William, you are on the ball with this one. I knew an accuaintance who had these gems and WOW what a sound. Unbelievable soundstage that they produce. I have been looking for a set of these for the past 5 or so years.
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Peter Breuniger did a marvelous review of these classics recently in Stereophile. I hope that I am not violating an Audiogon policy by posting the link:
It's good to see classic gear covered in the mainstream press. Now how about a HUB about Klipsch and Altec?
Guys, thanks as always for your comments.
Viridian, if you'll take a look at the end of the second-to-last paragraph, you'll see that I posted a link to that Stereophile article.
Klipsch and Altec will show up, soon enough. I only wish I still had the yellow button PWK gave me in 1980....Okay, I wish I still had Uncle Art's Altec Lagunas, too. ;->
I see ads for "big speakers with lots of drivers' in Stereophile.. even now. What I think as a grimace is: "That guy must have a very small penis." (currently two 'small P' guys run ads.. one show the dude with his hand arched up over the top of the ugliest chunk of crap I have seen. The other shows a slightly 'hipper' small P dude sitting on the top of his 7 foot tall creation.
As for 'classic' and your disparagement of how stuff becomes classic, and why it remaines classic: sorry your wrong. Stuff gets called classic because it is stuff a lot of long time 'philes have, or keep, or want. McIntosh. Levinson (early), ARC, Infinity IRS (only), Conrad-Johnson, Certain Marantz, Krell, Threshold, JBL, Altec Lansing..
Certainly a few folks just parrot what they hear about. But that stuff had a following, and a 'waiting list' of hopeful buyers. I am afraid I would pass up a pair of your speakers even at a rummage sale for $100. As would most folks (unless they hoped to grab them, hype them up.. them offer them for sale. ? Is that what you are doing? (if not, I apologize, and congratulate you on being true to what you like. But I do have to say your post sounds more like a sales pitch than a love affair)).
Always glad to hear from contrarians, even when giving me hell!
I won't comment on your first paragraph except to say you may be right. You may also be wrong. I suspect, however, if I were to make similarly sexist comments about women, you'd be grievously offended. Whatever.
Second paragraph: different strokes for different folks. I'd think we could disagree without saying the other is wrong, but again...whatever.
Sorry if it sounds more like a sales-pitch than a love affair. I thought it was an observation on a design which is often overlooked, and has some merit.
Are you always this contentious? You GO, girl!
As a reformed vintage audio collector, I may shortly fall back into my recidivist behavior. Most of the demand for the vintage audio world was driven by the far east. Bozak was never on their radar screen probably due to their lack of using horns. I would love to hear a pair of the Concert Grands. Don't know what using Beveridge speakers (6' tall!) says about my manliness!
That's weird, Veridian; my penis has *grown* since I got big speakers! ;)
I wasn't really sure about Elizabeth's (who I think runs the pretty large Maggie 3.6s) point: is it that big box/many driver speakers sound bad, or that they should be dismissed as pathetic expressions of a distinctively masculine inadequacy, regardless of how they sound?
Are you still in StL, Bill?