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Focal Grand Utopia - heard them 2 years ago at Axpona! The speakers and just the electronics to run them added to around a half a mil! But my jaw dropped even before I got into the room and when I heard the sound I immediately rushed in to see what it was!

Second was the Kharma db11 or 9 maybe couldn't remember - just remember they were the most gorgeous sounding speaker I've ever heard. Unfortunately they weren't playing music I listen to so I only got to hear 1/16th of what the speaker is capable but man it was pretty!
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About 20 years ago I visited a friend in Manhattan that was working for Mark Levinson back when Cello music and film was still around. I got the "Cello demo" in Mark's office. With the 300 lb magnetically sealed door and the massive window shutters closed it transformed a noisy office into dead silence. From there we listened to some master recordings that were done in house and watched a few tracks on a laser disk.
I was blown away, it was my introduction to true high end audio and nothing that I have listened to since then has even come close.
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Revel Salon is a great speaker, these belong to my friend Gerard and they are fed by Classé mono blocks.


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The best speaker that i heard this year was the Alexia from Wilson Audio at the SSI in Montreal but it comes with a nice price tag at $48 000
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post #394 of 401 Old 06-15-15, 11:28 AM
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I have owned a pair of Martin Logan SL3's since 98 and think they are the best I have listened to. Before that I owned several sets of Dahlquist DQ 10's and loved them.
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The best I've heard so far are a pair of Wilsons Alexia speakers. This was in a showroom, not in a home.

They also had a Alexandra XLS system with the Thor Hammer powered by 3 kilowatts of McIntosh tube amps. Unfortunately it was not on and would have taken some time to properly bring up and they were not going to do that for someone to listen to speaker system that only multi millionaires could afford which I am far from.

I believe its always good to listen to high quality speaker so that you know what a speaker should sound like because any speaker is a comprise especially with price. We have to pick the best compromise for us within our budget.

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post #396 of 401 Old 11-04-15, 02:16 PM
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Focal Grand Utopia - heard them 2 years ago at Axpona! The speakers and just the electronics to run them added to around a half a mil! But my jaw dropped even before I got into the room and when I heard the sound I immediately rushed in to see what it was!
Yes I heard these as well at a dealer

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The best speakers in the world will sound like terrible in a bare room.

Decent speakers sound amazing in a treated room.

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This probably isn't what the OP meant, but:

Second place: the two-truck L-Acoustics K1 rig that I loaded into the MGM Grand Garden Arena for James Taylor and Carol King in '10... that was truly staggering. 16 vertical arrays, with 8 arrays of subs, above a circular stage for a concert in the round.

A very close third was the Nexo/Yamaha rig that we demo'd for Blue Man at Monte Carlo before Jabbawockeez moved out in 2011. It showed up in the front 1/3 of a 26' box truck, and took us all of 2 hours to set. 2 vertical curved arrays of 10 boxes each (hanging), two floor-standing stacks of 4 3x18" cardioid subs, and about 8 bookshelf-sized front fills. The president of the casino called down and told us his desk was vibrating... on the third floor of the southeast wing of the tower... which is not attached to the theater except through the foundation. And the whole rig was on 1 30A 110v circuit. Unbelievable power, and shockingly clear considering how fast (and sloppy) we set it up.

But the best... the rig that would have been responsible for my hearing loss if I hadn't worn earplugs all the time: Blue Man Group, Live at the Venetian... DB Audiotechnic. Truly a beautiful monster. Sleek, black, smooth, and devastatingly loud. The subs would peak at around 132dB during Endless Column/KLF (Last Train to Trancentral), and you could feel it in all the right places. I heard the L-Acoustics and Nexo rigs one time each and they left a big impression... but the DB Audiotechnic beast was part of my life for literally thousands of shows. Expertly tuned, and blasting out the sound of a one-of-a-kind band. Magic in its purest form.

As for what the OP really meant... I can't say I've heard anything in the home arena that stacks up against the pedigree mentioned in the history of his thread.
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Well, I have a new 'best' courtesy of The Sound Environmentin Omaha, Nebraska. I had to kill some time before my wife arrived on a later flight so I headed to this wonderful audio store.

In their "big room" they had some Rockport Technologies Altairs being driven by a D'Agostino preamp and power amp, Transparent cables (humongous things), and a dCS Rossini DAC. I was also able to listen to them via a TechDAS Air Force Turntable.

One track they played was a live performance of 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' by Sara Bareilles. It was astonishing how these 500+ lb (each) speakers could simply vanish and the performer appear to be playing and singing right in front of me. I've heard good stuff before (full Luxman class A gear, Vivid speakers, etc.), but this was over the top in transparency, definition, clarity, and listen-ability. Simply stunning stuff.

If you're in the Omaha area, I highly recommend stopping by and saying 'hi' to their fine staff and auditioning some products. I officially have a new 'if I were to win the lottery' system.

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