Final Speaker Decision: TAD R1 vs SF Strad


Final decision coming up.... I have listened and auditioned and hemmed and hawed long enough.

Narrowed down from Wilsons Alexia/Sasha 2, Vandersteen 5A Carbon, Martin Logan Summit X, Magnepans, and BW 800 Diamond to these final two.

Both sound good to me, but I am unable to audition both back to back, nor in the same room.

Would like to get some opinions on the two from the group. I am looking for a speaker with longevity. Really hate to change up speakers prematurely from here.
joey_v
joey v, I wold go for the SF strads!, very nice indeed, though spec's do not mean all the sound, however, the better the Tad refence 1 speaker's!, with the exception of the khz, which by the way, you would never hear!
Just to complete my thread.

I ended up with the Strads during this debacle.
there is no comparison, tad r1 wins big time. if you do not believe me, hear this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KkD6kEm-vw

now, hic rhodos hic salta, show me your shyte pardon what's the name?
Just to complete my thread.

I ended up with the Strads during this debacle.

Awesome !!!  Congratulations. I had TAD CR-1's and while they were impressive in some areas, they were ultimately too forward for me. I have Strads now as well, and boy do they have soul. Amazing speakers that draw you into the music.