Which brand makes the best quality loudspeakers?

Who makes the best speakers

  • Aperion Audio

    Votes: 20 4.5%
  • Axiom Audio

    Votes: 11 2.5%
  • B&W

    Votes: 102 22.9%
  • Harman (JBL, Infinity, Revel)

    Votes: 90 20.2%
  • Klipsch

    Votes: 61 13.7%
  • Martin Logan

    Votes: 35 7.9%
  • Paradigm

    Votes: 54 12.1%
  • Polk

    Votes: 28 6.3%
  • PSB

    Votes: 18 4.0%
  • RBH Sound

    Votes: 26 5.8%

  • Total voters
    445
Art Vandelay

Art Vandelay

Audioholic
Ratings
36
I haven't ever heard Revels but I wondered if I'd dislike them due to excessive "neutrality" which I consider to be a fault of my Infinity Intermezzos (i.e. "clinical" or "sterile" sound)
I've heard Salon's quite a few times and they've never sounded 'sterile'. Tonally they are a well balanced speaker with a pristine treble.

All I know is I liked my B&Ws better than my Infinitys for music and that's what I attributed the difference to.
Most B&W's are tilted slightly to the warm side of neutrality, although the new continuum series depart from that formula to some extent. IMO the new 700 series is really outstanding. Perhaps slightly bright in the treble but outstanding detail and resolution.
 
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Johnny Bones

Audiophyte
What constitutes the term Loudspeaker? Anything above what wattage? Whats the better this or that Tele or Strat? Isnt the player and the room the real test of tune? We want to experience our music as harmonious to our life.. lets appreciate the simple sound of...
 
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Cjamrr

Cjamrr

Audioholic
Ratings
16
Any thoughts on building a sound sytem using either Focal or B&W speakers for both music and movies. The loudspeaker of interest are; Focal Aria 948 or B&W 702 S2.
 
Verdinut

Verdinut

Audioholic General
Ratings
619 6 22
What constitutes the term Loudspeaker? Anything above what wattage? Whats the better this or that Tele or Strat? Isnt the player and the room the real test of tune? We want to experience our music as harmonious to our life.. lets appreciate the simple sound of...
Loudspeaker is the term which was given to a device that converts electrical alternating current to acoustic energy. The loudness level was irrelevant in giving the transducer its name.

As a matter of fact, any loudspeaker can produce very soft sound as well as a louder sound within its limits.
 

TechHDS

Audioholic General
Ratings
744 2 12
Just my opinion guy without having to put a 2nd mortgage or take out a loan. Martin Logan’s 60s. Good looking speaker over sized drivers, piano black, rosewood. Won’t go into specs well cause I don’t want! l’ll leave that to you spec, Gurus. Just wish they would have post “ Martin Logan” on axis off axis. Other than that I see no point comparing the name speaks for themselves well respected speaker manufactory.

Mike
 

TechHDS

Audioholic General
Ratings
744 2 12
Sorry guys, our forum only allows 10 options in a poll so I went with the brands most folks here are familiar with. I meant to disrespect to Ascends, Salk or others not mentioned in the polling options. As enough data is gathered, I will pick the top 3 to assign near future speaker reviews. thanks for your help.
@gene, Please, umm.. pretty please..:) Pick Martin Logan 60s! I never asked for anything on your Forum plus I’m your BIGGEST FAN! . ;)

Mike
Now I gotta go Listerine my mouth.
Yuk.
 
KenM10759

KenM10759

Audioholic Samurai
Ratings
825 8 1
None on the short poll list are particularly bad, though a couple do offer some low-level speakers I just can't listen to for more than a couple minutes (Klipsch.) There's a few that don't appear on the list, KEF in particular. They've deleted their least expensive C series, it really wasn't very good for the money. What they offer now across the whole line is probably out-selling at least 6 only the list by orders of magnitude.
 
mattlach

mattlach

Audioholic Intern
Ratings
22
I'm going to abstain from voting in this one for now.

I really like my RBH speakers, but I haven't auditioned some of the more car-priced brands on the list for comparison.
 
mattlach

mattlach

Audioholic Intern
Ratings
22
For me that's a minimum for HT. 15s and 18s for me as I love low bass lol
You can get low bass without going with excessively large drivers. All depends on the amp, the shape of the enclosure and the configuration of the ports.

My SVS PC-13 Ultras may only be 13", but with one port blocked and tuned to 16hz, they'll shake your butt from across the room if you let them :p
 
everettT

everettT

Audioholic Samurai
Ratings
992 9 11
You can get low bass without going with excessively large drivers. All depends on the amp, the shape of the enclosure and the configuration of the ports.

My SVS PC-13 Ultras may only be 13", but with one port blocked and tuned to 16hz, they'll shake your butt from across the room if you let them :p
Huh? Not sure the issue..
 
lovinthehd

lovinthehd

Audioholic Overlord
Ratings
4,470 17 37
Well, as far as drivers or subs go, 15s and 18s are much more readily available than 13s...and there's no replacement for displacement....
 
S

sterling shoote

Audioholic General
Ratings
270 5 1
Well, as far as drivers or subs go, 15s and 18s are much more readily available than 13s...and there's no replacement for displacement....
As lovinthehd said "there's no replacement for displacement" but 3 way speakers with 15" drivers, like the JBL 4367's go for about $15,000 a pair. What you get for that expenditure is effortless high volume. In other words, you're going to feel the music without it sounding loud, or strained. It's non-fatiguing sound full of detail. I wish I could afford a pair. I have absolutely no doubt it would deliver what I only get a glimpse of from my 3 ways with 12'' drivers.
 
ematthews

ematthews

Audioholic General
Ratings
170
You Know. After going through many brands the last few years, I would have to say Monitor Audio's attention to detail is outstanding. Their quality surpasses Revel, Dynaudio, Kef, Ascend, etc in my opinion. Kef however is really close and could even inch above since their shipping boxes are better.:)
 

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