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  • Which ~$10k speaker would you choose?

    In the footsteps of Joey's thread about $5k speakers, I am posting a "hypothetical" poll of which speakers AROUND $10k you would choose. I really like them all for one reason or another. They are all different sounding, and I would love to have them all but thats not reasonable.

    These are speakers that I have access too and would consider once I have a home with a dedicated 2-channel room. Feel free to add your own in your posts, but I am trying base it on the ones listed in the poll. Thank you.
    36
    Wilson Audio Sophia
    11.11%
    4
    Martin Logan Summit
    36.11%
    13
    Krell LAT-2000 (would add a sub later)
    2.78%
    1
    Other (please list in post)
    50.00%
    18

  • #2
    You know what I chose.
    Analog: VPI Scoutmaster w/ Steel Delrin clamp + Dynavector 20XH cart
    Digital: SB3 + PS Audio Digital Link III DAC
    System: Cary Audio SLP-98P Tube Preamplifier w/ Sylvanias -> Plinius SA102 Class A amplifier -> Martin Logan SUMMITS/Strata Minis -> 8O (me)

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    • #3
      Magnepan, Magnepan, Magnepan. Martin Logan 2nd choice.
      CHRIS

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      • #4
        Someone loves Magnepan don't they lol.....
        -Joe

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        • #5
          Used Maggie 20.1 would be a nice thing to have.....for $10K

          For $50K, I'll take the Avalon Isis over any other speaker on the planet (and yes I'm very serious)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ThomasW
            Used Maggie 20.1 would be a nice thing to have.....for $10K

            For $50K, I'll take the Avalon Isis over any other speaker on the planet (and yes I'm very serious)

            Absolutely! Isis is unreal... I do enjoy the Wilson MaxxII at $44500 (what a deal)

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            • #7
              10k is all I have to spend? I need more money!
              Jay

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              • #8
                Probably something from PMC, like the AML. I've heard one of the smaller models (TB2 I think) and was just blown away. Everything I've read or heard makes the AML to just like magic. Hard to believe that these things come with Brystons built in.

                ensen.
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                • #9
                  Vienna Acoustics

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                  • #10

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                    • #11
                      I compared JMLabs 1027 Be to Martin Logan, B&W, Gallo Ref 3 and Theil speakers. The JMs are in a class by themselves at $7500.

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                      • #12
                        802D anyday - in black

                        With the dealer discount, you should get these babies for $10K (brand new)

                        Now, if only I had $10K ...

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                        • #13
                          Less than $10k

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                          • #14
                            Less than $10k

                            I should have limited the poll to the speakers I listed as they are the ones I have access too at a discount.

                            I think my only option is to try them all! I can bring them home and compare away.

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                            • #15
                              I just wish I had the 10K to drop on speakers before I could think about which ones I would buy.
                              Tom
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                              Klipsch RC-7 center
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                              • #16
                                Hehe....me too! But I am saving as we speak. First on the list is a house to put whatever I get into.

                                But I think I have narrowed it down to the Sophia and the Summit. I really like them both so much, it will be hard to decide. So as I have time, I will listen and listen and listen. Unfortunately we do not have Summits on demo right now. I will try and talk the owner into getting a set. We have Vantages and Sophias. I might try them head to head just to get an idea of what to expect.

                                A lot of it depends on how well the Summit can do with some of the music I listen to alot. Heavy stuff like Metallica, Godsmack, Tool, etc.....some of the older models didnt do it for me on some of the heavier stuff. The Wilsons on the other hand

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                                • #17
                                  The ones I own, Sonus faber Extremas (10K retail originally, now obsolete)
                                  Doug
                                  "I'm out there Jerry, and I'm loving every minute of it!" - Kramer

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                                  • #18
                                    The Summit get's my vote....gee I wonder why??
                                    Jerry Rappaport

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                                    • #19
                                      Martin Logan Summits or
                                      Dynaudio S5.4

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                                      • #20
                                        The Summits are garnering more followers.

                                        Though the Sophia and BW802D are cool choices too... this is hard. :cry:
                                        Analog: VPI Scoutmaster w/ Steel Delrin clamp + Dynavector 20XH cart
                                        Digital: SB3 + PS Audio Digital Link III DAC
                                        System: Cary Audio SLP-98P Tube Preamplifier w/ Sylvanias -> Plinius SA102 Class A amplifier -> Martin Logan SUMMITS/Strata Minis -> 8O (me)

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                                        • #21
                                          Too hard. I am taking my mind off this decision by putting together a sweet Ruger 22/45 pistol. Modified with all kinds of cool goodies.

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                                          • #22
                                            Audiophiliac,

                                            I'm going to try to help you out. I'm going to audition the Wilson Sophias tomorrow (as mentioned on the MLO forum) and I'll try to objectify what I hear.... I'll do a comparo between the Summits and the Wilsons.

                                            This might be an unfair match though as I dont have the goods to keep up with what Glenn Poor will be running through those Wilsons. I'll do my best though.

                                            Stay tuned!
                                            Analog: VPI Scoutmaster w/ Steel Delrin clamp + Dynavector 20XH cart
                                            Digital: SB3 + PS Audio Digital Link III DAC
                                            System: Cary Audio SLP-98P Tube Preamplifier w/ Sylvanias -> Plinius SA102 Class A amplifier -> Martin Logan SUMMITS/Strata Minis -> 8O (me)

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                                            • #23
                                              Magnepan MG20.1s

                                              You did say "approximately" $10K.
                                              .

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                                              • #24
                                                If I was buying instead of building, I'd go with the Linkwitz Orion assembled configuration. They're ugly, but they should be mandatory listening for anyone that things they want to produce high end speakers for a living- including most of the established "majors". Even people like Audio Critic and Sensible Sound who don't generally go ga-ga over "expensive" speakers acknowledge that the Orions are pretty much in a performance class by themselves in the under $10K - $20K category.
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                                                • #25
                                                  Are these the Orions that you speak of John?
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                                                  • #26
                                                    Originally posted by Audiophiliac
                                                    But I think I have narrowed it down to the Sophia and the Summit.
                                                    Between the Summits and the Sophias, I would take the later. But not because it sounds better but because I have heard them and I haven't heard the Summits... yet - the dealer promises to have them set up in about two more weeks. Compared to the B&W's the Wilsons are surprisingly quite good. I liked the Sophias and the WATT/Puppy's but I found the discontinued Grand SLAMM far too aggressive. The only turnoffs to me are the automotive finishes, I prefer real veneer esthetics, and that they are WAY overpriced, IMO.
                                                    "Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."

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                                                    • #27
                                                      Of those listed, I'd take the ML Summit's. Very nice.

                                                      If I could have any speaker at "around" $10k, it would be the Magnepan MG-20.1's. Incredible

                                                      And if I had an unlimited budget, I'd get a pair (so to speak) of Wisdom Audio Adrenaline Rush speakers. WOW!!!

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                                                      • #28
                                                        Originally posted by Audiophiliac
                                                        In the footsteps of Joey's thread about $5k speakers, I am posting a "hypothetical" poll of which speakers AROUND $10k you would choose. I really like them all for one reason or another. They are all different sounding, and I would love to have them all but thats not reasonable.

                                                        These are speakers that I have access too and would consider once I have a home with a dedicated 2-channel room. Feel free to add your own in your posts, but I am trying base it on the ones listed in the poll. Thank you.
                                                        The speakers I would choose depend on the room dimensions and irregularities...

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                                                        • #29
                                                          Originally posted by audiojunky
                                                          802D anyday - in black

                                                          With the dealer discount, you should get these babies for $10K (brand new)

                                                          Now, if only I had $10K ...
                                                          802 or 803 d's
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