I just realized that I've been steadily winding up with all of the family's old stereo gear from when I was a kid - particularly speakers. My dad has always been a huge audiophile so as we were growing up there were always really cool hand-me-downs.
This year my oldest brother gave me his old set of ESS AMT1. My God - I forgot how good midrange can sound! They have really sweet highs too, first time I had ever seen ribbon tweeters before and every time I see Adam monitors I think of 'em. One of 'em needs a 10" driver replaced, but even so they sound amazing. Apparently Heil has kept them alive and spare parts are easy to get. A few years back I also wound up with his old set of Vandersteen Model 2. Nothing wrong with them!
Hearing speakers like these paired against what's being sold these days is pretty eye-opening. I feel kind of like the frog in the proverbial pot of boiling water; I had never really paid much attention to the fact that commercially available speakers were having more and more of the mids scooped out of them as the years went by.
My Advent 2002's are holding up great. They may actually be early 80's. Got new surrounds and crossover caps. Seem made for room corner placement, can get too much apparent bass out of them if you want. I remember coming home from the Recording Workshop in 1990 and thinking they were gonna suck after 3 weeks of listening to real monitors....they didn't.
I think my Klipsch La Scala are 1970's models, before I rebuilt them. People complain about 'shouty' horn speakers, and one of these without attention to parts and use can be for sure...but that's all that midrange you're talking about, where we actually live. With those I can do 55dB late night listening, and they sound big and detailed at that volume, feel bass transients through the floor, not wake the wife.
I remember the first time I heard Altec 604's with Altec tube amps playing equivalent period records....those records sounded better than they ever had; no wonder, they were probably mixed on that same rig.
Post by Hermetech Mastering on Jan 6, 2018 15:00:42 GMT -6
I grew up listening to my dad's Celestion Ditton 15s from the early 70's, powered by a class A Sugden A21SE. He got rid of the speakers in the 90's, which was a real shame, but that amp is still going! I think he bought the whole system around 1972 for £25, before I was born. I keep telling him the power supply caps are probably due a change by now, but it never gets done, and the amp just keeps on going (and sounding great)!
First was a pair of Jensens, they each a single in no highs no real lows eventually the drivers ended up in a sealed box that was used with a freinds late 80's Fender Champ or Super Champ tube amp that we built a "head" cabinet for, they screamed as guitar speakers nice breakup. Then inherited Dad's HK20/s 2 pairs, 8in with 2in cone tweet's in a seals box sounded best stacked tweet next to tweet my quest for lowend led to home built Jbl E140's with elimar 1 inch bow ties. These were all powered by a Fisher TX500 receiver then a Dynaco ST120 & Conrad Johnson PV3
Next my first true love Speakers Magnepan Tympani 1d & Flame Linear 700, couldn't fit them in a dorm room so traded for Vandersteen 2ci ( still own ) powered by a Belles and then a Bedini Then the Magnepan 2 ways with the true Ribbon that I lost in Hurricane Ike that were replaced by the Magnepan 3.5's sitting right here! Lots of studio monitors and home builds as well in there as well.