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Hello,


ideas & recommendations sought for a pair of bookshelf/standmounter high, 90(ish) DB speakers. 


To be used with a Bantum USB amp/dac.


Thank you.

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Re: High Sensitivity Speakers

Within what sort of budget ?!

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Re: High Sensitivity Speakers

Sorry, should have given more detail. l want something that is dynamic, forward, bright (without being harsh) something that's "alive" Do not want anything that's laid back/warm.


Don't mind second hand


Budget of a couple of hundred £'s

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Mission 751. A bigger bookshelf speaker, but not massive. About 17 years old now, but great design, 751 Freedom model came out up until the mid-90s. Either would fit the bill, though the earlier model is closed to your needs (I owned a pair and can't recommend them highly enough).

The caveat is to try and hear them with your partnering kit, but based on your post, they'd be a good fit. Warm they are not, but you'll get a confident, forward and musical picture that is on the brighter side of neutral. Not shrill, just a very good little speaker. Expect to pay around £100.

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Re: High Sensitivity Speakers

Thank you for the response.


Sounds interesting. l always liked the sound of Mission speakers, though have never heard the 751's.


After a bit of digging around, found that they are 89dB, just what l'm looking for.


However, the recommended amp is given as 20 - 75 watts per channel. As the Bantum USB only musters 15, do you feel this would be a problem?


 


Any other candidates?

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chesterfieldhouse:

Thank you for the response.


Sounds interesting. l always liked the sound of Mission speakers, though have never heard the 751's.


After a bit of digging around, found that they are 89dB, just what l'm looking for.


However, the recommended amp is given as 20 - 75 watts per channel. As the Bantum USB only musters 15, do you feel this would be a problem?


 


Any other candidates?


I would recommend Wharfedale E series, but I've never heard of your amp and source.

However, the Wharfedales are suitable for amps from 5 - 65 watts, and they are 96db.
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Re: High Sensitivity Speakers

Have a look for Triangle speakers (bookshelf models Titus, Comete, Trio, Duetto). Lively and dynamic sound, high sensitivity.

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chesterfieldhouse:

Thank you for the response.


Sounds interesting. l always liked the sound of Mission speakers, though have never heard the 751's.


After a bit of digging around, found that they are 89dB, just what l'm looking for.


However, the recommended amp is given as 20 - 75 watts per channel. As the Bantum USB only musters 15, do you feel this would be a problem?


 


Any other candidates?



According to the Batam FAQ page, they recommend speakers above 86dB so the Missions would be fine.


They also say that their amp can match those from other manufacturers with ratings of 100W because the Bantam has very low distortion and is designed to provide a good quality sound all the way to it's max output.

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Re: High Sensitivity Speakers

Yes, the low distortion was one of the things that attracted me to the Bantam.


At present, l'm using it with a pair of Tannoy F1 Customs (87dB) & though the sound is OK, l feel it lacks a little sparkle; hence looking for something a little more dynamic.

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"l always liked the sound of Mission speakers ... they are 89dB, just what l'm looking for."

Q Acoustics 1050i are rated 92db / 6ohm.  Plus the company was formed by ex Mission staff.

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.....Efficient? ...loud? ....lively? ...surely you should have a listen to a pair of Cerwin Vega's? ...sounds just what you are looking for!

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Re: High Sensitivity Speakers

 


 92dB would be ideal however, the Q Acoustic 1050i's are floorstanders. Small(ish) bookshelf/standmounter needed.  

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Re: High Sensitivity Speakers

+1 for the Triangle Cometes

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Re: High Sensitivity Speakers
chesterfieldhouse:

Yes, the low distortion was one of the things that attracted me to the Bantam.


At present, l'm using it with a pair of Tannoy F1 Customs (87dB) & though the sound is OK, l feel it lacks a little sparkle; hence looking for something a little more dynamic.



How about some Monitor Audio RS1's ?  They should provide the dynamism and sparkle that you think are missing.  Sevenoaks have got some on offer at £200 and £249 on their website.

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