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The Russell K Black 50 (or Red 50 when with a more expensive finish) impressed me.

Musical, dynamic, and very emotionally communicative.

Worth a listen but need to be correctly positioned and correctly mounted.
 
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Not heard these but the design looks extremely promising, with even tonality and well controlled directivity. If I were looking to build a bookshelf ‘speaker I would certainly consider this design:

 

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I get the feeling AN/K might be exactly what you're looking for. Not if you want to build them, but they tick lots of boxes as an unfussy music maker. The Snell version would set you back a few hundred quid.
I also love the Concert 8 suggestions above, but beware of potential issues with the rear port if they're going close to walls.
Also, if you've never heard AE1's, they can be magical. But for low level full range with heaps of detail I'd be on the K's
So much choice!
 

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the op said

Falcon Acoustics:
By buying all the bits separately, I can make my version of their LS3/5a gold crossover speakers. I think it'll be around £1300 built.
Falcon also make a Q7 kit. Basically the LS3/5 but with a crossover and cabinet tuned for about 10Hz more bass (ish). Warm LS3's I'm supposing. It's around £1100 in veneered kit form.


there is a nice pair for not much more here

 

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Those are silver badge models, which most reviews suggest the golds are superior. All be it a £400 upgrade which I believe are still being sold separately.

For the OP (and I seem to recall in previous years you owned Harbeth?) i'd put the ESRs as the best small all round speaker on the market. If you can live with the limitations of the Falcon's/listen to a set type of music, I think the Falcon's have better mid range. But all rounders and if I had one pair of speakers only i'd buy the ESRs.

There's a pair of the new XD ones on eBay at the moment with the Something Solid stands for £1500 which would be hard to look beyond in the price bracket.
 

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Hi. I just got a guy I know to put together a constructor series Kef CS1 build for me using the B 110/T27 combo. All in it was about £350 for the complete build. Got them set up and running and for the cash sound excellent. Might be an option as a much cheaper build. Cheers
 

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