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I'm married to Aerial 10T since 2003 and never upgraded them and that's so far almost 15 years . I heard about Andra speakers and would not doubt that they may have that kind of potential to be placed for good and it's good, because changing speakers is most expensive and painful upgrade. After having my Kef Ref2 speakers pushed by my toddler to fall, I decided to get large footprint heavy speakers and absolutely spontaneously found used 10Ts with blown woofer for $1200 off craigslist. After replacing a woofer and playing few familiar tunes, I realized that those are my final speakers. There's no way toddler can push them to fall!
Im not sure about the Egglestons, but I’ve had my Yamaha NS-1000s and NS-2000s for quite a long time. Refinished the NS1000s twice since I’ve had them, the last time a complete reveneer and crossover rebuild roughly 6 or 7 months ago. I still love them like they were new. They had put up with anything I’ve thrown at them from tubes to SS and sounded great doing it, I’ve under powered them with a pair of mc30s and dynaco mkiis and over powered them with mono MC7300s and they still love me. That being said I could prob use them the rest of my life, or untill the JBL Project Everest DD67000 come more into my price range, but that’s about the only speaker I would put the yams in the closet for.
Hi dorkwad (feels awkward writing that),
Speaking as someone who demo'ed the Andra IIs on several occasions without actually having owned them, the answer is no at either their new or used prices. Starting with used, speakers available for about the same price used (or in some cases much less) that I would happily choose over the Andra IIs include: Genesis V / 300; Audio Physic Avanti IIIs; Dunlavy SC-IV; and Thiel CS6. As to why, each of these speakers in my experience offer a greater level of low level resolution of detail, better microdynamic shadings, a more realistic soundstage, and a better balance through the midrange with less coloration. The Genesis 300s also significantly outperform the Andras in macrodynamics and low level extension.
At their new price (~$19k before the III was introduced), there are a number of speakers I would select over the Andra IIs, including speakers from Marten, Magico, Tidal, Aerial, Audio Physic, Dali, and others.
I owned the Andra ll's for many years, they are great speakers.
But, as I got older moving around a 215 lb. speaker became a chore.
I also wanted to try tube amps and I found that the Andra's needed that extra solid state high power amp (oomph) to get them to perform there best.
But all in all they are very nice sounding and a very good looking speaker in my opinion.