Meadowlark Ospreys.. fighting under their weight class?
could use a little help and advice...please
I've been upgrading components over the past few years. Was at CES this year in Vegas and visited most of the high end audio booths to hear the latest gear and, well, wow.. amazing time to be into audio. Just impressed.
I would like to know if my speakers aren't up to the league of my components or am I just artificially enamored by demo gear..
I bought Meadolwark Ospreys which are gorgeous speakers in 2004, new from a respected audio dealer in Atlanta. Fast forward to 2017 and I've upgraded everything but the speakers:
Pass Labs XP20 Line Pre Pass Labs XP15 Phono VPI Prime, Clearaudio Maestro V2 MM VTL ST150, MAC 275, Mac 240, currently with VTL Grover Huffman cables reasonable room treatment
I listen to LPs 3-4 nights a week which keeps me at peace. Are the Ospreys a weak link? The auditions at CES were just incredible.
You have great electronics so the chances are whatever speakers impressed you at the show will sound even better in your own home. At least that's been my experience, albeit limited, when I heard speakers at shows in those dinky room setups.
At CES you listened to complete systems, not just speakers. Its just something to keep in mind. Your current speakers are still very good. The one recommendation I would make is once you get used to time and phase correct speakers, its difficult to listen to other designs. Since you heard and like Vandersteen, I think that would be your best option. Your current speakers are very laid back. Vandersteen's are more lively without going too far.
Budget of $15-20K? You should not even be thinking twice about this! With a budget like that you will be able to procure a transducer which would walk all over the Osprey's performance. It's a simple matter of what you get for the money. The osprey may be very nice, but it's obviously limited much more so than a great number of $15-20K speakers. You can get into an entirely different class of performance. This is one of the questions that the obvious answer is yes, make the move.
With a budget like that you also should consider whether you want a panel speaker. Completely different world with a big panel as opposed to a smaller tower like the Osprey. You have a LOT of room to move upward in performance no matter which direction you go, and it seems you have the motivation and means. It would be a shame for you to get stuck with a smallish tower and never get a slice of the experience of a larger, more capable tower.
Thank for all the great input. The suggestions on the Tannoy is interesting as I've always seen great reviews but never have heard them. I want to move up the ranks in speakers to meet there grade of the electronics but don't want to be underwhelmed after spending a lot of money.
Went to Audio Visual in San Francisco yesterday and left with an upgrade to MC with the Lyra Delos. Chris there said it would give me much more detail and expand the soundstage, much of what I loved so much at the CES demo's. I'm installing it now and will check back with you great people.
Maybe this will scratch the itch for a while.
The panel speakers for a larger sound have become a priority for a listen, and of course the Tannoy range.
Late to the party, but just happened upon your post here. I enjoyed a pr. of Pat's Osprey's for 8+ yrs, all the while bringing in occasional contenders just for comparison. Could never find a design that matched the quality of build and sound that the Ospreys were, until....Daedalus audio. Different concept in a tower, but beautiful, organic sound and solid wood design, sim. to Meadowlark (fyi, I note a pr. of Blue Heron II's just came up on the 'gon). If you have not otherwise moved on from the Ospreys, I might suggest connecting with Lou at Daedalus Audio. Certainly within your stated budget.