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? 



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.

My first pair of Maggies in the late 70s opened my eyes (and ears) to the open, spacious sound of dipoles with excellent sound stage and detail.  I've owned several pair over the years, but often alternated with dynamic box speakers to get more "slam". 

More recently, I built a set of GR-Research NX-Oticas which really opened my eyes to what open baffle had to offer. Finally, I have a speaker system with the dynamics and slam I crave from the best box speakers I've owned, with the open, airy sound stage and great imaging of dipoles. 

Quad 57's! Bought the first pair in 1981. Stupidly sold them in 2000. Several years ago I bought two pairs of 57's. A classic design that still sounds better than most any box speaker!

Don't laugh, but it was Klipsch RF7 II speakers that got me.  Up until that time I had been focused mainly on home theater surround sound with music listening a lesser priority.  I heard the Klipsch speakers at a dealer in a really nice room and was amazed at how good they sounded and how much bass they had.  That started me down the rabbit hole.  I still have a mixed 2 channel / home theater system for my main system, but the emphasis is definitely now on the 2 channel performance.

I never owned them, but when I was 20 I visited my older cousin in Northampton, MA and he had very very large Maggies. I don't know the model. Let's just say there's the period in your life before you lose your virginity and the period afterwards, and there's one individual who conveys you through that threshold.