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Your Loudspeaker history...

Discussion in 'audio' started by Jonathan Ribee, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. fred sonnen

    fred sonnen pfm Member

    Back in the eighties 's I started with a pair of Lautsprecher Teufel DIY
    Than in the very late nineties I bought a pair of LUA 5/3, a predecessors of these Very big upgrade!
    Since a couple of years I own a pair of (DIY) full active AOS- Monitor 45 TL-BE And they are outstanding!
    To get more LF I am thinking about upgrade to a "Monitor 40 BE VA" from the same supplier
  2. clogman

    clogman pfm Member

    Dual all in one set
    Some crap Philips things on an even crappier receiver with a crappiest fully automatic Philips record deck
    Mission 70 MKII
    Celestion Ditton DL1
    Misson 751
    Sonus Faber Concertino Home (Love em!)
    Eyeing up SF, but that will have to wait for a good while...
  3. henrylucy

    henrylucy pfm Member

    1970's - Lasky's Specials
    2006 - Rega R5
    2010 - Sonus Faber Concertino
    2016 - Sonus Faber Guarneri Memento

  4. henrylucy

    henrylucy pfm Member

    Forgot the Wharfedale Denton, truly dreadful!
  5. divedeepdog

    divedeepdog pfm Member

    My Brothers Wharfdale 506 & 504 (got 504's in bedroom)
    Kef Caprice ii
    Celestion SL6, 6Si when I blew the copper domes, 12Si because they were close.
    Epos ES14
    Naim Sbl
    Avondale Revelation 1
    Linn Kans, late mk1's and 2's. 2 pairs of each , I've kept the mint pairs.
    Avondale Revelation 2
    Rogers Studio One
    Acoustic Energy AE2

    Problem is, I'm still looking at most of them, really need to thin the herd. Good thing Kans are small :D
  6. henrylucy

    henrylucy pfm Member

    Loved the simple look of Acoustic Energy AE2 bot told they are not best paired with Naim amplification
  7. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    you certainly have had some wide experience of b&w !! how do you like them compared to proac 148 or d28?

    DANOFDANGER pfm Member

    Wasnt a fan tbh, warm and lacked detail in the mids. Two ways are really difficult, only pair i have heard that got two way right was dynaudio 260.
    B&w are consistent, only their cm s1 line were horrible.
  9. Nagraboy

    Nagraboy pfm Member

    Since 2004:

    Gale Gold Monitors
    Pro-Ac Tablette Reference 8
    Stirling Broadcast LS3/5A V2
    Harbeth P3ESR
    Harbeth C7-ES3
    B&O Beolab 5
    B&O Beolab 3
    Harbeth P3ESR
    Tannoy Kensington SE
    Spendor S3/5R
    Harbeth P3ESR...and now I'm sticking with them for good!
  10. Yomanze

    Yomanze pfm Member

    I think I might have done this already, but anyway, in order:

    Mission 780SE
    Amphion Argon2
    Amphion Argon3
    Royd Sapphire MK1
    Royd Sorcerer
    and my current speakers: Royd RR3s

    ...I have a spare set of tweeters, and my Sorcerers are late versions with the Revelation drivers that could be used to repair my RR3s, so am hoping these are my last speakers. IF they did die, I think I'd go for a pair of Thiels or something as they are another instance of speakers that 'time' excellently with minimum phase distortion, no flab or overhang.
  11. Lancastrian

    Lancastrian Well-Known Member

    Monitor Audio 252
    Monitor Audio MA1 (upgraded with gold series tweeter)
    SD Acoustics SD1
    B&W DM602
    B&W CDM7 NT
  12. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

  13. Son_of_Thor

    Son_of_Thor pfm Member

    These are all the ones I can remember, various others may have passed through briefly:

    Kef/Jama bookshelves (can't remember models)
    Mordaunt Short MS10
    Acoustic Energy AE-109
    Acoustic Energy AE-1
    Naim SBL
    Naim nSAT
    Shahinian Compass
    Shahinian Obelisk Mk1
  14. unit

    unit pfm Member

    Image floor standers (can't remember model)
    Linn Sara
    Epos ES11
    B&W 601 S3
    Rega RS1
  15. merlin

    merlin Avatar changed - Town names deemed offensive.

    Heybrook HB1
    Monitor Audio 352
    Rogers LS7t
    Spendor SP3
    Celestion SL600
    Magnaplanar SMGa
    Wharfdale 705
    HH Pro 150
    BIg Gap
    Proac Studio 150
    Dynaudio Audience 40
    Dynaudio Crafft
    Various big Subs from Rel and MK
    Proac Response 3.8
    Dynaudio Confidence 5
    Martin Logan Ascent.
    Merlin VSM MM
    Proac Response 1sc
    Proac D100
    ATC SCM50 asl
    Proac D80
    JBL 4338
    Living Voice OBX
    Merlin TSM Mx
    JBL/TAD Horn Project
    ATC SCM50atsl Anniversary
    Proac D1
    Tannoy Kensington SE

    JBL K2 9800

    I will be buried in the last ones on the list. One of the very best loudspeakers I've ever heard anywhere.
  16. yuckyamson

    yuckyamson pfm Member

    okay, Merlin, you've owned everything. I know that now.

    Curious: ATC 50's vs. the k29800's. Can you give some in depth comparison? What did the ATC's do really well? Can you give some....I guess....meaty descriptions that might help imagine the differences.

    Also what was the JBL/TAD project?
  17. merlin

    merlin Avatar changed - Town names deemed offensive.

    Unfortunately my memory is somewhat fuzzy these days.

    The ATC's never really grabbed me. Clean and crisp without sounding authentic across the spectrum. They really needed to be cranked up IIRC.

    I replaced them with Focal Diablos which I actually preferred.

    The JBL TAD project was a wonderful learning experience and it did somethings remarkably well. It was lacking the last degree of coherence however despite some lengthy tuning of both active and passive crossovers. Extraordinary at times though. Just my inability to fine tune the components rather let it down. It could amaze people though.

    The JBL's are the best of all worlds to my ears and in my room. They sound "authentic" which to me means like music - not like a high resolution loudspeaker. The resolution is there of course - it has to be to sound authentic. It's just not pushed in your face like most audiophile solutions I've heard. And they are equally convincing at 50db as they are at 100db.
  18. yuckyamson

    yuckyamson pfm Member

    The effortlessness of the sound "wafting" at you. I can smell it now.

    I'd imagine the Kensingtons gave you a taste of it but not enough ultimately, with some other issues to boot.

    I've never heard either the K2's or the Everests. (Any version). I'm curious though. Perhaps one day I'll wander somewhere.
  19. merlin

    merlin Avatar changed - Town names deemed offensive.

    The K2's are certainly worth a listen if you get the chance. They recalibrated what I thought I could achieve - particularly as I can now get as much enjoyment at less than 60db.

    I've never heard another loudspeaker that sounds so authentic at such whisper quiet levels - so don't think they are all about power and glory.

    I'm sat listening to the White Album at 55db and it's probably the most informative and at the same time enjoyable experience I've had of it in forty years or so.

    The What HiFi review of the K2 9900 pretty much sums up what I'm trying to say.

    If you love music, then you simply "get" what the JBL's do.
  20. Ayya Khema

    Ayya Khema pfm Member

    since I dont have close to the money required to get JBL everest range, within all the speakers youve had that are affordable (say under 5k), which did you prefer the most?

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