Jan 7, 2018327 views

Any interest in tower speakers?

I've been watching the Audiophile community for a while, and have purchased a couple pairs of nice headphones, but I rarely see actual speakers come up, and when they do they're almost always small powered desktop or bookshelf speakers.
Is there any interest in some full towers here? Perhaps something along the lines of the SVS Ultras, Q Acoustics Concept 40 or 500s, Elac UF5 or Adante AF61, Infinity R263, B&W 702 S2, Ascend Acoustics Sierra Towers w/RAAL, or some other nice high quality tower speakers?
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Yes. JBL Studio 590's, 580's or even 530's. Impressive
Yes, interest in towers (and headphones). Currently playing ALR Entry 4 towers from the 1990's, (British sound German engineering) not very popular but oh boy, they rock. I use Naim Uniti 2 with which I recently tried new speakers but found nothing up to this level. Tried the Focal 948, B&W 603 and Q A Concept 500 , the latter were near to the ALR but not as visceral.
I really like the ELAC UniFi F5 towers that I have. Very linear and clear. But I am selling them because I don’t really have room for them as I have moved further up line with my main speakers. So they are for sale.
I'm rockin' some Allison twos, eights, threes, and fours. Oh, and a six for a center channel.
Full towers ... not really, but big 3 way speakers ... YES ! please ! im tired of seeing small compact speakers.
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I have a swan X3ht. THX certified Powered 5.2 black piano lacquered system for sale. Were used at CES as demos. Still in original boxes never used at home , bought 2 systems and used the smaller one. MSRP 22,500. Looking for 5000. Also have the Original large cables that it uses. Will throw them in.
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Porc4s
Lowering price to 4500
Porc4s
Moving would rather not take this with me. Now 4250
I just bought a new AVR (Yamaha A3080) and I agree with this. Even if it wasn't tower speakers, Atmos/Presensce speakers or satellites sell well I think. Same with accessories: swivel mounts, banana/spade plugs, cables, sound deadening material, speaker/sub stands, measuring equipment, etc. Even more receivers would be nice since they go on sale all the time some good deals could be had here. Same with more powered options for 2nd/3rd room setups. As much as I would like to see some nice towers, it's doubtful due to size and weight.
I got a pair of tower speakers, really good for filling the house with decent amount of music! The kids love dancing to them when we're just wanting to play some happy tunes!
I have them hooked up to a cheap Chinese amp and use my phone as the source. Does the job and produces decent sound!
Very interested in speakers, too. If a quality pair of tower speakers at a reasonable discount showed up on Massdrop, I would almost definitely buy. Same goes for an integrated amp.
dhaug89
I know that not everyone is in the states but with the wide availability of quality direct to consumer options I don't see tower speakers being all that successful on here. The few times I've seen the Pioneer Elite Andrew Jones line on here it doesn't seem to do all that well. Now if I could get some Revel F208's, ELAC Adante or other similarly priced pairs with a warranty and a discount count me in.
Same, I would be interested also.
Floorstanding speakers aren't very popular here for a few reason's I think, the majority of stuff sold here are headphone and headphone related things. That's because it's very easy to own headphones, and generally with younger people its what they have grown up with and its what they're familiar with. Another reason is the large footprint. They are usually tall and may seem unwieldy to those without a lot of space, whereas bookshelf can be placed on desks or other small and convenient place (even though this usually leads to a compromise on sound. If most people were willing to take the dive to floorstanding speakers, I think they would be pleasantly surprised with the difference. Floorstanding speakers tend to sound more full, and effortless.
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Bought my first set of towers in college and I thoroughly support the promotion of that activity in others. For the same money (excluding exotic stands) I would argue the value proposition actually swings the other way in many scenarios so don't generalize here either. Where exactly are you getting these rules?
SephHaley
Totally agree! we are in the wrong forum where people tend to prefer and listen to mp3 and amplify it with portable amps and ear phones.
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I think the reason being they are too hard to mass distribute, standmounts are much easier. And most people don't have big enough rooms for proper floorstander enjoyment, in those situations standmounts will usually sound better anyway.
Jackula
I think a big part of what makes something Massdroppable is if placing an order for 500 of something would allow the manufacturer to give a significant discount and still make a reasonable profit. Echoing something from +ElectronicVices above, the direct-to-consumer small-production-scale market in North America is relatively robust already and margins are already relatively low, so offering companies like SVS or Emotiva an order for 200 speaker pairs isn't going to be enough to let them change their production methods, and isn't going to lower their production costs. Simultaneously it is going to be a big order for them to fill so it puts pressure on their production systems, which could actually cause increased costs for things like overtime and premiums paid in faster shipping or financing materials that they otherwise don't incur. For companies like ELAC, B&W and JBL to do a discount is more realistic because they can just bundle what they already do into one big order and save on the hassle of filling a dozen or so smaller orders from distributors. Also, big manufacturers focus on their distributors because that is their direct customer. The small direct-to-consumer manufacturers are their own distributors and retailers. Making a deal with Massdrop would undercut their own retail network and "punish" the customers who bought directly from them at higher prices. Sadly I think there is a lot in the way of a drop with companies like SVS, Golden Ear, Magnepan, Tekton and Ascend Acoustics. I'd personally love to see a drop on Magnepan .7i, Golden Ear Triton 3+, Tekton Electron or Ascend Acoustics Sierra Towers. Of course I'd really love to see a drop on exactly the speaker I am most interested in, but the idea of doing a drop on $3k+ products is just not how this generally gets done.
I don't need any .....My Sonus Fabers are just fine
I'd be interested.