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Shahinian Acoustics Diapason Ensemble. priced at $12,000 and worth twice as much. Probably the best in the world at large scale classical. Thunderous bass and extreme volume and dynamic capacity.
Get out and have a listen to the Vmps RM/X's, at around $10,000 a pair you will have plenty of cash left over for an active X-over and extra amp for a bi-amp setup of these monsters. http://www.vmpsaudio.com/rmx.htm
I have not listened to a pair of these yet, but have listened to their little brothers..Vmps RM-40's.
Vandersteen 5A. It allows you to enjoy the music without the "audiophile sound" getting in the way. If you want music, get the Vandersteens. If you want the popular brand and the most audiophile speakers, take your choice of the others.
More to the point. You can run these speakers with any front and back end electronics and expect good results. As long as they are of reasonable quality you'll get everything that gear is capable of providing. Enjoy!
imo, i thought the joseph pearl's sounded the best at he2003 and they cost 20k. (VOTED best of show the last 2 years if that means anything). the 5a's sounded pretty good also, but i thought the joseph, wilson, and a few other sound better. The Sonus Faber Amati Homage and Cremona speakers sound wonderfull also. Revel Salon's are also worthy of an audition.
Hi, I highly recommend the Parsifal. This speaker has excellent voicing, very amp friendly and can play macro dynamics surprisingly well for there size. It goes with out saying that their micro dynamic performance is top notch. My room is 18L*15W*10Hft and they fill the room with ease. The offer the most non fatiguing experience I have ever heard and their transparency is awesome. The highest recommendation I can give is that I have been buying music (Blues/Jazz/Folk/Rock/Classical) steadily since their arrival in my room.
I agree with Dky: ever since the Parsifals appeared in my room, my music collection has grown at a much faster rate than with any speakers I had owned before. The Parsifals are simply so beautifully voiced and natural that with my Linn Klimaxes they bring me closer to live music than I ever hoped for.
At CES, I heard all sorts of angry rumors about our 3rd consecutive victory at the HE show.
"they cheated! you know, they were GIVING OUT CANDY!!"
"Pens! They handed out PENS!!"
"Showmanship and marketing"
First of all, asking people to vote for you at the show is not an effective strategy - how many of you would vote for me simply because I asked? Our pens can be used to write
any name you please on your ballot. Telling people how to vote is a sure-fire way to get them NOT to vote for you.
And how many voters do you think were planning to vote for another room, but ingested an M&M and as a result of the sugar high, cast a ballot our way?
(not that we didn't have fun with the idea - at the NY show in 2001, one visitor loudly proclaimed "You cannot buy my vote with M&M's!!" to which I responded "Sir, based upon prior experience, I can and I will!" )
Finally, in John Marks recent column, my "showmanship" and "marketing" skills are inflated into almost mythic proportions.
Showmanship and marketing are easy when you truly believe in what you're selling.
No, we didn't cheat by bribing voters with candy, cajoling them with pens, nor demanding votes.
We cheated because we have an unfair sonic advantage! The Infinite Slope crossover allows the world-class drivers of the Pearl to realize their full sonic potential, free of the lobing and wave interference that plague conventional speakers.
A peer-reviewed paper describing a controlled listening test comparing many different crossovers was presented at the recent AES convention in NY. The authors compared linkwitz-reilly 2nd order, 4th order, 8th order along with finite-zero notch filters (Infinite Slope) and they concluded that based on their results, all speakers should be built using our technology.
none of what you have listed are worth anything!!!!
I take it you don't listen to much music. The only question you should have asked is, "is there a better speaker" than ATC'S log on to canadahifi.com to get some info, their about the only speaker used in recording studios around the world. They were used for everything from the movie lord of the rings to remastering pink floyds dark side of the moon to abbey road the beatles. They are the truest, most natural speaker made in the world!
ATC active 100's blow Wilson's away in accuracy, clarity without harshness, and tight musical bass. It's amazing how much bass a speaker rated to 40 REAL hz can produce.
They do need to be played fairly loud to "come on song" and they are studio monitors so limited dispersion / sweet spot. Hey, no speaker is perfect.