A project for 2018: Compendium of Polk Audio ads, etc.

mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,613
edited January 8 in Vintage Speakers
Lucky for you all that I am:
1) retired
2) generally pretty lazy when it comes to anything not involving a keyboard and many, many ones and zeros
3) kind of obsessive at times

A current Cable thread mentioned the Polk Audio Cobra Cables -- which got me looking for ads featuring those rather infamous amplifier-immolators :p

Fortunately for folks like me, there is an amazing resource of magazine, catalog and other scans dating back to the beginning of radio/audio available at www.americanradiohistory.com

One of the single best collections there is a nearly complete set of scans of issues of Audio
magazine (successor to Radio and initially called Audio Engineering).

I started leafing through scans, checking the advertisers' index pages for Polk Audio.

There, are, of course, many ads over the years -- some unfamiliar to me (or forgotten by me... it was the 'seventies, after all!).

I figured it would be fun and maybe even interesting to start a thread on the Polk Audio legacy in advertisement (and/or reviews) as I make my way through these old magazine scans.

Feel free to contribute, too, if you like!

I hope this is interesting to someone besides me. :)

Here's the earliest Polk ad I have found (so far, at any rate) in Audio magazine.

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March 1975
Source: http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Audio/70s/Audio-1975-03.pdf

"Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

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  • michaeljhsda2michaeljhsda2 Posts: 1,769
    Thanks for the link. Found this on page 83!

    RACK MOUNT MARANTZ EQUIPMENT:
    10-B Tuner S725;
    21 9 Amplifier $395 ea..
    7-C Preamp $325.
    Standard Chassis Models.
    10-B $695;
    7-C $275.

    McIntosh MC240 Amps $115 ea. :o
    SDA SRS 1.2TL's w/ RD0198-1's, Sonicap, Mills
    AI-1 Dreadnought
    SDA 1C's w/Clarity Cap ESA; PA, Mills, RD0194-1's
    SDA 1C's stock
    SDA 2B TL's w/RD0198-1's
    SDA 2's (side by side tweeters) stock
    Yaqin MC-30L integrated tube amp
    Yaqin MS-20L integrated tube amp
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,613
    August 1975:

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    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 1,078
    More, MORE, we must have more!
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,613
    I'm workin' on it...
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,051
    That is cool! I was 10
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,613
    I bought my Model 7As in 1978 :)
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 4,035
    Hey Mark, cool stuff! Did a little googling on the address in the first ad - 431 Notre Dame Lane. The home was known as the Gallagher Mansion. Evidently, it was at one time owned by a car dealership - Sherwood Ford.
    While Sherwood owned the property, two entrepreneurs rented part of the mansion and started Polk Audio there.

    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1995-06-18/business/1995169028_1_gedco-mansion-notre-dame
    7.1 - polk RTi10 x 3 (LCR) : FXi3 x 2 : RTi4 x 4 : Sunfire SDS-12 : Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040 : Adcom GFA-7500 : Squeezebox Touch : DIRECTV : Roku SE : Panasonic PT-AX200U PJ @ 120"
    5.1 - Definitive Technology ProMonitor 800 x 4 : ProCenter 1000 : Klipsch Sub-10 : Pioneer Elite SC-91: DIRECTV : LG OLED55B6P : Roku Premiere+
    Garage Duty - polk Monitor 10s : Pioneer A-717 Integrated Amp : Squeezebox Classic
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,613
    edited January 8
    so - this is what got me started on this quixotic quest :)

    I was looking for the genesis of the Polk Audio Cobra Cables. In terms of Audio magazine ads, that occured, obliquely, in July 1977.

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    A college friend of mine bought a pair of them in roughly that time frame, using them with a GAS Son of Ampzilla amplifier & a pair of original Polk Audio Monitor Series Model 10 loudspeakers. The Son didn't mind them at all.

    What I didn't remember, but which I now infer from the "paper" record :) is that the name of those somewhat infamous cables was apparently pretty metastable early on. To wit:

    August, 1977:
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    "Soundwire"

    October 1977:
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    "Sound Cable" [ sic ]

    December 1977:
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    "Soundcable"

    Interesting.

    Anyone remember that "fluid drive" Oasis tt? I sort of do... :p


    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,613
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,613
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 1,056
    mdaudioguy wrote: »
    Hey Mark, cool stuff! Did a little googling on the address in the first ad - 431 Notre Dame Lane. The home was known as the Gallagher Mansion. Evidently, it was at one time owned by a car dealership - Sherwood Ford.
    I noticed that too, but I didn't search it until I saw your post. There's quite a bit of interesting background, particularly if you love Second Empire Victorians as much as I do! :p

  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 1,078
    Second Empire = New Order
  • vmaxervmaxer Posts: 4,042
    Interesting thread.
    Pio Elete Pro 520
    Panamax 5400-EX
    Sunfire TGP 5
    Micro Seiki DD-40 - Lyra-Dorian and Denon DL-160
    PS Audio GCPH phono pre
    Sunfire CG 200 X 5
    Sunfire CG Sig 405 X 5
    OPPO BDP-83 SE
    SDA SRS 1.2TL Sonicaps and Mills
    Ctr CS1000p
    Sur - FX1000 x 4
    SUB - SVS PB2-Plus

    Workkout room:
    Sony Bravia XBR- 32-Inch 1080p
    Onkyo TX-DS898
    GFA 555
    Yamaha DVD-S1800BL/SACD
    Ft - SDA 1C

    Not being used:
    RTi 38's -4
    RT55i's - 2
    RT25i's -2, using other 2 in shop
    LSI 15's
    CSi40
    PSW 404
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,613
    mdaudioguy wrote: »
    Hey Mark, cool stuff! Did a little googling on the address in the first ad - 431 Notre Dame Lane. The home was known as the Gallagher Mansion. Evidently, it was at one time owned by a car dealership - Sherwood Ford.
    While Sherwood owned the property, two entrepreneurs rented part of the mansion and started Polk Audio there.

    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1995-06-18/business/1995169028_1_gedco-mansion-notre-dame



    Viking64 wrote: »
    ...I noticed that too, but I didn't search it until I saw your post. There's quite a bit of interesting background, particularly if you love Second Empire Victorians as much as I do! :p


    Hmmmpf (that's meant to be a thoughtful hmmmpf, not a petulant harrumpf).
    I remember Sherwood Ford -- but I didn't know the connection with Polk's genesis.
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,613
    edited January 9
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    September 1977
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 1,220
    Great thread!
    Living room

    Mains: SDA 2B Studio
    Lows: Velodyne CHT12
    Power: Marantz SR7000 Preouts to Yamaha AV34
    Tv: Samsung UHD 55' Curved

    2 Channel/Bedroom

    *under construction*
    Polk TSI 200
    Power: Marantz PM235
    CDP: Technics SL-PD688
    TT: Pioneer PL510

    Noggin Rockin'

    Grado SR80e
    Harman Kardon CL
    Little dot 1+/GE JAN 5654w

    Closet of Dreams:

    Harman Kardon AVR130
    Yamaha HTR5590
    Paradigm Monitor 90
    Polk RTA11TL
    New Large Advents 25th Anniversary Edition
    Bravo V2/RCA Clear top Conn branded 12AU7

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,758
    edited January 10
    This thread is an awesome idea... if Polk won’t honor or even bother to remember their history, then perhaps this thread can serve as a humble reminder.

    GREAT IDEA!!
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with PS Audio NuWave Phono converter, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 Blu-ray , Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,613
    edited January 10
    Thanks for the feedback -- for the record, I think that Polk's owners have done a good job of keeping some perspective on the brand's history. The "Signature Series/American HiFi" certainly reflects Polk's heritage of providing good sound at reasonable prices, and it's worth noting that the website's splash page still has Mr. Polk & friends (via a video link) on it.

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    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,613
    edited January 11
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    August 1978.
    Lookee, the Monitor 5 has arrived! :)

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    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,613
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    February 1979
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,613
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    April 1979

    I remember listening to these @ Soundscape when they were brand-new-fresh :)
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,613
    By June of '79, the RTA-12's joined the family :)

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    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • verbverb Posts: 89
    super cool post @mhardy6647 !!! I appreciate the time you are taking putting this together. And BTW i wish i was retired !!!
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 1,220
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
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    April 1979

    I remember listening to these @ Soundscape when they were brand-new-fresh :)

    Man I love the RTA 12s!
    Living room

    Mains: SDA 2B Studio
    Lows: Velodyne CHT12
    Power: Marantz SR7000 Preouts to Yamaha AV34
    Tv: Samsung UHD 55' Curved

    2 Channel/Bedroom

    *under construction*
    Polk TSI 200
    Power: Marantz PM235
    CDP: Technics SL-PD688
    TT: Pioneer PL510

    Noggin Rockin'

    Grado SR80e
    Harman Kardon CL
    Little dot 1+/GE JAN 5654w

    Closet of Dreams:

    Harman Kardon AVR130
    Yamaha HTR5590
    Paradigm Monitor 90
    Polk RTA11TL
    New Large Advents 25th Anniversary Edition
    Bravo V2/RCA Clear top Conn branded 12AU7

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,758
    edited January 12
    Polk Audio played with electrostats??? The news shocks me. Has anyone ever heard of that before?
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with PS Audio NuWave Phono converter, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 Blu-ray , Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,613
    I don't recall any electrostatics from Polk.
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,758
    Neither did I, but the Beveridge in the ad is just that. They appear to have been a partnership of some kind, but all I find is info on the speakers themselves and no mention of Polk when I try and look them up.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with PS Audio NuWave Phono converter, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 Blu-ray , Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

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