The Two Channel Advice Thread

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  1. zerodeefex

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    Thanks!

    We're in CO so the houses are quite big compared to what we're used to in the bay area.

    Hilariously, the internet says that at a 13' seating distance, we need a 100+" display for 4k content.

    I'm leaning toward the Sonos Arc or the Klipsch 600 if we're going cheapo.
     
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    As usual...make sure whatever you are doing pass the GF/wifey test. We were planning to do a TV setup before Covid hit, and thus we needed the extra space for my other half's computer desk.

    FL isn't stupid SF Bay prices, but the prices where I am at is going up and you are having 2/2 costing just as much as a Mortgage payment (good luck finding a house...everyone is buying).
     
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    I'm the hardest test to pass. The wife is cheap like me but I'd put us at about on par with not wanting our living space to look ugly (which pretty much all speakers look to me).

    Things are blowing up in Boulder but it's still cheaper than the Bay Area so it feels affordable to us.
     
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    Hi everyone,
    I have recently acquired a used Freya S + Aegir, and hoping to get some advice on speakers to match it with. My DAC is a bifrost 2 and my music tends to be a mix of indie, electronic and 80s music. I prefer some warmth but within reasonable levels, where its still relatively close to neutral and can handle poor recordings.

    I have had my eye on triangle floor standers and wondering if anyone has tried any of them with schiit gear. They are very hard to demo around here, but their sensitivity and review descriptions are very interesting for a potential match. I am open to other suggestions as well.
     
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    @lithium i haven’t heard the Triangles but most of what I’ve read in the past seems to indicate they tend to lean to the brighter side. So make sure you demo them.

    I have the same amp and pre. Have you tried any Klipsch? Klipsch can sound aggressive with the wrong electronics, but the Aegir/ Freya S worked really well on some Heresys. I would see if you can find a used pair of Forte IIs. You might like those.
     
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    Budget?

    Agree with @crazychile Triangle tend to be more lean and bright/ v-shaped. Definitely watch the reviews. Not sure why you would be looking towards those if you wanted something more warmish unless you’re focused more on the sensitivity ratings.
     
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    thank you both. I have to admit I was focused on sensitivity, and I was hoping that the warmth of the bifrost 2 would be balanced by the speaker ( maybe that made more sense in my head). I was looking at the Antal Ez floorstander- my budget is around 3k.

    sorry, I don't like how they look. I know I should care less about the looks, but the classic look doesn't work for me unfortunately.

    Can i just say that I love your stand mount reviews, I wanted to get that out of my system as well.
     
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    Aegir/Freya owner here, too. One manufacturer I'd kept on my shortlist if I'd been considering upgrading from my AN AZ-Twos is Reference 3a. And seeing as it seems I'm the resident Audio Note schill, imho, AN-J or AN-K could be worth auditioning, too.
     
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    Ref 3A may also run bright and cool in my experience. At least the MM De Capo BE that I owned briefly we’re definitely that. Also they measure like crap. Not sure about the towers...
     
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    Yeah, never heard them, but the design (minimal order x-over slope and wide range on the woofer) seems to appeal to my preferences, but who knows. Need to put ears on them!
     
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    Thank you. I am hoping to stick to sensitive compact floor standers mostly.
    There are so many options that I feel I need to focus on a distinct subset, or else It will devolve to madness.
    I also considered Fyne and Spendor, but my understanding is that they are even hotter in the treble. That's what i take away when reviewers refer to "needs care in partnering electronics".
     
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    What speakers have you heard/owned that you like?
     
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    I lack significant experience in speakers and wanted to try them now that I am finally out of living in apartments. I live in a state with no hifi dealers where I can demo speakers so that doesn't help.
    My reference is primarily headphones with current HD6xx. Currently using it with Jot2 and BF2 - I almost never find this chain to be very hot in the treble with the music I listen to. Thank you so much for your help!
     
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    With the Aegir, compact modern floorstanders can be a hit or a miss. A friend of mine after trying it on many systems (Spendor, Focal, Klipsch, ProAc, B&W), realized that the Aegir worked best only with very sensitive speakers like the Klipsches. He said that it did drive some modern floorstanders quite well for the most part. Just would run out of steam or not have enough headroom for high dynamic range content. If you are set on buying modern speakers, you may want to consider selling the Aegir and getting a Vidar.
     
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    To add to what @EagleWings said, I’d shoot for speakers at least 95dB efficient if using an Aegir. Unless it’s a really small room and you’re listening quasi-nearfield. Then 91-93dB might be ok.

    For “science” I briefly ran some Magneplanars (86dB) on my Aegir and it sounded nice at background levels but it didn’t have the balls to make them sound full at moderate volume. I knew this going into it but felt the need to experiment because I could.
     
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    Tekton Designs seem to get decent reviews and almost all models offer 92+ dB/W sensitivity - but I've only heard them at shows under not-so-great conditions.
     
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    I've had a pair of the "Perfect Set" in my house. I was massively underwhelmed by the speaker quality and the service I received from the company.

    If you want to try Tektons they can be found readily on the used market as their 'risk free trial' is something of a joke.
     
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    Thank you all for the input, I appreciate it. The range of 95 db modern speakers is very limited, so I will have to give some thought to this. I am not planning for near field listening but I am careful about my volumes in general. Will keep everyone updated.
     
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    @lithium , if you have the ability to make simple cabinets, maybe try building some single driver speakers. If you go with Tang Band, Audio Nirvana, or Fostex drivers you could probably build something for <$700 a pair. Mid 90s efficiency would be pretty attainable.
     
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    I thank you for your confidence in my abilities, but I am not there yet.
    I am hoping to build an amp at some point, but that is the extent of my ambitions at this time.

    I will admit that I find the sensitive designs using widebanders to be very interesting.
     
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