Speakers That Changed My Life

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  • aiconnaiconn Registered User Posts: 272
    edited July 2019
    My first experience with "great" speakers were with Norman Laboratory Model 10s. I heard them in a shop in Little Rock, AR and fell in love. They were powered by Onkyo separates that paired with them beautifully. Funny thing is that I went to work for that same shop selling them 5 years later. It was a lot of fun demoing gear and listening to music all day,
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 9,297
    edited July 2019
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Snell Acoustics.
    I have a cool Snell subwoofer. This sub is well made, super heavy and very cool looking. I haven't listened to it for very long to get a handle on how it really sounds. Shame on me.
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    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 17,090
    We'd need a fork lift to pick your tukas up
  • lackboostlackboost Posts: 42
    I used to have some great speakers (M&K / M&K Pro, but was running everything off receivers back then, and not really getting the whole story. Recently (4 years ago?) started using Emotiva and Adcom amps, Marantz pre-pro, and bought some Polk Audio and Zaph speakers, and the dynamics of watching a movie or listening to music really changed for me. Fast forward to October of last year and I moved from a home to an apartment and decided to only bring the LSi9's with me so I packed everything up went to a 3 channel setup (LSi9's up front with CS350-LS center on top of TV).

    Eventually I added rear surrounds for a 5.0 system, and the LSi9's went from 300w on the XPA-3 to 500w on the XPA-2.The LSi9's dynamic capability have left me floored. Certainly not groundshaking bass for movies, but more than enough for apartment living. As for music, I am not left wanting at all, and I seriously think I may never buy a subwoofer again. Now some RTi A9's or LSiM707's might be nice though...or maybe just that Vr3 Fortress Plus upgrade I keep reading about!

    I do have my LS90's and Zaph SB12.3's in storage, and seriously considering bringing them back into the fold for a more intense sans sub setup, although my neighbors may not be happy about that!

    So maybe not life changing, but certainly changed the way I look at my own gear...sometimes less is better and the LSi9 is the epitome of this old expression!
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  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 8,916
    LSi-9s are nice speakers. Mine are with my GF and she won't let them go! Fantastic bang for the buck on the current used market.
  • indyhawgindyhawg Posts: 1,531
    aiconn wrote: »
    My first experience with "great" speakers were with Norman Laboratory Model 10s. I heard them in a shop in Little Rock, AR and fell in love. They were powered by Onkyo separates that paired with them beautifully. Funny thing is that I went to work for that same shop selling them 5 years later. It was a lot of fun demoing gear and listening to music all day,

    I think you might have demoed the Norman Lab Model 9"s at that shop a long time ago. I was blown away by them. I would not be able to own a pair until many years later. But they still sounded fantastic.

    Other speakers that have possibly changed my life over the years are the Klipschorn, AR9 LSIs, Magnepans, and Salks. I have been fortunate enough to own them all except for the Salks.
  • Sith_LordSith_Lord Posts: 17
    I saw Carl Sagan speak at a seminar

    Sagan was a fool....
  • xsmixsmi Posts: 1,534
    Polk Audio SDA SRS's. They started me on this crazy hobby when I was a senior in high school.
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  • gyosagyosa Posts: 435
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Polk SDA 1c’s ( my first love .. ) , Kimber Kable 4TC, Sony 42” - BEDROOM

    B&K EX-442 ( it will go in my casket when I die ... ) , PS Audio 4.6 preamp ( old school , but it still jams on ... ) , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - POOL

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Kimber Kable 4vs , Salk Supercharged Song towers ( difficult choice between these and my family if I had to choose ... 😩 ) , Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - DEN , MAIN RIG

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - PATIO

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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,863
    edited July 2019
    gyosa wrote: »

    Would they be the speakers that changed your wife? :p;)
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,798
    Shame Skip didn’t have her in the room at Axpona...
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 9,297
    edited July 2019
    It sure wouldn't hurt to have her with the next show. ;)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 32,479
    Tony M wrote: »
    It sure wouldn't hurt to have her with the next show. ;)

    You guys might be on to something for ol' Skip. Having some eye candy in the room would certainly build interest.....on what I'm not sure, but it would get those middle aged men into the room.
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  • DabutcherDabutcher Posts: 2,264
    Infinity Quantum 3’s
    I bought them at a yard sale for $25.00 in Rockford ,Illinois. In 1997. They needed new foam surrounds which I paid $100 to get done. Used them for ten years with a humble HK 730 dual power . The sound they reproduced was a real eye opener for me. I have been chasing that sound ever since.
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  • WillowWillow Posts: 10,222
    It was a Bose HTIB that changed me forever. For real! I knew I never wanted to hear that sound again and that pretty much anything I would buy after that would be great.
    I think for me it would have been my Toshiba mini system I bought myself when I was 11. My own system, in my own room to listen to what ever I wanted. It was amazing. I'd plug in some headphones just before bed and listened to music while reading my MAD magazines.
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  • aiconnaiconn Registered User Posts: 272
    DSkip wrote: »
    tonyb wrote: »
    Tony M wrote: »
    It sure wouldn't hurt to have her with the next show. ;)

    You guys might be on to something for ol' Skip. Having some eye candy in the room would certainly build interest.....on what I'm not sure, but it would get those middle aged men into the room.

    There was a perk to being the North Star distributor...

    There are actually some things in the works regarding this topic though.
    gyosa wrote: »

    That’s because you haven’t heard the speakers.

    Those speakers can't make the sounds she would make. B)
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 11,429
    aiconn wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    tonyb wrote: »
    Tony M wrote: »
    It sure wouldn't hurt to have her with the next show. ;)

    You guys might be on to something for ol' Skip. Having some eye candy in the room would certainly build interest.....on what I'm not sure, but it would get those middle aged men into the room.

    There was a perk to being the North Star distributor...

    There are actually some things in the works regarding this topic though.
    gyosa wrote: »

    That’s because you haven’t heard the speakers.

    Those speakers can't make the sounds she would make. B)

    But you still have to have the right gear
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  • gyosagyosa Posts: 435
    edited July 2019
    Huh ?
    WTF ?
    You’re either on crack or 90 years old !
    😊😊

    Less hassle - possibly
    Cost less - maybe
    More pleasure -doubtful .... we talking short term or long term ?
    😁

    Bk
    kharp1 wrote: »
    I'll take the speakers...in the long run they'll give me more pleasure with less hassle and cost me much less.

    Post edited by gyosa on
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Polk SDA 1c’s ( my first love .. ) , Kimber Kable 4TC, Sony 42” - BEDROOM

    B&K EX-442 ( it will go in my casket when I die ... ) , PS Audio 4.6 preamp ( old school , but it still jams on ... ) , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - POOL

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Kimber Kable 4vs , Salk Supercharged Song towers ( difficult choice between these and my family if I had to choose ... 😩 ) , Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - DEN , MAIN RIG

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - PATIO

    DAYENS AMPINO ( thanks Verb ! ) , KEiiD streamer ( this was only 60 bucks ?? ) , Polk atrium 8SDi’s - KID’s BEDROOM


  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,798
    Rent women. Lol.
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    HT - Panasonic BDP/Tivo Bolt - Marantz SR5013 - Def tech C and In ceiling - Sony XBR 75"
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 3,033
    Was the Polk speakers that steered me to the forum and forum members that steered me to other brands . Landing on 2 decent sets of towers 1.Montana sp3 and 2. Usher 6381. Both do a nice job in their application and would recommend either to anyone.

    Hope Polk Audio comes out with something that could compete with either.
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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,552
    DSkip wrote: »
    THEN, Rosso Fiorentino Fiesole

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    Total misrepresentation. I bet she can't even make a good marinara sauce. Could they not find an attractive Italian woman? :p
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  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 3,732
    edited July 2019
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    Other; S60'S, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage. All vintage Polk have had crossover rebuilds and tweeter upgrades.

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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,798
    Rosso Oko
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT - Parasound P6 - Parasound A21+ - Elac Adante AS-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u

    HT - Panasonic BDP/Tivo Bolt - Marantz SR5013 - Def tech C and In ceiling - Sony XBR 75"
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,863
    jdjohn wrote: »

    Total misrepresentation. I bet she can't even make a good marinara sauce. Could they not find an attractive Italian woman? :p

    Not without shaving her back first...
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” .

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,463
    jdjohn wrote: »

    Total misrepresentation. I bet she can't even make a good marinara sauce. Could they not find an attractive Italian woman? :p

    Not without shaving her back first...

    Don't let Tonyb read this!!! I'm seeing all kinds of Soprano type retribution in the near future.
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 17,090
    None that i owned but sitting down at the local stereo shop a pair of ohm walsh 5 (IIRC) were very nice.
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