will you be running quad most of the time ??????
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I have a special place for Sansui receivers. This is almost going to sound like a joke, but back in the day I purchased from an ad a Sansui receiver along with a pair of Cerwin Vega speakers that had 12" woofers for an enclosed patio when I lived in Huntington Beach, CA. There was something so musical (magical?) about that combination that no matter who listened to it they always commented how nice it sounded. Not once did they comment like this regarding my high $ main system.
tomic: In my mind it'll be all quad, but in reality it won't. Not even 1/2 I suppose due to not having that many quad recordings, and some of what I have don't have sufficient vinyl quality to keep the separation.
freediver: thanks for the speaker recommendations, I will look into those... does that recommendation extend to the other models in the Aria line?
clearthink: Given that I'm in the 'hopeless' range I can experiment with speakers without concern... no place farther down to which I can go I suppose
I have a pair of speakers that I bought new in the late 70's. Used them lightly for a few years with a Pioneer receiver. They have been sitting unused for a number of years. Synergistics is a brand that I never hear mentioned in these forums. But, in the day, they gave brands like JBL and others some competition.
The unused speakers should go to someone wanting good sound and not to one who only wants a nice looking speaker for some background music. Just don't have the heart to dump them at a garage sale. They are in good working order and still look very good cosmetically.
If anyone is interested in these speakers they are free of charge. I would only ask to be reimbursed for the shipping charge since they weigh about 50 lbs. each. Here is a description of the speakers but they aren't mine. Just photos I found online of ones belonging to someone else........
If you can find 4 Fulton FM 80's or FM 100's on ebay you will have as good of a box speaker as you can find from those days, and they will probably sound great with your receiver.
JBL and horn speakers are not accurate; Cerwin-Vega was a bass-heavy, tweeter heavy speaker that made a good sound for those days, like Advent's did, but they were evolutionary and have be surpassed easily by even modest speakers today. Most of all, enjoy the MUSIC the way YOU want it.
Thanks for all the options/opinions. Reading through the marketing materials I realize it will come down to needing to hear them together. As much as of-the-era-speaker appeal as mickeyb points out there are risks, not all of which I'll see.
Any recommendations on reputable dealers which offer a demo/trial period and the ability to return or exchange?
Wow, that's a lot of different directions. My take: I have a 1970's Sansui Eight that has gone thru the recap route. I use it in my office for sports radio with some old Polks. I took some Spendor 3/2s from my main system and tried them with the Sansui. Had to stop right away. The old Polks sounded better. When I put the Spendors back in my primary system they sounded excellent again. I hope you can get where I am going with this. That aside first I would not spend over $1,000 on all four speakers especially if you are going vintage. Be patient. Watch Audiokarma. The KG4s or Vandys are likely the best bet in my book. Have fun!!!
because of your Quad aspirations, i will veer from my very typical Vandersteen recommendation ( for great stereo, get 2C and up !!!! )
but i will suggest some work for you.....try to find Shahinian Obelisk....buy a pair to start and add 2nd pair for the quad setup...
failing that get the Vandersteen 2C ( or better ) and a set of on wall Vandersteen for the backside quad pair....
you might find both options shockingly good
have fun.....enjoy the music..