Who owns speakers which are NOT British?

Gavin L posted:

There's much variety here, it would be really interesting to see a Speaker Photo thread (including model and possibly indicating room size).  

I would start one myself, but black DBL's must be about the least interesting speaker to look at!

I dunno. If they were in my music room I'd be very pleased to look at them! As it is I have to make do with their smaller cousins. But they too are British. 

This is great, it's incredible to see so many varieties, and great choices. I am JBL, however I really like to see what else is out there.  Out here, we don't see the range of European speakers as many of  them don't see the light of day Down Under. Educational Mind you, I don't see a lot of US speaker brands?

AussieSteve posted:

This is great, it's incredible to see so many varieties, and great choices. I am JBL, however I really like to see what else is out there.  Out here, we don't see the range of European speakers as many of  them don't see the light of day Down Under. Educational Mind you, I don't see a lot of US speaker brands?

I think there are a lot of US speaker brands, but many of them are built to address a different set of musical priorities, which means they most likely won't appeal to many people here.  I can't for the life of me think of an American speaker that I've owned, although I confess I once almost bought a pair of Snell E/IIIs. 

Brands like Thiel, Wilson, Avalon, etc., most likely sound drop dead boring to most of us here; the one company that might not is Vandersteen.  That might explain why we've seen so few US brands listed. 

Tallan posted:

System 1: Davone Grandes (Denmark).

System 2: Dynaudio Confidence C1 Platinums (Denmark).

System 3: DeVore Gibbon 3XL (USA).

Others kicking around: KEF LS 50, DeVore Gibbon 3 (both USA).

That's a serious collection!   It's great to see so many so many people like you have great taste.

Bob Edwards posted:
AussieSteve posted:

This is great, it's incredible to see so many varieties, and great choices. I am JBL, however I really like to see what else is out there.  Out here, we don't see the range of European speakers as many of  them don't see the light of day Down Under. Educational Mind you, I don't see a lot of US speaker brands?

I think there are a lot of US speaker brands, but many of them are built to address a different set of musical priorities, which means they most likely won't appeal to many people here.  I can't for the life of me think of an American speaker that I've owned, although I confess I once almost bought a pair of Snell E/IIIs. 

Brands like Thiel, Wilson, Avalon, etc., most likely sound drop dead boring to most of us here; the one company that might not is Vandersteen.  That might explain why we've seen so few US brands listed. 

I have read before that even in the US there is an east coast/west coast flavour. I thought there might be some Wilson or Magico speakers about, I imagine they would rock with a 500 system. It is an education for me to see what others like, I would like to get another pair of something, having seen brands I haven't heard or heard of gives me something more to research. I haven't seen many electrostatics, does Quad have a following with Naim?

Vienna Acoustics Baby Grands 

Vienna the Capital city of Austria, I think, I live in the USA.

System2:

Emotive dac 1/ Primare Pre 30/ Arcam P1 Mono Blocks/ Rosewood Baby Grands

System 1:

Cdx2/282/HCDR/3 x 250.2/Briks

Vienna Acoustics Baby Grands, 2008 Speaker of the Year.

Nice to a 2nd none Naim System, keeps one grounded.

 Allante93!

Bob Edwards posted

Brands like Thiel, Wilson, Avalon, etc., most likely sound drop dead boring to most of us here; the one company that might not is Vandersteen.  That might explain why we've seen so few US brands listed. 

Take a look at the latest Thiels! Generic boxes trading off the company's past...

DC71 posted:

Usher cp-6311, from Taiwan I believe but designed by d'Appolito. 

Transparent enough to call for a much better front end than my UQ2, I'm considering options for streamer+DAC at the moment.

Usher make excellent speakers, as do Aurum Cantus. I think people are a little dubious about Asian speakers, but they are often fanatical audiophiles and very serious about fidelity. Not to mention well priced.

AussieSteve posted:
DC71 posted:

Usher cp-6311, from Taiwan I believe but designed by d'Appolito. 

Transparent enough to call for a much better front end than my UQ2, I'm considering options for streamer+DAC at the moment.

Usher make excellent speakers, as do Aurum Cantus. I think people are a little dubious about Asian speakers, but they are often fanatical audiophiles and very serious about fidelity. Not to mention well priced.

I wonder what part of Asia this is. I've spent nearly half my life in Japan and seen very little evidence of this. The market for real hifi is tiny compared to the UK and the lack of any decent listening rooms means it is characterised by a minority of audiophiles who buy, test at home, and sell again quickly. As such most purchases are entirely done based on specifications. Not saying it is wrong but a Japanese audiophile may choose one amp over another simply because of the types of capacitors they use.  I often see people with massive speakers that set them back what would be GBP20K or more and need real breathing room around them crammed into tiny box rooms in the corners pointing in at 45 degrees. Enough to make one cry at times.

Speaker-wise, your audiophile here likely has a massive pair of very old JBLs, an ancient valve amp, and a JVC direct drive turntable.

Of course, I have come across the odd proper dealer but if your definition of a proper dealer is one that can operate a one speaker dem room with no switchboxes and an uninterrupted session then there might be less than 5 in the whole country. When I lived in Hong Kong it seemed even harder.

feeling_zen posted:
AussieSteve posted:

Usher make excellent speakers, as do Aurum Cantus. I think people are a little dubious about Asian speakers, but they are often fanatical audiophiles and very serious about fidelity. Not to mention well priced.

I wonder what part of Asia this is. I've spent nearly half my life in Japan and seen very little evidence of this. The market for real hifi is tiny compared to the UK and the lack of any decent listening rooms means it is characterised by a minority of audiophiles who buy, test at home, and sell again quickly. As such most purchases are entirely done based on specifications. Not saying it is wrong but a Japanese audiophile may choose one amp over another simply because of the types of capacitors they use.  I often see people with massive speakers that set them back what would be GBP20K or more and need real breathing room around them crammed into tiny box rooms in the corners pointing in at 45 degrees. Enough to make one cry at times.

Of course, I have come across the odd proper dealer but if your definition of a proper dealer is one that can operate a one speaker dem room with no switchboxes and an uninterrupted session then there might be less than 5 in the whole country. When I lived in Hong Kong it seemed even harder.

My understanding is that the primary market for Tannoy's flagship Westminster Royal is Japan - surprising if only because of their massive size, but this fits with the above observation.  And I once stumbled across a pair of old Westminsters in a tiny Hong Kong music shop, though they weren't on sale. 

Innocent Bystander posted:
feeling_zen posted:
AussieSteve posted:

Usher make excellent speakers, as do Aurum Cantus. I think people are a little dubious about Asian speakers, but they are often fanatical audiophiles and very serious about fidelity. Not to mention well priced.

I wonder what part of Asia this is. I've spent nearly half my life in Japan and seen very little evidence of this. The market for real hifi is tiny compared to the UK and the lack of any decent listening rooms means it is characterised by a minority of audiophiles who buy, test at home, and sell again quickly. As such most purchases are entirely done based on specifications. Not saying it is wrong but a Japanese audiophile may choose one amp over another simply because of the types of capacitors they use.  I often see people with massive speakers that set them back what would be GBP20K or more and need real breathing room around them crammed into tiny box rooms in the corners pointing in at 45 degrees. Enough to make one cry at times.

Of course, I have come across the odd proper dealer but if your definition of a proper dealer is one that can operate a one speaker dem room with no switchboxes and an uninterrupted session then there might be less than 5 in the whole country. When I lived in Hong Kong it seemed even harder.

My understanding is that the primary market for Tannoy's flagship Westminster Royal is Japan - surprising if only because of their massive size, but this fits with the above observation.  And I once stumbled across a pair of old Westminsters in a tiny Hong Kong music shop, though they weren't on sale. 

No showroom here is complete without a pair of Westminster Royals! Hooked up to switchbox along with 50 other speakers and 20 amps in a noisy shopfloor of course.

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