Which pair of speakers changed your Hifi life?

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Hopefully one day, someone would say "Mon Acoustic speakers were the turning point in my Hifi life".  😃

My 2ch-audio journey began when my uncle bought his BOSE system at his home (don't even know the model or never really heard it) in early 90s. Bose was rear and expensive in Korea(South) back then. So I started my own system with Bose Cinematics 2.1. Then moved on to Goldenear Triton 3, then to Triton 1. But more utilizing the speakers for AV set ups, not 2 ch stereo.   

When I had my first house, I bought a pair of Revel M105 speakers and I think these are the pair that really changed my audio life. My initial paring with M105 was Yamaha receiver. Then I tried goofie set up with center speaker 3.1 to see if it improves vocal in the songs I liked. We went through many combinations of system set up. I ended up with Chord Electronics set up. 

I still own them. Always struggle time to time, whether to sell them or not due to the number of pairs I own(out of a guilt). I cannot argue how many pairs of shoes my wife owns.  I pair them with NAD M10 (version 1) for my bedroom since my wife likes the warm and well rounded sound, and 80% its white design aspect. 

So what are the speakers that have impacted your life? 



Great post, thanks.
Martin Logan Monolith IIIx (with the active crossover).

Ironically, I never really got them to work in my room! They're gigantic! Bass integration, beaming, room bounderies...

But what they did right was startling and mesmerizing. And it started my journey into audiophilia nervosa (which may not have been such a good thing). But I believe I found my forever love: Vandersteen 5s. Fussy, but not recalcitrant like the MLs.

I learned that what you admire, and what you can get to work, are not always the same thing, and that the biggest component in your system is your room. And that anyone telling you that your thing is mid-fi and their thing is better, well, it's nonsense unless they've heard your system in situ.

Fun reading all the answers! What a wonderfully odd hobby we have.


When I was 16, around 1969, went with a friend to the house of an acoustics professor/in-home audio dealer and heard a pair of Klipshorns paired with a mono center Belle Klipsch.

I was in awe & bitten....own a pair of K-horns today.

Technical note: He was a Crown dealer and for EACH corner horn used a bridged DC-300 for the woofer, a DC-120 for the mid, and a DC-60 for the tweeter. Overkill, but in his acoustically designed room it was a life changer listening to Sticky Fingers.




Altec Valencia (VOTT). It wasn't  audiophile or accurate, but boy was it fun! Wish I still had 'em.

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