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  • What Speakers Would You Go Out of Your Way to Hear at an Audio Show

    Some that come to mind:

    YG Sonja
    Magico Q7/S7/MPRo
    Focal Grande Utopias EM
    Ryan Acoustics
    Sonus Faber Aidas
    ELAC
    Wilson ALEXX/Alexia/Sasha 2
    Magnepan 20s or 3s
    Vandersteen 5/7s/Treos
    Evolution Acoustics (though Jonathan hasn't been showing lately)
    NOLA
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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    Magico Q7/S7/MPRo
    Focal Grande Utopias EM
    Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (St) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (St) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (St) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (M) , Luxman Tonearm (M) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (M) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-300 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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    • #3
      Anything that is promising really. I have pretty much heard everything in Myles' list numerous times at shows with the exception of the Maggies.
      Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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      • #4
        I know a guy who bought a pair of the original Utopias about 15 yrs ago ($30K then) and they sound amazing, so the current grande utopia em should be incredible
        Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (St) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (St) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (St) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (M) , Luxman Tonearm (M) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (M) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-300 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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        • #5
          Isnt there a pair of speakers that lists for $600K now? Id like to audition those for a while.
          Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (St) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (St) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (St) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (M) , Luxman Tonearm (M) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (M) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-300 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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          • #6
            Having heard the MPros and S7, would love to hear the Q7 MkII!

            The YG Sonjas are great speakers, but to hear them at their best, try to go to GTT Audio and listen to Bill's setup in his big room. I want to live in that room!

            Would love to hear something by the Evolution Acoustics.

            If I could add to the list, I'm really curious about Estelon speakers. They made a big splash a little while ago and seemingly have gone quiet. Missed my chance when I was in Cali last year.
            Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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            • #7
              Originally posted by allenh View Post
              Having heard the MPros and S7, would love to hear the Q7 MkII!

              The YG Sonjas are great speakers, but to hear them at their best, try to go to GTT Audio and listen to Bill's setup in his big room. I want to live in that room!

              Would love to hear something by the Evolution Acoustics.

              If I could add to the list, I'm really curious about Estelon speakers. They made a big splash a little while ago and seemingly have gone quiet. Missed my chance when I was in Cali last year.

              Three years ago, one of my top sounds at CES was a system consisting of Estelons (not the newest super top-of-line), the 80K Chord monoblock amplifiers and pre and the Jadis table an Air Tight Supreme cartridge.

              That Jadis table sounded pretty special and IIRC was designed by the person also responsible for the Metronome gear.
              Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
              Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
              ________________________________________

              -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
              -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
              -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
              -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
              -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
              -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
              -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
              -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
              -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
              -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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              • #8
                Ah, cool. So they really didn't sound like typical ceramic drivers? They certainly have a different shape/look to them.
                Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by allenh View Post
                  Ah, cool. So they really didn't sound like typical ceramic drivers? They certainly have a different shape/look to them.

                  I thought they sounded darn good. Better than other shows. The 13K Ryans really impressed me too at RMAF. I didn't care for their smaller speakers the year before. Too dry for my tastes. But the new speakers were a different beast.
                  Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                  Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                  ________________________________________

                  -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                  -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                  -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                  -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                  -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                  -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                  -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                  -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                  -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                  -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                  • #10
                    I'd like to hear the Estelons as well. They sure would look mighty purdy in my living room. I bet I'd get zero complaints from the wifey.

                    I'd also like to spend some time with the late great Franco Serblin's last speaker the Ktema.

                    This last one I probably will never get to see in person unless I order one, the Kinoshita Rey Monitor KM1V. Caught a clip of the odd stand mounts on youtube and it made my eyes go big and I already have fairly large eyes. The design is very interesting. MTM with what looks like a fabric 1.5" dome in some uniquely ported cabinets that look like an arrowhead from the top.

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_Jf3Lb1zoE driven by what looks like an 842 or 845 SET integrated

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpIhGGDTFEE one of the SS amps I presume
                    Last edited by JackD201; 02-08-2016, 11:19 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Rockport, Avalon Acoustic , Lansche, YG, Joseph Audio, Zellaton

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                      • #12
                        About two years ago I heard the Vandy 7's...I was taken aback by the open presentation and you-are-thereness. I woul appreciate another opportunity to hear whether they are that good.
                        I make a point to hear Tidal. I found the Kaiser very impressive at Axpona.
                        I have yet to hear Evolution, Joseph Audio, Marten-Coltrane's, or Kharma.
                        My interest most lies in hearing the Avalon Isis...and now the yet released, Saga.
                        Avalon Time, Walker Proscenium, Koetsu Coralstone, Air Tight PC-1 Supreme, Goldfinger Statement, Dalby record weight, Kondo KSL-SFz step-up, Jadis JP80-MC...heavily modified, Convergent Audio JL-2 Black Path, Sony NS999 ES Modwright modded, full loom High Fidelity Ultimate cables, Rel S-5 sub, Stillpoints ultra and 5's, Shun Mook, Dalby footers, Critical Mass bases, Acoustic System Resonators, Magnum Dynalab Etude, Telefunkens throughout, assorted fuses, Furutech outlets, PurePower conditioner.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by siddh View Post
                          About two years ago I heard the Vandy 7's...I was taken aback by the open presentation and you-are-thereness. I woul appreciate another opportunity to hear whether they are that good.
                          I make a point to hear Tidal. I found the Kaiser very impressive at Axpona.
                          I have yet to hear Evolution, Joseph Audio, Marten-Coltrane's, or Kharma.
                          My interest most lies in hearing the Avalon Isis...and now the yet released, Saga.
                          Funny thing about the Vandy 7s. They always sound way way better at RMAF than at CES or Newport. Loved them at RMAF two years ago with Richard Vs new amps playing Beatles monos.

                          I'd love to hear the big Rockports. Always go out of my way for the Perfect 8s. I'd like to hear the largest version of the Cessaros too.
                          Last edited by 1morerecord2clean; 02-09-2016, 11:52 AM.
                          TW Acustic TT with Ref motor & controller; Tri-Planar Arm; Ortofon Windfeld-Ti Cartridge, Harmonix-Combak platter matte & weight; Arcam R Phono Preamp; KLAudio Ultrasonic Record Cleaner.

                          Bluesound Vault-2 Music Server & Streamer

                          VTL 6.5 preamp Series II
                          Pass Labs 150.8 Amp

                          Piega C711 Loudspeakers

                          Symposium Osiris Rack; Symposium Platforms and Roller Blocks plus grade 2.5 Balls

                          Acoustic Revive RR-888 Low Frequency Pulse Generator

                          Shunyata Hydra 8; Shunyata AC Cords; Synergistic Research Level 3 HC AC Cord and Level 3 power cord, Synergistic Carbon fiber wall plates & Blue Outlets, Furutech NCF Booster Brace, Audio Art Ref balanced ICs, MIT Oracle IC and Magnum Speaker Cables

                          Sennheiser HDV 650 Headphone Amp; Sennheiser HD800s Headphones.

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                          • siddh
                            siddh commented
                            Editing a comment
                            Just to clarify, did the Vandy's sound less than acceptable at the CES and Newport? Any experience in setting outside of shows?

                        • #14
                          Originally posted by philb7777 View Post
                          Rockport, Avalon Acoustic , Lansche, YG, Joseph Audio, Zellaton

                          Zellatons are interesting speakers. I enjoyed my auditions with them, but not sure if I could live with them long term.
                          Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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                          • #15
                            My top speakers would mostly be brands I have not heard before. Zellaton's, Rockports... Vapor Audio's Perfect Storm was easily my favorite speaker at 2015 AXPONA, so I would like to hear it again. To me the Raal tweeter and Acuton mid/tweeter and midrange were something special even compared to even more expensive brands. Mostly though I am a planer fan, especially Magnepans, I currently own 3.6s.

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