Acoustat Electrostatic spearkers


I’m from old school, I still have and always will use these speakers. I have 2+2s now. I just pick up a set of model 6s which have two interfaces on each speaker. My question is can I just run speaker cable to the other from that to the power amp. Or should I run two speakers cable one to each interface. Or use a set of shot gun speaker cables. 



schweibnsk
Each 6 is made of two 2+2 units. So each speaker has two pairs of terminals intended to be driven by either a stereo amp into 2 x 6ohms or bridged with a large monoblock into 3ohms.
They can be a tough load from what I remember. The design suggest you need two stereo amps to run the system.
Mine caught fire ....real glad I was home.
Had the 6's for many years. You need 2 stereo amps to drive them properly. Great speaker. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.


In the early 90s I had 2 + 2s with both the interfaces and OTL tube amps, I much preferred the OTLs, and although they sounded much better than the interfaces, the amps weren't very stable. I witnessed many cherry glowing tubes. I sold them, it wasn't until much later that a few guys figured out how to make the OTLs stable
Not sure what you're asking... Love my Spectra IIs.

If you're on Facebook, I suggest you ask questions on the Acoustat page. There are some serious subject matter experts there.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/167493963322951
Hooked up an Audio Research D200 (years ago); smoked the amp and Acoustats in the first 5 seconds. 
schweibnsk
Acoustat Electrostatic speakers

I had 2+2's for a long time, then had a chance to purchase a pair of 2's cheap. which I built a frame for and converted into 1+1's.
These 1+1's were the best imagining and depth speakers I have ever owned.
 I crossed them over actively with 4th order 24db at 100hz to a pair of very rare Kef B1814's with had an FS of 19hz, in 11 cubic foot, ported enclosures that Neville Thiele nutted out the box design/port for me.

Cheers George
I sold them, it wasn't until much later that a few guys figured out how to make the OTLs stable
Uh yeah- that would be me... FWIW (one of Atma-Sphere's claim to fame was the first reliable OTL).


Sure- just don't exceed the phase margin of the amplifier when you design the feedback loop (this is really all that was about, and it really shouldn't have been me that solved this, as its standard control theory which has been around for a very long time, and this rule applies to any tube amp or traditional transistor amp!). That was the Achilles heel of many OTLs. The designer(s) tried to get greedy in an effort to send the output impedance down, but the price for that wasn't worthwhile. However, OTLs don't need feedback to drive the Acoustats quite nicely! A good friend Frank (RIP) had a set and I heard them many times.
I still own 2+2s perhaps for another three weeks or so until the Sound Labs arrive. I actually helped design the frame for the Monitor 4s (long story) 6's are not two pairs of 2+2s. They are two Three's stacked one on top of the other. Unless you have a very powerful amp capable of handling low impedances you do not want to parallel the interfaces. That would be asking for it. The intent was to use two channels of amplification per speaker. You are supposed to use a stereo amp behind each speaker instead of a mono amp. Put subwoofers under them and you'd be rocking for sure. 
Once I recover from the expense I plan on getting a pair of Atma-Sphere MA 2's. Our friend here would need 4 of them. Imagine that!
Roger Modjeski (Music Reference, RAM Tubes) very much liked the Acoustat drivers, but considered the company's interface transformers junk. He designed and built a replacement, but unless you already own a pair that is academic; Roger left none behind when he died in late 2019.
@bdp24 That does not sound like it would be all that hard to come up with something. People have done that successfully for the Sound Lab.
He designed and built a replacement, but unless you already own a pair that is academic; Roger left none behind when he died in late 2019.
Actually he did leave one behind. It was his personal unit and it's sitting in my living room. This one was designed for use with Roger's own ESLs. He did build some for a group of Acoustat owners (in Australia IIRC) as well. I have the Model 2 speakers and use the Acoustat servo amp with them. I wish Roger could have done the tube input mod to it but he ran out of time. There is a company in the Netherlands that will do this but I'm not inclined to send the amps over there.

@clio09 I'm looking into that shipping problem. I'll let you know when I have that sorted out.