As a kid in the 1970s, I heard a pair of Snell Type A powered by a Sansui 9090db. I heard these at a friend’s house on a regular basis and was mesmerized. It motivated me to build my first system, but at 16-years old, I couldn’t afford much. The magazines were praising Dahlquist DQ-10 at the time. I lusted after them, but at $1000, they were out of reach. That was long ago—42 years to be exact.

Since then, I've spent a significant amount of time with Dahlquist DQ-10, DQ-20i, Alon Model I, Model II, Model V, Alon Circe, Shahinian Obelisk, Shahinian Hawks, Magnepan 3.7i, and Ohm 200. I’m often disappointed with traditional box speakers. I’m drawn to open-baffle and omni-directional designs. The Shahinian Hawks have everything I want. They have a spaciousness that completely fills the room and brings you to the performance, a midrange that haunts, a bottom end that hits you, and a top end that reveals more delicacies than you've heard on a recording. The Obelisk are close seconds, but I’m still fascinated with the DQ-10. They were so far ahead of their time.


Room Details

Dimensions: 17’ × 13’  Medium
Ceiling: 8’

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Like it.Has an old school approach.Just wondering with the how you like the Cartridge Man why the Grado (unless it's mono) which I sold and have had a find nice but boring.Shelter is fine but emphasizes mids.Think maybe a Dynavector would be better at price point.But think those Alon's are being nicely fed.