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I have apogee scintillas 1 ohm can i power them with pass x ... Sgtmajor
Sgtmajor, wrong thread. dissmissed! Roxy54
I purchased new, a pair of dynaudio contour 3.0's. these spe ... Mattmiller
We guarantee our speakers will be the pair to hang on to for ... Makcer9
Who left the door open? shakey Shakeydeal
Makcer9,maybe you should post this in the classified section ... Raytheprinter
B@w matrix 800 give me the best sound. funny looking but wha ... 68pete
Outstanding topic! well, my first love was the altec lansing ... Mjknight
A vote for the atc speakers. many many years in the market h ... Drpank
Tbg, referencing your 9/15/12 post, i was finally able to a ... Closdesducs
Harbeth 30.1s! Redwineaudio
since i have my original pair from 1980, still playing eve ... Raw7145
Keep the spica's. can't sell em anyway Sounds_real_audio
I have a pair of psb stratus gold i. i'm searching for some ... Motallica
Most tannoys. Kiddman
Be happy with talon khorus ii new xover upgrade and tweeter ... Chahed
Mjknight, 9 posts above, you have far better taste than most ... Kiddman
I will never part with my first generation paradigm studio m ... Anlgsd
My Reference 3A de Capo i's. I have a feeling I'll hang on to them for quite some time. I only just got them a few weeks ago and already they seem comfortable and graceful as an old leather jacket.
Simao (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
I responded to the "best ever heard" thread and th ... Elvisthebeagle
Another vote for von schweikert vr5 hse's (see 12/30/12 lnei ... Nglazer
My b&w matrix 803 s2 .... 16 years and counting.... Abrew19
i just had the fortune to purchase a 1975 bronze pair of to ... Sqlsavior
the pair i wish i'd never sold was a pair i'd built myself. ... Sqlsavior
There are a bunch of vintage bicycle fans who call themselves the Retro Grouches of North America. I side with Stereophile contributor Art Dudley, whom I will cautiously label a kindred soul in the world of stereo fans.
He maintains there are many aspects of performance reproduction that you may prioritize according to your own tastes, and that very different approaches and results can be equally valid, and satisfying in different ways, with different recordings, genres, rooms.
Including some decidedly old techniques and equipment, which in my opinion put the challenge to the assertion that there is one true sound, and that the best of the newer speakers will necessarily allow one to get closer to it.
I find Art's tastes to be eclectic, with many remarkably similar to my own. He just got some old Altec Valencias to contrast with his Quads, and maintains that each represent equally valid and effective, but vastly different, approaches to musical enjoyment.
Elders can be keepers. Hooray Art!
Sqlsavior (System | Answers | This Thread)
Pioneer/tad s3-ex and martin logans Zeal
I'm with Simao, above. I don't know that my Reference 3A De Capo i/A's (which I recently upgraded with the new, Beryllium tweeter) are my forever speakers but they're awfully good and I'm happier with them than with any of the many other speakers I've owned. A classic design, and with good reason!
Rebbi (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
I am the original owner a pair of very early appogee full ra ... Ronniec15
Ronniec15, i too had a pair and really think they were great ... Tbg
I discovered chartwell ls3/5a 15 ohm speakers from steve and ... Willmagic606
like most of you i have had several speaker changes over th ... Xngh25
I bought a pair of apogee stages on january 4, 1991 for $200 ... Cheapseats
Since the mid 80's i've had the maggie id's rtr esr 15 elect ... Sniffles
Dahlquist dq 20's Joejr
I have my spica angelus since 1991, the sound stage is great ... Smokenjo
I also have a pr with prima luna prologue two integrated and ... Brianportugal
That i've had since 90's. super towers, studio 100 and studi ... Ctsooner
Snell b model. i have had a pair since they first came out i ... Mcbuddah
Wow, just heard the vandy 7's at audio connection in verona, ... Ctsooner
After 40 years of upgrading speakers in my sound system htt ... Arcamadeus
Arcamadeus, with 53 years or more in this hobby, i too concl ... Tbg
Rogers studio 1, purchased new in 1983. 30 years on, and i ... Effischer
You are a brave and honest person. i don't think it's a wea ... Wellspring
I have had problems in the past with most ribbons as most de ... Ctsooner
Any sonus faber speaker should be held for life. buy them fo ... Tonykay
I would have to say my rel b-2 subwoofer. i never experienc ... Joeyboynj
Rel is very high on my list for a subwoofer for my dynaudio ... Musicaddict
Hi mark, i have the crossover set at 38hz. this seems to b ... Joeyboynj
Have subwoofers come that far that you can really integrate ... Ctsooner
The most impressive speakers that remain unforgettable and, therefore, if I had them I would hang on to for life are (no particular order):
Sonus Faber Electa Amator
Sonus Faber Ellipsa
Artemis Eos Signature with Bass Modules
ProAc Response 3.8
Joseph Audio RM33
Joseph Audio Pearl
Quad ESL 988
Gallo Reference 3.5
Dynaudio Special 25
These were the best in their particular areas, that I've ever heard.
The one I bought….Dali Euphonia MS 4. Narrow baffle, svelte, nice casework, good bass, fantastic top end, great midrange, nice imaging. Fits in a medium room well. High WAF factor.
Joemarsh (Answers | This Thread)
Very interesting list. We have a similar ear I think.
Sonus Faber Electa Amator- Agree
Sonus Faber Ellipsa-Agree
Artemis Eos Signature with Bass Modules-One of my fav's along with Sonus Extrema's
ProAc Response 3.8- Loved listening to them at my friend's store
ProAc Supertower- I have owned for years and am finally letting them go if anyone wants them, lol
Joseph Audio RM33
Joseph Audio Pearl
Quad ESL 988- Loved these both times I heard em
Vandersteen 4- Love the new ones BEST ;) (getting Treo's)
Gallo Reference 3.5
Dynaudio Special 25
Ctsooner (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
My dear friend : there is no such a thing as perfect speake ... Fpooyandeh
Was that post for mine? i don't see where i said perfect. in ... Ctsooner
Don't hang on to speakers for LIFE.
New speakers may not necessarily perform better in any particular area than your otherwise excellent ProAcs, but you do get tired of looking at the same old two boxes day in and day out.
I recently switched from slow and dated [looking] Meadowlark Shearwaters to fast and sexy [looking] System-Audio Mantra 50s and have not regretted this move.
Arcamadeus (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
@ctspooner i've never heard the extremas but, have always lu ... Joemarsh
I have gone through an embarrassing # of speakers in my sear ... Mattnshilp
I have loved the Supertowers for years and love them all over again since I hooked up the Ayre integrated. I get my new DAC/cable this week and can't wait to burn it in. I bet it's going to sound that much better. That said, I'm selling them off (let me know if interested) along with my other two sets of proacs so that I can afford the Vandy Treo's. I love the rightness of the Treo's, but I will be fine with the Proacs until I can sell them, that's for sure.
As for tired of looking at something, I'm past that part of my life. Maybe in a car, but not in a speaker. The tall, slim, teak Proacs are attractive to me and always have been. I've never been a B&W guy at all. Way to hot on the top end for me. The new diamond series are the first ones I can listen to that don't make my ears bleed. Again, I realize how popular they are and when I say that about their sound, I'm talking the top level ones since the 800's came out years ago. Just not for me, but many swear by them.
Ctsooner (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
I just love vintage infinity's. had rs 6b when i was young a ... Winnietp
None because the electronics in active speakers will fail in ... Astrallite
Astrallite, i guess it is a matter of how old you are when y ... Tbg
I've long had a "sonic crush" on the sound coming from several cinema auditoriums and their associated speaker systems. This hasn't got anything to do with "hifi" per se (though strictly speaking, it should), but simply that the oftentimes effortless, full-bodied, dynamic, and indeed rather coherent presentation appeals to me immensely. That it doesn't relate to "hifi" (in the more or less traditional sense) as such is by no means to be understood negatively, but rather that it imprints itself intuitively as something "right." I find it the more interesting, even truer, that my impressions herein have been formed under conditions that "breaks" contrary to the typical environment under which we relate to hifi, that is in a darkened auditorium (usually) filled with people, no visible equipment, and a focus towards seeing a film.
This brings me to a shift or transition that is still underway towards... a settlement? Some 10 years ago a visit to a hifi-exhibition lead me to rooms with a range of horn-driven JBL speakers - the S4800's, Array 1400, and not least the overlooked S9800SE's. Here the sound, especially from the latter, in many ways gave me the sensation of "finally, at last" (closely related in some ways with the cinema sound experience mentioned above) and I simply kept hanging around and "inhaled" the music here for hours. I've not since become a JBL-fan, but it informed me about a preference that has since been sought after, albeit not initially with horns and compression drivers as the common denominator. Instead, my "deviation," so to speak, went from direct radiating tweeters to ribbon-based speakers (Raidho) and then to waveguide speakers going from the Finish Amphion speakers to US-based S.P. Technology/Aether Audio, and finally the Polish originated hORNS speakers where a variety of horns and waveguides are used in conjunction with compression drivers and pro-style mid/bass drivers, in what are usually 2-way systems.
What is to be brought from this is the addictive nature of the effortless, full-bodied and dynamic presentation from compression drivers paired with larger and efficient mid/bass units crossed over no higher than 1.4-1.5kHz - depending on the size of these units and their implementation. Moreover the mid/bass units here used are not sub-bass units per se, but have to be capable playing midrange as well - and this is very important; instead of trying to squeeze out sub-bass from one package a much more important emphasis is placed on the mid-bass and integration with the horn/waveguide and its compression driver, and so maintain only one cross-over frequency in a not too audibly critical spectrum. Whatever one seeks in the sub frequencies must be attained with the use of (preferably) two, or even more subwoofers.
So, this is not about a particular speaker or even brand to hang on to for life, but a speaker principle that has gone on to establish itself as indispensable compared to the more typical regime of hifi-speakers: direct radiating dome tweeters now sound thin, malnourished and strained; typical hifi mids sound compressed and lacking dynamic impact; and not least the upper bass/lower mids of typically larger multi-way hifi-speakers simply lack the cohesion to bind together this very important area with the rest of the frequency spectrum into a homogenous musical whole.
The typical application that is associated with this speaker principle I've now come to cherish for the last many years may not lead one to think of "hifi," but it doesn't matter - except for the ones who are lead to dismiss it out of a prejudiced stance; what matters is that it sounds like real, live acoustical music, something that would (or should) lead one to reevaluate the now established term "hifi" and question its merits as the true holder of the meaning 'high fidelity.' I don't disregard other opinions on what hifi is, but if the goal is seeking a live presentation of acoustical music in a real space environment then the matter presents itself less subjectively and into a different direction than where the established hifi-milieu has come to "coagulate" - if you ask me. Sorry for the detour...
Phusis (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Phusis, i too went through discovering the speed of compress ... Tbg
Tbg -- indeed no small measure to pursue. i can very much ... Phusis
I love the posts from people that have been speaker swapping ... Jaxwired
I must admit that some twenty-five speakers ago, when i boug ... Tbg
After a thought i second joeyboynj... :). rel b2 is an outs ... Jkuc
If you know how to set them up, altec lansing voice of the t ... Vottboy