Polk SDA SRS 2 opinions

I am looking at possibly trading some gear which would net me a pair of SDA SRS 2 speakers.

Can I get some opinions on them?
Anyone have an idea of their current value? Assuming they are bone stock.

Thanks
Keith
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 3,290
    400 to 600. It just depends on how quick a person wants to sell them. Also are they hooked up to inspect all drivers ? The condition of the wood tops and bottoms. The condition of the grills and do they still have the brass badges ? Do they come with spikes ?

    Smoke free home or not ?

    If they are perfect, I could see 600. But most I see are 400. And you have to bring your own help to load them..LOL..
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies . I am glad to be a part of a select group that tries to take our auditory and visual senses to a higher level: we EXPERIENCE them.... GOT SDA?... Got TFM ?
  • KLapinasKLapinas Posts: 503
    Thanks Tony. This is the information I was looking for as far as cost is concerned.

    Any opinions on their performance?
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,437
    Pin blade or blade blade interconnect?
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,481
    THey are excellent performers, and if local, I would lean as high as 800 on the price, provided they are perfect condition.
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  • sbb2112sbb2112 Posts: 39
    I picked mine up for $700 with all the upgrades and xovers done. Just had to add spikes. Mine are the blade/ blade type and I think I was at the higher end of price. I wasn’t looking to go through upgrading another set as I just finished the srs’s so price was good. Make sure they get some juice to really shine.
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  • KLapinasKLapinas Posts: 503
    What is the difference between the blade/blade and pin/blade?
  • gimpodgimpod Posts: 1,689
    KLapinas wrote: »
    What is the difference between the blade/blade and pin/blade?

    Basically the blade/Blade is a gen 3 Version (1986) and is an enlarged SDA 1B and the Pin/blade is a gen 4 Version (1987) and is an enlarged SDA 1C with 4 binding posts.
    F1nut wrote: »
    A pin and a blade.

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  • KLapinasKLapinas Posts: 503
    Which is better? More sought after?
  • gimpodgimpod Posts: 1,689
    The gen 4 1987 version.
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  • KLapinasKLapinas Posts: 503
    Of course, looks like these are blade/blade and one of the bases is cracked.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,136
    KLapinas wrote: »
    Of course, looks like these are blade/blade and one of the bases is cracked.

    Yes, if memory serves another difference is the b/b version end caps a glued up solid wood, which tend to crack while the p/b version is veneered MDF or particle board.
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  • VSAT88VSAT88 Posts: 508
    Love mine. 1987 models. Pin Blade in excellent shape. Got them for a $100 bill and put way more money in them to upgrade them than I paid for the speakers. Would I do it again, yes a hundred times. Best speakers I have ever had. Could not have done them up so nice without all the help I received here at Club Polk.
  • JayMXJayMX Posts: 37
    I just recently picked up a pair of blade-blade SRS 2's, drivers stamped with 1986. I gave $495 and don’t regret it. I will second that they are heavy (~135lbs ea) but well worth it. Very unique sound when A/B'd with “conventional” stereo pairs. Enjoy!
    SDA SRS 2, RTA12C (194's), Monitor 10c, Monitor 7b (Peerless), Monitor 7c (194's), Monitor 5b (SL1000), Monitor 4b (Peerless). ...and more to come, it’s a sickness.
  • TNTsTunesTNTsTunes Posts: 439
    gimpod wrote: »
    KLapinas wrote: »
    What is the difference between the blade/blade and pin/blade?

    Basically the blade/Blade is a gen 3 Version (1986) and is an enlarged SDA 1B and the Pin/blade is a gen 4 Version (1987) and is an enlarged SDA 1C with 4 binding posts.
    F1nut wrote: »
    A pin and a blade.

    Mr. smarty pants. :tongue:

    I believe the gen 3 ones version use MW6509 drivers and the later gen 4 use MW6510/MW6511 drivers along with totally different crossover designs.

    If you happen to need a replacement MW6509 driver they are harder to find.

    Gen 4's are the more desirable ones IMO but both gens are great speakers.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 3,290
    Performance..?

    These rate in the top 5 speakers I've ever owned.

    I've owned a 100 pr. of different types over the years. There have been some memorable pairs and designs.

    My Polk RT3000P's are up there. My Polk LS90's are up there since I put a newer receiver powering them. The previous receiver must have had bad cap's because it lacked bass compared to the newer receivers output. They sound really AWSOME now !

    Maggie 3.7r's and Newform Research's R645's are awesome too.

    But these SDA-SRS2's BL.-BL. seem to do EVERYTHING right. Mind Blowing soundstage !!!

    And I have older tweeters in this pair for now. I put newer RDO-194's in an older pair of the same design and after 40 hrs. of break-in, they sounded better. Female vocals were a lot easier on the ears. The newer tweeters seem to take away the highs at first. They do, but the newer highs are subdued for more sensitive ears but in a great way.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies . I am glad to be a part of a select group that tries to take our auditory and visual senses to a higher level: we EXPERIENCE them.... GOT SDA?... Got TFM ?
  • helipilotdoughelipilotdoug Posts: 1,070
    Love my pair that have been upgraded. I bought mine back in 2010 from a local guy here in Austin. Cost me $425 and they were in great shape. They are the blade/blade version, so an upgrade was possible to bring them up to using the RDO 198 tweeters. Here is a link to the original upgrade thread about upgrading the SDA SRS 2 blade/blade speakers.
    http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/74946/sda-srs-2-crossover-parts-list/p1
    It's pretty long, but informative. A few of us have done this upgrade with very positive results. I still have these speakers, and they sound fantastic. As TonyM says "these SDA-SRS2's BL.-BL. seem to do EVERYTHING right. Mind Blowing soundstage !!!"
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  • KLapinasKLapinas Posts: 503
    Has anyone ever removed the top and bottom panels to repair or replace?
    Instructions?
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,080
    KLapinas wrote: »
    Has anyone ever removed the top and bottom panels to repair or replace?
    Instructions?

    Yes, you can reach the taps that hold the "Panels" in place by removing the top two Mid-drivers and the Passive Radiator.

    Reach up through the holes into the cabinet the find the lugs that hold the Top Caps in place, there will be 4 lugs toward each corner, same with the Bottom Caps through the P.R. hole.

    If memory serves me, you will need a 7/16" or 3/8" socket/wrench.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 3,290
    edited November 1
    ^^^^^ yup, what Mike said.

    If I remember but way back, I though it might have been a 5/16" nut.. But that could've been a DCM350 top-caps. Yea, the web said "Just tap kind-of hard to pop the tops off". I tried for a while and said that had to be wrong. I was right. they were bolted on using those lag-screw bolts. I saved the tops from destruction by doing an exploratory look inside, well feeling inside, after removing the back off of one.

    Years before I believe I took the bases off the SDA-SRS2's and re-glued them after re-sawing the joints square again. Same type of lag-screw bolts I think.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies . I am glad to be a part of a select group that tries to take our auditory and visual senses to a higher level: we EXPERIENCE them.... GOT SDA?... Got TFM ?
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 268
    Make sure you have the space for them. I do not in my listening room so my RTA12B are used much more than the srs 2. :'(
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  • KLapinasKLapinas Posts: 503
    Space is not an issue
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 477
    KLapinas wrote: »
    Space is not an issue

    Just wait until I tell NASA what you just said!
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  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 268
    Viking64 wrote: »
    KLapinas wrote: »
    Space is not an issue

    Just wait until I tell NASA what you just said!

    I live 5 miles from Cape Canaveral. Want me to run over ther and let them know! Lol
  • KLapinasKLapinas Posts: 503
    Viking64 wrote: »
    KLapinas wrote: »
    Space is not an issue

    Just wait until I tell NASA what you just said!

    Well? What did NASA say?
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 477
    KLapinas wrote: »
    Well? What did NASA say?

    They placed an order for three classrooms of donkey spinach and eleventeen bales of pork ice cream in a white wine sauce. Then they recited the entire works of Dr. Seuss in Esperanto while flipping-off Pee-Wee Herman's gynecologist for burning the crow gizzards that were intended for Spiro Agnew's baby shower.
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  • KLapinasKLapinas Posts: 503
    WOW!
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 477
    Then things started to get ugly.
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  • TNTsTunesTNTsTunes Posts: 439
    Viking64 wrote: »
    Then things started to get ugly.

    and????

    "Make a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day. Light
    a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 477
    TNTsTunes wrote: »
    and????
    Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love went out in public without makeup.
    Polk SDA SRS 2.3TL
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    Yamaha DSP A-1 AV Amp
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