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Cool What's your TOP 3 favorite speaker companies? How about the absolute worst?

What's your top favorite 3 HOME speaker companies. Which speaker company do you hate the most?
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Not in particular order.

1. Evolution Acoustics
2. Dynaudio
3. Raid-Ho

Company that do not sound good for price.


1. Wilson
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In no particular order:

Danley Sound Labs
Seaton Sound Inc.
JTR Speakers

The worst:

Bose
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I'll provide two. My favorites are EMP and B&W. EMP for supplying high end sound for mid-fi money and B&W for producing a rich product line that runs the gamut from modest to extreme high end and each with great sound for the money. I think most people can find what they want somewhere in one of Harman's product lines as well.

Naim and I don't agree on much but we do about Wilson Audio. These are perhaps the worst value in all of audio. Boring and lifeless but incredibly expensive.
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1. Aerial 2. Vandersteen 3. Harbeth. For 3 I would have said Thiel, but Thiel no longer makes Thiel speakers. What I enjoy the least Magico.
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I have many favorites (that I heard), but these are a few...

Salk Sound
Old Polk
JTR

I'd have to say the worst is: Bose
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Never heard a speaker I bought I disliked. I have bought Yamaha, Klipsch, Polk, Audio Concepts ( defunct?), and B&W. I own KRK powered monitors, and they are ok given the rock bottom price, but I suggest people serious about mixing audio might want to step up to something better

I once heard a Cerwin Vega in a store that did not sound right to me, boomy bass, but can you really make such evaluations from a speaker at a Best Buy?

I know people hate Bose, and I thought their wave radio sound like crap, but I once heard 301 or 501 or something like that which sounded pretty good.

It seems to me, that as speakers involve so many compromises, there's few bad speakers, just stick to trusted manufacturers. At the end of the day, seems until you can get the speakers in your own home, connected to your own amp and setup you won't be able to evaluate them with any accuracy.

Also note, that with the typical use of powered subwoofers there's a big variable there in terms of how the speakers are going to fit in that almost no review or store eval is going to help with.

One thing I can't stand is boomy bass, but make sure it's the speaker not the mix. I find a good pair of headphones can help you find inherent problems with a song's mix so you don't accidently attribute that to a flaw in the speaker. This is something I don't see mentioned much but I found helpful in my own evaluations

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What's your top favorite 3 HOME speaker companies.
My favourite is Paradigm.


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Which speaker company do you hate the most?
There are plenty I wouldn't buy from, but I can't say I hate any of them.
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Favorites: Paradigm, JTR, Salk.

Worst: Bose, B&O, Logitech (Not really a speaker company but they still make horrible speakers)
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What's your top favorite 3 HOME speaker companies. Which speaker company do you hate the most?
What are yours? Why start a thread like this without playing yourself?
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Klipsch, Acoustic Research and JBL.

The worst Bose-no highs no lows, Infinity-blown tweeters, Empire-they blow everything.

Klipsch so much it Hz
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In no particular order:

Danley Sound Labs
Seaton Sound Inc.
JTR Speakers

The worst:

Bose
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Triad
Aerial
Pro Audio Technology ie. PHC

Would love to audition Quested.


Worst?

Any white van down by the river selling speakers.........
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Paradigm
B & W
Salk
Honorable mention:
Focal La Grande $196,000

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The worst speakers I ever owned, Bose 201.
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Never heard a speaker I bought I disliked. I have bought Yamaha, Klipsch, Polk, Audio Concepts ( defunct?), and B&W. I own KRK powered monitors, and they are ok given the rock bottom price, but I suggest people serious about mixing audio might want to step up to something better

I once heard a Cerwin Vega in a store that did not sound right to me, boomy bass, but can you really make such evaluations from a speaker at a Best Buy?

I know people hate Bose, and I thought their wave radio sound like crap, but I once heard 301 or 501 or something like that which sounded pretty good.

It seems to me, that as speakers involve so many compromises, there's few bad speakers, just stick to trusted manufacturers. At the end of the day, seems until you can get the speakers in your own home, connected to your own amp and setup you won't be able to evaluate them with any accuracy.

Also note, that with the typical use of powered subwoofers there's a big variable there in terms of how the speakers are going to fit in that almost no review or store eval is going to help with.

One thing I can't stand is boomy bass, but make sure it's the speaker not the mix. I find a good pair of headphones can help you find inherent problems with a song's mix so you don't accidently attribute that to a flaw in the speaker. This is something I don't see mentioned much but I found helpful in my own evaluations
Very good point. Just stick to trusted manufacturers and dont buy the bad speakers that some do make. Personally, i really dislike Bose as well, mainly because they advertise HEAVILY and with all the money they make, they take most of it and put it into even more advertising instead of using it to try and create better speaker lines... god i hate that. and whats REALLY unfortunate, is it paid off for them because the military signed them up for a multi-million dollar contract, mainly for creating noise cancellation speakers for them. A few others participated but Bose was ultimately chosen mainly because it was more well known. Ugh.
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Fellows there are a lot worse speakers than Bose. Ever heard anything made by Coby? How about Pyle subwoofers? Junk...
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What are yours? Why start a thread like this without playing yourself?
What online rule states i must? Lol.

Ok, but i will:

TOP 3 I've owned and loved:

1) Sony
2) Bose
3) Monoprice

Worst:

Dynaudio

Hahahaha.. I'm joking I'm joking.
My actual list is here:

TOP 3 Own(ed) and love

1) Paradigm
2) Dynaudio
3) Bowers & Wilkens

Worst (i've never owned any speakers i hated, but the ones i've heard in person and hated the most are) :

Bose.

Im sure there are worst but for its high price tags and low performance output... that really upsets me. Especially when they make so many of them like that. Not all of them, but a lot of them.
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Fellows there are a lot worse speakers than Bose. Ever heard anything made by Coby? How about Pyle subwoofers? Junk...
To me it's more about how Bose goes about it and prices it rather than the other two (and whoever else brands that level of speaker).

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Fellows there are a lot worse speakers than Bose. Ever heard anything made by Coby? How about Pyle subwoofers? Junk...
Maybe, but those are priced accordingly unlike overpriced Bose. That's the problem.
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I owned and loved my Bose ls28II, and Bose 901. They were my first entry into speakers, I got them used and I think they alright if price wasn't a factor.
However my fav. Speakers were the old kenwood coffins my dad used to have from early memories. Currently, I like the warm sound of my Polk lsi9. opposite of that,i also like the bright sound of my kef xq for ht. But top fav is my DIY seos that sound similar to the old kenwood coffins.

My least fav. Type are the mirage omd15. It just doesn't sound right to me as mains, but I have heard the as surround and they are phenomenal.

I guess I don't have a least fave brand, it's more like type of application and where I could use it.
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2. B&W
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Jumping on the bandwagon-Bose

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Every time there is a thread like this it somehow always turns to I hate Boss threads.
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Every time there is a thread like this it somehow always turns to I hate Boss threads.
Being that Boss is a car audio company, I haven't seen them mentioned yet, but since you mentioned them, yes they do suck.
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Being that Boss is a car audio company, I haven't seen them mentioned yet, but since you mentioned them, yes they do suck.

hahaha, yes BOSE.

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Do you want to bet if you took a man on the street survey(non-AVS members) Bose would make the top 3. By the way both the NFL & the high end magazine Consumer Reports both love Bose. Why can't we be like the general well informed consumer???
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Being that Boss is a car audio company, I haven't seen them mentioned yet, but since you mentioned them, yes they do suck.
Paradigm Reference made with pride in Toronto by free people.
I hope they will never get greedy like Classé.
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In no particular order:

Danley Sound Labs
Seaton Sound Inc.
JTR Speakers

The worst:

Bose
+2..read my friggin mind
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