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Epos ES11 vs. ES12 vs M12/.2

Discussion in 'audio' started by alspe, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. alspe

    alspe pfm Member

    How those compare against each other (or against ES14's)? Who have owned or carefully listened to all of them?
  2. Rico

    Rico Bloody Colonials

    me, with the exception of the M12/.2. carefully listened. and I've owned the 11's.

    you need to use the search bicycle. plenty has been written about the various characteristics of the Epos kit. Whatever you think, you're going to need a great source, and good amplification to run most of the speakers on this list.

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    I'm very familiar with ES14's, a bit less so with 11's and not at all with 12's (which I don't think I've ever heard) - so not much use - sorry.

    Otherwise, as above.
  4. PFM20532

    PFM20532 pfm Member

    I've heard 11 against 14, latter is more demanding and bas is hard to control.
    Both have that lovely uncoloured midrange

    among those two 11 would be choice for me in smaller room (if not the more recent ESL3)
    Original 12 are harder to come by but choose any good cared unscrated pair in orig boxes, they keep prices £150-300

    I believe M12/2 is far east stuff, never heard anything positive about them

    Unfortunately most of them have biwire connections which is kind of strange

    Not sure 14 spares are much available so take care

    What Rico says about source/amp - IIrc they were developed on Olive stuff.

    By todays standard a bargain

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    Yep, no spares left (definitely not for 14's); so make sure that the mid/bass coil isn't rubbing etc.
  6. The Captain

    The Captain ~~~~~~~~~~

    11 vs es12.

    11 v precise imaging, refined sound.. but really quite boring tbh. es12 fuller bodied, precise but not quite so imaging, far better bass, slight recess in mids but this the only minor fault. both very even tonally/ vvg at soundstage/ never harsh/ exact same size.

    dunno t'others.
  7. alspe

    alspe pfm Member

    I must read older topics through.

    I'm now using ES14 MK1's and Exposure XV integrated + Audiolab 8000CD. Sound is quite good but maybe lacking speed and air. I think my speakers could be at the end of their days?:confused: I have owned many Epos speakers and ES14 are, in someway, the best but in someway they are not.

    I remember that listened to M5's shortly couple of years ago and they have speed, snap and very fun to listen. Made my feet tapping easily. If bass quantity is enough they could be fine.:) Sadle they are too small ST12 stands...

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    I refer you to the last sentence in post #2.
  9. alspe

    alspe pfm Member


    just purchased pair of black M12's, unfortunately without original stands.
    I've sold my ES14's long ago (sadly).

    Who has exprience of M12's? Not M12.2. What are differences between M12/M12.2 and between ES12?

    EDIT: ST12 stands now bought :)
  10. topa

    topa Sans CDPs

    You gotta be kidding.
  11. DavidS

    DavidS pfm Member

    Have owned 11's and 14's and remember hearing 12's some years ago.
    Many fans of the 14 on here but I always prefered the 11 v finding it more agile with better treble and in spite of its size appearing to go lower in the bass than the 14.Used mine all the way up to Naim 52/250 .
    I thought the 12 had a different tonal balance with more bass and treble but ultimately less music.
    In my own opinion of course.


  12. DavidS

    DavidS pfm Member

    Forgot to add that all are excellent speakers especially the ES range but must be used on the dedicated stands for best results.
  13. alspe

    alspe pfm Member

    Epos and Marantz synergy on Youtube :)
    (sorry for comedy post)
  14. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member

    David, you aren't alone - I preferred my ES11's to ES14's also with a NAP250 - both on OEM stands.

  15. hifijunkie

    hifijunkie Banned

    11s are awesome little things i love mine
  16. RustyB

    RustyB Registered Ginga

    The 11 is a bit lacking in the bass department, but apart from that.....there's a lot to like. The MB Quart tweeter is much nicer than the 14's. The cabinet build on these things is extraordinary.

    With regards to servicing, the only killer is the 14's surrounds, which can dry out and crack. AFAIK there isn't a suitable replacement available (it's an odd size driver). Voice coils not a problem.

    ES 11 surrounds can be replaced.
  17. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    Yes, 11s are a very nice overall package.
    Other than the lack of low bass which is excusable given the size, and a touch on mid quack, very good speakers and bargains at used prices.
  18. Ragaman

    Ragaman Mentalist

    The M12/12.2 are built in England as with all epos speakers of that era, just owned & designed by a different guy.

    The M12 & 12.2 are exceptional speakers if you can get hold of them, pretty sure I saw a pair on Gumtree for £150 recently, absolute steal.
  19. mbu

    mbu pfm Member

    Me too. Found the 14's just a tad ponderous in comparison. es 11's brilliant with Exposure 18 range of power amps. Also with an overkill DV Hx1.2 they were awesome. No great issues with bass either. Fantastic all round speakers.
  20. MVV

    MVV pfm Member

    Having had both 11s and 14s twice! (made the mistake of selling them) I prefer the 14s the mid range is just wonderfully open and transparent whereas the 11 sound a bit shut in here. I agree the 14s treble is a bit ragged compared to the 11. In a small room I'd use 11s.

    Ridiculously I keep a mint pair of early, glued bungs and chipboard 14s in a box just in case.

    In case of what I have no idea.

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