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Top 5 Speakers

 

New member
Username: Expos

Post Number: 3
Registered: May-05
What do you think are the top 5 brands when it comes to Floorstanding/Tower Speakers?
 

Bronze Member
Username: Banyanleaf

Post Number: 27
Registered: Mar-05
Is price a concern?
 

Silver Member
Username: Artk

Albany, Oregon USA

Post Number: 372
Registered: Feb-05
Wow, what a question. As BMW asked is price a consideration?
 

New member
Username: Expos

Post Number: 4
Registered: May-05
let's say two towers under $1000..name the top 5...
 

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Username: Dmwiley

Post Number: 581
Registered: Feb-05
What do you mean "top 5? Are you referring to sales figures or are you asking for opinions as to sound quality?
 

New member
Username: Expos

Post Number: 5
Registered: May-05
opinions in sound quality...thanks.
 

NADMAN
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My personal favorite is PSB Image t55, I don't think they're "better" or "worse" than say B&W or Paradigm (don't know the model #'s, but approx $1000 towers), they just sound best with my gear and room, for what that's worth
 

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Username: Cornelius

Post Number: 134
Registered: Jun-04
1. Ohm MicroWalsh Tall
2. Ohm MicroWalsh Short
3. Vandersteen 1C
4. Magnepan MG12
5. Magnepan MMG

With the unique designs of the speakers above, their performance just leap-frogs over everything else (and this includes monitors). You have to start spending a lot more money to pick up where these speakers leave off. This goes especially for the Ohms.
 

Silver Member
Username: Artk

Albany, Oregon USA

Post Number: 375
Registered: Feb-05
If pressed to chose I would say.

1.Bohlender Graebener Radia Z
2.PSB Image T55
3.Paradigm Monitor 7 (though at that price I would prefer the Studio 20 bookshelf speaker)
4.B&W DM 603
5.Ohm MicroWalsh Tall

Not exactly in that order.

If I were buying in that price range I would buy a bookshelf speaker. My best speaker under 1k is the Paradigm Studio 20.
 

Silver Member
Username: Joe_c

Oakwood, Ga

Post Number: 259
Registered: Mar-05
how about unlimited resources???
 

Silver Member
Username: Cornelius

Post Number: 138
Registered: Jun-04
Bose sub/sat's in white.
 

Silver Member
Username: Petergalbraith

Rimouski, Quebec Canada

Post Number: 484
Registered: Feb-04
Funny guy.
 

Silver Member
Username: Edster922

Abubala, Ababala The Occupation

Post Number: 367
Registered: Mar-05
I like Maggies too but you'd need a serious heavy-duty 4-ohm amp/receiver to run them properly.

My recommendation: Ascend Acoustics CMT-340s with Hsu VTF-2 sub or SVS PB10.
 

Silver Member
Username: Gavincumm

Post Number: 200
Registered: Feb-05
unlimited resources:

martinlogan prodigy
martinlogan statement
wilson audio WAMM
wilson audio grand SLAMM
wilson audio MAXX
anything from the snell loudspeaker company

not in any particular order, and reguardless of price
 

Silver Member
Username: Artk

Albany, Oregon USA

Post Number: 383
Registered: Feb-05
Cost no object:

(1)Wilson Audio Maxx 2
(2)Epiphany Audio 12-12
(3)Sonus Faber Stradivari
(4)Vandersteen Model 5A
(5)Dali Megaline
(6)Kharma Midi Exquisite

I wish I were rich! Oh and yes I can count but I couldn't quit at 6, actually I have several more............
 

Silver Member
Username: Joe_c

Oakwood, Ga

Post Number: 265
Registered: Mar-05
jm lab utopias
 

Silver Member
Username: Edster922

Abubala, Ababala The Occupation

Post Number: 382
Registered: Mar-05
Arthur,

wow you must go around auditioning a LOT of high end speakers all the time, what a list!

I've thought of doing that, but always hesitate thinking that I'd feel a bit sheepish about it, just like I wouldn't go around test driving exotic sports cars like Lambourghinis and Ferraris... Don't these dealers mind you taking up their time at all?
 

Bronze Member
Username: Mauimusicman

Post Number: 46
Registered: Apr-05
GMA Continuum!!!!

Actually my favorite speaker so far is probably the Vienna Acoustics Beethoven, but I have by no means listened to as many speakers as some people here. Continuum. They wont even let my kind in the same room with some of the speakers previously mentioned.Continuum.
 

Silver Member
Username: Artk

Albany, Oregon USA

Post Number: 384
Registered: Feb-05
I really enjoy going to the high end boutiques and listening to my music on a variety of speakers using a different electronics. I am blessed in that the Northwest has a lot of great audio retailers. This weekend I'm going to Seattle to see my grandaughter's ballet recital and ofcourse I'll visit one of my favorite stores Definitive Audio. They have so much high end gear that you'll find Magnepan 20.1's lining the hallways like discarded trash, amazing.
 

NADMAN
Unregistered guest
Has anyone heard those insane looking B&W's? I think B&W recommends something like five 200 watt minimum monoblocks for each speaker. Look real cool in a catalog, I've never seen them in person nor heard them, but they should sound pretty good for something like $20,000 grand a piece
 

Silver Member
Username: Touche6784

Post Number: 360
Registered: Nov-04
$20,000 grand would make that 20 million. they are called the nautilus.
 

Silver Member
Username: Gavincumm

Post Number: 206
Registered: Feb-05
has anyone on the forum ever had the pleasure of hearing the MartinLogan statement e2's besides myself? They are easily one of the best speakers I have ever heard, and why I put them in the cost no object category.
 

Unregistered guest
Guys,

Listen to Tannoy Westminster Royals.

15" Dual Cencentric compound horn loudspeaker system.

Outstanding .... nothing comes close.

Cheers

Jasdeep
 

Bronze Member
Username: Jim_mcbob

Post Number: 72
Registered: Nov-04
Cost no object? I'd pay musicians to perform in my home (as long as they promised not to trash the guest room, a la Van Halen).
 

NADMAN
Unregistered guest
Chris Lee - My mistake - I meant $20 grand per speaker ($40 grand a pair). Anyone ever heard them before?
 

Silver Member
Username: Touche6784

Post Number: 366
Registered: Nov-04
no problem nadman. just pointing out the typo so people dont think they are that expensive. im sure you changed you mind in the middle of typing it and forgot about it.
 

Zorro
Unregistered guest
Genesis 1.1 Speaker System
 

Silver Member
Username: Gavincumm

Post Number: 224
Registered: Feb-05
agreed Zorro, they are right in line with the Wilson Audio WAMM, Grand SLAMM, MAXX, and ML Statement.
 

NADMAN
Unregistered guest
Anything out of the back of a White Van!!!
 

NADMAN
Unregistered guest
Sorry, I'm on this White Van Speakers kick... I guess I've got a little left in me from the "Speaker Advice" thread. Check it out, it's a great time!
 

chort
Unregistered guest
has anyone heard of Egglestonworks?? I have no idea how they sound but their IVY speaker looks damn impressive. Almost 800lbs per speaker!

http://www.egglestonworks.com/ivy.htm
 

Silver Member
Username: Artk

Albany, Oregon USA

Post Number: 395
Registered: Feb-05
I have not heard the Genesis or the Egglestonworks. I've heard very good things about them and am looking forward to hearing them.
 

Zorro
Unregistered guest
A link to a Genesis Dealer
http://www.sonic.net/soundscape/gen11.html
 

New member
Username: Next

Post Number: 1
Registered: May-05
Sonus Faber Stradivari....my favorite at any price by a margin.
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