+ Reply to Thread
Page 4 of 7 FirstFirst ... 23456 ... LastLast
Results 31 to 40 of 64

Thread: The best speakers I've ever heard.

  1. #31
    Join Date: Dec 2015

    Location: vancouver

    Posts: 642
    I'm danilo.

    Default DB realities...

    A bit different than assumed ones
    https://www.chem.purdue.edu/chemsafe...n/dblevels.htm

  2. #32
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Forest of Dean, Glos & Cambrian mountains, Wales

    Posts: 8,502
    I'm Jerry.

    Default

    I think everyone's dream speakers are different.
    We all have different expectations and want different things.
    Avantgarde Trios for Geoff, perhaps - Wilsons or Avalons for someone else.

    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
    Hmm, yeah, me too!
    Which is why the Munich Show does not appeal to me.

    Although -- if I hadn't heard way-out-of-reach MBL speakers at a succession of London Shows the wife would never had had a chance to say I should get some.
    Jerry

    Main systems:
    Spotify Premium streaming, DAC3 NOS TDA1543. Pure Sound L10 preamp, Pass X150 power amo. Speakers: MBL 116F. Cryo Silver i/c & Western Electric 16GA spkr cables. ProJect and Nordost Magus power cables

    Headphones: Fostex T50RP mk3, AKG 551, JBL Synchros S700, B&O H6, PSB M4U-1, B&O Form 2 & 2a and Sony XBA-H1 & SoundMagic E50 IEM headphones

    2nd system: Spotify Premium streaming / Pioneer DV-535, Audiolab MDAC, Black Cat power amp, Chario Syntar 100T speakers. Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT-150, SoundMagic E10 IEM headphones

    3rd system: Portable CD player, Kinter MA-180 T amp, Klegg Symphony 102 speakers

  3. #33
    Join Date: Dec 2008

    Location: Lincolnshire, Home by the Sea

    Posts: 3,351
    I'm Shaun.

    Default

    Yeah, I agree with Audio Al, I have not yet heard anything that I would consider to be the best in any form of hi-fi, speakers or otherwise which is why I constantly look forward to that possibility. I once owned a Kiseki Blue cartridge and that suited my ears perfectly so that is still the best cartridge I have ever heard but regarding all other components, no, not yet.
    Nottingham Analogue Interspace deck - Funk Firm Achromat - Origin Live Onyx tonearm - Denon DL103
    Marantz CD6005 into an Audiolab M-DAC latest Lake West firmware

    Prima Luna Prologue 3 preamplifier - Rothwell MC Headamp
    Prima Luna Dialogue Premium power amp EL34

    B&W CM8 S2 loudspeakers

    Van Den Hul Teatrack biwired loudspeaker cables
    Atlas Hyper MkII interconnects
    QED Reference Audio 40 on phono stages
    Grado SR125e headphones

  4. #34
    Join Date: Dec 2008

    Location: Lincolnshire, Home by the Sea

    Posts: 3,351
    I'm Shaun.

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    I've had the best part of 120db in my little 'den'. Mind you, that needed around 40 watts .

    Oh love the look of those and would love 'em more in zebrano veneer
    Nottingham Analogue Interspace deck - Funk Firm Achromat - Origin Live Onyx tonearm - Denon DL103
    Marantz CD6005 into an Audiolab M-DAC latest Lake West firmware

    Prima Luna Prologue 3 preamplifier - Rothwell MC Headamp
    Prima Luna Dialogue Premium power amp EL34

    B&W CM8 S2 loudspeakers

    Van Den Hul Teatrack biwired loudspeaker cables
    Atlas Hyper MkII interconnects
    QED Reference Audio 40 on phono stages
    Grado SR125e headphones

  5. #35
    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

    Posts: 25,493
    I'm Geoff.

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Haselsh1 View Post
    Oh love the look of those and would love 'em more in zebrano veneer
    You might just find a set in Japan or elswhere overseas Shaun, but they'd cost you dear.

    There's a homebuilt pair here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KkGnijb54A Dodgy oriental music, but look at the rest of this guy's kit!
    Last edited by walpurgis; 12-06-2017 at 09:03.
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

  6. #36
    Join Date: Apr 2016

    Location: souf east for work

    Posts: 346
    I'm paul.

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    It is everyone's own idea of what is great and perfect I guess. First time imprssive doesnt always mean you will like a few months in. Speakers especially suffer from this. I quite like my ow ones but am first to admit they have their faults. Its just that I can currently live with them.
    Nail head
    Sony STR 6055 Denon DP80 Stax UA-70 Shure Ultra 500 Zu omen

    Office system, DIY CSS fullrange speakers with aurum cantus G2 ribbons Najda dsp as dac Akai AM-U02 Jvc QL-A51 direct drive turntable
    SAE1000LT

    System components are subject to change without warning and at the discretion of the owner.

  7. #37
    Join Date: Mar 2014

    Location: KY - Scotland

    Posts: 1,935
    I'm Mike.

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by paulf-2007 View Post
    Nail head
    Och I didn't think Grant was that bad 😋 😁

  8. #38
    Join Date: Jul 2009

    Location: Hampshire, UK

    Posts: 1,863
    I'm Buriedunderaloadofturntables.

    Default

    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
    Whilst this seems a bit defeatist, I can kind of see where you're coming from.

    I remember hearing a pair of loudspeakers at the Munich High End Show in 2008 that left me utterly astounded. It was the best sound I had ever heard and I thought there's a good chance I will never hear anything this good again (9 years on, I still haven't). I actually flew home a bit depressed because of this thought, plus the fact that I could never afford or accommodate the speakers in question, anyway.

    However, I got over it and part of the fun since then has been to try and find something that could match them and maybe even that I could afford and also fit into my lounge. Last year I finally heard something that does get sonically quite close and which cost a quarter of those originals. Sadly, I can't afford them either!

    As to those original speakers, the company only made one pair as a "look what we can do when we really remove all limits" excercise. They said they'd still make some to order if anyone wants some but they are no longer part of their range. I also asked about those demo models and was told "Oh, they're kicking around the factory somewhere" - I could have cried!
    Adam.

  9. #39
    Join Date: Apr 2008

    Location: Warrington

    Posts: 2,296
    I'm Neil.

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by paulf-2007 View Post
    Nail head
    Long-term listening enjoyment is the most important measurement in HiFi.
    Mana Acoustics Racks >> Custom Silent Media Server >> Halide Bridge USB (with AQVOX USB power) >> Pedja Rogic's Audial Model S DAC + Pioneer PL-71 turntable / Vista Audio phono-1 mk II / Denon PCL-5 headshell / Reson Reca >> LFD DLS >> LFD PA2M (SE) >> Royd RR3s.

  10. #40
    Join Date: Jul 2009

    Location: Snowdonia

    Posts: 338
    I'm Nial.

    Default

    The best speakers I've ever heard were in the purpose built garage/listening room of an enthusiast in South Africa. They used Tannoy Autographs loaded with HPDs for the bass, three Sequerra style ribbons for mid, HF and EHF and transmission lines for mid bass. I remember source was a MF cd player and there was a Radford STA25 somewhere in the equation too. Everything but the Autos was the creation of local ribbon guru Mr Singh, who's house I also visited and who had dismembered Apogees scattered around. His opinion of Apogees wasn't too high - I think his own ribbons were much more amp friendly impedance-wise and much more efficient too, matching the Autos.

    The sound was just superb in every way - effortless headroom, clarity, scale and presence without any edginess whatever. And imaging was such that the dog barking on the Waters Amused to Death was unambiguously behind the listener, likewise the radio was some distance outside the speakers, both solid and palpable - something I've never been able to repeat with my own rig. Better than Apogees? Well, I have to say way better than ones I've heard - so maybe Mr Singh was right - this set up bettered anything I've heard at shows, and not just by a small margin.
    Nial.

    "Volume! Clarity! Bass! We must have bass!" He flailed his naked arms at the sky. "What's wrong with us? Are we goddam old ladies?"

    JVC/Victor QL-Y66F/mystery (Asak-like?) cartridge - lightly modded, Sony CDP-557 ESD, Technics ST-8077K, into Khozmo stepped attenuator passive pre , Luxkit z501, out to Tannoy Monitor Gold 12/Decca ribbons/DIY no compromise cabinets Workshop low WAF system , Onkyo T9090ii, Yamaha DVD S-2700 into Wyred 4 Sound Remedy into Musical Fidelity V90 Dac into Homebrew S & B TX102 (Silver) based Transformer Volume Control and Luxkit Z504 out to lightly modded Urei 829/811A Monitors, JBL 2225H/Mission based subs, (Slightly)better-WAF-factor-than-the-rest living room system and about as near as I'll get to the midi/mini stacking aesthetic Technics ST-7300, Luxman L5, Sony CDP-915E, Yamaha KX-390, JBL L40s

+ Reply to Thread
Page 4 of 7 FirstFirst ... 23456 ... LastLast



 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •