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Ruark Talisman II
16 Reviews
rating  4.81 of 5
MSRP  1700.00
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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by peterpink a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2014

Bottom Line:   
hello every one...i got these speakers at least 14 years ago...i had the croos over external and i mass loaded the lower end with a lead plate and spikes...i tryied 4 difrent pairs when i was buyieng,including b&w,caste,harberth and tl...when i first droped the ruarks in my system i was blown away instantly...and they havent missed a beat since...i have upgraded my system around them but the speakers always stay becouase they do everything right...you have to test positions for best results but when you get them in the right spot they will give amazing soundstage and literaly disapear..also remember to load them at base for the most amazing bass..its as deep as the rest of your system will permit,i have a very nice garrard 301 with thomas shick tonearm and you get a very precise sound image...clear as water on the whole frequency,top to bottom..honestly i can not recomend these speakers enough...if you have a room of small to medium size you will never want another speaker..

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1997



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by martplas1 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I baught these baby's off a friend for £100.00 in tip top condition i had them stood for a year with out play now ive set myself up with a good amp etc and there absolutly sweet perfect precision sound and they do make the window's rattle and they make any room look good.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by aforcer a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2005

Bottom Line:   
although i have only had the talismans a very short time ,i am growing to love them with each passing day.i have replaced my nordost flatline speaker cable with Naim nac a5 ,on the advice of a friend (former talisman owner) and found this a perfect match.
the ruark's work a treat with my beard valve amps , giving an informative ,polite , yet exciting sound.
i enjoyed my last 'speakers (dali) for 12 years and i hope i get the same'mileage' from the talismans

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   private buyer



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cashie a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I have owned these tallys for a few years now & i would never part with them, they are just awesome with acoustic guitar & vocals, The bass is a little light but only in large rooms with rock And classical music, my system is Audiolab 8000Q & two 8000P amps Arcam CD92T CD player linked up with Chord company Chorus x3 & QED silver anniversary I might change This for some Chord company odyssey. I have heard it gives better seperation.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $720.00

Purchased At:   Sevenoaks Hi-Fi Berk



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by audiolab1 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2004

Bottom Line:   
As with all the other reviews here, it is the amazing ability with vocals (any) that win you over. So simple and uncomplicated is the delivery that you sit and stare, Not at the speakers but the vast space that they are projected in. These speakers can image very well (although not with ultimate precision), including outside the boundaries of the room. Almost seamless integration from top to bottom leave no obvious holes in this well accomplished all round performer. It is a speaker that appears to have a knowledge of just what is important.

Again as with the other reviews here, deep bass reproduction is under question. However I feel that the speaker does reach down quite well, it is hampered (?) by being crisp clean and very articulate. Choosing a trade off with your room boundaries for quantity and weight versus precision and dexterity are the only difficulty in setting this speaker up. Do load the lower chamber to add weight to the bass.

These are a small floorstanding loudspeaker (especially for you in the USA). With just two modest drive units per cabinet ultimate volume levels are limited. I have yet to exceed their ability under normal listening conditions. Do not under-estimate their ability, they will catch you out time and time again.

I have since listened to other speakers in the Ruark range and they too have this quality I desire. It is unfortunate that like a lot of people I cannot afford the £4500.00 for the smaller reference model 'Solstice'.

If vocals, acoustic instuments are you bag, then this is your speaker.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   secondhand from deal




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