Loudspeakers I Like
Loudspeakers I have heard and liked
Here is a list of loudspeakers
I have heard and liked. The order is alphabetic.
Slant6: This is the only Apogee I have heard AND liked. Good
midrange and treble supported by a decent bass.
Several models: Bowers
& Wilkins has always been among my favorites, nearly all models
are good. Their matrix boxes are the most intelligent solution to
the box problem presented until now. The B&W bass performance
is always a bit 'slow'.
Another favorite. Not
all Dynaudio speakers are good, but there are some very good.
Sounds a bit like ESL-63, but with more coloration and less detail.
One of the best mini-monitor speakers. Recommended as side systems
with subwoofer, this makes them a true high end contender.
Contour 1.8: Basically
the same as 1.3 but with more bass (and coloration).
Audience 10: Not
in production any more, but this was a poor mans Contour 1.3. Same
kind of sound, just not as good.
40: New and cheap model, still very
Larger models: I have heard some of their larger models (including
the largest) and some of them are very good, but the price makes
them less interesting. With higher price the competition gets stronger,
and in this price range I prefer planar speakers.
I have heard their largest electrostatic loudspeaker.
Very impressing it was. The system setup included Copland CDA-288,
Mark Levinson 332 or 333. The CD was an extremely good OPUS-3 recording
with HDCD. The sound was very detailed and alive with a large soundstage
(2-mike recording), almost too large. I think these speakers need
a very large room. The loudspeakers were almost new and that maybe
explains that the treble was a bit sharp (could be the transistors)
and that there was little bass. I would like to hear more of these.
Grand Utopia: I heard these at a hifi show, the sound was detailed
and easy. The box sound was pretty obvious though. Still a very
good speaker, but also terribly expensive.
I heard these at a
hifi show, and the the sound was very impressive. It was large scale,
detailed and fast. If I felt the need for a backup system to play
rock music at realistic levels, I would certainly consider to use
the Klipschhorns, probably with an SE triode amplifier. I liked
the sound from these horns more than the modern large scale loudspeakers
(JM Lab Grand Utopia, Von Schweikert VR-8). The Klipschhorns have
some coloration as do all horns, but they make listening to music
fun, and that is what it is all about. The sound character is best
described as expressionistic.
I have heard many Magnepan models and they all share the same qualities,
very good midrange and treble (excellent with ribbons) and a terrible
bass. I like them because the music scenery sounds alive. In the
mid 70's the Magneplanar Tympani 1C were my favorite speakers, but
no longer. I think the coloration is too high, the soundstage too
large and the bass a real no-no. The cheaper models are highly recommended.
Together with a good subwoofer the sound can be great.
Aerius i, Sequel
II, SL3, Request: I have heard these
three models and they share the same qualities, very good midrange,
good treble and decent bass. Compared to the Quads the sound is
less accurate, with box coloration and a little edgy treble. Still
very good loudspeakers sharing the see through qualities with other
electrostatic loudspeakers. You can also play a little louder with
these except for the Aerius which to my ears sound better than the
others on small scale music but can not cope with large scale music.
I would like to hear the CLS, this could be good with dipole subwoofers.
M1: One of the best box speakers I have heard. Some
coloration, but easy to listen to.
Several models: Their treble unit is one of the best and the midrange
is also very good in most of their models. I have not heard good
bass (not bad either) from Monitor Audio, but together with a subwoofer
the result should be very good. The finish in the more expensive
models is terrific.
2.5,3.5: Very good speakers, the
Tablette need support from a subwoofer but the others don't. Together
with Dynaudio my favorites among box speakers today. Easy to listen
ESL, ESL-63: Still my favorites. Extremely good midrange and
treble, excellent bass but limited bass extension and SPL. The soundstaging
qualities are also excellent especially in the ESL-63. The ESL-63
is a bit laid-back compared to the ESL, some like it, some don't.
The most accurate loudspeakers I have heard.
Some models: I have heard a few models, and they all sound very
VR-4, VR-8: I like
these speakers, fun to listen to. Not the most accurate reproduction,
I have heard and NOT liked
Here is a list of loudspeakers
I have heard and NOT liked. The order is alphabetic. I will only
include loudspeakers that have been well reviewed by others, but
not by me.