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£750 - Speakers that sound like an ES14?

Discussion in 'audio' started by syep2001, May 30, 2012.

  1. antonio1

    antonio1 pfm Member

    Proac d2s?
     
  2. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Hawkwind and Fire

    This. Replacing the aging electrolytic crossover cap with a good film/paper cap transforms the top end in ES14s.

    Good speakers if you have the space to stick them in the middle of the room.
     
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  3. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    who on earth resurrected this old thread !!!
     
  4. MVV

    MVV pfm Member

    Not a bad bit of grave robbery. I had 3 pairs, keeping selling then regretting it. Eventually with a pair of the best single wired jobs with the original glued in bungs, a pair of Quad ELS 57 and a pair of Neat Vito Ultimatum on rotation for about 5 months the Neats stayed. Now if I had the skills to sort the slightly irritating splashy treble of the 14s as mentioned above things may have been different. Most ES14 nutters have gone to Yamaha which I will try when an immaculate pair shows up.
     
  5. mercalia

    mercalia pfm Member

    Oh was that AFTER the Epos M12i/M5i? I thought that Epos was a successful company made good products
     
  6. Dee-Kay

    Dee-Kay pfm Member

    I had a pair of Epos Epic 5s on my 102/180 for a while and they were a major step up from the Keilidhs they replaced. Really “open” sound and great bass. Built to a price cabinet-wise though with pretend wood but a great sound at the price which was about the OP’s budget. Saw the last pair on eBay go for £350. I gather they didn’t make them for long.
     
  7. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    I only heard them once very briefly about 30 years ago. What do they sound like compared with S8s liar sized two way boxes?
     
  8. YNWOAN

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    No, all the Epos models that you mention are later designs that have nothing to do with the original company (other than the name). There are only two originals and they are the ES14, and later, the ES11. That’s not to say that later designs are not also good, but they were not designed by Robin Marshall.
     
  9. tuga

    tuga Legal Alien

    The latter, bass tightness/agility, is often a consequence of the former, bass lightness.
     
  10. pjdowns

    pjdowns Living the Hifi dream

    That’s not quite accurate, the ES12, ES22, ES25, ES30 were all made by the original Epos, and I believe had some input from Robin Marshall. Thereafter the original Epos and tools had closed and the name was bought by Mike Creek of Creek Audio.
     
  11. YNWOAN

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    Are you sure of that ? I remember that even back before the launch of the ES11 (when Mordaunt Short bought him out) there was talk of RM leaving the company.
     
  12. booja30

    booja30 pfm Member

    This thread has come back to life twice! How?!
     
  13. Caledon1297

    Caledon1297 pfm Member

    There was an online interview with RM in which, IIRC, he said that he had no involvement in any Epos designs after the ES11 - Can't seem to find it again, though... :(

    Also, I seem to remember a much older interview (possibly in Hi-Fi Review?) where, again IIRC, he mentioned something about a speaker which predated the ES14, but was deemed (by dealers?) to be too large and/or expensive to sell - not sure if it ever made it into production? (although, perhaps my memory fails me, and it was never an Epos branded design?)
     
  14. Minio

    Minio surrenda to the agenda

    I seem to remember the OP asks for a new equivalent for about £750.

    I'd have to say I've tried a handful of new offerings at or just above that price. Hated some and unmoved by the others.

    Certainly nothing that would come close to the ES14. That is why I find pocket money classics on the bay that blow the modern squit OOTW!
     

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