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Joe08867
03-29-2012, 10:55 AM
So I saw a thread on AK and was wondering what you guys and gals have owned and loved. Just your Top 3....

For me it would be:

1. Apogee Diva's, why I got rid of these I will never know. Argh!!!

2. Polk SDA 2B's, still have these.

3. Klipschorns, didn't work in my current home at all. :(

What say you?

evhudsons
03-29-2012, 11:17 AM
1. Polk Audio CRS+ SDA. I bought them new in 1988 and never looked back. I still have them

2. recently acquired Magnepan SMG first run.

3. also recently acquired but I absolutely love Monitor Audio Silver rx2

steveinaz
03-29-2012, 11:22 AM
1. Harbeth 7ES-3 (current)
2. Acoustic Research AR9Lsi
3. Fritz Speakers Carbon 7

tonyb
03-29-2012, 11:34 AM
If your talking strictly speakers owned, not listened to, my list is

1- Legacy Focus 20/20....current
2- Polk SRT's
3- Polk 1.2 TL's
4-Polk 3000P's

Ok, sorry, thats 4, my bad. Now speakers I want to own is a different story. Probably Montana Was, Sonus Faber Amanti, Legacy Whisper HD. My speaker choices come from having HT/2 channel in one system.

Timothy Smith
03-29-2012, 11:55 AM
1. Dahlquist DQ-20's

2. Dahlquist DQ-10's

3. A/D/S L-1230's

Pycroft
03-29-2012, 11:58 AM
Sony SS-M9's (Still own)

Sony SS-M7's (Sold to upgrade)

Polk SDA 1C's

James

Joe08867
03-29-2012, 12:08 PM
Some real cool ones so far. Keep them comin.

steveinaz
03-29-2012, 12:22 PM
My number "4" would be Infinity RSIIIb's.

halo71
03-29-2012, 01:03 PM
^ My number "1" is probably my RSIIIa's. Yeah....STILL an SDA virgin. lol

steveinaz
03-29-2012, 01:15 PM
I wish I could have heard the AR9Lsi and RSIIIb's on my current rig.

nooshinjohn
03-29-2012, 01:39 PM
Tops for me are my Magnepan MG-20's followed closely by the 1.2TL's and 2.3TL's...

TNHNDYMAN
03-29-2012, 02:01 PM
1. ESS AMT 1B
2. Polk Monitor 10's or 7's
3. Boston Acoustic T1000's
4. the rest

B Run
03-29-2012, 02:53 PM
Mine aren't as cool as everyone elses but i've only been in the hobby about two years. I'm sure in a few more these won't even make the list :cheesygrin:

1) Polk Rti 12's
2) Klipsch Heresy II's
3) Polk Rti 8's

BlueFox
03-29-2012, 03:25 PM
Mine correspond to 3 different phases in life.

Stereo:
Current: PSB Synchrony One towers
Late 80s-early 90s: SDA-2
Mid 70s: Pioneer CS-A700


Two channel speakers are on my upgrade list for this year. Then the PSBs will move into the HT/surround sound system

HT:
LSi15s
PSB Synchrony One center

SolidSqual
03-29-2012, 03:38 PM
1. Hawthorne Audio Trio
2. Emerald Physics CS2
3. Acoustic Zen Adagio

PreCd
03-29-2012, 03:49 PM
Have only owned 2 sets!


EPI 100s
SDA2Bs

jawhog
03-29-2012, 04:01 PM
1. Polk RTA 11TL - no longer own but probably my favorite speaker I ever owned to this day, just a beast that hit low and extended naturally high. So realistic sounding for concerts. Big suckers though.
2. Paradigm Studio 20 V5 - An excellent mini monitor with no cons except the lack of affordable speakers to build out a full surround set.
3. PSB Image B6 - Okay, only had these a few weeks, but they do everything mostly right and mostly nothing wrong. The stereophile review saying they're the Honda Accord of speakers is right on. That might sound like faint praise, but in this case, it's a very good thing. More attractive in person than in photos, that's hard to do.

I just looked at my cheat sheet spreadsheet (the one where I list every speaker I've ever owned with my own personal review so that I don't forget what I thought - come on, I know I'm not the only one that has one) and there are 23 pairs of bookshelf speakers and two sets of towers that didn't make the top 3 list.

jawhog
03-29-2012, 04:13 PM
There's probably a thread somewhere that says "How many speakers have you owned?" I'll bet that my 30 or so pales in comparison to most of the heavy hitters on here.

polkfarmboy
03-29-2012, 04:18 PM
Martin Logan Vista
Martin Logan Source
Polk RTI8

Dawgfish
03-29-2012, 05:43 PM
My top three are:

1. LSiM 703s (currently own), these things blow me away everytime I listen to them.
2. SDA-1Cs with RDO-194 tweets, what can I say about these that hasn't already been said? An awesome all-around speaker.
3. RTA-12Bs/Martin Logan Sequel IIs, both were great speakers that I miss very much.

HTguru1982
03-29-2012, 08:25 PM
KEF iQ7
Polk RTA12C
Polk LSi7

mantis
03-29-2012, 08:44 PM
1) Dynaudio Audience 82's
2) Dynaudio Audience 42's
3) Definitive Technology Mythos ST's

falconcry72
03-29-2012, 08:52 PM
1 & 2: Magnepan 3.6's, Usher Audio Dancer Mini 2's.

3 & 4: Magnepan 1.7's, SDA-1C's.

leroyjr1
03-29-2012, 09:29 PM
Klipsch Palladium
Polk LSIm
Definitive Technology Mythos

PSOVLSK
03-29-2012, 10:01 PM
1a: XO and db driver modded LSi 15
1b: SDA 1C
2: LSi15 db mod only

gudnoyez
03-29-2012, 10:08 PM
Klipsch Epic CF 3 Series 1
Acoustic Research AR 58
SDA CRS+

anonymouse
03-29-2012, 10:29 PM
Polk LSi9's modded
Polk SDA CRS+ modded and TL'ed
Polk RTi6

DSkip
03-29-2012, 10:53 PM
Polk SR5250 (Yeah, I realize this is a car component set, but they're damn good)
Polk RT3000p
Polk LSi7/LS90

Braddles
03-30-2012, 08:39 AM
1. Lenehan ML1. The scale and accuracy of the music these produce belies their size.

2. Monitor audio GS20. Very balanced and even handed across the range.

3. Proac Response 2.5. Gave me goosebumps at times.

Polkitup2
03-31-2012, 05:58 PM
1) Martin Logan Vantage ( current speakers)
2) Tyler Acoustic Linbrook monitors
3) NHT Classic 3

Geoff4rfc
03-31-2012, 06:21 PM
Hah, this is easy as I've only owned three different speakers :cheesygrin:

1) Onkyo SKS-HT870 7.1

2) Monitor 70 SII

3) RTiA9

markmarc
03-31-2012, 07:19 PM
My three favorites (resolution, imaging, musicality):
1. Verity Audio Finns

2. Magnepan 1.6 (Skiing Ninja x-overs)

3. ACI Emerald XL's

mhardy6647
03-31-2012, 10:06 PM
I could give you about six that I own and really like.
Top three would probably be:

* Altec 604E Duplex (with Mastering Labs crossovers)
* Altec Santiago (I do, in all honesty, prefer these to my 846A Valencias - heretical though that may be)
* Quad ESL-57

There would be one Polk loudspeaker in my top six...

Joe08867
04-02-2012, 11:05 AM
Mhardy, you have owned some cool stuff. Altec 604e Duplex are awesome speakers. Never heard them with the Mastering labs Crossover but I am sure it was amazing.

Some really good speakers in these lists, wish I had a chance to hear a few and truly wished I owned a lot of them.

mhardy6647
04-02-2012, 12:24 PM
Thanks - I'd like to think they're kind of cool :-)

The ML XOs (or Jeff Markwart's phase corrected Altec XOs, see http://home.earthlink.net/~jmarkwart/ ) apparently right the ostensible wrongs of Altec's XOs for those fine drivers - I can't really vouch for that... but I can tell you that my 604Es are not harsh, shouty, or aggressive at all (which are traits often ascribed to Altec Duplexes with Altec factory XOs).

Everyone who is serious about this hobby should own a pair of Quad ESLs for reference if nothing else. Based on my own experience, I'd vote for either 57s or 63s, but I think any and all up to their current offerings would all be fine.

If we could've named more than three, I'd have also added my dump find Allison Ones, dump find ads L-710s, and my $10 charity fleamarket DCM timewindows to the list :-P
(EDIT: The Monitor 7As would be in the top six, though!)

erniejade
04-02-2012, 12:30 PM
Klipsch Palladium
Polk LSIm
Definitive Technology Mythos

what model Klipsch Palladium? they have a few models to like 30,000$ or so.

leroyjr1
04-02-2012, 12:43 PM
what model Klipsch Palladium? they have a few models to like 30,000$ or so.

I bought the P-17B's which I got for a great price thinking when funds came available I could move the bookshelves to surround sound duty and buy the floorstanders. I was using them for HT and they sounded great but just couldn't stomach spending soooo much on the P-37F's ($8k) after hearing the ST's.

polkfarmboy
04-02-2012, 01:05 PM
I bought the P-17B's which I got for a great price thinking when funds came available I could move the bookshelves to surround sound duty and buy the floorstanders. I was using them for HT and they sounded great but just couldn't stomach spending soooo much on the P-37F's ($8k) after hearing the ST's.

What a system that would have been

leroyjr1
04-02-2012, 02:13 PM
What a system that would have been

I'm happy with my LSIm's and at a fraction of the cost.

mole'
04-02-2012, 02:25 PM
its a toss up for me in what order.....

POLK SDA SRS 2.3 TL/LSi15/LSi25

brianle
04-02-2012, 08:00 PM
1. Usher Mini Dancer 2 Diamond (current)
2. Usher Tiny Dancer 718 Beryllium (sold)
3. B&W 805 Nautilus (sold)

cnh
04-02-2012, 08:13 PM
I could give you about six that I own and really like.
Top three would probably be:

* Altec 604E Duplex (with Mastering Labs crossovers)
* Altec Santiago (I do, in all honesty, prefer these to my 846A Valencias - heretical though that may be)
* Quad ESL-57

There would be one Polk loudspeaker in my top six...

What would those sound like "without" tubes? Would that "change the order above". I'm curious because, aren't most Altecs "horn" speakers that might find their sound affected by less mellow SS amplification?

cnh

VR3
04-02-2012, 08:16 PM
OWNED? Hmmm

Tyler Acoustics Super Tower (Modded)
Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference II (Modded)
Tyler Acoustics Taylo 7u (Unmodded)

Honorable Mentions - Def Tech BP10B

Least favorites -
Tyler Acoustics Decade D2, D3
Polk RTi70
Def Tech BP6B
Every center channel I have had the displeasure of purchasing

mhardy6647
04-02-2012, 08:27 PM
What would those sound like "without" tubes? Would that "change the order above". I'm curious because, aren't most Altecs "horn" speakers that might find their sound affected by less mellow SS amplification?

cnh
I couldn't imagine listening to them "full time" with soiled state amplification.
That said, I did once try - just for shoots and Googles - the 604s with the cheap-jack $20 Lepai "T amp" Parts Express is selling - and it was perfectly listenable. A little bit tizzy, but not at all bad.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/mhardy6647/604E1.jpg

The Monitor 7As I have did not sound very good at all with vacuum tube amplification the one time I tried 'em (a couple of different PP EL84 integrateds).

Lasareath
04-02-2012, 08:41 PM
I've only really ever owned Polks. Well at 15 I built my own speakers with parts I bought from Radio Shack.

1) Polk Audio SRS 1.2TL's (my current speakers)

2) SDA CRS+'s Blade/Blade 1987 (I sold these, bought them new in 1987)

3) SDA SRS 2's

4) SDA 1C's

I'd like to own one day a pair of 2.3TL's & the Original SDA SRS's

cnh
04-02-2012, 08:44 PM
I couldn't imagine listening to them "full time" with soiled state amplification.
That said, I did once try - just for shoots and Googles - the 604s with the cheap-jack $20 Lepai "T amp" Parts Express is selling - and it was perfectly listenable. A little bit tizzy, but not at all bad.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/mhardy6647/604E1.jpg

The Monitor 7As I have did not sound very good at all with vacuum tube amplification the one time I tried 'em (a couple of different PP EL84 integrateds).

A T-Amp? that is impressive! You seem to prefer the EL 84 based amps?

Well I have two things to do yet with a couple of speakers that I like quite a bit (Polk 5As and KLH 17s)

And that involves running them with tubes. I know the KLH respond well to tubes--even the 8 watt a side Tube amp Jstas built from a kit, but I'm not sure about the Monitors.

I've liked some later EPIs ('80s) like the EPI T/E 360...one heck of a tower.
I've also loved every ADS I've owned and/or heard!
And SDA 2Bs are pretty good on "tubes" as well!

cnh

mhardy6647
04-02-2012, 08:50 PM
The classic ads (and Braun) speakers, despite being sealed boxes ("monkey coffins") are surprisingly sensitive and work well with fairly low powered vacuum tube amps. The L-710s I found at the dump are very good with PP EL84, and were quite listenable even with SE 2A3.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/mhardy6647/P1020545.jpg

Another stunning little loudspeaker that I had here for a while was a pair of IMF Supercompact IIs (also dump finds). I ended up trading them to an AKer for a cache of Nikon camera equipment for my son (& myself). Great, smooth, detailed and nonfatiguing speakers in the "classic British monitor" idiom. Don't have a handy photo on-line of those...

brasil
04-03-2012, 01:25 AM
Besides subwoofers, I have only owned Polk's to date. Not many areas near my location to demo much else that competes within the same class.

maximillian
04-03-2012, 08:41 AM
New to audio so I have only owned Polk's so far as well. Best speaker so far is the LSi9. This will be modded someday. LSi7's are on the way from Polk direct. Finally LSiFx's are pretty nice surrounds that easily bested my previous FXi3's.

xsmi
04-04-2012, 09:43 AM
Mine are:

1. Polk SDA-SRS 2 (Currently Own)

2. Klipsch KG-4 (Currently Own HT)

3. Polk Monitor 4 (Currently Own)

CCNJ
04-04-2012, 12:57 PM
1) Totem Hawk
2) Harbeth P3ESR
3) Polk LSI9
4) Advent Legacy

thsmith
04-04-2012, 01:00 PM
1 - PA SDA 1C - Still have and use
2 - PA CSR + - My son uses but I own
3 - PA RTA12
4 - PA Monitor 12
5 - PA RT35i - Still have and use

Everything else I owned was junk

Zero
04-04-2012, 07:24 PM
CCNJ - You still rockin' the Totem's and the Harbeth's?

CCNJ
04-04-2012, 07:43 PM
CCNJ - You still rockin' the Totem's and the Harbeth's?

Zero - Yes. The Totem Hawks are new. Only had them a couple of months. Nice little floor stander that throws a wide sound stageand really nice tight bass.

The Harbeths are part of the office/computer setup. They are amazing little speakers that just disappear even at near field listening which is how I have them setup. They really shine when listening to vocals and acoustic music.

Chris

Zero
04-04-2012, 08:13 PM
Chris - Awesome. I used to run a set of Hawk's years ago. To be honest, I miss the lil' speakers. Treat the Hawk's right, and they will reward you with the kind of aural awesomeness that can usually only be had from monkey coffins that cost in excess of 10 grand. Real good stuff.

Oh yeah .. I also run a set of P3ESR's on my desktop. :) I feel like the voicing of these speakers is nearly perfect for near-field/casual listening applications. I've been running my set (which are wrapped en' beautiful Santos Rosewood) for over a year now. Lovin' it.. :)

David R
04-04-2012, 08:38 PM
1. Crown electrostatics. 4 10 inch woofers and 24 electrostatic panels. Hate martin logan.
2. A7
3. Rti8

DSkip
04-04-2012, 08:45 PM
1 - PA SDA 1C - Still have and use
2 - PA CSR + - My son uses but I own
3 - PA RTA12
4 - PA Monitor 12
5 - PA RT35i - Still have and use

Everything else I owned was junk

Thought those 35i's were for a family member lol? If you will have me, I'd still like to bring those RT3000p's over one time to hear them on some nice electronics. I'm waiting on the caps for the sub amps for them to be fully "restored". I think you'd really enjoy them if you like the 35's.

Joe08867
04-05-2012, 09:27 AM
David, You have the Crown Electro's ES-212's? Nice speakers. Solid bottom and wonderful highs.

CCNJ, I have heard those Harbeth's many times and have wanted a set for many years. Someday I will get them.

steveinaz
04-05-2012, 10:18 AM
I would have to give honorable mentions to:

Pinnacle Classic Gold Tower
Acoustic Research AR58

Timothy Smith
04-05-2012, 10:43 AM
My honorable mentions are:

1) Quad 11L Classic
2) Magneplanar MMG
3) EPI 150
4) Snell J-III

skipf
04-05-2012, 11:02 AM
Carver ALS Platinum
Carver AL-III
Polk LsI9
AR2ax

Lietuvis91
04-05-2012, 11:20 AM
2. Paradigm Studio 20 V5 - An excellent mini monitor with no cons except the lack of affordable speakers to build out a full surround set.


I knew someone was going to mention these! I'm looking for a used pair now... hard to find thought.

My top 3 so far would be, in no particular order really.

1) Paradigm Studio 20 V5
2) LSi9
3) System Audio Explorer