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  • Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    After a little inspiration.

    Not fussed how cheap or expensive, just tell me why you like ’em and which amp you’re using.

    I’m looking to replace a pair of Missions in a smallish room, using a decent Marantz amp so recommendations re similar systems especially welcome.

    Thanks in advance.

    robdob
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    I have some cheap Gale speakers from Richer Sounds from a few years back. Not as good as my old Mission 731’s so I am looking for some new ones. Really want some large Castle stand mounts.

    None of this sub satellite crap. Big sound needs big speakers!

    cynic-al
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    Ruark Icons, because I designed them.

    There’s a pair on ebay, prefect for you Rusty!

    winston_dog
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    I got a full set of 5 Acoustic Energy Aegis Evo speakers off ebay for £200.

    They were in perfect condition, very happy with them.

    “Collection only” brings up the bargains on EBay.

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    Really Al?
    Wow.
    I thought you were a lawyer?

    Always liked Ruarks, but not heard the Icons.

    Will put them on the shortlist.

    Premier Icon AlexSimon
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    Rega Ella mkII in Cherry.

    Love them to death. Whenever I demo others, I have to spend £1400 to get something I think is an improvement.

    I’ve seen them go on ebay for £140!

    (is impressed by cynic-al)

    Premier Icon slowoldman
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    AVI preamp and mono bloc power amps, ATC SCM20 speakers with Harbeth subwoofers. Reason – the best speakers I’ve ever heard which would fit in a normal size room are ATC SCM50 Actives, but they are too big for my tiny shoebox.

    Hadge
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    I’m using some Neat Ultimatums XLS and also have some lovely little Dynaudio 42’s which I can recommend if you can bring them away form the walls and give a little space to at the sides. They need good stands though as well. The Neats are just stunning but they should be for the price.

    TiRed
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    Sonus Faber Concertino/Home/Rel 5.1 system with Onkyo receiver. Previously run the front two using a Music Fidelity A1 and a Quad 303, but sadly the room can’t accomodate a cinema and hifi system.

    Jamo concert 8’s fed by a leema acoustics pulse amp. Neither of which are available to purchase new anymore but if you trawl that well known auction site you can quite often come across the jamos for ridiculously low prices (considering they were over £1500 when new, can be had mint for £3-400). All very personal but I’ve yet to hear them bettered for under £3k!

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    Can’t really get them too far off a back wall.

    Have enjoyed Royd, Regas and LS3/5a in the past.

    Have been offered some mint MA RS1’s, but want to audition a few more (BX2’s, Dali’s etc) before I take the plunge.

    Premier Icon dannybgoode
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    Rega RS5’s. Moorgate Acoustics have them for around half price at £550. Blooming lovely sounding things.

    Not the deepest bass but so musical and beautifully balanced across the range.

    rp16v
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    Old pair of technics liners why?…because there old and awsomely loud iv had them sins I was about 15 when mother upgraded to missions

    johndoh
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    Sony Brooklands Edition floorstanders coupled to a Sony FA3ES streaming from my phone via an Apple Airport.

    Sat at work blasting it out 8)

    In a small room, with a Marantz combined unit, Monitor Bronze.

    Nice, small speaker, good sound across almost all genres.

    Helped, of course, by the directional cables plaited from mermaid pubes.

    divenwob
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    Dali Zensors with Denon M39 by pc,B+W 601s2 rocking it in lounge.

    mudshark
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    Some classic KEF 104/2s for me, can get them for a 200 quid or so on Ebay – bargin.

    cynic-al
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    No Lester, that’s not me, I only worked there for a couple of years in the 90s (in pre law days Rusty).

    Wharfdale pacific pi-10 (I think) which are good but miss my pair of rogers db101’s (lent them to a friend and it has sort if becime a trade after they did me a massive favour – not complaing but really miss those speakers!) – which I think looked nicer and had a great sound. Both very old now but buying new hifi never seems to get to the top of my todo list!

    Premier Icon Hobster
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    Dynaudio Excite X12 with a Cyrus 8 amp.

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    Arcam solos and just bought a denon ceol piccolo to drive them.

    Sounds good, takes up very little space and logs straight onto spotify.

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    Al – that is a very cool thing to be able put on your cv.

    Did you use a tuning spoon at Ruark, or the more traditional fork?

    Premier Icon parkesie
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    Celestion f30 from a samasung home cinema amp because they do music well and can pack a punch for films.

    cynic-al
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    😡

    IT WASNT A SPOON

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    Spoonist.

    Spendor S8E’s with either a Sony 770ES or a pile of chrome bumper Naim amps.

    Sony ES integrated does 80% of what the Naims do at 1/10 of the ££

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    If like me you secretly enjoy a bit of geekery, internet research and fettling it might be worth keeping an eye out for something second hand and needing repair. Just check you can still get drivers etc. I’ve got some nice Rogers speakers that were the price of two new tweeters, and my active monitors were also a bargain, just needed new tweeters too. I knew the people they came from so there was a bit less risk perhaps.

    Same goes for amps etc – some nice stuff to be found on ebay/gumtree that might just need a squirt of deoxit to bring back to life.

    Keva
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    Ruark Epilogue here, the small ones bought around 1999-2000, and a Cambridge Audio amp.

    Rusty, you have just won teh interwebz!

    Tuning spoon!

    Superb!

    Hadge
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    I have some Monitor Audio 7’s for sale that would be ideal as they’re small bookshelf speakers. Just had 2 new drivers fitted to them from Wilmslow Audio at a cost of £75 but I’ll let them go for less than that as I just want shift them. Very highly rated speakers in their days as well and would cost over £500 today if new. My emails in my profile if your interested.
    If your going new the ones you mentioned, the BX2’s and Dali’s I can definitely recommend as well.

    Premier Icon Nipper99
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    Tannoy 631 se s that i have had for the last 16 years, still as good as they day i bought them. With my Technics A600 mk3 amp, which i have also had for the same time.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    I have some cheap Gale speakers from Richer Sounds from a few years back.

    I initially got a Gale centre speaker when I was putting my AV setup together. It was toilet, with sod all EM shielding. Put it within three yards of the TV and the screen looked like an acid trip in a 60s movie. I took it back and swapped it for something that wasn’t mince.

    I auditioned everything they had in Richer Sounds, back when they were happy to let you spend all day in the shop with a bag of CDs and half a mile of cabling. Walked out with a pair of Paradigm Mini Monitors as my front speakers, along with smaller Paradigm surround speakers and the aforementioned Gale monstrosity. If I were doing it again I’d have got four Mini Monitors, they’re ace.

    oldboy
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    ATC SCM 50 Active Towers + Benchmark HDR Preamp/DAC + Squeezebox Touch + FLAC.

    Premier Icon coolhandluke
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    Some very old but lovely sounding AVI Biggatron speakers, (neutrons unfortunately named bigger brother) specifically designed for studios. Ebay bargain a number of years back.

    Powered by Audiolab pre and power amps with a Rotel 965 BX LE discrete Bitstream CD player or a Thorens TD166 turntable with Rega phono stage.

    lodious
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    ATC Active 20’s. I like them because they sound good, they don’t require lots of amplifier boxes, they were relativity cheap and it’s stopped me wanting to upgrade.

    umop3pisdn
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    Some lovely old Mission 731is, which sound great even with just a cheap Cambridge Audio amp. Just got some speaker stands which have done wonders for the sound.

    dirtydog
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    Mission 780se and Rotel rb/rc 850 pre/power combo.

    Premier Icon fabs
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    Tannoy MX2s. Connected to a homemade valve amp!

    RichPenny
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    Naim Audio Ovator S600, currently running in passive mode as I can’t afford another power amp (or indeed a different active x/o).

    Prior to that, I had active SBLs, and active IBLs. Before that, Mission 782s and 770s.

    Obviously the S600s are ace. Will always have a soft spot for the IBLs though, when I have a bigger house they will be in the bedroom system 🙂

    Can only agree that eBay collection only will yield some good bargains

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