15k USD Speakers for Classical and Pop Extended Listening, Near setup, Low volume

Dear Audiophiles,

I am looking for some speakers for my home office. Speakers would be place 6ft from me on either side of my desk. Speakers will be 8 ft apart.

I love classical music and pop. I am looking for speakers for extended listening at not very high volume. They should be warm and non fatiguing.

I am currently considering following speakers:

1. Monitor Audio Gold 300

2. ATC SCM40

3. Kef R7 Meta

Do you have any other suggestions. Thanks and appreciate your help!


@jeffseight @yyzsantabarbara -

Thanks both for your time and complements. I am occupying just one third of the room with my desk and chair. Rest of the room is empty. So I have lot of flexibility. Ceilings are vaulted which go 9ft at lowest level and 15ft at the highest level.

I agree with ATC is not great a low listening levels. I found that today evening reading on some forums. I tried the ATC at a hifi store - so understand that setup was not like my office. I also listened to Harbeth and the same time and in that setup like ATC more than Harbeth.

Any thoughts on Buchardt A700 LE? Reviews claim that they have a good low level listening.

I am also guessing that both of you are suggesting that I put the speakers on the both sides of my chair for best audio. Is that correct?

@ilikeclassical look at my office. It was a PIA to make sound great. I have 6 monitors and 1 silent computer. I sit at the desk and have NOTHING between the speakers and my ears. I say do the same thing for yourself or at least try it out.

Office System | Virtual Listening Room (audiogon.com)

I am not a huge classical music listener, but I would think you want something with depth and a big soundstage. The Maggies are great at this type of sonic presentation. They also have less issues with side wall reflection. All of these points on how the sound gets to your ears are important in a small space. Especially, if you have ears that get irritated by bad sound and spend a lot of hours working.

As I said before the LRS+ is killer in my smaller space. In your space it would also be great, maybe even a bigger Maggie. However, if I were you I would also consider the 

Diptyque audio - Hauts-parleurs plans Haute-Fidélité - dp107 at $8k

Diptyque audio - Hauts-parleurs plans Haute-Fidélité - dp-140MKII at $18k

for your space. The reason being that the above 2 speakers are supposed to sound like a cleaner Maggie. The LRS+ is not the cleanest sounding speaker to me, but with my CODA #16 amp it is just beautiful. The above 2 speakers are supposed to have even better ribbons than the LRS+. 

I am not going to try the Diptyque speakers because I think my room is too small and I do not want to mess with a good thing. I have less margin for error, unless I use the DSP I mentioned earlier.

For a monitor the Yamaha NS3000 at $15k CAD would be great. Definitely, better drivers than the KEF Reference 1 and many others. I have the bigger NS5000 and the drivers on that are unsurpassed. Nobody has a tweeter, mid, and 12-inch woofer made from the same material, with the material having the same performance characteristics of Beryllium.

Lucky for you both suggestions I make are available in Canada for demo. Not so in the USA.

Use powered speakers your amp won’t do a pair of ATC justice unless they are powered. Also try Genelec with a small rel sub.