If you could..what would you......??

DaveyF

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If you could replace your current speakers with another make/model...and budget was no issue; what would your #1 choice be?

However, let’s make this a little more interesting...to add to the question, let’s assume that your current room and your current electronics have to be taken into consideration. So, if you have a small room, then automatically nominating a speaker like the Wilson Wamms would not work. If you have a liking for a very inefficient speaker and you already own and like a flea powered amp, then nominating Apogee Scintilla’s would not work, etc.,

Ok, let’s hear em...:cool:
 

ddk

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So, if you have a small room, then automatically nominating a speaker like the Wilson Wamms would not work.
Not exactly true there are ways to get a big speaker to work properly in a tight space, there are other properties of the room that come into play that can destroy the sound even if the space is large enough.

david
 

Folsom

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I never get where the concept of large speaker means large room. Generally larger speakers have larger drivers, which makes them more adept to a smallef space since they have higher directinality. Basically the opposite is true of what people want to think.

So long as the physical space allows, it isnt a bad idea. In the case of dipoles and open baffles min space is required.
 

DaveyF

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Jeez, you guys are right...why didn’t I think of this all along; I should have bought Gary’s Genesis Dragons and made them work in my 10x9 room....you think:rolleyes::D:p

K, shall we get back to my OP...
 

ddk

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Jeez, you guys are right...why didn’t I think of this all along; I should have bought Gary’s Genesis Dragons and made them work in my 10x9 room....you think:rolleyes::D:p

K, shall we get back to my OP...
If you have the ceiling height!

david
 
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Jeez, you guys are right...why didn’t I think of this all along; I should have bought Gary’s Genesis Dragons and made them work in my 10x9 room....you think:rolleyes::D:p

K, shall we get back to my OP...
You might have room for a chair! :D
 

Uk Paul

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I would feel physically uncomfortable sitting in front of a large speaker system as mentioned in a small 10 x 9 space, so much so that they simply would spoil some of the enjoyment of the music no matter how well they can perform in the right size space. A speaker should (IMO!!) fit visually and sonically.

Anyway, to Re-rail Davey's thread, in my room, two models spring to mind: Martin Logan Neolith and B&W Nautilus. I have a good idea of what the Neolith would do and am very open to the experience, but the Nautilus is a thought based decision as I have not heard them before, so I base this choice on my understanding of speaker design and construction..
 
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Jeez, you guys are right...why didn’t I think of this all along; I should have bought Gary’s Genesis Dragons and made them work in my 10x9 room....you think:rolleyes::D:p

K, shall we get back to my OP...
I have tried the big Soundlab A1's in a 9´x 15' room and they sounded great.
 
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I would feel physically uncomfortable sitting in front of a large speaker system as mentioned in a small 10 x 9 space, so much so that they simply would spoil some of the enjoyment of the music no matter how well they can perform in the right size space. A speaker should (IMO!!) fit visually and sonically. (...)
I share your view - particularly because such system would usually have a minimal sweet spot , small variations in position causing abrupt and uncomfortable changes in sound. Each of us has its own way of listening to a system, and we often forget about it when commenting equipment.
 
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I would replace my Aviors with the Lyra and just learn to live with the bigger speakers:cool:
 

DaveyF

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I would feel physically uncomfortable sitting in front of a large speaker system as mentioned in a small 10 x 9 space, so much so that they simply would spoil some of the enjoyment of the music no matter how well they can perform in the right size space. A speaker should (IMO!!) fit visually and sonically.

Anyway, to Re-rail Davey's thread, in my room, two models spring to mind: Martin Logan Neolith and B&W Nautilus. I have a good idea of what the Neolith would do and am very open to the experience, but the Nautilus is a thought based decision as I have not heard them before, so I base this choice on my understanding of speaker design and construction..
+1.

Thank you Paul.

Maybe I should start a new thread...that one would be titled----what huge speaker system have you crammed into your room and kludged up the rest of the system to make it sound acceptable?

Meanwhile, I would like to get back to my OP.

BTW, I have heard the original B&W Nautilus, it is a heck of a great speaker! In some ways, it is very reminiscent of the current top-of-the-line Vivids, as it should be- since the designer is one and the same. Up until a few years back, I would say it was the best speaker I had heard. Would have been my choice in a mid size plus room if price be no object.
 
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DaveyF

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I would replace my Aviors with the Lyra and just learn to live with the bigger speakers:cool:
One of the things that impressed me about the Lyra's, is that they are not that large a speaker...and yet can apparently compete with some of the much larger systems out there. Nonetheless, if they were NOT a good match for your room...and the Avior's were better, would this in fact be a wise move???
 
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One of the things that impressed me about the Lyra's, is that they are not that large a speaker...and yet can apparently compete with some of the much larger systems out there. Nonetheless, if they were NOT a good match for your room...and the Avior's were better, would this in fact be a wise move???
Good question...I believe the Lyra was designed to sound big with a more accommodating footprint but I never worried about speaker and room size. I have kept the Avior because it works in my room and probably won't change speakers until I change rooms. I imagine the Lyra would work but not the Arrakis unless I want them to go through the ceiling.:D
 
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I would like to try the large Focals, but I think they will not be efficient enough to replace my Vapor Nimbus. I use 30W SET amps.

Steve N.
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GMKF

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I'd like some Magico S7's. Please :D
With Wavac SH-833 SET amps....
 

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