I recently took advantage of the recent wave of Audiogon sales on the Audio Research Reference 3 and PH7 phonostage , given the arrival of the Reference 5 preamp and Ref2 phonostage. I also acquired an Audio Research 100.2 solid state amp (100wpc). Plan to purchase a VPI Classic turntable and probably a Cambridge Azur 840C or Simaudio CD player. I will need to travel 400 miles to Denver to audition speakers. I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations on speakers that would go well with and not be outclassed by the ARC electronics. My room is 15 x 20 x 8 with wooden floors. Will get a large floor rug to soften the acoustics. My budget, having admittedly spent a bit disproportionately on the electronics, is in the 3 to 6K range. I listen to small scale classical, jazz, acoustic, male and female solo artists mostly. Favorites include Bach, Chopin, Metheny, Jarrett, Mark Knopfler, Donald Fagen, James Taylor, Diann Krall.
I would like to be able to place the speakers fairly close to the rear wall. Maggies would be nice but would like something with a more compact footprint. Have thought about PSB Synchrony Two towers or monitors, Gallo Reference 3.5, Focal Be1007 or used Micro Utopias, B&W 804S, Gershman Sonogram, Harbeth Compact 7ES-3, Usher Be-718. Any others to consider? Which of the above most likely to do well in the room? Any input would be greatly appreciated ..... Dave