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The British Speaker Thread Old And New!

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Tawaun A Williams, Nov 7, 2021.

  1. phantasmagoria

    phantasmagoria No Exit

    Location:
    South Wales, UK
    I’ve never intentionally bought British speakers but, living in the UK, distribution is commonplace enough that they’re all I’ve ever owned since getting into entry level to mid-range hi-fi. I recently replaced my longstanding Tannoy R2s with KEF R3s. I prefer the R3s, but miss the R2s enough to want to build a second system around them.
     
  2. okc_craft

    okc_craft Just Another Budgetphile

    Location:
    Okc
    My Rogers Export Monitors. These are an early version and the PCB used for the crossover have BBC license information on them that would indicate they were the same parts used for the original LS 3/6.
    Currently they live in my second/vintage setup with the Model 7 preamp and a pair of MC60s.
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  3. wgb113

    wgb113 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chester County, PA
    I’m a fan of British brand speakers. Some I’ve owned:

    Quad 12L
    B&W DM601-S2
    B&W N805
    KEF Q350
    KEF Q750
    KEF LS50 (original)
    KEF LS50W
    KEF R11

    The KEF sound is very different from the B&W sound in my experience.

    Interested to hear some Harbeths someday.
     
  4. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    Last spring as a thank you for taking on a project I didn't really want to manage, my boss bought me a pair of KEF Q950s. They're splendid.
     
  5. Tone?

    Tone? Forum Resident

    Location:
    San Francisco
    the mids are sublime.
    Which is what I think of when I think of the British sound.
    Emphasis on tonality , especially in the mids.
    Even British guitar speakers are like that. See Celestions.
     
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  6. Tawaun A Williams

    Tawaun A Williams Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Good group right there...
     
  7. Tawaun A Williams

    Tawaun A Williams Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Lol...well the U.K.
     
  8. Tawaun A Williams

    Tawaun A Williams Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Very Nice
     
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  9. Tawaun A Williams

    Tawaun A Williams Forum Resident Thread Starter

    ES14's sure dont come on the market to often...
     
  10. Tawaun A Williams

    Tawaun A Williams Forum Resident Thread Starter

    That was certainly a very nice thing to do and a nice gift....
     
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  11. Tawaun A Williams

    Tawaun A Williams Forum Resident Thread Starter

    This....and Add in good Timing to...i think the U.K as a whole has these attributes better than anyone else...
     
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  12. Tawaun A Williams

    Tawaun A Williams Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Lol...i know you're Vet...
     
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  13. Tawaun A Williams

    Tawaun A Williams Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Very nice!
     
  14. Tawaun A Williams

    Tawaun A Williams Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Nice collection there....
     
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  15. Tawaun A Williams

    Tawaun A Williams Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I disagree i dont think i've owned a British speaker and didnt think it had "Any" British attributes this is the exact reason why i love British speakers. The big thing about the British speaker world is the speaker can be $100 speaker and be a Legend British sprakers are built on solid core values, thats what makes them special....
     
  16. Tawaun A Williams

    Tawaun A Williams Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Fyne builds their cheaper lines in China....
     
  17. Tawaun A Williams

    Tawaun A Williams Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I Hope we get Mission back in the states again...i would love to have a pair of the new Built in UK 770's...
     
  18. Tone?

    Tone? Forum Resident

    Location:
    San Francisco
    Brits have their sound based on mids. Forever.

    Marshal, Vox celestion. All have that vocal midrange. Just sing in the right hands.

    BBC
    Stereo.

    Brits…..go figure.
    But they are really good at audio
     
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  19. Tone?

    Tone? Forum Resident

    Location:
    San Francisco
    ……and rock n roll.
     
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  20. Tawaun A Williams

    Tawaun A Williams Forum Resident Thread Starter

    True...they do...everytime i revisit those values when im outside the British world....it sucks me back in....lol
     
  21. 4-2-7

    4-2-7 Forum Resident

    Location:
    SF Peninsula
    Monitor Audio MA3 MkII

     
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  22. Tawaun A Williams

    Tawaun A Williams Forum Resident Thread Starter

    1 thing i have noticed is in the UK modest priced gear is sought after and revered in the magazines. Its the opposite here in the U.S. its all about the ultra highend....that also translates as a mental affect on audiophiles who always feel like 2nd class citizens if they dont have a speaker that cost $10k. Rediculous a great design is a great design even it costs a modest price i've heard plenty hefty trash bag 10k speakers. No other audio market makes you feel like a audiophile citizen like the U.K does, everyone can afford to be 1....this is also why they sound better than other modest priced gear and compete with more expensive kit....because true ,Expertise,R&D and pride goes into it...
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2021
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  23. 4-2-7

    4-2-7 Forum Resident

    Location:
    SF Peninsula
    Monitor Audio MA3 MkII

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  24. Tawaun A Williams

    Tawaun A Williams Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Nice!
     
  25. 4-2-7

    4-2-7 Forum Resident

    Location:
    SF Peninsula
    IMF RSPM Mk IV

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    KEF 140ab

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