What Horn loaded speaker/ speaker system for $10k'ish and under

I’m looking to go potentially go back to a horn loaded speaker, or hybrid budget under $15k. I’ve had LaScala’s in the resent past (prior to my current Spendor D9.2’s that are for sale now) and loved them but I feel there is better out there for similar money.

JBL horns like the 4367 or 4349, S3900, S4700? Volti? LALS? others I’ve forgotten or not known.

I’d like to have efficiency above 90db,

extension to 35hz or close to it, I could live with subs though.

I’m not apposed to used in good condition, I will not buy black speakers though.



Completely in the Volti camp! With @jond ​​​​@krgottschalk on this. I am completely blown away with my Razz. Either SS or Tube they are simply effortless, have a beautiful soundstage, and the mids are stunning. You could pick up a pre-loved pair of Rivals for under 10k.
If you are in close proximity to Greg at Volti, I highly recommend taking the drive.
If you are anywhere close to NE Ohio, I’d be happy to host.

Perhaps a Horns Mummy, if the looks are acceptable.  Incredibly smooth mids and highs, strong bass from a 12" Beyma.   No need for a sub, at least not for myself.  Soundstage is incredible for this price ($3k used), both vertical and horizontal. 

Good luck on your search


Forgot One

The original JBL Everest DD55000 as they are incredible with a unique build. Heard them in Akihabarra Japan years ago and lusted for them ended up settling on my S3100 which is a scaled-down version. If you have a chance to ever lay your eyes on the DD55000 you will never forget. 




Both the Volti and Avantgarde Duo suggestions are interesting.  They both deliver the dynamics and liveliness that is particularly attractive about horn-based systems.  I like them a lot.  But, like all systems, they have some limitations, and I find them both to have the same issue--the bass driver and the rest of the system do not blend seamlessly, and the bass does not seem to have the same nimbleness as the rest of the frequency range.  Still, on balance, terrific systems.  

As for JBL horn-based systems, I like the sound of the Everest systems and a couple models below the Everest that I heard (cannot remember the names/numbers).  The sound is reasonably smooth and lacking in harshness while having the positive attributes of horn systems.  The overall tonal balance was, for my taste, a bit thin in the upper-bass so the sound seemed to lack a little bit in weight.

My favorite horn systems are custom-made systems utilizing vintage drivers.  There is nothing like the old vintage Western Electric drivers, except for some Western Electric inspired drivers and some direct clones of such drivers (e.g., G.I.P Laboratories from Japan).  But, these exotics are many times the price range for just a pair of one type of driver.

I’ve owned & really enjoyed the Volti Audio Rivals for  a 1 1/2.years now. They do most things very well & effortlessly at any volume level. The smaller Razz are also quite good for less than half the price. Both are worth a serious audition.