Speaker polyamory -- or, stories about getting a second set to alternate with your primary

So many threads out there are about chasing the ultimate speaker -- or getting rid of speakers to try something new.

Here, I am looking for different stories. 

If this applies to you, tell me about a time you had a certain kind of speaker and decided to get a second set to swap in. Maybe you had stand mounts and you wanted to swap in towers....maybe you had box speakers and wanted electrostats...maybe it was because you were super curious about a different brand...

Curious about your second, swap in speaker set...and why.

And, if you eventually fell out of love with the first pair and divorced them...feel free to confess to that, too.

Stay cool!


Only at night watching TV through the system could better hear the big bass and explosions with the big boxes. Although not really into changing the speaker cables.

Interesting divergences here. Some think that speakers are seeking to get the sound "right" and so there's no reason to have a system B. (Some think I'm asking about replacing their "A" system. That's not the question.)

Others see sound presentation the way many see food -- Italian food one night, Chinese another -- their differences can both deliver excellent dining and one cannot eliminate the other. I'm in this camp. Give me variety in food, music, audio, movies, novels, etc. This is art, not science (for me).

Speaker wise, both Tannoys and Eminent Technology LFT 8's are on my list. Also, Devores.

I'm curious about the punchy "liveness" of horns, the efficiency of concentric drives, the spatialization of planars and ribbons.

I have B&O, Kef, Ohm, Klipsch and, gasp, Bose 901’s.  Each has endlessly fascinating response to the rooms they are located.  I don’t regard one better than the other, only marvel at the differences.  Switching hardware has similar results and impact.  I will commonly listen to one track in one room, then hustle to another room with a different setup, and listen again to that track.  I never tire from this comparison.  I’ll also swap speakers in the same room and enjoy that comparison.  I could not be happy with just one setup…I’m spoiled for sure.

Likely in the minority here however I actually enjoy switching between speakers regularly. Using the same source I can listen to the floor standers, or the monitors with subs. Reading an opinion that the best offense for room correction is another set of speakers is worthy. I  will cue the mains without subs or the monitors with subs or crash the room with all of the above. 

I am down to one motorcycle (VFR750) but up to @70 pushbikes and 30 saxophones (plus mouthpiece collection)!!! Speaker -wise you need at least one spare pair for reference/ emergency/ the sheer hell of it