He must consider the VMPS RM30, which use ribbon tweeters and planar midrange drivers (3 midrange per speaker). Great sounding speakers.
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Let me clarify; he is looking for speakers that use ribbon tweeters, not full size panels. So, this rules out Magnapan and the big Martin-Logans. The full size panels will not work in his room (WAF).
Speakers he is considering so far include the baby Martin-Logans that use a small ribbon tweeter and the Aurums.
Please keep the suggestions coming.
Check out the Martin-Logan Montage and Mosiac loudspeakers. They use something called an AFT tweeter. From its tech description, it looks like a ribbon tweeter to me. Yes, I do know the difference between an elestatic and a ribbon speaker. I have owned both Martin-Logans and Apogees in the past and currently own a pair of Magnapans.
My friend likes the sound of electrostatics but his wife aint never gonna let him have a pair in the living room. So, we are trying to compromise and do the ribbon tweeter thing. He has listened to a pair of the B&G's in my big rig (borrowed from the bedroom) and liked them a lot. He would really like to buy a pair of the B&G radia's but the wife isn't to keen on them either, but she said she could live with them.
Keep the suggestions coming.
If pre-owned is an option, I'd suggest that he check out the Infinity ribbon speakers - which were designed before Harman bought out the name. The IRS Series (Epsilon, Omega, & Kappa - MSRP $10k,6K, 4K, respectively) and the Renaissance Series (90 & 80 - MSRP 4k,3k respectively) are amazing speakers that were poorly marketed. These speakers show up occasionally in the classified of A-gon and Ebay. The natural oak wood finish is beautiful. The Renaissance 90's have a huge fan club. I have the Renaissance 80's - which I'm keeping in storage for a future second system. I replaced them in my primary with E-stats - the only kind that could beat them (IMHO). Check them out in this Infinity Classics website - http://oellerer.net/infinity_classics/
The ELAC "Jet" speaker line from Germany.
From their website:
The JET tweeter was delveloped to perfection on the basis of the famous 'Air Motion Transformer' by loudpseaker pioneer Dr Oskar Heil. Its principle: a concertinaed foil membrane is driven by a strong magnet system of neodymium rods.
This 'motor' drives the air considerably faster than the conventional pistonic technique. High sensitivity and extraordiary dynamics are the result.
Good luck in your search.
I have a new pair of Radia 520i's on order. I will let you know my opinion of them when I receive them. I do own two entry level pairs of BG speakers now (Z7 and X3) and love them. Also, I've owned two different pairs of Magnapans and they sound good BUT they are junk. They rot in about 3 years time (newer models). Both pairs did this to me. You can read about this on AVS FORUM and audioholics for those who don't believe me. Also, the Radia 520i's list for about $4000 but call around because I picked up my new pair for under $1400.