No Altec's or Magnepans?
Altec- beats any of the speakers listed before this post, except the Tannoys, SF, and the Quads, in terms of retaining its price and will make the whole group of speakers a run for their money if not much better in sound performance. Wonder how many Ohm, KLH, Thiel, Infinity speakers are in the rest of the world(Asia for example) compared to Altec/Tannoy/Magnepans...
Magnepans - possibly the best selling speakers of all time! How's that for not being "legendary"?
06-06-11: Thesoundhousedoes anyone here consider the Apogee Scintilla to be a "legendary" speaker??
My list would look like this, (in no particular order):
1) Apogee Diva
2) Quad ESL 57
3) Avalon Eidolon
4) B&W 801
5) Rockport Antares
My list does not necessarily list the best of the best, but merely speakers that I have heard that made me sit up and take notice that they were the best in their class at the time.
My two cents worth.
I have owned mamy of the above mentioned speakers, and agree with many of the mentioning of them. I have owned Klipsch Lascalas for quite a while now and through mods, I love them. So I would like to add the Lascala to this list, because PWK sought to develope a "portable" version of the Khorn, which I believe he was quite successful..and the numbers of pairs sold through out the years shows this to be true,(but I am prejudice).
Hey HifiHarv, I had the A25 when I was a teenager & loved them for years (with an AR receiver with that great FM tuner in there).
But I have not heard anyone mention the KLH 17 ever, which I used with the KLH 20 compact stereo and thought were great--tight and fast and tuneful to my young ears (great for 3 dog night). I never heard why people liked the more expensive KLH 6s, which bored me and were boomy with no definition and a missing midrange.
(I also liked the Scott S15 while we're at it.)
How about 2 hands full?
Parentheticals reflect my first personal encounter w/each
Quad 57 (first 'stat)
Wilson WAMM (first SOTA assault)
Advent Large (first "highish end" encounter in best friend's older brother's system)
Vandersteen 2 (early high end audition that blew me away)
MBL 101 (First "show-stopper" at audio show)
Rogers LS 35a (BBC legend at local store)
Maggie Tympani (main attraction at Lyric, NYC's better than the customer boutique of it's day)
B&W 801 (as above - substitute Sound by Singer for Lyric)
ProAc Tablette (first demo of 3d imaging from a minimonitor)
Kef Corelli (my first high end speaker - the prototypical English design of midband uber alles)
Ten speakers that I first encountered 10+ years ago. I can recall the exact time/place that I first heard each. IMHO, each made a significant design statement that stands to this day.
From memory(and owned a few).....
Infinity Servo Static,Infinity RS-1B,"definitely" Quad ESL 57(or even 63),Avalon Ascent Mk- II,and without a doubt the Magico Mini II!
The Magico Mini(to me)was/is the most impressive of the lot,as it "slaughtered" the vast majority of the "Big Buck/Big Box" designs,in that it truly matched them in sonics and dynamics,and had better tonal qualities....not to mention a small footprint...."Gorgeous cabinetry too"!
Those still owning this speaker should feel lucky to have it,rather than befuddled by a "new model"!
Best to all