This thread is fun but pointless. Nobody has heard even more than half of the speakers on the list and if they have, it was mostly in tiny hotel rooms at audio shows. A better question would be "what are the best speakers (price no object) that you ever heard?" I can understand how a speaker may have to be priced at $15,000 to recoup R&D costs and have nice build quality. But those $300,000 speakers are just ridiculous. If you really love music, with that amount of money you could see concerts for the rest of your life. I always thought it was interesting that the companies with hundreds of engineers, speaker DBT rooms, anechoric chambers, and every other advantage you could ask for usually release products with semi-reasonable prices. For example Klipsch, Quad, Paradigm, Magneplanar, B&W, even Wilson or MBL keep most of their prices in the low 5 figures. A lot of the stuff over $100,000 is made by much smaller companies with necessarily limited development resources, experience, and equipment. Kind of makes you think... A lot of audiophiles have this idea that the best equipment is made by one guy toiling away in his basement for 10 years and priced to match. While that may be true in some cases (Carver's insane hand-built transformers for his tube amps), in most cases there is no way these "companies" can make a higher quality product than a real manufacturer with hundreds of engineers.
Edited by tvrboy - 4/22/11 at 2:57am