Lesser known 2 way bookshelf Speakers from the 80's
I recently went into a local Hi Fi shop and heard a pair of Heybrook HB2's from the 80's and was quite impressed. The shop owner also had a pair of Mordaunt Short Pagaents or Carnivals that were to be fixed.
A few years back I owned a pair of Linn Helix LS150s that were also quite impressive. I also owned a pair of Paisley Research AE500's that were amazing!
What were some of your favorite British and non-British two-way bookshelf speakers from the 80's and early 90's.
I worked my way through a bevy of bookshelf speaker systems back then during a misspent youth: AR, DYNACO A25s, EPI 100s, JBL L88's (2-way) and L100s (3-way) , CAMBER 2.0’s .....
in brief: they were "okay" for their time (emphasis added) and their price-point back then
(I) the "nostalgic" models now get handily bested by even modest price-point strata current speakers, and ; ( ii) with the dramatic improvement in today’s speaker design, crossovers, and build components today, the old nostalgic speaker gear gets completely smoked as you go up the $$ food chain into premium price strata and premium build offerings ..... not even close.
Nostalgia lives on for a certain small segment of audio enthusiasts even as the ever-improving technology advances at a rapid and accelerated rate.
the early Proac Tablet 50's were great, I also had a set of the Celestion's SL600's that were great as well, if not supper power hungry. the Proac's still haunt me as I regret selling them they just disappeared.
Still have my JBL L40 (circa 1977) and my ADS L520 (circa 1981) and use them frequently. Both still sound excellent especially when driven by good gear which of course I could not afford when I bought the speakers originally. In fact I used my Pioneer SX-680 receiver, which I still have, with the JBLs for a decade before moving to Adcom, just like many others did. Many consider Adcom as the gateway gear into hifi.
I really liked the Cizak and Signet speakers of that era. However, the ones I purchased and still enjoy are the Triad System 3. They have very unique design and engineering with the stepped woofer to tweeter alignment and a grille engineered to be listened to installed in place.