Which pair of speakers changed your Hifi life?

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Hopefully one day, someone would say "Mon Acoustic speakers were the turning point in my Hifi life".  😃

My 2ch-audio journey began when my uncle bought his BOSE system at his home (don't even know the model or never really heard it) in early 90s. Bose was rear and expensive in Korea(South) back then. So I started my own system with Bose Cinematics 2.1. Then moved on to Goldenear Triton 3, then to Triton 1. But more utilizing the speakers for AV set ups, not 2 ch stereo.   

When I had my first house, I bought a pair of Revel M105 speakers and I think these are the pair that really changed my audio life. My initial paring with M105 was Yamaha receiver. Then I tried goofie set up with center speaker 3.1 to see if it improves vocal in the songs I liked. We went through many combinations of system set up. I ended up with Chord Electronics set up. 

I still own them. Always struggle time to time, whether to sell them or not due to the number of pairs I own(out of a guilt). I cannot argue how many pairs of shoes my wife owns.  I pair them with NAD M10 (version 1) for my bedroom since my wife likes the warm and well rounded sound, and 80% its white design aspect. 

So what are the speakers that have impacted your life? 



When I was a kid, I heard the large Klipsch corner horn (mono) system playing Marche Slave....that made me an Audiophile....the goosebumps are still there.

Mirage M5si.   These were leaps and bounds superior to anything I had prior.   I switched over to hybrid tube power which proved a great combo with these speakers.   

For me it was the discovery of planar speakers in the middle 70's.  First it was a pair of Magnaplanars..   Wow.  I was completely blown away.  once I got them set up for my room (placement and toe in).. the imaging and scale of the presentation both left to right and top to bottom,... wow.  

Maggies were the best I could afford for most of my adult life.  paired with reasonable priced electronics (lower end models of high end brands).  Then about 15 years ago I got into tubes, primarily triode designs.... and got my hands on modern Quads.  The Quad 2805 ESL speakers.  Another huuuuuge wow.  Of course it was not only the Quads.  I had gone from a total system cost of about 10-12k including everything to a system cost of about 80k,  Shindo Monbrison Pre (later upgraded to Shindo Masseto Pre), Air Tight ATM-3 mono blocs..   great turntable.  Wavelength Audio Tube DAC.. . Crimson model with the upgraded silver wiring and silver transformers.... top end end all DAC.  

But I gotta say, those Quad 2805s properly positioned in the room, driven by great electronics took my audio to an entirely new and better level.  

Had to sell most of it a few years ago due to a 'situation' our family had to deal with.  now working to rebuild a similar system over the next couple years.

So, my answer: QUAD ESL's considered by many to be 'the best' or 'one of the best speakers ever'.  .... 

I also listened to a great pair of original Quad 57's ESL's with a low power amp in a near field position.. sublime.

So again.. the QUAD ESL is the speaker that really did it for me.

Sound Lab Millennium 1, a large full-range electrostatic.  I bought the first pair in 1999, unseen and unheard, and they impressed me so much that I changed careers (taking a big pay cut) and became a high-end audio dealer.  

The first time I heard Classic Audio loudspeakers was also transformational, as they started me on the path to becoming a hybrid horn loudspeaker manufacturer. 


A long time ago. They were Dunlavy SC4 set up well in a store. I then experienced not "you are there", "they are here" as it sounded like the performer was in the room.