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So, imagine for a moment that you've come into a bunch of cash; won the lottery, bumped off a rich relative and inherited, been adopted by Warren Buffet, robbed a bank, become a drug lord and/or married Miley Cyrus without a pre-nup, and have decided that no matter how awesome your DIY designs are, you're going to purchase some new speakers.

What would you buy? And why?

I don't care if you simply like the looks, or they have some tech you find interesting or you've lusted after them forever, I'm just curious. The speakers you post, just need to be available for purchase now, or were sometime in the past at a store of some sort, no custom, no DIY.

To start the ball rolling, here are some I find interesting (in no particular order).

JBL DD66000



...because they're JBL, they're horns and because I think they look understated for somethig that size.

Meridian DSP8000



... because they're Meridian, active, very stylish and in black, they remind me of Daleks.

ATC SCM150



...because I heard a passive pair once and thought they were very good. At the time I nearly bought them but the saleshack was such an asswipe I left. I'd get the actives if I were buying them today.

Legend Tikandi



...because I heard the predecessor and thought they were very good.

Rockport Altair



... because they look great, I respect Andy Payor as an engineer and they'd look good in the same room as the Sirius turntable I'd buy too.

Sonus Faber Stradivarius



.... because they're beautiful.

I deliberately excluded Danley stuff because it's too similar to what I already have. And apart from the Legends and the ATC, I doubt I could build any of the rest even if I could get the drivers, and make them look that good.












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These are what I would buy. I've never heard them but would buy them based on their looks (although from reviews, they are supposed to be one of the best speakers at any price on the market.) :

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I think I would need a pair of Genelec 1036A's to use as a reference for all the diy speakers I would be designing in my free time, being filthy rich and all.

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Are these in a massive living room?? Anything thats not high sensitivity would suck when pushed at all and i wouldnt want to listen to it.

I really think danley makes the ultimate in speakers with their synergy series.

They arent art pieces but i actually do think they have a nice industrial look to them.

If you want a speaker you can just stare at then that changes things entirely. The everest has a nice design to it, sort of.


MBL, sonus faber, bang and olufson, meridian, kharma, all heavily favor design.

I think TAD is also really cool just because them seem to be really going insane with investing a lot of money into driver tech

magico makes some insane industrial design

I think the best speaker "in the round" actually belongs to the R909 though, really nothing can top it

http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/jamo/909.html

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I already bought what I wanted, not really considering the cost. My mains are very similar to your top listed choice

If I cared about looks over SQ, I'd have to pick the MBL's, as they are seriously cool looking.
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This i think actually takes it for the most insane looking speaker, it looks like a tim burton design and draws far too much attention to itself. Also $400,000!

http://www.audiobeef.com/magico-ultimate-loudspeaker/


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I would have these all around...


(I heard them and talked with the owner at CES in '02. They get the job done and are works of art)

I would also build a dual-opposed ultimate subwoofer system in a matching style to the above using a quad of Adire Parthenon motors:



Should keep me happy for a few years.

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I would have these all around...

This reeks of post modernism

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Assuming a time machine, I'd need to pick up a set of these (and a pallet of spare parts):



Assuming a live-in maid to do the dusting and polishing, these would be awfully tempting:



Otherwise, ditto on the big JBLs and Danley products.
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im going with rock port altairs because andy is awesome and they look amazing (and sound amazing, also would love a set of atc's in my home (used them in various studios that ive worked at.)

would love a set of the coltranes by marten (i demo'd them in my home and the mid range was phenomenal) im a jazz and piano concerto guy a lot of the time so i can get by with lower effeciency designs..

although if i was feeling like a horn build i would either use the amazing ale or goto drivers out of japan (insanely expensive, ale drivers are used in the magico ultimates) or a pair of acapellas with a plasma horn tweeter.



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I would probably pick up some new fronts and surrounds. Nothing too crazy.


Kidding, the larger Sonus Faber's are too big. I would love to just have 5 or 7 of the smaller Sonus Faber Amati Futura's (the smaller speakers) for a nice living room system.

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Do these have punch?




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Lol! With FRUIT PUNCH!!!

Nah. They are ported so they will sound slow and boomy.

I'd like to see what you'd get, Josh.

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And I bet they sound wonderfully coherent in a conventional living room or home theatre. /sarcasm
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As if anyone of these others would.

Who gives a s**t, Niner?

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I don't care if you simply like the looks, or they have some tech you find interesting or you've lusted after them forever, I'm just curious.

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As if anyone of these others would.

See I can do the asinine emoticons too.

Considerably better than that would.

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Who gives a s**t, Niner?

You, obviously.

Get some: you could call it The Overcompensation Theatre.

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Thanks.

My pleasure.
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uh oh.....

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I'd buy those JBL DD66000, w/o a doubt
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Meyer sound X-10





and for the insane choice.


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From some of the posts above I think I'd have to start with a bigger living room.
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Me too.
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I would pick up a pair of the top of the line Salk speakers.

They could go right where my existing speakers are.
They would not completely break the bank.
They have drivers in them that I would like to hear.

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I realize this is a loudspeaker thread, but a loudspeaker is all about the room. And a room is all about the time domain.

I could live with a hugely dynamically capable system, and the absence of the room "fighting back",...that's what I'd lust after.

First, whether I'm enjoying mixing an outdoor show, or merely attending live events outdoors, when you're outdoors, the LF has this fantastic characteristic that is so elusive otherwise. The total absence of destructive LF modal behavior, or SBIR, is a trait that I'd love to have with any system. As wonderfully tight the bottom end is outdoors, the sound-field, or lack thereof, needs some measure of additional, diffuse, returns to the LP. So perhaps some type of anechoic below the transition, and ideally acoustically optimized above the transition.

So I'd pick something like Meyer's Acheron below;



And the accompanying mid-bass/LF counterpart;



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I've always wanted the big Westlake SMS-1's, but never got to hear them,....they are still available today. tower style, or soffited style;



Ever since I heard a set of these JBL's, I wanted them. These classic JBL designs are superbly engineered, and highly sought after today;



Below, is relative new-comer to the big monitor scene is Adam. Contemporary drivers, and materials, in a MMTMM approach. I'd like to hear them in a good room.




Either an implementation of an idealized Double Bass Array, or some type of outdoor system with a wonderfully diffuse, fully enveloping sound-field at the LP. All this without any reflected, destructive LF energy. So indoor, the space would be anechoic below a spec'd frequency. Outdoor, physical elements would be placed as to be only diffusely reflective above a specified frequency. This way, all diffuse spectral cues are maintained to the sides and rear of the LP, and yet there is no destructive modal behavior.

It's amazing how well our psychoacoustic process is forgiving wrt various aspects of acoustic compromise. But some type of active design that possesses a reasonably smooth frequency balance, both on and off axis would be really nice. But time coherency in speaker design, implemented in a space that's damped properly (doesn't fight back) below the transition, would elicit a sense of speed that's difficult to achieve otherwise.


Thoughts?

btw; all the above loudspeakers implemented into a full, bass managed system, would be supplemented by ample displacement of whatever driver/amplifier du jour necessary. Whether it Thigpen's Rotary, or conventional cones, there would be so much displacement that the coil rarely/never leaves the linear aspect of the gap, or encounter the non-linear elements of the soft parts. So whether it's Funk's LMS', Bosso's dual opposed, Seaton's dual opposed, Danley's dual 21" TH, whatever it is, there'd be ample displacement to overcome absolute lack of any PVG. Also, they'd be physically arrayed, and subsequently time delayed, as to acoustically sum at the LP.

Just sayin'


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Bringing this thread back to life......
First I'd get myself an epic custom log home, with appropriate various media rooms, including dedicated HT room


Then I'd fill the dedicated HT room with Synthesis Everest
http://www.jblsynthesis.com/Products/Details/122

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THE HIGHEST PEAK IN AUDIO REDEFINED.

Of those who seek perfection in sound reproduction, only a handful have actually achieved it. It is a rare occurrence when an individual or group is able to triumph over the constraints of technological reality just once.

At JBL, this has happened eight times. In each case, our engineers were told to build the speaker system they had always wanted to build. Whatever resources were required would be available. Thus began an ongoing investigation into new frontiers of sound reproduction, beginning in 1950 and continuing to the present day.

The products that have resulted from this venture are now known as the JBL Project loudspeakers. Each represents the absolute peak of every technological, material and engineering innovation available at that time, combined into a single system. They are Hartsfield, Paragon, Project Everest DD55000, Everest DD66000, K2 S9500/7500, K2 S5500, K2 S9800 and K2 S5800.

The newest is Project Everest DD67000. Three Project Everest DD67000 speakers in front of you, eight SK2-3300 surrounds and four 18-inch S1S-EX subwoofers, powered by no fewer than eleven S820 amplifiers, create the most realistic and inspiring system JBL Synthesis has ever designed. Hearing is believing.

Synthesis® Everest is a 11.4 multichannel cinema/music system that is suitable for rooms sized approximately from 3,500 ft3 to 100,000 ft3.

Electronic Components Include: (1) SDP-40HD, (11) S820, (1) SDEC-4500, (1) S4500XLRIC

Loudspeaker Components Include: (3) DD67000, (8) SK2-3300, (4) S1S-EX (Less)
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I heard this avangarde system at CES a decade ago and was incredibly impressed. Not sure if my tastes still holds, but if I'm that rich, I can just get something else :P



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Seven (7) Channel J3-64 setup with one (1) OEM LG FP10000Q per speaker.

A few dozen SM80's to implement when Atmos becomes available for home use...probably pick up six (6) more OEM LG FP10000Q's to power all of them as well.

Since money is no object, I'd scoop up 128 LMS-U's with 32 OEM LG FP14000's for power. Goal would be to have subs in every space not taken by the Jericho's.

Entire system EQ'd with one sweet spot in mind.

All in a 2,000ft^2 space.

Nice way to spend close to half a mill on speakers and amps alone IMO.

Meh, fun to imagine...

 

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