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View Poll Results: Which six pair of speakers would you like to see in the $3,000 Speaker Evaluation Event?
$2,600 - Ascend Acoustics Sierra Tower (RAAL Tweeter) 277 21.61%
$2,500 - Anthony Gallo Classico CL-4 122 9.52%
$3,000 - Atlantic Technology AT-1 104 8.11%
$3,200 - Axiom Audio LFR660 High Powered 166 12.95%
$3,000 - B&W CM9 508 39.63%
$2,800 - Bamberg Series 2 TMM 24 1.87%
$2,600 - Boston Acoustics M350 163 12.71%
$3,400 - Canton Vento 870.2 DC 98 7.64%
$3,000 - Definitive Tech BP-8080ST 177 13.81%
$3,400 - Dynaudio Excite 34 284 22.15%
$3,300 - Focal Aria 926 283 22.07%
$3,000 - Golden Ear Triton Two 262 20.44%
$2,700 - GT Audio Works GTA 1 26 2.03%
$2,600 - KEF R500 345 26.91%
$3,000 - Legacy Expression 113 8.81%
$2,500 - Monitor Audio Silver RX-10 214 16.69%
$2,700 - Odyssey Lorelei 50 3.90%
$2,900 - Phase Technology PC9.5 70 5.46%
$2,700 - Philharmonic Slim Tower 108 8.42%
$3,000 - Polk Audio LSiM705 252 19.66%
$3,500 - PSB Imagine T2 223 17.39%
$2,600 - RBH Sound 1266-SE 37 2.89%
$3,200 - Rega RS7 62 4.84%
$3,500 - Revel F206 207 16.15%
$3,500 - Salk Songtowers SC 264 20.59%
$3,500 - Soundfield Audio VSFT-1 53 4.13%
$3,200 - Tannoy Precision 6.4 255 19.89%
$2,500 - Tekton Seas Pendragon 136 10.61%
$3,500 - Thiel SCS4T 218 17.00%
$3,000 - Totem Acoustic Hawk 143 11.15%
$2,900 - Usher CP-6371 96 7.49%
$3,500 - Vienna Acoustics Mozart Grand SE 205 15.99%
$2,900 - Von Schweikert VR-22 139 10.84%
$3,200 - Wharfdale Jade 5 209 16.30%
$3,200 - Zu Audio Omen Def 128 9.98%
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post #21 of 450 Old 12-16-13, 09:22 PM
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I'm hoping for the Von Schweikert's will make the cut. The Vienna Acoustics too. Both are well thought of by the high-end crowd. It'd be nice to have them compete against some of the more well known speakers <cough, B&W, cough>.

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The 60's were in the last evaluation... and we opted for the CM9. We will only allow one nomination from each manufacturer.
Fair enough.

(I think the PM1's are better for music. CM9 is probably better for theater use)

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I would love to vote but I've never heard any of these speakers so I would have no idea what would be the best choice. I'm watching this closely for the final reviews.

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Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
3 EV Sentry 500 monitors across the front, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo WiiU
Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

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Sherwood/Newcastle R972, Mission 765's, SVS SBS02's, A/D/S MS3u sub, Yamaha YDG2030EQ
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I would love to vote but I've never heard any of these speakers so I would have no idea what would be the best choice. I'm watching this closely for the final reviews.
You don't have to hear them to vote. Pick the top 6 you would like to know more about.
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Re: $3,000 Speaker Evaluation Event - Nominated Speakers Voting Poll

Sorry to be such a cynic here, but if you audio snobs are willing to pay $3000 for speakers, and claim that you can hear a difference from MUCH lower priced speakers available these days, then more power to you. I'll bet that you are the kind of folks that will pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for interconnect cables claiming that you can hear a difference in those also. As a pro audio studio engineer, I can assure you that no studios are wired with outrageously priced wire or monitor speakers, and that you are not going to get anything better out of your systems than the original input signals. Spend your money how you want, but don't tell me how you can hear a difference between speaker cables held up off the floor and those that are not. I know I got off subject here, but the analogy is the same.
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Sorry Bubba... I think you got confused about which forum you were posting in. Quite a disrespectful attitude there. Time for you to move on. Bye-bye now!
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No. The analogy is not the same. No one here is talking about wires.

If there's any areas of (legitimate) concern when it comes to a playback system it's the room and the speaker. For all intents and purposes, the signal itself is unaltered from input to the output of the speaker. Meaning, the CD player passes the signal to the amps. The room and the speakers (and the interaction of the two) are the problem areas.

In any system, the distortion, linear and non linear, are essentially all caused by the speaker. Electronics contribute so little error it's negligible ... You're talking on the order of 1/100th of a percent. On the other hand, speakers can contribute nonlinearities at a much higher level and linear distortion that is very high. Then you factor in the room's influence (ie; those pesky modes that swing the low end response +/-15dB) and you realize just how important the room/speaker evaluation is.

So, a review such as this, with listening position measurements and analysis of the room through measurement actually does a lot to serve the community.
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Pesky low contrast fine print.

The studio 60 are $1,250 each and should be competitive with all the speakers listed above. At $2,800 a pair, I'd also like to See the Bowers and Wilkins PM1 listed. They are said to be 800 series speakers for the working man.
The PM1's are stand-mount, I think these are all towers, and I thought they were $3800/pr. I like them too, though!

You pesky techies stopped me from from voting for 8 or 9 nine like I wanted to!! I tried to vote for different 'flavors', especially in the tweeters, with the Imagine T2's as the sole speaker I've heard for a reference point. I've never heard the RAAL, but heard lots of good, the Odyssey is using the Be tweeter, which I liked in the Focals I heard, so curious about how the various approaches to tweeters compare to each other. Still couldn't cover all I wanted to, though...Oh well, I'm sure the 6 I picked won't the ones with the most votes anyway, and I'll trust the group to have variety
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No. The analogy is not the same. No one here is talking about wires.

If there's any areas of (legitimate) concern when it comes to a playback system it's the room and the speaker. For all intents and purposes, the signal itself is unaltered from input to the output of the speaker. Meaning, the CD player passes the signal to the amps. The room and the speakers (and the interaction of the two) are the problem areas.

In any system, the distortion, linear and non linear, are essentially all caused by the speaker. Electronics contribute so little error it's negligible ... You're talking on the order of 1/100th of a percent. On the other hand, speakers can contribute nonlinearities at a much higher level and linear distortion that is very high. Then you factor in the room's influence (ie; those pesky modes that swing the low end response +/-15dB) and you realize just how important the room/speaker evaluation is.

So, a review such as this, with listening position measurements and analysis of the room through measurement actually does a lot to serve the community.
Going from Paradigm Monitors to Paradigm Studio's was quite a giant leap in sound. I have also spent time with Paradigm Signatures and those are leaps and bounds above all else which I have owned. Spending more does often get you more but in some cases it does not which is where we get the phrase "sounds better than ___ for $$$" and that especially true for a lot of source players (eh-hem, lexicon BD Player).

After winner has been decided; I'd love to see a $2500 Wild(s) card thrown in the mix. Perhaps it could be the best three speaker(s) from the last round up?

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The PM1's are stand-mount, I think these are all towers, and I thought they were $3800/pr. I like them too, though!

You pesky techies stopped me from from voting for 8 or 9 nine like I wanted to!! I tried to vote for different 'flavors', especially in the tweeters, with the Imagine T2's as the sole speaker I've heard for a reference point. I've never heard the RAAL, but heard lots of good, the Odyssey is using the Be tweeter, which I liked in the Focals I heard, so curious about how the various approaches to tweeters compare to each other. Still couldn't cover all I wanted to, though...Oh well, I'm sure the 6 I picked won't the ones with the most votes anyway, and I'll trust the group to have variety
The PM1 sounds a lot like a tower speaker.

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Re: $3,000 Speaker Evaluation Event - Nominated Speakers Voting Poll

I voted for these:
Ascend Acoustics Sierra Tower (RAAL Tweeter)
Bamberg Series 2 TMM
KEF R500
Philharmonic Slim Tower
Salk Songtowers SC
Soundfield Audio VSFT-1

Hopefully some of them end up getting picked
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