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Affordable speakers that performed way better than their price suggested.

Discussion in 'audio' started by seeformiles, Jun 24, 2022.

  1. IceG

    IceG pfm Member

    Kef Coda 7s circa 1997 - fun little two-way boxes I bought for a friend's first system where they worked fine with some entry-level Jap integrated.

    Tried them on a big Chord amplifier - wow. Everything just came together, especially separation, impact and top-to-bottom extension.

    Same experience with Mission 760i performing way beyond what I expected (with obvious caveats about volume and deep bass) but not as listenably sweet as the Kefs.
  2. Fatmarley

    Fatmarley "It appears my intelligence circuits have melted"

    KEF coda 8 are also very good, and Mission 731 (731i etc).
  3. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Hawkwind and Fire

    The mint, completely untampered, Kef 104.2's I recently bought for £200. Plus £17 for some heavy duty 25mm casters. As Mick says, golden age for music lovers.
  4. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Hawkwind and Fire

    Bought a pair for £60 recently and completely agree with all the above.
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  5. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Hawkwind and Fire

    Glad you're enjoying them.
  6. wainwj

    wainwj pfm Member

    PMC Fact 3 currently proving to be a pleasant surprise.
  7. John_73

    John_73 Trekkin' Bus Punk

    Mission M72.

    JPW Sonata.
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  8. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    I wouldn’t spit on a pair of B&W DM 4 neither.
    Heard these driven by a Naim NAP 250 CB and quite honestly, I couldn’t find any unpleasant sound getting out of there.
    They can be bought for spare change nowadays.
    Any Celestion specialist on this thread ?
  9. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Yep! I’ve not owned Shahinians yet, but they’re on my list… I did pick up some Ruark Talisman 2s for the cost of a decent meal for two, and they sound fantastic on my Naim kit… not just fantastic for £160, but genuinely fantastic. A speaker built to that standard would be well into four figures now, build quality is second to none on Ruarks, and it’s also reflected in their performance… yet they sell for peanuts used.

    I nearly pulled the trigger on a pair of Shahinian Hawks for £3.5k last year but resisted having spent a good chunk on an LP12… wish I’d just bought them… £3.5k isn’t cheap, but they’re £16k ish new!
    billza, TimF, AnilS and 1 other person like this.
  10. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Okay, so I mentioned the Ruark Talsmans above which were a fantastic used buy… I’ll add my Toyd Sapphires to the great used buys… but I bought some KEF Q15.2s new in the early 00s for AV duties… but popped them on the end of my Linn system just to see what they were capable of… a lot as it turned out, a really full, involving sound. I can’t remember how much they were exactly, but it was around £200-£250, and they made a lot of sound for that money.
  11. hifi-dog

    hifi-dog pfm Member

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  12. Michael Steen

    Michael Steen Militis

    JPW Sonatas for me - paid £5.00 for an immaculate pair with decent cables!
  13. JTC

    JTC PFM Villager...

    Harbeth P3ESR. Not cheap, but definitely affordable. They displaced much more expensive speakers and seem not to put a foot wrong (other than not having deep bass, but you wouldn't expect that).

    Also have Neutron IVs; the P3s are leagues ahead, though the AVIs are decent wee things.
    seeformiles likes this.
  14. Drumossie

    Drumossie And not or

    Dali suite 2.8s I think they were, best £300 I ever spent.
  15. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Trade: ^'- -'^

    Fair enough but it's really just a rip off of the original Wharfdale Diamond. That's the speaker that should really be in that spotlight. A bit slow and soft sounding if not feed properly but give it a good source and more amplifier than seems right and they take off.

    Actually, for similar money Royd A7s beat the crap out of them musically and were less demanding but they're coloured as heck and don't do any kind of volume gracefully. But two cheap, good and very small speakers.
  16. Ponty

    Ponty pfm Member

    I auditioned some against ProAc Tablette 50’s. Must have been around 1998/9. They were great for the size but the ProAc’s were a in different league altogether so bought them!
  17. sprogbasket

    sprogbasket pfm Member

    Rega Kytes were an eye opener in my early audiophile days .
    omers likes this.
  18. Hooch500

    Hooch500 pfm Member

    I agree with the B&W DM4 call, much better than the DM2A which was hobbled by its blancmange like bass. Rega's ELA always sounded great to my ears, much better than the over rated Epos ES14 for me.
  19. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    Yes agree Ruark are exceptionally well made I have a pair of Templar and they punch way above their weight on the end of a Nait XS something just gels
    billza likes this.
  20. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    Royd Minstrels for me. Bought a pair last year for £125 and they are marvellous. Great fun for the money and much more.

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