The one that got away......(AUDIO)

Hello all and good evening to you. This thread is inspired by a new member here, jbreezy5. He currently has only 10 posts but in my When have you heard "The Magic"? thread, he replied about a speaker that....well, please allow me to just link the post so you can read for yourself....

So, thanks to jbreezy5 for the inspiration. We have probably all had an experience in life where you had a chance to get your "End Game" whatever, or that special dream speaker, amplifier, TT or even R2R but...

For whatever reason, you never did get it. My question to you is this. What was the one purchase that you had a hookup on or just that chance to get and for whatever reason, that acquisition never did materialize?

In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~


  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 2,155
    edited January 30
    I dated a Coppertone swimsuit model once. She was dumber than a bag of hammers though.

    Edit: Oh "audio" My bad.
    One foot on audio nirvana and the other in the poor house.
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 7,396
    I owned a pair of these when living in Germany unfortunately had to sell them back in 1994 when I moved back to the States, A few years ago I had a chance to buy another pair that were in immaculate condition, about an hour away and didnt jump on them fast enough they were sold by the time I decided to call the guy back, it's not often a pair of Acoustic Research AR9's in good condition come up for sale. I regret not buying them to this day.
    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)
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,789
    I had the pleasure of listening to a pair of ar9 at @ohskigod place at Polk fest. Very cool set of speakers that seemed to be way ahead of its time
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,676
    I have two... The Carver Silver 6 tube amps that I was bidding for on eBay, from the collection of Bob Carver himself. They were one of only five or six pairs ever made. I lost them by less than 10 dollars, but that opened the door for the creation of the amps I still have to this very day, my one of a kind Carver Statements.

    The other is a set of Carver Silver Seven tube amps. They were priced at about $5000.00 US coming out of Italy, sadly, we were unable to make the logistics work.
    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.

    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.

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,393
    I had a pair of Acoustic Research AR9Lsi's in the early 80's and would love to have them on the equipment I have now.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amplifier: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: PSB Imagine T2
  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,482
    My most recent one would be the VPI 16.5 record vac in the classifieds that just got sold.
  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 5,359
    For me, it would be the 3 pieces of gear I sold and regret selling.

    Cary Audio SLP-03
    Musical Fidelity A5CR
    Esoteric DV-50S

    All 3 of those pieces were instantly missed.
    But I was on a mission to downsize and consolidate.
    In the end, I ended up in a better place for me, but I still miss what those pieces brought to my system.

    To a lesser extent, the 2.3TLs that I refurbed/upgraded.
    I know I don't have the proper space for them so it makes their sale a bit easier to swallow but I would have liked to have seen what they were truly capable of.
    "Some people find it easier to be conceited rather than correct."

    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,394
    A couple come to mind.
    I had right of refusal on a pristine and fully functional pair of EPI 1000s -- and refused them.

    One beautiful Saturday mornin' years back, I was chattin' with a friend at the town dump and another dump diver swooped in and grabbed one of those original (first generation), silver Marantz-branded (Philips, IIRC) CDPs, in its original box and packaging before I could sidle over to it. That's what I get for bein' conversational ;)

  • Tony MTony M Posts: 9,023
    Not much got away from me... ;)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • agfrostagfrost Posts: 2,304
    Had an appointment to take a look at an Audible Illusions preamplifier several winters ago--slipped on my driveway and broke my leg, and never got over there.

    On the bright side, I bought the MF A5cr amp that Ryan's pining about a couple posts above. Thanks Ryan!
    SDA 2BTL * Musical Fidelity A5cr amp * Marantz DV-9500 * Modded Adcom GDA-600 DAC * Rythmik F8
    Micro Seiki DQ-50 * A hodgepodge of cabling * Belkin PF60
    Preamp rotation: Krell KSL (SCompRacer recapped) * Manley Shrimp * PS Audio 5.0
  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 1,459
    Do the NHT 2.9 speakers @geppy1 is selling count...? Because it sure feels like I’m missing out on a great opportunity:-)
    Too much stuff to keep track of.

    Currently enjoying: Legacy Focus 20/20, McCormack DNA 225, Bill D C1, Oppo 105
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 9,023
    edited February 3
    I haven't heard those NHTs, so I can't comment. ;)

    But the ones I have heard elsewhere and the ones I own are pretty special. B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • xsmixsmi Posts: 1,505
    Theil CS 3.6's.
    Belles 22A Pre, Emotiva XPA-2 Gen 2, Marantz SA8005, Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable, Pro-Ject Phono Box MM, Polk Audio SDA-SRS, AudioQuest Cable throughout. Pro-Ject RPM 5.1 (soon)
  • UpstatemaxUpstatemax Posts: 2,494
    I feel like I’m about to have a lot of these moments...

    I was all ready to make 2020 all about audio upgrades, instead my wife fell in love with a new house and we just went under contract today.

    So now My audio funds are officially gone!
    Living room:
    Samsung PN50B860 50" Plasma : XBOX One : Roku Ultra : Oppo UDP-203 : Pioneer Elite SC-87 : APC H15 : Focal 806V mains : Focal 806V Surrounds : SVS SB2000 : SVS SB12-NSD

    Sonus Faber Venere S : Rotel RB 1582 MKII : Oppo UDP-205 : Furman Elite 15 DM i : Pro-Ject Debut Carbon with Acryl-It Platter :
  • gmcmangmcman Posts: 1,560
    edited February 4
    The good part is.....the speakers went to someone here.

    The story is, was browsing CL and came across some "Polk speakers"

    The listing included:

    Yamaha MX-1000
    Yamaha CX-1000
    Yamaha CD-X- 1000

    A few other components, and a pair of stock SDA SRS 1.2TL

    All for $1000.

    Someone grabbed the speakers, I passed on the other gear as I had other plans in mind...but would have been a great score.

    Missed it all by 30 min.
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