Usually when a speaker does a good job of disappearing it is due to the electronics driving the speaker. The easier the speaker is to drive the better it will disappear. I was in a friend's store one day that sold Boston Acoustics and Klipsch speakers with NAD. I remember the sound always hanging around the speakers until one day a sales rep brought in a Boulder amp and preamp. It didn't matter what speaker the Boulder was connected to, the speakers disappeared. I have experienced this many times with various electronics and speakers and hard to drive speakers require expensive electronics. Try an inexpensive receiver on the MBL 101 with their 81db sensitivity and 4 ohm nominal impedance or take the electronics used to drive the MBLs and try it on any speaker. The size and shape of a speaker also affects our perception of a speaker's ability to image and disappear. The last large speaker I owned was the Dunlavy SC IV. The Dunlavys are great speakers with a very live and natural sound. Their imaging is very good, but I could never forget there were two 6 foot tall speakers a few feet away from me on the other side of the room. I never have this problem with smaller speakers.
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Good points. I agree electronics are a big factor. Room acoustics and location within the room as well.
Some speakers are inherently fast and have good imaging and dissapear easier/faster than others though. I had never heard a speaker totally disappear in my old system (using Carver amplification) until the Triangle Titus monitors, which did. With my current system with better electronics, all speakers in my system disappear to various extents. The Triangles are still the champs, but the OHMs are close behind and the Dynaudios just a tad behind those.
Thanks for the initial comments and the interesting speaker mentioned. Some of the speaker brands I have not even heard before. So I have some reading to do.
Some of the brands are a bit too small and given that I am based in Europe I will probably never even be able to hear a Linkwitz Orion, Morrison Audio or OHM speaker. Also I am not sure if those speakers looks would be able to make it into my living room...
I will check out the Verity Audio and German Physiks though.
The amplifier comment is interesting. Indeed the mbls i listened to were driven by Pass X600.5 monoblocks and the Wilson Benesch by Gryphon Mono blocks.
I read before that Magnepans need a lot of power but when I listened to them they were driven by McIntosh 500w Mono blocks, which should be enough i would hope.
With regards to the size I found that I only got big orchestra sound from a big speaker. With monitors io had great experiences with acoustic music etc but found big orchestral classical music less convincing.
"With regards to the size I found that I only got big orchestra sound from a big speaker."
Generally that is true
OHM has a German distributor. See the link on the OHM website
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