What speaker could safely be ordered without hearing it first?

Hi everyone,

I’m in the midst of my speaker search and curious about something.......as noted above. There are some brands I would be interested in based on reputation, reviews, looks etc but may never be able to hear first.

I’m curious what the collective group thinks would be a safe choice having never heard them first. I know there are variables as in size of room, current gear etc. Just want to see what people would suggest. The one I would note based on what I have read is Joseph Audio. I’d also be curious if people would say the same about Borresen.

So it may be a frivolous exercise but I’ll ask the question anyway. Let me know your thoughts.


MBL 101e mk2 would be my best guess at a speaker most liked and least disliked if heard based on many very positive reviews and live demos at audio shows.  Requires ample amplification.  

I don’t trust anybody else’s ears. They’re not attached to my head, and regardless of what any reviewer says in even the most comprehensive of reviews, that guy doesn’t know my room, my tastes, or my experience, and I’ve returned one too many speakers. My favorite speakers I've owned over the years have all been auditioned, and could have been returned. Here’s a recent thing: I was considering a pair of well regarded Volti Audio Razz speakers since I like horns, and they state on their site, "Volti Audio does not accept returns of product for any reason." That’s a direct lift from their site. Make a deposit and they keep the money...period. OK...Volti Audio will not be getting any of my money for any reason (maybe if they kidnap my grandson I’ll have to make an exception, but that seems unlikely). The designer/owner claims they get very little criticism and extremely few issues with their precious speakers, and warranty their speakers for AN ENTIRE YEAR. Yeah man...he also claims he’s there for his customers if issues arise. All true perhaps, but nope...no Razz for me!

Avoid speakers with huge bass output. Safer compliment with subs.

ATC speakers always do well.