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Old 05-13-2011, 05:43 AM
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If I had the money I would buy these:

Meridian DSP8000.

I already have a Meridian home cinema system that is awesome for Movies and Music, but it is nowhere near their reference system.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:28 PM
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Here are my top ten faves that I've owned over the years.

1. Large Advent. One of the best values ever. Deep punchy bass with the right amplification.
2. ESS AMT1B. Really fun to listen to. Great transient response and midrange definition.
3. JBL L166. Amazing rock and roll speaker. Kicks the 4311's butt, in my opinion.
4. Magnepan MGiiC. Big, deep soundstage you can see into. Not very engaging at low volumes, though.
5. Celestion Ditton 33. A very good all rounder. I chose it over the JBL L110 at the time. A bit too polite for me.
6. Vandersteen 1C's. Very coherent and musical. I used it with a Rotel RA970 integrated amp and RCD855 CD player. Huge bang for the buck. Absolutely huge.
7. Pioneer Elite TZ9 Very loud and dynamic and bright. The tweeter eventually wore me down.
8. B&W Nautilus 800. Phenomenal resolution. Never really sounded like it was cut from one cloth.
9. Klipsch Forte's. Not the last word in accuracy but tons of fun. I still have them hooked up in the basement. A couple of Smithwicks and some Van Morrison...
10. Vandersteen 5A's. Haven't found much to fault other than cosmetics. They take forever to set up, but when they're set up correctly, I'm not sure they can be bettered by much.
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:15 PM
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Dahlquest DQ-10's + subwoofer used to rock my den
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:59 PM
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i've loved my Dynadio speakers. we just moved and they are in storage or i could get the model number, but they are a three way tower. danes don't lie... or so they say.
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:11 PM
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Magnepan 3.6 with Bryston active external crossover bi-amped by MC352. REL subs for the low end.

and above all a dedicated room to enjoy.
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:50 AM
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Dynaudio Audience 42 speakers. Really nice sound for the money.
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:40 AM
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I have a set of 803s but not the Ds. They're lovely and I love them but I didn't pay retail either. I use them in our media room with 805s as the rears.

The only thing they lack IMO (only nominally- very nominally) is bass response. But I have a subwoofer with them, 801s with a sub in the LR and am very spoiled so take that with a grain of salt. I would recommend them to anyone without hesitation and I'm sure you'll have years of enjoyment. But they're your ears hence I hesitate to recommend any speaker.

If you really want 802s or 801s you might want to consider used. They frequently show up on Audiogon at a fraction of the new cost. Also the 803Ds are the same three way ported design of the 803s. But they've enhanced the tweeter using diamond (i thought it was already perfect). They come in three colors, gloss black, rosenut and walnut (I think they call the walnut cherry- it's a lighter finish). I have the rosenut ones but in that room would have preferred the walnut. All are beautiful just a matter of taste.
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Robert993TT View Post
Dynaudio Audience 42 speakers. Really nice sound for the money.
I initially used the 42's for my surround system. Very nice for the $$ until I upgraded to the Dali Helicon's which knocked my socks off for a HT.

Come to think of it I still have a Dynaudio 122C center channel if anyone is interested.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:41 AM
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I am a big Apogee fan and have had a pair of Centaur Majors since the late 90's and still love them. Also have had Mini Grands as well.
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Ushers-the 8571's or higher.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:45 AM
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I love the B&Ws. If you're worried about $ go to Audiogon. I also love the Dynaudios, Wilson's and Avalons.
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:43 PM
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Wilson MAXX ver 2.0 and ^
powered by Halcro
.. And tube front end

Big sound and magnificent imaging
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Old 09-13-2011, 08:20 PM
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I must admit that 43 year old Bozak Concert Grands ( my pair are dated 1968) are jaw dropping. If you have the room for them. I was lucky enough to find a pair just a couple months ago. My 30 year long speaker search is over.
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:38 AM
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Rudy Bozak was the man and yes those are huge speakers, foot print wise..
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by 993MAN View Post
It would be good to hear what you guys think, but only speakers for real world folk. Not $300K speakers!
Remember we don't get anywhere near the brands you guys get either.
I reckon....old and new in no particutar order.

Proac Responce 38
[email protected] Nautilus
KEF Ref 107
ML Prodigy
ML Sequell any model
Wilson Puppies
[email protected] 801
Mirage OMD28
NZ made Image Revelation 2
Monitor Audio
Proac Studio 140
I think it would depend on what you are listening to most of the time? Movies or Music ? 2 channel or 7-1 channel etc?
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