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What is your favourite Royd speaker

Discussion in 'audio' started by Conster, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. Conster

    Conster pfm Member

    And why?
  2. Robert

    Robert Tapehead


    I remember comparing them to Kans way back and thinking they were so much better.
  3. istari_knight

    istari_knight pfm Member

    From what I've heard I'll say the Apex... Loved the Minstrel in the past but too flawed for me now.
  4. kenworthy

    kenworthy pfm Member

    Sintra first series, they just had a way of getting to the sole of a piece of music, used them with Ion Obelisk amps and a Xerxes.
  5. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Templar. I don't have a pair, but know of some for sale if anyone is interested. MGM .
  6. koi

    koi pfm Member

    Royd Eden
    Really nice sound and my first pair of stand mounts,remember useing them with linn kan stands!
  7. Gromit

    Gromit Plasticine Dog


    Of all the speakers I've owned in over 35 years, none have stayed as long in my system.
  8. puddlesplasher

    puddlesplasher pfm Member

    I've always wanted to get a pair of Royds as they are suppose to work really well with Exposure amps. At the moment I have been using Ruark Talisman 2's and happy with them. I don't really know if any Royds would be an improvement or not but would like to hear a pair of Priors.
  9. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    Royd A7 MK2s...preferred them to Kans some years ago and as such have been a keeper in my main system. Just wonderfully musical.
  10. Mignun

    Mignun pfm Member

    I've only had hands on experience with 8 different Royd models, so there may be others I like better, but of the ones I know, the two stand-outs are the Sorcerors and the Minstrels. The latter I like so much I've had three pairs and still have one pair in fairly regular use today. I wouldn't turn down another pair of Sorcerors if they came up for sale either. I like for no better reason than the fact that they work really nicely with my favourite amps - Naim, Nytech, Ion, Exposure - and make most every piece of music fun, engaging and enjoyable to listen to. Only real downside is that they don't like playing too loud. Best wheel out the JBLs for serious headbanging sessions..
  11. mykel

    mykel Fat guy flying.

    I liked both the Doublet and the Abbot.

    However, for the best I have heard I would have to say Sorcerer.

    Never heard much of the "new" series, so can't comment.
  12. Minstrel SE

    Minstrel SE These go to eleven

    The Coniston R because they are a champion of musical affordability. This is something I feel Royd speakers were all about. They can show the minstrels a thing or two and are just as musically rewarding.

    Most of what made the later models so good is there with the Coniston. A great functional look, well made cabinets and drivers but no fancy cosmetic frills. Joe was always tweaking the Coniston from the MK1 version.

    You can even see the glue on the driver surrounds and round the dustcap but it all adds to the charm really. They were designed for the foam grilles to stay in place.

    My choice may have a lot to do with not being able to get my hands on the later models. Yes the Edens were metal lined but the Coniston R remains a great little speaker.
  13. MartinDurham

    MartinDurham pfm Member

    Did Royd make a Templar too? I'm only familiar with the Ruarks.
  14. kwmason

    kwmason Won Ton On

    doublets, i loved my a7's but if pushed to hard occasionally had a habit of blowing
  15. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    The Sorcerer, when played within its limits.

  16. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    I loved A7's because they cost less than a pint of beer and a kebab and sounded great, my linn dealer whilst selling "high end" gear used a pair of A7's with a nait two and a manticore mantra at home for years before blowing a fortune on linn kit himself. I love mistrels for much the same reason.

    I have always wanted to hear a pair of apexes after owning and loving two pairs of rega ELA's, apexes are from the same DNA but are meant to be better still.
  17. hughjampton

    hughjampton pfm Member

    Yes I replaced some Kans with Edens once and they were sweet. Still got some Abbots in the kitchen, and they're a very underrated speaker IMO.
  18. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    Oh yes, forgot about the abbots, they were superb too.

    I remember a guy returning a pair he'd had on home loan to the shop, he was absolutely gutted because he'd fallen in love with them and his wife said no because she didn't like the styling :rolleyes:
  19. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    I've never heard them anywhere. What was so special about them ( apart from the styling)?
  20. pa79ul

    pa79ul pfm Member

    minstrels for me...but they are the only royds I had...hope to try others too

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