Pre-1992: big fat 15" woofer Pioneer speakers.
~ 1992 ~ 2006: NHT SuperZero + SW2P (passive sub). I still think the NHT SuperZero was impressive. Crystal clear sound as long as the volume was not too high, which was most of the time. All for $90 each.
~ 2006 ~ 2010: gave my NHT to my brother and bought Definitive Technology BP7000SC, BP7001SC, CLR3000, Trinity Sub, BP10B, SM450.
I auditioned Klipsch RF82, Polk, Magnepan, Mirage, Focal Chorus, Martin Logan Vantage, Krell Resolution 1, Dali Euphonia5, Paradigm S100, PSB Imagine T, RBH T2/T3, B&W 800D & 802D, Revel Salon2 & Studio2, Revel M22, KEF 201/2, Linkwitz Orion, Soundfield Audio.
Sold all my DefTech. Went crazy buying Salon2, Orion, KEF 201/2, dual Rythmik D15SE. Also tried the Infinity P362 since a lot of people talked about it and since it had better FR & off-axis than the B&W 800/802D. Also BIC PL-200 sub.
Added Philharmonic 3, TAD 2201, Dynaudio X32, Focal 826V, ATC SCM7, dual passive Funk 18.0 subs (sold dual Rythmik D15SE), 4 passive Velodyne SC600IF subs (sold P362 & PL-200).
When I auditioned the RBH T2, the sound was great, but the one thing that stuck in my mind was actually the 1010 subs that came with the T2 system. So I bought dual SX-1010N subs for my Orion3 (using the four unused amp channels of the AT6012 amp).
The hardest speaker for me to buy was the B&W 802D2. I've listened to the 802/800 around 2010 and was never impressed. It didn't sound very clear for some reason. I thought my DefTech sounded better. So I went to another B&W location in 2012. This time, the sound was much better. Crystal clear sound this time. Great image & soundstage. So I bought them.
I still listen to all my speakers (like little adopted children
), sort of rotating them. Definitely need a much bigger house and rooms.
One thing is for sure. Most speakers just don't don't great at the stores, shops, dealers, except for the Salon2 and KEF 201/2 because they sounded great even at stores/dealers.
Unfortunately, when most people critique speakers, it's often based on their experience at the stores, shops, dealers, and probably with less than ideal setup and placement. Then they compare that to speakers they've heard in a good home environment. And when they compare, it's usually based on unreliable memory.Edited by AcuDefTechGuy - 5/8/13 at 9:28am