Speaker Evolution Owner's Thread

Sonnie

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NAD T-758 AVR
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Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 Monoblocks
Additional Amp
Emotiva XPA Seven
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
OPPO UDP-205 4K UHD Player
Front Speakers
Emotiva T2
Center Channel Speaker
Emotiva C2
Surround Speakers
Emotiva T1
Front Height Speakers
MartinLogan EM-IC
Rear Height Speakers
MartinLogan EM-IC
Subwoofers
Dual Custom Built 18" Subs
Video Display Device
Epson 4040
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Elite Screen
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Universal MX-890
Tell us what were your first speakers, and what speakers have you owned since those, up to your current model.

I actually built a pair of speakers out of a couple of kitchen cabinets and some old restaurant wall speakers back when I was 14-15 years old. Those were my first, although they were rough looking and you can only imagine what they sounded like.

My speaker evolution...
  • EPI 320 (1984 ... not 100% positive on the model, but I do remember an 8" woofer that kept bottoming out)
  • Infinity SM120 (1986 ... had a 12" woofer, but wife complained they were too loud for the single wide trailer we lived in so I had to send them back to Crutchfield)
  • Klipsh Forte (1988 - WAF collapsed - also added Klipsh KG1's for front and rear surrounds)
  • Snell B-Minor / Snell HCC500 Center / Snell SUR500 Surrounds (1991 - our first major home theater system)
  • B&W 600 Series i (1994 - still use these in our sun room as of 2017)
  • PSB Image 6T / 9C / 10S (2001 - in our first dedicated home theater which was half of the garage that I later tore out)
  • Klipsch Synergy All-Weather SA-3 (2005 - still in use for outdoors - still sound pretty good in 2017)
  • VMPS RM30 / Dipole Surround SE (2006 - used RM30 for LCR setup)
  • JBL Northridge E90 / EC35 / E10 (2006)
  • SVS SBS-01 System (2006)
  • Boston Acoustics VR2 / VRC / VRX (2006)
  • Ascend Acoustics Sierra 1 / CBM-170 SE (2007 - CBM-170 are still surrounds in our great room as of 2017)
  • MartinLogan Ascent i / Motif / Fresco (2007)
  • MartinLogan Spire / Matinee / Clarity (2009)
  • MartinLogan Prodigy / Theater / Ascent (2009)
  • Carnegie Acoustics CSB-1 / CST-1 (2012 - former front stage of our great room)
  • MartinLogan Montis / Stage Center / Motion 12 Surrounds (2013)
  • Arx A5 (2013 - for two channel swap-out system within my home theater room)
  • Infinity Primus P163 / PC351 Center (2013 - front stage of our great room - still in use as of 2017)
  • SVS Ultra Towers / Ultra Center / Ultra Bookshelf Surrounds (2014)
  • MartinLogan Electromotion ESL / Stage X Center (2015)
  • Chane A5rx-c (2016 - for occasional swap-out - two-channel listening, and reference speakers under $1000 - still own as of 2017)
  • KEF Q900 (2016 - haven't ever listened to them... still in the box, but got them at a huge discount on clearance)
  • MartinLogan Expression 13A (2016 - with Stage X as center and moved ESL's to rear)
  • Scansonic M9 (2017 - have not heard them either - still in the box, a good deal)
  • MartinLogan EM-IC (2017 - added 4 Atmos in-ceiling speakers)
As of today I run the Expression 13A's with the ESL's in the rear and the Stage X center... EM-IC in-ceiling. And I like to hook up my A5rx-c's for two-channel every so often. I plan to do the same with the KEF's and Scansonics at some point.
 

JBrax

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Marantz sr7010
Main Amp
Emotiva XPA-3
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Samsung K8500
Front Speakers
Klipsch rf-7 II
Center Channel Speaker
Klipsch rc-64 II
Surround Speakers
Klipsch rs-42 II
Surround Back Speakers
Klipsch rb-51 II
Front Height Speakers
Klipsch rb-51 II
Rear Height Speakers
Klipsch rb-51 II
Subwoofers
SVS PB12-NSD (X2)
Other Speakers or Equipment
Panamax M5300
Video Display Device
Sony Bravia XBR65-930D
Remote Control
Logitech Harmony One
Other Equipment
PS4
My goodness that's quite the list of speakers! How are you able to remember every single one? I've had maybe 1/4 of that many and I'd have to sit down and really give it some thought to come up with such a detailed list. Curious if you have a favorite or any of those that you regret selling?
 

Sonnie

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NAD T-758 AVR
Main Amp
Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 Monoblocks
Additional Amp
Emotiva XPA Seven
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
OPPO UDP-205 4K UHD Player
Front Speakers
Emotiva T2
Center Channel Speaker
Emotiva C2
Surround Speakers
Emotiva T1
Front Height Speakers
MartinLogan EM-IC
Rear Height Speakers
MartinLogan EM-IC
Subwoofers
Dual Custom Built 18" Subs
Video Display Device
Epson 4040
Screen
Elite Screen
Remote Control
Universal MX-890
I think I have left out a few. Each speaker coincides with something major in many cases... new house a couple of times... new theater room a couple of times in the same house a while after moving into the house. Changes in equipment too. Where I was working and what I was doing at the time. Then I have emails and receipts for a lot of them.

I can't say I've ever regretted selling any of them really. My favorites are the ML 13A's, Montis and the A5's. The ML's project that larger that life sound stage... it's just plain huge. The A5's are sweet and it's hard to believe you are listening to a speaker that is under $1,000 when you are listening to them. The imaging and depth acuity are still there and they are oh so smooth for a dynamic driver speaker. The SVS Ultra's are not far behind... they sounded magnificent as well.
 

Tonto

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Yamaha RXV-795a
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
X-Box 1s
Front Speakers
Chane A5rx-c's
Center Channel Speaker
Chane A2rx-c
Surround Speakers
A1rx-c's
Surround Back Speakers
A1rx-c's
Subwoofers
SVS PB13U
Other Speakers or Equipment
APC S15
Video Display Device
Samsung Smart TV
Other Equipment
Yamaha S796 DVD Player
Wow, that's an impressive list....makes me feel a bit inadequate!

I started out with a pair of Panasonic Thrusters. They actually sounded pretty good back then to my untrained ears. I upgraded them to a pair of Klipsch KSF 10's with an SC-1 center (moved the PT's for surround duty) and a Klipsch KSW-10 sub. I still have these packed up, plan on putting them in the bedroom eventually. I now have a 7.2 system with Chane's A5rx-c as mains, the A2rx-c center & A1rx-c surrounds. Will get 2 pairs of the new bookshelves for Atmos duty soon. Can't get more of the A1rx-c's now unless I find some used ones. And of course my SVS PB-13U that I got on pre-order when they first came out. I replaced my Klipsch sub with it. Now that was an upgrade.

So that's my speaker history.
 

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Yamaha RX-A1050
Front Speakers
Dali Zensor 7
Center Channel Speaker
Dali Vokal
Surround Speakers
Klipsch RP-240s
Subwoofers
Paradigm pdr-12
Other Speakers or Equipment
Klipsch RP-280F
Video Display Device
Sony XBR 75 940d
lol Sonnie. You have more speakers in the box new than I have bought in the past 10 years....and my wife thinks I have a problem.:)
Very nice collection by the way.
 

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My AV System  
Main Amp
Denon AVR 1913
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Sony PS4
Front Speakers
Definitive Technology Studio Monitor 65
Center Channel Speaker
Definitive Technology 8060HD
Surround Speakers
Definitive Technology ProMonitor 1000
Subwoofers
SVS PB12-NSD
Video Display Device
Samsung Plasma
  • SVS Ultra Towers / Ultra Center / Ultra Bookshelf Surrounds (2014)

How did you like this setup? I've thought about this as my next upgrade

As far as my evolution goes I've mostly had all in one systems up to my current setup which includes.

Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 65 as mains
Definitive Technology CS-HD8060 as Center
Definitive Technology ProMonitor 1000 as Surrounds
 

Sonnie

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NAD T-758 AVR
Main Amp
Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 Monoblocks
Additional Amp
Emotiva XPA Seven
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
OPPO UDP-205 4K UHD Player
Front Speakers
Emotiva T2
Center Channel Speaker
Emotiva C2
Surround Speakers
Emotiva T1
Front Height Speakers
MartinLogan EM-IC
Rear Height Speakers
MartinLogan EM-IC
Subwoofers
Dual Custom Built 18" Subs
Video Display Device
Epson 4040
Screen
Elite Screen
Remote Control
Universal MX-890
How did you like this setup? I've thought about this as my next upgrade
You would not be disappointed, provided you can get them out from the wall, as they are a bit bass heavy when placed too close. However, if you have Dirac Live or Audyssey, you can make them work. For the best sound stage and imaging, out from the wall at least 4-5ft will work better. It was one of the best sounding systems I've had in my room.
 

Sonnie

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Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 Monoblocks
Additional Amp
Emotiva XPA Seven
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
OPPO UDP-205 4K UHD Player
Front Speakers
Emotiva T2
Center Channel Speaker
Emotiva C2
Surround Speakers
Emotiva T1
Front Height Speakers
MartinLogan EM-IC
Rear Height Speakers
MartinLogan EM-IC
Subwoofers
Dual Custom Built 18" Subs
Video Display Device
Epson 4040
Screen
Elite Screen
Remote Control
Universal MX-890
C'mon now... I know you guys have speakers!
 

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NAD T-777
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Oppo 103 Blu Ray Player
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7 Paradigm Reference series 8" in ceiling speakers
Subwoofers
2 Paradigm SE Subs
Other Speakers or Equipment
Nintendo Wii U Gaming Console
Video Display Device
Samsung UN75F8000 LED TV
Remote Control
Universal Remote MX-450
Other Equipment
Sony PS4 Gaming Console, Panamax MR-5100 Surge
My evolution is very simple considering, I only owned very little.

When I was in college in the mid 1990s, my first speaker was a sony speaker. Reason it was sony was because I bought one of those home theater box sets where all the equipment was sony.

Later, when I got my first job, I needed floor speakers so I bought Paradigm atom speakers as well as their sub. I didn't have much money out of college but I wanted something substantial.
The reason I selected the Paradigm atom speakers was because everywhere at the time in 1998 gave them great reviews and I was not disappointed.

Now, with my current game room, I don't have space to accommodate floor standing speakers so I went with in ceiling speakers. Since I liked the sound of the Paradigm speakers, I went with their in-ceiling speakers (AMS-150R) as well as 2 of their SE subs . Still very happy with them.
 

Allan T.

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My AV System  
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Yamaha RX-3070
Main Amp
Carver A-500x
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Oppo UDP-205, Xbox One X
Front Speakers
Def Tech BP-2002
Center Channel Speaker
Def Tech CLR-2002
Surround Speakers
Def Tech BP-2X
Front Height Speakers
Def Tech Studio Monitor 45
Rear Height Speakers
Def Tech Studio Monitor 45
Subwoofers
Polk PSW 110
Other Speakers or Equipment
Roon Optimized Core Kit (ROCK) on Intel NUC
Video Display Device
TCL 55P607
Other Equipment
Home Built PC with Roon Core
High School/College: 1978-1983 - Radio Shack Realistic 3 Way speakers
I can't remember the model number for the Radio Shacks. They sounded pretty good at the time. Lasted till the end of my senior year in college and the tweeter died in one. It was still under warranty so I had it replaced -but it died again in a few months. These speakers cost $60 or $120/pair and were one of the better offerings from Radio Shack at the time.

First "Real" Speakers: 1983-1997 - Polk Monitor 7B
The Polks were a nice speaker in a kind of large box. Bigger than a typical bookshelf but not a tower. They resided on stands. I also picked up a cd player (Kyocera DA-01, 1983) and in 1984 a Carver M400 amp soon after I got the speakers. After that the electronics changed frequently but speakers kept going. Eventually the surrounds on the woofer started falling apart and the speakers developed a buzzing sound.

AV speakers: 1997- Present - Definitive Technology BP2002
With the old speakers failing and DVD out, I decided to upgrade and settled on the DefTechs. The built-in sub woofers and amplifiers really extended the bass compared to the Polks. Despite some concerns over reliability, the deftechs are still going strong. DVD pushed me into spending more money on AV and in relatively short order I had picked up additional DefTech centers and surrounds.

Future

I'm probably going to retire in a few years and head south. I had planned on just waiting until then before doing a speaker upgrade but I have been bitten by the upgrade bug so I may not make it that long. I'm interested in going upscale on my main speakers and possibly going with an av system in one room and a stereo setup in another room. A second room setup will definitely have to wait as my current house is maxxed out.
 

Mark C Flick

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Denon 3805
Main Amp
Acurus A250
Additional Amp
Acurus 200X3
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Sony BDP-S5100
Front Speakers
RBH Signature Classic 1266-SE
Center Channel Speaker
RBH Signature Classic 661-SE
Surround Speakers
RBH Signature Classic 66-SE
Subwoofers
RBH Signature Classic 1212-SE
Other Speakers or Equipment
Kenwood CT-406
Video Display Device
Sony KDL-40S5100
Other Equipment
Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Well there weren't all that many and it's been a while, let me try and remember.
Realistic 2 way, no idea model
Soundesign, came with AM/FM, turntable, 8 track stereo
Kenwood KL-A900
Bose 601 Series III
Mitsubishi M-SS6, M-FS8, M-CTR6 and M-SUB10
RBH Sound MC-4C, MC-414C, TS-10AP, 1266-SE, 66-SE, 661-SE, 1212-SE, and 1044-SE

All I can remember off hand.
 

Dan Barham

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I've owned very few speakers, staring with a pair of Wharfedales back in the sixties (model unknown.) Next were the Bose 901s (very highly reviewed at the time - now sneered at, mostly by folks who've never heard them.) Then, in 1982, I bought my beloved AR9s (I paid, for me anyway, the princely sum of $1,400 and never regretted it. For nearly 30 years I enjoyed them and have had seller's remorse ever since I sold them.) Next were Ascend Acoustics Sierra Ones (A nice little speaker but after listening to those huge AR9s for all those years the Sierras never had a chance.) Next and current are my ML Motion 12s (which, by the way, I bought based on your "Under $1,000 Speaker Evaluation Review" over at the old website. I still feel like I stole them at $400/pr.)

I really have no complaints about the Motion 12s. Setup properly they lay out an amazing soundstage and image beautifully. The mids are near perfection and male and female vocals are spot on. Yeah, I still love these speakers.

That said, I picked up a pair of JBL Studio 590s, when they were on sale a couple months ago, and I'll grudgingly admit; they were the best sounding speakers I've ever heard, even beating out my AR9s (As I remember them.) They were my first listen to horns and I was knocked out by the power, the dynamics and the ease at which they reproduced any voice or musical instrument. But, they were also even larger than the AR9s, though not as heavy! They're HUGE! At my age, moving these things was too much! So, with regrets, back they went. Still, I'm already looking around for a pair of horn floorstanders I can afford.
 

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Marantz 7008 / Outlaw Audio 975
Main Amp
Axiom 1500-4, Axiom 1000-5
Additional Amp
Marantz 250 M
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
Oppo 203
Front Speakers
Legacy Signature SE's, Axiom LFR-1100's, Klipsch
Center Channel Speaker
Klipsch RC-64II, Axiom VP180 HP
Surround Speakers
ACI, Axiom, Klipsch
Subwoofers
PowerSound Audio, Rythmik, Axiom
Video Display Device
LG Projector
Screen
Da-Lite 54x96
Starting in 1977, main stereo pairs without centers/surrounds/subs ...

1. Electrovoice EV-16B
2. Cerwin Vega S-1
3. Electrovoice S-15-3
4. Altec Model 14
5. Koss 1020 (purchased 1978, still have)
6. Electrovoice Interface: C
7. B&W DM-6
8. Genesis Model 44
9. Yamaha Studio Monitors
10. Electrovoice Interface: D
11. VMPS Super Tower
12. Legacy Model 1
13. VMPS Tower II
14. PSB Stratus Silver
15. PSB Stratus Gold
16. Klipsch Cornwall II's (still own)
17. Klipsch Model 30 Military spec
18. Legacy Convergence
19. Def Tech BP-2000
20. Def Tech BP-3000
21. Klipsch Klipschorns (sold when basement refinished)
22. Klipsch R-7
23. Klipsch Belles
24. Infinity IRS Sigma
25. Paradigm Studio 100 Series III
26. Energy Veritas Towers
27. Onix Ref 3's
28. Rocket 760's
29. Rocket 1000's and 850's
30. B&W 805
31. Ascend 170
32. Ascend 340
33. Ascend Sierra
34. Swan Bookshelf from reference series
35. Klipsch LaScala II's
36. Axiom Epic 80's
37. Axiom Model 22
38. Axiom M-100 V.4
39. Axiom LFR-1100
40. Legacy Signature SE
41. Martin Logan Electromotion ESL Hybrid
42. Axiom M-50 V.4
43. Axiom M-3 V.4
44, Electrovoice Georgian Corner horns circa 1956 (from estate sale)
45. PSB Imagine B
46. Salk Songtowers


Various other smaller speakers from PSB, Paradigm, Klipsch, NAD and others.
 
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Todd Anderson

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Denon X8500H
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Emotiva XPA-5
Additional Amp
Emotiva XPA Gen3 2.8 multichannel amp
Other Amp
VSX21-THX
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
OPPO UDP-205, UDP-203, Panasonic UB820
Front Speakers
SVS Ultra Towers
Center Channel Speaker
SVS Ultra Center
Surround Speakers
SVS Ultra Surround
Surround Back Speakers
SVS Ultra Bookshelf
Front Height Speakers
SVS Prime Elevation
Rear Height Speakers
SVS Prime Elevation
Subwoofers
dual SVS SB16s + dual PSA XS30s
Other Speakers or Equipment
Behringer 1124p; Aura Bass Shaker Pros; SuperSub X
Video Display Device
JVC RS520
Screen
Carada Cine-White 0 gain
Other Equipment
LG Electronics 65-inch B6 OLED, Sony 65-inch X900F
Starting in 1977, main stereo pairs without centers/surrounds/subs ...

1. Electrovoice EV-16B
2. Cerwin Vega S-1
3. Electrovoice S-15-3
4. Altec Model 14
5. Koss 1020 (purchased 1978, still have)
6. Electrovoice Interface: C
7. B&W DM-6
8. Genesis Model 44
9. Yamaha Studio Monitors
10. Electrovoice Interface: D
11. VMPS Super Tower
12. Legacy Model 1
13. VMPS Tower II
14. PSB Stratus Silver
15. PSB Stratus Gold
16. Klipsch Cornwall II's (still own)
17. Klipsch Model 30 Military spec
18. Legacy Convergence
19. Def Tech BP-2000
20. Def Tech BP-3000
21. Klipsch Klipschorns (sold when basement refinished)
22. Klipsch R-7
23. Klipsch Belles
24. Infinity IRS Sigma
25. Paradigm Studio 100 Series III
26. Energy Veritas Towers
27. Onix Ref 3's
28. Rocket 760's
29. Rocket 1000's and 850's
30. B&W 805
31. Ascend 170
32. Ascend 340
33. Ascend Sierra
34. Swan Bookshelf from reference series
35. Klipsch LaScala II's
36. Axiom Epic 80's
37. Axiom Model 22
38. Axiom M-100 V.4
39. Axiom LFR-1100
40. Legacy Signature SE
41. Martin Logan Electromotion ESL Hybrid
42. Axiom M-50 V.4
43. Axiom M-3 V.4
44, Electrovoice Georgian Corner horns circa 1956 (from estate sale)
45. PSB Imagine B

Various other smaller speakers from PSB, Paradigm, Klipsch, NAD and others.
:hail:
 

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Can't compete here unless bang for the buck, taste and preference:

Cerwin vega 3 way towers with the 15" woofer. Old school bought them from Sears.

JBL satellite 3.5" speakers back when you could buy such a thing separately, again from Sears. This and my Cerwin Vegas where my first real 5.1 because I by-amped those 15" vegas.

Numerous Toshiba, Panasonic, victor, and other garbage along the way.

Currently:
Bic America Venturi DV84 (towers).
Bic America Formula FH6-LCR (center).
Bic America Formula FH-65B0 (rear).
Dayton Audio Um18-22 (sub-woofer).

I learned it when I by-amped my Cerwin Vegas, but I absolutely know it now! Waiting on somebody to make a DSP that works with HDMI! If it can't do Master-HD audio then I can't use it.
 
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