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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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2ND HOME SYSTEM: . . . Sonus Faber Guarneri Memento or Magnepan MG 1.7i Speakers, JL Audio F112 Sub, Esoteric Modified-X03 CD/SACD Player, McIntosh MA7000 Integrated Amp, McIntosh MVP871 Universal Disc Player, OPPO BDP-95 Blu-Ray Player, OPPO SONICA Audiophile DAC & Network Streamer VPI Scoutmaster with periphery ring clamp, VPI SDS Motor Drive, Koetsu Rosewood Platinum Signature -Pro IV, or Clearaudio Discovery Cartridges, Mark Levinson No. 25s phono stage, Wadia 170i Transport with a Meridian Bitstream 203 DAC, VPI DB-5 "magic bricks", VPI HW-17 Pro Record Cleaning Machine, Five Richard Gray RGPC 400 devices scattered around the two systems, Arcici Suspense Rack System, Discovery Essence and Essential Cables,.


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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 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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LIVING ROOM - McIntosh C2300, MC75 (2), MR85, Magnum Dynalab 205, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, Shunyata Sigma USB cable, Micro Seiki DD40, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, Nakamichi BX-300, Sony 60ES DAT, PS Audio P10, Furutech Flux 50, Sonos Connect, Stillpoints, Wireworld, Kimber, PMC EB1i, JL Audio f113
VINTAGE - McIntosh MA230, Tandberg 3011A tuner, Olive 04HD, Sony DTC-59ES DAT, McIntosh 4300V, JBL 4312A

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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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Old 05-10-2011, 12:04 PM
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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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Master Bedroom System: McIntosh: MX120 Theater processor, MC206 6-channel amplifier; MR74 AM/FM Tuner, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, JVC HM-DH40000U D-Theater Digital VHS, Phase Technology PC80 Towers (now used as stands), (2) JBL 4401's, (1) JBL Studio 6IW speaker, (2) JBL Studio 6IC speakers, Sony XBR-49X900E UHD TV, Panamax 1000 Line Conditioner, (2) JL Audio E110 Subwoofers, Wireworld Solstice speaker cables, Wireworld Aurora Power cords, and various other flavors of Wireworld and Audioquest cabling

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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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JBL L100
JBL 4311
JBL 4312
JBL 4343
JBL L300
Mac HT-1
Mac HT-2
Mac HT-3
Mac HT-4
Mac XR27
Mac WS350
Mac LS360
Mac XRT28
Mac XRT30
Mac XLS112
Mac XLS350
Mac XLS360
Mac XRT2K
Mac XCS2K
JL 112 Fathom
JL 113 Fathom
JL 213 Gotham
Vienna Acoustics Bach Grand
Vienna Acoustics Teatro
SF Stradivari
SF Amati Anniversario
SF Cremona
SF Auditor M

I may have missed a few.
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MX150, MC501(2) MC1.2KW(10) MC2301(2) MR88, MVP881, MCD1100, MDA1000, C1000C/P/T, MPC1500, ESOTERIC K-01X 30th ANNIVERSARY (BLACK) SACD/CD PLAYER, G02-X CLOCK, HT3F(2) XRT2K, XCS2K, XR27(2) JL GOTHAM SUBS(2) JL FATHOM F113v2 SUBS(4) SOUND ANCHOR STANDS(2) KALEIDESCAPE STRATO & TERRA SERVERS, LUMAGEN RADIANCE SCALER, SONY VPH-G90U PROJECTOR, STEWART 120" SCREEN, SONUS FABER STRADIVARI, SILENZIO, FORTRESS SEATING, WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES
Analog Rig: CLEARAUDIO INNOVATION WOOD, UNIVERSAL ARM w/ Da VINCI' CART, 2nd UNIVERSAL ARM w/ GOLDFINGER STATEMENT CART, HRS-MXR REFERENCE RACK-GLOSS BLACK w/ M3X SHELVES, AESTHETIX RHEA SIG PHONO-PRE, WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES
Reference System: BURMESTER 911MK3 AMP(3), 088 PRE-AMP, 089 CD PLAYER, 100 PHONO PRE-AMP, 948 POWER CONDITIONER, AVID ACUTUS REFERENCE SP TT, GRAHAM PHANTOM II SUPREME ARM, BENZ MICRO LP-S CART, GRANDIOSO P1/D1 STACK, G01X RUBIDIUM MASTER CLOCK, N05 NETWORK PLAYER, SILENZIO, HRS-SXR CUSTOM RACK w/ M3X SHELVES, SONUS FABER AIDA SPEAKERS, JL FATHOM F113v2 SUBS(2) SOUND ANCHOR STANDS(2) WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES

Library System: GRANDIOSO M1 MONOBLOCK AMPS, C1 LINESTAGE PRE-AMP, K1 CD/SACD PLAYER, G1 MASTER RUBIDIUM CLOCK, E02 PHONO-PRE, SILENZIO, AERIAL ACOUSTICS 20T V2, AERIAL SW12 SUBS(2), CANTON REF K1’s, VPI HRX TT w/ SDS POWER SUPPLY, ORTOFON CADENZA BLACK CART, KLAUDIO RCM, SHUNYATA DENALI 6000/S v2, WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES
Bryston/Esoteric System: ESOTERIC C02-X PRE-AMP, P-02X TRANSPORT, D02-X DAC, G02-X CLOCK, BRYSTON 28B3 CUBED MONOBLOCK AMPS, SHUNYATA DENALI 6000/S v2(2) AMR-DP777-SE DAC, SILENZIO, TAD REFERENCE ONE MK2 LOUDSPEAKERS, QUADRASPIRE RACK, WIREWORLD PLATINUM CABLES
Accuphase/Canton System: ACCUPHASE E650 INTEGRATED, DP560 CD/SACD PLAYER, T1200 FM STEREO TUNER, PS530 POWER SUPPLY, CANTON REF K3’s, CANTON REF K5’s, SILENZIO, HRS MXR REFERENCE MAHOGHANY RACK w/ M3X2 SHELVES, WIREWORLD GOLD CABLES
Bryston Active System: BP26 PRE-AMP, MPS2 POWER SUPPLY, BAX-1 CROSSOVER, BDA-3 DAC, BDP-3 PLAYER, BCD-3 CD PLAYER, BIT15(2), MODEL T ACTIVE SPEAKERS, 21B3 CUBED AMPS, SILENZIO, TARGET RACK, WIREWORLD SILVER CABLES

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Old 05-10-2011, 12:33 PM
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Klipsch Heresy
JBL 4301b's
Klipsch Cornwalls
McIntosh LS360
PMC TB2i
PMC EB1i
DeVore Super 8
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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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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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