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Recommendations for 2nd hand speakers - budget £500

Discussion in 'audio' started by ajm, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. ajm

    ajm pfm Member


    My friend is looking for a pair of speakers on the 2nd hand market - his budget is around £500.

    He'd prefer floorstanders but would consider bookshelf speakers if they came with nice stands.

    Anyone got any interesting suggestions that he should consider?

    Source is Gyrodec SE, Arcam CD72 cd player and Arcam A75 amp if this helps?

  2. Chris Guy

    Chris Guy Active Member

  3. mrkaramba

    mrkaramba pfm Member

    Kef q500
    Tannoy xt6f
    Monitor audio silver
  4. Wilson

    Wilson _

    Kef q500

    Good fun
  5. ajm

    ajm pfm Member

    Thanks for the suggestions so far
  6. MotherSky

    MotherSky Member

    I'd look at B&W CDM1nt - should be in budget allowing for decent stands - excellent synergy with arcam gear in my experience (the CDM1se is also excellent and should be a fair chunk cheaper; CDM7se should also be in budget, these are the floorstanding version and do need a bit more space)
    ryder and hifienthusiast like this.
  7. PerF

    PerF Trade box swapper

    I have some Myryad A170 bookshelfs in the classified, they are about identical to Q.acoustics Concept 20
  8. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Linn Keilidh, £200-300, look lovely, sound great, spend £200 saving on music.
  9. Eyebroughty

    Eyebroughty JohnC


    A pair of Linn Ninkas would be in budget and sound rather nice.


  10. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    I suspect that they would, wasn't it the Ninka that replaced the Keilidh?

    If buying Linn, don't buy Kabers unless you want to go active. A friend has a pair, they are very thin sounding indeed on his LK280.
  11. Peter Ream

    Peter Ream New Member

    What's his diy skills like?
    Have a look at this site. www.iplacoustics.co.uk
    Made a pair of s3tlm floorstanders years ago for under 300 quid, and there still impressing people, years later.
  12. ajm

    ajm pfm Member

    Thanks for the info - not sure he's up to building his own speakers
  13. ajm

    ajm pfm Member

    Anybody had any experience with the Kef Q550 speakers?
  14. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Keilidhs are excellent, Ninkas are a fair step ahead of Keilidhs, a proper used bargain!
  15. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    There is probably lovely pair of IMF TLS80 on ebay right now for £350. Amazing piece of audio excellence if he has plenty of space.
  16. skelton

    skelton pfm Member

    JAS Audio Orior Grand Speaker

    Outstanding Features:
    Two way design with twin-ribbon tweeter
    Authentic wood veneer plus multi-layers of piano lacquer
    High quality binding posts
    Pure natural wool for damping
    Internal horizontal bracing
    High quality components
    list--$ 6,500.00 /pr

    Frequency response: 29Hz - 60kHz
    Sensitivity: 89 dB/W/M
    Crossover frequency: 2.2kHz
    Impedance: 8 Ohm
    Power handling: 10 - 220 W
    Tweeter: pure aluminum twin-ribbon
    Mid/Woofer: 7" Accuton ceramic driver
    Dimensions (W x H x D): 30 x 105 x 43 cm
    Net weight: 28kg per speaker have a pair of these in same finish with cosmetic damage (been repaired cabinet only)
  17. mercalia

    mercalia pfm Member

    epos M12i can be got cheap ( less than £200) and you have lots of money to buy some stands. Since they have a very simple cross over really very little to go wrong with them
  18. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    Can you tell us a little about the room?
  19. Moppit

    Moppit pfm Member

    I paid exactly £500 for a pair of Kef reference 2's. Gorgeous build quality, impressive scale. Work ok in my 5x4m room with Nait xs amplification but respond well to bigger spaces with bigger amps. Highly recommended.
  20. cjyosemite

    cjyosemite pfm Member

    Spendor A5's are well worth considering & a step up from the earlier S5e. I sold my A5's a few months ago for £600 having acquired some new A5R's at a knock-down price. My A5's were mint but most others on e-bay had gone for less.

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