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Tannoy glenair. prat like the zu with single source imaging. 4est
Omega loudspeakers are another good choice at the lower end ... 4musica44107
Consider silverline bolero's. 92db and easy to drive (impeda ... Newbee
Attend rmaf or ces and listen to your choices. forget trying ... Tvad
Tvad, you put way more weight to half-hour listening session ... Ggavetti
i give hearing speakers significantly more weight than anyon ... Tvad
Zu essence blows goat. cheap ribbon, poor integration. de ... Bjesien
Also consider coincident speaker technology in canada. if yo ... Metralla
Tvad, don't get me wrong. i do listen to a lot of speakers, ... Ggavetti
I think you should use the search function---this subject ha ... Keithr
The "you need to audition" advice is doubtless rig ... Jdoris
Here are two of the recent threads in which high efficiency ... Almarg
Ggavetti, i agree that collecting info and recommendations i ... Tvad
Far superior to the Beauhorns are the Horning Hybrid speakers from Denmark which also use the Lowther drivers. The Hornings are some of the best commercial speakers out there at present, especially for ensemble jazz and vocals. If you want your favorite mezzo-soprano to bring you to your knees, you want a Lowther, but you will also want a tweeter and some credible bass...Get down to NYC and visit High Water Sound. If you have a huge room, get the huge Hornings, for small rooms the Aristotle model is within your stated budget and will blow away the other speakers you mentioned in the presence and "passion" departments...
Dpatrick (Answers | This Thread)
I was on a similar quest and went to rmaf to listen to some ... David12
I have owned the following (love the high sensitivity speakers)
Beauhorn, Lamhorn, Exemplar horn, Tonian TLM (original model), KCS Seas Exotic, and currently use the Tonian Classic 12.1s.
I have listened extensively to several Horning models (Alkabiades, Agathon Ultimates) as well as the Gibbon 9's and silverbacks and the Living Voice Avatar OBX
All these speakers, and several of the other mentioned, have great qualities.
I love the Hornings but find they like to be played a bit louder than some of the others to really gel but boy are they nice.
I prefered the lamhorn with the AER driver to the Beauhorn with the Lowther in my systems (used severl different amp preamp combos...mostly all SET 45,2A3, 300b, 845 based) but both are very good
The KCS are great and definately a value winner....I had the ones with the original single SEAS driver but see that John now has a version using the RAAL ribbon...I bet these are great
For me, I love the Tonian's with the modified Raven ribbon and Phy drivers....just a great, musical take your mind off anything high-fi speaker...seem to me, in my system, to be less overall compromised than any other I have had or heard.
I run mine with a Berning ZH230 (the new one) and have what I think is the best sound I have gotten in my room.
I think you would do well with any of these speakers if you really pay attention to your own preferences, put them into the right system and then just enjoy the effortless, musical sound such transducers are able to convey.
Glide3 (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Legacy hd, or some used legacy whispers. Sthomas12321
I see you've gone back to the tonians kurt they must sound ... Musicfile
Don't buy anything without hearing the audio note an/e spe a ... Paulfolbrecht
Folks thanks for the many suggestions. i notice a consensus ... Ggavetti
Musicfile, yes, they are clearly some of my favorites i for ... Glide3
Keep in mind that audionotes were designed to work in the co ... F1a
Assuming that 96 db meets your definition of 'high efficienc ... Curriemt11
that would depend on the size of the room and how loud the ... Clio09
Along the lines of my earlier comment, imo the most importan ... Almarg
I'm suprised more people don't try open baffle designs when ... Sibelius
For those interested in listening to tonian labs i believe t ... Sibelius
I was not unfortunately able to hear the more expensive Tonian models. I owned Beauhorns and they are very good, but pretty bandwidth-limited as you said. What they bring is smoothness missing from almost all Lowther speakers. Front-loading the drivers brings up the low-mids to eradicate the peaky mid-high mids.
Paulfolbrecht (System | Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
You better look for the real thing. Real HE no plastic cones.There is a certain minimum point of sensitivity to deliver the nuance & dynamics and it is far beyond the 92dB.
Just for inspiration:
DIY copy of Shindo Altec 604
Lowther America BIG OPEN BAFFLE/Lowther Field Coil/Altec 416 B
Carfrae LBH copy (by creation audio)/Lowther PM7A/Goto SG116TT
Sachiko/Fostex 208 Sigma/T 90 A
Cardersound MADISON/Fostex 206E/BMS 4540
The above mentioned tweeters are a subject of an added upgrade if you feel the need for. (I do)
Geoch (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Used avantgarde unos should be available in the $10k range. ... Triode
I would also look at the tannoy dual concentrics (with the p ... Aronsss
Hello fellows, i just had a chance to listen to a pair of be ... Ggavetti
When i made my journey to rmaf listen to speakers, the prima ... Tvad
If it were my money i would move kcs up to top position in y ... Gawdbless
Gawdbless thanks for your suggestion. i haven't heard a sing ... Ggavetti
I would suggest building your own, i just did it and could n ... Acurus
Ggavetti, i can understand where you are coming from, but fo ... Gawdbless
You can never go wrong with coincident technologies. the gal ... Allchemie
Ggavetti, i think it would be important if you first stated ... Darkmoebius
I just received a pair of beauhorn virtuoso cabs and install ... Isochronism
'i am invited to listen to musical affairs grand crescendo's ... Phaelon
I for one like the essence. it took me three weeks of playin ... Pmburnett
I have heard the devore gibbon 8s and they are excellent. at ... Latinsamba1
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Please take a look my has crossowerless bache audio spea ... Bache
Phalen, (others) musical affairs grand crescendo's. we lis ... Isochronism
Vaughn loudspeakers zinfandel or the cabernet. absolutely fa ... Nakolawala
Thank you isochrnism. i know that there is no substitution ... Phaelon
One of my friend's favorite references is stravinsky rite of ... Isochronism
The vaughn cabernet and the coincident technologies referenc ... Phaelon
I heard the vaughn cabernet and a featured coincident model ... Tvad
The coincident pure reference and the vaughn cabernet are in ... Montejay
Legacy focus 20/20's. for me, as good as it gets. i miss min ... Sthomas12321