Top Three Speakers you have owned.

Joe08867Joe08867 Posts: 3,935
edited June 2014 in Speakers
So I saw a thread on AK and was wondering what you guys and gals have owned and loved. Just your Top 3....

For me it would be:

1. Apogee Diva's, why I got rid of these I will never know. Argh!!!

2. Polk SDA 2B's, still have these.

3. Klipschorns, didn't work in my current home at all. :(

What say you?

That's like working your way through Katie Perry in order to get to Rosie O'Donnell.
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  • evhudsonsevhudsons Posts: 1,172
    edited March 2012
    1. Polk Audio CRS+ SDA. I bought them new in 1988 and never looked back. I still have them

    2. recently acquired Magnepan SMG first run.

    3. also recently acquired but I absolutely love Monitor Audio Silver rx2

    Polk Audio SDA CRS+ (4.1TL by Trey, Larry's Rings)-
    SDA SRS2-Parasound HCA1500ax2/1000
    Yamaha xa1000-Celestion SL6S presence,- sl9 surround back
    NHTsuper1's surround
    Nad2700-sub, AdcomGFA-555 -Magnepan SMG
    Parasound 1500pre- Sofia "Baby" tube amp - Monitor Audio Silver RX2
    Marantz 2230/B&Kst140- outdoor B&W/Bose/Parasound/KefC75/c40/Polksub
    Technics 1200mk2
    Gamertag: IslandBerserker
    I am but a infinitesimally small point meeting the line of infinity in the SDA universe
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,501
    edited March 2012
    1. Harbeth 7ES-3 (current)
    2. Acoustic Research AR9Lsi
    3. Fritz Speakers Carbon 7
    Transport: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD | Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2L | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; Belden 1694A Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 30,392
    edited March 2012
    If your talking strictly speakers owned, not listened to, my list is

    1- Legacy Focus 20/20....current
    2- Polk SRT's
    3- Polk 1.2 TL's
    4-Polk 3000P's

    Ok, sorry, thats 4, my bad. Now speakers I want to own is a different story. Probably Montana Was, Sonus Faber Amanti, Legacy Whisper HD. My speaker choices come from having HT/2 channel in one system.
    HT SYSTEM-2 channel
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Dynaudio Audience 72
    Polk FX500 surrounds
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k Ref 4420 amp

    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable


    Sonos zp90
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • Timothy SmithTimothy Smith Posts: 769
    edited March 2012
    1. Dahlquist DQ-20's

    2. Dahlquist DQ-10's

    3. A/D/S L-1230's
    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
  • PycroftPycroft Posts: 1,957
    edited March 2012
    Sony SS-M9's (Still own)

    Sony SS-M7's (Sold to upgrade)

    Polk SDA 1C's

    2 Channel/HT:
    Sony SS-M9 P's (ES version)
    Sony SS-M1CN Center Channel
    Polk RT800 Surround Speakers
    Odyssey Stratos Dual Mono Amplifiers
    TAD 150 Signature Tube Preamp
    Harman Kardon HK354
    Sony SACD Player
  • Joe08867Joe08867 Posts: 3,935
    edited March 2012
    Some real cool ones so far. Keep them comin.

    That's like working your way through Katie Perry in order to get to Rosie O'Donnell.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,501
    edited March 2012
    My number "4" would be Infinity RSIIIb's.
    Transport: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD | Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2L | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; Belden 1694A Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • halo71halo71 Posts: 4,382
    edited March 2012
    ^ My number "1" is probably my RSIIIa's. Yeah....STILL an SDA virgin. lol
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,501
    edited March 2012
    I wish I could have heard the AR9Lsi and RSIIIb's on my current rig.
    Transport: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD | Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2L | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; Belden 1694A Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,953
    edited March 2012
    Tops for me are my Magnepan MG-20's followed closely by the 1.2TL's and 2.3TL's...
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

    edited March 2012
    1. ESS AMT 1B
    2. Polk Monitor 10's or 7's
    3. Boston Acoustic T1000's
    4. the rest
    2-ch System: Parasound P/LD 2000 pre, Parasound HCA-1000 amp, Parasound T/DQ Tuner, Phase Technology PC-100 Tower speakers, Technics SL-1600 Turntable, Denon 2910 SACD/CD player, Peachtree DAC iT and X1asynchorus USB converter, HSU VTF-3 subwoofer.

  • B RunB Run Posts: 1,896
    edited March 2012
    Mine aren't as cool as everyone elses but i've only been in the hobby about two years. I'm sure in a few more these won't even make the list :cheesygrin:

    1) Polk Rti 12's
    2) Klipsch Heresy II's
    3) Polk Rti 8's
    Living Room: Polk Lsim705’s, Lsim 704c, SVS SB12-NSD, Yamaha Rxa-2030, Denon DBT1713, Doug's Furutech SC's, Pepster PC's, Vizio 75" 4K M Series, Airport Express

    Bedroom: 70" Vizio, Pioneer Vsx530, Boston Acoustics CR7’s

    Theater Room: BenQ HT2050a, Stewart Firehawk 110", Pioneer Elite SC63, Lsim703’s, LSiM706c, Lsim 702f/x, SVS SB12-NSD, Xbox One
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 10,366
    edited March 2012
    Mine correspond to 3 different phases in life.

    Current: PSB Synchrony One towers
    Late 80s-early 90s: SDA-2
    Mid 70s: Pioneer CS-A700

    Two channel speakers are on my upgrade list for this year. Then the PSBs will move into the HT/surround sound system

    PSB Synchrony One center
    Bud - Silicon Valley

    Lumin S1 - X1 power supply
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-22 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR on source, Denali 2000 (2) on amps
    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • SolidSqualSolidSqual Posts: 5,217
    edited March 2012
    1. Hawthorne Audio Trio
    2. Emerald Physics CS2
    3. Acoustic Zen Adagio
  • PreCdPreCd Posts: 786
    edited March 2012
    Have only owned 2 sets!
    • EPI 100s
    • SDA2Bs
    Marantz CD5004
    Adcom GFA-545
    Bottlehead Quickie Tube Preamp
  • jawhogjawhog Posts: 430
    edited March 2012
    1. Polk RTA 11TL - no longer own but probably my favorite speaker I ever owned to this day, just a beast that hit low and extended naturally high. So realistic sounding for concerts. Big suckers though.
    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.
    3. PSB Image B6 - Okay, only had these a few weeks, but they do everything mostly right and mostly nothing wrong. The stereophile review saying they're the Honda Accord of speakers is right on. That might sound like faint praise, but in this case, it's a very good thing. More attractive in person than in photos, that's hard to do.

    I just looked at my cheat sheet spreadsheet (the one where I list every speaker I've ever owned with my own personal review so that I don't forget what I thought - come on, I know I'm not the only one that has one) and there are 23 pairs of bookshelf speakers and two sets of towers that didn't make the top 3 list.
  • jawhogjawhog Posts: 430
    edited March 2012
    There's probably a thread somewhere that says "How many speakers have you owned?" I'll bet that my 30 or so pales in comparison to most of the heavy hitters on here.
  • polkfarmboypolkfarmboy Posts: 5,724
    edited March 2012
    Martin Logan Vista
    Martin Logan Source
    Polk RTI8
  • DawgfishDawgfish Posts: 2,536
    edited March 2012
    My top three are:

    1. LSiM 703s (currently own), these things blow me away everytime I listen to them.
    2. SDA-1Cs with RDO-194 tweets, what can I say about these that hasn't already been said? An awesome all-around speaker.
    3. RTA-12Bs/Martin Logan Sequel IIs, both were great speakers that I miss very much.
  • HTguru1982HTguru1982 Posts: 1,066
    edited March 2012
    KEF iQ7
    Polk RTA12C
    Polk LSi7
    Display: Sony 42" LCD
    Sources: Harman Kardon DVD-27,
    Panasonic DMP-BDT110 blu ray player
    AVR: Sony STR-DA2400ES
    Amps: Sonance Sonamp 260(fronts),
    Kenwood KM-894(surrounds)
    Fronts: NHT 2.5
    Center: NHT VS-1.2A
    Surrounds: NHT Super One
    Subwoofer: SVS PB10-ISD
  • mantismantis Posts: 15,121
    edited March 2012
    1) Dynaudio Audience 82's
    2) Dynaudio Audience 42's
    3) Definitive Technology Mythos ST's
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
  • falconcry72falconcry72 Posts: 3,579
    edited March 2012
    1 & 2: Magnepan 3.6's, Usher Audio Dancer Mini 2's.

    3 & 4: Magnepan 1.7's, SDA-1C's.

    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo
    DAC: McIntosh D-100
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-26
    Power Amp: Pass Labs X-250.5
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's


    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz AV-8801
    Power Amp: Bryston 9B-ST
    Fronts: Sonus Faber Liuto Towers
    Center: Sonus Faber Liuto Smart Center
    Surrounds: Sonus Faber Liuto Bookshelves
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-Pluses
  • leroyjr1leroyjr1 Posts: 8,799
    edited March 2012
    Klipsch Palladium
    Polk LSIm
    Definitive Technology Mythos
  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 3,813
    edited March 2012
    1a: XO and db driver modded LSi 15
    1b: SDA 1C
    2: LSi15 db mod only
    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.-John Wooden
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,502
    edited March 2012
    Klipsch Epic CF 3 Series 1
    Acoustic Research AR 58
    SDA CRS+
    Home Theater
    Parasound Halo A 31 OnkyoTX-NR838 Sony XBR55X850B 55" 4K RtiA9 Fronts CsiA6 Center RtiA3 Rears FxiA6 Side Surrounds Dual Psw 111's Oppo 105D Signal Ultra Speaker Cables & IC's Signal Magic Power Cable Technics SL Q300 Panamax MR4300 Audioquest Chocolate HDMI Cables Audioquest Forest USB Cable

    2 Channel
    Adcom 555II Vincent SA-T1 Marantz SA 15S2 Denon DR-M11 Clearaudio Bluemotion SDA 2.3tl's (Z) edition MIT Terminator II Speaker Cables & IC's Adcom 545II Adcom Gtp-450 Marantz CD5004 Technics M245X SDA 2B's, SDA CRS+

    Stuff for the Head
    JD LABS C5 Headphone Amplifier, Sennheiser HD 598, Polk Audio Buckle, Polk Audio Hinge, Velodyne vPulse, Bose IE2, Sennheiser CX 200 Street II, Sennheiser MX 365

    Shower & Off the beaten path Rigs
    Polk Audio Boom Swimmer, Polk Audio Urchin B)
  • anonymouseanonymouse Posts: 2,479
    edited March 2012
    Polk LSi9's modded
    Polk SDA CRS+ modded and TL'ed
    Polk RTi6
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,250
    edited March 2012
    Polk SR5250 (Yeah, I realize this is a car component set, but they're damn good)
    Polk RT3000p
    Polk LSi7/LS90

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    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
  • BraddlesBraddles Posts: 228
    edited March 2012
    1. Lenehan ML1. The scale and accuracy of the music these produce belies their size.

    2. Monitor audio GS20. Very balanced and even handed across the range.

    3. Proac Response 2.5. Gave me goosebumps at times.
    2 Channel
    Amp - Jas Audio Bravo 3.2 set
    Power Cord - Tunami GPX
    CDP - Marantz cd6002 - Audio gd Ref 5 Dac
    Speakers - Tekton Lore,Polk Audio RTA11tl completely refreshed.
  • Polkitup2Polkitup2 Posts: 1,429
    edited March 2012
    1) Martin Logan Vantage ( current speakers)
    2) Tyler Acoustic Linbrook monitors
    3) NHT Classic 3
  • Geoff4rfcGeoff4rfc Posts: 1,578
    edited March 2012
    Hah, this is easy as I've only owned three different speakers :cheesygrin:

    1) Onkyo SKS-HT870 7.1

    2) Monitor 70 SII

    3) RTiA9
    Draggn' knee is exhilarating, 150mph wheel standers are pretty cool too

    SPEAKERS: RTiA9 x 4, CSiA6, FXiA6 x 4 AVR: Integra DTR-70.4 AMPS: Emotiva XPA-3, XPA-2 SUBS: Epik Empire x 2

    SOURCE: Oppo 103 CABLES: nuthin fancy, some bought, some homemade but all are double and triple shielded

    SPEAKERS: LSiM703 PRE Onkyo TX-NR 807 AMP XPA-2 SOURCE ERC-3 INTERCONNECTS Furez FZ162AA analog cable with R10BCS silver RCA's

    EXPERIENCE: next to nothing, but I sure enjoy audio and video MY OPINION OF THIS HOBBY: I may not be a smart man, but I know what quicksand is
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