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jbasse
04-13-2011, 04:35 AM
I thought it would be fun to rate the speakers that you curently own, first being your favorite and last being your least favorite.
Here's my List:


AR-3a
ADS L810
Frazier Mark IV
AR-2a
Klipsch KG4 (Can't really get them placed right where there is any bass at all.)

stereofanboy
04-13-2011, 06:05 AM
I'm not going to list them all, there are just too many. Based on sound rather than looks, and only including ones that are currently fully operational, here are a few favorites:

Infinity RS II
Advent Maestro
KLH Model 5
Realistic Optimus 1B
Polk Audio RT 600
Yamaha NS-A400

Some small favorites:
JBL L20T
RCA Pro X88AV
Polk Audio Monitor 4

This list doesn't include any projects like things that need refoaming or are missing a tweeter, but it does include things that are missing grills or need the cabs refinished. If all my projects were complete, I don't believe that the top spot would change, but nearly every other spot probably would. Nothing on my list has been recapped, the Infinitys were refoamed.

manchild
04-13-2011, 06:24 AM
My 2 favorite pairs of speakers were Dynaco a25 and Advent "the smaller speaker"
in the case of the Advents I got them mostly because they are famous, renowned,
whatever. After quite a period of listening and comparing, the Dynacos win out
hands down. The Advents were just to...hmmmm thumpy? Hard to describe dark,
jus too much base! I wanted to like them, but I never could just be relaxed with them.
I sold em, the Dynacos are clear smooth, with enuff base they sound great. I am
relaxed with them, totaly. Dynaco wins, Advent walks.
Steve

Arkay
04-13-2011, 06:39 AM
I don't want to list them all, and some are better in one way, worse in another, so it's hard to rank them all in a definitive listing.

The funny thing about this question is that the Infinity RS IIs are still at the top, and they were the first speakers I got, that got me back into (vintage) audio, and they were also the cheapest - free from the trash! Everything else I have bought since has failed to outshine them, except the Sequerra Signatures, which are in the same sonic quality bracket, sharing the top spot.

I have a bunch of speakers in the "heard herd" below them, including Dahlquist (DQ-12/20), ESS (AMT 1b, Tempest 12), DCS (TFM-700), KLH (23), AR (4x, 2ax), Peerless, Sequerra (Met 7s), Infinity (QLS 2, Modulus, Infinitesimal), and a few others (Spanish-made full-range coaxials I can never remember the name of...something like DAS, etc...). Each has its strengths and weaknesses, and it wouldn't be easy to rank them all, but none quite match the two big boys mentioned above. I've had other speakers along the way, but the ones that were disappointing got moved on more quickly (eg, Rauna Tyr IIs --not really bad, but not equal to the Modulus speakers, so out they went).

hardrock94
04-13-2011, 07:00 AM
I'LL rate what I have in use everyday.

JBL L112
JBL L110
OLA
RSL 3600

hdted
04-13-2011, 07:37 AM
JBL L65
JBL 4410
JBL L16
Sansui SP-150M

TOM1040
04-13-2011, 07:47 AM
JBL Array 1400 (LR)
JBL S/2600 (LR)
JBL L5 (bedroom)
Infinity Kappa 8.1(HT)
JBL630T (not in use)
JBL L830 (Florida)
Infinity Beta 50 (HT)
JBL E30 (office)
JBL SW38IIAW (outside by the hot tub)
Infinity C360 (HT)

JBL 1500 Array sub (LR)
Infinity SSW-210 sub (office)
JBL L8400 sub (Florida)
Infinity SW-12 sub (HT)

ouimetnick
04-13-2011, 07:47 AM
My Micro90t system includes the following. 2 Micro90x (for front) 1 Micro90c for the center. 1 Micro90pv for the sub. These are the best speakers I've owned, but the subwoofer amp is kinda weak for me. The rear speakers are cheap Micro110x, and they sound nice, they aren't very good quality.

For my Stereo, I use the Ohm D2. They are rather nice. I power them with a SX-580

donberry
04-13-2011, 07:56 AM
martinlogan sl3
Magnepan MGIIc / upgraded Pioneer HPM-150
Ohm Walsh 2
Acoustat Model 1
Bose 901
DCM TF-400
Bose 301

EASTYJAZ34
04-13-2011, 09:13 AM
heres my list:
klipsch cornwall 2 pair
crysler ce-2 pair
crysler ce-3 pair
subsonic xs-1
cts speakers
dse speakers
logitech z-5500



then the crappy white van speakers i picked up from gumtree for free

mhardy6647
04-13-2011, 09:21 AM
(off the top of my head):

Altec 604E (Billfort's corner enclosures)
Altec Santiago
Altec Valencia (currently out on loan)
Quad ESL-57
Polk Monitor Series Model 7A
R/S 40-1354 twincones (Bob Brines' mass loaded folded TQWT enclosures)
Allison One
ads L-710
DCM Timewindow 1
AR-3
Fostex FE-207E (Dave J's bass reflex cabinet design)
ads L-420
Electrovoice Esquire
AR-14
KLH-6
Polk Audio Monitor 10
AVID 102
Polk Audio Monitor 5B
EPI 100 family members
AR-2ax
Pioneer Project 100A
Radio Shack Electrostat 2A
Pioneer HPM-1100
Polk Audio Model 9A (2nd version of Matthew Polk's original consumer product)
Original Utility Advents
Radio Shack Mach Two :-P

JohnVF
04-13-2011, 09:39 AM
In this order:

Quad ESL-63 PRO

Sony SS-m7

Kef 103.2

Diatone DS-77hrx

Celestion SL-6

Pioneer CS-A700 (I'd put these farther down if I could).

Cactus Bob
04-13-2011, 09:49 AM
I have 2 separate categories: :D

Vintage 70's / 80's:

JBL 250ti

JBL 240ti

JBL 150A

ESS AMT 3 Rock Monitors

JBL L50

JBL L56

B&W Matrix 1


Vintage 50's / 60's Horn speakers:

Electrovoice Regency III

JBL C40 Harkness 001 load

Overall I would choose the JBL 250ti's

cabinover
04-13-2011, 09:52 AM
Mark you need to get rid of some of that junk laying around :D

Ohm Model 4
Timewindow 1
Timewindow 3
Klipsch Cornwall
Sony SS-M7
Magnepan 2.5R
Ohm model 5 (to be fair they need repairs, otherwise I'm sure they'd be above the 4s.)
Polk 7


Cerwin Vega D-18EE that should really become subs.

pmsummer
04-13-2011, 09:54 AM
Klipsch Klipschorn
(big gap to 2nd place)
Yamaha NS1000m
Klipsch Cornwall
Frazier F12-4H
AR 3a
Frazier Mk V
Boston Acoustic A-200
Frazier Monte Carlo D
EPI 100 (1st gen)
Mission 700 (1st gen)

...and a bunch of other stuff, from good to not as good.

AlleyKat
04-13-2011, 10:07 AM
Only those in current use:

Vandersteen 2C
ADS/Braun L-710A
Polk RT-25i
Bose 201
New Large Advents

kermit z
04-13-2011, 10:10 AM
I'll play along :)

Boston Acoustic A400
Klipsch KG4
DCM TimeFrame 400
Original Large Advent (Stacked)
JBL L26 Decade
Realistic Mach One
DLK/2
And last but not least..Voice of Music Model 81's cuz they just look cool :D

Brett a
04-13-2011, 10:10 AM
Easy:

1.) B&W 683.

2.) Realistic Minimus 7

dc270
04-13-2011, 10:11 AM
My list is simple:

Econwave K-9's (avatar)
Marantz LD30 (modified w MDT 30 tweeters)
Beringer MS 40 (modified mirror imaged)

DC

spartanmanor
04-13-2011, 10:12 AM
Klipschorn
Klipsh Forte
AR 2ax
AR 7
Insignia

stinz
04-13-2011, 10:13 AM
DQ 10's
Infinity Quantum jrs
DCM TF600
ESS AMT1a
JBL 4312a
AR 4a
HPM 100
ESS AMT4
Bose 901 IV
Altec Santana
Altec Lansing Model 8
Altec Lansing 886A

js1138
04-13-2011, 10:36 AM
My favorites change from month to month.

Magnepan SMGa
KEF 105/3
Bose 901
DMC TF 600
Klipsch Kg2

This represents 40 years of collecting and discarding also rans. I just don't keep stuff that doesn't have some special quality.

gearhound
04-13-2011, 10:49 AM
Heybrook HB1
Celestion 3
Infinity Primus 162
Dynaco A-10

Steve

rifftrax
04-13-2011, 11:35 AM
My current (owned) favs:

1. Polk Audio RTA 15TL
2. JBL 4410
3. Behringer 2031p

gladiator335
04-13-2011, 11:39 AM
I'll play too:
1. Paradigm Mini monitors
2-3. Swans Diva 7.1
2-3. EPI 202
4. HTD Level 4
5...the rest

Copa1934
04-13-2011, 11:53 AM
Main-HT...
JBL L3 (Mains in HT system, sans sub)

Mancave...
V.A. Haydn's
Allison CD7's
Mach Ones (4024a)

Work...
HPM-40's

May change in the very near future.

spideyjack
04-13-2011, 12:08 PM
I love all my speakers equally
Yamaha NS10m
KLH 24
two pair of Modified Minimus 7s

mfhale
04-13-2011, 12:12 PM
In descending order of preference and size (coincidence?).

Klipsch Cornwall - the deep bass cinches this one
KLH Model Six
Gale GS301
Polk Monitor 5jr - early ported version
Yamaha NS-A425 - little HTIB speakers that, IMO, blow away the recapped Minimus 7
Realistic Minimus 7 -I want to love these so badly that I can't make myself get rid of them

uxwbill
04-13-2011, 12:12 PM
Hmmm...

Right now, I'm absolutely crazy about my Realistic NOVA-6 speakers. They would top the list at present. No matter the kind of music I've played into these or the receiver I've driven them with...they sound great.

Others (some of these are a real close-run thing):

Acoustic Research AR-25
Epicure EPI-100
Sony SS-B1000 (amazing little speaker system for the price)
Sony SS-U3033
KLH cheap indoor-outdoor speakers (dunno the model #) - passable sound, but these are incredibly tough speakers. All these years and much use later, they still sound and look good.

Most interesting speaker system: Paramount Omnispeaker

Worst speaker system: Sony SS-B3000

similost
04-13-2011, 12:13 PM
hhhhmm...

Do I like my apples, or oranges, or rather my bananas best?

Eh.. I guess you should ask me tomorrow... I'm sure my answer will change by then...

It just depends on what I'm listening to as to what speakers I have I like the best..

Kahoona
04-13-2011, 12:24 PM
Top few that I have now. Assuming my loving room and say...40w input each
NHT VT2
KLH 5
Heybrook Heylette
B&W LM7
Cerwin Vega 211
But you can't let that fool you. If I put in 100w/chan then the NHT and CV's would go to the top. or if I put on Sympathy for the devil then the CV's go to the top.

marantzfan
04-13-2011, 12:25 PM
Currently own:

Altec Model 19
Karma Indignia
AR-3a
Mission Argonauts
AR-4x

Ever owned (top 10):

Altec Model 19
Carver Amazing Silver
Dahlquist DQ-10 w/ DQ Sub
AR9
Vandersteen 3
Vandersteen 2ce
Infinity RSIIIB
Klipsch Forte II
Karma Indignia
AR-3a

Machineghost
04-13-2011, 12:28 PM
I own a pair of AR-6's... I rate them tops!

englissa
04-13-2011, 12:35 PM
Jbl L220

RamblinE
04-13-2011, 12:35 PM
Rate them how we like them?

Optimus Pro LX5
Electrovoice Aristocrat 12TRXB (single)
Klipsch SB2
Advent 3
Minimus 7

I'm building cabinets for a pair of GRS 8FR-8's right now. Pioneer B20 chinese knock offs. I'm going to try driving them on my two lowest powered amps and then see where they fit into that list.

mikey3117
04-13-2011, 01:06 PM
My Dahlquist DQ-10 setup is the best I've ever owned....

RossW
04-13-2011, 01:10 PM
Boston A150
Infinity RSb
KLH 17
Boston A60

I haven't listened to my new KLH 12 yet, I suspect they will be somewhere in the middle.

gmku
04-13-2011, 01:13 PM
I have only 2 sets: Large Advent (ca 1975) and small Bose massacoustic or whatever they're called (circa 1995).

Coming in at #1... the Large Advents.

Coming in at, well, a really really low number... the Bose.

similost
04-13-2011, 01:32 PM
huh.. I really can't give an order for mine.. I keep trying. They all do everything so differently. Just depends on the mood I'm in and what I'm listening to.

The Barziwaves are by far the cleanest and most natural sounding.. .

The JBL's have the best bass, the the best mids and upper mids..

The Cornwalls are probably the more rounded most forgiving....

Mister Pig
04-13-2011, 01:51 PM
A pair of Sachiko Double Horns with Fostex 1st generation 208 sigma drivers. Used in conjunction with M&K V1B subwoofer. That's all I own, so that's my list.

Regards
Mister Pig

mikeybc
04-13-2011, 02:38 PM
My list in order,

Energy 22 Reference Connoiseur
PSB Stratus Silver
Energy Pro 22
PSB Stratus (the original 8" 2way tower)
Rega 2 (original Edon acoustics version W/Audax drivers)
Paradigm Micro
Realistic Minimus 7
Bose 301 series II. Recently given to a friend

The first 4 are very close !

Uncle Paul
04-13-2011, 03:14 PM
A MUCH shorter list than most:
JBL XPL-200A
JBL XPL-140A
JBL L46
Advent Prodigy

Strangeband
04-13-2011, 04:23 PM
Vandersteen 2Ci / ADS L1590 (I alternate between these in my main listening area)
JBL 120Ti (In my second system)

I swap out with these to keep things interesting.
Polk Monitor 7B
Speakerlab S19

dan-c
04-13-2011, 04:30 PM
Norman Model 9

dbx SF-1

Technics SB7000

Bose 501 II

dbx SF-5000

motorstereo
04-13-2011, 04:32 PM
My list;
Polk sda 2.3s
Ohm Walsh 4's
Boston Acoustic ba400's
Technics sb7000a's
The other half dozen or so pairs are totally amp dependant on where they fall in the list. The 4 listed though pretty much stay in that order no what I drive them with.

gotvinyl
04-13-2011, 06:15 PM
Yamaha NS 690II
Klipsch RB-25
Jamo? (bookshelf ported - about 12" high)
Definitive Technology ProMonitor 800
Sonance in ceiling
Realistic Minimus 7W (nearfield niceness!)

Got the Yamahas in '79. They are my reference. I would like to AB with Cornwalls, Heresies, and NS 1000's, but I am real happy now and probably should not!

TerryO
04-13-2011, 06:51 PM
OK, you asked for it!
:nono:

Currently, my speakers are a combination of manufactured and DIY.

1. Focused Arrays, a 2-way speaker designed by myself.

2. Exodus Audio "Kepler" 2-ways (I did the original prototype)

3. DR-1, a 2-way designed by Dave Rosgaard

4. AR 3a

5. "Hi-Tweek Black Box Nearfield Monitors" single driver speaker, self-designed

6. ADS 570/2, a 2-way design

7. Infinity Qa, 2-way design

8. Minimus 7, modified by myself

9. Minimus 7, stock pair

10. JE Labs, OB currently without a driver (no sound = last place)

That's it.

Best Regards,
TerryO

jimreeves
04-13-2011, 07:17 PM
Infinity Quantum Line Source
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Polk SDA-1A
~~~~~~~
Advent e-wave
~~~~~~~
Speakerlab SRO

nissan guy
04-13-2011, 07:45 PM
Currently for 2 ch:
Sequerra's
sound dynamics rts-7b
ads l620
jbl l1
paradigm atom
ohm frs-7
large advent
boston a60

need repairs as of right now so not on the list:
ohm frs-11
jbl l00t3
advent 2w's
infinity reference four's
design acoustics ps10a
genesis 22
klh 17

m&k vx-7 volkswoofer

Everything else does ht use. Although when watching tv and movies i like to use the vs-120's with the m4 in 2 ch mode. lots of good clean sound with a good amp behind them, if you dont believe me stop over and have a listen.:thmbsp:

clydeselsor
04-13-2011, 08:10 PM
Klipsch F-1
JansZen Z-600
Polk Audio Monitor 7C
Dynaco A25
Advent Prodigy

I've either sold or given away the rest of my speakers as well as tons of other audio gear. Sometimes it feels good to purge....

Spectrum77
04-13-2011, 09:29 PM
A bit of fun, ay?

#1 Pi 7 Cornerhorns augmented with two Pi 3 subwoofers

#2 Yamaha NS-690II / NS-1000M

#3 Dyanco A-25

#4 Econowave w/Pioneer CS-99A woofer

#5 Pioneer HPM-100

ddeland
04-13-2011, 09:37 PM
As Simi stated this is hard ‘cause each speaker does it’s own thing well, but here goes…

In use almost every day:
1. SoundLab M-3 (main listening room)
2. Electrovoice Cardinals (downstairs)
3. Electrovoice Georgian (mono rig)
4. Cerwin Vega AT-12 (garage)

Not in use:
1. SOTA Time Domain 2
2. Magnepan MG-IIB
3. Jensen Imperial (Type D)
4. Velodyne LD-2
5. AR 2ax
6. KLH Model Six
7. Advent Loudspeaker

BMWCCA
04-13-2011, 09:47 PM
JBL 4345
JBL L7
JBL C37 030
JBL L150A
JBL L112
JBL L3
JBL 4412
JBL L96
JBL Pro III Plus
JBL L80T/3
JBL L3
Infinity RS-4001
JBL L1
JBL L20T
JBL LX22
Sansui SP-X3U (on indefinite loan to my brother-in-law)

Tedrick
04-13-2011, 09:59 PM
1) Infinity RS-IIb
2) Infinity RS-IIIb
3) Infinity Modulus/Sony SS-M7 (tie)
5) KEF Reference 102
6) DCM TF-600
7) Infinity Qe
8) Infinity Primus 360

Mortsnets
04-13-2011, 11:25 PM
1. JMR Twin Sigs (jazz and pop)
2. Spendor BC1 (chamber)
3. Epos ES-11 (all rounder)
4. Fried Model R (symphonic)
5. NHT M00 (pop)

nissan guy
04-13-2011, 11:37 PM
JBL 4345
JBL L7
JBL C38 030
JBL L150A
JBL L112
JBL 4412
JBL L96
JBL L80T/3
Infinity RS-4001
JBL L1
JBL L20T
JBL LX22
Sansui SP-X3U (on indefinite loan to my brother-in-law)

I see you don't like jbl's at all. LOL

RamblinE
04-13-2011, 11:41 PM
:jawdrop: You can really tell who's a JBL fan because nine out of ten of their speakers are JBL.

nissan guy
04-13-2011, 11:47 PM
I may have to see what all the hype is about and pick up my friends set of jbl l80t's this weekend and give them a listen. If i have the cashflow that is.

AudioAlfisto
04-13-2011, 11:54 PM
Um I have a few setups :

Athena SBA-1S - 10 out of 10

Technics SB-E200 with horns - amazing speakers but very musical and bassy

DCM Timframe TF500 - these things are amazing not the loudest and not the bassiest but holy crap do they throw out a soundstage- i will not sell these.


Wharfedale Diamonds - pretty old but i use em for a nearfield monitoring setup and they work amazing for the size.

thats my 2 cents

vga911s
04-13-2011, 11:58 PM
Hmmmm, not sure how to anwser this one. It depends on the mood Im in for sure as to which set comes out on top but here goes:
Yamaha NS 500m.
Yamaha NS 200ma.
Yamaha NS 200ma
Yamaha NS 200m.
Yamaha NS 200 ma hybrids.
ADS L1290 towers.
Yamaha NS 670.
Polk Audio RTI 11 towers.
2 Infinity BK 5 subs.
I always have 2 pairs of spkrs hooked up, positioned and ready to play just by switching the pre amp interconnects between the 2 amps. I love them all.

aabottom
04-14-2011, 12:06 AM
In order, best at the top:

Klipsch RF-7
Optimus-1
Optimus-2B
Kenwood LSK-200D

coonmanx
04-14-2011, 01:09 AM
I have only owned one pair of speakers, my Speakerlab 1s from 1980. They still sound great!

DanH
04-14-2011, 01:30 AM
Ohm 1000's
Thiel 1.5's
diy tangband 1808 single driver bass reflex box
diy open baffle 3 way speakers
Klipsch Heresy's 1980's vintage modified with solid core wires and Jensen pio caps

taam
04-14-2011, 01:32 AM
Vandersteen 3a sig
Paradigm reference active 20s
Klipsch pro media 2.1

budgetaudio6
04-14-2011, 03:33 AM
I have only owned one pair of speakers, my Speakerlab 1s from 1980. They still sound great!

maybe a little experimentation would led you down a slippery slope?! It doesnt hurt really and its harmless! REALLY!:banana::no::D:banana:

sO MANY TO RATE. oops. but ill play.



HT-CV MX400 with a velo sub. Knock your socks off.
2 chan- Tannoy mallorcans. Preferably with a sub.
Vinyl rig-Koss CM 1020

these among a bunch of others but with these i settled for main use.

Examples are in my sig line. Im hungry and the kids are hungry and foods almost done!

ehoove
04-14-2011, 05:44 AM
Here's my list:
Magnapan MGIIIa Modified/Triamped
Yamaha NS690 mk1
Infinity Primus 360
DCM CX27
Regards,
Jim

merrylander
04-14-2011, 08:41 AM
Yamaha NS-670s and NS-690s
Polk Monitor 7Bs and 10Bs

Quite happy with all of them.

bobabode
04-14-2011, 04:23 PM
Vandie Threes......um,umm good!
JBL L100t3's
Advent (smaller version) biamped Magnavox 150 PPP+SE tubes times two
......soon to be Ewaved. :D
DCM TF400
JBL L80t

simbatran
04-14-2011, 05:36 PM
My Dahlquist DQ-10 setup is the best I've ever owned....

Someone is selling a pair of these for $250 locally on CL. I have not seen and heard them but the seller claims they are in good shape. Is that a fair price ?

dc270
04-14-2011, 05:42 PM
someone is selling a pair of these for $250 locally on cl. I have not seen and heard them but the seller claims they are in good shape. Is that a fair price ?

ohh hell yse!!!

simbatran
04-14-2011, 05:53 PM
ohh hell yse!!!
The Ad was taken down, must have been sold. It used to be here for quite a while.

Dahlquist DQ-10 speakers OBO - Craigslist
Apr 2, 2011 ... Price includes stands and the pair of DQ-10s in very good shape. This ad will be removed once they are purchased. ...
austin.craigslist.org for sale / wanted electronics

OfficeMax
04-14-2011, 09:04 PM
Pioneer HPM200

a distant second:
JBL 4410A
Paradigm 9SEMKIII
Boston Acoustics A60 (if we were judging pound for pound, may be tops)
Polk Model 4

DON73
04-14-2011, 09:12 PM
B&W 803
B&W 801
Polk Monitor 7
ADS 710
ADS 810
Polk RT5
Polk Monitor 5
Polk Monitor 10 (may move up after recap)
ADS 880
ADS 570

Kim G
04-14-2011, 09:55 PM
Klipsch Chorus II
Yamaha NS1000M
Infinity RSBII
Dynaco A25
Electrovoice 12 TRXB

Kim

MaxSeven
04-14-2011, 10:07 PM
Harbeth C-7ES
B&W CM5

I sold all the rest :)

barredowl
04-14-2011, 10:09 PM
JBL 4408s with M & K vx-7 sub Very realistic timbre and dynamics, a little fatiquing to listen to for hours

JBL 4313bs Also very nice timbre but highs not quite as extended as 4408, a little thin sound in the low mid range (which I could probably EQ out).

ADS L400s Smooth nice little speakers with surprising bass for the size and very nice treble, but a little muddier and less dynamic than the JBLs.

Picking up some Tannoy system 800s this weekend, curious to see if they can knock the JBLs off the pedestal. :)

GerryC
04-14-2011, 10:45 PM
My collection, in order of what I think sounds best, and pretty much in the order I listen to them in. I'd never sell the first 10. Anyone want some Yamaha's?:D


JBL 4320
JBL L65
JBL 4311's
JBL L150A
JBL 4313B
ADS L810
Klipsch Forte
Infinity RS5B
Klipsch KG2
ADS L500
McIntosh XR-14
Realistic Nova 8B
Sansui SPX7000
Kenwood 777A
Altec Lansing 3
KLH 5
Sonics AS331
Yamaha NS-10M

nick12345
04-14-2011, 10:54 PM
This was a little bit of a challenge, and my opinions sometimes change, especially depending on the receiver/amp the speakers are hooked up to. To give a rough idea:

EconoWaves
HiVi/Dayton DIY
Dayton/Vifa/Aurum Cantus DIY
Hacked KLH-17s
Realistic MC-1200s
Tang Band/HiVi DIY
My lone Dynaco A10 (have another one coming, will recap, hopefully will see improvement)
Bose 100s
Realistic Minimus 0.3
KLH SAT7W
KLH 911B w/o tweeters

I also have subwoofers but it's kinda hard to put those in there.

simbatran
04-15-2011, 03:39 PM
Celestion A2 *****
Polk Monitor 5 Series II, ADS L570 ****
Infinity RS-6001 ***
Celestion 5 ***
Sansui SP-1500 ***

similost
04-15-2011, 04:28 PM
I may have to see what all the hype is about and pick up my friends set of jbl l80t's this weekend and give them a listen. If i have the cashflow that is.

There are JBL's, and then there are JBL's... none of them being equal.. Hearing your friends L80's will give you the taste of a JBL, but it won't show you what all the JBL hype is really about..

I sold a really fantastic pair of JBL C36's... but then I also had a pair of JBL 4675A's.... no comparison... like the difference between thrusters, and khorns..

JonL
04-15-2011, 04:54 PM
Hard to rank all of them because I haven't heard them all in the same room or with the same gear. Some I haven't heard in years. Some I've never heard, or at least not working properly. Here goes.

Klipsch LaScala

AR-2 (just one of the pair working, listened briefly, but with the tweeter full up and the treble control turned up the speaker sounded delightful. So rich and warm without being muddy or boxy.)

Klipsch KG-3.2

AR-4x (haven't listened to them in 20 years, but when I was using them I used them the same way as the AR-2, and with the same general impression except the bass wasn't nearly as full.)

Celestion DL-8 Series II

Frazier Black Box II. I had one for many years, got a match recently, haven't listened to the pair together, and I think they need a bit of crossover work.

JBL Pro Performer II. A small satellite / sub system that I bought years ago for the WAF. I remember them sounding pretty good. Haven't used them in a long time.

superdog
04-16-2011, 02:18 AM
After about ten years at this I have settled on Bozak 302as-AR4X and JBL L100-L112 for a typical east coast-west coast sound.Of coarse this is just what has come my way.

el seven
04-16-2011, 02:39 AM
amt1 / amt3
ar-11b on stands
infinity monitor II
advent towers
heath as 1373 book

in that order

MF1000
04-16-2011, 07:13 AM
Not owned that many speakers ....but here are mine in best to last.....


IMF TLS80 'clones' ....upgraded xovers, wiring and internal/external cabinet bracing

KEF Concerto ....upgraded xovers, wiring and internal/external cabinet bracing

KEF 104ab ....upgraded xovers

KEF C40


cant see me ever changing from the TLS80's ...well only for the Reference versions :D

Keith

cwall99
04-16-2011, 07:25 AM
It's not a very extensive list:


B&W DM603 S3
B&W LCR600 (though, to be fair, I only have one of these - it's my center channel when used)
NHT 1.3A
Mirage M190I

Todd MacDona
04-16-2011, 08:04 AM
In the house and using:
a/d/s M12 very nice does the job for me.
Klipsch Heresy older ones, no upgrades also very nice, easy to impress people with the sound.

Gone, but not forgotten:
Klipsch Cornwalls
Dahlquist DQ-12
Ohm Walsh 2
Alison CD8
Hartley 2 way
Stephens Trusonic
Just wish I could keep everything sometimes.

timofred
04-16-2011, 08:47 AM
Not much here,

KEF - Concerto, all by themselves

and for extra low end,
Altec 411-8A
paired up with one of the following
Mordaunt Short - MS35Ti
Jamo - CBR90
Jamo - Graphic
Kenwood - KL5090
Sansui - SP25A

kb9qkc
04-16-2011, 09:41 AM
i really only have my epicure 3.0's never really had the desire to spend money on another set of speakers i am so satisfied with them prob be my last pair of speakers.

hibuckhobby
04-16-2011, 09:42 AM
Oh man...far too many to list. Maybe just a few:

Usher 6381 tied for first with the ACI Jaguar 2000's
ADS910s and Revel Performa F30's
Sonus Faber Grand Piano's
Odyssey Lorelei and Tyler Linbrook 2's
Dahlquist DQ10's, 20's and 30's
NHT 2.5i's (twice) better than this ranking would indicate.
JBL L-200's
Tyler Taylor reference monitors ( great smaller speakers)

Office system:
Large Advents and EPI 150's
NHT 1.5's
Boston A150's

barredowl
04-16-2011, 10:09 AM
Semi the L80ts may not sound spacious and big as the larger horn driven JBLs, but rhe timber and frequency balance on them is very nice especially with a little EQ.

Imme1956
04-16-2011, 12:33 PM
Original Large Advents
Boston Acoustic A70
Infinity Qe
Boston Acoustic A60
Minimus 7W
Infinity Reference 2

I bought The Qes from the dealer in 1980
the rest were picked up in the last two years for about $80 total

chicks
04-16-2011, 12:37 PM
DCM Timeframe TF-350
Acoustic Research AR2a
Boston Acoustics CR-6
Edirol / Roland MA-15D (powered)
Rat Shack Optimus 77

Hard to believe I'm down to just five pair. Been through many more.

barredowl
04-16-2011, 01:16 PM
New Craigslist Tannoy System 800s are giving the 4408 a run for their money. Both are excellent.

satorusun
04-16-2011, 07:50 PM
Tannoy DMT-10-II

Larry
04-16-2011, 07:54 PM
Currently:
Vandersteen 2ce Signatures
Revel F12
Dali Ikon 6
Usher V-602
Klipsch Forte - Upgraded
Ohm I's
NHT Classic 3's
loving my smaller System Audio's 505's

johnsson
04-21-2011, 06:51 AM
Favorite speakers of all time in order of preference:

Quad ELS 57 - absolutely super, I regret ever getting rid of them
Spendor BC1 - classic design and much liked
Arcam 2 Plus - almost a match for the Spendors, but much smaller
Mordaunt Short 902 - picked up for a song at a village fete and surprisingly good
Celestion Ditton 15 - my first speakers in 1974 and not bad
Mission 700- pretty awful
and last of all
Celestion Ditton 44 - absolutely dreadful, the biggest disappointment of my life, couldn't wait to pass them on.

bertram31
04-21-2011, 08:52 PM
Won't list them all but without any doubt the best speakers I have ever listened to and are currently my primary speakers are the:

Dunlavy Black Knights

I can say enough about the JBL 4312s which are speakers that will always remain with me. For their size, they sure do pack alot of punch

barredowl
04-21-2011, 09:17 PM
Tannoy System 800
JBL 4408
JBL 4313b

These are all very close and could easily switch up depending on mood. But the clarity, fatigue free detail, dynamics and smoothness of the Tannoys are winning me over for now. Would like to hear some TOL JBLs as new as the Tannoys.

tybrad
04-21-2011, 09:21 PM
Infinity Kappa 7's- punch, detail and dynamics
Ohm Walsh 2's- design, omni-soundstaging
KLH Six's- smooth, tube-connected right now
(all of the above turn on mood at the time)

RS Minimus 7W's

OvenMaster
04-21-2011, 09:53 PM
Right now? My KEF Codas. Ear-opening and marvelous since day one. Rating: 8
Adding a pair of 'em in order to stack them extended the bass and stopped the beaming treble. I love 'em. Rating: 9

Tom

yamahammer
04-21-2011, 10:13 PM
2- Pioneer Hpm 200 since 1982,2004
Infinity Kappa 9, Visonik David 50 in use with my tubes
Yamaha NS500m ns 690 ns 670
T series Yamaha speakers 75t,50t, 30t,
Pioneer Hpm 100 ,60,
BA 60,40 last but not least 6 realistic /optimus model 7, 7w,77's i use for my home theater setup

jgscott
04-21-2011, 10:19 PM
Magnum Opus Model 7, very unknown. Love them, they play the range my ears can hear and love. They never tire me out.

4 CTS Tweeter Drivers, 2 CTS Woofers, 1 in Top Port.

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=363175

kurtgo
04-21-2011, 10:43 PM
Infintiy 4.5
Carver Amazings
Infinity 2.5
Genesis 700 center channel - great center channel speaker. Might buy 2 more for a complete "front"
Sony SS-M7
Infinity 7.1 Series II
Klipsch KG5.5
Klipsch RB300?
Infinity RSb
Infinity Kappa 6

SpeakerLabFan
04-21-2011, 10:56 PM
the list of "KEEPers" seems to KEEP growing on me...

1) JBL 4430

:music::yes:


2) Carver Amazing Originals
2) Carver Amazing Silvers
3) Phase Linear Andromedas
4) JBL 4425
5) Altec Valencias
6) ADS L810
7) ADS L710
8) Speakerlab K's with Crites tweeter
9) JBL 4311b ("fake but fun")
10) Frazier Model x-15 (from a movie theater)

Axcel
04-21-2011, 11:05 PM
So many so different but here she goes
- Ohm I
- JBL L65's
- Boston A400's
- Technics SB 7070's
- Celestion Ditton 25's just picked up so not a lot to go on as of yet

Big Tuna
04-22-2011, 11:57 AM
I have listened to a large number of speakers over the years, from the likes of Advent all the way down to Zenith. My favorites now are:
1. Kenwood Model Seven
2. Kenwood LS-408B(Direct descendant of the Seven)
3. Marantz HD77
4. Marantz M10
5. Marantz HD880
6. Marantz HD770
7. Marantz Model 600
8. Marantz DS920
9. Marantz Model 7 MKII
10. Pioneer HPM-500

Obankenobi
04-28-2011, 12:30 PM
JBL 240Ti
Dynaudio Contour 1.3MkII
Celestion DL8
JBL L36 Decade
Canton Ergo71
Canton Karat 920

jason9945
04-28-2011, 02:19 PM
I only own two pairs at the moment...

My Sony APM-22's then my Minimus 7s are in second obviously.

crunkarelli
04-28-2011, 09:15 PM
1) Paradigm Studio 60

2) JBL L50
3) AR-90

4) AR-2AX
5) Advent 4002
6) AR-38
7) KLH 23
8) Mach Ones

The Paradigms stand above the rest. The L50s an AR-90s flip positions based on the song. The ARs have more detail and a bigger sound but the liveliness of the JBLs really appeals to me. The lower 5 all switch places depending on song, amp and placement but I have a sweet spot for the 2AXs. The Mach Ones are more lively than the other 5 and frequently win short A/B comparisons but I play them the least for some reason, hence the rank.

04/07/12 Revised Ranking and in preference groupings:
1) Paradigm Studio 60 - they do everything right

2) AR-90 - authoritative and smooth - the best for big "epic" recordings
3) JBL L-50 - punchy (but a tad boomy also). Exciting to listen too
5) ADS L1290 - the best general alternative to the Studio 60s but less exciting than the Paradigms, ARs and JBLs

4) Advent 4002 - so easy to listen too
5) AR-2AX - smooth classics but not quite as versatile as the Advents. A bit closed in sounding too.

6) EPI T/E 100 - very very punchy and fast. A bit bright and thin sounding though
7) AR-38 - punchy deep bass. Tweeter is a bit squacky and the "s" sounds are a bit more like "sh"
8) KLH 23 - very laid back and smooth. powerful bass but my most vintage sounding speaker
9) Klipsch Chorus II - I've got them in the wrong room with the wrong amp. More to come...
10) Mach Ones - they were fun and lively but I always preferred the Advents or the AR 2AXs when it actually came to just listening to music

JesusChrysler
04-28-2011, 09:42 PM
So easy for me!

Klipsch Chorus II's.

Only working set of speaks I possess!


But if I ever get my JBL L-150a's up to snuff...... hmmm.


:)


Matt

dunhill
04-30-2011, 08:58 PM
ADS L710 (metal grill)
Pioneer HPM-60
The Advent / 1
KLH Model Twenty
Optimus-1B
Cerwin Vega HED U-103

seta1
05-01-2011, 06:54 AM
Speakers:
Mirage 190is
Mirage 290is
Scott S-2
Scott S-3
Bose 301
KLH 33

The Mirage "is" family of speakers sound quite amazing, especially considering their smallish size. The 190is uses a 1" titanium dome tweeter and 5.5" woofer while the 290is has the same tweeter and a 6.5" woofer. These are the 90's vintage "is" series Mirage speakers not to be confused with the newer ones without the "is" suffix. They sound great with surprisingly deep, powerful bass and very extended highs. The 290is is bi-ampable and compares to the Paradigm mini monitor. In fact, I feel the Mirage sounds better. These use a ported cabinet, but don't suffer from the one note bass that is common in lesser small speakers with ported cabinets.
The Scott S-2 is the larger of the vintage Scott speakers and uses a 12" woofer, dual 5" midrange array and a dome tweeter. These speakers are efficient and sound nice. Their highs, like a lot of vintage speakers, are a little weak, but mids and bass are powerful, clear and articulate. I want to keep these original, but if I wanted to go all audiophile, I would simply replace the tweeters or add an outboard super tweeter to add a little sparkle to the highs.
The S-3 is the smaller of the scott bookshelf speakers and uses a 10" woofer, a 4" midrange and a dome tweeter. Like the S2, this is an early 60's speaker system and these are the best sounding Scott speakers I have ever heard. In fact, I like these better then most speakers I have ever heard. They seem to have it all. Again, the only improvement would be in the upper highs. Overall, I still find these speakers one of the most listenable pair I have ever owned.
The KLH33 has beautiful pecan cabinets and looks just like the old Model 5 with the beveled front edges. This is one of the few vintage KLH speakers I have seen that has a ported cabinet. It is two way with what measures to be a 11" woofer and the usual 3" KLH cone tweeter. I really like these speakers. Bass is incredibly deep in these guys. Listening fatigue is non existent with these guys. I am running them with a Scott 299C and that system just plain sounds wonderful. Highs are good and bass is smooth and powerful. Mids are reasonably balanced with the highs and bass.
Ok, I know, I hear the groans already. Bose.. Ugh, right? Well, I firmly believe they charge too much relative to the components used in their speakers. That said, the 301 is still a nice sounding speaker if you can get it for a good price. The 301' just plain work. Nice mids, really smooth highs and plenty of bass. If this speaker doesn't sound good to you, either your amp is not so good or you don't have them placed correctly in the room. Placement is important in any speaker like Bose or the old Mirage bipolar speakers. Still, even placed in a bookshelf, which is certainly not optimal for a Bose, the 301's sound quite nice. I bought this pair new in the late 80's and they still work great and even have their original surrounds which are in fine shape on the woofers. To be frank, there isn't any speaker in my list that I could not live with if it was the only one I could have. As with most vintage speakers, they may need some work, but in as new working condition, all these speakers sound great.

bluesky
05-01-2011, 03:27 PM
Sansui(s)
1970 SP-2000s: sounds real nice, don't know why, orgional caps. Quite satisified.
1970 AS-100s: Acoustic suspension, $9.98 at the Goodwill. Really nice sound. Bought one spare for $35 for parts if needed.
1970 AS-300s: Acoustic suspension, Extrememly Rare, but one blown woofer, no parts, it will take 5 years to find another woofer if I'm lucky.
1970 SP-2000s: NOS (New Old Stock) in closet in Sansui Boxes. Just got em for a later date if required.
1983-1985 Hitachi mini componet set speakers: Unreal sound quality. They sound alive real. Keepers that have been kept! In the closet.
Bose 701s: Wife's for surround sound, absolute junk for music but ok for movies.
Bose 301s: Wife's for 2nd bedroom, Good for a garage stereo. The AS-100s sound light years beyond the 301s.

Blast
05-01-2011, 04:36 PM
I was going to join the fun and put a list of my speakers together. You'll see the majority of mine in my signature, although I left out my B.I.C. Formula 6's and some little plastic KLH's.

Although, I really like ALL my speakers for one reason or another I was going to put my Realistic Mach Two's up at, or near, the top of the list. This is because I feel they are my most 'accurate' "rock" speakers- the only type of music I listen to.

As I continued to read through the posts I noticed that a few people also mentioned Mach's (One's and Two's), however, these people put their's at the BOTTOM of their lists. So, I really started paying attention to all the models that were listed ABOVE the Mach's. I continued to notice that, while I have heard of many of those listed, I have not had any opportunities to have LISTENED to ANY of those speakers models.

And then it occurred to me. Wow. Where have I been for 55 years?

crunkarelli
05-01-2011, 06:02 PM
As I continued to read through the posts I noticed that a few people also mentioned Mach's (One's and Two's), however, these people put their's at the BOTTOM of their lists. So, I really started paying attention to all the models that were listed ABOVE the Mach's. I continued to notice that, while I have heard of many of those listed, I have not had any opportunities to have LISTENED to ANY of those speakers models.



Everyone has very different preferences in speakers (look at all the JBL vs. AR postings and the Klipsch haters vs. devote fans). From a solely rock listening standpoint my Mach 1s would move from 8th (last place) up into the top 4. For very loud rock listening, probably the top 3, so it all depends on perspective.

BMWCCA
05-01-2011, 07:23 PM
I see you don't like jbl's at all. LOL

I see a lot of brand loyalty in this thread!

I've had JBLs in my home continuously for over fifty years, so maybe it's a bit of learned behavior! Maybe my ears have become conditioned?

mark506
05-01-2011, 11:01 PM
I've only had 2 for the last 40 years.

Paradigm Studio 100 v4
KLH 5

bob smog
05-02-2011, 12:08 AM
JBL C36 (030)
Knight branded Jensen Tri-ettes

I need to hook up the Tri-ettes. I haven't listened to them in about 5 years. I remember they were great for late-night listening at low volume with tubes.

bluesky
05-02-2011, 05:28 PM
Was going to ask a JBL question but I'll start a new thread.

Trance88
05-11-2011, 05:49 PM
Speakers I currently own right now are:
Realistic MC-1200's -- 9 out of 10. Nice overall smooth sound. Capable of producing nice bass. Tweeters might need new caps soon.

Presidian PBS-5053 -- 8 out of 10. A little on the muddy side but not the worst pair of speakers in the world.

Philips FWB-P88 -- 8.5 out of 10. Features "Woox Technology" Not bad overall, capable of producing punchy bass. Highs are a little limited.

wlhd1610
05-11-2011, 06:09 PM
My favorite speakers are the epi 500's ,followed by the polk sda-1b's and NLA-
living room:music:

JBL 4311 and epi 201's distantly followed by a pair of wharfedale "radio people" w60 with the "super" tweeter - music room

Dynaco a25's, epi 100's, ar4x's and an old pair of synergistics ? in the workshop.

Another pair of a25's and ar4x's in the garage.

srs735
05-11-2011, 06:09 PM
Kef 104/2's
Snell E III's
Kef C80's
Kef Q15's

Once I recap my Wharfedale W60E's and find a driver for and recap my Wharfedale Rosedales I expect them to be pretty high up

jimreeves
05-11-2011, 06:14 PM
My favorite speakers are the epi 500's ,followed by the polk sda-1b's and NLA-
living room:music:

Haven't heard a pair of 500's in over 30 years, but I remember they were remarkable. Too bad they seem to be so rare anymore.

vga911s
05-11-2011, 09:25 PM
Well after spending all of last weekend doing nothing but listening to my new to me pair of NS 500m's I am inclined to move them to the top, they are damm good: Here goes-
Yamaha NS 500m.
Yamaha NS 200ma.
Yamaha NS 200m.
Yamaha NS 670.
Yamaha NS 200ma hybrids.
ADS L1290 towers.
Polk Audio RTI 11 towers.
Sansui ( somethings) My mom stole them from me

62sunbeam
05-11-2011, 09:46 PM
Dahlquist DQM-9 - Really wonderful speakers if I say so myself
Dahlquist M905 - a REALLY close contender to the 9s - Wonderful tweeters
Miller & Kreisel S-1B with Energy Sub - I need to try them in a larger room and with the Volkswoofer I just got.
Mission 732 - really nice, accurate, mellow clear but no fatigue
JBL L19 - could use a recap I know but really nice.
Ryan Acoustics Somrthingorothers - really nice near fields but they need to be paired with a sub.


I have a pair of RSL Magnifecents that need new Vifa tweeters and I think they will be in the top 3 when done. They have the same shaped cabinet and veneer as the M&Ks so they may become a stacked set.


Eric

Cosmos
05-11-2011, 09:52 PM
1. My home created speakers with my "Cosmos" horns
2. Ohm F
3. Modified Heathkit AS-1321
4. KLH Nines
5. Yamaha NS-1000
6. JBL 4842 and 4628B combination
7. JBL L200B
8. ADS L710
9 Advent 25th Anniversary
10. Klipsch Lascala
11. JBL 4425
12 Yamaha NS-690

libertycaps
05-11-2011, 10:00 PM
Fun thread to scroll thru. Surprised to not see a single JBL L300 SUMMIT mention, even with the many quality vintage JBL's listed. Is there a reason for that?

I've consolidated/sold off all my speakers recently save the ones in my sig line. They'll do me just fine for awhile.

automojo
05-11-2011, 10:37 PM
1). ESS AMT3's Original/8 Ohm CTSWoofers/Recapped:banana:
1). 2nd Pair ESS AMT3's Original/4ohm CTSWoofers/Peerless Transition/Recapped:thmbsp:
2).Magnepan SMG's Recapped-New Tweeter Wires/Repaired:music:
3). DLK 1 1/2's Recapped (Minnesota's Harbeth!:D)
4). Econowave Large Walnut Advent-Zilch Original Model/Selinium/JBL Wave Guide/PC Board/Etc:smoke:

DaveElton
05-12-2011, 12:16 AM
In my current system, my Cizek Model 1's although uncommon are extremely sublime. Balanced, airy, but never harsh, also have deep tight low-Q bass that is stunning on the right program material. My Phase Tech Sub-Sat system, also a bit uncommon comes in a close second. Being made/marketed as a system, the sub and sats blend seemlessly, and have a rated low-end to 30hz. Bass is tight and controlled if it is there, and the mids and highs are equaly well represented. My 901 Series VI's do what the 901's do best I feel as I am able to set them up properly in my room, and have hard reflective walls. Spent about an hour and half last eve getting lost in the music with them. Not looking to change anything in my speaker line-up anytime soon:)

Old_School
05-14-2011, 01:12 PM
In order:
Tannoy Ardens
Tannoy Cheviots
Sony SS-3100s
Celestion Ditton 44s (now gone)

I also have a pair of Celestion Model 1s for my computer speakers, and a pair of Ditton 100s for a livingroom receiver.
I have a pair of Sony SS-3300s awaiting refurb, which I've never heard while they were in good shape, though I'm told they are amazing. I also have a pair of Sansui SP-2002s in good shape, and a pair of Sony SS-7100s, but they don't get much play given the competition.

scribby31
05-14-2011, 01:32 PM
Pioneer CS 63DX
aDs L500
Avid 100

juz10efx
08-27-2011, 12:04 AM
Realistic-Nova 6 (A series)
Athena AS-B1
Fisher Xp6b
Realistic Minimus 7w (C-Series-Korean)
Boston HD7-8ohm
Baby Advents (original)-Jensen
Kirksaeter Xd7

aidynphoenix
08-27-2011, 12:05 AM
Large Advents, 5012w,
realistic mach2,
Pioneer Cs-922.

Harvey/ Ga
08-27-2011, 12:18 AM
I'd rate my Celestion-Ditton 66 #1
Wharfedale W-60E
AMT-4 and Advent 5012/W tied for #3
The Smaller Advent
Celestion Ditton 15
Infinity RS-2001

Haven't played enough with the AMT-4 yet...need (barely) a cap in
one X-O that's broken, but no audio harm seems done.

hodgepodge
08-27-2011, 12:22 AM
b& w 805 matrix my one and only pair:tresbon:

harley90
09-04-2011, 09:15 AM
1) Acoustic Research Classic 26
2) Paradigm Studio 60 v1
3) Dahlquist DQ10 ( could be number 1 depending on the type of music)
4) JBL l20t3
5) Polk 5B
6) Pioneer CS99a ( needs a recap )
7) Cerwin Vega DS3
8) Rock Solids (old B&W 2way)
9) Minimus 7
10) Bose Roommates

I can't resist buying speakers so more to be added :)

got some home theater speakers
1) B&W HTM
2) Speakercraft(?) 8" in ceilings....very good WAF sound great when set as a full range speaker

bigaltx24
09-04-2011, 09:32 AM
1) Polk SDA-1B
2) DCM TF-350
3) KLH Model 32
4) Altec Santana II
5) Boston Acoustics A40

jt45
09-04-2011, 09:36 AM
Not too many here, my list was easy.

1)Infinity Quantum Line Source 1


2)Infinity Primus 363
3)Avid 102
4)Infinity Primus 162
5)Polk Tsi 100
6)Polk Monitor 30 II

pmsummer
09-04-2011, 09:37 AM
Klipschorn
Yamaha NS-1000M
Klipsch Cornwall
Boston A-200
Frazier F12-4H
Mission 700
Frazier Monte Carlo-D
Frazier Mk V
EPI M100



The recently departed AR3a would have been No. 5.

chicks
09-04-2011, 09:42 AM
1. AR91
2. Yamaha NS-200M
3. DCM TF-350
4. AR2a

mnilan
09-04-2011, 09:50 AM
Currently deployed systems:

1. Magnepan 1.6 (w/ ACI Titan XL)
2. Magnepan 10 (w/HSU VTF-3 MK 2)
2 and a half (I forgot these) Vandersteen II
3. ERA Design D10 (w/ REL T-2)
4. Epos M12.2 (w/ REL T-3)
5. ERA Design D4
6. Warfedale Diamond 10.1 (w/ REL T-3)
7. Audioengine 5
8. Sansui SP-1200 (w/ REL T-2)
9. AR 338
10. Cambridge Audio Ensemble II
11. Unidentified rock speakers (out by the pool)

Sovereign
09-04-2011, 10:10 AM
I'll play. In order of favorites..

Infinity RS 2.5
A/D/S L710's
Boston Acoustic A100's
Klipsch KG3.2's

Art K.
09-04-2011, 12:23 PM
Harbeth P3ESR
Era Design D4
Pinnacle AC650
Wharfedale Diamond 9.1
Wharfedale Diamond 9.0

REL T5
Hsu STF2 MkII

South3rn
09-04-2011, 12:38 PM
Martin Logan ElectroMotion ESL

Huge gap.....in Quality and time

Acoustic Research AR2ax

Huge gap.....

Minimus 7

gearhound
09-04-2011, 01:03 PM
1) Heybrook HB-1
2) Modified Dynaco A-10
3) ADS L10
4) Infinity Primus 162
5) Celestion 3
6) ROR studio monitors
7) Lancer

Steve

thymanst
09-04-2011, 03:36 PM
1. Apogee Duetta II
2. B&W Matrix 801 s2
3 Martin Logan Monolith III
4, Totem Arro
4. Focal Chorus 826v
5. JBL Studio L890
6. JBL L100

barredowl
09-04-2011, 05:43 PM
1. Tannoy System 800
2. JBL S99 Lancer with seas tweeter substitute for LE-20
3. ADS L-400
4. Paradigm SE-3

shacky
09-05-2011, 01:45 AM
Ar 3a
Klipsch Forte
KLH 23
AR 5 (with HiVi still getting tweaked then may be higher)
AR 2AX old version
Dynaco A25
EPI 202 (might be higher if I had bigger room)
AR 4X


TBD
AR 3
Cizek Model One

invalidbuffa
09-05-2011, 01:58 AM
1. Klipsch La Scalas
2. RSL Monitor 3800's



...

(doesn't really matter what I put below here)


3. Logitech Z-5500

nickrobotron
09-05-2011, 02:13 AM
JBL L77
Klipsch KG 3.2
Polk Monitor 7B
JBL L26
Realistic Minimus 7

I just recently parted with some SDA-2B's, which would have been sitting at the top.

mech986
09-05-2011, 02:24 AM
Currently in the mix:

JBL L300 (yes, first ones listed)
JBL 4333B
JBL 4425
Rogers/Spendor/Chartwell LS3/5a's for bedroom systems.

These may change once I rebuild some 4435's, 4315's, and possibly 4341 clones. Now where to put them???

Lastplace
09-05-2011, 07:39 AM
Boston A-400
TF-350
Boston A-150
OLA
KLH-17
Advent 2002

BrocLuno
09-05-2011, 12:32 PM
Personally mod'd Infinity RS 5000
Personally mod'd Infinity RS 3000
A/D/S 770's
BA A70
A/D/S L480
EPI 70v

Larry
09-05-2011, 12:37 PM
In order of current preference:
Vandersteen 2ce Signatures
Revel F-12
Dali Ikon 6
Klipsch Forte
Dahlquist DQ-10
Usher V-602
NHT Classic 3
System Audio 505
Ohm I's
Dali Ikon 2's

all being used in one way or another...

MFaughn
09-07-2011, 10:17 PM
Hard to remember them all but here's a few. Perhaps not exact but in rough groups best to worst. Also differs based on music -- some might move up or down a lot:

Snell Aiii, as yet unbested.

Dahlquist DQ-10, DQ-20
Signet SL-260
Ohm Walsh 3
Ohm Walsh 2
diy open baffles w/ alnico CTS 15" and coral holey baskets
Klipsch Heresy I, JBL L100T, Fonkens
HPM100
Altec 1236
Klipsch KG-4, Epicure 10, AR4x, HPM40,HPM60

libertycaps
09-07-2011, 11:42 PM
Sold off 3 pairs recently that were surplus to my current requirements & now only have 2 pairs of bigs:
Klipsch Cornwall II (with Bob Crites mods)
Dahlquist DQ-10
Those will do for quite awhile unless i happen across a pair of Valencias or 19's. Have always wanted either or both.

tubed
09-08-2011, 01:50 AM
Pioneer HPM-200
Infinity QLS-1
Infinity RS-II
Sequerra Pyramid System
ADS L1530
Infinity Quantum 2
Ohm Model AYE:)
ADS L1290
Infinity WTLC
Infinity Monitor IIa
Yamaha NS-690II
Spendor SP-1
JBL 030 Lowboys
... and a few I havent had a chance in which to listen(DQ-10, Infinity 2000a electrostats and Allison Model Two for example and subject to change of order except for the Spendor:sigh:
EDIT: I'd rate the Spendor SP-1 above the JBL 030 system, soundwise, not withstanding vintage coolness of the JBLs:)

MickeyFinn
09-10-2011, 03:00 PM
Currently in the mix:

JBL L300 (yes, first ones listed)
JBL 4333B
JBL 4425
Rogers/Spendor/Chartwell LS3/5a's for bedroom systems.

These may change once I rebuild some 4435's, 4315's, and possibly 4341 clones. Now where to put them???

Wow... we have similar taste in mid-70's JBL's.

My collection includes:

JBL L100 Centuries
JBL L65 Jubals
JBL L220's
JBL 4333A's
JBL 4341's

The 4341's are in gorgeous near-original condition. They came from a recording studio in Minneapolis.

Here is a link to some photos of them... not sure if this will work.

https://picasaweb.google.com/111947855153894735747/Speakers?authkey=Gv1sRgCMeX7Oqf1O7mfA

http://picasaweb.google.com/111947855153894735747/JBLFamilyReunion?authkey=Gv1sRgCLWkkqfSg-OGVA

mech986
09-10-2011, 07:48 PM
Wow... we have similar taste in mid-70's JBL's.

My collection includes:

JBL L100 Centuries
JBL L65 Jubals
JBL L220's
JBL 4333A's
JBL 4341's

The 4341's are in gorgeous near-original condition. They came from a recording studio in Minneapolis.

Here is a link to some photos of them... not sure if this will work.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-zJDy77bfrjk/TmuyJV4FadI/AAAAAAAACD4/G_izCKdRkjs/s720/DSC_1712.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-bTMSKkChzrQ/TmuyIYqzCMI/AAAAAAAACD0/Nk8RUTUeog8/s720/DSC_1350.JPG


Fixed it for you. Nice! The slot tweeters should be oriented vertically to give the widest horizontal dispersion though.

leicamaster
09-10-2011, 08:44 PM
I only have three pairs of speakers and two are mine but my Thiels beat my dads Paradigm S6's.

krazygrrl
09-11-2011, 01:59 AM
Here in Germany, I have a pair of vintage (probably around 1989 or so) Polk Monitor 7s, that sound really nice.... scale of 1-10, probably a 8 or 8.5.

I used to have a set of Klipsch RF82... not bad, about the same. I had a set of Polk Monitor 70s (series 1), great speakers... but way too bright. 6.5/7 maybe.

My Bose 201s... At first, I was thrilled... but today, 2 out of 10, maybe... probably closer to a 1.5. Terrible speakers. My Bose 301s, 4 out of 10. However, my 10.2s, 7 out of 10.... too bad they broke.

I wish I could afford a pair of Thiels, but... well maybe someday :D

Worf101
09-11-2011, 02:48 AM
Not all of these are currently in use here's my faves.

1. ADS L1290's - my lust for them is shamefull.
2. Platinum Audio Studio 3's - My ex wife/girlfriend.
3. Ohm Walsh 4's - Victims of W.A.F.
4. Epicure 202 EPI 20+ - When space wasn't a factor.
5. Epicure 14's - Best bookshelf I ever had.

That's all she wrote

Worf

MickeyFinn
09-11-2011, 11:37 AM
Fixed it for you. Nice! The slot tweeters should be oriented vertically to give the widest horizontal dispersion though.

Thanks for assistance linking to my photos... and yes, you are absolutely correct about the orientation of the tweeters on the 4341's and the 4333A's...

MF

Harvey/ Ga
09-11-2011, 12:56 PM
Here in Germany, I have a pair of vintage (probably around 1989 or so) Polk Monitor 7s, that sound really nice.... scale of 1-10, probably a 8 or 8.5.

I used to have a set of Klipsch RF82... not bad, about the same. I had a set of Polk Monitor 70s (series 1), great speakers... but way too bright. 6.5/7 maybe.

My Bose 201s... At first, I was thrilled... but today, 2 out of 10, maybe... probably closer to a 1.5. Terrible speakers. My Bose 301s, 4 out of 10. However, my 10.2s, 7 out of 10.... too bad they broke.

I wish I could afford a pair of Thiels, but... well maybe someday :D

Hi Krazygirl...

Be patient....remember, all things come to he (or she) who waits.

My first speakers since I re-discovered my audio hobby were Infinity RS-2001 small bookshelves...probably a 5 or 6 compared to my stable today.

I then got a pair of Smaller Advents...6-7

Toyed with Large Advents and Advent 5002's maybe a 7
Swapped them for my Wharfedale W-60E's.....7-8
Then found a pair of tall Celestion 66's..8-9
The small Celestion 15's I'd rate at a 6-7, but not as good (to me) as the SA's

Finally, ESS AMT-4's temp rating of 7 as they need crossover caps, but
a friend really likes the tweeters. His ears are better then mine.

All of these took 6-7 years of patience. :thmbsp:

BrianLW
09-11-2011, 01:32 PM
for the main system:
Pioneer HPM-40
Original Large Advent (close 2nd)
Cambridge SoundWorks Ensemble

and for the computer:
Teac LS-X7* with Yamaha powered sub
Wharfedale W20D
Teac LS-X7s by themselves

*Minimus 7 clone

danj
09-11-2011, 01:57 PM
1. Dynaco A-25 (recapped)

2. Sansui SP10. These are unassuming looking and have only a single full-range driver but they are done right and are a really good speaker.

2 1/2. Unknown but possibly Denon. These are just slightly larger than the famed Minimus 7 speakers but made of wood rather than metal. They are two-way acoustic suspension and very heavy for their size. Their sound is surprisingly good given their small size. They have better bass response than speaker #3, which is more than twice its size.

3. JBL P20. A good speaker for a surround-sound system and certainly much better than the similar sized Sonys they replaced.

4. Optimus XTS-20. Good rear-channel speakers but lacking sufficient bass to be used for anything else.

aabottom
09-11-2011, 04:15 PM
Here in Germany, I have a pair of vintage (probably around 1989 or so) Polk Monitor 7s, that sound really nice.... scale of 1-10, probably a 8 or 8.5.

I used to have a set of Klipsch RF82... not bad, about the same. I had a set of Polk Monitor 70s (series 1), great speakers... but way too bright. 6.5/7 maybe.

My Bose 201s... At first, I was thrilled... but today, 2 out of 10, maybe... probably closer to a 1.5. Terrible speakers. My Bose 301s, 4 out of 10. However, my 10.2s, 7 out of 10.... too bad they broke.

I wish I could afford a pair of Thiels, but... well maybe someday :D
What happened to your RF-82's. I have the RF-7's. They are fantastic speakers, clear, efficient, and beautiful.

shacky
09-11-2011, 04:54 PM
Fixed it for you. Nice! The slot tweeters should be oriented vertically to give the widest horizontal dispersion though.

How do those slotted tweeters work :scratch2:

krazygrrl
09-11-2011, 05:42 PM
What happened to your RF-82's. I have the RF-7's. They are fantastic speakers, clear, efficient, and beautiful.

Hi there,

My Ex-boyfriend, a real psycho, destroyed one of them, and I sold the other :tears: Then I bought the Polk Monitor 70s. They have an amazing mid-range and solid, tight bass. They, however, sounded so incredibly bright... then I got my Monitor 7s on Ebay for $100 plus shipping in almost mint condition. They do not have the bass of the 70s (or the Klipsch), but sound amazing. :)

Kev_rat
09-11-2011, 06:07 PM
Currently in the listening mix

Infinity RS4.5 - Almost mint and unrestored with hardly a mark on them except for some crumbling on the upper panel foam

Inintiy RS2.5 the upper covers were snmashed in transit, but I will repair them gradully - they sound fabulous though

Ar-3a improved - pretty nuch unrestored but also sounding great

The 4.5s are fabulous but brutal on poor recordings which the AR do a much better job on.
I have a set of spare EMIMS and Graz diaphragms for the 4.5s that will make an intersting project as soon as I get a quiet weekend.

Kevin

aabottom
09-11-2011, 07:03 PM
Hi there,

My Ex-boyfriend, a real psycho, destroyed one of them, and I sold the other :tears: Then I bought the Polk Monitor 70s. They have an amazing mid-range and solid, tight bass. They, however, sounded so incredibly bright... then I got my Monitor 7s on Ebay for $100 plus shipping in almost mint condition. They do not have the bass of the 70s (or the Klipsch), but sound amazing. :)
Too bad about the 82's. Ya gotta watch out for those ex-BF's.

These days I'm also liking my Realistic Optimus-1 speakers (off CL for $20 a pair). They have good bass and mid-range. They're also much easier to optimize the sound since they're so easy to move.

The Klipsch RF-7's moved in about 8 years ago and haven't moved since. The 7's are my first set of speakers that I can't move by myself. Now they're locked in place with funiture stacked all arround them- not ideal at all. I need a bigger listening room. :sigh:

DJH33
10-04-2011, 01:59 AM
I currently have only 2 sets and am very happy with both of them. Depends on my mood as to which I listen to. Both sets are restored.
Original Large Advents - nice warm sound
Klipsch Heresy I - dynamic live sound

plinya77
10-04-2011, 11:02 AM
Boston A400
Boston A70
Watterson
Technics SB-F3
Wow, thats all I have now.

wizargoz
10-04-2011, 02:59 PM
ESS AMT 1B- 9/10 Probably needs recapped- but those Heils sound so good!

ESS AMT 10B- 8/10 No covers but they do sing.

Snell model K/II- Mate with the AMT 1B's very well. Better than the ESS 10B's bookshelfs.

electra100
10-04-2011, 04:01 PM
paradigm studio 20 v2's
klipsch heresy II's
Energy Pro 22's
Noresco Se-515's
all are great!!

sxty8goats
10-04-2011, 04:17 PM
Martin and Logan Motion 4's with a generic sub filling in the bottom. I love the combo but would like a better sub. Great

Cambridge Soundworks Ensemble (Original) Pretty good, much better than most would expect. Makes for a nice office (previous location) or bed room system.

Klispch KG 3.5s - very good. The MartinLogan tweets are a bit better to my ear but these are close. These are currently the rears in my surround system. They deserve better but I don't have the room to move them up front.

JBL E90 - a 'modern' tower w/ tweets, mid and two 8" woofs. 91% efficiency. They actually pair very well with my Luxman RX-102 and are currently my main audio speaker at home. That said, I'm avoiding hooking up my Motion4s at home because that may change my opinion on the JBL's

audiomagnate
10-04-2011, 04:19 PM
1. ADS L1530
2. JBL SVA2100
3. JBL L1
4. Kef Coda 7
5. Sony MD150H
6. NAD 20
7. Phase Technology 80
8. Bose 901 II

radek
10-04-2011, 06:37 PM
Leak Sandwich MKII (19-01-1968 and 18-05-1968).
Svenska 8007 (early 70's, before Jamo).
KEF Chorale (16-12-1970 each).

Anubis
10-04-2011, 07:20 PM
Hmm, can't really rate my speakers one over the other. I have 2 pair and they just get the job done. There are different attributes to each.
In no particular order:
Polk Monitor 7s
Pioneer HPM100s (200 watt version)

htguru1982
10-04-2011, 09:42 PM
1. RTA12C: Huge soundstage. Bass is a little flabby on their own but I run my setup with a sub with a 60hz crossover so it's a non issue.

2. Monitor 7C: Doesn't throw the same soundstage as the 12's but are definitely in the same league. Bass is tighter and midrange is very clean.

3. RT7: This is the speaker that got me hooked on vintage Polk. I think this was the last series that was made in America.

4. Monitor 4: Mine have the Peerless tweeters. They can't do much in terms of bass but highs are very smooth.

5. RTi38: My first set of 'real' Polk speakers after the budget minded R series. Very warm sounding. I would like to add the matching center and surrounds for a complete bedroom setup.

tonyk
10-04-2011, 09:44 PM
Right now I would give them a five out of ten, only because they're turned off. But even when off Mach Ones look great.

When turned on and blasting some music I would give them an eight out of ten.:thmbsp:

Ski
10-05-2011, 07:35 AM
1st - the cheap pr of computer speakers that I mostly listen to
2nd - the speakers currently connected to my main system
3rd - the speakers I have that aren't connected to my main system

jayczar
10-05-2011, 09:41 AM
JBL L150 - main
Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 SE - secondary
Elemental Designs A6-6T6
Boston Acoustics A150 - garage
Realistic Mach Two
NHT model 1 - pc

WhiteSE
10-05-2011, 10:18 AM
I currently have only one pair of speakers in my apt. JBL L-96...they are good with whatever I thow at them.

I also have in storage EV12trxb's which are grand with jazz and classical (mainly chamber music) and EV15trx's..about the same. My fav vintage though is my single EV Regency III...that things sounds detailed, open and powerful....

portnoy
10-05-2011, 10:28 AM
Wharfedale W60 two-way
Advent the Loudspeaker (U3)
Wharfedale W70C
KLH 17s
Dynaco A25
Realistic Nova 10

Recently sold and don't really know where to put them in the list...
Polk SDA 1C studios
Polk Monitor 10s (peerless)

Robbie4477
10-13-2011, 04:37 PM
Jbl 4408
jbl 4412
jbl l-26
jbl l-36
jbl l-65
jbl l-100

jwrauch
10-13-2011, 05:52 PM
I currently have only one pair of speakers in my apt. JBL L-96...they are good with whatever I thow at them.

I also have in storage EV12trxb's which are grand with jazz and classical (mainly chamber music) and EV15trx's..about the same. My fav vintage though is my single EV Regency III...that things sounds detailed, open and powerful....
I would have to agree with you on the Regency. I Have one that I built from plans and when I paired it up with one of my speakerlab K bass bins it was able to keep up with it and actually seemed to go a little lower. JR:music::banana::music: JR

buckeye1160
10-13-2011, 09:44 PM
[QUOTE=jbasse;4570214]I thought it would be fun to rate the speakers that you curently own, first being your favorite and last being your least favorite.
Here's my List:


My fav and nothing has come close is my Cerwin Vega MX400......I will hear alot of flack on this but my ears say they are best by far..........4 ohm is part of it.

Cerwin Vega MX400
Vandersteen 1C
HPM-60
Cerwin Vega D-7
JBL4410A
JBL L890
EPI 100
Leak Sandwich

donberry
10-13-2011, 10:38 PM
martinlogan SL3 - 10
the rest - don't care

Fast_Eddie
10-13-2011, 11:42 PM
My best speakers are my AR LST2s. And to me, they're just amazing.

My next best is probably my ADS L810s.

Nothing else I own is in that league. Those two are the real stand outs, and to me, the ARs are a decent little bit ahead of the L810s. I've had these ARs in my main set up for over a year! lol, for me that's amazing. Thing is, they will likely be there a year from now. Though I have been really wanting to hear some AR9s (or LS or LSi). Who knows, one of these days I may pop for some of the big guys. But I can't imagine it's a quantum leap ahead of what I have now.

cnolanh
10-14-2011, 10:27 AM
updated list:

ADS L620
ADS L710
KLH Model Five
Ohm C2
Vandersteen 1B
Original Large Advent
Soliloquy SAT5 (great for surround; pretty sweet for full-range when paired with capable sub)
PSB Alpha Mini

The top three are the ones I've been listening to the most.

Nolan

oldmanind
10-14-2011, 01:43 PM
martin logan aerius i
infinity kappa 8

bwagss
01-03-2012, 08:40 AM
Jbl l150

Hyfi
01-03-2012, 10:08 AM
I swap out my mains for a different sound and it's hard to say which I like better since they are completely different but....

Clearfield Continentals (early von Schweikert) for the detail and mids
Dynaudio 82s for the bass and slam

JM Labs Tantal 509s (second system)
Dynaudio 42s (HT Rears)
Polk Monitor 30s Series II (simple Gym system)

Rapidan
01-03-2012, 10:44 AM
1 - JBL L-100, owned since 1976, I'm well aware of their shortcomings but I've lived with them for so long they're the sentimental favorite.

2 - JBL LS2325P powered monitors - These little guys are my work/office system, a "feng shui" setup being fed by a 160gb iPod classic in a Pure dock, streaming (mostly) Apple lossless files. They sound quite amazing.

3 - KEF C15 - owned since new, they're pretty low in the KEF hierarchy but they sound quite good to me, no real bass extension of course, but what they do, they do very well! Currently making music in the home office/computer setup.

There's more, but nothing hooked up right now.

Kahoona
01-03-2012, 10:48 AM
Here goes. The first place is a tie because they are both fantastic but different.
NHT v2t/ Thiel CS2
Infinity Infinitesimals
KLH 5's
Larger Advent 25th Anniversary LE
Fisher XP-5's
Technics SB-M5,s
I am working on the last two and won't know how they shape up till they are finished so the placement is a guess.

tube-a-lou
01-03-2012, 10:52 AM
Celestion 100's which can be very revealing at time, showing off the rest of the
system, Fisher amps not good with them, Scott amps stunning at times

Celestion SL6's with copper domes, very smooth high end but with a midrange
that's really open and great bass.

Tube

mightynutmeg
01-03-2012, 11:46 AM
from favourite, to least favourite...

philips 545 & cerwin vega HT-10D
sony cfd-s05
sony mdr-v150 (headphones are just tiny speakers, right?)
mtx monitor10
shure psm-200 (more headphones)
gem sound something-or-other active stage monitor


wow, I have that many speakers? time to start culling the herd... the mtx can go for sure, the yamaha are nice outside

tmblack
01-03-2012, 04:02 PM
For listening to classic rock I'd pick box speakers such as the Polk 7s even ahead of Apogee ribbons or ESL-57 for the realistic bass.

For listening to classical music like cello and violins I'd reverse that.

I'm developing a liking to horn speakers for the live sound similarities perhaps that's best for jazz.

But for Bach organ music I don't know... a good subwoofer system such as the Wilson WATT/Puppies might be needed.

idadude
01-03-2012, 06:23 PM
I like all three types very much, but here's the short list in order:

1) Von Schweikert VR-2000 (modded)
2) Klipsch KLF-20 (modded)
3) A/D/S L-880 (lightly modded)

I got rid of the other 5 pairs of speakers I had. These are all that's left except for some unused AR3-as needing the crossovers rebuilt.

Larry

RandyFloyd76
01-03-2012, 08:02 PM
Here's my list:

1. JBL L80t3 (AK'ers said to jump on a pair if you get the chance...thank you)

2. KEF Q90's (The early model - very transparent and open)

3. Original Large Advents

4. Optimus 1

5. Bose 4.2 Series II (surprising for a $10 thrift store purchase)

6. Voice of Music Model 48

7. Optimus STS-100

8. Realistic MC-500

j.barleycorn
01-04-2012, 04:47 AM
Wow....you folks are speaker pack rats. I currently only have two pair.

My current faves are a pair of Magnepan MG1 Imp that I'm completing a delam project on. Finished the the reglue last week and putting them to test this week. If all goes well I'll put on new socks this weekend. So far so good. They sound better than ever. I've really become a Maggie fan since picking these up on CL two years ago.

While working on these I put my DQ 10s back in service for a couple months. I still enjoy them but the MG 1s really bang my gong now.

Satch
01-04-2012, 05:24 AM
Since I cleaned up, my list is short and easy:

1. Apogee Centaur Major
2. JVC SE-E5

And that's all. :)

Stephen J
01-04-2012, 06:07 AM
I can't believe I haven't posted to this thread. :D
I'll just have to fix that.

My cobbled together EV system SP15's,SM120/1823's,ST350's
JBL 4412's
Klipsch Forte's
:music:

westend
01-04-2012, 08:11 AM
Ron's speakers
Gary's speakers
My speakers

aabottom
01-04-2012, 09:25 AM
Ok, here's my list. Without having the space to really test them well and compare them to each other:

1. Klipsch RF-7
2. Optimus-1
3. Optimus-2B
4. Kenwood LSK-200D

speaker_nut
01-04-2012, 12:50 PM
Well, I have far too many speakers but here are some of my current favorites ... I have classed them by size. I listen to rock and blues but also acoustic jazz. They are not necessarily listed in order of preference as that varies with the rype of music

Large speakers

1) Magnepan MG2C
2) Kef 104/2
3) Klipsch Cornwall 1
4) Tannoy 15" Gold
5) ESS AMT Monitor v.4
6) Marantz Imperial 9

Large Bookshelf:

1) AR3 Acoustique Andante Master Control
2) Canton CT-1000
3) AR3a/AR5
4) Harbeth HL Monitor v.3
5) Clements RB 6.5

Small Bookshelf:

1) B&W CDM2
2) Celestion SL6
3) Heybrook HB2

bdmcn71
01-04-2012, 01:18 PM
KLH Model 5

first pair of vintage. can't imagine myself needing anything different. These are perfect-sounding to my ears.

ken.nelson
01-04-2012, 01:43 PM
HPM 100's-I have two pair, 100w and 200w. Haven't recapped the 200w pair yet so dont really no if they will sound as good as my original pair. I mainly listen to Classic Rock and like it loud. The more juice I send to the HPM's the better they sound.

AR 3A's - at lower volumes better maybe than the HPM 100's.

Sansui SP-2000.

Bose AM 5's - bought when going through that "way cool for how small they were " phase. These were the first cube speakers Bose came out with (1986?) . When selling them they had them hid inside some huge speaker cabinets.

Mirage Nanoset's and sub - Really good for home threatre but not that great for music.

MSC 5320

aabottom
01-04-2012, 01:52 PM
...
Bose AM 5's - bought when going through that "way cool for how small they were " phase. These were the first cube speakers Bose came out with (1986?) . When selling them they had them hid inside some huge speaker cabinets.
...
That likely made them sound better.

MattFLA
01-04-2012, 02:41 PM
BIC Venturi Formula 1's
EPI 100's
PINNACLE AC 650
Bose 301's
Celestion 3's
Whafedale Diamonds 7.1

All 60's, 70's Rock & Roll

tensleep
01-04-2012, 02:59 PM
JBL 4410
Bozak 302A tied with Klipsch KP-301-B-Br
EV Sentry 100A
Frazier Monte Carlo A
University Mono Cabinet
University/EV/Klipsch Shorthorn Mono

Infinity Column II - these are actually the best speakers that I have for Home Theater Mains. They really are exceptional in this application.

Awaiting refreshement - Crysler Ce-2

Had but let go:
Epicure 120A - fantastic speakers, not as good as most of the others, paired up nicely with a Nakamichi receiver and gifted to a dear friend.
Norman Lab Model 10b - again, FANTASTIC speakers, not as good as the others, sold for a tidy profit.

godzilla
01-04-2012, 03:20 PM
I've whittled my speaker collection down to two pair since I no longer have room for more than two sets.

Klipsch KG4.2 w/crites tweeters
Marantz Imperial 5...the original 1969 models.

RobRoy
01-04-2012, 03:21 PM
I'd rate mine, but there is not enough bandwidth here to contain the entire list.

sti2k5
01-04-2012, 03:44 PM
I just have these 3 sets right now...

Pioneer CS63dx - LOVE
ESS AMT 1C - rebuilding, we will see if I like them better
Sansui s730 - for laptop duty

1newbe
01-04-2012, 05:53 PM
That I own:
ADS L780
OLA's (at a Xmas party I heard a pair my friend had just picked up that had been recapped at wow - what a difference, I need to do that!)
Dynaco A25 - also needing new caps
Realistic optimus 1bs
Minimus 7
KLH model 32s. Sound really tinny, obviously in need of some work as well, sounded much better on the quad tube gear the guy had when i auditioned em.

JBL 4310, my fav, but not mine just holding em for a friend who whose cabin was flooded out last summer

Rob Santry
01-04-2012, 06:20 PM
The ones I'm listening to now in this order:
Jbl S3100
JBL L150a
Jbl 240Ti
Jbl SVA2100
JBL L20T

Ken Boyd
01-04-2012, 06:54 PM
I went thru every post, just to make sure I had not already posted in this thread.

I thought I had a lot of speakers but compared to some of you all, I have just started.

Like others I have a hard time deceiding which one I like the most, but I will pick my top three,

Infinity RS-1's, big sound, large soundstage, effortless volumes.

Infinity QLS-1's, smooth, deep bass, love them for vocals, and strings, sound is more laid back then the RS-1's the most detailed, most neutral.

Phase Linear III's, with an extra bass commode, the deepest, lowest range, most sonic impressive bass, largest soundstage, most fun to listen to, they just make almost every recording sound exciting. Vocals jump out at you, sometimes you think the singer is right there in front of you, Not quite as good as the RS-1's on loud passages, I notice a bit of inperfection on the hi's at very loud volumes. But on some recordings these sound better than either of the other two.

Down from these three I would rate in pretty close order

Infinity QLS-2's, my first Infinity's overall a great pair of speakers.

Kappa 8's, I rated these over the Kappa 9's only cause they are easier to drive and sound great, very balanced, where the 9's I just can't seem to make them sound their best.

Kappa 9's, these would probably move up a few spots if I had the right equipment to move them up. Depending on which amps I use they either sound bass heavy or to bright, just no combination of amp that I own work with them to get the quality sound that I know they are capable of.

Yamaha NS1000m

Infinity QLS-5's, so close to the Yamaha's more refined than the Yamaha's but the yamaha's beat them out on the crystal clear mids and hi's and are better defined and I like the Yamaha's better on Rock music

Yamaha NS500m close but not quite.

Phase Techonogly PC 8.5's very good sounding speakers, but they won't play very loud without distortion. These were my two front drivers for my Home Theather system, used with a powered sub, and some phillips rear speakers, and a fifth channel speaker, in a 5.1 setup.

avguytx
01-04-2012, 07:24 PM
Man, that's kind of tough to do but I guess I can play in this, too. I've got quite a few what I would call "good speakers" but not like some of you guys have. (Ken, I envy you having those QLS-1's!) So based on what I am actually using, here goes.

1st - Norman Lab Model 9's - There's not much bad I can say about these at all. They play whatever I want to listen to effortlessly. For being a "2-way" speaker (even though there are three 10" woofers and three Phillips tweeters per cabinet), these are highly underrated speakers by a long shot. Ever since I've refoamed the woofers, recapped the crossovers and refinished the cabinets, they have yet to lose their spot as my main speakers. Awesome bass when needed, great midrange, phenomenal high end from those Phillips tweeters, and outstanding imaging and staging no matter what the volume level I'm listening at. I love 'em.

2nd - Infinity Quantum 3's - They do so many things right and are such a well balanced speaker to listen to. The low bass is outstanding from that Watkins DVC woofer and reminds me a lot of the JBL 2214H-1 woofers in my L100T's. These have spent the last couple of years at my best friends house in his music room but were my office system speakers when I lived in Texas. (and I got them for an insanely low amount of money) Completely refinished and recapped, too.

3rd - Polk SDA SRS 2 - Another pair of speakers that, unfortunately, I have not gotten to spend a lot of time with since selling my house in Texas in July 2009. These need a decently large room to take advantage of the SDA effect and, when set up properly, are enjoyable to listen to for long periods of time. They have completely rebuilt crossovers with Solen caps and Mills resistors, six new RD0-194 tweeters, eight new 6.5" Polk drivers (they sent me all new ones when I sent them one of my MW6009 drivers for evaluation), a 12ga wire with XLR connections for the IC cable, and have been refinished from top to bottom. So, about as "new" as you can get for SDA's. :D

Again, that's based on what I own currently and there are maybe a dozen more pairs of speakers around here between my house and my buddy's. There are others I'd like to try out if I come across them someday but I love what I have. (and I've had Klipschorns, 2 pairs of Valencia's, and still have Infinity RS-IIIa's, JBL L100T's plus more) We're all different....we all hear different...and we all have our own opinions, for sure.

snookinman
01-04-2012, 09:11 PM
Not many Polk Rt, Rti fans out there:scratch2:, I have been enjoying several pair, Rt800i,+ Rt1000p side by side on the back patio:thmbsp:, Rt2000p (mains HT), Rt55i (HT rear),CS400I (center HT),Rt38I (sides HT)7.1. Pop in a Dave Matthews DVD concert, close your eyes and you think your there! :D:D:D:D Rt25I with polk 10"sub (computer) 4 rt15's in the bedroom, I have a few vintage sets too, JBL l36's matched with a Marantz 2270:thmbsp:, Phase tech pc6.5 (not in use)need surrounds, sansui sp7000 (not in use), a huge pair of Argos unknown model# with 15" woofers, that I have hooked up with my old Philips High Fidelity stack that make the neighbors really mad, unknown Musical fidelity bookies (not in use), Optimus lx8 and lx5's (not in use),and the ones that i still kick myself in the ass for selling, JBL l65's.

Ken Boyd
01-04-2012, 09:30 PM
For the life of me I have yet to find a pair of QLS-3's that are complete. I have seen one pair for sale, and it was listed for years that someone had changed out the mid drivers with an aftermarket driver and used some blocks of wood to mount them with, and they wanted to much money for them. That is the only model of the Quantum Line that I don't own. Someday when I am least expecting I will probably find a pair, its just I don't see them often.

avguytx
01-04-2012, 10:16 PM
That's how it was when I found these 3's. You'd hate knowing what I gave for 'em. :D

ken.nelson
01-04-2012, 10:28 PM
Man, that's kind of tough to do but I guess I can play in this, too. I've got quite a few what I would call "good speakers" but not like some of you guys have. (Ken, I envy you having those QLS-1's!) So based on what I am actually using, here goes.

1st - Norman Lab Model 9's - There's not much bad I can say about these at all. They play whatever I want to listen to effortlessly. For being a "2-way" speaker (even though there are three 10" woofers and three Phillips tweeters per cabinet), these are highly underrated speakers by a long shot. Ever since I've refoamed the woofers, recapped the crossovers and refinished the cabinets, they have yet to lose their spot as my main speakers. Awesome bass when needed, great midrange, phenomenal high end from those Phillips tweeters, and outstanding imaging and staging no matter what the volume level I'm listening at. I love 'em.

2nd - Infinity Quantum 3's - They do so many things right and are such a well balanced speaker to listen to. The low bass is outstanding from that Watkins DVC woofer and reminds me a lot of the JBL 2214H-1 woofers in my L100T's. These have spent the last couple of years at my best friends house in his music room but were my office system speakers when I lived in Texas. (and I got them for an insanely low amount of money) Completely refinished and recapped, too.

3rd - Polk SDA SRS 2 - Another pair of speakers that, unfortunately, I have not gotten to spend a lot of time with since selling my house in Texas in July 2009. These need a decently large room to take advantage of the SDA effect and, when set up properly, are enjoyable to listen to for long periods of time. They have completely rebuilt crossovers with Solen caps and Mills resistors, six new RD0-194 tweeters, eight new 6.5" Polk drivers (they sent me all new ones when I sent them one of my MW6009 drivers for evaluation), a 12ga wire with XLR connections for the IC cable, and have been refinished from top to bottom. So, about as "new" as you can get for SDA's. :D

Again, that's based on what I own currently and there are maybe a dozen more pairs of speakers around here between my house and my buddy's. There are others I'd like to try out if I come across them someday but I love what I have. (and I've had Klipschorns, 2 pairs of Valencia's, and still have Infinity RS-IIIa's, JBL L100T's plus more) We're all different....we all hear different...and we all have our own opinions, for sure.

I'd like to get some Norman labs. I'll find a pair eventually. Made in this area. I remember them when I was a teenager.

Flammaster
01-04-2012, 10:42 PM
AR2ax

ARxp62/AR4x tie

Quadraflex A-11

CSW model 17

Ken Boyd
01-04-2012, 11:17 PM
That's how it was when I found these 3's. You'd hate knowing what I gave for 'em. :D

They always sound better when you know you got them for a song, or if you had to restore them.

titanstats
01-05-2012, 12:02 AM
Just using the Altec 14s right now. Have a few other pair stored away, for various reasons -- going to dig the JBL L77s out and hook 'em up to the kids game system next week. :D

kydog
01-05-2012, 02:41 PM
Here goes:


New large advents

Avid 103 &102's

Dynaco A25's

Paradigm 7es MKII

Realistic Mach 2

Pioneer CS R700

BetaMan
02-20-2012, 04:47 PM
1 Infinity IRS Beta's :music:
2 Infinity RS1b's
3 ESS AMT3's
4 Pioneer HPM 100's
5 Klipsh KG4's

http://badgolfermike.com/beta1.jpg

http://badgolfermike.com/RS1b2.jpg

Anubis
02-20-2012, 04:57 PM
This is a tough one because I don't have a lot of speakers and most of them are either pretty damn good or really good.
To take a stab at it though: (Best to worst)
Speakers I use for my mains in my modern set up (Shall remain nameless)
DCM TF-600s
Pioneer HPM-100s
Polk Monitor 7s
Dahlquest PDQ-16s
KRK Rockit 6s (near-field monitors for the computer, I'd say somewhere between the Polks and Dahlquests) Just throwing them in here.:D
Parts express speakers for testing

cubdog
02-20-2012, 05:04 PM
Anubis, what your deal with not disclosing what's in your main system. If you don't want to talk about them why mention them?

cubdog

twoohsix
02-20-2012, 05:37 PM
I cannot live without my speakers

Bose iPod dock (absolutely love it)
Klipsch for our theater system
MS40's digital monitors

and thought they may not be considered speakers
Peavey amps - one for my electric guitar and the other for my bass.

RamblinE
02-20-2012, 05:59 PM
DIY Aurasound NS3 drivers in 4.5 liter enclosures: Clear highs, articulate bass, just no extension. Exceeded my own expectations for these drivers.

DIY GRS 8-FR8 drivers in sealed bookshelf enclosure size recommended by PE. Flat bass. Slightly dull highs. Very smooth sound. Very source dependent.

Headphones:

Grado SR60i: perceived as extremely accurate.

Koss Portapro: Very warm. How can something this cheap sound this good? (I paid $20 for mine, new).

Ken Boyd
02-20-2012, 08:02 PM
Anubis, what your deal with not disclosing what's in your main system. If you don't want to talk about them why mention them?

cubdog

I think he has a pair of JBL's~~~:banana:

cubdog
02-20-2012, 08:43 PM
Guess I'm getting old and cranky. Shouldn't irritate me but it does.

cubdog

shacky
02-20-2012, 09:35 PM
Guess I'm getting old and cranky. Shouldn't irritate me but it does.

cubdog

Know what you mean. Happens to me a lot. :yes:

edindenver
02-20-2012, 10:59 PM
All Craig's List finds:

A/D/S L810
Visonik Ambassador 150 (Made in Germany, like Braun L830 but 12" woofer)
Visonik Euro-7 (ADS L710 clone, assembled in USA with German drivers)
AR 4x
A/D/S 620
Klipsch kg4 (sold)

skeetdaddy
02-20-2012, 11:47 PM
OHM M Series 5000's (best I have ever heard)
GoldenEar Triton 2's (just rec'd them) with in cabinet subs.......(Great reviews in Sterophile & Absolute Sound)
OHM FRS-15's with upgraded M Series 3000 Drivers bought new in 1991......

beezlebubba
02-21-2012, 05:48 PM
Sony APM-77W's
Monitor Audio MA800
Cambridge Soundworks Powered and Slave Subwoofer
Velodyne v1012
various Klipshes and others

Wolverine
02-22-2012, 05:56 AM
Between CL and the thrifts I have managed to pick up quite a few speakers but have been slowly thinning the herd. I will sort mine out by speaker type. In many cases the order would flip depending on the type of music being listened to at the time but this kind of my starting place.

Bookshelf

Celestion SL6si
Fulton Musical Industry FMI 80
Polk Monitor 4
PSB 30 MKII
Klipsch KM 2
DCM CX-17
Optimus LX-5

Floorstanding

Magnepan MMG
DCM Timewindows 1
KLH 5
Heresy I's and II's
Polk Monitor 10
DCM CX-27
EPI 100
Wharfedale W60E

DaveElton
02-22-2012, 06:17 AM
In my current configuration, in my "main" listening area, I have a pair of "home-brew" 8" FR drivers in ported boxes, with Realistics Dual Radial Super Horn tweeter capped in at 10k. Especially for what little I have invested in these, personaly I am amazed.....Excellent mids, and a coherant sound that makes the speaker dissappear and lets the music thru. They need a bit of power to move, 87 db efficient, but, they will get down more than decently low because of it. I often, unless I am playing pipe organ run them without the sub.

michaelhigh
02-22-2012, 06:49 AM
I'm all about this...Klipsch Forte, A/D/S L420, Infinity Qe, Klipsch kg2, A/D/S L400, Ohm model E, EV ZX 1-90, AR4x, Mission model 70 mkII, Polk Monitor 5jr, Cerwin Vega D-1, JBL J520M, Fostex PM0.5 mkII. They're so close, they all do their own thing really well.

Gang-Twanger
02-22-2012, 07:20 AM
In my current configuration, in my "main" listening area, I have a pair of "home-brew" 8" FR drivers in ported boxes, with Realistics Dual Radial Super Horn tweeter capped in at 10k. Especially for what little I have invested in these, personaly I am amazed.....Excellent mids, and a coherant sound that makes the speaker dissappear and lets the music thru. They need a bit of power to move, 87 db efficient, but, they will get down more than decently low because of it. I often, unless I am playing pipe organ run them without the sub.

That's awesome.... I love it. Actually, the purists will probably cringe, but if it works, it works. I've noticed that 8" woofers make for great 2-ways in terms of midrange-response, and though a lot of people scoff at horn tweeters, I've read a few threads where people make very-good use of them. Depends on the design, I guess.

Blueblood
02-22-2012, 08:34 AM
10! :thmbsp:

ADS L-630's I bought new, back in the day.
Coupled with the Marantz, the bass is incredibly powerful, punchy and tight..!

boidsonly
02-22-2012, 08:48 AM
Finally found a pair of AR-9s to replace the ones the wife and sister-in-law took to the dump w/out my knowledge. (Insert small nuclear cloud here).
Almost forgot how good they sound. They are OEM except all the foam surrounds have been replaced (and very nicely done at that). Need a new amp to power them up like they deserve-the Harmon Kardon is just not up to the task.

Gang-Twanger
02-22-2012, 09:10 AM
I don't own many speakers, but my two pair worth noting are my dB Plus 1010's and my Wharfedale W60E's. I don't have the camera handy at the moment, so I grabbed a couple images off of Google (Same model, but not my actual speakers).

First, here's what the dB Plus's look like:
http://www.audiocircuit.com/A-Images/AA-Brands/D/DB_Plus-DBP/1010________-F-008-906-DBP.jpg


And here's a good picture I found of some W60E's:
http://cfile26.uf.tistory.com/image/121B07544E2BCA6830C69D

The dB Plus's were made in Canada by a company that manufactures speakers for quite a few companies (I believe Mirage is one of them). Heavy, well-built cabs with good-quality drivers. I think they were around $900 new back when they were sold (late '80's, I think). Nice speakers, but they won't be replacing my W60E's anytime soon.

squirrelnest
02-22-2012, 09:46 AM
I'd rate my 60's K-horns and 70's Cornwalls as my best speakers....I'll give them a 9/10
I'm always looking for that 10/10 speakers...keeps be busy for the hunt!

capt.chaos
02-22-2012, 11:11 AM
Klipschorn (Volti Audio upgrade package 3)

Klipschorn (Stock)

Martin Logan Vantage

Rob Santry
02-22-2012, 11:20 AM
Here is my list, in order:

JBL S3100
JBL 150a
Klipsch Cornwall
Pioneer HPM-100
JBL L20T
Paradigm Monitor 3v3

audio3000
03-15-2012, 09:42 PM
Yamaha - NS-690
Tetrasound - Charm (old speaker. The vendor is no longer in business)
Tannoy - T165
Rogers - LS3/5A

JohnVF
03-15-2012, 11:19 PM
I'm a tough grader....this is against the context of ALL speakers, even one's I haven't heard but knowing what I want the perfect speaker to sound like. And so far nothing's been perfect.

Harbeth Compact 7:
7 (fitting).

Sony SS-m7:
7 or 8 depending on amp.

Quad ESL-63:
8.5

Cabasse M2:
7.
Hopefully a recap will take away some high-end stridency that is hindering their use.

Diatone DS-77hrx
6 (which seems like a failing grade but some of this is aesthetics- they look terrible right now).

Also consider I think most speakers I've heard have been 5 or below. Still looking for that 10 but I'm afraid it would cost me way more than I'll ever want to spend on my stereo.