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Our Speaker Soulmates

Roses are red, violets are blue, we've found our speaker soulmates, how 'bout you? 

Yes, yes, the cheese factor is hitting hard on this one, but deciding on which speakers to buy, that will truly move you, is unique to every individual. All speakers are not created equal and neither is the makeup of the human ear or your auditory perception of the music that you're listening to. To put it very simply: speakers interpret electric audio signals and create vibrations that push out soundwaves that travel to your ear. Your eardrum vibrates and then your brain interprets those vibrations and elicits an emotional response (ie. those hair-raising goosebumps). How each speaker interprets and reproduces an audio signal is very different and unique to its build and engineering, the materials, the placement within a room, etc. You really have to hear it for yourself to know if you've got chemistry.

BUT, this article is not on the physics of sound or how a speaker is made. This is Valentines Day and love is in the air! This list represents the speaker loves of our lives - the ones that give us butterflies and those goosebumps that some people spend their whole lives searching for. The ones that are there for us on a bad day and the ones that we dream about but might be out of our league. These are our speaker soulmates.

Need help finding your speaker soulmate? Start here or visit one of our showrooms for a speed dating session.

KLH Albany 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers KLH Albany 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers

1. Joe's Match: KLH Albany 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers

When I think of speakers that were made for me, the first pair that comes to mind are the Albanys by KLH.  What’s not to love about them? They say good things come in small packages and the Albany’s definitely fit the bill. Don’t let their size fool you though, they pack quite a punch for such a small enclosure thanks to KLH paying homage to their speaker designs of the past with their acoustic suspension design. The Albanys practically disappear in my room when they are off, but absolutely light it up when I fire up my favorite tunes.  Quality components, real wood veneers, and an astonishingly affordable price tag, don’t tell my fiancé or my dog, but I LOVE my speakers."

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Focal Grand Utopia EM Evo Focal Grand Utopia EM Evo

2. Austin's Match: Focal Grand Utopia EM Evo

If I had to choose between the love of my life and these speakers, I would choose the Focal Grand Utopia EM Evo speakers because they are the love of my life."

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Focal Aria 926 loudspeakers Focal Aria 926 loudspeakers

3. Ron's Match: Focal Aria 926 Floorstanding Speakers

The Focal Aria 926 loudspeakers in dark walnut are our family favorite. They fit into our décor perfectly.  We have them positioned in our living room being powered by a McIntosh MC275 tube amplifier and a HEOS link as our source. It’s a wonderful solution. We never touch the amplifier and simply select a room called FOCAL on our HEOS app, then the tubes quickly begin to light up in succession. When all are powered on, we hear an amazing sound that fills up the entire first floor of our home.  Lisa and I love them and find ourselves dancing often. It really doesn’t get any better than that!"

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JL Fathom F113 Subwoofer JL Fathom F113 Subwoofer

4. Chad's Match: JL Audio Fathom F113 Subwoofer

It’s all about the bass….I have the treble. A plump rounded sound that is somehow also tight is a combination that shouldn’t exist unless you have the best doctors….or, I mean engineers. The JL Audio Fathom F113 subwoofer is one of those few products that you can look someone squarely in the eye and say yes, it simply doesn’t get any better than this. I love ya, Baby!"

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Focal 165WRC car speakers Focal 165WRC car speakers

5. Chris' Match: Focal 165 W-RC Utopia Be 6-1/2" 2-Way Component Speakers

I choose the Focal 165W-RC car speakers. I’ve worked with Focal for years and their Utopia line is just unbeatable in performance and sound quality. Focal’s sound gurus spend a lot of time developing and improving the Utopia line over the years and I got to see first-hand how the mid-bass drivers and Beryllium tweeters were crafted when I went to France to tour their facilities. The sound you receive from these speakers is absolutely stunning in terms of their realism. You hear every little nuance in the music and that’s part of what makes the music so immersive when listening to these speakers. To say that I’m smitten would be an understatement.."

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Focal Maestro Utopia Focal Maestro Utopia

6. Adam's Match: Focal Maestro Utopia

The Maestro Utopias are my speaker soulmate. They can dish out an intense rock concert, pluck your soul with some jazz and blues, or wisp you away with the elegance of a dynamic symphony.  They stand proud in the room but with an elegant refinement to them - their beauty can’t be ignored.  With all the great speakers I have ever heard, no other speaker has allowed me to "see" the music as well as these speakers. The connection I get to the music is something no other speaker I have heard do. They are simply speakers that were made for me and I love them!"

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Focal Kanta No. 3 Three-Way Bass-Reflex Floorstanding Speakers Focal Kanta No. 3 Three-Way Bass-Reflex Floorstanding Speakers

7. Shawn's Match: Focal Kanta No. 3 Three-Way Bass-Reflex Floorstanding Speakers

From the moment I laid eyes on the Focal Kanta 3’s it was love at first sight. The first thing that drew me to them was their very curvy style and the abundance of color options (over 10!). When we finally got to spend some alone time together, I realized the amazing amount of detail produced from the beryllium tweeters. Combine that with Focal Flax bass drivers and you get pure perfection. The Kanta 3’s and I have been a match made in heaven for over a year now and I cant wait to see what the future brings for us."

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Klipsch RF-7 III Floorstanding Speakers Klipsch RF-7 III Floorstanding Speakers

8. Dave's Match: Klipsch RF-7 III Floorstanding Speakers

When I close my eyes, I can imagine being in the front row of the concert. My Klipsch RF7s are very "live sounding" and really deliver on rock and roll - though, they never let me down when I need them to pump out the bass on today’s popular music. What's more is that they're easy to drive so my amplifier doesn’t have to be stressed out. Everyone is happy."

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Dynaudio Special Forty Bookshelf Speakers Dynaudio Special Forty Bookshelf Speakers

9. Rob's Match: Dynaudio Special Forty Bookshelf Speakers

My soulmate is the Dynaudio Special Forty. I have never found a speaker so equally beautiful and wonderful sounding all in one package. They are the perfect size for my living room and look incredible. And every time I hear one of my favorite songs played through them, like Ben Folds' “Smoke” or Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold”, it puts an instant smile on my face and transports me to a different place. I'm at ease and I'm happy. I feel the emotion of the artist and that is something special."

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Dynaudio Focus 60 Powered Wireless Floorstanding Speakers Dynaudio Focus 60 Powered Wireless Floorstanding Speakers

10. Mark's Match: Dynaudio Focus 60 Powered Wireless Floorstanding Speakers

My speaker soulmates are my Dynaudio Focus 60 powered speakers. Sure they can be used wirelessly and you don’t need an amplifier to play them, but that isn’t the best part about them. The sound quality is like nothing I have heard. There is no detectable background noise (like hissing or humming when the volume is low or between songs) and you can hear details in music that you simply can’t hear on most other speakers. They can play as loud as you want with amazing bass and without strain, and they can fill a huge room without a bunch of components stacked up. The only thing you need is a pair of Focus 60 powered speakers and a Bluesound wireless streaming player and you can escape reality and listen to one of the best sounding systems available!"

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Dynaudio Focus 20 XD Wireless Bookshelf Speakers Dynaudio Focus 20 XD Wireless Bookshelf Speakers

11. Pat's Match: Dynaudio Focus 20 XD Wireless Bookshelf Speakers

The Dynaudio Focus 20 XD speakers are active speakers with built-in 150W amplifiers for each speaker driver. You can just connect source components, like a Denon HEOS preamp, directly to the speaker’s digital or analog inputs and you're ready to go. The wood finishes like the Gray Oak High Gloss Veneer are absolutely beautiful. I am very impressed by the Focus 20 XD speakers' smooth, refined sound on all types of music."

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Totem Arro Floorstanding Speakers Totem Arro Floorstanding Speakers

12. Dave B's Match: Totem Arro Floorstanding Speakers

My speaker match are in my office at home. They are Totem Arro’s and were given to me by Bob Cole (our founder and President) at a dinner party we had at my home in Bala Cynwyd about 18 years ago. I love the sleek look, the cherry finish, and the incredible sound they create from either side of my desk. When we entertain, most of the men end up in my office and I truly believe they do because of the quality of the tunes in that room."

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KLH Kendall Floorstanding Speakers KLH Kendall Floorstanding Speakers

13. Andrew's Match: KLH Kendall Floorstanding Speakers

I fell in love with the broad, open soundstage of KLH's Kendall speakers. They’re efficient, so you can get by with a less-expensive amp but put some real juice behind them and they really take off! I have very broad music tastes, so it can be hard to find a do-it-all speaker that fits my budget. With these, I feel like I wouldn’t have to compromise on anything!"

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