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Your Loudspeaker history...

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

  1. robs

    robs should know how this works by no

    This thread was started in 2008 and just realized I've never posted on it...

    I SOOO wish I had a photo of my first speaker..
    I must have been in my early teens, mum and dad had a Boots stereogram and a few classical records. I somehow got the bug early and remember getting a letter published in Hi-Fi Answers or some such in the late 70s when I was a paperboy. I was recommended a NAD 3020, Dual 504, Wharfedale Sheltons I think.
    So I saved up and bought the NAD. But no funds for speakers yet. Dad had an old speakercone in the garage so I wired that up to one channel, placed it horizontally between a couple of piles of books and hooked up a mono Panasonic radio cassette to an input. And there was sound! Not great mind you...
    Anyway, shortly after I'd saved enough for the Dual, and Dad came home one night with the Sheltons. Heaven.

    They met a sticky end at Uni when I inadvertently let a housemate wire up my system in the basement for a party. Plugged CD player into Phono input, volume up high, turned on....fzzzz...silence.

    So found a pair of Rogers LS4a and lived with them for quite a while. Very nice.

    Then some Castle Severns in yew, also very nice.

    Then spied some SBLs for sale locally, early 2000s, and that was that, still got them. Been to Oz and back with me.

    In addition:
    -a pair of Goodmans powered speakers (for a stint traveling so wanted something portable),
    - and Mission 700s for a 2nd system. They also went to Oz and had them set up in the garden undercover for several years. Still got them in the attic somewhere, a little faded and probably still spiders inside..
    -JBL LSR305s (+310S) for the office.
  2. Old Shatterhand

    Old Shatterhand pfm Member

    since 2016 IIRC:
    Spendor SP 9/1
    Odeon Midas S.E
    Harbeth SHL5+ 40th. A.E.
    Odeon Electra S
    Odeon Tosca S2
    Odeon No 28. S.E.
    Spendor SP 100 R
    Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Living Voice R3R
    Harbeth Compact 7 ES3 X.D.
  3. chris turner

    chris turner pfm Member

    Celestion SL4 (I think)
    Linn Kan mk2
    Acoustic energy AE109
    Dynaudio Audience 70
    ATC SCM11
    Naim SBL
    ATC SCM50A
    Linn Kan mk1
    Naim SBL
  4. yentone

    yentone pfm Member

    Some generic speakers as part of a £52 system from a place on Tottenham Court Road in 1971
    Celestion Ditton 15
    Lentek S4 - loved these speakers - never the same after they fell off a shelf during a party and hit the floor after braining a vertically challenged friend on the way down
    Naim SBL
    Naim SL2
  5. Frizzy

    Frizzy Liberal anarchist

    B&O radiogram
    Awai stack system
    Sanyo c5 ghetto blaster
    Heybrook/Hb1 s3
    wharfdale Lintons
    Wharfdale summat, had green stripes
    Tdl /rtl2
    Tdl studio0.5
    Epos es11
    Mordantshort Ms30 classic
    Mission 752freedom
    Castle Warwick
    Tannoy ,blue 5sides can’t remember name
    Yamaha ns1000
    Living voice auditorium
    Living voice obx
    Living voice obx rw
    Merlin vsm
    Quad esl
    Pro ac hexa
    Avalon idea
    Boenicke w8se
    And couple of others I can’t name at present. Do I include subs?
    Subs, b+W pv1
    Rel stentor 3
    Pro ac for hexa
    Orange bass cab with ns1000
  6. boon

    boon pfm Member

    Goodmans Minister SL
    Goodmans Havant SL
    Technics SB4500a
    Mordaunt Short MS 3.20 plus B&W Acoustitune Sub
    Linn Keilidh passive
    Linn keilidh aktiv tri amped
  7. Darren L

    Darren L pfm Member

    Well, that was fairly short lived , for me anyhow.

    The Sonus Faber Olympica I are now with their new owner, back to the Concertos and Gravis B sub for me for a while, I'm not complaining, oddly enough the addition of the Sub for two channel stereo brings as much air and detail to the upper frequencies as it does body and slam to the lower, I don't really understand why this is so but it's sounding good.

    Hopefully there will be a new(to us) house and room within the next few months and then new speakers to suit whatever size of room I end up using.
  8. htm_1968

    htm_1968 pfm Member

    The last 30 years has seen
    Mission Cyrus 780 SE
    Neat Motive 2SE
    Naim SL2 and nSub
    ART Alnico 8
  9. fegs

    fegs pfm Member

    Technics (part of a system)
    Some generic black boxes from Richer Sounds
    Tannoy 609's
    B&W CDM7SE
    Mission M33i
    Wharfedale Linton Heritage

    Gotta say out the lot I wish I'd have kept the Tannoys just to use occasionally, I bought them secondhand and they sounded a lot better than they ought to have done.
    I sold them for peanuts and spent a grand (20 years ago!) on the B&W's and they sounded worse, never did admit that mistake to the Mrs
  10. Colin123

    Colin123 pfm Member

    KEF Chorale 1970's
    Mordaunt Short Carnival 3 1970's
    Snell J 11 1980's
    Martin Logan SL3 1990's
    Focal Chorus 807v 2006'ish
    HECO Direkt 2010's to now
  11. k90tour

    k90tour pfm Member

    Monitor Audio R352
    Rega Jura. (still have them in second system)
    PMC 20-22
    Harbeth HL-P3ES + bass units.
  12. madscientist

    madscientist pfm Member

    Kef Coda
    Royd Minstrels
    Epos 14
    Epos 11 (now in the kitchen)
    Neat Elite SE
    Neat Momentum 3i
    Neat Ultimatum MFS
    Shahinian Arcs
    Shahinian Obelisk MK1
    Now..Shahinian Obelisk MK2
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  13. say it as it is

    say it as it is pfm Member

    good to see someone else with love for the 6 series they got slated but 603 was my first speaker and loved it tried the 609 in a shop at the time and wanted them, but just never happened
    fegs likes this.
  14. Ed Rogerson

    Ed Rogerson Culturally irrelevant

    The last 40 years in speakers:
    Pioneer somethings (car speakers in homemade cabs)
    Mission 700 (September 1981, first grant cheque spent in Laskys Manchester)
    Acoustic Energy AE109
    Linn Kan Mk 1 (only had them a few weeks - never sounded better than the day I sold them)
    RMS Revelation 1 (fab speakers, wish I could've kept them)
    Linn Sara (seemed like a good idea at the time...)
    ATC SCM10-2 Active (replaced the Revelations and currently in storage - keepers)
    Mission 751 (for a second system that never happened)
    Shahinian Larc (2019 - currently more practical than the ATCs but not sure long-term)
  15. Somafunk

    Somafunk pfm Member

    Yeah, I used 605’s and they were a fantastic little speaker and coped with so much abuse over the years, gave them to a mate 10 odd years ago and they’re still in use @ 30 years old
    fegs likes this.
  16. Clothears

    Clothears Member

    Not that many for me:
    Small Wharfedales to start
    KEF Concord
    Linn Kan
    Linn Isobarik
    Shahinian Hawk
  17. htm_1968

    htm_1968 pfm Member

    Oops, I forgot a set of SBLs and a set of IBLs
  18. geoturbo

    geoturbo pfm Member

    after a JVC integrated with speakers from the earlier days,
    my first speakers were diy towers with full range Microprecision 16cm driver + supertweeter (above 12KHz) + diy 30cm sealed Beyma subwoofer
    then got some Dynaudio Crafft monitors with the same sub
    to Dynaudio Contour 2.8 towers (unfortunately not on par with the Craffts IMO) with same sub
    to Pawel Acoustics Reference monitors (keepers) with same sub and a couple more subs under construction
  19. b-lilja

    b-lilja pfm Member

    What fun...hadn't ever noticed this before...

    Pioneer speakers that went with a late 60s Sansui receiver (parents)
    Advent Loudspeakers (kept wanting them to sound better; they never did)
    KEF Coda IIs (university speakers, went with an NAD 7125, spent several afternoons traipsing around the SF Bay Area listening, came away with a lifelong appreciation for KEF. Was an audio agnostic and used this system for a couple decades when...)
    Rega RS3s (first excellent speakers, I still have them as my primary, they are great and I have never been motivated to change)
    Several pairs of Mission MS50s, for office system, giveaways, etc. - great cheap speakers
    Canton Plus Ss (cheap chunky good sounding tiny, office)
    Wharfedale Diamond 2s (beat up, awesome sounding, for garage system)
  20. cj66

    cj66 pfm Member

    Wharfedale Laser 50
    Tannoy Mercury mki
    Gale 302***
    Opera Prima***
    Heco i220 still have
    Little Missions still have
    SBLs again
    Opera Mezza-2012 still have

    *** in hindsight my favourite speakers at time of ownership.

    One or two other models that I can't remember because I had a string of loaners that's created a blur!

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