What speaker would you like to have back?

Johnny Vinyl

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May 16, 2010
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Is there a speaker you once had that you regret selling or had to give up for some reason, but still have fond memories of and maybe would like to get back one day? Has technology or parts quality improved too much for such a consideration, so that you'd rather just have the memory of good times with it?

I personally haven't had too many different speakers, but two that come to mind are the Celestion Ditton 66 speakers and a pair of Klipsch Heresy II Signature Editions. While I think the Ditton 66s had a little more finesse, I think I enjoyed the Heresy IIs more. I could throw anything at them, from rock to folk to classical and they seemed never to run out of breath. They went through some serious partying for years, and it was a sad day when I had to part with them.


There is no doubt that my Genesis G7s are much more sophisticated and will totally outperform them, but I'd love to have another pair nonetheless.

What's your experience been with previous speakers you've owned?
 

CGabriel

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While I have had many speakers and a couple of them really loved, I can only think of one that I would like back.

Ohm F

There is one other but I bought one and had it reconditioned:

Quad 57
 

Steve Williams

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Kal Rubinson

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My first response was to think of my Apogee Duetta IIs and Stax ELS-F81s. But, upon reflection, what I would love to have back were the huge semi-active, 4-way, 2-box TLS systems that I built with TLC in the mid-70's. At the time, they saw off anything else and impressed many skeptical visitors. They induced extreme obsessive/compulsive behavior in me and I fussed over subtle realignments and crossover tweaks to the point that I had to give them away in order to maintain some degree of sanity. I really want to hear them now!
 

LL21

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In truth, its not practical to have a 2nd pair today. But with the room...probably would go for the Apogee Stages i nearly bought and passed on because i could not afford them 2nd hand a year out of college. Or my old SF Guarneris...one or the other.
 
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Despite the hassle of replacing panels, I sometimes miss my Quad US Monitors (on Arcici stands w/Entec L2f-20 subs).

The delicacy of resolution and truth of timbre have never been bettered in my experience.

A good solo cello recording was the nearest thing to being there.
 

rockitman

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Sep 20, 2011
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#13
Compared to what I use now, I have no wish to have any of my prior speakers...
Prior to my x-2's I had WP 8 and before that Aerial Acoustic 10t's which I aquired back in 1994. Before that Thiel CS 2.2.
 
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DonH50

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Jun 23, 2010
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#15
IRS 2's. When I had them the EMIMs/EMITs had serious reliability issues but they were great speakers when they were all working. The woofers backed up a smaller pair of Maggies for a while but I did not have the room for both and ultimately sold the Infinity's.
 

DaveyF

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#16
For me it would be my Maggie MG1 Improved....they were very sweet with my HK tube amp/preamp. OTOH, not in any way in the same league as my current SF GH's. Lloyd, why not acquire another pair of GH's? They still come on the market once in a while. Perfect for that second system in the smaller room....or maybe even in your existing room with a Sub. Would give you a different "flavour" to your X1's.
 

Route 66

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#17
I'd love to have my Magneplanar MG1B's back but not at the expense of getting rid of my Sonus Faber Minuettos. It would be great to be able to switch back and forth every few months or so to be able to appreciate the strengths of each of these speakers.
 

Bruce B

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Apr 26, 2010
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IRS 2's. When I had them the EMIMs/EMITs had serious reliability issues but they were great speakers when they were all working. The woofers backed up a smalleyr pair of Maggies for a while but I did not have the room for both and ultimately sold the Infinity's.
I had the Infinity IRS IIb speakers. They were awesome!
 

Steve Williams

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#19
I'd love to have my Magneplanar MG1B's back but not at the expense of getting rid of my Sonus Faber Minuettos. It would be great to be able to switch back and forth every few months or so to be able to appreciate the strengths of each of these speakers.
I had the Infinity IRS IIb speakers. They were awesome!
I owned both and loved them
 

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