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    Join Date: Jul 2013

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    I'm Clive.

    Default The best speakers I've ever heard.

    Yesterday I visited a friend who like me has a full Cyrus Signature system. He has just come into possession of a pair of Vienna Acoustics "The Kiss" speakers. Put simply, these are the best speakers I've heard in my life. Some piano music (Dave Brubeck) was played and I closed my eyes and could honestly believe that there was a piano in the room, it was simply breathtaking. Then some female vocal (Eva Cassidy), she could also have been in the room.
    After a couple of hours I was feeling a little sad as I knew that a) I could never afford a pair of these magnificent speakers and b) I could never put a pair in my room as SWIMBO would throw a dippy fit. On their stands they are huge and wot with the 14,000 they cost, I'm sure divorce would be on the cards. My friend was exceptionally lucky to be offered these secondhand for less than I had paid for my Spendor's. As you can understand, he decided that to refuse would have been very rude.
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    These look nice Clive . I've heard a few speakers over the years which I would like to have but couldn't afford . If it helps any , I can't afford these either

    Doesn't make it any easier to get them out of my head either
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    Interesting design. Can see how they could be pretty good. Stereophile review here https://www.stereophile.com/floorlou...ker/index.html
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    I don't try see the point of listening to something I'll never be able to afford or buy, it would just annoy me, forever, lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyb View Post
    I don't try see the point of listening to something I'll never be able to afford or buy, it would just annoy me, forever, lol
    Funny point of view Mike. I enjoy listening to all gear, regardless of cost. The Avant Garde Trios spring to mind, love hearing those, but there's no way I could buy them.

    There again. I've heard mega dear Avalons and Wilsons and been pretty underwhelmed each time.
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    Nice post Clive. At 14K retail I'd expect something very very special 'cause that's a lot of pound coins in anyone's language whether they can afford them or not.

    Looks like he got a a right result going by what you said he got them for - lucky boy!

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    yes I heard the kiss speakers , glad you were impressed . are you going to put a review on the cu forum ?
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    I heard some electrostatics driven by a mega expensive system at a local salon some 28 years ago, and I've been chasing that sound ever since. I'm still not there, but getting closer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hifinutt View Post
    yes I heard the kiss speakers , glad you were impressed . are you going to put a review on the cu forum ?
    No, I'll leave that to Steve as they are his speakers
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    AMPLIFIER: Cyrus DAC XP Signature+PSX-R2, 2 x Cyrus Mono X300 Signature
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    Clive, they may well be the best speakers you've heard but the law of physics tells me they may not be as good as they look and maybe their looks seduced you more. 14000 is a lot of money for a pair of stand mounts albeit with unique life style looks. It's all about what people will pay at the end of the day.
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