Four pairs,two pairs are build by myself.
Only listen to one pair at a time.
Only listen to one pair at a time.
Five pairs as well, but I consider the speakers to be, at best, 15% of the sound of my system. Greatest effect is the room, followed by the preamp, then amp, then turntable/cartridge, then electricity, then speakers. Go figgur. My observation is that the distortions of loudspeakers are of frequency response and harmonically related distortions, the distortions of electronics are.....well electronic in nature, not musically related, as it were.
4 pair for 2 channel(Canton Karat M-70,JM Lab 816s(soon to be for sale),Revel F-30,and Soliloquy 6.3i(arriving this week).In addition we have 5 home theater set-ups(3 in bedrooms,one in my wife's sitting room and one in the family room).These feature Canton,Mirage Omni,MB Quart and Boston Acoustics speaker systems.I stopped playing with Electrostats and planars a long time ago.I prefer full range speakers without subs for theater and 2 channel,although;we use very small satelites and subs in 3 of the theaters.I have owned far too many pair of speakers to remember them all(I'm 49 and have been involved in this insane hobby since I was 17. Hope this makes you feel better!
Thanks you so much for the quick respnses, my next question would be why you would own more than 2 pairs of speakers such as one for Stereo and one for HomeTheater (5 or 6)
1) Because you feel the urge to keep hearing others
2) You are still looking for Audio Nirvana
3) You have a large sum of money
4) You write reviews and get them free
5) They are very good for furniture
To answer your second question, none of your suggested answers applies.
In my case, (1) when I upgrade, I don't get rid of the old equipment -- they usually just get reallocated to other rooms; and (2) I think it's nice to be able to listen to good music reproduction in different rooms especially when it is also consistent with the decor. Do you have children? Are they into music? Should they have their own stereos, too?
Of my 8 pairs + 1, 2 pairs + 1 center channel are in my main system, which is both my best stereo and home theater system, and 4 pairs are in stereo systems in other rooms. (2 pairs are in storage.)
You have no idea how useful this thread, but just one question first, where on earth do you keep them? To answer the question, I have 1 pair only, obviously not a serious audiophile then. My wife insists I am being extravagant when I bought some Acoustic Zen Adagios recently(and sold my Living Voice Avatars). When she next criticises me, I can wave the print out of this thread at her and prove how frugal I am. Seriously, I would have nowhere to keep more than 1 pair.
5 pairs at one point, only 3 pairs now if you count the pair I gave to my parents.
Sonus Faber Amati
Sonus Faber Cremona
If I can, I will own the whole entire Homage line of Sonus Faber just because. But life is more fun with more varieties, I am going to own something very differnt.
I asked a friend why he had 7 turntables, he asked me back why I had 5 pairs of speakers. I was speechless... Now I am thinking about picking up a 2nd turntable.
3 pair maggies for surround, big maggies front and rear
2 pair SEAS EXCEL based home brew,
1 extra above for center channel
1 pair Spica
1 pair focal/vifa home brew for the daughter
1 pair garage speakers
3 different under $300 pairs of computer speakers.
2 pair out on loan, JSE and JBL
4 subs, none under 10 cu ft./Home brew over 300#'s each.
In walls in the living room.
Patio speakers 2 pair
As I started going through this it occurs I should possibly be seeing a hear shrinker. Except, I build speakers so having lots of different types around for voicing reference helps. Nah I need to see a shrink and audiogon/e-bay.
Lets not even go near amps huh.
WOW, I CAN'T BELIEVE THE GREAT RESPONSES AND AMAZING # OF SPEAKERS YOU GUYS HAVE, I AM CURRENTLY LOVING SINGLE DRIVER SPEAKERS AND AM IN THE PROCESS OF PURCHASING A FLOOR STANDER. I WENT FROM SOLELY DYNAMICS TO ONLY PLANAR/ELECTROSTATICS BACK TO DYNAMIC AND NOW SINGLE DRIVER CROSSOVERLESS SPEAKERS. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ALL THE SPEAKERS ABOVE, BUT I JUST HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT AUDIO SHOW IN NEW YORK IS BEST FOR ME. I AM LIKE A KID IN A CANDY STORE GOING TO THESE SHOWS. I AM HAPPY THAT I AM NOT ALONE IN MY SPEAKERMANIA>> THANKS TO ALL AGAIN!!!!
WOW, I CAN'T BELIEVE THE GREAT RESPONSES AND AMAZING # OF SPEAKERS YOU GUYS HAVE,. . .well the thing that we aren't talking about which makes this even more decadent is that most of these sets of speakers have a full complement of electronics to drive them. Oh, and what about the spares that are in the closet?
Holy Crap ! The cat is out of the bag now, truly. I'm more concerned about the many, many pairs that have passed through here, let alone the 4, no 5 pairs that are currently resident chez moi.
Vintage pieces need to be used, don't forget.
But more importantly, ADVERTISE HERE WHEN YOU ARE READY TO DOWNSIZE YOUR COLLECTIONS !!
Four pairs also for me with only two pairs currently connected to an amplifier partner. B&W N802's and Triad System 3 hooked up and Green Mountain Diamantes and B&W CM1/2 the original matrix speakers sitting on the sidelines. In fact, I have more than one of every component. You always need to have a backup in case something breaks or needs an update.
My current lineup
#1 Ohm Walsh
#2 Epicure 3.0
#3 DCM Time Windows
#4 Kinetic Audio Efficiency
#5 Bose 901 series 2 (Stacked)
#6 AR 2s
Speakers that I had recently, and did not keep.
#1 JBL Northridge E100
#2 Klipsh SF2
Next in lne on my wish list.
#1 a set of magnepan's
#2 A vintage pair of Allison's
#3 Any deal I can find
Joseph RM22si mains
Monitor R90 as surrounds
(just sold) Dynaudio 52s
SnellKIIs in box awaiting new surrounds
Polk somethings at work hooked to a T-amp
3 pairs hooked up in the backyard to one receiver!
SARAS vintage hooked to Rotel as garage workbench system
few other no name/DIY things laying around - think they add up to 10 or 12 pairs.
Six full systems in the house - plus work and computer. Everytime you find a new pair gotta find a new receiver at a thrift shop... keep growing those systems...
Xiekitchen, I listed my speakers in the order of my preference.
Ive have only been in this hobby for about a year now, and can not give you what I would consider an experienced review.
But I really do like the Epicure 3.0's. I was lucky to find these on eBay just a few blocks from my house. When I picked them up I was surprised to see the cabinets in mint shape, and was devastated as I watched the foam surrounds on the 6 drivers deteriorate before my eyes within a half hour. This ended up being my first re-foam project.
I have not had them very long, just a few months. But they have quickly moved towards the top of my list. They have a very tight and clear sound, with more than sufficient base. I have so far been very impressed with them.
As far as sound goes, I feel they are my best sounding speaker. The only reason I list the Ohms higher, is for the presented soundstage. The Ohms just work like magic in my listening environment. They are the only speaker I own that can present a sound stage regardless of my position in the room. The Epicures do sound better if I am seated in there sweet spot.