Osborn Titan Floorstanding Speakers

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kurt101 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2003

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My speakers are the now-discontinued Osborn Titan Floorstanders that I purchased used at a local audio shop. I have also had the opportunity to listen to the Titan minimonitors for an extended period a few years back and really liked them so I was quite excited when I found this pair of Titan Floorstanders. The finish on my pair is Jarra wood. It is beautiful and I have received many complements on the appearance of these speakers. There isn’t much that I can add about the physical makeup or design of these speakers that hasn’t already been posted here so I will just proceed with describing my experiences with my pair.

To start with, I found that speaker placement was absolutely critical to getting the most from these speakers. Moving them just an inch or two in a given direction made a noticeable change in sound. At first, I had placed them where I had had my other speakers – several feet from rear and sidewalls and toed-in quite a bit. In this position, they sounded dreadful. The sound was beaming directly from each speaker and they sounded so harsh that it hurt to listen. At about that time, I received a copy of the owner’s manual from Greg Osborn which said that these speakers are actually designed for straight ahead placement with no toe-in whatsoever. After much experimenting, I finally ended up with them facing straight ahead, quite close to the sidewalls and several feet out from the rear wall. I found that this placement provided sufficient bass response without destroying the incredible imaging that these speakers can produce. I have also augmented the bass with a subwoofer. Finally, I set them up on 6” concrete stands that I had made. This brought the tweeters much closer to ear-level and, to my surprise, smoothed out the sound another notch or two. Raising the speakers also improved the imaging slightly.

I have found these speakers to be very musical – they can make my toes tap like no other speaker I’ve ever heard. Live music is rhythmic and dynamic but unfortunately, many of the “high-end” speakers that I have heard err on the “smooth” side. The Osborn Titan floorstanders and minimonitors both convey a sense of drive and rhythm that I find lacking in most other high-end speakers that I have listened to. This dynamic quality infuses the music with a sense of “liveliness” that makes the music sound just that much more palpable and real. These speakers also throw a wonderful, large and deep soundstage when they are placed well away from the rear wall. Voices and instruments are placed with rock-solid precision in the soundstage, both front to back and side to side. Also, these speakers often just “disappear” into the music. It’s a striking experience that I enjoy very much.

It’s worth noting that the Titans are very revealing of associated equipment and I think that harsh or analytical sounding equipment would be a poor match for these speakers. I have found that these speakers work particularly well with tubes. Also, my pair of Titans was supplied with jumpers but I believe that they are designed to be biwired and work best that way.

Overall, I am very pleased with these speakers and consider myself to be quite fortunate to have stumbled across a pair as I did. I highly recommend these speakers. If you can assemble a system that will work synergistically with their particular strengths, you will be well rewarded.


Associated equipment:

Rogue Audio M-120 Magnum monoblock amps
Audible Illusions Modulus 3a preamp
Audio Refinement CD Complete CD player
Oracle Alexandria ‘table/Sumiko MMT arm/Benz HO Glider cartridge
Tara Labs Time and Space Biwired speaker cables
Aural Symphonic interconnects (Preamp>Amp)
AudioTruth (Turntable>Preamp and CD>Preamp)

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Local Audio Shop



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wei-Min Ong a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2000

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Mine are the Titan Floorstanders which have been discontinued. They are the floorstanding version of the Titans using the 1" Kevlar inverted tweeter from Focal and a 6 1/2" polyglass midbass also from Focal.

Been using these pair of speakers for over 2 years now. Love the sound these speakers produce even though I have had a midbass driver blown once and a tweeter another time in two years! The tweeter was blown when playing 1812 Overture (Telarc!) and the midbass while accidentally switching on my tube pre-amp before the power amp.

I am using these speakers in a 9 by 22 feet room using a Sony CD XA-7ES to a YBA 3 power amp. Interconnects are Goertz Sapphires and speaker cables are Goertz AG1s.

The sound of these speakers is just fantastic. They are truly able to play a wide gamut of music. They can be majestic yet demure depending on the music played. I listen to a wide range of music from pop (English, Chinese and Japanese), rock, jazz, vocals, new age, classical etc and these speakers deliver!

The build of the Titans are incredible at the price. Real wood veneers (mine are Jarrah) 1/4" thick encompass an MDF enclosure of 1" thick! Each speaker weighs 30kg! Sensitivity is an average 89 dB. However, the binding posts are not that good as they cannot accept spades!

I am going to build a pair of Electronic Tonalities Paraglows soon and I will see whether these speakers can be driven using 3.5 watts of pure Class A from 2A3 tubes.

The Osborn website is at http://www.osbornloudspeakers.com.au

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Local Dealer



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Will Loyal a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2000

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Date: 20 Sep 2000

I'm not one to write reviews or anything. I think of myself as a discerning consumer. I certainly will put pen to paper if I find that I have been unjustly short-thrifted. So when I was asked about my feelings & thoughts on the Titan speakers, which I bought well over 5 years ago, I was pleased as punch to share my joy & pleasure the speakers have given me. Like most pleasurable things in life, it is a subjective opinion, but one's opinion can be reinforced when others share the same conclusion.
Sadly the Osborn speakers are the best kept secret in Europe, they seem to sell well over in Southeast Asia, but I think its criminal denying others the glorious pleasure they have given me.
My Equipment consists of Krell LSA100s Power amp, Audio Research SP9 MkIII, using Transparent II interconnects between pre & power. Cable Talk Concert Speaker cable.
The most obvious thing about the sound is their capability of plumbing such a deep bass, often I have been asked where the sub woofer was. Also the speakers have an uncanny knack of eliciting the most subtle of nuances (given the correct attached hardware) in any music, classic & rock alike. As I said I have a choice, particularly after 5 years, of being able to choose ANY brand of speaker that befits my whim & fancies, to date I have yet to hear a finer speaker for the money. I know the law of diminishing returns kicks in, but I would have to spend an obscene amount of money to get a better sound. As I said before, it seems criminal that more discerning people have not been able to share the delights of hearing these beasties.
I work in the computer industry whereby, through technology, a good or bad thing is communicated at the speed of light (sometimes almost literally), whereas word of mouth regarding sound & hifi is still propagated at such a relatively slow pace, mainly constrained by the channel markets & distribution. I would urge anyone to give the speakers an audition and I'm sure you will be as addicted as I have become to them.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   UK Hi Fi Show



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Payes a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2000

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By way of background , the speakers I previously owned were;
Sonus Faber Guaneries
Aerial 10ts
AscenAvalon t Mk 11
Rockport Synergy
I have also extensively auditioned the Watt /Puppy 5 system. The Grand Monuments in terms of scale and resolution out perform all of the above. There is a complete lack of compression which imparts a true sense of musical reality.
Sound staging is at least as good as the Ascents and imaging was only bettered by the Guaneries. The Reference series , mine has the new Focal Telar 57 tweeter (the older version of which is used in the Grand Utopia, US$65000) as well a full lead lining, is a level of magnitude above the Grand Monument. The Reference has a level of refinement above most other speakers in its class. The treble is detailed but with a complete absence of Hi Fi etchiness or brightness.
Imaging on the References approaches the levels of the Guaneries. Macrodyamics and bass slam on the Reference are the best I've heard on any system (including the Wilson Grand Slam). Its interesting to note that the Drivers on the Reference are better than those on the Grand Slam (US$75,000), with the exception of the bass drivers, which are the same Focal 13' units. The rest of my system consists of the following;

CD - Sonic Frontiers FSCD1
Pre Amplifier - Sonic Frontiers Line 3
Amplifier - BAT VK 500
Cables - MIT 750 and 330 's
Power Cords NBS Signatures
I have driven the References with much smaller integrated amps such as the Gryphon Tabu . The Metaxas Soliloquies also sounded great with the speakers , BTW the Metaxas is the designers reference Amp . I'm pleased your customer found my comments useful .
The performance of the speaker excels in all areas. Whether it is the effect of the new tweeter or the lead-lining of the cabinet walls, micro dynamics, the so called inner musical detail that most audiophiles love so much, is superb on the Reference Monuments. Vocal inflections on good recordings (e.g. Betty Carter/Ray Charles) are rendered almost life like. Harmonic structures particularly of Cello and double bass are better than any speaker I've heard to date. Despite its awesome sense of scale, the speaker can reproduce the most delicate musical nuance, it is almost the perfect speaker (except its somewhat daunting size)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $14000.00

Purchased At:   From Factory



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

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2000

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This speaker's dynamic is awesome. It is not warm and mellow speaker. Compare to my TSM and ProAc Tablette The soundstage is more open, more extended highs and low, the midrange is a bit on lean side. Combine with Blue Circle and Audio Aéro equipments I am very satisfied with this speaker, although it doesn't have the big names like the other hiend speaker. I sold my other two speakers (ProAc and TSM). The speaker is very heavy (20kg each) and built quality is high (with Focal drivers), very hard and stiff. They have the new reference version soming out.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996




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