Although I no longer have them the Teledyne AR-9 was and still is a really good speaker wich I owned till about 2 years ago, still miss them.
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I use a few different speakers.Most modern speakers just sound too slow and smeared to me This seems to be a function of high power handling,rubber surrounds and long excursion cones.
Hence the gurrent interest in things like the Zu speakers.
I use a pair of late 60s Toshiba SS30s.These are high sensitivity 3 ways with cloth surrounds,light paper cones and alnico magnets.The tweeter is a bullet.They came with tiamping provision so Toshiba obviously had serious intentions for them.Fantastic sounding speakers but they need a good sub for the bottom octave.
I also have friends that use Goodmans Axiom 80 based speakers in preference to modern speakers.
I also have some B&W DM70 hybrid stats and used to own Crown ES212 hybrid stats.These are also excellent vintage speakers when restored.
Rectilinear III, Ohm C2, AR3a, JBL LE14C, JBL Studio Master 200B, ElectroVoice, Jensen G610 Triaxial, KLH 5, and this morning I just picked up a pair of Janszen Z-600s that need 2 woofers and a tweeter. Yes, they all get some use now and then. My wife says I have too many!! (You didn't ask about a current reference system, so I won't mention one.)
They all have positives and negatives. I find the current offerings of speakers have less negatives.
Yes I use them I have 4 pairs older than 1985 I can think of. Posted a thread a while back got a lot of responses. What did you want to chat about? Everyone likes to talk about whatever the latest thing is. My speakers are any where between 47 years and a few months old. I just bought more in fact but haven't dated them yet.
I use Tannoy Arundel, 15in. coaxial ca. 1980. Redone the crossovers (without changing the values) with Mundorf caps, Solen Litz coils, Mills resistors and WBT posts. Refinished the veneer with burr walnut and they are stunning. They may not have the most «hifi» sound but they are coherent and musical, can listen for hours without fatigue.
1977 Klipsch Cornwalls-upgraded crossovers with Welborne Labs Moondogs 2A3 SET amps. 1983 Klipsch Cornwalls-upgraded crossovers that need to be installed with deHavilland Aries 845 SET amps. 1979 walnut Advent 1's, 1980 walnut New Large Advents-stacked double Advents-top Advent 1 inverted with Mcintosh MC 7150 amp. I like the sonic flavors of both Klipsch Heritage and Advents.
I purchased a pair of 12” Coral 12-TX50 12" Full Range Alnico Coaxial Speakers on EBay. I can’t find any info on them. At the very least they look cool. I will play around with open baffle Enclosures... Any Thoughts.....
I have a mint condition pair of Electrovoice Patrician 800's - the ones with the 30 inch woofers and 103 dB sensitivity circa late 60's vintage. Unfortunately, they are way to big to get to my downstairs music room (~300 lbs each and very large) so they sit forlornly in the corners of our living room with nothing hooked up to them. They are really pretty amazing speakers considering they are over 30 yrs old. The low end is incomparable even against the best of todays designs.
Just got them, they're amazing, not perfect for every kind of music, difficult to set up in the room, but when they work, oh my gosh they work. Right now Schubert's second piano trio Op. 100 with Stern/Istomin/Rose is so perfectly precise, just rich enough, you'd swear they're in the room with you.
Surprisingly my AKSA drives them with no sweat whatsoever.
Refurbed by Wayne Piquet from Florida and up on his big rigid metal stands. They're white (see the system page).
I THINK I'm using vintage speakers. I got a pair of Dali IV's from used record shop for twenty bucks. I'm awaiting new woofer surrounds as the foam is flaking away. Even so, they sound great, though the bass is too boomy for my tastes. I hope new foam surrounds will tighten up the low end. Does anyone know when Dali IV's were manufactured?
I have Acoustic Research 93's bought in 1979. Very natural and honest sound. A bit hard to drive but worth the cost in amplification. I still love the sound but will need to replace the aging rubber suspension for the spaekers sometime soon. The old acoustic suspension design still sounds great with whatever you run through them. Very tight without any muddiness found in so many bass reflex speakers.
Vintage? You bet!! I started using vintage speakers when first infected with this hobby because it was all I could afford. I've now spent more on upgrading vintage monitors than I would have spent on a "great" modern speaker but I bet you can guess which gets my hair to stand up! ;-)
Vintage monitors (good ones like Altecs) compete with the best current offerings and when carefully tweaked they simply BLOW AWAY most of the best current offerings. The only downside is a loss of imaging. They can image, but they don't make you duck and hide from overhead sources like some speakers can do.
It's really about the drivers. I have had great luck with vintage Altecs and JBLs placed into upgraded cabinets (thick MDF with better fill, bracing, and joinery) while keeping with the same internal dimensions (volume) of the originals. Put some sort of anti-vibration adhesive coverings on metal horns, update all cones and diaphragms with OEM factory originals (where available), put modern terminals and wiring in the enclosures and stand back.
There is nothing like a great modern day tube amp pairied with a vintage Altec two way monitor.
I've been using a pair of Wharfdale WS/2's (mfr~1963) for some time now in our living room with respectable electronics (meridian cd player, "vintage" Carver amp) and friends are blown away by how life-like they sound. I enjoy what they do with vocalists, acoustic and small venue jazz. My dad was the original owner and had a stereo store in the '60s. I'll always keep them for sentimental reasons, and though I plan to use something else in my dedicated room (Verity/Totem/Joseph/Revel??) I'll never tire of the expression on faces of those hearing something really good for the first time. I imagine that's part of the reason dad enjoyed demo-ing this stuff 40 years ago!
Still using a pair of Polk SDA-2B that I bought used many years ago. I remember the first time we played music on them, wife and I just looked at each other with that "so this is what we have been missing" look on our faces.It's great getting speakers that sound better than the previous ones...sort of like rediscovering your music collection all over again!