the record spot wrote: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 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. :twisted:
"We should no more let numbers define audio quality than we should let chemical analysis be the arbiter of fine wines." Nelson Pass
In rough order, and not including AV speakers...
Solavox somethingsJBL TLX3GiJim Rogers JR149 (they were my dads - I used them for a bit)Wharfedale Active DiamondsLinn IndexHeybrook HB100Musical Fidelity Reference 2Magnaplanar SMGbCelestion KingstonKEF Reference 104/2KEF Reference Model 4.2 & Model 1.2KEF Reference 201/2KEF Reference 207/2Jim Rogers JR149
As with amps, there were some more, which I'll add if I remember...
DavidF @FrankHarveyHiFi, Coventry - official participants in Record Store Day, Saturday 18th April 2015.
"Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light"
jonomd wrote:Musical Technology Kestrel. Given as a freebie but a fine match with my amp. May change to go back to bookshelves in near future. Good performers but room layout not ideal.
Goodness! Another MT Kestrel owner! There's a surprise.
When I die I don't want no part of heaven / I would not do heaven’s work well / I pray the devil comes and takes me to stand / In the fiery furnaces of hell
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)
Je suis plastic penguin.
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!
jonomd wrote: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)
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.
davedotco wrote:Not that many in the last 20 years or so. In order from early 90s to date.Epos ES14.Sonus Faber ElectorSonus Faber Electa AmatorMartin 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.
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!
David@FrankHarvey wrote:In rough order, and not including AV speakers... Solavox somethings JBL TLX3Gi Jim Rogers JR149 (they were my dads - I used them for a bit) Wharfedale Active Diamonds Linn Index Heybrook HB100 Musical Fidelity Reference 2 Magnaplanar SMGb Celestion Kingston 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...
Nice, quite rare those Kingstons, were they the 'Stone composite' cabinet ones?
Michell Gyrodec SE / RB300 / 2M Blue | Sony DVP-S9000ES | Bryston B60 | Rega R9
hoopsontoast wrote:Nice, quite rare those Kingstons, were they the 'Stone composite' cabinet ones?
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
Quite a short list compared to others....
Previous:Q Acoustics 1050 floorstanders and centreB&W CM8s +B&W CM Centre
Current:B&W CM1s (still got as surrounds)Boston Acoustic cubes for front heightsVienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grands (Mrs C adores them, thank god!)VA Maestro Grand
...but the guitar list is a bit longer.
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 710Mission 770 originalMission 770 freedomMission 751Mission 752Audiovector 3XQLN 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 0B1PMC PB1i ( current )
Electrocompaniet EMC 1 UP , Monarchy Audio DIP, Electrocompaniet ECD 1 dac , EC4.8 preamp , 2x AW180 monoblock power amps , PMC PB1i speakers . Thousands of Cd's .