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? 

 

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Apogee Calipers!  I bought them back in 1986 $1,695.00.

upgraded from JBL-166's $500.00.

Opened up the sound stage in terms of clarity,depth,dynamics. As if a damp cheesecloth veil was lifted off. I can sit back close my eyes and imagine the room of the recordings. The space in between the performers whether a Classical opera house, jazz night club, or rock recording studio. No reservations or regrets to this day.

Maybe Intuitive Audio Summits were the closest.

Never heard a high level audiophile speaker that I liked. Hope someday that will change.

 

 

I bought a pair of home-studio monitors from Yamaha in 2007. The HS80s. But these proved to be very tricky. They need close to dead room acoustics or they will sound horrible. I sold them after 12 years in excellent condition for half the price they were new. Now I only have a pair of JBL 104 and a Fostex Sub-mini-02. Which has a decent enough sound. And cost me next to nothing on Amazon.DE (106 + 125 Euros). Plus they sound better with my livingroom. 

I guess the speakers that really woke me were the B&W 802 D3 I believe. Paired with some Monoblocks by a brand I forgot. They had an aluminum X on the front and blue LED's as a backlight. That's the sound I want. My Hi-Fi quest would be over.