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#114256 - 10/27/05 01:59 PM POLL: What's your limit?
spiffnme Offline
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OK, I know this has probably been done before, but out of curiousity, what is the upper limit of what you'd spend on a single pair of speakers for a two channel system?


This does not include amplification or subwoofer. Just the pair of speakers.
ULTIMATE SPEAKER CASH OUT
Only one choice allowed


Votes accepted starting: 05/24/06 06:11 PM
View the results of this poll.
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#114257 - 10/27/05 02:55 PM Re: POLL: What's your limit?
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Is this considering my current salary, or my wishful salary?
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#114258 - 10/27/05 06:54 PM Re: POLL: What's your limit?
thyname Offline
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I voted for $3000, with B&W 703 on my mind. But maybe this figure will go up a bit, once I get promoted :-)
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#114259 - 10/27/05 11:02 PM Re: POLL: What's your limit?
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Thiel 7.2's. Heard them at a friend-of-a-friend's house with Classe Omega monoblocs. That has become my personal what-if holy grail.
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#114260 - 10/28/05 12:28 AM Re: POLL: What's your limit?
spiffnme Offline
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I guess that's an added interesting question. What are your "dream" speakers?

I've never really listened to anything above the $2500 or so range. So for me, my personal favs so far are Thiel 1.6, Veritas 2.2, and B&W 703. (Though to be completely honest, I'd stand my M60ti's up against any of those three)

It's interesting to see that the vast majority of us would pay far more than the cost of Axiom's own M80ti's. I wonder what Ian's thoughts are on this subject. Obviously we all love the Axiom sound. What could Ian pull off with a speaker that had a retail price of $2500? Could he create an Elite line of Axioms? Or would all the added cost be simply in wood veneers and fancy connections, with little or no actual sound improvements?

Maybe the new EP500 and EP600 are Axiom's way of dipping their toe in the water and seeing if there's a market for more upscale Axiom products. ???

I could see a nice little market for a $950 Axiom bookshelf speaker, and a $2500 pair of towers. Given Axioms history of offering a massive bang for the buck, they'd have to be something really special, but I'd certainly be interested.
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#114261 - 10/28/05 12:41 AM Re: POLL: What's your limit?
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My dream speakers are (gasp!) Magnepans. As far as appearance goes, I'd love to have some Blue Herons. However, I put down $1500 for the max I would spend right now.

Hell, right now I wouldn't spend a dime.

OK, maybe, oh, say $300 for some M3s.
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#114262 - 10/28/05 12:51 AM Re: POLL: What's your limit?
bridgman Offline
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Geez, you and GeneticDrift... I mean slownlo...

I get scared every time someone talks about how much I would spend on speakers. I already spent too much
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#114263 - 10/28/05 02:17 AM Re: POLL: What's your limit?
BlueStater Offline
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In reply to:

It's interesting to see that the vast majority of us would pay far more than the cost of Axiom's own M80ti's




Don't get me wrong, I love my Axioms. In my what-if house the 7.2/Classe combo would be in my stereo-only listening room. Guess what would be in my HT? Just add another 600, a pair of '80s for 7.1, and another '150 to the front of this! It's just I have never heard anything like that Thiel/Classe setup before. It was astounding. Now, to be fair I am planning on moving up to the M80's when we finally buy our next house. At that point I can get a better idea of what Axiom's high end is vs. Thiel. Good enough?
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#114264 - 10/28/05 06:52 AM Re: POLL: What's your limit?
oz350z Offline
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Based on what I have heard so far I think I would go for a pair of these.
http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0402/meadowlarkheron.htm
Of couse if I had the money for these I would have to have them hooked up to VTL tubed seperates. Audio Nirvana!
oz
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#114265 - 10/28/05 08:56 AM Re: POLL: What's your limit?
dmn23 Offline
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Jeez, Oz...I dunno. 200 hours of break-in time is a lot, don't you think?
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