Sitting here with a glass of spirits, thinking about what speakers I would consider to be "the classics" of Hi-Fi speakers.
I'm sure I'd forget many, but I'll start with the ones that were earthshaking to me, in their day.
Limit of five models per post?
Given my life choices, mine will relate to the more human price points (In no particular order...)
A) Dahlquist DQ-10
This baby didn't play so loud, and it had terrible vertical dispersion, but it did things well on balance.
Never owned my own pair, but this cool guy named Ollie from Q Audio in Reno had a pair that he welded Pyramid tweeters on top of...
B) Acoustat 2+2
Great speed and maybe the most dynamic electrostat I had encountered up to that time. Pretty bullet-proof, too.
Finally got a pair earlier this year. Bliss.
C) Klipsch Heresy
I know, I know. But we had them in the record shop I worked in (Eucalyptus Records and Tapes, 1975-1979). They were hard to hurt, and played quite loud - while drawing no particular attention to themselves. They were actually easy to listen to. Our manager (Chris walker, I think it was) was an iconoclast, and they were driven by a Marantz tubed integrated.
They could play Tommy Bolin's "Shake the Devil," "Busting Out For Rosey," and "Post Toastee" like there was no tomorrow.
An ex-girlfriend has my pair. It's a long story.
D) Gotta shout out for all the "tall" Apogees. I'm a planar guy.
Diva, Scintilla, Full range, the Grand line. I love 'em all.
E) The Acoustic Research AR-90
Had two pair and stacked them, inverted. They looked like Duntech Sovereigns before Duntech existed.
They played F'loud and imaged like a window into an orchestra. Nice dynamics, both micro and macro.
I still have 'em and I'm gonna resurrect them this year - if my budget allows.
Compared them to Chario Academy 2's and Sonus Faber Extremas to check detail and they help up quite well, really!
Laid back imaging - behind the speaker more than at the speaker or in front of it, which I like.
Percussion could give you that "hit in the chest" feeling.
Great on classical, orchestral music - almost lush.
I honestly still love them.
I'll leave the other Hall of Fame speakers for you guys to mention!