I have to say I couldn't disagree more Cno. I like Matthew's posts and what he has to say is always worth reading, but this list for speakers alone goes beyond enthusiasm to my understanding. When you consider the rest - amps, sources and the rest, then it's beyond a hobby I think.
I embrace his dedication and battiness (and bravery)........and I'm in no position to judge.
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
In rough order, and not including AV speakers...
Jim Rogers JR149 (they were my dads - I used them for a bit)
Wharfedale Active Diamonds
Musical Fidelity Reference 2
KEF Reference 104/2
KEF Reference Model 4.2 & Model 1.2
KEF Reference 201/2
KEF Reference 207/2
Jim Rogers JR149
As with amps, there were some more, which I'll add if I remember...
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
Goodness! Another MT Kestrel owner! There's a surprise.
What classical music are you listening to?
The same thought had crossed my mind too. Seem to be a rare set of speakers. Goes nicely with my talk electronics storm amp ( not very many owners of these either)
PMC DB1i (current)
Fostex PM0.4n (current 2nd system)
Observe the signature in its natural habitat.
Vast intake of breath...
( * =still got) 'IMHO' Ratings out of 10
760i (twice)- 9. Replaced the Celestion County which my uncle gave me. My first proper, new speakers. Had a Rotel 930AX and Philips CD604. Epic!
761i*- 9, odd but brilliant
780*- 10, old style, not the aerogel ones. Pure class.
780SE- 8, not quite as good as the originals, IMO...
781- 7, too bright
771E- 8, awesome, but lacked bass
773E- 9, brilliant speakers.
751 Freedom- 5, big sound, but no treble. The original versions are the ones I should have gone for...
753*- 10, my all-time favourite speaker.
731*- 8, great, but ugly. A bit like me, really.
732- 9 superb speakers for dance and rock etc. Regret selling these...
Celestion Ditton 66 (biggest hifi cockup story of my life!) (Off the scale...)
Wharfedale Coleridge* - 9 Huge standmounts, graceful and detailed. Awful to wire up.
Wharfedale Delta 30.2- 7 Inherited from the local pub. Surprisingly good!
MA B2- 8 good but a bit uninvolving
MA BR5 - 9 shouldn't have sold these...
Dali Zensor 3 (current)* - 10 probably the best standmounts I have owned. Their sound reminds me of Mission 732s, but with less in-yer-face-ness.
Mordaunt-Short MS3.10 (twice)*- 7 I still dig these out occasionally. Light in the bass but a lovely speaker.
Acoustic Energy Aegis 3 - Awful. The score is included in the model name. Probably my most disappointing speakers.
Celestion County (my first ever speakers, 9/10 at the time!)
TDL RTL2 - 9, great fun. Not amazing detail, but oh that bass...!
RTL3SE* - 1 , Ignore what I wrote about the AE Aegis above- THESE are the most disappointing speakers I've owned. I've still got them cos I can't shift them.
modded RTL G20* - 9 Changed the tweeters for some decent Vifa models. Amazing. Like RTL2 on steroids with huge, tight gut thumping bass and incedible top end. Just need to mend a loose terminal...
Studio 0.5* - 10 These things are wonderful. However, they shake my house at any volume, so in the loft they stay.
Mordaunt-Short Aviano 2 - 6 Some of the best treble performance I've ever heard, just a shame about the bass.
Yamaha NS300* - 7 cheapo mini-system jobs, which really shocked me when I put them on the end of a Roksan Kandy power amp...
I believe that's all of them... I'll edit in any more I remember!
EDIT I had a pair of B&W 601s3 for about a fortnight, too... Didn't like them!
Arcam CD72, Marantz PM6004, Dali Zensor 3, via Chord Crimson and QED Revelation. Virgin HD Tivo, Sony BDP370, LG 42" FHD telly.
PC- EvilEdna2: Pimped, overclocked hi-spec i5 2500K, . Audio Alchemy DDEv1, Rotel RA935BX, Mission 761I on housebricks with QED Revelation, which cost more than the dac, amp and speakers put together...
I think they were only in business for a couple of years in the nineties.
I currently have mine running off a Yamaha AV amp, doing home cinema duties. TBH it doesn't really work, though I like the speakers' dynamics and imaging. Maybe I need a better AV amp.
Not that many in the last 20 years or so. In order from early 90s to date.
Sonus Faber Elector
Sonus Faber Electa Amator
Martin Logan CLS-IIIz, REL subwoofers pair, can't remember the name.
Red Rose M3 ribbon hybrid, still have these in storage.
Studiospares/Seiwin SN4s active speakers in current use.
Well, for somebody who keeps promoting the Active route, you do in fact have good taste in passive speakers!
Nice, quite rare those Kingstons, were they the 'Stone composite' cabinet ones?
Michell Gyrodec SE / RB300 / Ortofon MC10 Supreme | Sony DVP-S9000ES
Doge 8 | MiniDSP | Decware Zen / Behringer A500
DIY Active Horns / Keesonic Kolt
I forget what the material was now. It wasn't stone, but it was cold to the touch and looked stone like
Boston Acoustic A70
Neutron 5 (With amp pak)
Dynaudio Focus 110A
Currently: Mackie HR824 mk2 (A/V), Studiospares Seiwin SN-4A and Seiwin 5A
JVC DLA-X30•Grandview Cyber Series (92")•LG 50PX990•Oppo BDP-93•Humax Foxsat HDR•Humax HDR-Fox T2•Vu+ Solo²•Roku 3•Sonos Connect•Onkyo TX-NR818•Mackie HR824 MK2•BK Monoliith DF•Drobo 5N
Sonos Connect•Studiospares Seiwin 5A
RPi•Fostex PC-100USB•Studiospares Seiwin SN-4A
Quite a short list compared to others....
Q Acoustics 1050 floorstanders and centre
B&W CM8s +B&W CM Centre
B&W CM1s (still got as surrounds)
Boston Acoustic cubes for front heights
Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grands (Mrs C adores them, thank god!)
VA Maestro Grand
...but the guitar list is a bit longer.
Pioneer tv + LX85, Sony HW15 Proj, Cyrus DAC XP+/Mono X300/CDXTSE2/PSXRx2, Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grands and Maestro centre, B&W CM1 surrounds /PV1D (9.1), CA BD751, Virgin TiVo, Inspire Rega t/t, Benz Glider MC, EAR 834P phono amp; Slee Novo Headphone Amp.TQ Black.
This made me laugh, yours , mine one pair of Linn index on Ku stands.all the best Steve iow
Not many over 40 years:
Acoustic Research 4xa
Several nasty sounding boxes followed by my first proper HiFi speakers .
Mission 770 original
Mission 770 freedom
QLN Qubic 122 ( still own )
QLN Signature HD2 Splitfield with external crossover , also have a unique crossover that QLN only ever made one of in a wooden rather than metal box . ( still own )
PMC PB1i ( current )
Electrocompaniet EMC1UP Cd player , EC 4.7 pre , AW120 DMB power amp , PMC PB1i speakers . Isotek Titan / Nova , Nordost SPM speaker cable , Kimber KCAG balanced interconnects .
Linn LP12 Lingo , Ittok lv3 , Lyra Lydian , EAR834P .
"Everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler." Albert Einstein .
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