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Thread: FS: Ruark Talisman II Speakers

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    Join Date: Apr 2014

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    I'm Geoff.

    Default FS: Ruark Talisman II Speakers

    A lovely example of these very well regarded speakers.

    Completely original with all the proper drivers in excellent condition.

    Finished in black oak, these are in very good cosmetic condition. The sharp bevelled edges on the cabinets mean these can attract damage and they often look pretty beaten up. This pair has a few small marks which have been touched in but nothing you'd notice other than quite close inspection.
    The grilles have a bit of minor wear on the corners but are solid with badges and all pegs present.

    Fully working as you would expect and for those who don't know what these relatively compact floor standers are capable of, check out the reviews around the web. You might see a couple suggesting they are a bit light on bass but that's nonsense (in my room at least) which I'm happy to demonstrate.

    They are mass loaded with sand (part filled) in the dedicated compartment. They also have a metal plate on the bottom which I assume is standard.
    As such they are extremely heavy and only suitable for collection in person from just outside Bicester in Oxfordshire. I'm obviously happy to demo these on my system.

    I'd like £210 ono please.







    Last edited by walpurgis; 06-04-2018 at 09:08. Reason: Price revision.

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    Join Date: Feb 2017

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    These are great speakers, I ran my oak ones for years then put them safely away in the loft in their boxes in case I ever want a second system.

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    Must agree Ruark do sound exception and are great value for money at this price

    I have a pair of Templer 11 from the Ruark stable also sand filled
    Music , fills the gaps between silence !

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    Among the last of the great Ruark speakers before the company stopped doing hifi speakers. Fabulous price.
    Regards Neil

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    Thank you for the positive comments. Still available.

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    I'm heading up to Stoke-on-Trent tomorrow and again on Friday, with Hinckley in between. I can stick them in the car if that helps anyone?

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    Stoke again tomorrow. Offers welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audio Al View Post
    Must agree Ruark do sound exception and are great value for money at this price

    I have a pair of Templer 11 from the Ruark stable also sand filled
    Talisman 2 are a good deal better than Templar 2, you could upgrade.

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    Reduced to £225

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    I'm curious, how would you compare these to REGA mk1 ELA's, that's
    of course if you've heard them!
    WAD kel84, Musical Fidelity A3.2 CDP, XS DAC 01, Rega Ela mk1/ homebrew single drivers

    Sugden a21, Garrard 401 Decca ffss pro & H4e, JPW AP2's

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