I may upgrade the front end including amplifiers from time to time but I will keep my speaker as long as it works.
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Without question, my custom built Tannoy HPD 315-based (12" Dual Concentric drivers, ca 1975, external custom crossovers, 192 lb. 150 liter enclosures) will be the ones to carry me to the end of my days. After eight years, they still have an ability to astonish me. Yep, they will last until long after I'm gone, and my sons will gladly give them a new home (who gets them is still undetermined, but they grew up listening to my first pair), and who knows, my granddaughter or grandson may use them some day.
You go first and tell me when I’m gonna die. Cause if it’s tomorrow these speakers are just perfect. If it’s like twenty years from now, I think I’m gonna get restless.
I might even want some of those Magico things by then since they look like they can be used for caskets. The only problem is that I’m a stereo listener, so I guess that my wife is going with me.
Never believe an audiophile who says he can live with a speaker until he dies...until he dies.
Before then, we know what happens. ;-)
In my case, I know myself: it's exceedingly unlikely that I will use only the same pair of speakers for the rest of my life.
Though, that's not to say I might not KEEP a pair of speakers around for a very long time. I still have my Thiel 02 speakers I acquired in the early 90's that I haul out sometimes. I don't ever seen getting rid of them.
My current Thiel 2.7s are such great all-round speakers and something of a "unicorn" in terms of my finding them (very rare on the used market, and this pair in particular in the ebony finish that makes them ultra-rare), that I can not see myself selling them. They are so good, they allow me to enjoy music so reliably, I would keep them as a "just in case" speaker no matter what else I buy so I don't regret selling them.
You have a relevant point.
it is easier to keep it forever but not that likely to use it until you die.
I had used Thiel for 3 years about 30 years ago.
But I sold it when I need to move across the Continent.
Over my dead body! I will never change my main speakers.
Your speakers look nice!
It will be hard to find better choice for you.
I enjoyed reading your post @shkong78. Yes I have definitely found my life-speaker. Funnily enough I too got through 15 speakers to get there. The difference being I did it in 15 months rather than 40 years! I recount the experience here: https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/a-brief-review-of-15-high-end-speakers-on-home-demo-including...
Interestingly, like yourself, I ended up with a Central European (Swiss in this instance) semi-active speaker in the Boenicke W13. The active sealed bass driver is a revelation: that ability to deliver exactly tuned, correctly-phased bass to the room, yet keep the character of your chosen amp for everything above 105Hz, seems the perfect combination. I am surprised more speaker designers have not gone that path. The Boenicke don’t have the interesting tweeter of the Lansche but they do have an interesting wooden mid-range cone which sounds amazing. And a rear-firing tweeter which I think helps them sound so airy and spacious.
I very much enjoyed listening to the Lansche speakers at the Munich hi-end show last year - a great choice sir.
Thanks a lot for your compliment on my speaker.
You had gone through 15 speakers in 15 months.
I agree with you on the advantage of active subwoofer.
Martin Logan is having success mating planar with active subwoofer.
If Lansce speaker dies before me, then I may go to Martin Logan.
By the way, there is Lansche 3.1 for sale here for $13k and Ypsilon power amp for about the same. Or Kharma Exquisite for $24k. Very different speakers, which one is right ? Probably both. The plasma tweeter is thought by some to be incomparable, Lansche speaker is built around it. But for high energy and large scale music I would take big Kharma. It could be the last speaker to have, sure.
You can go for Kharma Exquisite at a valuation point.
Lansche 3.1 is a small one to play classical music,
Also, you can go for Evolution Audio MM2
You do not need to rush into buying amplifiers.
There are many good ones.
It’s the reverse for me. I find speaker distortions very consonant with the fabric of the music and can live with any of them, more or less. But I find the distortions of electronics very....well electronic in nature and very jarring to the ear. I’m pretty picky about them. Not very many good ones for me, IMHO and YMMV.
Different strokes makes the world go round.
I am kind of both. Electronics and the source are extremely important too. What especially irritates me is the distortion in the recording, the only thing you can do is try not to make it worse.
I read somewhere that the reviewer who was evaluating Gryphon Diablo 300 integrated in his pretty good system then, as a final step and mostly for fun, tried this $16.5k amp with $500 Elac, I think, speakers. He was amazed by the sound those small speakers were capable of given the over the roof amplification. There are perhaps few great speakers but many very good speakers.
With the caveat that subs may come and go. :)
Built them myself. $1,800 in parts that I wouldn't see in any speaker less than $12k
But it's not the part cost that makes them special to me. It's that I designed them, they sound exactly like what I want, and I've not heard anything worth a change. I still like hearing other speakers, but home cooking is really hard to beat.
I love the way my current system sounds...SE amp, tube preamp, Klipsch Heresy III speakers...but the question really is about guessing if you're going to feel the same about everything in the future, and that's impossible to say. My current rig with a low powered (10 or 12 wpc depending on the output tubes) tube amp does tie me to efficient speakers, and I could see my self thinking about changing it all up at some point...I add and subtract guitars from time to time as my tastes change, and if I didn't I'd feel like I'm not growing.