What speakers do you listen to at home?

What speakers do you listen to at home?
Here it is . . .
99% (480 votes)
Don't like what I have, but do like . . .
1% (6 votes)
I don't listen at home!
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 486

We get requests all the time from readers who want to know what audio components others have purchased. What we're looking for is a description of what loudspeaker products you own and why you like them. Here goes . . .

Carl's picture

Lets see Home Theater: Paradigm/Snell. Tube Stereo Vandersteen, Office Solid State Maggies/HSU Different types for different applications and differeent whims. TOTEM will be on the next purchase though!.

Bob Leone's picture

My wife and I own DQ-12's which are bi-wired with Kimber 8 strand. We are music lovers first,and equipment geeks second.Also we are parents of a young child ,so time and resources have to be allocated accordingly.Which brings me to our choice of speakers.The DQ-12 is an affordable,sweet sounding speaker,although admittedly not the newest.They have given my wife and I much pleasure ,and that is, after all what we all listen to music for.I believe many audio dealers have forgoten that very important point.As funds permit we would certainly consider new speakers, but for now the joy of music (of many differant types )is our primary concern.

JL's picture

Aerial Acoustics 10T Aerial Acoustics CC3 Aerial Acoustics SR3 Allows me to enjoy music and movies in the same room.

kcso's picture

Mordaunt-Short MS100-gold M&K VX7 subwoofer. Atlantis stands. Not terribly fantastic or expensive but makes great sound given the size and other furniture in my living room.

George Habicht's picture

Vandersteen 3A's... Best all-around speaker for the money. No compromises required.

Ray Leonard's picture

Energy C-6 and JBL 62

Willis Greenstreet's picture

We bought a pair of Vandersteen Model 5's to replace a vintage set of Model 2c's when the the Five's first came out. We have been pleased with the looks, sound and performance of them. We also use Vandersteen's VCC-1 Signature for a Center Channel speaker and four Vandersteen VSM's for our Home Theater and feel like they we are getting some of the best sound available.

Robert Daines's picture

B&W Nautilus 801 speakers

Mark Reynolds's picture

In my audio syste;Thiel cs1.5 This is one sweet speaker for their size and cost they are a great deal. In my video system; Paradirm Reference Sudio 20, They replaced Sudio 80 and they sound great with good stands.

Eric G.'s picture

Thiel CS6's. Incredible transparency, detail and imaging.

Stephen Curling's picture

Infinity Reference 6 (4 way), Infinity Kappa Video (2 way center), Infinity SSW-212 dual 12" 300w servo subwoofer, Infinity Reference 1 (2 way surrounds)

Bob's picture

PSB Stratus Gold i Nice full range speaker at a reasonable price. Beautiful midrange and smooth highs. I think you have to spend 2 or 3 times their price to get any noticeable improvement.

Federico Cribiore's picture

I have a pair of B&W CDM-1s hooked to about $15,000 of front-end and amplification. Seem wierd? Sounds GREAT! As I live in a small apartment, it makes no sense to spend more on speakers. Especially with the raving reviews that the little B&Ws seem to get from you guys!

David Schultz's picture

Genesis 400s reside in my system. Those round ribbon tweeters are great! My old Dali 8s live in my girlfriend's room and simply make wonderful music. Her Klipsch KG5.5s sit in the living room and add a lot of impact to movies. My ancient Fanfare Tempo II speakers are collecting dust at my mother's house. Recently traded my old Magnepan SMGs to a friend for a new car stereo when the Blaupunkt died in the 928.

RJS's picture

Nelson-Reed 8-04c.

Chuck Story's picture

Magnepan SMGc's soon to be Magnepan 1.6QR's. Once you get used to the realistic image size of Maggies, it's hard to listen to anything else. Bedroom has B&W DM302's.

Luther E.  Birdzell 3's picture

Revel Salons (new) Thiel 2.2 (other house,old)

John Lum's picture

Thiel CS1.5 I have a small (15' x 16' x 8') room. I needed a small speaker, with low or moderate sensitivity. For the most part, the thiel CS1.5 satisfies my needs. The only thing is, it sounds better, when listened to at least ten feet away. In my room, I would have to have my back against the wall, in order for that to happen.

Marc Phillips's picture

I just traded in my beloved Spendor S20s on their big brothers, the SP100. This speaker can do everything. I know you hate it when people whine uncontrollably when certain products fall off the Recommended Components listing, but this is a speaker you guys should seriously revisit.

Scot Forier's picture

Since I'm forced to have One listening room for both 2 and 5 channel sound, I'm using Alon model 2's and a matching Alon C-2. Haven't gotten around to purchasing the suround speakers yet.

Ren's picture

Veritas 1.8 by Energy 3 way design with a dome mid-range that so sweet. A musician friend commented that he never heard guitar that sounded so natural.

Abhu Rau's picture

Polk RT55's they're great!!

Craig Johnson's picture

Magnepan 10.1 planar speakers and a Vandersteen 2WQ sub. A magical combination. Magenepan markets the 10.1s as home theater speakers, but they are really planar minimonitors (as mini as planars can be). The Vandersteen sub is incredibly fast (with 3 eight-inch drivers) and uses a novel crossover method. Bass is rolled off before the amp with a 1st order high pass filter(frequency roll-off depends upon the crossover setting and amp input impedance). Taking its input from the power amp's speaker terminals, the sub woofer's amp then compensates for the roll-off by boosting bass in the opposite way it was rolled off. Character of the power amp is therefore carried over into the sub and perfectly integrated with the main speakers.

ebonner's picture

Proac Response 2. I bought them used about 3 years ago and since then they have served as anchor for my system. I find that as I make improvements or conduct comparisons, differences are revealed in a highly musical manner. Under every condition the Proacs strenghts remains that of musicality and balance.

Jim Wester's picture

spica tc50 Loved the price, imaging, reasonable detail for the money.

erich's picture

Dunlavy SC-II's with custom subs & crossovers

Russ Nowak's picture

Sound Dynamics 616's Midi tower design, with great bass, and excellent midrange! Don't feel the need to spend bigger bucks.

Jeff Loney's picture

Hooked on planars - second hand Magnepan MGIIIA's to be precise! After an initial Wife Acceptance issue (size), I now realize that it will be a long time before I need to replace the speakers in my system (and then with newer, better Maggies, no doubt!). Despite being a little current hungry, a little light in the bass and having an odd "cabinet' resonance, they have wonderful microdynamics and can develop a great "you are there" soundstage (after experimenting with listening positions). Unfortunately they have highlighted the inadequacies of my current source component - so do I (a) go back to analog, say, Rega Planar 25, (b) upgrade my CD player to a Naim CD3.5, (c) add a better DAC to my Pioneer DV414, or (d) wait and see what happens in the digital format wars?

JKH, Santa Clara, CA's picture

Thiel 3.6. Great speakers.

Anonymous's picture

B&W 801 S3