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! These are the speakers that give us butterflies, 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.
Jump to: 1. Rob's Match: Dynaudio Confidence 30 Floorstanding Speakers 2. Austin's Match: Focal Grand Utopia EM Evo 3. Ron's Match: Focal Aria 926 Floorstanding Speakers 4. Chad's Match: JL Audio Fathom F113 Subwoofer 5. Chris' Match: Focal 165 W-XP 6-1/2" Utopia M 2-Way Component Speakers 6. Adam's Match: Focal Maestro Utopia 7. Shawn's Match: Focal Kanta No. 3 Three-Way Bass-Reflex Floorstanding Speakers 8. Dave's Match: Klipsch RF-7 III Floorstanding Speakers 9. Pat's Match: Dynaudio Focus 20 XD Wireless Bookshelf Speakers 10. Dave B's Match: Totem Arro Floorstanding Speakers 11. Andrew's Match: KLH Kendall Floorstanding Speakers
#1. Rob's Match: Dynaudio Confidence 30 Floorstanding Speakers
My soulmate is the Dynaudio Confidence 30 Speakers. I have never found a speaker so equally beautiful and wonderful sounding all in one package. I look forward to walking in the door of our Ardmore showroom in the morning before everyone else arrives and cranking out one of my favorite songs, 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 so special.
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#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, powered by a McIntosh MC275 tube amplifier and a HEOS link as our source. It’s a wonderful solution. We never have to touch the amplifier - we simply select a room called "FOCAL" on our HEOS app - and then watch as the blue McIntosh tubes start to light up in succession as brilliant sound from those Arias fill up the entire first floor of our home. My wife, Lisa, and I love them and find ourselves dancing often. It really doesn’t get any better than that!
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#4. Chad's Match: JL Audio Fathom F113 Subwoofer
It’s all about that 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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#5. Chris' Match: Focal 165 W-XP 6-1/2" Utopia M 2-Way Component Speakers
I choose the Focal 165W-XP car speakers. I've worked with Focal for years and their Utopia line is unbeatable in performance and sound quality. Focal's sound gurus of engineers and master craftsman are meticulous and dedicated to developing and improving the Utopia line over the years. I was lucky enough to get 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 sound from them so immersive. To say that I'm smitten would be an understatement...
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#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, while somehow the speakers seem to completely disappear in the room. 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! Also, Eagles Green!!!
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#7. Shawn's Match: Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3 Diamond Series Floorstanding Speaker
From the moment I laid eyes on the Bowers & Wilkins 800 D3 Diamond Series, it was love at first sight. The first thing that drew me to them was their curvy and unique look. When we finally got to spend some time alone together, I realized the Diamond tweeters produce an amazing amount of detail. Combine that with the Continuum cone midrange and aerofoil cone bass drivers and you get absolute perfection. The 800’s and I have been a match made in heaven for over a year now, and I can't wait to see what the future brings for us (don't tell my wife).
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#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 (and some of my guilty pleasure tunes!). What's more is that they're easy to drive so my amplifier doesn’t get stressed out. Everyone is happy.
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#9. 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 Walnut 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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#10. 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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#11. 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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