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Loudspeakers You Wish To Try But Probably Won't Own In This Lifetime

Discussion in 'audio' started by ryder, Oct 23, 2021.

  1. ryder

    ryder pfm Member

    I was wondering if there's anybody here who aspires to own loudspeakers that probably won't make it to the room (in this lifetime) as you have settled down with the speaker(s) of your dreams. Your endgame speakers so to speak.

    For me, these are few loudspeakers I wish to try/own, only in my dreams;

    Proac D2R / D20R
    Kudos Titan 505/606
    Dynaudio Heritage Special
    ATC SCM19
    B&W 805 D4
    Focal Sopra N1

    There may be more but these are the realistic down-to-earth options.

    Ultra high-end speakers which appealed to me because of their elegant good looks although I"m not sure if it sounds any good.

    Focal Stella Utopia EM Evo
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  2. Neil P

    Neil P pfm Member

    I settled with my dream speakers (I don't have particularly large budget and thus aspirations!)... Russ Andrews Quave LS1. They were about £2k new but I got them for less than half that on eBay.

    If I get an inheritance ... I'll be buying PS Audio speakers... Due for release in coming months... £20k approx.
  3. marshanp

    marshanp ellipsis addict

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  4. Paul L

    Paul L coffee lounge for me

    99% it will never happen but would love to hear the Vandersteen system 7 or 9 in a very large dedicated music room with different turntables to choose from? If the lottery win ever comes this way a room like that could be a lot of fun for hosting social listening.

    otherwise I’ve probably heard (B&W, horns, tannoys, Avalon, Magneplanar for example) or owned (Isobarik, Opera, Cadence, Martin Logan, RS10) all I really want to.
  5. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

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  6. Monitor Gold 10

    Monitor Gold 10 pfm Member

    Tannoy Westminsters. :cool:
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  7. julifriend

    julifriend pfm Member

    I’d love to have the space, and money, for a pair of B&W 800’s, but it’s extremely unlikely that either will happen.
  8. hifi-dog

    hifi-dog pfm Member

    Atc scm50asl .. job done
  9. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    ATC SCM150ASLs, and a room to go with them.
  10. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    Probably some of those big Living Voice horns. I’m unlikely to ever have either the funds, or space, for them. I’ve heard them at Bristol and thought they were visually and aurally arresting and captivating. Couldn’t care less about coloration, if indeed there is much, they were visceral, and full of life.
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  11. Nero

    Nero Call me 'Goose'

    ATC EL150As for me. Like rocking horse doodoos I’m afraid :(

    ….unless I can persuade @Colin L to part with his MBLs
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  12. Beobloke

    Beobloke pfm Member

    I’d love to hear the ADAM OSS again and in my own room. There are two issues, however:

    - They only made one pair and they are probably long gone by now.
    - I doubt they’ll fit into my room anyway.
  13. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Very little left to do for me. Ideally I’d like to replace my 15” Golds with 15” Reds (which would be period correct for the Lockwood cabs), though finding a genuinely good pair at a sane price would likely be challenging. They just don’t turn up any more. I’d also love to compare the Tannoys to Altec 604s and maybe conventional non-concentric Altecs e.g. Valencias.

    The original Quad ESL will always be on the bucket list, but again finding exactly the right pair and getting to the point I was confident they were performing exactly to spec would be quite a challenge.

    The small speakers are done. I can’t see my wanting anything more than I have.

    Obviously there are a lot of other things that interest me (mainly vintage), but they would be unlikely to work in my current or potential future rooms. To be honest I expect to downsize in the next decade or so as I’d like to live somewhere nicer, so that may result in a single and maybe smaller living room. I may end up with the JR149s or LS3/5As as the main system, and I could certainly live with that. Forgetting practicalities I’d love to spend time with huge Altec VOTT, Avant Garde horns, Khorns, Western Electric cinema horns etc, but I can’t see my wanting to live in an environment large enough to house such things. A nice little easily manageable bungalow far enough away from people is more my dream house!
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  14. Colin L

    Colin L High-tech low-life

    Only persuadable if a lottery win makes MBL 101 Extremes affordable for me. My 101’s are my end-game otherwise.

    Last edited: Oct 23, 2021
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  15. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    Big Tannoys, the crazy price and my room rules them out in the real world. Love to hear if that effortless bass really does exist.

    Other stuff that I have not tried is the Avondale speakers, look a bit out there but Les never fails to amaze.

    Also curious to know is the modern take on DC tannoy works the xt range looked promising just not come down in price enough yet. And was the dc6t due not suit my room so I imagine the 8 or 10 inch version would be worse.
  16. RJohan

    RJohan pfm Member

    This week: JBL M2.

    Next week... Who knows?
  17. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Don’t assume small speakers boom or honk less than big speakers, the exact reverse is true IME as large speakers just don’t need aggressive port shenanigans to give the impression of bass, they just move the air correctly to start with. Give me an awkward room and I’d put money on getting a proper big Tannoy with a 12” or 15” bass unit to work better than some little ported box.
  18. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    Big Tannoys and Quad electrostatics. I've heard the latter several times, but not the former. Ironically, the only actual 'big' speakers I've owned (Goodmans RB35s) were shoe-horned into a tiny bedsit which re-defined 'near-field listening'.
  19. daytona600

    daytona600 Registered User

    OMA Imperia
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  20. Fatmarley

    Fatmarley Agnostic

    That's the whole reason why I make my own. In the hope that one day I'll produce my dream speakers...

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