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post #16 of 65
One of the best I've heard:
-Wilson Watt Puppy
-JBL K2 S9800
post #17 of 65
Odyssey Lorelei are very well regarded. Owner Klaus Bunge is fantastic with customer service, and it is very challenging to come anywhere close to his price/performance ratio.
post #18 of 65
JM Lab Nova Utopia Be - loved 'em. I've been a JM Lab fan ever since and enjoy my Electra 906s. Trying to convert my home theater from Paradigm Studio Reference's over to Electras.

I actually went today to hear the new B&W 800 series with diamond tweeters - heard the new 802D, 803D and new 805S. They sounded great- better than the old B&W Nautilus line but still not my bag. The fit and finish of the new 802D is really nice - nice than the old 802. It's got leather in places which were fabric on the old one and looks more intimidating and cool.
post #19 of 65
My friend has these ancient Yamaha towers that are simply amazing, the best speakers I've ever heard. 10" woofers that can punch out sub-20 stuff like it's nothing. I've hit them with even bass test I can find and they always pass. He has some old but good condition Michael Jackson LP's that sound amazing through these towers. I've run my Dream Theater stuff through it and other classic rock and man they are one heck of a good time to listen to.
post #20 of 65
Either the Coincident Total Victory, the Avantgarde Duo, or the now discontinued Apogee Grande. Martin-Logan Prodigys and Wilson Watt/Puppy 5 were the best I heard prior to them, they pretty much sound broken next to the Coincident, Avantgarde or Apogee.
post #21 of 65
These are some of the ones that I remember really liking:


JM Lab Micro Utopia
JM Lab Grand Utopia
B&W 805
B&W 801
Thiel CS 2.2
Thiel CS 3.6
Thiel CS 7.2
Hales Transcendence 8
Hales Transcendence 5
Dunlavy SC-V
Dunlavy SC-IV
Magnepan MG 3.6
post #22 of 65
I own the best speakers I've listened to: Merlin VSM.

From what's posted here, it seems most head-fi'ers prefer warm speakers.
post #23 of 65
A pair of Chartwell Ls3/5a monitors - best vocal reproduction I've ever heard.

And these clunky looking, older JBLs. I don't know what the hell they were and I never got a straight answer from the owner. They looked like theater speakers of some sort and they had "curtains" that pulled across the drivers (including a pair of horns) to hide them. They were smooth and incredible.
post #24 of 65
post #25 of 65
My two best listening sessions were on completely opposite systems :

- Avalon Ascendant on Sphynx electronix. Source was a full DCS system. (12500€ the pair)



- Ocellia Celia Silver on LothX integrated with SE 300B. Source was CEC TL1X belt-driven transport and Audio Syntesis DAX discrete. (8000€ the pair)




The most deceiving speaker I ever heard were the top of the line Dynaudio Evidence Master.
post #26 of 65
My favorites that I've heard are the Aerial Acoustics LR5s driven by Theta electronics. They're a lot of fun. I heard the top-of-the-line Aerial Acoustics 20T, but for some reason it came across as bright and unlistenable (may have been the synergy with the Parasound monoblocks that were driving them or the ribbon tweeter was too new).
post #27 of 65
When it comes to brief auditions, so much depends on room dynamics, associated equipment, and the music selected. But without a doubt, the most mind blowing, jaw dropping, and utterly amazing speakers I've ever heard are the MBL 101E's at the expo held at the Hilton in NY last May.

Suggested retail of the speakers alone was $45k, and the all-MBL system total suggested retail was $130k (including the speakers). The guy was willing to sell it to me for $90k, but I figured, I'd wait until I saved another $89k! It was basically the system you see here.

These speakers have omni-directional drivers, so you can move anywhere in the room and it sounds just like you're at a live performance, only closer to the drummer and further away from the guitarist, or visa versa. I've never heard anything that comes close in terms of realism, but it was in a big room, so I kept telling myself that the system wouldn't sound so good at home!
post #28 of 65
I had the luck of hearing the Living Voice's OBX-R loudspeakers and they blew my socks off, i believe it was mated with a Chord source/dac. I heard it at the HE2004 in NYC and it was stunning. I tossed in a rock cd and just sat there dumbfounded by what i heard. Talk about imaging! If there was a curtain in front of where the speakers stood there would be no way for me to point to the direction of the sound that was coming out of them. Total immersion. I also felt they were on the warm side because even at loud volumes they came off as smooth but punchy and very enjoyable. Definitely the best two channel rig i heard at the show.

Here's a review:

http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/edward/edward.html
post #29 of 65
I've heard a few good ones over the years.
The first truly High end system I heard was down in Memphis back about '87 at dealer called Opus 1 (I think).

He carried ML & Krell gear. He wanted to show me the difference between analog & digital sound.
First he played an Accuphase CD player, which sounded really good, then he switched to a Linn LP 12 and blew my mind. I swear I could get up and walk around the performers, it was that clear, distinct and real.
The speakers....
Magnapan III A. I'm still a big fan of the Maggies, especially the 3.6, but I don't have enough room & amplifier for them.

Many years later I was checking out some speakers and the dealer briefly demoed the
Avantgarde Duos, another very special speaker, but way out of my price league.

At Hi-Fi 99 show in Chicago I got to hear a lot of speakers. Not very impressed with a lot of the big guns (Wilson, MBL, NHT, Avalon, etc).
However, the Merlin room was amazing. Standing room only, and people wouldn't leave dammit! Eventually I got a seat and was blown away at the sound coming out of these fairly small speakers. The bass was way more powerful than you would expect, and these speakers threw the best soundstage of any I have heard (well, other than the Maggies).

After owning the smaller TSM-MM's I dropped big bucks on the VSM-MM's.
They are being shipped to me this week
post #30 of 65
I've heard a few good ones over the years.
The first truly High end system I heard was down in Memphis back about '87 at dealer called Opus 1 (I think).

He carried ML & Krell gear. He wanted to show me the difference between analog & digital sound.
First he played an Accuphase CD player, which sounded really good, then he switched to a Linn LP 12 and blew my mind. I swear I could get up and walk around the performers, it was that clear, distinct and real.
The speakers....
Magnapan III A. I'm still a big fan of the Maggies, especially the 3.6, but I don't have enough room & amplifier for them.

Many years later I was checking out some speakers and the dealer briefly demoed the
Avantgarde Duos, another very special speaker, but way out of my price league.

At Hi-Fi 99 show in Chicago I got to hear a lot of speakers. Not very impressed with a lot of the big guns (Wilson, MBL, NHT, Avalon, etc).
However, the Merlin room was amazing. Standing room only, and people wouldn't leave dammit! Eventually I got a seat and was blown away at the sound coming out of these fairly small speakers. The bass was way more powerful than you would expect, and these speakers threw the best soundstage of any I have heard (well, other than the Maggies).

After owning the smaller TSM-MM's I decided to upgrade and dropped big bucks on the VSM-MM's.
They are being shipped to me this week
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