Home Speaker Asylum

General speaker questions for audio and home theater.

Are you into large scale orchestral?

Because if you are, having gone down this road a couple times , I find it's not that easy to do big classical well - at least not on the cheap.

I don't like horns. But I do like planars, and owned various Maggies for a few years. What I replaced them with, that truly satisfied my ears, were Alon IVs Mk II. They were $1200 used back in 1999, so they're probably selling for around 1K or maybe less now. They want some juice from the amp, at least 200 watts, and current too. But they will fill a large room with glorious, dynamic, large scale classical music, and be just as good on vocals and chamber. They are dipoles, so they need to be away from the back wall. But the Alon open baffle speakers are very open and unboxy sounding. (With the Alons, I felt like I was getting most of what I iked about planars but with better bass and dynamics.) If you have a smallish/medium sized room, Alon IIs would work, and they might be easier to find and cost less than the IVs. (There's a pair on A-gon now for $500.) See review of the IVs from TAS below.

A different path could be looking at something newer, like the GoldenEar Triton 7s. They don't come up used very often, but they do get traded in as folks upgrade to the newer model Tritons. They retail for only $1400 new so they are a steal used.

BTW, if you think vintage Quads are scary, Apogee Divas are truly terrifying! (But they sound wonderful.)

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