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Guys, I'd have trouble climbing anything beyond Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee or Mount Gay rum, so I won't make any value judgments on this subject!
JBL of course has a history of model names which evoke the top of some heap or another: Paragon, Summit, Olympus. Everest and K2 were logical extensions of that tradition.
Thanks for the comments!
Personally, I love the K2s of the various model names, with the 9500s and 9800s being really top-notch (but even the 5500s being truly excellent speakers. I have never listened to the D55000s but I have listened to the "new" Everests, the D66000s, which were released a few years ago. I am not sure they are 'better' than the K2s I have heard, but they certainly make beautiful music and they look really great (in my opinion, a fair bit better than either the previous Everests or the K2 series).
I have the privilege of announcing that, per Terry Merritt of design-interaction, JBL's SF Bay Area dealer, the JBL Everest DD6600 will be shown at the 2010 California Audio Show at the Dock of the Bay room.
Show dates are Friday July 30, Saturday July 31, Sunday August 1. Hours are 9am - 6pm, and 9am - 4pm on Sunday.
See you at the show!
The d55000 Everest in original condition sucks IMHO.
The xover is a disaster and the woofers are dry and sterile .
The 2425 drivers are just regular , nothing impressive.
Now the good news. The d55000 maybe converted in the best speaker out there , in fact better than any of the K2 that was easy noticeable in an in situ comparison.
How to do this :
"cheap" alternative : jbl 2450+ adaptor as midrange.
2235 , 136a o le15a woofers and custom xover.
If you are one of the guys that wants the best :
"expensive" alternative .
tad 4001 driver and 15" 1601 or 1602 woofers .
A relative has 2 pairs of modded everests + a k2 .
Nothing touches that speakers , not even my Andra II´s or Canterbury´s.
"Two years after the Paragon completed its 25-year run (from 1958 to 1983, trailing the QUAD ESL's 28-year run and the Klipschorn's 60+ years in the loudspeaker-longevity sweepstakes"
OHM Walsh speakers have been around in their current form essentially since 1982 or so, also about 28+ years, so this design can be tossed into the longevity pot, although refinements using more modern driver materials and such continue to be made.
Their predecessor, the OHM F, started production around 1972 I believe, and the OHm A a bit before that even perhaps, so together the basic OHM Walsh driver based speaker has been around for a good 30 years or so.