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klama2006
04-17-2009, 07:09 PM
I'm not asking for the best you have heard, but the top 3 in order that sounded the best in your own personnel residence.

Also with each entry, please describe the speakers living environment, EX. (Size of room, and the Amp you used to power it), more details to the situation are always welcome. If you got pictures, post them. Pictures are always a plus.

klama2006
04-17-2009, 08:10 PM
Ok, I'll start.

#1 is my Bottlehead strait 8's, supplemented with a super tweeter. there run by a mono blocked kt-88 set. There placed in an extra bedroom.

#2 Believe it or not Rectilinear III lowboys, supplemented with a pair of super-tweeters, and powered by an anthem amp. There placed in a medium sized living room.

#3 Tekton 3.1's off a t-amp, on my computer desk. There the best near field system I have ever heard.

hhibrownsbac
04-17-2009, 09:01 PM
Here you go, id say the three sets im using now. In no partcular order Id have to say my VOTTs complimented with a JBL PB12 sub and powered by a Onkyo M504 in large living room, then my econo-waves(2225H, DE250)powered by a Carver 4.0t in office/spare bedroom, and finally my JBL C36s complimented with a JBL PB12 sub also and powered by a Clairtone Signature tube console in game room/den. The VOTTS and Econo-waves were easy keepers from day one, But the C36s were a battle to get right, it was a learning experience finding the right amp, right location, adding the sub, ect. but once i did Im pretty happy with them. Now i just have to figure out what to do with all these other sets that i will never use again.

dc270
04-17-2009, 09:22 PM
For me it would be;

AR9's
DCM 700's
Vandersteen 3A's

DC

Alaric
04-17-2009, 09:26 PM
I can only list two.

A/D/S L1530
Paradigm Studio 60

Relatively small rooms , (no bigger than 12'x20') . Amp #1 was a Tandberg 3000-something at 150 wpc ,. Amp #2 is a Marantz PM7200 at 95 wpc.

opossumcrush
04-17-2009, 09:47 PM
For now, I would have to go with, Polk Audio SDA-2, powered with an Adcom GFA-555 amp, Snell Acoustics E-II, powered with a Marantz 1070, and Altec Lansing Model Nine, powered with a Pioneer SA-7700. I've got others that are good, and some waiting to be heard. Tough choices

MisterFishey
04-17-2009, 09:50 PM
I've not been in this audio thing too long, but here's my top 3:

1. Advent 5002
2. JBL L26
3. Baby Advents

IMO I have a long way to go.

marantzfan
04-17-2009, 09:54 PM
Carver Amazing Silver
Dahlquist DQ-10
AR9

davidb
04-17-2009, 09:54 PM
Kappa 9s with a Adcom 5500
AR3as with a G-8000
Infinitesimals with a sub. and 2270.

BroonsBane
04-17-2009, 10:01 PM
In no particular order:

Altec Model 19
Energy Veritas 2.8
Yamaha NS-1000M

Here's a shot of the 2.8's, damn they are sweet speakers.

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k163/Graciefloydie/EnergyVeritas28-4.jpg

M Jarve
04-17-2009, 10:02 PM
Owned, in due order:

IMF Studio TLS-50
JVC zero9
Wharfedale Diamond 7.2 ALE

Heard, again in order:

Infinity RSII-b
Doucanoe's FosEgdFraisers
The 4-inch FR jobber of Gary's

Of the above (all-time, you might say):

IMF Studio TLS-50
Infinity RSII-b
FosEgdFraisers

amsoilman
04-17-2009, 10:03 PM
No choice(all I have) using Altec Valencias & Infinity Quantum 2's. Hope to get some JBL 4341 one day. Using a pair of mono blocks and a SX 1250

WhiteSE
04-17-2009, 10:11 PM
By a long shot my current Talon Raven C's...room is about 18ft by 15 ft and 10 ft high ceilings...basically a 3 wall room. carpeted.

After the Talons, the JBL L-96

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c207/whitese/RS1506015.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c207/whitese/Talons018.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c207/whitese/Talons006.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c207/whitese/newstpics044.jpg

dokblues
04-17-2009, 10:11 PM
For me its:
Maggies
Klipschorns
Altec Santana II`s

shimniok
04-17-2009, 10:16 PM
I barely have 3 decent speakers...

3. NHT 2.5i -- Narrow floor standing speakers with piano black finish and built in 20° angled face. Nice amount of detail without being fatiguing or unduly bright and sparkly. Three-way design, aluminum dome tweeter, 6.5" polypro midrange, and 8" side firing woofer at the bottom with ported design. Not super efficient at only 86dB/w/m but none of my lower watt systems have seemed to mind too much. Tends to put the soundstage back pretty far and somewhat narrow. Frequency response goes down to 29Hz although this seems to activate a room resonance, so bass gets muddy and boomy at the very bottom, depending on placement. Also, midrange is fairly subdued with these speakers compared to my others. Vocals seem to fall more into the background. Still, they are enjoyable to listen to. I think they would really blow my socks off in a big room where they could sit wider apart to take better advantage of the 20° angle, and if they were driven with more power.

2. Infinity RS3000 -- Just got these. They are what I'd call large monitor size. They are two ways, with 1" Polycell dome tweeters and 8" poly woofer. I think they are moderately efficient. I can't recall the # exactly. Extension is weakest of the three, only down to 65Hz or so. But that is made up for by quite a bit of detail to the point that they can be a little bright and fatiguing depending on source and amp. But mostly its not that bad. Interestingly they are great for testing equipment. I noticed the highs on my Dual were not up to par when using these speakers. On some material they can handily surpass the other two on the list--particularly stringed instruments. When I play New Favorite, Alison Krauss and Union Station, I have to switch in the Infinities as that amazing guitar work is lost on the other speakers whereas it is just amazing on these. Similar for other string work--acoustic classical guitar, lute, and mandolin music, blues, etc. Bass, what there is of it, is nicely controlled. Can't tell you about soundstage because for now they are set up about 3' apart. :D My only complaint is... I'm not real crazy about the oak finish. :no:

1. Boston Acoustics T1030 -- I've had these the longest and I keep coming back to them over and over. Dual 8" woofers, 1" fluid cooled tweeter, and 6.5" mid. Frequency response down to 40Hz. They have enough low end to pull off rock, blues. Where the bass extension was really stunning was the HK680i receiver. On all the other receivers bass is not particularly impressive. Enough detail to hear what is going on, mostly, but without the highs being particularly forward. About as non-fatiguing as it gets. Midrange is not overdone but is forward enough that you don't have to search for vocals. I think they do a great job on all sorts of vocals -- male, female, jazz, rock, classical, you name it. Overall just a nice, easy, pleasing sound. Efficiency is something like 90dB/W/m and none of my tiny receivers have any qualms driving them. They are big floor standers with a subdued black veneer with a woodgrain texture. Soundstage is reasonably wide but not tremendously deep. The reason I keep returning to these is they don't do anything really annoying but do everything reasonably well.

In terms of timbre I don't notice any massive difference listening to instruments on each. Nothing strikes me as particularly "wrong" on any. They are all accurate enough without me having been to, say, a live classical concert in a few years. When switching between the three, the immediate differences are tremendous and confirmed the opinions I had formed of each from extended listening. I feel the Bostons come across as more natural -- maybe this is just what I am used to after 10+ years with them.

Gear listed in sig below. Have tried several of the receivers and sources on several of the speakers. Listening environment is my basement office, something like 12x14' ? Drywall, no wall treatments, strange shelf area made up of house foundation forming the shelf under where the staircase goes (it's trilevel house) on which all the gear sits, speakers are down on the floor. Floor is laminate engineered flooring planks. After I cleaned some of the clutter out of the office I had to put down a throw rug to absorb some reflections.

cableguy
04-17-2009, 10:16 PM
IMF Studio TLS-50
JBL L-166
NEAR 15 M

Tedrick
04-17-2009, 10:31 PM
Infinity RS-IIb's
Infinity RS-IIIb's
KEF Reference 102's

Gilmour
04-17-2009, 10:38 PM
1. Carver Amazing Loudspeaker
2. Paradigm Studio Monitor
3. Paradigm Studio 100 v.5

Jonesy09
04-17-2009, 10:54 PM
#1 Infinity RSII & Carver PM-1201 in medium enclosed basement rec room.

#2 B&W 604s3 & Rotel 991 (the mains of a 7.1 system) in an open design medium sized living room.

#3 Polk Monitor 7B (recapped & tweaked) & Carver PM-175 in the same room as the Inifnity's.

anytune
04-17-2009, 10:55 PM
Genesis III
Klipsch Forte
KLH Model Six

Tom Brennan
04-17-2009, 11:12 PM
Altec 19s
Altec A5s
Martin Logan Vistas

jtucker
04-17-2009, 11:13 PM
1. Infinity IRS Gamma w/ AdcomGFA-5802 top and bottom.

After that, I think

2. Infinity RS-IIs with each powered by a Carver M1.0t in mono.

3a. Magnelanar MG12 with REL Strata III sub.

3b. ADS L710 (I lusted after these when I was younger, I have owned them for 27 years now) various amps, now run on a Denon receiver in the bedroom.

I still have the ADS in a bedroom system. I still own the RS-IIs, they are in storage. Sold the Maggies and the REL. So maybe the Maggies should be 3b, but they do some things so well...

I've had several others, AR, Advent, ADS, Infinity, Yamaha, Klipsch, but nothing that really stacked up with the above. I've been a vintage Infinity fan for many tears now

tarior
04-18-2009, 12:01 AM
AR9
JBL L-212
ESS PS-1220
List subject to change at any time. Too many honorable mentions to list.

superdog
04-18-2009, 12:49 AM
Just from what I have owned.JBL L112-Klipsch Heresy- New Large Advent.

Roypercy
04-18-2009, 01:21 AM
In no particular order...

EPI 201
Polk Monitor 10A
AR 2AX

All sold in moments of upgrade fever...

The EPI's are the only ones I really regret losing.

JimJ[VT]
04-18-2009, 01:29 AM
Currently own the best I've owned...Fostex FE168 Sigmas in BIBs.

Have I heard better? Sure...:)

tubed
04-18-2009, 01:36 AM
Top rated?...Here are three I like alot:yes:. ADS l-1530 Infinity Quantum 4 and Pioneer HPM-200's.

BigManAndy
04-18-2009, 03:54 AM
i can only list one:

Paradigm 7SE "MK1" circa 1988
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v39/andylikespez/CIMG2735.jpg

before this i had a pair of cheapo Sony bookshelves, and before that, i don't even want to mention them.

motorstereo
04-18-2009, 05:40 AM
1. Polk sda 2.3s
2. Infinity quantum 3's
3. Toss up betwee Ohm walsh 4's and Boston Acoustic a400's

jimfet
04-18-2009, 06:07 AM
Koss model 1a stats
Decware MG 944's
Altec model 19's

Lastplace
04-18-2009, 07:40 AM
OL Advents
KLH 17's

BmWr75
04-18-2009, 08:08 AM
See my signature. Room is 14' wide, 7.5' celings and about 50' long (man cave).

Third set is Heath AS-1383 speakers driven by Emotiva XPA-2 and Rogue 66 Magnum preamp.

tom_hankins
04-18-2009, 08:18 AM
THIEL CS7.2
HARBETH SUPER HL5S W/REL R505 SUB (they are a team)
LEGACY FOCUS 20/20

These are the three that got me listening to the most music.

gearhound
04-18-2009, 08:27 AM
B&W DM12
Platinum Audio PT-801
KLH 17


Steve

Art K.
04-18-2009, 09:39 AM
Rega R5
ProAc Studio 110
Paradigm Studio 20 v3

Robie
04-18-2009, 10:21 AM
Rega Ela
ADS 710
Dynaco A25

I auditioned some ProAc Studio 100s in my home about 15 years ago. Fantastic speakers.

doucanoe
04-18-2009, 10:48 AM
Owned, in due order:

IMF Studio TLS-50
JVC zero9
Wharfedale Diamond 7.2 ALE

Heard, again in order:

Infinity RSII-b
Doucanoe's FosEgdFraisers
The 4-inch FR jobber of Gary's

Of the above (all-time, you might say):

IMF Studio TLS-50
Infinity RSII-b
FosEgdFraisers



I'm still reeling from the shock and awe after listening to the IMF TLS-50's. Not that I should be shocked, but I had never heard them before. Also, we really didn't spend any time messing with set-up and positioning.

The awe part remains.

RC

Mister Pig
04-18-2009, 10:50 AM
#3
Spica TC 50 with Spica Servo sub woofer. Owned this speaker the longest, they were with me all through my college years, and the lean years that followed. used them in many many rooms. This is the first true quality speaker system I owned.

#2
Cabasse Catalane 500. Beautiful speaker in a maple finish. Lively and dynamic sounding. Worked very well with 8 to 13 wpc SET amplifiers.

#1
My current speaker is a pair of Mordaunt Short Performance 880. This is a wonderful floor stander. Cabinets are molded out of a resin-rock material. Had them in a friends house who owned some hot-rodded Quad 989's. The Quads were a touch more detailed, a bit more even in tonal balance, but did not blow away the 880. However, the 880 won out in the areas of dynamics and bass extension.
http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=128080&d=1231364369
Regards
Mister Pig

MR_B
04-18-2009, 01:18 PM
HEGEMAN MODEL 2's
Handmade, 10" hand drawn aluminum cones, they virtually disappear.
Not for knocking the walls down
Current versions by MORRISON AUDIO
ESS HEIL AMT1 TOWERS
1/4 Wave tuned transmission line. They will knock down the walls.
POLK LS 90's
Take all the clean power you can give. No clean power= No drivers
From the Northern cousin

Arkay
04-18-2009, 01:45 PM
Mr B, I noticed that was your first post, so... WELCOME to AK! :thmbsp:

Nice list of speakers you have. I'm not familiar with the Hegeman's; they sound very interesting. Feel free to post more about them, perhaps in a separate thread, and to post a little about yourself in the "Introductions" forum. Anyone with speakers like you listed will fit in very well around here! :yes: :D

EDIT: To answer the OP's question, the first two are easy:

1. Infinity RS-II
2. Yamaha NS-1000M
3. The third one is really tough to decide from among a whole pack of good-sounding speakers that don't quite match the above two, ...:scratch2:... but it might be the DQ-12s.

Chrisssssssss
04-18-2009, 07:27 PM
MB Quart Vera VS-1F Towers, Polk SDA 1C, Tannoy monitor gold 12's.

I have all three in rotation depending on what I would like to listen to and have no need to look elsewhere.

klama2006
04-18-2009, 07:35 PM
I see that many of the people who posted, included both newer and vintage speakers in there selections.

I guess newer isn't always better then. This is what I assumed all along, there are too many factors involved to declare one speakers superior to the others. I guess a quality design, remains a quality product even once it's dated.

Tom Brennan
04-18-2009, 07:42 PM
HEGEMAN MODEL 2's
Handmade, 10" hand drawn aluminum cones, they virtually disappear.
Not for knocking the walls down
Current versions by MORRISON AUDIO



Yeah, I remember hearing the Hegemans about, what, 30-35 years ago? At the Hi-Fi Hutch outside Chicago. Pretty good speaker as I recall.

RoonieQ
04-18-2009, 07:59 PM
IMF RSPM MkIV
ADS L-910II
YAMAHA NS-1000

All amazing in their own right. But the IMF's get the blue ribbon - pure magic :music:

ehoove
04-18-2009, 08:47 PM
Magnepan MGIIIa's
Magnapan 1.6QR's
Janzsen Z824's
Martin Magnificats
Sorry I lost my head,
Regards,
Jim

barryWest
04-18-2009, 11:08 PM
Paradigm 7SE (MKI)
B&W 600Dmi
Mirage SM-4

bobrown14
04-24-2009, 03:15 PM
Depending on pre/amp used:

EV Sentry IIIs - mighty fine

Dahlquist DQ-10's - very recently re-foamed & re-capped crossovers. Only 3 weeks old (to me) and getting better the more I listen to them.

Infinity QLS-III's

Dahlquist DQ-8's <-- Sansui 771 receiver sounds good

Dahlquist DQ-12's

ESS AMT-1B bookshelf speaks.. out of rotation.

I guess I like vintage it's all I can afford!

Cheers,

Bob

rushfan
04-24-2009, 04:34 PM
Best three that I have owned? That's easy:

1 - Energy Connoisseur C5
2 - Clements Dynamic Image 108di
3 - Pioneer HPM-100

The Energy's are startlingly good. No obvious deficiencies whatsoever. The Clements are very, very good but they exhibit a little hardness in the upper registers when pushed hard. At moderate to low volumes they are sweeet. The HPMs? What can I say - they're inaccurate but they are tough as nails and punchy as hell. I break them out when high SPL is called for. Ever try to drown out a live drum kit? The HPMs are the speaker for the job! :D

As for amplification, all of the above have been driven by my Yamaha M-65. It's Class A for the first 20 watts (of 170) and I don't think that I have had it outside of that envelope yet. My room is in a finished basement - about 15x12x7. Carpet over concrete.

tlgibbs
04-24-2009, 08:00 PM
Martin Logan Aerius

Infinity QLS-1

Altec Bolero

Each set has it's place and all have specific uses, but are definitely not interchangable!

Hokieman
04-24-2009, 09:28 PM
JBL 4311b
EPI 202
JBL L110

The last two are recent additions, but their superiority is readily apparent.

carbonman
04-24-2009, 09:51 PM
Joseph Audio RM25XL
Joseph Audio RM25si
B&W 805 Matrix
...and in case there is a disqualification of the RM25si as just a variation of the RM25XL,
Videoton D132E Minimax 2

dbrookes
04-24-2009, 10:17 PM
I can only list one

ESS Tempest LS5

Duffinator
04-24-2009, 10:20 PM
In no particular order:

Altec Model 19
Energy Veritas 2.8
Yamaha NS-1000M

Here's a shot of the 2.8's, damn they are sweet speakers.

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k163/Graciefloydie/EnergyVeritas28-4.jpgBB, do you still have the Energy's?

titanstats
04-24-2009, 11:24 PM
Altec 19
KEF 105
Altec 14.

kbott
04-25-2009, 05:11 AM
JBL L-100T
Boston Acoustics A400
Dahlquist DQM-7

mech986
04-25-2009, 05:58 AM
Small - Any of the LS3/5a models I have.
Large - JBL 4435 or 4333B
Midsize JBL 4425 or Dynaco A25.

javamanad
04-25-2009, 07:28 PM
1) Vandersteen 3A Signature
2) KEF 105 Series 2
3) B&W DM640

Retro Stereo
04-25-2009, 09:21 PM
1) Tyler Acoustics D2
2) Shengya V-518
3) Thiel CS3.6

npg3
04-25-2009, 09:32 PM
Yikes....in 27 years, I have only owned 3 pairs of speakers. I have some catching up to do.

I have always leaned towards JBLs....as a guitar player, I like JBL and Celestions.

1) L166 Horizons
2) 4103
3) 4406

*certified JBL nut*

Snade
04-25-2009, 09:41 PM
Rectilinear III

Allison CD-8

Frazier Sevens

shacky
04-25-2009, 10:59 PM
AR 3a
JBL L36 - with tubes only
Toss up - AR 2AX (older version), Dynaco A25, KLH 6 :D

BrocLuno
04-25-2009, 11:09 PM
Infinity RS-3000 that I rebuilt with mods. They ain't going anywhere. Stone amazing on some types of music :)

Infinity RS-5000 refoamed but stock. Very good all around speaker and the EMIT tweeters resolve detail extremely well :)

A/D/S L990s - they beat my Boston Acoustic T-830s by a noticeable margin. If I can find some T-1030's I'm pretty sure the BA's will equal or nudge out the A/D/S? But it's such a fun race to be comparing speakers of this caliber :)

Update - the RS5000's are now on top with new replacement dual voice coil woofers and braced cab. Just awe inspiring :)

automojo
04-25-2009, 11:12 PM
1). Klipsch KG 5.5

2). Magnapan 1.6

3).ESS PS 1220

4). Pending-Econowave:D

JoeESP9
04-25-2009, 11:12 PM
It's a dead heat for my number one.

1. Acoustat Spectra 22/SPW-1
1. Acoustat Model 3
2. Magneplanar MG-3A

The 3's had better base but the 22's have a wider sweet spot and sound a tiny bit cleaner. The 22's have been my speakers since 1995.

Cosmos
04-26-2009, 12:01 AM
KLH Nines

JBL 250Ti-LE

Martin Logan CLSII

JBL LE-14A with econowave.

Harvey/ Ga
04-26-2009, 12:26 AM
I'm not asking for the best you have heard, but the top 3 in order that sounded the best in your own personnel residence.

Also with each entry, please describe the speakers living environment, EX. (Size of room, and the Amp you used to power it), more details to the situation are always welcome. If you got pictures, post them. Pictures are always a plus.

Polk 10A
Wharfedale W-60E
Advent 5012/W

listening room is the rec room, 14x30 with 7 1/2 ft ceiling.
The Polks are now at daughter's house, IMO, a tad better then the other two.
I have a soft soft in my heart for the W-60's...my first decent speaker set...'60's time frame. Very hard to decide if they're better then the 5012's. :yes:

tubed
04-26-2009, 12:50 AM
These three have been rotated in and out of my living room from time to time. For some reason the acoustics of this 15' x30' room makes music come alive. Alas only one pair are grudingly allowed at a time. GNP's...ADS 1290's and Polk SDA-1's

shacky
04-26-2009, 06:39 AM
These three have been rotated in and out of my living room from time to time. For some reason the acoustics of this 15' x30' room makes music come alive. Alas only one pair are grudingly allowed at a time. GNP's...ADS 1290's and Polk SDA-1's

Quite a collection you have there. I've never seen GNP's before. What is there full nme? I remember drooling over those Polk's in the local audio shop in Westchester NY.

Henry Kloss
04-26-2009, 03:53 PM
Axiom AX3's

Paradigm Export monitors

Toss up on any given day: Large Advents
Dynaco A 25's
KLH 6's
Genisis 10's

All still owned and enjoyed.

ET16
04-26-2009, 05:39 PM
Fried A/6
Spica TC-50
MB Quart 350s

BULLWINKLE
04-26-2009, 06:41 PM
Klipschorn's in a 20' by 18' room.
Vandersteen Model 4's in my great room 25' by 23' with 17' cathedral ceiling.
Lascalla's in the same great room. Only set of speakers that disappeared for me. I miss them.

BMWCCA
04-27-2009, 01:52 AM
In my house the first choice is:

JBL 4345, bi-amped with Ashley DX1001, Crown DC300A-II and Crown D150A-II, room size 12x18'

Second is a toss-up between:

JBL L7, Crown PS-400
JBL L150A, Crown PS-400 (both in smaller room than those above)

But then I don't get out much and have a fairly one-track mind when it comes to speakers, amps, cars, or bikes. :thmbsp:

bryblob
04-27-2009, 02:01 AM
RtR 280-DR
Klipsch Quartet
Infinity column II

The RtR's were the best of the 3

nosmok
04-27-2009, 02:27 AM
1) Altec 601's in EV Aristocrats, in my little apartment living room, blasting post punk improvisational music or Bartok string quartets, and everything in between.

2)Pioneer PIM-8's in factory boxes. My pick for best nearfield ever. A 3 watt se amp makes a home office full of music.

3) in a stereo store years ago, the IMF IRS Professionals. That was something. I've never forgotten how correct they sounded.


--nosmok

tubed
04-27-2009, 02:30 AM
Quite a collection you have there. I've never seen GNP's before. What is there full nme? I remember drooling over those Polk's in the local audio shop in Westchester NY.

Shacky, GNP's were a very short lived company based out of Pasadena,Ca in the late 70's that produced some of the finest speakers of that time period, at least that's what I can surmise from the internet and the ones I listen to.:yes:

kermit z
04-27-2009, 08:02 AM
Nothing high -end like evryone else:sigh:


1. DLK/2 powered by JVC AX-R551 integrated amp
2. Original Large Advents powered by Sansui G-7700
3. Smaller Advent/ Polk Audio RTi4 (in the bookshelf cat.) Kenwood KR-5150

garage sound
04-27-2009, 08:58 AM
Actually, 1 and 2 are a toss-up.

1. Pinnacle Monitor 200
2. Crysler Living Audio CE-1acII
3. JBL L88 (the L100 is louder, but I loved the musicality and controlled midrange of my L88's)

I mostly listen at low low volume, but every once in a while I blast it and all 3 of these do a superb job with both types of listening (and with poor placement.)

JBL Don
04-27-2009, 03:19 PM
[1] My current pair of JBL 4343B's bi-amped with Crown and Mcintosh that replaced...

[2] The 300 Summits that replaced...

[3] The 200 Studio Masters that replaced..

[4] The L65 Jubals...

Well you get the picture, Brand Loyal kind of guy!

ScramMan2
04-27-2009, 03:48 PM
In no particular order:

Koss Model 1A
Dahlquist DQ-10 (mirror imaged, and re-capped)
DCM TimeWindow 1

The Koss and the DQ-10's were always powered by 200 w/ch SS behemoths. I now have a pair of TW1's that can be driven by 38 w/ch tubes. Wish I would have had a tube amp to try with the DQ-10's and Koss 1A's.

Duffinator
04-27-2009, 04:07 PM
[1] My current pair of JBL 4343B's bi-amped with Crown and Mcintosh that replaced...

[2] The 300 Summits that replaced...

[3] The 200 Studio Masters that replaced..

[4] The L65 Jubals...

Well you get the picture, Brand Loyal kind of guy!So what's next, some 4344's? Welcome to AK.

JBL Don
04-27-2009, 04:23 PM
So what's next, some 4344's? Welcome to AK.

Well Thank You!

Next? Bring the 4343's as close to 4344 specs as I can get. Already had the 2231's reconed to 2235H, will do the same to the 2121's [to 2123H] but the biggest upgrade will be charge coupled crossovers.

Steelman
04-27-2009, 04:39 PM
Room size 12' x 17' with 8 foot ceilings.

JBL L100's powered by a Marantz 2252B

Original Large Advents powered by a Pioneer SX-650

Pioneer CS-66's powered by a Marantz 2245

vegaman9
04-27-2009, 04:47 PM
well i have four pair in rotation at time in the man cave. it is a remodeled 8 feet by 10 feet building complete with two big easy chairs,hardwood floor,area rug,heat and air, drywall and insulation,blacklight, lavalamp,and a bunch of gear,cd's,and vinyl. the four pairs of speakers playing right now are:

marantz imperial 6's:bottom center,on pioneer sx 780 w/pioneer pdm 40 6 disc
utah a 120's:on sansui au-g99x,w/ technics 770d cd player,on top of marantz
jbl L40:bottom outside,on sansui au-g99x,w/ technics 770d player
jbl L46's:on top of L40's,on sx 780,w/ 6 disc changer
mcs 6601 direct drive semi w/ pickering rig runs and crappy technics tape deck run through both recievers via teac eq. am upgrading the tape deck have teac a-650 tape deck awaiting belts and cleaning
i just recapped the utahs with bennic poly caps. they are different speakers now.mid opened up and it was like taking a wool blanket off the tweeters. bass is tighter and better too. i used to say if the building caught on fire i would grab the marantz first.... may have to rethink that now
ps i also have some cerwins and hpm's in the house both not even hooked up right now. the hpm's have $75 worth of new caps and resistors...what am i thinking?

Big Tuna
04-27-2009, 06:19 PM
The top three for me are:

1. Kenwood LS-408B powered by my KR-9600 or my SX-1250 or SX-1980
2. Kenwood Model Sevens powered by my KR-9600 or my SX-1250 or SX-1980
3. Marantz HD880 powered by my SX-1980

I recently picked up some Marantz DS920's and am refurbishing them for testing, and a very unique and rare pair of mirrored Marantz M10's with huge magneted woofers. I had already tested one of the M10's against my HD880 and it was amazing how clean, detailed & clear they both were but the M10 held a slight edge over the 880 with more pronounced highs and mids while not being overcolored or harsh in any way. I can't wait to get the new surounds on the woofers and give those babies a few watts to shake out the dust :D

edit: I forgot to mention for the Model Sevens & HD880's the room dims are my bedroom @ 12' X 12' and an open living room about 30' X 30'.
the LS-408B's I had in my old house in Iowa in the living room with about 16' X 30' area.

heath2832
04-27-2009, 06:26 PM
Polk Audio SDA SRS 1.2 TL's
Infinity Kappa 9's
Carver Amazing's

vintagelubbr
04-27-2009, 06:47 PM
No particular order...


Altec A7's - mine pushed by Mark Hill tubes
JBL L200 - big bro's pushed by a Spec 4
Klipschhorns - Dads' pushed by a Spec 2

Our listening rooms are all kind of big, and very similar with an average size of about a 40'x60'. Yes, I know...we are a lucky bunch. Just remember we all pay for it somehow. So there is a tradeoff with the boss (wife).

audiojones
04-27-2009, 10:40 PM
The ones I have now.

In order of preference:

AR3a
AR5
AR2ax (second generation, though I prefer the first generation model).

*ADD-ON* - Strike that, this is the order

AR3a
AR TSW-610
AR5

thanhdang63
04-28-2009, 12:52 PM
My top three

Snell type A/II
Audio Note AN/K spx
Yamaha NS-1000

Still have all three ... along with others..

Thanh

bre's dad
04-28-2009, 02:05 PM
Martin Logan Aerius (w/ new panels) - mine
Thiel CS2.3 - friend's setup
DCM Time Window 3 - mine

Subject to change at any time...

SpeakerLabFan
04-28-2009, 03:33 PM
I'm not asking for the best you have heard, but the top 3 in order that sounded the best in your own personnel residence.

If you got pictures, post them. Pictures are always a plus.

it's a tough choice because preferences change at any given time and material, but I have enough room to listen all of them.

big Solid State amps:

1) Carver Amazing Silvers
2) Phase Linear Andromedas
3) JBL 4430's

Here's a picture of one of the 4430's and one of the Andromeda panels...

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/speakerlabfan/JBL011.jpg

tube amps:

1) Frazier Model 15's
2) Klipsch Fortes
3) Speakerlab K's

The Fraziers need an auditorium but even in a small 14' x 10' room they are magic with tubes, lots of fun in the backyard too.

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/speakerlabfan/fr003.jpg

rpcoins
04-29-2009, 12:23 PM
3.6/r Maggies - blow away any other speaker I have owned. To be fair they are serious money and the others were on a budget. The rest were good in their day, so from most recent to oldest

Infinity
Advent - large
Sansui SP-100 I think.. it was many years ago

Sir.Byrd
04-29-2009, 12:27 PM
Infinity RS III,
ESS AMT-4
Dahlquist DQ-8

tubino
04-29-2009, 01:00 PM
1: the ones I'm bulding in the basement
2: the ones I'm building in the workshop (150hz tractrix horn)
3. JBL 2226 and 500hz Edgarhorn DIY
4. Tannoy GRF-R with Gold 15s"
5. Tannoy DMT 15

pmsummer
04-29-2009, 01:51 PM
Klipsch Cornwalls
Yamaha NS-100M
Tie for 3rd: Frazier Vs, Boston Acoustic A-200s, AR-3as

kaliph11
04-29-2009, 02:07 PM
Kenwood KL-777

Pioneer CS-63DX

Fisher XP6/XP7 which are hooked up to a Craig 5503 and play as one

gp1680
04-29-2009, 09:27 PM
Infinity Crescendo CS-3006

Pioneer CS-A70

Tie - JBL HLS-810 and Dynaco A25

sfox52
04-29-2009, 09:32 PM
First- my present day Magnestand MMG's- every time I play them!

Second- my old SMGa's. They got me close!

Third- my long gone Janszen 210a's- they started me on the path..

kurtgo
04-29-2009, 11:35 PM
Infinity 4.5's - absolutely best with Parasound 3500's - vertically biamp'd (I don't want to hear anything better, I'd be depressed for a decade)
Klipschorns
Infinity IIb's
Infinity 2.5's (oops, can't count - but with the 4.5's in a 7.1 setup I don't know how it can be beat!)

Room size is about 19x24. Too many different amps to list.

Mortsnets
04-29-2009, 11:53 PM
My three current speakers:
- Fried Model R IIi
- Epos ES-11
- Dynaco A35

and for nearfield my NHT M00s

playthebody
04-30-2009, 12:10 AM
Infinity RS1B
Infinity RS2B
Acoustat 3

DS21
04-30-2009, 11:16 PM
1) Tannoy System 12 DMT II drivers/crossovers in low-diffraction sealed cabs. (Same baffle dimensions as original.) I have had three of them up front in the main system, and with the midbass bloom from placement corrected via Audyssey MultEQ XT in my receiver I just can't seem to find anything that they do wrong. And I've tried! They're top-to-bottom smooth on good recordings, show warts in recordings without drawing tons of attention to them, reproduce thunderous dynamics, image like projectors, sing up high and growl as low as they need to (they are supported by multiple subwoofers), and reproduce great recordings with a depth, texture, and palpability I have yet to hear from any other speaker in any other room.

2) Tannoy System 12 DMT II, stock. (the low-diffraction - huge roundovers all around, nothing protruding on the baffle - ones sound just the finest hair cleaner in the upper mids, and the tippy-top HF)

3) Tannoy System 8 NFM II. Sound substantially similar to #2, but a little more strained at all volumes in the lower mids, and obviously run out of gas much sooner.

As for non-Tannoy Dual Concentrics, probably a set of DIY MTM's I made using the Peerless HDS205 8" midwoofer and the small-flange Audax 25mm fabric tweeter. Basically like the old Adire Audio MTM tower, but with a significantly better midrange driver and considerably less talented crossover designer.

AudioSoul
05-01-2009, 12:22 AM
Spendor SP1
Vandersteen Ci
Meadowlark Kestrel
Acoustat 1+1
Ooops that four:thmbsp:

beans
05-01-2009, 01:20 AM
Focal Chorus 806V
Boston V920
Norman Labs Model Seven

spotter7
05-02-2009, 03:49 AM
#1 Polk SDA SRS 1.2
#2 Dahlquist DQ-10
#3 JBL L36

gonzo
05-02-2009, 07:23 AM
L-300 jbl
140 Saba s
recapped 4430 jbl

danj
05-02-2009, 12:58 PM
Polk Monitor 7b
Dynaco A35
Mission 771

tubino
05-03-2009, 07:34 PM
1: the ones I'm bulding in the basement
2: the ones I'm building in the workshop (150hz tractrix horn)
3. JBL 2226 and 500hz Edgarhorn DIY
4. Tannoy GRF-R with Gold 15s"
5. Tannoy DMT 15

I have to elaborate on #1. Best I've owned so far IS #1, but last night we really moved it ahead by putting in a nice pair of JBL LE15B in the 1952 design by Jensen that later evolved into the Imperial. Really an amazing yet simple two-way that just happens to occupy 30 cu ft per speaker.

Next phase is to install a Yuichi A290S wood horn with rebuilt JBL 2440/2441.

This system SLAYS my others -- which are not slouches.

bobschneider
05-03-2009, 09:28 PM
1. Custom system using Bohlender-Graebener 75" quasi-ribbons and Lambda Acoustics 12" woofers, digital active crossover (built by me)

2. Martin Logan Ascents w/ Descent sub (purchased - used)

3. North Creek Borealis w/ custom sub using 2 10" Scan Speak woofers (built by me, Borealis from North Creek kits)

I still have all three of these systems, although the B-G is silent until I fix the power amp for the ribbons

Honorable Mention: Rogers LS 3/5As, 15 Ohm version (since sold)

donberry
05-03-2009, 10:58 PM
i just recently purchased the best speakers I have ever owned and for me, there is no comparison between these and anything else I have ever owned or heard.
1. Magnepan MGIIc
2. Pioneer HPM-150
3. infinity Kappa 7

stoutblock
05-03-2009, 11:34 PM
Never get tired of listening to my A/D/S L1090s

webbb
05-04-2009, 12:42 PM
1. Qysonic Array Tower Prototypes. Always make me smile, since 1976.
2. Stax SR-Sigma Earspeakers. Really these are great even if not conventional speakers. Since they angle towards the ears, sort of like small speaks mounted near your ears rather than conventional headphones. Put 'em on yesterday first time in a long time - wow oh wow, I had forgotten.
3. Audiokarma Indignia 3.5. Nobody has mentioned these yet? I guess not that many were actually made yet although a second batch is in progress. They have knocked off the Axiom Audio M3Ti that I had been using.
Since the Qysonics were selected over DQ-10 back in 1976 I have heard very few that I liked as much for less than MANY dollars, so have not really owned a lot of home speakers.

tom_hankins
05-04-2009, 01:38 PM
Thiel CS7.2
Harbeth SuperHL5
Legacy Audio Focus 20/20

Mc_Man
05-04-2009, 03:30 PM
JBL 4430
KEF Reference 105
JBL 4311WXA

juniorJBL
05-05-2009, 04:12 PM
B&W Signature 800's (current)
JBL 250 Ti's (rebuilding)
B&W CM4's Kitchen (sideways on a soffit above the pantry)

promoguy17
05-05-2009, 06:33 PM
My Qysonic Array Towers are without a doubt, the finest sounding speakers I have ever heard.

kwhales
05-05-2009, 09:05 PM
1.B&W 802 Series I with the fibercrete mid/high housing
2. B&W DM7
3. B&W DM 17
The imaging on all is tremendous and there is zero listening fatigue.

Larry
05-05-2009, 09:15 PM
I currently am running a pair of Revel Concerta F-12's - outstanding speaker. I also have Vandersteen 2ce sig and DCM Time Windows 1a.
Larry

Bob Clobber
05-05-2009, 09:36 PM
Paradigm Titans
KLH Research X

Number three is somewhere on Craigslist or in a thrift waiting for me.

Saint Johnny
05-05-2009, 11:37 PM
KLH Research X


Really?
I have a pair, I never thought that they were anything special. :dunno:

FidPup
05-06-2009, 12:53 PM
Large Advents (way back when...)
Infinity RS1.5 (owned until 1999)
Vandersteen 3A (still keeping me happy!)

Ken

titan57nl
05-06-2009, 01:00 PM
Apogee Diva
Magnepan 3.5
Rogers LS3/5A

JonL
05-06-2009, 01:41 PM
I've only OWNED three pairs of speakers since about 1973...
AR4x Powered by Dynaco SCA-35. Teenage bedroom. Enjoyed the sound with the tweeter controls on full, sometimes a little treble boost on the amp.

JBL ProPerformer subwoofer/satellite system. Powered by same SCA-35. Used during marriage because of small footprint and "WAF." Sounded fine for casual listening of the cheap CDP while young children were running about.

Klipsch KG-3.2 (current listening) Powered by same SCA-35. Newly single small "bachelor pad" studio apartment.

I still have the AR's, have replacement woofers for them to be installed, need one tweeter, need to recap the crossovers, then I want to compare them with the Klipsch... I know they will be very different. I've got to refurbish my Fisher 400 to use at home with the Klipsch, then move the ARs and Dynaco to my office.

uriah Heep
05-06-2009, 02:25 PM
Altec Model 7's (first is always best)
ADS 1230's
Ohm Walsh 2's

zenith2134
05-06-2009, 02:36 PM
Boston A-150
Vandersteen 2C
A/D/S L-780

Mike19
05-06-2009, 06:39 PM
AR2 (1971)
Wilson Cubs (2000)
Dali Ikon6 (present)

Harvey/ Ga
05-06-2009, 10:10 PM
Really?
I have a pair, I never thought that they were anything special. :dunno:

Different ears for different folks :D

chasaboo
05-06-2009, 10:21 PM
I have a pair of Infinitys that I'm really into right now. Can't remember the model number but they're 8" woofers with the polycell tweeter two ways.

My speaker test consists of listening to a classical music radio station. If the music sounds good and the announcers sound good then I keep the speakers in the rotation. If either sound muddy or tinny then the speaker is out of the rotation.

It's amazing how many speakers, allegedly good speakers fail this test.

gatorvrx
05-06-2009, 10:41 PM
DCM TF 600, unfortunately gone
Martin Logan Montage, still have
Polk 10b's, still have

thinkbrown
05-08-2009, 05:17 PM
Boston Acoustics A-150s
Clements 107di's
Cambridge Soundworks Ensembles (the good, original ones, not the later rev.)

musical5
05-08-2009, 05:24 PM
For me that would be my

Klipsch Tangent 50
Mackie HR824's
Audio Technica PS-6 (modified/ replaced woofers)

Well I guess my Altec Flemencos are awesome too, but they have to go away to pay the rent this month :(

Justin

barredowl
05-09-2009, 08:52 PM
DCM Timeframe TF400s Overall my best sounding speaker ever, especially with AR-1 woofer for bass reinforcement for recording that are thin.

AR AR-5s mighty fine even unrestored, fuller than the DCMs a very rich full sound better bass than the DCMs but sound stage is smaller and maybe not quite as clear

Linn Tukans Maybe most realistic timbre of any speaker I have heard but sharp rolloff below 70 hz I sold them. :(

Smaller Advents similar to AR-5 but not quite as big and rich sound maybe a little better transient response

Tannoy PB5 Very detailed and great sound stage just got them last week I should listen to them more, but I only have room for so many stereos. :)

wineslob
05-11-2009, 12:18 PM
The Duetta II's are the only non home-brew's I've owned. I'd say they come in second to Scintilla's and Divas, if I have to list speakers, but not by as much as I thought they would.
My last home brews are pretty good, but not Apogee good.

barredowl
05-11-2009, 01:54 PM
Mike19 How do the AR-2s compare to modern high end speakers? I have never heard the real high end stuff like Dali or Wilson but I am enjoying my newly acquired AR-5s quite a bit. Best 25 dollar audio investment I've ever made. :)

NumbDiver
05-11-2009, 03:00 PM
1. Infinity IRS Gamma (Biamp'd/servo) will never leave. They are on the short-list of the best I've auditioned. Period.

2. Klipsch Cornwalls (also will probably never leave). A great compliment to the IRS. They go to 11! Subtle AND slam with Yammy vfets.

3. Klipsch La Scalas (modded). Gone, but not forgotten. I may buy another pair someday. The only mids that while colored, gave the IRS a run for their money with female vocal.

Hopefully most everyone that posted their 'top speakers they've owned', still own them. :yes:

I have regrets selling the LS :tears: (but it was to a friend :thmbsp:). I only have so much room for giant speakers. And since I've got really big speakers in 3 rooms, I had to say goodbye to them (knowing they are fairly easy to find again).

deeter
05-11-2009, 09:21 PM
Klipsch Forte
JBL 100 century (4311)
Klipsch KLF 30

BeerCan
05-11-2009, 09:58 PM
Shahinian Compass
Dahlquist DQ-20 (new to me)
MB Quart 390's (I think that's what they are)

JoeESP9
05-11-2009, 10:01 PM
It's a dead heat for my number one.

1. Acoustat Spectra 22/SPW-1
1. Acoustat Model 3
2. Magneplanar MG-3A

The 3's had better base but the 22's have a wider sweet spot and sound a tiny bit cleaner. The 22's have been my speakers since 1995.

Sorry klama2006, I forgot the room stuff.
16X29 with 9Ft ceilings.
The Spectra's are driven by modified Dyna MK3's with a pair of 12" transmission line subs driven by a modified Hafler DH-200. The room is dedicated to A/V with the V a secondary thing. Many of us forget that the room is a component that needs proper tuning. So, liberal use of room treatment has been done. Home made bass traps, abfusors, difusors and resonance control devices are used. The other speakers (Acoustat Model 1's) in the room are the rears for the surround stuff. They're biamped also, with a DH-200 and an Adcom GFA-545.

rroobbcc
05-12-2009, 09:59 AM
Fortunately I still own the speakers that are #1 and #2 on my list. Both being from Infinity and leveraging the same EMIT k tweeters, some aspects of their performance are very similar. Yet they differ on factors like achievable listening levels, room requirements, and deep bass performance. Which should be #1 and which #2? I faced a similarly the tough choice for #3. Making the decision harder is the fact that I still own one of the candidates, but haven't listened to the other since early 1992 when they were sold to buy my #1 speaker. Here are my choices...

#1 - Infinity RS 9 Kappa
These are the speakers in my main 2-channel system. They are driven by an Adcom GFA-5802 (and may very soon be bi-amped with a second). The room these will eventually live in, a 16'x19' combo home theater/listening room, is still under construction in my basement. I did have them standing in my office for a while but they were simply too large for this small 14'x14' space.

http://home.comcast.net/~robertcowart/images/office-2.jpg

#2 - Infinity Modulus satellites and SSW-212 servo-controlled subwoofer

I uses this system in my home office for a short time before swapping out the sub for a Velodyne F-1200. The SSW-212 outperforms the Velodyne in both sound quality and quantity, but was in the way a little too much. In a slightly larger room the SSW-212 would be one to use. The Modulus satellites are powered by an Adcom GFA-555II, although I have thought about replacing it with something less powerful, but more refined. In a small room like my home office this combo would actually be #1.

http://home.comcast.net/~robertcowart/images/ssm212-1.jpg

#3 - Klipsch Forte II

These are currently in use in a simple living room system powered by an Adcom GFA-545II, which is fed by the variable outputs of an Adcom GCD-575 CD player. Very simple, yet very musical.

http://home.comcast.net/~robertcowart/images/living-1.jpg

The runner-up - Polk Audio SDA 1C

This was the second pair of speakers I ever purchased after first owning a pair of Polk Audio Monitor 10B. I have fond memories of the SDA 1C, and they may have even been superior to the Klipsch Forte II. I would love to one day have the opportunity to listen to a pair again. I powered them with a Carver M1.0t. Unfortunately I don't have many photos of them, and no good ones at all.

http://home.comcast.net/~robertcowart/images/91stereo-2.jpg

Rob

Dr Tinear
05-12-2009, 10:19 AM
#1 -- Von Schweikert Research VR-4
I use these in my main 2-channel system, which is in an unfinished basement. The listening area is about 12 feet wide and at least 16 feet from front to back. My amplifier is an Audio by Van Alstine Omega II 240, a great 120 WPC power MOSFET amp built into a Dynaco ST-150 chassis.

#2 -- Von Schweikert Research VR-2000
These are in the family room, where they do double duty as stereo speakers and as the left and right front speakers in a theater sound system. They're driven by a 60 WPC Pioneer SX-880 receiver.

#3 -- Von Schweikert Research VR-1000
By now you're probably picking up a pattern in my speaker choices. :-) The VR-2000s replaced these in the family-room system. They're in another section of the basement, doing duty as speakers in a small A/V system that the kids sometimes use for videos or gaming. They're currently driven by a 10 WPC Pioneer SA-500 integrated amp, though I plan to put my 20 W Sherwood S-5000 tube integrated amp back in the system as soon as I find a spot in the rack that allows for adequate air flow.

My runners-up include the Swans Batons, small floorstanders that I sold to a friend after buying the VR-2000s; the B&O S-60s that I used through college and that my 13-year-old is now using with a Harman-Kardon 330C receiver; and a pair of Ohm Ls that I refoamed for my 19-year-old.

redcoates7
05-12-2009, 10:41 AM
#1 NHT Xd 2.2- By far, the best speaker system I have ever owned. Tremendous from top to bottom, and the sort of imaging and staging that you read about, but so seldom get to experience. Driven by the NHT's own XdA amplifier/DSP crossover unit, and the 2 woofers are active too.

#2 Energy Veritas 2.8- One of my favorite passive speakers, used to SING when driven by my Nakamichi PA-7 (200 watts/channel). These were used in a large "open concept" front room in a largish Philadelphia row house...8' ceilings, harwood floors

#3 Three-Way-Tie- NHT T5, NHT M-100, Magnepan SMGa- all of these share an amazing, midrange presence, and can throw a soundstage that's nearly real its so good. (Maggies take a slight edge here of course!) The T5 might be the best of the three, as it allows so much adjustablility (external active crossover and amplifiers to drive sibwoofers/monitor stands) and can be configured to fit into jusy about any room.

allosaurus1
05-16-2009, 08:20 AM
Klipsch CF-4 in 12x15 wood-floored room, powered by Pioneer SX-v900. Had these since the Cerwin-Vega D9Hs I had in high school were retired.

Mike19
05-18-2009, 12:31 AM
Hi Barredowl.

In 1971, AR speakers were the best mid-priced speakers on the market. Unfortunately, at the time I could not afford source components that would do justice to the AR2's capabilities (entry level Sony reel to reel and Techics TT; Kenwood 30w x 2 receiver). I think the AR2s went down to about 55Hz. THey would have been real nice if paired with a quality small sub. But, as I remeber it, back in 71 there were no powered subwoofers for home audio. Rock bands were using pro passive subs with 15" and 18" woofers for thier PS systems. These subs were way too big for home use. JBL might have had full range (30Hz ?) studio monitors that were small enough for home use.

Soundwise, I would put AR on a level with Dali mid to upper level speakers. I do not consider the Dali Ikon series to be "high end". Close, but not in same league as Wilson Audio speakers. I've never heard the more expensive Dali speakers.

My Cubs were the least expensive Wilsons: stand mounters that had bass FR down to only 60Hz. They were actually the top part of the 2 cabinet Wilson speakers that had 1 or 2 large woofers in the lower cabinet. The Cubs were gigantic and very heavy - over 1/2 the size of the floorstanding Ikons. Paired with the original model Sunfire True Sub, Sonic Frontiers tube pre and tube 110w X 2 amp, the Cubs were stupendous. They were also 4 times more expensive than the AR2s and that with inflation factored in.

For a bedroom or small den, I would put the AR2s up against any currently selling bookshelf in mid price range. Certainly a better value than Ikons or the Cubs. I wish I still had them (and the Cubs too!) :sigh:

Mike

kamagong
05-18-2009, 01:31 AM
only 3? :scratch2:

Celestion SL 600
Thiel CS 3.5
JBL 4312

hotroady
05-18-2009, 03:28 AM
modded Martin Logan Clarity for small listening area Klipsch Rf 83 for larger listening area Klipsch Rb75 all driven by vintage tube amps 32-55w range

Rob Babcock
05-18-2009, 04:22 AM
The best speakers I've ever owned are my current ones, Monitor Audio Gold Reference 60's, running alongside my pair of Hsu TN1220 subs. Numbers 2 & 3 aren't very original- they're the Gold Ref 20's they replaced and the GR10 bookshelfs I use at my computer (powered by an NAD C320-BEE fed by my Stereo-Link USB DAC. I've had a lot of nice speakers over the years but the Monitor Audio Gold Ref series is my favorite by a wide margin.:yes:

If I had the kind of money some of you have spend on speakers I'd probably buy some Salk Veracity HT3's next. Other candidates would be the Onix LS-9's or the (Danny Ritchie designed) Epiphanies. Sadly I have Champagne tastes and a Busch Lite budget!

hobie1dog
05-24-2009, 12:58 AM
2 pairs of Clements RT-7 Compression Line-Loading speakers, craploads of deep tight bass, just magical at the time with my Classe equipment.

Magnaplanar Tympani IVa powered by Audio Research

Mirage M1 powered by a Crown Macro Reference amp...they are still the most in-efficient speakers I've ever listened to. 83db:nono:

HiFiSoundGuy
05-24-2009, 10:45 AM
Sansui sp-5500's with new crossover caps with QuickSilver GOLD on EVERTHING!.. http://www.QuickSilverGold.com :smoke:

chris357
06-10-2009, 02:01 PM
[QUOTE=shimniok;2679833]I barely have 3 decent speakers...

3. NHT 2.5i -- Narrow floor standing speakers with piano black finish and built in 20° angled face. Nice amount of detail without being fatiguing or unduly bright and sparkly. Three-way design, aluminum dome tweeter, 6.5" polypro midrange, and 8" side firing woofer at the bottom with ported design. Not super efficient at only 86dB/w/m but none of my lower watt systems have seemed to mind too much. Tends to put the soundstage back pretty far and somewhat narrow. Frequency response goes down to 29Hz although this seems to activate a room resonance, so bass gets muddy and boomy at the very bottom, depending on placement. Also, midrange is fairly subdued with these speakers compared to my others. Vocals seem to fall more into the background. Still, they are enjoyable to listen to. I think they would really blow my socks off in a big room where they could sit wider apart to take better advantage of the 20° angle, and if they were driven with more power. "

I have these speakers, in an 18' x 18' room with them spaced about 15 ft apart and about 10' from listening postion.

They were first powered by a B&K 2220 (220w 2 ch amp) which did a great job now I have a Krell 3250 (250w of bad a$$ power to spare) and they blow me away the bass is so tight and fast when it needs to be I am truely impressed with them.. if I want to make a notable improvement I'm afraid I'd have to spend thousands.

KLH9
06-10-2009, 03:10 PM
I'm not asking for the best you have heard, but the top 3 in order that sounded the best in your own personnel residence.

Also with each entry, please describe the speakers living environment, EX. (Size of room, and the Amp you used to power it), more details to the situation are always welcome. If you got pictures, post them. Pictures are always a plus.

I've owned my double pair of KLH 9s for the past 31 years. In that time a lot of other speakers have come and gone (or come and stayed in their boxes). Nothing I have brought home has moved the double 9s to another room. They are currently in a room that is approx 35x20 and for the past 25 years have been driven by a Audio Research D-350 power amp (http://www.arcdb.ws/D350/D350.html) and a Audio Research SP6A preamp (http://www.arcdb.ws/SP6/SP6.html). Before that they were run by a first generation Ampzilla and an Audionics preamp (both of which I still have).

Everything else is just an also ran. The also rans (which I have kept) include a pair of Rogers LS3/5A that I purchased directly from Rogers in London 25 years ago, 2 pair of KEFs, 2 pair of B&Ws, a pair of Mission, a pair of Klipsch KG4s, and a pair of Polk 10s that I owned before the model 9s. Out of these I only have a few set up and listen to: These include 1 pair of the B&W being run by McIntosh MC2105/MX113, the LS3/5A being run by a Nakamichi system 1 rack, and the Mission 700s being run by Luxman M120/C120. Now all of these sound killer...... that is until I fire up the 9s... then it becomes all to evident that they are just cones in boxes.

.

agronk
06-12-2009, 05:44 PM
The size of room is 9mx6m
and there I have all my Hifi, first for power unit I have Bose 901S IV powered by
Bose 1800 amp,B&W CM7 Audio Note Meishu,Nad 3300PE with Electro Voice Status 40,Musical Fidalety Ma 50X mono blocks with Infinity RS7,Bang&Olufsen
beosystem 5500 with B&W 602s2,active sub Jm lab chyrus 700and many other but not connected.

beans
06-12-2009, 06:34 PM
This isn't saying much...

1. Focal Chorus 806V matched with Paradigm PW2200 powered sub
2. Boston VR950 (Video Reference series, magnetically shielded)
3. Norman Labs Model Seven

Okay... sure it's not fair to count a system that includes a powered sub... what ya want me to do? It's the best I can do! Besides, that's a damn nice sub and that setup kicks booty.
Other than that, it's actually the Norman that handles the most power with the best sound, but those Bostons sound really good, too... more "neutral" than the Normans. But they won't go nearly as loud... unless of course you run the 400W sub with 'em!

chard306
07-17-2009, 09:36 PM
1. Current Hegeman Labs Model 1's...better than everything I have ever owned.
2. Back in 1984 had a pair of Magnepan SMG's loved them, everyone asked why I had chalkboards in my living room.
3. Last year bought and for some reason sold a nice pair of Klipsch Heresy ...that is what started me trying to find some great speakers...now I need a better turntable.

theebadone
07-17-2009, 09:52 PM
Altec 515B woofers, 802 HF drivers, 511 horns, crossed at 800 HZ. and it all lives in a pair of Klipsch cornwall cabinets. (2) Infinity Kappa-7, (3) JBL L-112s

loach71
07-18-2009, 01:46 PM
Mark Levinson HQD
Infinity Servo-Statik 1A

Mortsnets
07-19-2009, 01:58 AM
I've got to change my response, recently got Spendor BC1s and they now go to the top of my list replacing Fried Model Rs.

I'm listening in a small 10 by 11 ft. room with the speakers about 3 feet away from the back wall. They are on their metal frame stands and powered by ASL Wave 8 tube amps.

Benzlo
07-19-2009, 03:32 AM
1. Infinity BETA's (highs that sparke like no other and never get harsh)

2. Yamaha NS-1000's (not 1000M's) - must be properly backed up or they will sound like the worst speaker rather than the best that you have ever heard.

3. Strathern Ribbons - sorry for a lack of specifics on these. They are OEM drivers in a DIY cabinet. Absolutely stunning but very picky about placement as they are a line source speaker. The sonic differnce between standing up and sitting down is extreme. They are definitely a sweet-spot speaker.

I will soon be hearing som Apogee Divas that will probably push one of those of my top 3 list.

2526
09-21-2009, 08:06 PM
(original) double Large Advents (miss 'em)
Spica TC-50 (miss 'em)
Meadowlark Kestrel hot rod - I still have these

special mention; B&W dm302's, EPI 100's - both in use now
PS - I can't wait to play my jbl 43'11's when the crossovers are rebuilt

whyaskit
09-21-2009, 11:39 PM
Snell Type E III
B&W 601 S3
Tie
Celestion Model 3 and Definitive Technology BR-7

Room, L shaped 25' by 30' along the longest walls. 1/2 foot tall ceilings.
Main amplification has been a 20 watt tbe amp, 60 watt solid state amp and 120 watt reciever.

spartanmanor
09-22-2009, 08:57 AM
Ok I will play:

1. Klipshorns
2. Altec Valencia's (active crossover bi-amped)
3. Klipch Forte

SleeperSupra
09-24-2009, 02:52 PM
Carver Amazing Loud Speakers

ESS Heil AMT1B

Thiel CS 2

Thiel CS1.2

Infinity kappa 8.1i Series II


This is a very good read that sort of deals with this subject...

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/bas/0508/

HokieVT
09-24-2009, 03:12 PM
I have a set of Fluance SX-HTB for the home theater that work really well for that purpose. They are not as good for music but Band of Brothers, Lord of the Rings and Master and Commander are a bunch of fun on them, especially with the CL-found Yamaha Subwoofer(concrete slab).
My little Sony SS-MB100H's ($40 at Radio Shack) are great for the living room. I can't imagine a better choice for the price.
But I have never owned any speakers that wowed me.

theebadone
09-24-2009, 04:43 PM
the 3 im running now, Altec Santiagos, powered by mc 2505 running through an mx-110 pre. (2nd pair) Altec model 15, powered by a mc-250, and mx-115 pre. (3rd pair) Set of Altec madrids also running through the mc-250 and 115 via speaker switch. All located in the basement family room (mancave) which is 20x35 and has tiled acoustic ceiling, and paneling, not a very base friendly room, but the santiagos make up for that :thmbsp:

pmsummer
09-24-2009, 04:46 PM
1) Klipsch Jubilees

2) Klipschorns

3) Bose 901 Series I... but I was on really, really good blotter at the time.

audiodon
09-24-2009, 05:03 PM
I have some qualifiers.
1. Never fell in love with them in the store and never listened elsewhere
2. Not fallen in and out of love with
3. Not some kind of technical gimmick that doesn't age well.
4. I have to have spent a lot of time with them.
5. The don't have some limitation like can't get reasonably loud or only sound good with acoustic jazz, etc.

Room size:
1. 13x9 feet
2. 18x13 feet
3. 23x13 feet

These are the best three pairs of versatile speakers that work for Mahler, MIA, and Mettallica:
1. Spendor BC-1
2. Spendor SP1/2
3. KEF 104/2
I use at least one powered subwoofer with each. Often I use a pair of subs. That tames room modes a lot.

I'm not a british speaker fan per-se, but inaccuracies in reproduction nag at me over time and have led me to these. I'd love to hear some of those KLH electrostats. I liked quads, but there's something about them that doesn't sit right with me.

Retro Stereo
09-24-2009, 05:32 PM
Well, I'm going to have to update and change this around a little:

1) Grant Fidelity Shengya V-518 (pictured)
2) Thiel CS3.6
3) Infinity RS 2.5 & Tyler Acoustics Decade D-4 (tie)


http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/7388/rita24.jpg


Other speakers I've owned, or still own, that didn't make the "top 3" cut:

Allison Ones
Magnepan MGIIA
AR-9
Vandersteen 2C
ADS 1290 v2
Ohm Walsh 4

And a multitude of other lessor models.






Retro

Susurus
09-24-2009, 07:48 PM
And now for something completely different:

Fulton Modulars.

Hales Rev 3

DQ-20i.

45 others, these are just the current faves. And they are completely different in about every way. 48dB slopes on the Hales, first-order on the DQ's. Fultons are E-stat hybrids.

eis01
09-24-2009, 09:27 PM
Dynaco A-25 - I keep going back to them :music:
AR 48B

bsujeep
09-24-2009, 09:44 PM
I will play along

1. Stephens Trusonic 150W woofer powered by SS, Crites tweeter powered by tubes.

2. Klipsch Forte, full crites upgrades

3. Boston BA-150 Ser I with SEAS tweeter.

kretinus
09-24-2009, 10:57 PM
1) Advent 25th Anniversary

2) Polk Monitor 7's

3) Epicure 20+

qboneus
09-24-2009, 11:19 PM
And now for something completely different:

Fulton Modulars.

Hales Rev 3

DQ-20i.

45 others, these are just the current faves. And they are completely different in about every way. 48dB slopes on the Hales, first-order on the DQ's. Fultons are E-stat hybrids.

Sweet!
Finally another Hales Revelation3 owner!!
Love my rev3's!:thmbsp:

My 3 current best spkrs

Hales Revelation 3
Klipsch cornwall III
Mission 765

cheers,
tal

Wolverine
09-24-2009, 11:22 PM
Hmmm

In no particular order...

KLH 5's

DCM TF-600's

Original Large Advents

ask me tomorrow and it might be different......

vinylviola
09-24-2009, 11:23 PM
I moved into a small(er) place several months ago and had to downsize - I think I can safely say that I kept only that which I was unable to make myself let go of.

Dynaco A-25
Polk SDA 2B
Klipsch La Scala

So much for saving space, eh?

Susurus
09-25-2009, 12:12 AM
Sweet!
Finally another Hales Revelation3 owner!!
Love my rev3's!:thmbsp:

They are my newest, but it was immediately apparent that these floorstanders were special. What I liked about KEF refs and Vandy sigs I like even more with these.

Used to think I only liked first-order xovers...now I know I just love superb design, in whatever form that takes me.

L968080db
09-25-2009, 12:33 AM
#1 Completely restored and upgraded Sansui 8080DB w JBL L-96's
#2 Pioneer SX850 w Klipsch KG 3.2
#3 Pioneer SX850 w Norman Laboratories Speakers (don't remember the model #'s, beautiful speakers, not so beautiful sound).
This is all I have evr owned, pretty new to the game.

rgwalker
09-25-2009, 03:36 AM
#1 - My current main stereo speakers which consist of; a pair of Altec 416-8Bs in Altec 620A cabinets with Altec 288C drivers fitted to EV HR60 horns sitting on top and Heil AMT-1 ES tweeters sitting on top of the horns. The crossovers are Altec Model 19s with North Creek air coils (#2 and #3) and Solens Fast Caps with an added cap for the tweeter at 9K.

#2 - The 620A cabinets with the original 604-8Gs and the Heil tweeters with the Heil crossovers

#3 - Altec 846A Valencias with an Infinity 2x15" 500 watt sub.

Bob W

tmad40blue
09-25-2009, 07:55 AM
1. Our AR-3a's. All original drivers and components, and still wonderful.

2. Klipsch Cornwalls.

3. A few components of an Altec Voice of The Theater setup. At that point I thought I was going to become a real-life representation of "blown into the back wall".

Urizen
09-25-2009, 08:05 AM
Magnepan MG 1.5 Q/R
Klipsch La Scala (Crites' 4500 Hz crossovers/CT-125 tweeters)
Gershman Acoustics X-1/Osiris stands

Honorable Mention:

Paradigm Reference Studio 20 v.3
Dynaco A-25 (recapped/Morel MDT-20 tweeters)
Klipsch KG 4 (recapped/Crites' titanium diaphragms)

Axcel
09-25-2009, 08:17 AM
I have had many speakers in my time some cost more $$ then other but here she goes:
Spica Angelus (why I sold them I'll never know):tears:
JBL L65 Jubals
Technics 7070 Linear Phase
close 4th Boston Acoustic A400

wsissons
09-26-2009, 06:44 PM
ns 500
ns 500ma
ns 690 :thmbsp:

NealinNevada
09-26-2009, 07:08 PM
Of those that I can remember at my advanced age...

1) Bozak Symphony's

2) EPI 200's

3) Pioneer HPM-150's

theebadone
09-27-2009, 08:08 PM
#1 - My current main stereo speakers which consist of; a pair of Altec 416-8Bs in Altec 620A cabinets with Altec 288C drivers fitted to EV HR60 horns sitting on top and Heil AMT-1 ES tweeters sitting on top of the horns. The crossovers are Altec Model 19s with North Creek air coils (#2 and #3) and Solens Fast Caps with an added cap for the tweeter at 9K.

#2 - The 620A cabinets with the original 604-8Gs and the Heil tweeters with the Heil crossovers

#3 - Altec 846A Valencias with an Infinity 2x15" 500 watt sub.

Bob W

Very cool stuff, can we see some pics?

zombie1210
09-27-2009, 08:16 PM
1. Teledyne AR9LS

2. JBL L100

3. Large Advents

rgwalker
09-28-2009, 02:06 AM
very cool stuff, can we see some pics?

Sorry but they're not great photos. The 604-8G crossovers covering the holes in the photo have been replaced with plywood panels.

- McIntosh 240 amp
- McIntosh MX110Z preamp/tuner
- Dynaco CDV-2 cdp

It's a great system and wasn't difficult to put together. I have been gathering the parts to build another one using Altec 311-60 horns. The guy who got me into the project has slightly smaller 7.5 cu ft cabinets but since the 416 is very similar to the 604 woofer it made sense to use the 620A cabinets with the 416-8Bs and they are a perfect match with deep, rich, tight bass with no distortion.

The last photo was just after I got the 620As. I stacked the Valencias that I was using on top and ran them with a McIntosh C28 preamp and four McIntosh MC30 amps. It wasn't a great combination but it looks cool.

Bob Walker

avionic
09-28-2009, 02:13 AM
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Jcricket
09-28-2009, 08:57 AM
room 13 x about 20
Altec 19's - powered by a yammie c4/m4 combo
forte's - home rebuilt 6v6 PP amp
Klipschorns - the room didn't work for these as well. -tried lots of amps - sure shower which amps were poor to excellent.

(number four - I am cheating here - frazier mark IV's)

Grainger49
09-28-2009, 09:00 AM
Infinity Servo-Statik I
Fuselier 3.8D
Triangle Zerius

theebadone
09-28-2009, 05:55 PM
Sorry but they're not great photos. The 604-8G crossovers covering the holes in the photo have been replaced with plywood panels.

- McIntosh 240 amp
- McIntosh MX110Z preamp/tuner
- Dynaco CDV-2 cdp

It's a great system and wasn't difficult to put together. I have been gathering the parts to build another one using Altec 311-60 horns. The guy who got me into the project has slightly smaller 7.5 cu ft cabinets but since the 416 is very similar to the 604 woofer it made sense to use the 620A cabinets with the 416-8Bs and they are a perfect match with deep, rich, tight bass with no distortion.

The last photo was just after I got the 620As. I stacked the Valencias that I was using on top and ran them with a McIntosh C28 preamp and four McIntosh MC30 amps. It wasn't a great combination but it looks cool.

Bob Walker

Very cool stuff, thx for sharing

hifi_nut
09-28-2009, 06:20 PM
1)- My current DIY Visaton driver based active 4 way Horn / Onken bass box combination.

2) Magneplanar MG-2.5 R

3) A draw betweeen Linn DMS Isobariks and KEF 104 MK2.

Of course I have heard better speakers, of the kind I can´t afford.:yes:

Jorge

tubed
09-28-2009, 06:31 PM
I'll throw these out in no particular order:

Pioneer HPM-200

Infinity Quantum 2

ADS L-1530....now that I think of it they'd be be a bit hard to toss:)

barredowl
09-28-2009, 08:36 PM
JBL C51 Apollo with an 030 load D130 woofer 075 tweeter
JBL S99 Lancers

Third place tie between DCM Timeframe 400s, Acoustic Research AR-5s, Nelson Reed 6-02 Bs.

bmundus
10-09-2009, 07:42 PM
2 Chanel setup
small room: AR-4x(kef 103.2 i thought was close a close second)
living room Kirksaeter 100 or klipsch hershey
5 Chanel setup
B&G z5 with a 210i sub

kaplang
10-09-2009, 08:22 PM
The pair I just got. JBL L110s. They are keepers :music:

barredowl
10-09-2009, 08:55 PM
Just got some JBL 4313bs, bye, bye Lancers. :)

mywifespissed
10-19-2009, 11:57 PM
1. ATC SCM35 It just doesn't get much better

2. Infinity RSIIB 'nuff said

3. Symdex Gamma Only had for a couple of days but the ambient quality and high end extension and smoothness coupled with a very tight and fast mid-bass push this speaker to the top of my list.

carbonman
10-20-2009, 12:11 AM
In no particular order:

Altec Model 19
Energy Veritas 2.8
Yamaha NS-1000M

Here's a shot of the 2.8's, damn they are sweet speakers.

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k163/Graciefloydie/EnergyVeritas28-4.jpg
Amazing speakers - they are probably the best speakers most people would ever want to hear. Lots of bottom end, too.
I found these very tempting speakers when I finally bought my original RM25si's.

Worf101
10-20-2009, 12:15 AM
Hmmm tough..

Modded Epicure 15's best non-floorstander I've ever heard.

Ohm Walsh F's - currently banished by wife to the basement.

Platinum Audio Studio 3's - Former Mains.

ADS 1290's Current Mains.

Worf101

danwilliams
10-20-2009, 09:44 AM
Martin logan CLS 2Z- Electrocompaniet 4r with Odyssey Stratos Extreme monos
Infinity kappa 8 with Marantz Ma700 mono with Adcom 565 pre
Magneplanar Tympani 1 U with Adcom 555/ 565pre

Lux Man
10-20-2009, 10:50 AM
Not perfect but my Magnepan 1.6's were the best so far. Currently my ADS 910's are in second place but favored over the 1.6's in some areas, and 3rd best were the DQ-10's.

Tough question though in my case because none were all driven with the same electronics.

Thrift-a-holic
10-20-2009, 11:16 AM
Marantz HD880
JBL Northridge Towers (model escapes me)
Small Advent Loudspeakers

botrytis
10-20-2009, 11:20 AM
Depends on Mood - I can't just pick 3 - :D

outlawmws
12-26-2009, 07:48 PM
Hmmm, a good question, but fairly easy to answer after so many pairs have gone through the house since I started this madness. (31 pairs have come and gone, 2 pairs are for still sale, and 15 pairs have found a home or a purpose, or are being held, including the 3 sets below….)

#1 Snell Type E III
Have been driven by Sansui 717, integrated, a Sansui 9090DB, and an Outlaw 950.
Nothing has pushed this pair out of my main listening area. Nothing.

#2 Snell Type E II (one generation earlier than the IIIs) the same amps very close to the III’s but slightly different, these are my “rears” for the Outlaw Surround system.

#3, Wharfdale Sapphire SP89 tower speakers. These are in my family room as a secondary system. (Since the Snell’s share a room with the TV…)
These currently have a Pioneer SX980 driving them but have also had a Motorola 3 channel tube amplifier from a console that is in need of new E caps… These sound very impressive, and when used with the Motorola, are used in conjunction with a 15” golden voice woofer from a consol mounted in an infinite baffle for the third channel. Eventually I plan on replacing the SX980 with a smaller Sansui receiver or amp.

The tube amp paired with these is a killer setup, and the Wharfedale SP89’s have an impressively wide soundstage (regardless of what is driving them), that is very forgiving. (The bass with the GV woofer is stunning, and one day I want to get a surround pre, and drive a pair of these Motorola’s with two 15”GV woofers as the sub for a home theatre. I really need to get off my ass and re-cap that Motorola…)

wsissons
12-26-2009, 08:01 PM
yamaha ns1000m ns500s ns690s......:smoke:

JonL
12-26-2009, 08:02 PM
I haven't owned that many good speakers, and I've had little opportunity to switch speakers in the same environment... so for me the list is simple.

1. Klipsch La Scalas. Even in a 12 x 12 room, they sound great and do a disappearing act if I close my eyes. (There too big to hide in here with my eyes open.)
2. Klipsch KG-3.2s, same room.
3. AR-4x in my bedroom 30+ years ago.

I've got a pair of Celestion DL-8 series II in my office that I just hooked up a week ago. They sound quite nice, I'd be curious to put them up against the KG-3.2s. I've got a pair of Frazier Black Box II's that need some work. I'd like to compare them to everything I own.

Art K.
12-26-2009, 08:07 PM
1. DeVore Fidelity Gibbon 8

2. Tie: Rega R5 & Magnepan MG12

3. Paradigm Studio 20v3

bobrown14
12-26-2009, 10:50 PM
These currently have a Pioneer SX980 driving them but have also had a Motorola 3 channel tube amplifier from a console that is in need of new E caps… These sound very impressive, and when used with the Motorola, are used in conjunction with a 15” golden voice woofer from a consol mounted in an infinite baffle for the third channel. Eventually I plan on replacing the SX980 with a smaller Sansui receiver or amp.

The tube amp paired with these is a killer setup, and the Wharfedale SP89’s have an impressively wide soundstage (regardless of what is driving them), that is very forgiving. (The bass with the GV woofer is stunning, and one day I want to get a surround pre, and drive a pair of these Motorola’s with two 15”GV woofers as the sub for a home theatre. I really need to get off my ass and re-cap that Motorola…)

Do you have pics of your Motorola Tub amp to share? I've got a tube console with the 15" GV woofer in working condition and was wondering how to hook it up outside the console.

Cheers,

Bob

AudCrshDumy
12-26-2009, 11:17 PM
Heard some Magnapan 6 footers the other week, wow. Need to start counting my quarter jars...
Those Magnapans
Vandy 3's (just got)
JBL ND310 (wierd huh ?)

seek/destroy
12-27-2009, 02:48 AM
Currently in use:

1. Van L Speakerworks ~ Early Quartets, i've only been using the monitors...having the subs running is just too much in my 12x15 bedroom

2. Klipsch Forte ~ in an odd shaped, large living room, I sold a pair once and will never sell again.

On the bench:

3a. Spica TC-50 ~ same living room, same bedroom, i've two pairs that have been sitting for a while but i am reluctant to get rid of them.

3b. The Magnepan Tympani I-D speakers that should be up and running shortly. When I first got these, I listened to them with only 3 of 6 panels working and they were one of the best speakers i've ever heard. It only stands to reason that when these are in their full glory they will be my #1.

theebadone
12-27-2009, 04:28 AM
(1) panasonic thrusters, (2) sony bookshelfs, (3) theatre research, all driven by my pristine soundesign amp, with built in 8 track.

vinylisfinal
12-27-2009, 04:43 AM
jbl c-38 baron speaker...
hartley 206 fullrange cabinets
my stacked rebuilt klh 6's

Arby
12-27-2009, 09:03 AM
Dahlquest DQ-20

Boston Acoustics A150

JBL-4408

outlawmws
12-27-2009, 11:01 AM
Do you have pics of your Motorola Tub amp to share? I've got a tube console with the 15" GV woofer in working condition and was wondering how to hook it up outside the console.

Cheers,

Bob

Are you looking to lose the console cab and still use the 15" GV? What is inside the console besides the amp? Phono? Radio? Both?

We should probably take this to another thread so we don't derail this one. get some pics of yours and I will do the same.

austi15
12-27-2009, 11:59 AM
1. My main system is sorta cheating. B&W DM620i's stacked upside-down on DM580's on mdf stabilizers with carpet spikes (they count as one pair right? :D ),also a Klipsch Synergy SUB-10 and a pair of AR5 (the 2001 version-mostly for home theater- with integral 10" powered sub in each) floorstanders upside-down and sideways. Perfect for Trance and Metal. For lighter and acoustic music I turn the subs off. It's the best speaker system I've owned, more for the synergy than individual components

2. I really like the Jensen TF-3b's I got at GW a few months ago. Recapped powered with a Yamaha A-700 (they like the power :dunno: ). I like them with trip-hop (not hip-hop :no: ), Wax Tailor and Portishead and such.

3. For late-night listening I made a pair of speakers with PSB Century 400i cabs/crossovers and Insignia drivers. Cut some new mdf baffles and plopped them in. They sound much better than the original Insignias and have better imaging than any speaker I have.

donberry
12-27-2009, 12:02 PM
simple one for me and one I imagine many are tired of hearing me talk about - far and above the rest are a pair of magnepan MGIIc's.
Room is pretty large. Driving them with a Spec 2 power amp, currently a Mitsubishi SA-P10 preamp but looking for a hybrid tube amp.

Yes, they need a subwoofer (in the process of getting one), but wow, from 80hz on up, these things are just amazing to my ear. I was never really a jazz fan, but now hearing why so many like it as I am now hearing the nuances etc...was listening to some miles davis this morning and I felt like I was sitting in a jazz club.


My 2nd favorite are a pair of upgraded HPM-150. For my ears, I felt they were a tad bright in stock form. I upgraded them with some Dynamicaps, Auricaps and an oil filled obbligato on the mids - is a wonderful sounding speaker to my ears now. Warm and lush mids now, detail and clarity is great. They do not have the airy sound of the magnepans, but the detail is there. Also ditched those dinky binding posts and put some real ones on them, plus changed all the wires to 12 gauge instead of that crappy 16 gauge they used. I really like them now and they have beat out quite a few other well thought of speakers for my ears....

As for my 3rd favorites - that is tough. I have been thu quite a few lately. I buy them, try them and if they do not do it for me, I sell them and try something else. Recently have tried some infinity Kappa 7, Klipsch Heresy, JBL -L166, Infinity RSII among others.....while they sounded good, did not trip my trigger.
I have a couple of pairs of upgraded HPM-100 but those are currently in my garages.
Speakers I have been intrigued with lately and sound pretty good are a pair of Ohm Walsh 2. They are in a bedroom, on a carver TFM-35 amp. They did not do as well in a large room, but in a small room, is pretty amazing what they get out of those drivers. I like the openness of them. Is a great small room speaker. Would have to say in a small room, they are my favorite. I am thinking if you added a sub, they could work well in a larger room.

So, anyway, 1. magnepans 2. HPM-150 3. surprisingly as i did not think I would like them all that much, the Ohm Walsh 2

bshorey
12-27-2009, 12:03 PM
I'm not asking for the best you have heard, but the top 3 in order that sounded the best in your own personnel residence.

Also with each entry, please describe the speakers living environment, EX. (Size of room, and the Amp you used to power it), more details to the situation are always welcome. If you got pictures, post them. Pictures are always a plus.

Quad ESL's
Magnepan MGIIIa's
Ohm F's

My Quads are in need of repair. I'm finding that the Magnepans, while maybe not quite as 'pure' (by my ear), are a better overall speaker due to the larger panels, better bass response, etc.

bs

BobGinsing
07-13-2011, 06:38 PM
The best three? In order of purchase, Electro Research 310's, Spica TC-50's, and Qysonic Towers. (the big ones) Nowadays I'm tight on space/cash so I'm using some Infinity Primus 150's that I bought for $35 a piece, and their 8' sub that I bought for around $70.

Bob

cubdog
07-13-2011, 06:42 PM
Better late than never? :D

Klipsch RF7II
Dahlquist DQ10
Klipsch CF3

cubdog

epifanatic
07-13-2011, 06:55 PM
Magnapan MGIIIa's
EPI 601's
Carver Amazing's

pmsummer
07-13-2011, 07:08 PM
Klipsch Cornwalls
Yamaha NS-1000Ms
Klipsch Klipschorns

...in ascending order.

bombadil111
07-13-2011, 07:50 PM
#1 Hawthorne Audio open baffles (currently own and my favorites) :music:

#2 Klipsch La Scala

#3 Klipsch Forte

Cactus Bob
07-13-2011, 08:51 PM
Currently in use:

1. JBL 250ti's (by far the best, especially with big power)

2. Tie between my 240ti's & L150a's

3. Electrovoice Regency III's (for that vintage horn, tube amp powered sound)

Honorable mention: A pair of ESS AMT 3 Rock Monitors . . .


http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn205/1902783das/Cactus%20Bobs%20Audio%20Corral/BlackCab250tis.jpg

shacky
07-13-2011, 10:03 PM
Thiel 03a
Klipsch Forte I
AR 3a

in varying order depending on music and mood :music:

chard306
07-13-2011, 10:35 PM
Here is an update since 2009.
Current Magnepan MGIIa...fantastic
Still love the Hegeman Model 1's
And I recently picked up a working pair of Realistic Electostat 2-a...
A Planar, a Omni Directional and a Pair of Electostatics...3 pretty cool speakers for an old man in Wisconsin.

EASTYJAZ34
07-14-2011, 12:11 AM
random order:
aussie brand dtx speakers tower cherry
cts 3 way vintage speakers
klipsch cornwalls II

gearhound
07-14-2011, 01:03 AM
University UCX-123 triaxiel speakers in 9 cubic foot Allied cabinets.

B&W DM-12 speakers

Heybrook HB1 speakers


Steve

SpeakerLabFan
07-14-2011, 01:13 AM
JBL 4430 Bi-Radial Studio Monitors
Carver Amazings
Phase Linear Andromedas

honorable mention: Altec Valencias; Frazier Model-15s

ppontiac
07-14-2011, 01:33 AM
Only what I've heard/owned.

Klipsch Jubilee
Klipsch LaScala
Klipsch Heresy II

Headphones: Koss KSP/950's electrostatics. My dad $900 for them and then about 10 years ago sold them to feed his drug habit for $200. Sad

JohnVF
07-14-2011, 01:33 AM
Quad PRO-63 Electrostatic monitors.

Harbeth Compact 7es3

Sony SS-m7.

Which is what I run in my three systems after collecting speakers for several years and weeding out what I don't listen to. The next in line for backup are Diatones and Rogers.

vga911s
07-14-2011, 02:02 AM
Here goes:
1. Yamaha NS 200ma.
2. ADS L 1290 towers.
3. Yamaha NS 500m.
4. Yamaha NS 670.
5. Yamaha NS 200M.
3 thru 5 are about equal to me as to the quality of their sound. I love them all:music::thmbsp:

TerryO
07-14-2011, 02:12 AM
Of the speakers I've owned, most were built by myself. As very few here have ever heard these speakers, I've added a bit of commentary:

1. Focused array that I designed and built. Twelve 1.5 inch drivers with Adire AV8 bass driver crossed over at 450 Hz with a series crossover. Voted "Best Midrange" at RAW Fest (Surrey, BC), Kow-Tow Award at VSAC, First Place in 2-way class (The Puget Sound! DIY Speaker Contest 2010).

2. Exodus Audio "Kepler" 2-way. I designed and built the prototype. (Tied for points, Best Sound of Show at the 2008 Puget Sound! DIY Speaker Contest)

3. "The High-Tweek Black Box Nearfield Monitors." Single driver design with max-modded Radio Shack 40-1197 driver. The cabinet was designed for bass extention at the expense of high SPL's. Good comments at every meet and contest entered, very nice vocals and acoustic instruments.

Best Regards,
TerryO

Susurus
07-14-2011, 04:15 AM
This used to be a hard question.
Sure I still enjoy my others but these are a quantum jump up...

(1) Sound Lab Auras

Higher maintenance than a supermodel--not exactly daily drivers...but they are the very best I've heard anywhere.

(Probably off topic since AK is oriented more towards vintage, DIY, non-stratospheric price range speakers).

Cheers.
.

nickrobotron
07-14-2011, 05:18 AM
Polk SDA-2B
JBL L77
Advent 4002
JBL L26
AR-4x

ARIYAHOOR
07-20-2011, 12:58 AM
Klipsch scala
Klipsch cornwall
Altec 19

Mortsnets
07-20-2011, 01:06 AM
JM Reynaud Twin Signature
Spendor BC-1
Chartwell LS3/5a

runner ups
Epos ES-11
Fried Model R
Celestion SL6Si
KEF 103.2

1973BuickGS
07-20-2011, 01:12 AM
1. KEF 104aB
2. Infinity RS 6b
3. KEF K160

What I spent on each actually goes in reverse order, which is quite nice considering the K160s were $200. :D

JohnQ
08-10-2011, 10:13 PM
DCM Time Windows
KEF 103.2
Infinity RS1b

unknown
08-10-2011, 11:26 PM
Totem Staff
AR3a
Infinity Kappa 9

60 Cycle Hum
08-11-2011, 09:51 AM
Best to least:

1. DCM Timeframe 600's (main)
2. DCM Timewindows (Original version) (computer)
3. Rectilinear III Highboys (bedroom)

More Stuff:

4. B&W DM 1200 (These went straight to the kitchen system. I haven't experimented much with them. A recent change from 50/ch watt MCS reciever to Marantz 2215b was a very nice upgrade. They get lots of use!)
5. Advent Legacy III (the only decent speakers I bought new, recently refoamed.)
6. JBL L-46's (idle)
7. Pioneer HPM-40 (idle)
8. Wharfdale W30D Lintons (Hanging in the rafters of my un-heated garage/shed) I enjoy these a lot, especially with jazz. I hate to leave nicely veneered speakers out like that!)
9. Boston A40's (very nice little units until I blew a tweet!)
10. Realistic Minimus 7's (I can't get that excited by these ... the A-40's blow 'em away)

Just acquired and don't know where they fit in:
Canton Plus XXL's

hatrack71
08-11-2011, 10:10 AM
Altec Valencia ( 802-8g modified)
Quad ESL-57 stacked pair
JBL L-200

I am working on a custom loading for a pair of 4333A cabs I just acquired. I am also working on a couple of huge VOTT like Altec systems that will decimate the wee Valencias I have going now due to space. I know they will be my faves when I am done.

Other runner ups I still own:

Carver Amazing Plats
Klipsch Cornwalls
Acoustat 2MH

Danimal
08-11-2011, 10:16 AM
Klipsch Forte
Dynaco A25
Dahlquist DQ28

tubino
08-12-2011, 07:24 AM
DIY clones of TAD 2402
DIY version of original Jensen Imperial w/ JBL LE15B and JBL 2441
DIY with AE Lambda TD-15M
Tannoy GRF-R with Monitor Gold
Tannoy DMT 15

silvernutsaq
08-12-2011, 07:57 AM
Vandersteen 2CE
Dahlquist DQ-10
Pioneer HPM-150

Close contenders when properly matched.....
ADS L-1090-ll
AR2ax

waiting in the wings.....
JBL L112
Time Windows 1
AR9

davidb1
08-12-2011, 08:27 AM
ADS L710A with Boston Acoustics sub
ADS L810
Original Large Advents Utility Cab

thymanst
08-12-2011, 08:49 AM
I've got all three pair out in the garage right now (mancave) - the B&W's I keep going back to, they are so balanced and smooth *- The Martin Logans I've tried to sell a couple of times , but they are so ungodly big I cant ship because of the cost$$ - the Apogees are the newest of the three, I picked them up for $200 off Ebay, the seller made them sound like they needed a total refurb. but all they ended needing was some silver epoxey in one spot and they work perfectly - I painted them and added new grill cloth - They sound the best of any speaker I've heard or owned, the quickness of the bass, the the startling transits and the vocals that convey emotion better than any speaker I've heard..

1) Apogee Duetta II
2) B&W Matrix 801 s2 (series 3 crossvers)
3) Martin Logan Monolith III

hatrack71
08-12-2011, 08:55 AM
DIY clones of TAD 2402
DIY version of original Jensen Imperial w/ JBL LE15B and JBL 2441
DIY with AE Lambda TD-15M
Tannoy GRF-R with Monitor Gold
Tannoy DMT 15

I'd like to see pics of the first two. Nice!

relaximus
08-12-2011, 11:35 AM
In no particular order
Dahlquist DQ-30 w/B&K ST-140M monoblocks
DCM TimeWindow 3 w/Nak PA-7
Polk SDA-1 w/Yamaha RX-Z1
And a special mention for
PSB Stratus Gold i
ADS L-1090/2
DCM TimeFrame 700
Dave

hatrack71
08-12-2011, 12:08 PM
In no particular order
Dahlquist DQ-30 w/B&K ST-140M monoblocks
DCM TimeWindow 3 w/Nak PA-7
Polk SDA-1 w/Yamaha RX-Z1
Dave

I'm not a solid state head but I really like those B&K monos too. I still have my pair.

HypnoToad
08-12-2011, 12:20 PM
1. Polk SDA 1C's
2. Polk SDA 2A's
3. Boston Acoustics A200's

relaximus
08-12-2011, 12:39 PM
I'm not a solid state head but I really like those B&K monos too. I still have my pair.
Yep, they are so S m o o t h!

Dave

cnolanh
08-12-2011, 01:16 PM
ADS L710
Vandersteen 1B
Soliloquy SAT5 with Velodyne CT-80 sub

I'd love to have larger speakers like ADS L1290 or Vandersteen 2ce, but in my small living space the above speakers have been my favorites.

2526
08-12-2011, 01:18 PM
Spica TC-50
Meadowlark Kestrel Hotrod
Double Large Advents

no particular order