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Recommended Modern Speakers

Discussion in 'New Gear - Values' started by Bigerik, May 2, 2012.

  1. DubChord

    DubChord New Member

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    For budget bookshelves, I think the PSB Alpha B1 is a terrific speaker... They are no longer the "new hotness" in that crowded segment of the market, with the buzz more recently around Elac etc. But 8 months ago, I paid a whopping $170 on a nearly new pair for my secondary system... and my kitchen is rockin'!
    At the $2k mark, I can't really find fault w/ my new Ryan R610s. After 200 hrs of break-in, and about 10-15 hrs of subsequent listening in a tough room (acoustic treatments still very much a work in progress) they are pretty amazing. And I really like their understated cosmetics. if they were a musician, they wouldn't be a flashy frontman. They'd be the behind the scenes (but in demand) session player, who walks into the studio... kills it in one take... and moves on to the next session.
     
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  2. stamir

    stamir Member

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    I started with Wharfedale Jade 5. Sweet sound, amazing bass articulation, immense power and unbelievably easy on the ears. Often go overlooked but their overall sound is amazing.
    I sold them to a friend and got the new Heco Direkt. What can i say? Almost everything else, i mean other speakers, now sound lifeless. There is a speed and attack i never knew it's possible. The bass extension is huge, it rattles and shakes my large room 35 m2 with 3.5 high ceiling). The mids are very "direkt" and the highs are from another world. The overall sound is not clinical or fatiguing but there is an incredible
     
  3. stamir

    stamir Member

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    I started with Wharfedale Jade 5. Sweet sound, amazing bass articulation, immense power and unbelievably easy on the ears. Often go overlooked but their overall sound is amazing.
    I sold them to a friend and got the new Heco Direkt, in black. What can i say? Almost everything else, i mean other speakers, now sound lifeless. There is a speed and attack i never knew it's possible. The bass extension is huge, very deep, it rattles and shakes my large room 35 m2 with 3.5 high ceiling). The mids are very "direkt" and the highs are from another world. The overall sound is not clinical or fatiguing but there is an incredible amount of detail. The music is presented in a whole different manner compared to the usual modern speakers.
    And they go very, very loud without effort and most important, without any sign of distortion. they don't bring the artist into the room but they do kind off make you believe you are there.
    The Direkts need a warmer amplifier I believe. It sounds great with my Audiolab 8200CDQ pre-amp and 2 x Audiolab 8200M monoblocks but I tried them with an old Kenwood on mosfets and sounded much better. the detail and speed still there but the sound became somehow fuller and more rounded.

    I also recommend the Spendor A5. I have a pair of these in Walnut finish. There is no other speaker in my opinion that sound as sweet as this one. I swap between the Direkt and A5 every now and then just for fun and for the sake of a change. The best I heard from Spendor A5 was when driven by a Sugden A21SE in a medium to large room (about 20-24 m2) at a dealer shop.

    sorry for duble posting but the first one was from my phone and something crashed midway
     
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  4. KG_Jag

    KG_Jag Member

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    Agreed. My number 1 multi-channel systems are anchored by the Silver 8. In one system I use the Silver Center and in the other a Silver 6 as the center channel. Am just about to pair vintage late 70's Sony and Sansui high powered receivers with a pair of Silver 6's and a pair of Silver 2's. That should be fun.
     
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  5. Guest125

    Guest125 Active Member

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    Anyone looking for floor standing speakers, I can highly recommend the JBL Studio 590.
     
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  6. guiller

    guiller Toscaninichus Australis

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    Could you please expand? Many thanks.
     

     

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  7. Mamrak1

    Mamrak1 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Sometimes hard to find but worth the effort. Opera Loudspeakers made in Italy. Recommended by Sam Tellig when he was reviewing for Stereophile.
     
  8. Guest125

    Guest125 Active Member

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    I own a set of 590's. It's one of Greg Timber's designs. Recently they were on sale for $499 each, (2 for 1) so it was a no brainer. The dual 8" drivers do a great job of getting the low frequencies done well for the design of the cabinet. At 70 lbs each, they are a substantial floor standing model. The vertical bi-radial horn with the compression driver makes a wonderful coverage for high dynamics. It's a very good sounding speaker model.
     
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  9. guiller

    guiller Toscaninichus Australis

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    Many thanks for sharing your views on these speakers!
     
  10. hifix

    hifix Active Member

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    After reading the stereophile review of the wharfedale diamond 225 (and hearing a comparative youtube sound demo *no retailers in the state where i live* ) i decided to get a pair.
    While they are not as fast or as extended in the highs as my old sonus faber concertinos, they are very enjoyable. They are abit more relaxed - and the presentation is abit further back. They are also not as critical with bad recordings. Thankfully, while it was abit of a gamble i did a get a good deal on these. They are not unnaturally detailed or super forward. In the right setup it is a very good sounding speaker. For me these are keepers.
     
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  11. KG_Jag

    KG_Jag Member

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    You seem to be much of the same opinion of the Stereophile reviewer who said:

    "Conclusions
    Every day I listened to the Wharfedale Diamond 225s, part of me wanted to write, "Hey, these new speakers are nice, musical, even-tempered, and easy to live with. But they're nothing special. They're not designed in a wizard's shack behind a British row house and manufactured in some quaint Station Road factory with a pub down the way." I almost wished I could say, "The 225s were created by some secret war-room consortium of Dr. Strangelove imperialists," or to declare something like, "They play music just pleasantly enough—in a general, average sort of way—to fool the scruffy underclasses."

    But none of it was true."

    https://www.stereophile.com/content/wharfedale-diamond-225-loudspeaker
     

     

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  12. trinhsman

    trinhsman AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Got to hear the top levels of the Von Schweikert line recently. If I had an extra 10,000-300,000 dollars laying around to buy speakers, I would sure consider them.:rolleyes:
     
  13. hifix

    hifix Active Member

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    At the start it was really tricky to have the speakers play with a balanced sound in the existing setup. An interconnect and a passive attenuator had to be swapped out to get it to sound right. The older speakers were on the bright side and the 225's were the opposite. After a few days, i was worried that i had bought something that just wouldnt work. With the 225s having more bass weight and extension (compared to my older bookshelves), i also had to add some diy acoustic panels. After a bit of hair pulling, grumbling, some DIY-ing and a few face palms later... its sounding balanced. :D
     

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