Well, there's cost-no-object fantasy and cost-no-object reality. Er, yeah. :b
The thing is, I could see myself eventually owning the system I described. True, we're talking a $45K speaker system - but I could, potentially, actually buy a system like that.
A fantasy cost-no-object set of 6 Nautilus speakers with 24 monoblocks to drive them (for a Chesky-style multi-channel setup) - we're talking $300K. And I haven't even added in the "Transparent" speaker cables and interconnects yet! However, with a -6db point of 10hz, [rant]we don't need no steenkin' subwoofers![/rant]
Sure, if all you're doing is watching movies you could save $50K and get a 5-channel set up - but it's just money right? Might as well get all 6!
Ahhh, if only!
Mirage just came out with some beautiful new speakers, I forget what they are called, but they are MSRP $35k a pair. They are some kind of synthetic granite, house an impressive number of drivers, and still manage to look like a work of art. At that price/pr, I don't think too many places will be carrying them for demos.
Best speakers I ever heard were the EdgarHorn Titans and Edgar Seismic horn sub. Next best would be Servo-Drive Unity horns with Contrabass subs. That's for new turnkey stuff. Next best would be 5 old Altec A7-500s. Nice A7-500s should run about $500-$700 each and will sound better than 99.9% of the speakers out there at any price. My opinion ya understand.
Yep, I'll put my vote in for the Nautilus Signature 800 series ALL ZE WAY AROUND
I had an opportunity to audition a pair of these in Albuquerque at Christmas time, the sound was phenomenal. A two channel set-up powered by Krell monoblocks. Sensational sound!!!
I would also put in a vote for Avataguarde's Trio setup with BAT tube amplifiers...heard this set-up in Hawaii a year ago, UNREAL!!!
It's tough to suggest speakers I've never heard like the Wilsons or the Revels, but I'm sure they sound good. Anybody notice in the Mel Gibson chick flick, "What Women Want" that he has a pair of the Revels in his apartment?
I'll take five of these, with one being used for behind a good perf screen for the center: http://www.dynaudiousa.com/products/...dence/evid.htm
So far I've spent $425,000. Now add the Krell amps and some super high-quality cabling and I'm probably out around $600,000.
I've heard the evidence in action and it seemed really odd to listen to a speaker that odd and with your eyes closed you could not locate the speakers within the room!
The Dynaudio Temptations listed are way up there. Either the Evidence or the Temptations would do any room (that's large enough) justice.
Active ATC's are simply incredible.
Bhagi's Triad Platinum suggestion was solid.
My ears cerainly match John Sturge's. Great speakers all the way around.
I would agree that the Wilsons aren't in the same league as many of these speakers. Way overrated. I wonder how many have the same impression of Wilsons after they've heard them. It's amazing what a high price tag can do for perceived performance. Sort of like some mucho expensive amps that I like to refer to as "faceplates", but that's another matter altogether.