Yes there is better than Magnepan 20.7s BUT for much more money , dollar for dollar NOTHING beats a panel nothing - nothing - nothing -Living in Hawaii does not give us much options on what speakers can be auditioned. There is really only one real hifi store and it's a small shop. They carry JBL's top line speakers (they even have an old Paragon on display) that sells for $10,000+.
They also carry Magneplanars and I have to admit that I have not heard anything better that their 20.7s. If I had the money and the room for it, I would buy it in a heartbeat...
Funny this should come up as I'm talking w/Ohm right now about some speakers!Great thread, so I'll give it a little bump.
The greatest speaker I have ever heard, or owned, was the original Ohm F. These hard-to-drive omni's cast an audio image from floor to ceiling, and maintained a stereo image everywhere in the room. They were not the most accurate, and had limited frequency range, but they cast a holographic sound unlike anything I have heard before or since.
My fondest memory of an exquisite listening experience returns me to the late '70s. We were in the home of a friend who had dialed in a pair of new Quad ESL-57 electrostats. He had them well out into the room at least 6 feet from any wall, slightly toed in, about 8 feet on center, and 10 or so feet from the LP.Yes there is better than Magnepan 20.7s BUT for much more money , dollar for dollar NOTHING beats a panel nothing - nothing - nothing -
Mine!Revel Salon is a great speaker, these belong to my friend Gerard and they are fed by Classé mono blocks.
Yes I heard these as well at a dealerFocal 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!