Top Three Speakers you have owned.

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  • markmarcmarkmarc Posts: 2,245
    edited March 2012
    My three favorites (resolution, imaging, musicality):
    1. Verity Audio Finns

    2. Magnepan 1.6 (Skiing Ninja x-overs)

    3. ACI Emerald XL's
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,383
    edited March 2012
    I could give you about six that I own and really like.
    Top three would probably be:

    * Altec 604E Duplex (with Mastering Labs crossovers)
    * Altec Santiago (I do, in all honesty, prefer these to my 846A Valencias - heretical though that may be)
    * Quad ESL-57

    There would be one Polk loudspeaker in my top six...
  • Joe08867Joe08867 Posts: 3,935
    edited April 2012
    Mhardy, you have owned some cool stuff. Altec 604e Duplex are awesome speakers. Never heard them with the Mastering labs Crossover but I am sure it was amazing.

    Some really good speakers in these lists, wish I had a chance to hear a few and truly wished I owned a lot of them.
    WOW!

    That's like working your way through Katie Perry in order to get to Rosie O'Donnell.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,383
    edited April 2012
    Thanks - I'd like to think they're kind of cool :-)

    The ML XOs (or Jeff Markwart's phase corrected Altec XOs, see http://home.earthlink.net/~jmarkwart/ ) apparently right the ostensible wrongs of Altec's XOs for those fine drivers - I can't really vouch for that... but I can tell you that my 604Es are not harsh, shouty, or aggressive at all (which are traits often ascribed to Altec Duplexes with Altec factory XOs).

    Everyone who is serious about this hobby should own a pair of Quad ESLs for reference if nothing else. Based on my own experience, I'd vote for either 57s or 63s, but I think any and all up to their current offerings would all be fine.

    If we could've named more than three, I'd have also added my dump find Allison Ones, dump find ads L-710s, and my $10 charity fleamarket DCM timewindows to the list :-P
    (EDIT: The Monitor 7As would be in the top six, though!)
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,254
    edited April 2012
    leroyjr1 wrote: »
    Klipsch Palladium
    Polk LSIm
    Definitive Technology Mythos

    what model Klipsch Palladium? they have a few models to like 30,000$ or so.
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  • leroyjr1leroyjr1 Posts: 8,799
    edited April 2012
    erniejade wrote: »
    what model Klipsch Palladium? they have a few models to like 30,000$ or so.

    I bought the P-17B's which I got for a great price thinking when funds came available I could move the bookshelves to surround sound duty and buy the floorstanders. I was using them for HT and they sounded great but just couldn't stomach spending soooo much on the P-37F's ($8k) after hearing the ST's.
  • polkfarmboypolkfarmboy Posts: 5,724
    edited April 2012
    leroyjr1 wrote: »
    I bought the P-17B's which I got for a great price thinking when funds came available I could move the bookshelves to surround sound duty and buy the floorstanders. I was using them for HT and they sounded great but just couldn't stomach spending soooo much on the P-37F's ($8k) after hearing the ST's.

    What a system that would have been
  • leroyjr1leroyjr1 Posts: 8,799
    edited April 2012
    What a system that would have been

    I'm happy with my LSIm's and at a fraction of the cost.
  • mole'mole' Posts: 3,160
    edited April 2012
    its a toss up for me in what order.....

    POLK SDA SRS 2.3 TL/LSi15/LSi25
    mole'
  • brianlebrianle Posts: 569
    edited April 2012
    1. Usher Mini Dancer 2 Diamond (current)
    2. Usher Tiny Dancer 718 Beryllium (sold)
    3. B&W 805 Nautilus (sold)
  • cnhcnh Posts: 13,310
    edited April 2012
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    I could give you about six that I own and really like.
    Top three would probably be:

    * Altec 604E Duplex (with Mastering Labs crossovers)
    * Altec Santiago (I do, in all honesty, prefer these to my 846A Valencias - heretical though that may be)
    * Quad ESL-57

    There would be one Polk loudspeaker in my top six...

    What would those sound like "without" tubes? Would that "change the order above". I'm curious because, aren't most Altecs "horn" speakers that might find their sound affected by less mellow SS amplification?

    cnh
    Currently orbiting Bowie's Blackstar.!

    Polk Lsi-7s, Def Tech 8" sub, HK 3490, HK HD 990 (CDP/DAC), AKG Q701s
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  • VR3VR3 Posts: 22,267
    edited April 2012
    OWNED? Hmmm

    Tyler Acoustics Super Tower (Modded)
    Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference II (Modded)
    Tyler Acoustics Taylo 7u (Unmodded)

    Honorable Mentions - Def Tech BP10B

    Least favorites -
    Tyler Acoustics Decade D2, D3
    Polk RTi70
    Def Tech BP6B
    Every center channel I have had the displeasure of purchasing
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,383
    edited April 2012
    cnh wrote: »
    What would those sound like "without" tubes? Would that "change the order above". I'm curious because, aren't most Altecs "horn" speakers that might find their sound affected by less mellow SS amplification?

    cnh
    I couldn't imagine listening to them "full time" with soiled state amplification.
    That said, I did once try - just for shoots and Googles - the 604s with the cheap-jack $20 Lepai "T amp" Parts Express is selling - and it was perfectly listenable. A little bit tizzy, but not at all bad.

    604E1.jpg

    The Monitor 7As I have did not sound very good at all with vacuum tube amplification the one time I tried 'em (a couple of different PP EL84 integrateds).
  • cnhcnh Posts: 13,310
    edited April 2012
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    I couldn't imagine listening to them "full time" with soiled state amplification.
    That said, I did once try - just for shoots and Googles - the 604s with the cheap-jack $20 Lepai "T amp" Parts Express is selling - and it was perfectly listenable. A little bit tizzy, but not at all bad.

    604E1.jpg

    The Monitor 7As I have did not sound very good at all with vacuum tube amplification the one time I tried 'em (a couple of different PP EL84 integrateds).

    A T-Amp? that is impressive! You seem to prefer the EL 84 based amps?

    Well I have two things to do yet with a couple of speakers that I like quite a bit (Polk 5As and KLH 17s)

    And that involves running them with tubes. I know the KLH respond well to tubes--even the 8 watt a side Tube amp Jstas built from a kit, but I'm not sure about the Monitors.

    I've liked some later EPIs ('80s) like the EPI T/E 360...one heck of a tower.
    I've also loved every ADS I've owned and/or heard!
    And SDA 2Bs are pretty good on "tubes" as well!

    cnh
    Currently orbiting Bowie's Blackstar.!

    Polk Lsi-7s, Def Tech 8" sub, HK 3490, HK HD 990 (CDP/DAC), AKG Q701s
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,383
    edited April 2012
    The classic ads (and Braun) speakers, despite being sealed boxes ("monkey coffins") are surprisingly sensitive and work well with fairly low powered vacuum tube amps. The L-710s I found at the dump are very good with PP EL84, and were quite listenable even with SE 2A3.


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    Another stunning little loudspeaker that I had here for a while was a pair of IMF Supercompact IIs (also dump finds). I ended up trading them to an AKer for a cache of Nikon camera equipment for my son (& myself). Great, smooth, detailed and nonfatiguing speakers in the "classic British monitor" idiom. Don't have a handy photo on-line of those...
  • brasilbrasil Posts: 267
    edited April 2012
    Besides subwoofers, I have only owned Polk's to date. Not many areas near my location to demo much else that competes within the same class.
  • maximillianmaximillian Posts: 2,057
    edited April 2012
    New to audio so I have only owned Polk's so far as well. Best speaker so far is the LSi9. This will be modded someday. LSi7's are on the way from Polk direct. Finally LSiFx's are pretty nice surrounds that easily bested my previous FXi3's.
  • xsmixsmi Posts: 1,299
    edited April 2012
    Mine are:

    1. Polk SDA-SRS 2 (Currently Own)

    2. Klipsch KG-4 (Currently Own HT)

    3. Polk Monitor 4 (Currently Own)
    2-channel
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  • CCNJCCNJ Posts: 384
    edited April 2012
    1) Totem Hawk
    2) Harbeth P3ESR
    3) Polk LSI9
    4) Advent Legacy
    Rig1 - Totem Hawks, Benchmark HDR, Parasound A21, Sonus, Samsung 52 LCD, Audioquest Type4
    Rig2 - LFD LE IV Integrated, Harbeth P3ESR, Rega Dac, MF V-Link, IMAC, Audioquest Type4
  • thsmiththsmith Posts: 6,091
    edited April 2012
    1 - PA SDA 1C - Still have and use
    2 - PA CSR + - My son uses but I own
    3 - PA RTA12
    4 - PA Monitor 12
    5 - PA RT35i - Still have and use

    Everything else I owned was junk
    Speakers: SDA-1C (most all the goodies)
    Preamp: Joule Electra LA-150 MKII SE
    Amp: Wright WPA 50-50 EAT KT88s
    Analog: Marantz TT-15S1 MBS Glider SL| Wright WPP100C Amperex BB 6er5 and 7316 & WPM-100 SUT
    Digital: Mac mini 2.3GHz dual-core i5 8g RAM 1.5 TB HDD Music Server Amarra (memory play) - USB - W4S DAC 2
    Cables: Mits S3 IC and Spk cables| PS Audio PCs
  • CCNJCCNJ Posts: 384
    edited April 2012
    Zero wrote: »
    CCNJ - You still rockin' the Totem's and the Harbeth's?

    Zero - Yes. The Totem Hawks are new. Only had them a couple of months. Nice little floor stander that throws a wide sound stageand really nice tight bass.

    The Harbeths are part of the office/computer setup. They are amazing little speakers that just disappear even at near field listening which is how I have them setup. They really shine when listening to vocals and acoustic music.

    Chris
    Rig1 - Totem Hawks, Benchmark HDR, Parasound A21, Sonus, Samsung 52 LCD, Audioquest Type4
    Rig2 - LFD LE IV Integrated, Harbeth P3ESR, Rega Dac, MF V-Link, IMAC, Audioquest Type4
  • David RDavid R Posts: 135
    edited April 2012
    1. Crown electrostatics. 4 10 inch woofers and 24 electrostatic panels. Hate martin logan.
    2. A7
    3. Rti8
    Panasonic 65" Plasma - Panasonic Blu-ray. Onkyo TX-NR809 RTi A7s fronts - MK CS150s surronds.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,022
    edited April 2012
    thsmith wrote: »
    1 - PA SDA 1C - Still have and use
    2 - PA CSR + - My son uses but I own
    3 - PA RTA12
    4 - PA Monitor 12
    5 - PA RT35i - Still have and use

    Everything else I owned was junk

    Thought those 35i's were for a family member lol? If you will have me, I'd still like to bring those RT3000p's over one time to hear them on some nice electronics. I'm waiting on the caps for the sub amps for them to be fully "restored". I think you'd really enjoy them if you like the 35's.
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    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • Joe08867Joe08867 Posts: 3,935
    edited April 2012
    David, You have the Crown Electro's ES-212's? Nice speakers. Solid bottom and wonderful highs.

    CCNJ, I have heard those Harbeth's many times and have wanted a set for many years. Someday I will get them.
    WOW!

    That's like working your way through Katie Perry in order to get to Rosie O'Donnell.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,400
    edited April 2012
    I would have to give honorable mentions to:

    Pinnacle Classic Gold Tower
    Acoustic Research AR58
    Transport: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD | Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2L | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Signal Cable XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; Belden 1694A Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • Timothy SmithTimothy Smith Posts: 769
    edited April 2012
    My honorable mentions are:

    1) Quad 11L Classic
    2) Magneplanar MMG
    3) EPI 150
    4) Snell J-III
    Norh ACA-2B tube pre, Sumo Andromeda SS amp. Magneplanar MMG speakers, M&K MX1250 Subwoofer, Pro-Ject RM1.3 Genie TT with Sumiko Pearl MM cart., Keces DAC, Cambridge Audio Azur 640c CD player
  • skipfskipf Posts: 704
    edited April 2012
    Carver ALS Platinum
    Carver AL-III
    Polk LsI9
    AR2ax
    Lots of Carver stuff and a pair of LSi9's
  • Lietuvis91Lietuvis91 Posts: 906
    edited April 2012
    jawhog wrote: »
    2. Paradigm Studio 20 V5 - An excellent mini monitor with no cons except the lack of affordable speakers to build out a full surround set.

    I knew someone was going to mention these! I'm looking for a used pair now... hard to find thought.

    My top 3 so far would be, in no particular order really.

    1) Paradigm Studio 20 V5
    2) LSi9
    3) System Audio Explorer
    Living Room 7.1 HT Rig:

    M70 | CS2 | M60 | Atrium5 - Surr. | SUB - Emotiva ULTRA12 + Tara Labs sub cable | Pioneer Elite VSX-52 | Parasound HCAs 1000A | Sony BDP-S790 | Belkin PureAV PF60 | MIT Exp2 Wires

    Bedroom 5.0 HT Rig (Music/Movies/Gaming) :

    LSi9 | LsiC | Lsi/fx | Marantz SR7002 | NAD T955 | Sony BDP-S360 | Belkin PureAV PF30 | AQ Blue Racer II ICs & AQ Type 4 wires | PS3
  • audiocr381veaudiocr381ve Posts: 2,567
    edited June 2014
    In order of awesomeness...

    1. PSB Synchrony One (Gosh I miss these)
    2. Totem Hawk - Current (Ridiculously fun)
    3. Have owned many other speakers but never fell in love with them enough to earn the 3rd spot
    || Polk SDA-CRS+ with all the goodies
    || Totem Hawk
    || Pass Labs Aleph 30
    || Rogue Perseus Magnum Tube Preamp
    || Dodd Reference Level Preamp
    || Chord Hugo
    || Wyred 4 Sound Remedy
    || Tidal
    || Squeezebox Touch
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,383
    edited June 2014
    Not sure what we-awoke this thread (nuclear testing in the "Ring of Fire" in the Pacific, perhaps?)... but looking back, I am kind of surprised that I didn't at least mention the Allison Ones that I have. They are very, very good loudspeakers - very typical of their era in some ways, but utterly unique in others.
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