Dahlquist 20 Floorstanding Speakers

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

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Back in the early 80's we had a lot of really amazing speakers out there to choose from. I had owned Polk's, Infinity, AR among a few. We use to talk about things like Magnaplaner and other exotics in hushed tones. One day I had the luck to find myself in a recording studio in NYC and the monitors in that place left me with my jaw dropped! Dahlquist DQM9's were the beasts I had heard and I knew I would never be satisfied with less. Several weeks later I parted with $1250 and the DQM9's became reality for me for many years.
Home theater hit the planet and 7.2 surround and the old DQM9's were forgotten and sat in storage for the last 7 years. I yearned for pure stereo again. The M9's came out of storage and I cried! The woofers were falling apart... REGNAR to the rescue!
I discovered these good people after a lot of searching for all things Dahlquist. I never hesitated once I realized that REGNAR actually was what was left of the original group. I decided to go for the total routine. I shipped them my dead woofers and about 2 weeks later they sent me a package with new ploy CAPS and complete destuctions. I rebuilt the crossovers using those parts and waited for another 3 weeks before I saw the box being carried to my door. Within 2 hours the newly built (you heard correct...not rebuilt...these woofers had a heftier build than new!!!) woofers were resoldered and the DQM9's once again were complete.

I had acquired a new B&K Reference 200 amp & Reference 5 S2 preamp to do justice to the moment. The Sony ES cd player had Art Pepper / Eleven ready to fly. I sat about 15 feet back in a comfy chair and punched the remote keys. HOLY CRAP!!! How often have you encountered things which EXCEEDED your fondest recollections of how wonderful they once had been? Never, right? WRONG! These speakers are not merely back in order, they are absolutely better than original! The new woofers and revamped crossovers produce such a tight bass I'm in awe. If I had read this kind of report earlier I would have been skeptical as to the sanity of the writer of the report. You can doubt my sanity (many have), but I urge you to find these speakers and go down this path. You will not be dissapointed.

The people at REGNAR / DAHLQUIST were not just selling basic speaker service. They understand the history and appreciate the capacity of these speakers and have done the original constructions justice with their recommended process for total restoration. I was willing to try this as a stopgap to purchasing new speakers. After running these rebuilt DQM9's for only a few days...They're SO DARN GOOD I can't imagine where to begin looking to match these gems no less try to surpass the clarity and true to life nature of the music they produce. The imaging is so realistic I find myself expecting someone to wait my table!

With scotch in hand I listen once again to beautiful stereo sounds and I raise my glass to the crew at REGNAR! WELL DONE!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   Bryn Mawr Stereo...l



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jdanderson02 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2005

Bottom Line:   
These speakers were purchased from a friend about ten years ago for $400. For some reason we both thought they were DQ-12. However, after discovering that the woofers had suffered from dry rot I sent them to Regnar for repair and they informed me that the speakers were DQ-20i, not DQ-12. Of course, this was clearly printed on the back of the speakers. Anyhow, I opted for the complete upgrade kit and the woofer rebuild. Upon opening the kit I was intimidated by the prospect of having to connect all of these capacitors, coils, etc. Once I got started it was easier than I thought. After I finsihed and connected the speakers I was pleased to hear something coming out of them. When I started to actually listen to them I was (still am) blown away by how good they sound. It's like having a brand new pair of high end speakers. They are crystal clear, incredible range and imagery. Now I have to re-listen to my entire collection as everything sounds new in that I hear things in tracks that I have never noticed before. In other words, I'm as happy as I can be with the Regnar upgrade. After being disappointed numerous times due to my having unrealistic expectations I can honestly say that these rebuilt DQ-20i's surpass any expectations I had.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   From friend



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

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Great Speakers - mids are almost as good as electrostats but you can pump em with some juice without the panels blowing up. And I'm talking top of line Martin Logan panels here. Heard a lot of speakers but with my Adcom mono blocks and preamp they sound great and the woofers have broken in nicely. My hats off to Regnar.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Stereo Exchange



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mtn826 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I bought these speakers when they first came out, back in the mid 80's. My intergrated amp is a Tanberg 3015 and I auditioned the DQ 20's with "Money" from Pink Floyd. I did not have any reservations about the bass at all. The mid and highs were crystal clear. Perhaps this wonderful sound was because of the Tanberg......since the 80's I had to have the woofers replaced in 2000 (too much Pink Floyd) and am now needing the tweeters done. If there is anyone who can send me the number for Regnar, I'd appreciate it. For some reason, google is not cooperating. The person who did the work on the woofers is located upstate NY somewhere and I can't find him either now. He was an original Dahlquist repair person.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Harvey's Audio



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by PhlatulentPhreddy a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Just got the woofers reconed by Regnar. Speakers sound great. Bass is a little on the light side. Am hoping the new speakers break in a little bit. Heard a sub detracts from the mids which is definitely not the way to go; with these speakers the mids are everything. As said before not the best speaker to crank Led Zeppellin on but Mozart's Requiem or any accoustic or woodwind music or vocals sound wonderful. Rock and Roll sounds real good too but if you need that sizzle and boom feel you won't get it with these speakers which is a plus for me. My hats off to Regnar though. They did a really nice job repairing the woofers and I will be listening to the 20s for a long time.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Stereo Exchange




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