Originally Posted by OctaDyn_Dude
Wow I almost put up a link to S25's on the Gon today. I didn't know that was against the rules. One thing that struck me a little funny was the listing mentioned they were cherry colored. I didn't think the S25's even came in cherry and there were no pictures either. Anyhow the ad is already gone.
Let me give you a little background on the Special 25s.
They were the 25th anniversary edition. Originally, they just built 2,000 pairs. All in the Maser Birch finish. (I think Rob and I are the only people on this thread that have the absolute originals).
Now, what happened is that Dyn was going to discontinue them after the initial anniversary introduction. There was such an outcry that they continued building them for another 3-4 more years and they offered more woods and finishes. They ended up building another 6,000 pairs. So, there is a total of over 8,000 pairs of Special 25s out there.
How often do you ever see them come up for sale? Not often; people have a tendency to hang on to their S25s. That alone should tell you what a successful speaker it was.
You bring up constantly that you think the S25s and the Sapphires lean towards being brighter or more forward.
Maybe to your ears. To me, the Raidhos are too laid back.
The thing is, we all hear differently.
You know I was a custom home builder for 40+ years. Because of all those years surrounded with all different types of loud machinery; of course I've got some hearing damage.
You know when we're younger we are invincible. I didn't wear any hearing protection...stupid, stupid on my part. But you know, luckily my hearing is still pretty good. There are certain frequencies that need a bit of boost and that's why I lean towards speakers like the S25s or the Sapphires.
(I still have a problem with my wife's voice..sometimes I just can't hear or understand her...LOL
) (I think 38 years of marriage does that).
Now, I've always used solid state amps. And of course, I lean towards Belles. The thing I love about Belles is the neutrality and the dynamics; Belles amps have No coloration. I've always used tubed preamps. The beauty of a tubed preamp is I can adjust the brightness or laid-backness of a speaker by just rolling tubes. Tubes have a much greater impact than any cable. Also, tube rolling is a lot more fun than trying a bunch of different cables.
I don't talk much about the different speakers I've had, but I've actually had a bunch over the years. C1s, C2s , etc., etc.