The very best speaker you can get to be driven by a set of XPA-1Ls
As others have done and more will add to the list, we could name every speaker there is, that would do you no good!
But the best speaker will be the set you can hear in your room and with your gear to the liking of both your ears and wallet. No other speaker will do.
These will be the most important component to your audio system. PERIOD!
Read reviews, if you prefer one sound signature over another, pursue speakers in that direction. That as good advice as I can give with the input I have at the moment. Take your time and be picky, youll live with them longer then any other piece of gear.
Good Luck and enjoy your journey.
Last Edit: Oct 25, 2015 13:37:39 GMT -5 by novisnick
^^^ Absolutely. I read all about Golden Ear, went to a store to audition them, and realized that they didn't sound as good as my (then) current speakers - Mirage OM-6 and its brothers.
Spent about 3 hours in the store and fell in love with Paradigm Studio 100's and its brothers. Bought them and love them.
Unfortunately that store (Hi-Fi House in Wilmington, DE is out of business)
those 100s are pretty good and can really rock your house down...
Running Studio 100s v5 and the bass is so clean but strong. Very impressed with them.
Emotiva XSP-1 g2, XPR-1 (x2), Stealth DC-1 DAC, Sony 222es SACD, Audioquest Midnight speaker cable, Audiotruth Emerald RCA cable, xlrs, Monster Power htp-5000 power conditioner and Monster Power AVS-2000 voltage regulator, Bello AT 484 Audio Rack, NHT 2.9 Speakers
Keep XPA-1Ls ... you will never find an amp of this class for this kind of money. It's a keeper. They are really, really good. XPA-3 doesn't stand a chance. Polks are OK - I went through ALL Monitors, RTiAs and LSi15 - but they are HT speakers, even the LSi 15 aren't really that great. A few years ago a bargain of the century was Martin Logan Motion 12 speakers. Fantastic sounding in a good environment. They are discontinued now, but if you can find them on a used market - get them! ML12 + tube preamp + XPA-1L = amazing sound for the money. These speakers aren't for heavy music, but they are truly spectacular with jazz, blues, vocals, lounge or art rock.
Mark Levinson 37 CD Transport Modwright Oppo BDP-105D Mark levinson 360S DAC Mark Levinson 28 Preamp Mark Levinson 27.5 Amplifier Anthony Gallo Reference S.A. Amplifier for 2-nd voice coil Anthony Gallo Reference 3.5 speakers
So far I can tell a difference in the A,A/B mode. I am not playing them loud but when I do play them louder I wonder if I will be able to detect the 35w transition? BTW this is pretty damned good speaker.