Vienna Beethoven, Spendor 8SE, Adagio or VS VR4jr

Hello Audiophile friends,

I am looking for advice on how the following speakers
compare for when playing only Classic Rock at medium
sound levels. I don't play loud but do enjoy a medium
volume level. I am looking for refined sound, that is
not "cold" but maybe warmer and a little rounded. (but
still very refined in the bass and mids) The music I
listen to is the likes of The Doors, Eagles, Journey,
Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, you get the idea.

I am looking to buy used and would like to hear opinions
of how the following differ in sound or whether they match
the characteristics I described above:

Vienna Beethoven Baby Grand
Spendor 8SE
Acoustic Zen Adagios
Von Schweikert VR-4jr

From what I have read these are all refined sounding
speakers that go for about $2000 used on Audiogon.

My room is 12.5' x 25' with 10 foot ceilings. Hardwood
floors. The Speakers are on the 12.5' wall and I sit
9 feet back from the speakers. My Equipment includes
Krell DVD Standard, Krell 400xi Int amp, and a Unico Int
amp. I haven't made up my mind which Int amp I like
better so I use them both depending on my mood.

Who has heard all these and can compare them for me?
Thanks so much in advance my audio friends..
Tom92602, why don't you PM Ndfan if you want his opinion so badly.

However, remember, as in all things audio, musical tastes vary, as does system synergy and room acoustics. You're relatively new here, but I would say to tread carefully when asking for opinions from others. You may find out that their reco is based on ancillary equipment, musical tastes, etc. that may vary from your own.

Search the archives, PM members whose opinions intrigue you, and find out their musical tastes and ancillary equipment. Then try to piece their tastes with what you are looking for to try and narrow your search parameters.


good plan... Everyone hears different and speakers
will sound different with different gear.

I did PM Ndfan after re-reading his note and seeing
he was open to being PM'd. I would never PM someone
without the invitation first..

I see several Adagios forsale so I wonder if this is
a bad sign.. Conversely there is only 1 pair of Baby
Grand and 1 pair of Spendor 8SE and they are both
pending sold so this makes me think they may be in
more demand...?
Hi there,

I own the Adagios and I agree that if you want an open, airy top end then they are great for that. The ribbon tweeter really opens up air. I use mine with a Sophia tube amp and I've heard that the ribbon tweeter can get harsh using solid state, but that's only what I've heard. Bass is certainly not a problem. Make sure that you have them shipped on a pallet as the tweeters are somewhat fragile and they need to have minimum vibration. Pick up would be better. Other than that, I think that probably the number on Audiogon only reflects that there were 1200 pairs there is bound to be a couple up for grabs at any one point in time.
Well I pulled the trigger today and bought a NEW pair of
Adagios. I wanted "Matt Walnut" so they were a special
order. I should have them in 2 weeks.

Now I just need to wait for a set of used Spendor S8E or
Baby Grands to come up on Audiogon for the bedroom system.

Adagios Owners: What speaker cables are you using??


These are being drop shipper directly from Acoustic Zen
so I have to think they will ship them adequately. How
will I know if the Ribbon Tweeter is damaged from shipping?
Will it sound harsh, buzz, hiss, or crackle???