High End Audio Components

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by jota73, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. jota73 macrumors 6502

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    Guys

    I am trying to remember a brand of speakers (high end) that a old friend talked to me once.

    I think the name starts with "a" it is a strange name... can anyone give me a hand here?


    thanks

    I remember they sell directly, they have no distribution partners... at least that is what they said on their website, what allowed them to have better prices than any other brand.
     
  2. scottlinux macrumors 6502a

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    Some pro audio 'A' brands:

    Alesis
    Apogee
    Akai
    Audio-Technica
    AKG

    ? That's all I can think of.
     
  3. Nugget macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't call them "high end" at all, but what you're describing sounds a lot like Axiom Speakers.

    I evaluated these when I built out my theater a few years ago and they were ok, but I went with a close competitor of theirs instead (Onyx Rocket) instead.

    Both are worth checking out. Great bang for buck.
     
  4. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    Adam starts with an A, but they have distributors.
     
  5. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    how about API? :)

    also: Alan Smart, AMS-Neve, Avenson, Avalon, AEA. that's all i can think of atm.

    edit: Amtec
     
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  7. jota73 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks but none of the brands is the one I am looking for... anyone else?
     
  8. pooryou macrumors 65816

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    Adam are the ones you are looking for whether you know it or not.
    The Adam A7s are the best price/performance speaker you can get IMO.
     
  9. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Actually, I'd say a used pair of PSB 300's are impossible to beat in value for money terms.....We used to dem them on Target R4 stands and people ALWAYS guessed them as ProAc Response 2s.......which cost literally ten times the money ($3000 vs. $300 for the PSBs).
     
  10. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Unknown brand name, offers "pro quality" speakers cheaper because they don't have any distribution partners....

    This sounds suspiciously like the dudes selling cheap Chinese speakers out of backs of vans around Europe and England. They claim that they were delivering to a "recording studio" which - {went bust, wouldn't pay, ordered too many} - and they have these "$2000 speakers" they can sell you for only $600 because they - {already have shipped them here, they have no distribution middleman, they'll give you the same volume discount they were offering the studio}. The speakers of course are worth about $75 and you'll never get warranty coverage or find the company again.
     
  11. jota73 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I understand, I know, it is not that way... in fact I also saw the name written on a forum at macrumors.... Just dont manage to remember. I even surfed their website, they had a nice self service app in which they recommended the best options for you according to room size, etc...
    Products were well finished, nice subwoofers (8, 10 and 12") stand alone speakers, etc... I just can not remember the name.... arghh!
    No they definately are not.... by the way they dont look nice...
    thanks, but it ain`t
     
  12. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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  13. pooryou macrumors 65816

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    Well if you are going to judge speakers by whether you think they 'look nice' or not I have nothing else to add here.
     
  14. jota73 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I dont mean that is all what I am considering.... what I meant is:

    BOSE offers at least for me..... good sound quality and nice finished speakers.... can u suggest any brand that offers the same in design and better sound quality?
     
  15. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    i don't see that as any better than what you said previously.

    i had some adam a7's in here for a while, and they were most excellent. but i reckon you're talking about consumer-friendly speakers, not mixer-friendly like the adams.

    enjoy your furniture!
     
  16. RevToTheRedline macrumors 6502a

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    AAD
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    ads
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    AER Advance Engineering Research, Inc.
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    Ayon Audio
    Ayre Acoustics
     
  17. RevToTheRedline macrumors 6502a

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  18. ausdave macrumors member

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    You really should have a listen to the Adams.... they make some of the best speaker in the world, and the A7s are amazing for their price.

    Don't judge speakers by their looks (I personally love the look of the Adams) get a coffee table if you wanna do that!
     
  19. pooryou macrumors 65816

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    Bose are very expensive and sound subpar.

    If you want consumer speakers check out Paradigm.
     
  20. Avatar74 macrumors 65816

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    Not sure what you're looking for but "high end" has a very broad meaning...

    Since speakers run all over the place in terms of price, I could point you to a pair of speakers for $200 that sound great, or a pair of $250,000 speakers that sound great.

    Also, I wouldn't restrict your search to some pair that you heard about that starts with an "a".... There could be just as many pairs that start with some other letter that sound just as good, and you might have better luck finding them if you have had little luck remembering what the other pair was (have you tried asking your friend again?).

    Personally, I find some of the British manufacturers do a hell of a job producing speakers of exceptional quality in terms of reproduction accuracy for a reasonable price. These include Paradigm (Canada is part of the Commonwealth), KEF and Tannoy. Tannoy produces speakers both for consumer and professional audio engineering purposes.

    My reference set consists of KEF Q5 front towers, Q9c Center channel, Q-Compact full-range bookshelf surrounds, and KEF PSW-2150 10" 250-watt powered subwoofer. I bought this entire matched set of separates for around $2000 just as it was being replaced by the iQ series, and thus got it at a decent discount. I then bought a second pair of Q-Compacts for my desktop computer. They're not active monitors so they do need an amp/preamp or receiver... but I happened to have an old one lying around so I spent a total of $140 for sound that absolutely annihilates any consumer PC satellite speaker set.

    I find $2000 - $4000 to be a pretty good investment in a full-range set of speakers... not too ostentatious a budget, and just enough to attain a noticeable margin of quality. For every dollar you spend above $4000, the perceivable marginal quality tends to diminish considerably.
     

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