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OK, NOT finally . . . speakers!

Discussion in 'audio' started by Bob Edwards, Jun 9, 2021.

  1. Bob Edwards

    Bob Edwards pfm Member

    All -

    Well, in for a penny . . .

    Thinking about expanding "What did Bob do on his summer vacation" by trying some speakers. Very happy with my Monitor Audio GX300s, but if I'm going to play all summer speakers would be an interesting addition.

    Thinking of the following:

    Celestion Ditton 44
    Epos ES-14
    Celestion SL700
    Rogers LS7t
    Rogers Studio 1A

    All are $1k USD or less. And I know I'd need stands - the only speaker stands I have at the moment are ku-stone stands attached to my Linn Helix 2s, which are currently stored.

    Pros/cons of each?
     
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  2. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    Celestion SL700 :Very nice sounding overall and to me, one of the rare metal tweeter that’s really sweet. Human voices are breathtaking with this speaker. They are rather bass shy though so no good for a rock fan like me.

    Epos ES-14 : Here you go ! Very capable and good balance overall, can rock hard with proper amplifier but not as detailed and transparent as the SL700.

    But eh, this is according to some listening sessions I had many years ago and they were driven by a Naim 42/110.
     
  3. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs “telling it like it isn’t...”

    I had some Rogers LS7t speakers in the mid nineties, and they sounded nice but rather bright, I think they had metal tweeters (?) - I blew a woofer on one of them and took out the tweeters and stuck them in something else. I still have the cabinets/one working woofer, and may have the duff one as well? Been in the attic for decades.
    The brightness may have been the amp/source at the time, in the end they didn’t have enough low end for me. Pleasing to look at, don’t like the tweeter.
     
  4. Salamander

    Salamander pfm Member

  5. RoA

    RoA pfm Member

  6. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Hawkwind and Fire

    A well preserved pair of Kef 103.2's will knock all of those into a cocked hat for less money. Any flavour of the Spendor SP2 will be a better speaker than the ES14, too.
     
  7. Bob Edwards

    Bob Edwards pfm Member

    Ah! Will keep an eye open. How about the KEF 103/3?
     
  8. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Hawkwind and Fire

    Haven't heard a pair, but like a lot of the smaller Kef Reference speakers from '85 to '90 or so, they MUST be used with the correct Kube EQ/crossover box if they are to perform to spec. Unfortunately, these come up for sale far more seldom than the speakers.
     
  9. Bob Edwards

    Bob Edwards pfm Member

    The post offering them says they come with the KUBE, so I'll email him again . . .
     
  10. foxwelljsly

    foxwelljsly Hawkwind and Fire

    Definitely worth a punt if the price is right. They will sound a lot bigger than they are. Make sure the Kube is working.
     
  11. Bob Edwards

    Bob Edwards pfm Member

    They're listed at $400 USD and from the pictures appear to be in good shape. Will post back if I manage to get them.
     
  12. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Rogers Studio 1 are superb.
     
  13. John

    John Fore!

    I’ve owned a lot of loudspeakers in my day and have good memories of most of them, but regret the thousand bucks I shelled out for Rogers Studio 1’s.
     
  14. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    Rogers LS7T - the tweeter seems a little "exposed" sometimes but otherwise it's a very even-handed, neutral speaker.
     

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