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Your Loudspeaker history...

Discussion in 'audio' started by Jonathan Ribee, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Videoton Minimax
    Ram 150
    JPW mini monitor
    Arc 101
    Naim IBL
    Naim SBL
  2. w00fer

    w00fer pfm Member

    I should have a proper go I guess:
    1983: home-made jobs while in 5th form (Audax drivers, chipboard cabs), served me well through uni.
    1990-ish: small Yamaha jobs, came with Yam power amp. Alright I think, but never used on stands or with enough space, so hard to say
    1994-98: JVC micro system. Yes well...
    1998: B&W 601 mk2. Used in small flat, badly sited. Probably alright, but again hard to say. Sold when bought...
    2001: Naim Intro 2. Chosen after auditioning against Linn, Rega and Royd alternatives. Still love 'em, warts and all.
    2002: Mission 771e, on a whim. Recently rediscovered. Good in a small space.
    2003: Sequence slim jobs. Not bad at all, given their physical constraints.
    2003: Kef Cresta 1, for bedroom system. Lovely really, all things considered. Gave to friend. Damn.
    2003: Heybrook HB1. A nostalgia buy. Disappointing. Sold.
    2004: auditioned Naim Allae, but didn't feel flush enough to buy. Possibly my ideal speaker though.
    2005?: Epos ELS3. Lively but not the miracle I was hoping for. Gave away.
    2005: tiny Teac metal things for kitchen. Fine for the application.
    2019: Dali zensor pico. Surprisingly big sound. Bought for garden office, but decided Missions worked better.
    OK, who am I kidding that I don't have a problem..
    (Probably I should have bought fewer cheap speakers and tried expanding the budget, too.)
  3. Hoopsontoast

    Hoopsontoast pfm Member

    Add Tannoy Stirling TWW onto that.

    I still have the ATC SCM10s, Frugelhorn Lite and Veravox drivers too.
  4. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    There was only one intermediate step, which was the Audiovectors; the Harbeths were, and are, in a separate system. The Audiovectors were better than the Castle Chesters, which never really worked in the room (just a bit too laid-back for their own good), but the Spendors are a massive improvement on both.

    PS Clearing out the loft recently, I was amazed to find the boxes for the Castle Chesters!
  5. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

  6. Those were the days eh?...I liked them as much as you loathed them o_O
  7. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    Ditto the ES22s. Hope you’re well, seagull.
  8. You're right they were ES22 rather than ES30...long time ago!

    You too Tiger
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  9. leermakers

    leermakers Active Member

    Some old B&O’s when I was a student
    Sonus Faber Minima’s since 1993: they have survived every upgrade from Harman-Kardon 635 to Naim 552/135’s and will probably be in my living room long after me... Briefly had to make room for Sonus Faber Electa Amator II’s but the latter are now in the second system (triple the price and only half as good).
    BTW I haven’t heard the new Minima’s but bad-mouths pretend they don’t have the same magic.
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  10. Ben&Ted

    Ben&Ted pfm Member

    Dansette Bermuda (from 1976. Kept for 78s)
    Heybrook HB1 (from 1984. sold on for next)
    Naim SBL Active (from 1990. sold on for next)
    Naim IBL Active (from 1997. sold on for next)
    Quad ESL 63 (from 1998. sadly sold on for next)
    Naim SBL passive (from 2005. sold on for next)
    Naim SBL Active (from 2010. kept for AV system main)
    Naim IBL Active (from 2010. kept for AV system surround)
    Naim NBL Active (from 2017. kept for 2nd system)
    Naim Ovator S-600 passive (from 2018 primary system now)

    The above 'speakers over a period of 45 years.
    Dark Lord, Outofphase and Manket like this.
  11. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    You sure like Naim speakers. What electronics are you using with them? :/)
    Colin123, tuga and Sue Pertwee-Tyr like this.
  12. w00fer

    w00fer pfm Member

  13. Steven Toy

    Steven Toy L3 Toy

    Jamo Cornet 175 1998
    B&W 602 S2 1999
    B&W 603 S2 1999
    Rega Naos 2000
    Piega TS5 2007
    Heco something or other 3-way speakers 2008
    Tannoy Turnberry SE 2011
    Tannoy Kensington GR arrived today!
  14. Ben&Ted

    Ben&Ted pfm Member

    Exposure amps.

    XVI for passive Ovators
    IV dual reg x3 snaxo 3-6 for NBL's
    IV dual reg x2 active V for SBL
    IV single x2 active V for IBL
  15. Darren L

    Darren L pfm Member

    Well the newer Sonus Faber speakers are definitely voiced differently from the Franco Serblin era IME.
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  16. Outofphase

    Outofphase Member

    College/part time job:
    Wharfdale Diamond 7.1 (still have)
    Kef Cresta 2 (still have)

    Eltax Linear Response 6.5 (sold)
    PMC TB2 (sold)

    Full time job:
    Naim Arriva (still have)
    Spendor BBC LS 3/5a (still have)
    Naim SL2 (still have)

    Should probably sell some off really!
  17. Outofphase

    Outofphase Member

    Nice taste! how do you find the Ovators vs NBL? I'm a big fan of NBL, SL2 and SBL but heard the ovators are quite different in presentation?
  18. enbee23

    enbee23 pfm Member

    I have posted once before in this thread, on page 2. Alarming to see that this was 14 years ago.

    Mission 761
    Cyrus 781
    Tannoy Mercury S
    REL Strata
    Rogers LS4a2
    Rogers LS7t
    Rogers LS5/8
    Harbeth Compact 7ES
    Yamaha NS1000M
    Dynaudio Audience 10
    Meridian D600
    Merlin VSM-MM
    Tannoy Berkeley
    Tannoy GRF cabinets from Magna Audio housing the Berkeley HPDs (main system)
    Snell C
    Rogers LS6 (TV system)
    Stirling Broadcast LS3/5a (subs bench)
    Heco Celan 300 (subs bench)
    Naim Intro (came with other stuff, just haven't got round to selling them yet!)

    Peak gear turnover definitely coincided with a few years of heavy forum use. I'm in remission now, thankfully.
  19. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member

    B&W DM110’s
    Linn Nexus
    Epos ES11
    Neat Petites
    Ruark Talisman 2
    Naim SBL
    Dynaudio Contour 1.1
    Shahinian Compass
    Shahinian Obelisk
    Currently Event Opals and ES14’s

    Plus have had various second system speakers including old Meridian actives, AVI ADM9’s, Linn Sara’s and Wharfedale Diamonds.
  20. Somafunk

    Somafunk pfm Member

    Tannoy 605 from 1993 to 2007
    Alesis monitors from 2007 to 2011
    KRK Rokit 5 G2 and KRK 10 sub from 2011 to 2020
    KRK Rokit 7 G4 and KRK 10s sub from 2020
    Dynaudio LYD 48's coming soon

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