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post #1 of 141 Old 04-04-2006, 01:19 PM - Thread Starter
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Just like the title says. I was doing some thinking and I was surprised once I sat down to how many different pairs I've had over the past few years:

1) Cheap Sony Towers, unknown model, sealed 10" woofer, AWFUl sound but good for $100 and no money!
2) Infinity bookshelves (can't remember, about $400/pr in 1997)
3) Paradigm Monitor 3's
4) Paradigm Studio 20's
5) Paradigm Studio 100's (moved the 20's to surround)
6) B&W 804's
7) No speaker upgrade for a loooong time. So far, lol.


My subwoofer progression is even more fun.

1) RCA 8" 50 watt. That poor little subwoofer took an awful beating.
2) Yamaha YST-120? 2 8" drivers, 120 watts. Sounded okay, wouldn't play loud or deep.
3) Definitive Technology PF15TL. College subwoofer bliss for a while.
4) Velodyne HGS-12 -nice.
5) Dual Shiva in an EBS alignment -water heater.
6) Dual Shiva in a modified EBS alignment (closer to a sealed design)
7) Dual PR'd Tumult Very Nice.
8) ??? Probably a slightly different alignment of the Tumult, a little higher tuning of the PR's as they're tuned LOW right now.


Anyway, thought it might be fun. All this happened over the last 8-10 years. Prior to that I only had stuff like mini systems.

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Speakers - Cambridge audio satelites, Energy Take 5, Energy Exls-26, Dynaudio Audience 42. ------> Updated Dynaudio's to Aperion 632-IW to accommodate my new front projector system (gain video and loose out on audio (but not as bad as i thought))

Subs - Energy 10 Xls, Energy 12 Xls, SVS pc plus 25-31
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Speakers- Bose AM7, Paradigm Studio 20, Soliloquy 5.0s, ?????

Sub- Definitive Technology Powerfield 15

I actually rotate the Paradigms and Soliloquy back and forth in my small HT. The soliloquy's are more musical speakers sounding better with Light Rock, Jazz. The Paradigms have more slam better with Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Rolling Stones. The next set of speakers needs to do both. Don't know what those are yet, but I like the new Studio V3 and the B&W 700 Series.

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This is really going back:

1. Avid 103's with Marantz 16 receiver and Thorenz TT (High School)
2. Ultralinears Model (?) with SAE electronics, Technics TT (College)
3. Spendor SP1 with Hafler Amp, NAD Pre-amp, Linn - LP 12 TT, Rega RB 300 arm, Grado Sig. cartridge, Yamaha CD (1st gen)
4. Maggies - 2.6R - Acoustat Pre, Aragon Pre, Aragon Amp, Elite CD, Linn - LP 12...
5. B&W 804 - Denon AVR 5700, Elite DVD, Velodyne HG 10 (simplified life)
6. Energy Veritas 2.2i with Anthem AVM 30, Anthem MCA 50, Denon DVD 2910, Velodyne HG 10 (simplicity was not good enough)

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1. Pioneer 3-way Tower/floor speakers
2. Fisher Tower/Floor Speakers
3. Sony mini hifi system
4. Polk Audio RTi6's, CSi5, Fxi3's, R15's, PSW303 sub
5. JM-Lab Cobalt 816 S's, CC 800 S

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1978-Realistic Mach-1s. 15" woofer, horn mid and tweeter. Lots of booming and shrieking!
1979-AR12s. Nirvana for a long time. Great, neutral speakers that really shaped my music tastes for all time. Flat, non-exagerated bass.
1992-Cambridge Soundworks original Ensemble. Really great sub/sat system,and one of the first.
1992-KEF Q50s. Lasted less than a week. Awful speakers, Uni-Q not ready for prime time for sure! I bought these after auditioning and falling in love with KEF 104.2s. I tried to save money, and sure regretted it.
1992-Traded the KEFs for Polk LS-70's. (104.2s were gone-demos). I really liked these speakers.
1994-much bigger house, so went with Def Tech BP20s, CLR, and BP1s for surround. Really nice HT speakers, filled the room nicely. Not so great for music.
1997-NHT VT2s. Super Ones for center and surround. Really great for HT. Quite good for music also, although in retrospect I should have gone for the 2.9s, much better for music.
2004-Green Mountain Audio Europas. Bought sight unheard after reading many user reviews that told me I would like the basic sound. These might just be keepers for many years, unless I upgrade to the GMA Callistos. The Europas are on the ugly side, but are frankly the sweetest sounding speakers I have ever heard. I got a great deal at $700 used ($999 new), but they need good, heavy stands, I paid $250 for some NOS Osiris stands, which look great, and are beefy enough to support the 43lb weight of the Europas.
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1987: Panasonic stereo thing
1988: Yamaha Towers
1991: Cambridge Soundworks sub/sat system
1994: Monitor Audio bookshelves
*BIG GAP*
2001: Paradigm Atoms (cc-70, micros in back, PDR-10 sub)
2002: Paradigm Monitor 5s (minis in back, SVS 20-39, CC-370)
2003: Paradigm Monitor 11s
2003: Paradigm Studio 100s (20s in back, studio cc, SVS PB12-ISD/2)
*DIVORCE* HT gear fall down, go boom
2004: Magnepan MMGs
2005: Magnepan MMGs with MMG-Ws in back
2005: Von Schweikert VR-1s (just to play with)

Current System as of March 2006
DeVore Fidelity Super 8s
Butler Audio 5150 hybrid amp
Denon 2900 Universal Player
Outlaw Audio 950 pre/pro

By the way, even though I never expected it to be, I actually consider going from the Studio/100s to the Maggie MMGs an UPGRADE. Even though the MMGs were 1/3 the price of the 'digms, I fell in love with them.
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I went from the Advent sub/sat system that I bought in college in the mid 90's to the Dynaudio Focus 220, 200C, and 140 that my wife so awesomely agreed for me to get.

I gave the Advent sub/sat to my old roommate before getting married.
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Not sure if I'd get a progression correct, but I can say that the first real speakers I had were a pair of NHT SuperZeroes/NHT sub powered by an NAD integrated and CD back in '94 or so. Sweet. I eventually added a cheap Audiosource DPL processor/amp, another Zero at center, and NHT dipoles at surround. All sourced from an oh-so-cool Sony Hifi VHS.

I've had a few speakers since, but probably the best I've had have been the Magnepan MMG's. My Spica TC-60's powered by Quicksilver EL-34 monos did many things really nicely, but I like the MMG's overall.

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1. Polk Model 10A's ~1980
2. JBL 4311B ~1982
3. Rogers LS3 5A's ~1983
4. Linn SARA's ~1987
5. Linn SARA's w/ Vandersteen Sub ~1995
6. Vandersteen 1C ~1997 to present
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Hmmm.....
Some cheap things that came with an old turn table
Radio Shack 2 way
Soundesign with am/fm/8-track/turntable
Small Optimus bookshelfs
Kenwood KLA-500 or something like that
Bose 601
Aiwa part of bookshelf system
Infinity
Mitsubishi M-FS10
Monitor Audio Silver 5i
Kenwood KS-505HT
RBH MC's
RBH Signatures
and other that I can no longer recall

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Starting around 1960...main systems, only
Single GE 2-way mono speaker system (nice walnut cabinet!)
Various homemade reflex cabinets
AR4ax
Large Advents
Gale GS401C (starting to get real serious here...)
Dahlquist DQ-10s
Acoustat Model 3s
Apogee Divas
M&K 2B/V2B system
Kef 107s
Fosgate Audionics HT speaker system
Citation 7000 HT speaker system
Triad Gold LCR system, Platinum PowerSub
Triad Platinum LCRs and Platinum PowerSub
Triad Gold Monitors and dual Gold PowerSubs

That isn't very many speaker systems for 46 years, because *most* of them were really good and I kept them for years at a time. This doesn't count speakers brought home for evaluation...the list would be endless...

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1968 - Zenith Stereo with 9" oval drivers that were detachable.
You know the "portable" stereo where the speaker swing out on hinges
and the turntable swivels down.
1973 - Altec 3-ways. Disappointed I can't remember the model, Big woofer.
Ah did some searching, Altec Segovias. Oiled walnut baby.
1980 - Harbeth HL MkIIs. Still have 'em.
1992 - Harbeth HL-P3ES. Still have 'em.
2002 - Ellis Audio 1801b. Still have 'em.
2006 - Salk HT2(3). Still have 'em

 

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Radio Shack bookshelf
Jensen 3 way bookshelf
Large Advent bookshelf
Dynaco 25 bookshelf
Polk S4 bookshelf - still have
BIC 52 bookshelf & center.
JBL P40 bookshelf and PS120 powered sub - still have
Energy C-1 bookshelf - still have
Boston CR-85, CR-55, CRC- still have them
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92: Pioneer 3-way towers (12", ~5", 2.5") - junior high
94: Polk S6 2-way largish bookshelf speakers - early High School
96: Paradigm Titan 2-way bookshelf speakers - late High School
01: B&W CDM-2SE 2-way bookshelf speakers
03: Dynaudio 42 2-way bookshelf speakers

The Titans are now the rear surround channels in a friend's system. The CDM-2SEs are the mains in that same system.

Currently, I run 4 Dynaudio 42 bookshelf speakers and a Dynaudio 42C in one system, and 2 Dyn 42s, a Dyn 42C, and 4 Monitor Audio BFX surrounds in my other system.

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Yikes. A walk down memory lane! Let's see:

Utah corner speakers
A variety of Radio Shack and Layfayette speakers
KLH 18
Empire (they were octagonal with a marble top that served as a coffee table)
Rectilinear
Advent (Large)
AR5
AR3a
Altec Lansing Stonehenge with M&K sub
Dahlquist DQ10 with matching dual subs
Polk 600, then Polk 800 with Polk 350 then 450 sub
Klipsch RF5 with first Velodyne CHT 12, then dual SVS 20-39's

....and I wonder where all my money went. The Polks and Klipsch with their associated subs as listed above are all still in use in various rooms.
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Petergaryr,

Interesting evolution from the DQ10s to Polk to Klipsch. Was this a transition from HE audio to mostly HT? BTW, the DQ10s used to be one of my favorite all time speakers along with the Maggies, Quads and the B&W 801 Matrix series.

Cheers!

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27" tv speakers
Aiwa shelf system
Sony shelf system
Unknown bookshelves
Monitor Audio RS6 last year
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I don't know if the word "progression" really applies in my case, with all the trading around I have done. In order of quality not chronology I have owned or own:
$15/pair KLH's
Rat Shack Optimus bookshelves (Not as bad as you might expect.)
Paradigm Atom's
Polk Monitor 40's (Good speakers, but I had my Def Tech's for comparison.)
Boston A60's (Wonderful speakers. Kept them for many years.)
Athena F1's (Absolutely awesome for the price.)
Def Tech BP8b's (Insanely great. My HT mains for the foreseeable future.)
Def Tech BP10b's (Even better than the 8's. The last speakers that I will buy for my 2-channel system unless and until I can spend upwards of $5000/pair. They are that good.)

I also have had Athena WS 15's for surround (very good for monopoles.) and currently have Klipsch S1's (excellent, but may eventually upgrade to Def Tech's.) My center is a Def Tech Mythos 7 and I have had the Klipsch C2.

I had a Sony $100 sub that was absolute junk. I now have the Athena AS-P400 which is better than the AS-P4000 (I also have one of those just sitting in a closet.)
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Mine is pretty short:
Magnavox boom box->Klipsch KG 3.5->Paradigm Monitor 5->??

I am looking right now at Vandersteen 2ce Sigs and Spendor S5es to repace those questionmarks.
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When I first started out I had old and I mean old pioneer floor standing speakers. Then I built a little pio/def tech HT around them. A Def Tech clr jr, polk RT3's and Def Tech Powerfield 15. The I went to the Def Tech pro400's. Later I went to a C/L/R 1000. Then I would call it the next phase. I went to JM Labs SW900. A big step up. Then later a CC-901 center. And finally a pair of JM Labs 927Be's. My polk surrounds have been with me from the start.

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SPEAKERS
1) Fisher boombox
2) Pioneer 12" three way(honk boxes),
3) Boston Acoustics HD10
4) Homemade 6.5" woofer, 1" tweeter, and 10" passive
5) Dynaudio Audience 72
6) Dynaudio Audience 42

AMPS/RECEIVERS
1) Fisher boombox
2) Pioneer SX737 (old silver beast)
3) Parasound HCA-1000A (used SX737 as pre)
4) NAD 917 pre/tunner
5) Parasound PLD-1100 pre
6) Bryston 4B-SST

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Nice amp Pete. I have the 4b-ST.

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Here's my list :

If I only had more money ....

1986-1991 Cerwin Vega
1991 - 2000 Polk Audio Monitor 5B
2000 - 2005 Polk Audio RT2000p (5Bs rear) - 5Bs are much nicer speakers
2003 - 2005 Polk Audio CS400i (Center)
2005 - JM Lab Electra CC900 (Center)
2005 - JM Lab Electra 936
2005 - Totem Mites (office)
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geddy nice speakers. As I said I have the 927's. I could not pass up that tweeter. But the 936's are very nice speakers indeed.

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Starting around 1970

DIYs using JBL D-140 woofers and RS horn tweeters-later junked RS tweets and used Celestion compression drivers on EV 8-HD horns and Motorola piezo tweets

DIYs using 12" coaxial Utahs

Dynaco A-25s

Stacked double A-25s

Some small KLHs

Klipsh LaScalas

DIY Hoge subwoofer from Audio Magazine article-12 cubic feet, 15" CTS woofer

DIY EV Eliminator basshorns and Altec 802-511 treble

DIY--Peerless 5" woofers and KO-10-DTs domes

Magnepan MG-Is

More Klipsch LaScalas

DIYs using 8" Audax bextrene woofs and Peerless KO-10-DT domes

DIYs using 8" Dynaudio woofs and Dynaudio tweets

B&W something or others, small

DIY dipole using 6-6x9 car speakers on an open baffle, Motorola piezo tweets

DIYs using 12" Madisound woofer and Altec 806-811 treble

Klipsch Cornwalls

Cornwalls modded with Altec 806-511 treble

Cornwalls traded for Altec 605As

DIY-modded Peavey FH-1 basshorns and Altec 902-511 treble

DIY -JBL 4560 basshorns with Altec 515B drivers, JBL 2420 on McCauley lenses treble

Radio Shack-RCA mini-speakers

DIY-Altec A5 bassbins with various Altec, JBL and Edgar horn and driver combinations, settled on pure Altec A5 with 288K-1005 treble

Klipsch Heresys

KRK-ST-6s

Altec 890C Boleros

1961 Heathkit AS-21s (Altec 9844 studio monitor in fancy cabinet)

Sonic Impact stick-on speakers

A set of Altec A7-500s are being shipped to me from Anaheim as we speak.

In use now are four systems; one using the AS-21s, one the Altec 605s, one the Altec Boleros and one the KRKs.

I've used lots of other stuff too, much experimenting, much forgotten.
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Sharp minisystem
Sony Poop in a rack with 12" towers+ KLH surrounds+KLH Sub
Sony 12" towers with Audiosource speakers+Sub
Sony 12" towers, with Audiosource center + small sony surrounds
Sony 12" Towers, with Audiosource center + Infinity US-1s
Athena AS-F2s with AS-C1s+ Infinity US-1s+ HSU Sub
4x Athena AS-F2s with AS-C1+HSU Sub
4x Athena AS-F2s with custom Athena AS-F2 center channel + HSU Sub

I actually have 10 athena speakers+ 2 Kenwood Sovereign receivers. I am looking for a kenwood Mx-5000 amp, so that I can run 7.1(Since my amp processes 7.1 but does not have 7 amps, lame)
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Petergaryr,

Interesting evolution from the DQ10s to Polk to Klipsch. Was this a transition from HE audio to mostly HT? BTW, the DQ10s used to be one of my favorite all time speakers along with the Maggies, Quads and the B&W 801 Matrix series.

Cheers!

Mike

I had the Dahlquists for years and they were one of the best time aligned speakers. The DQ10s in their day were great, but a bit on the large side. I was powering them with a Carver Sonic Hologarphy pre-amp into a Phase Linear 700 amp. Unfortunately, the drivers started to break down about the time I was getting into home theater.

The challenge of getting 5.1 (well, now 7.1 speakers) into a living room, and stay married, led me down the Polk/Klipsch path.
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1. Altec Lansing Power Cube (2.1 system)
2. Klipsch Promedia 2x 2.1 (4.2 system)
3. Klipsch Promedia 5.1
4. Klipsch Promedia Ultra 5.1 (BestBuy upgrade due to faulty 5.1)
5. B&W DM 602 S3 + Cambridge Audio Azur 540A
6. B&W N805 + Rotel RB-1075, Rotel RC-1075 + ACI Titan
7. + ACI Maestro + Rotel RCD-1072
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AR (Can't remember the model)
Wharfedale
Mission 780 Argonauts
DefTech PF12TL
B&W CDM 7NT's, 1 NT's, CNT
Von Schweikert VR1's
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