list of speakers

My quest which I started three years ago to find my dream speakers resulted in a lot of lists and comparisons. It occurred to me that I had not seen a comprehensive, free and user-friendly databases of loudspeakers and maybe there should be one.  Maybe others would find it useful (although no one is as OCD with lists as I am :) )

Others - meaning my kind - budget, beginner, not advanced audiophiles like you guys. So it may not mean much to you but still, any feedback would be appreciated. 

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I know it's amateurish - my design skills suck, the only value in it is the data and possibly the search and comparison features. 

Last but not least, and I won't name names not to exclude anyone, thank you people for helping me to put together this web site, with direct feedback and advice over the years about how to find the ideal gear. Several of you also gave me awesome components for which I will be forever grateful. Thank you fellow members!


@normb I agree that it's frustrating. But in the same time, it's feedback too. I am not perfect either and can occasionally pick up the glove - I should just focus on the positive responses.

@grislybutter All you have to do to clear things up is for you to read up a bit on the Linkwitz LX521.  Because it has an active crossover, it requires 8 to 10 channels of amplification, depending on how you choose to run it.  

Most all commercial loudspeakers use a passive crossover and you use just one 2 channel amp to drive them.  But with an active (It's call "active" because it is a powered circuit) crossover, you have separate amp channels for each driver in the loudspeaker.  There are excellent reasons for doing this not the least of which is that passive crossovers throw away much of the energy.  This is why so many pro grade powered loudspeakers use active crossovers and multiple amp channels.  

Active crossovers are vastly better than passive, but generally do not lend themselves to the commercial paradigm where the buyer purchases loudspeakers and then later purchases a better amp to drive them.  It's just much easier for audio dealers to work with and sell.

The LX521 is a two-channel stereo loudspeaker.  It first began as a DIY project designed by Siegfried Linkwitz, to be an extreme hi-end loudspeaker that a home builder could do.  It was so successful that a commercial version was created and is sold in Europe.

Because it involves the loudspeaker enclosure, a 4-way active crossover and 8 to 10 channels of amplification, it is often referred to as a "system", and not just as a loudspeaker.  You can buy the whole system delivered to your doorstep, with amplification, cabling, as well as loudspeakers (offered in a variety of finishes) for a bit under $30,000 US.

You can also build it yourself with a kit from Madisound.  This could be done, including amplification, for as little as $6000.  It's extreme hi-end that we mere mortals can afford.  There are other ways to get into the LX521 that don't require you to be a wood worker.  Madisound sells a flatpak CNC cut kit you could build them from.  They also have cabinet makers who could build the enclosures for you.  They also sell the active crossover.  Building the system yourself teaches you a great deal about audio and gives you a vastly greater involvement in your system that a straight commercial purchase can never do.

You began your original post talking about your dream loudspeakers.   You never see the LX521 loudspeakers on the used market because they really are extreme hi-end and are the "forever" loudspeaker of their owners.

Because they are not a commercial product shown and sold at any USA audio dealers, there is a network of people around the country who are available for you to visit and listen.  Making a choice like this only makes sense when you've heard them for yourself.

thank you @russbutton  for the clarification. Sound like these speakers/speaker system is on another level.

@grislybutter  I've been an audiophile since Nixon was president.  The last commercial loudspeaker I ever bought was my college dorm speakers, the KLH Model 32, which were the lowest cost speaker one could buy at the time.  Since then, everything I've owned was a home-brew of some sort.  Kit loudspeakers were designed by solid professional engineers.  You don't have to be a Master's Degree Electrical Engineer to get a good loudspeaker.  I tried my hand at designing and building some speakers, most of which came out pretty good.  The most difficult part of building a loudspeaker is making it look like good furniture.

When you "get your hands dirty" in building your own gear, you become much more involved in your system.  There's an exceptional amount of pleasure and joy that comes from building your own, even if it's just from a kit.  When you're in this passion of audio, you become an audio engineer to some extent.  The deeper you get into the weeds, the more involved you become and the more informed are your choices and results. 

Siegfried Linkwitz was one of the truly great audio engineers. He's the Linkwitz of the "Linkwitz-Riley crossover."  You'll see that mentioned many times in audio.  Siegfried lived in Corte Madera, California and was more than welcoming.  Just a friendly guy.  He chose to create something for the DIY community that would give them access to an audio experience they could have never afforded before. He was just a nice cat.  He passed away 5 years ago, but left a wealth of knowledge behind him.  His website can take you days and more to read through and learn from.  Everyone on this forum is trying to improve their systems and learn from each other.  Siegfried's website is one of the great gifts to the world.

@russbutton I am the opposite with building things. I spent a week building a WC10 case for my daughter's Marantz 1060, brought it up to her and.... it did not fit!!! 1/10 of an inch too small. And it's just wood. Imagine if I touched a transistor!  

I envy people who can build things. I can't even open something and put it back together without breaking it. 

But I enjoy good sound and thanks for sharing the link and the story!