Current production sealed bookshelf speakers

StevenZ

Active Member
Seeking a little help here compiling a list of current production bookshelf speakers that are sealed.

I will start with a few off the top of my head. Any help is appreciated.

Audio Note K
ATC SCM7
ATC SCM11
ATC SCM19
Gershman Acoustics Studio 2
Harbeth P3ESR
Harbeth P3ESR 40th Anniversary
Harbeth P3ESR XD
Stirling Broadcast LS3/5A
Chartwell LS3/5A
Mistral LS3/5A
Sound Artist LS3/5A
Falcon LS3/5A
KLH Ames
NHT C1
NHT C3
NHT SuperOne
NHT SuperZero
Proac Tablette
Proac Tablette Signature
Human Speakers Model 81
Human Speakers Model 61 (I think?)
Role Kayak
Spendor A1
Spendor Classic 4/5
 
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I'm so glad you are making this list.
We just LOVE the sound of sealed speakers.
Our MAGNAT (Models ALL-RIBBON 2 and ALL-RIBBON 6) are both sealed and they are just so very hard to beat. Efficient too!
Way too old for your list, however.
I'm looking forward to finding some new unknowns here!
 

StevenZ

Active Member
I'm so glad you are making this list.
We just LOVE the sound of sealed speakers.
Our MAGNAT (Models ALL-RIBBON 2 and ALL-RIBBON 6) are both sealed and they are just so very hard to beat. Efficient too!
Way too old for your list, however.
I'm looking forward to finding some new unknowns here!
Thanks! I love them too. If you have any to contribute to the list please feel welcome.
 

MWalt

Active Member
I have both the ProAc Tablette 10's and NHT SuperZero's that are on your list and think highly of them both. I love sealed speakers. Keep em coming!
 

MWalt

Active Member
I’m curious how these two compare
The NHT's need a sub to really sound good, but the ProAcs are better overall. They should be considering the pretty large price difference. The Super Zero's with a properly dialed in subwoofer and good upstream gear will surprise you with how good they sound. They both sound best in a smaller(ish) room and can't match the scale of the larger speakers in a big space.
 

Kpatch

Junior Member
Of all the above I’ve only heard the Harbeth P3ESR, the Tablette and the Spendor A1, wonderful speakers all. And even though I’m a unwavering, committed Spendor fan and Proacs will always have a special place in my heart, the Harbeth wins this contest but only by a slight margin.
 

JohnVF

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Of all the above I’ve only heard the Harbeth P3ESR, the Tablette and the Spendor A1, wonderful speakers all. And even though I’m a unwavering, committed Spendor fan and Proacs will always have a special place in my heart, the Harbeth wins this contest but only by a slight margin.
I've heard the Spendor SA-1 and Harbeths, both wonderful as you said. Fitting that all of the LS-3/5a offshoots and influenced-bys are sealed. I owned the original NHT SuperOnes and SuperZeros for a very long time but they weren't really for me...though I think the SuperZero was more interesting than the larger SuperOne and I'll say I never really gave them the amount of power they probably needed (I wasn't in the hobby yet, it was getting around to replacing them which got me hooked on all of this stuff... I can still remember windexing the fingerprints off of them all the time).
 

MWalt

Active Member
So, I was reflecting on this thread and started to consider whether if I had ever really given the NHT Super Zero's a fair shake based on placement, gear etc. I originally tried them at my last house where I played them for a while and then boxed them back up. At the time, all I had was a small bedroom to use as a listening room. Now, I have an 18 x 15 ft space. For the record, these are the new and improved NHT Super Zero 2.0 which are purported as an upgrade over the originals. I pulled an article off the www: NHT SuperZero loudspeaker & SW2 subwoofer Page 2 | Stereophile.com that was very favorable toward them so I decided to give them another go. I put them on 31" stands and pulled them 5 feet from the rear wall. I blended in the subs and sat back to listen.

They sound great! They threw a huge soundstage and pinpoint imaging and do I dare say they were at least as resolving as my ProAc Tablette 10's. Maybe better. Honestly. They never sounded like this in that 10x11 space they were in previously when I first tried them . The ability to pull them away from the rear wall turned out to be a game changer. Both of my subs are sealed like the Super Zero's which may have helped as well.

The gear I used:
-Primluna Prologue Classic (KT-120, NOS au7 ax7)
-Cheap Onkyo DX C390 CDP w/Chord Chordette Qute HD DAC
-JVC QL-7/ Denon DL103 LCII/Lounge LCR III
-REL T/5i Subwoofer
-Rythmik F12 Servo subwoofer
Shunyata Venum PC, Morrow Audio cables and speaker leads.

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StevenZ

Active Member
So, I was reflecting on this thread and started to consider whether if I had ever really given the NHT Super Zero's a fair shake based on placement, gear etc. I originally tried them at my last house where I played them for a while and then boxed them back up. At the time, all I had was a small bedroom to use as a listening room. Now, I have an 18 x 15 ft space. For the record, these are the new and improved NHT Super Zero 2.1 which are purported as an upgrade over the originals. I pulled an article off the www: NHT SuperZero loudspeaker & SW2 subwoofer Page 2 | Stereophile.com that was very favorable toward them so I decided to give them another go. I put them on 31" stands and pulled them 5 feet from the rear wall. I blended in the subs and sat back to listen.

They sound great! They threw a huge soundstage and pinpoint imaging and do I dare say they were at least as resolving as my ProAc Tablette 10's. Maybe better. Honestly. They never sounded like this in that 10x11 space they were in previously when I first tried them . The ability to pull them away from the rear wall turned out to be a game changer. Both of my subs are sealed like the Super Zero's which may have helped as well.

The gear I used:
-Primluna Prologue Classic (KT-120, NOS au7 ax7)
-Cheap Onkyo DX C390 CDP w/Chord Chordette Qute HD DAC
-JVC QL-7/ Denon DL103 LCII/Lounge LCR III
-REL T/5i Subwoofer
-Rythmik F12 Servo subwoofer
Shunyata Venum PC, Morrow Audio cables and speaker leads.

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Awesome! Thanks for the follow up. Makes me wonder what the C1 has to offer as well.
 
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