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    Default Most Expensive Speakers

    what are the most expensive speakers made today...just wondering what the big dogs are listening to...i heard some speakers cost as much as a modest home
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    Wilson Audio Alexandria X-2

    http://www.wilsonaudio.com/products/alex/index.html

    $135,000 a/pr

    but I'm sure you can get your dealer to come down a hundred or so dollars (or at least throw in some speaker wire):D
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    Magico Ultimates - I've seen $229,000 quoted, but there's no telling.

    http://www.magico.net/

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    do these speakers actually justify that kind of dough????? what justifies that kind of money
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnie
    what justifies that kind of money
    The listener.
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    Simple question. If you had a cool million bucks, what would you do with it?
    Wonder WTF happened to the rest of my money.
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    NO, money.... :D people who buy them have more money then audio sense.. LOL
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    We all know it's relative. I'm sure everyone of us has a friend that is absolutely incredulous that we spent (that much) on (this).

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    Can I tell the difference between my speakers and something on par with the LSi's? Yes.

    Can I tell a $10,000 set from a $1,000 set? Yes, that's why I hope to own beemers, or the like, some day.

    $10,000 vs. $100,000+? I don't know, but I doubt the perceived difference could justify the price tag. Bragging rights? Sure, that's a different story, for those just rolling in money.
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    Even if I was a billionaire I am not sure I could justify spending that $$ on speakers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wingnut4772
    Even if I was a billionaire I am not sure I could justify spending that $$ on speakers.
    i'm with you on that
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    Quote Originally Posted by wingnut4772
    Even if I was a billionaire I am not sure I could justify spending that $$ on speakers.

    You could if you had chrematophobia:D

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    I used to think it was Rockport Audio, then it was Wilson Audio, but thats pittance compared to Wisdom Audio's Infinite Wisdom Grande. Rockport was around $99,000 if I remember correctly and the X2s were $135,000. These behemoths are $600,000 a pair!

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    Are they worth it? Depends... There's nothing _really_ special about the materials in a lot of high end speakers. The Magico mini's and the wilsons both use a $400/ea ring radiator tweeter... I can't tell you how many high-end designs i've seen using scanspeak revelator woofers- ~$200/ea. If you machine aluminum, or are a woodworker, then you can put together some of these designs on the cheap. The real cost is in the R&D and marketing. They spend a lot of money testing crossovers, building cabinets, testing response, making these badass designs, then have to convince people to buy them.

    So- if you can get ahold of a pair & reverse engineer them, then you'll come out at a fraction of their asking price... but could you start from scratch and design as good a speaker? Probably not.

    The Ultimates, incidentally, probably are the exception- those compression drivers run something like $20,000 each. The cheapest drivers in those are the 15" sub at $700.
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    I was lucky enough to hear some Magico's in a personal setting.
    The guy has tons of money and spent it on high end gear and also
    high end acoustic treatments for his room.
    I've never heard anything so absoluetly life-like anywhere. Would be
    nice to own his setup if money was no object.

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    Well I suppose it's all relative the more I think about it . I think it's obscene to spend that kind of dough on speakers when that money could go to help someone but some people probably would think that about the money I have spent on my set up...so spend away!:D
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    How about Kharma Enigmas?

    http://www.kharma.com/_images/products/enigma/e-500.jpg

    Over $1,000,000.

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    F-that..
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    Hey, at least they show their specs, unlike another overpriced company I know about.

    what the hell do you use to power that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuSh
    How about Kharma Enigmas?

    http://www.kharma.com/_images/products/enigma/e-500.jpg

    Over $1,000,000.
    Why not just rent the actual band for the evening?:p

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    Wisdom Infinity Grandes . . . $1,000,000 buy in, but that you get some amplification with that.

    http://www.wisdomaudio.com/pdfs/Million_Layout.pdf
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    These are ridiculous.

    I own $10K speakers, but $1Million speakers are nonsense... I'm going to puke. Those arent made for living rooms... it's made for a venue. But then, if you have a venue, might as well hire the real thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Normanality
    I was lucky enough to hear some Magico's in a personal setting.
    Custom Magico's...remember the rare Austrailian wood he had fitted between the vertical ribs in the T6 aluminum on the sides of the speaker? They had about 15-20 strips per side. I couldn't have afforded that.
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    How's that old saying go more money than brains

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    I'll stick with my polks :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by clueless
    How's that old saying go more money than brains
    I don't remember. I think I sold that little bit of memory for some money so I could buy more audio gear! :D
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    Wonder WTF happened to the rest of my money.
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    just breaking 100 posts

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    I'll stick with my 9's for now... but eventually I'll get into that 10k mark. Someday.......... someday.
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