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Old 05-10-2011, 10:22 AM
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Default What Speakers Have You Owned and Loved?

In another forum there is a personal speaker evolution thread that has been very popular - but I, and maybe others of us, would enjoy a speaker history thread from our own AA friends and colleagues.

List your speaker history, starting with the earliest - up through the latest and greatest - or your current speakers.

I would start this off, but my own list is ridiculous so I'd love for someone else to go first.

Please, for this thread, no pictures are necessary - just a list of your speakers and perhaps some anecdotal information about them.

But, just as a kick-off, I will show my first "good" speakers and system - Electrovoice EV-2 - two-way speakers that I bought in 1963, and used for several years The speakers were rated for 35 watts and peak input of 60 watts. I used them with a Fisher X-101-B integrated amp and a Garrard type A turntable - (record changer) with a Shure cartridge and I probably cut the plugs off of a pair of extension cords to get a "really good" set of speaker wires. We had never heard of dedicated speaker wire in those days, and I can't imagine the poor quality of whatever interconnects I used.

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Old 05-10-2011, 11:03 AM
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Nice thread Julian !

Mine were :

JM lab Symbol II
JM lab Megane Carat
Linn Keilidh
Monitor Audio Bronze 1
Mission 711
Final 1.4 mk2,
Tannoy Autograph mini
PMC EB1i

I don't use them but I still have the Finals and the Keilidhs...
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:46 AM
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JM lab ( now Focal ) Symbol II
JM lab Megane Carat
Linn Keilidh
Monitor Audio Bronze 1
Mission 711
Final 1.4 mk2
Tannoy Autograph mini
PMC EB1i
Wilson Audio Watt Puppy 8
Klipsch Heresy III
Rega RS10

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Old 04-09-2013, 07:18 AM
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Audio Physic Avanti (first generation) - at present moment.

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Old 05-10-2011, 11:14 AM
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This list may not be complete, but it is a walk through the cob webs of my old gear going back to 1967.

Pioneer CS-88
Altec Voice of the Theater
Large Advents
Altec Valencia
JBL L100
JBL Model 37 Lo Boy
JBL 4312A
JBL LSR6332
JBL LSR6312SP
JBL LSR6328P
JBL EON10 G2
JBL Control 5
Infinity Beta C360
Mackie HR824
B&W DW-303
Velodyne CT120
Definative Technologies BP2000
McIntosh XLS112
JL Audio Fathom f113
Sonus faber Creamona Auditor
Sonus faber Guarneri Memento
PMC EB1i
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:42 PM
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This list may not be complete, but it is a walk through the cob webs of my old gear going back to 1967.

Pioneer CS-88
Altec Voice of the Theater
Large Advents
Altec Valencia
JBL L100
JBL 4312A
Definative Technologies BP2000
JBL LSR6332
JBL LSR6312SP
JBL LSR6328P
JBL EON10 G2
JBL Control 5
Infinity Beta C360
Mackie HR824
B&W DW-303
Velodyne CT120
McIntosh XLS112
JL Audio Fathom f113
Sonus faber Creamona Auditor
Sonus faber Guarneri Memento
PMC EB1i
Very impressive Dan ! no wonder if you know so many things in audio !
I like to see the EB1i on top of your list !
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:38 AM
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But, just as a kick-off, I will show my first "good" speakers and system - [I]Electrovoice EV-2 - two-way speakers that I bought in 1963, and used for several years The speakers were rated for 35 watts and peak input of 60 watts. I used them with a Fisher X-101-B integrated amp and a Garrard type A turntable - (record changer) with a Shure cartridge and I probably cut the plugs off of a pair of extension cords to get a "really good" set of speaker wires. We had never heard of dedicated speaker wire in those days, and I can't imagine the poor quality of whatever interconnects I used.

JULIAN: The Electrovoice 15" extended range was also my first speaker in 1964. My brother and I built the cabinets and I built the Eico Integrated Amp from a kit. Lampcord was always my choice.
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First "good speakers"...AR 4x (I was about 13 years old...I still have them).

Dynaco A-25
Acoustic Research AR-2ax
Windsor 700 (mid-70's, never heard of them before, or since!)
JBL L100A
JBL L220A
Phase technologies PC80 tower
JBL B460
JBL4401
JBL PB10
JBL 4313B
JBL PB12
JBL 2241-based sub


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I have been in the high-end audio scene for about 6 years only and I am still on my first pair of speakers: Thiel 2.4
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I have been in the high-end audio scene for about 6 years only and I am still on my first pair of speakers: Thiel 2.4
Impressive Cyril !!!
This is "HIGH FIDELITY "
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