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Moving onto speakers, point me into the right direction.

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Thread Starter 

So I've pretty much stopped at the moment of where I'm very comfortable with my setup (maybe add a bit more to my Stax collection). Now I've posted on other forums as well but since all of us come from a headphone background, I'm leaning towards a good recommendation on a set of electrostatic or horn speakers within $7k. I've heard the Nakamichi Dragons as they are pretty well regarded although they are extremely pleasing to look at they were on the thin side of the sound powered by a pair Audio Research monoblocks, for some reason I enjoyed the ML Summit and Clarity more. I have not had the chance to listen to any horn speakers but I do hear from time to time they are another level above electrostatic but I need to hear one for myself before passing that judgement as being true.

 

So either $7k for something finished, or maybe you can convince me that diy route with custom speaker towers would yield better results, I've done bit of diy with speakers in the past before, so cross over's, zobel's network, tweeter, woofers etc isn't exactly new to me.

 

Thanks

post #2 of 11
If you'd like to post your question in the Sound Science section, I'd be happy to help you out.
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If you're feeling horny, I'd suggest looking at a pair of Tannoy System 215 DMT's. They're no longer in production so you'll have to buy used.

 

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post #4 of 11
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If you'd like to post your question in the Sound Science section, I'd be happy to help you out.

 

The Sound Science forum isn't the correct place for speaker discussion.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks Steve for the Tannoy recommendation. I still prefer something off the shelf that I can buy straight away. Have not been able to find an exact pricing on used DMT's (found one guy who bought his for $4k). Any idea if the Mk II's are a bigger improvement over the DMT 1's?

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Thanks Steve for the Tannoy recommendation. I still prefer something off the shelf that I can buy straight away. Have not been able to find an exact pricing on used DMT's (found one guy who bought his for $4k). Any idea if the Mk II's are a bigger improvement over the DMT 1's?

I'm afraid I can't answer that as I've only had experience with the II series. However looking at the service manual, the differences appear to be rather minor.

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post #7 of 11
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How's the sound? These look fairly big and shipping would be massive pita (big expense).

 

Wish I had the expense for these (looks awesome):

 

post #8 of 11
For me, they were easily among the top two or three best speakers I've ever heard.

If you're considering DIY, you might also want to look into the "Econowave" design. It's a two way design based on a rectangular waveguide. The new SEOS waveguides look very promising. Just Google econowave and you'll find lots of info on them. You can get more information about the SEOS waveguides here:

http://www.diysoundgroup.com/plastic-seos-12.html

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post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks a lot.

post #10 of 11

No problem!

 

Another speaker that came to mind that I would recommend at least as highly if not a bit higher than the Tannoys is the Danley Sound Labs' SH-50. These are from their "Synergy Horn" series and maintain a point source through the whole frequency range. Found some here being offered at $2,875 each: http://www.soundbroker.com/SPEAKERS/?listingid=64901

 

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post #11 of 11
Since you mentioned horns, the JTR Noesis did very well at a recent speaker meet of AVS members: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1468211/ne-spring-speaker-shootout-results-thread-april-13-2013

Even though they are not electrostatics or horns, you might look into Philharmonics and Salk speakers:

http://www.salksound.com/
http://philharmonicaudio.com/
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