Vintage JBL L150A, I got them for only $190 and they are the best sounding that I have ever heard in 40 years! We already compared the jbl's to a friends B&W 801's and the jbl's won in every way!!! Has anyone else heard these speakers?
On the subject,of Revel,i have to admit,the Saloons are best sounding speaker I,ve heard,but that was 6 months ago,and the new ones are out and are considered better,so I will be going up to Columbus some time soon to check them out.You are very correct Nuck,the Revel line is very complete,um and your standmount question the F22s are awsome,i dont any of the other standmounts can match their power and finese,aside from the Mani-2s which are much more power hungry.The Gallos are great but,few people who have bought them have been able to draw out all of their magical abilities.
I was remiss without the F22's, T, my dealer doesn't carry them, and loves the Dyn 140's there. For 2400$CDN he well should. Should any 4 cylinder cost this much?
On the other hand, he is clearing floor stock and will part with his floor F32's for a cut-rate 3200$CDN. These fly in the face of the Contour 1.4's at the same price. However, a pair of audience 82's can be had for 2900$.These are blem's, floor, 3 yrs old.
When the hell did stuff starting to cost this much!? Oh yeah, when I got the Classe stuff. Oy!
The gear that we used with the JBL's were a all new Onkyo A-9555 Integrated Amp.$699 Amazing amp.!! Very Very Tube-Like in Sound! And a Onkyo DK-7555 CD Player $599, you can compare it to $5000 CD Players!!
Nuck,I would stay away from the Contours,their colored performance and cabinet resonaces isnt worth the price or its supposed to be high-end reputation.Next to Martin Logan I think the Contour series is the worst speakers in that pricerange some of the most falsely glorified.And dont get F32 either they dont have latest tweater wavguide that the F52 has or even worst the Concerta line and the Infinity Beta lines have it and the F32 doesent,thats very frustrating to me that F32 doesent.The F52s and Saloons are the reason I bought the Beta 20s,different material for the drivers but,the same tweeter waveguide concept very similar sounds and nearly all of the characteristics of the F52 and Saloon and all of them sound more airy than the F32.I wouldnt mess with 82 either they are do for a serious makeover soon and they extremely bloated in the midbass,the 140s will treat you right,I absolutely love the 220s.Realistically,I would shop aound and do some more auditioning somewherelse.
Your right John,but their is a design crteria that keeps moving foward in the speaker industry your Quads dont go by that code its one of the few that has a timeless sound,others are not as fortunate,the tweeter waveguide with Infinity and Revel makes a huge difference that anyone would like better.The Dynaudio as in the case with the Focus series parts and design criteria are based off the Evidence series,where is the Audiance and Contour series are not,and it is a very huge listening experiance even to the novice audiophile.
That's right, Tawaun. My ESL 63s are two generations back, now. The latest models are probably an improvement in construction, and the big ones have the extra bass panels, but it is still the same unique design concept.
Nuck, for what its worth, the four horsemen are most frequently named Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death.
As to the best sounding speakers ever made... I can't say categorically as I've not listened to every speaker ever made... but the best I've personally every heard were the Wisdom Audio Adrenaline Rush. $95,000 (I believe, last time I looked) and worth every penny.
Can't even begin to describe the experience. It was other-worldly. It was indeed a "rush"! The hair on the back of my neck stood upright and my heart was beating like the dickens. The experience was so invigorating that I was short of breath. Visceral. Incredible impact. Incredible delicacy. Incredibly lifelike. WOW!
If I had that kind of money... to go along with the $70,000 worth of Jeff Rowland Design electronics and Wadia source, you can bet I'd buy them in an instant. Of course, I'd need a bigger house to put them in... oh well.
I've heard horn-loaded Lowthers before, in cabinets larger than the one shown in that pic. Those are pretty compact by RLH standards. Lowthers have a huge, dedicated, nearly fanatical following. The world of SFR drivers and SET amplifiers is a unique one. In that world, Lowthers are quite good. In my world, I find they are better but still similar to others using a very lightweight cone material. They tend to have a clear, but forward mid-range complicated by cone resonances at certain frequencies. I was witness to an attempt to tame these anomolies using passive circuitry and adding a supertweeter. The owner paid hundreds of dollars for the modification and was pleased. The engineer on the project did his best but was dismayed with the results. Nelson Pass has done a lot of work with Lowthers, solid state current source amplifiers and passive filter circuits. He's probably gotten the best sound possible out of them with this setup.
when TW made that comment about ML it made me realise that I would probably never buy another MartinLogan speaker if they are going along the X-Stat route.
So far, the only stat that they prodouce that I think sounds any good is the clarity, and it is the least expensive (go figure)... The rest of the speakers have (what it seems) a sort of loudness curve to them.
I still think the last series (the "i" panels with the clear spars) were some of the best speakers they ever made, but the new ones suck