improvement at this point.

A deal can be had on a Yamaha A-S801 but am considering similarly priced from Cambridge Audio, Rega, NAD, Rotel. All in one is preferred but okay wit hupgrading dac/phono/etc if necessary.

Sort of torn between Monitor Audio (Silver 200 or 300s) and Paradigm Premier 800f's, the Paradigms on sale but Monitor Audio 300 able to get to a comparable cost to the 800fs. Can also get some Martin Logan Motion 40I's for a similar price that makes these 3 hard to decide between without being able to audition.

Curious if the Yamaha A-S801 is a good bet regardless and which speakers to go with of those options, but am open to further suggestion for components and matching.

Thanks for your help!

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I think a Cambridge amplifier would sound better overall than the Yamaha, in most cases. Check out the Cambridge CXA61.

Monitor Audio is a good choice for the speakers.

Of course PSB is a Canadian company, which could be good if you ever need repairs or assistance. Check out the PSB Alpha series speakers, such as the T20. PSB speakers are very nice-sounding, and some Canadian dealers give discounts, I think. Their website has a dealer locator for Canada.

I think Audio Advisor will ship to Canada; call them and see. They carry all of the stuff you are looking at.

spiderfan wrote:

I'm looking to get a new pair of tower speakers and amp (likely integrated, w/ phono & dac for now). Would like to keep below $2000 USD, $1500 would be great $2500 would likely be tops for the two components, after browsing around am already likely there. Unable to audition items due to my location. Used isn't an option due to location and current events, for me either; I am in Canada in a more remote location. Music preferences vary wildly, a warmer/fuller sound is preferred to sterile/clinical or treble heavy or too much sibilance, but anything will be a huge improvement at this point.

A deal can be had on a Yamaha A-S801 but am considering similarly priced from Cambridge Audio, Rega, NAD, Rotel. All in one is preferred but okay wit hupgrading dac/phono/etc if necessary.

Sort of torn between Monitor Audio (Silver 200 or 300s) and Paradigm Premier 800f's, the Paradigms on sale but Monitor Audio 300 able to get to a comparable cost to the 800fs. Can also get some Martin Logan Motion 40I's for a similar price that makes these 3 hard to decide between without being able to audition.

Curious if the Yamaha A-S801 is a good bet regardless and which speakers to go with of those options, but am open to further suggestion for components and matching.

Thanks for your help!

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