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

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  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 33
    The ad is comparing a $7000 pair of electrostatics to their monitor series. I'm sure their attorneys advised them to avoid future comparisons in future ads...
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,633
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures, Simaudio 780D DAC
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Modwright LS100, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,615
    Yes, it was just a comparison of the Polk line of the late 1970s with a couple of pretty serious high end loudspeakers of the day.
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,761
    My bad... one can only dream of what could have been.
    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

  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 6,126
    We used to sell the Beveridge speakers, they were intended to be placed on the two side walls in front of the listener area. This was due to the dispersion pattern the curved wooden lens created inside the cabinet. This meant that the room had to be just the right set of dimensions to allow best positioning. They also had self contained tube amplifiers, which meant the amp's output transformer would be able to match the output stage impedance with the step up transformer needed for the electrostatic element. This eliminated one complete transformer in the audio chain. Brilliant speaker designer old Harold was, that's for sure.
    "Passion is inversely proportional to the amount of real information available", G. Benfield
  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 6,126
    edited January 12
    As far as Polk using electrostatic components, I know that during Engineering Week at Polk they had an electrostatic component company come and do a presentation. So, they are aware of what different technologies can do. If I were making a prediction I would place more of a chance on ribbon technology rather than electrostatic. Much easier implementation, no high voltage power supply to deal with.
    "Passion is inversely proportional to the amount of real information available", G. Benfield
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,633
    edited January 12
    Thanks Ken, for the Fun Facts Friday Feedback... :)
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures, Simaudio 780D DAC
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Modwright LS100, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,615
    Polk shoulda looked at plasma drivers ;)

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

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,615
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    March 1980

    (the year I graduated from college :p )
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 6,126
    From what I gathered from talking with Matt, Sandy was the dedicated audiophile of the threesome, always showing up with new tonearms, cutting edge speakers and a great appreciation of the best in sound. He would ask Matt if there was some way to build something better for less money. Matt was the engineer and could put ideas on paper. George was the money guy plus he loved woodworking and seeing things get built. Good combination, very similar to the early British aircraft companies.
    "Passion is inversely proportional to the amount of real information available", G. Benfield
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,615
    From what I gathered from talking with Matt, Sandy was the dedicated audiophile of the threesome, always showing up with new tonearms, cutting edge speakers and a great appreciation of the best in sound. He would ask Matt if there was some way to build something better for less money. Matt was the engineer and could put ideas on paper. George was the money guy plus he loved woodworking and seeing things get built. Good combination, very similar to the early British aircraft companies.

    Great biographical/historical information; thank you for sharing it, Ken!
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,615
    Ahh, the LF14! :)
    August 1980 -- just before I matriculated into grad school.

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    I bought one of these from Soundscape (s/n 1023); probably the first or second one they sold, and thus probably one of the very first sold.

    Kept it for years and years, ultimately passing it along to the forum's own Dorokusai whose intent it was to pass it back to Polk's HQ.

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    10730225563_e71aff4c90_b.jpgDSC_1159 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr



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

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,615
    October 1980 - a slice of urban life, avec Polk 10 :)

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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: 15,615
    edited January 12
    December 1980

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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

  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,761
    Ad
    Nd yet not one of the man himself and his pocket protector equipped lab coat.
    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

  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 1,079
    And yet not one of the man himself and his pocket protector equipped lab coat.

    Yet... Patience, young Padawan.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,615
    edited January 12
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    Nd yet not one of the man himself and his pocket protector equipped lab coat.
    FestYboy wrote: »
    And yet not one of the man himself and his pocket protector equipped lab coat.

    Yet... Patience, young Padawan.

    Yup, we're only to 1981!
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,615
    June 1981 -- Polk seems to have asymptotically approached a slogan that befits their niche :)

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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: 15,615
    edited January 13
    August 1981 -- Polk bought into the Man of La Mancha ethos? ;)
    To dream... the affordable dream...

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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

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 908
    Interesting design with the tweeter up top and separated from the rest of the cabinet like that.
    NAD C 316BEE, Marantz cd6004, Rotel RCD-1072, Sony SCD-CE595, Polk Audio LSiM 703
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 1,079
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Interesting design with the tweeter up top and separated from the rest of the cabinet like that.

    You new here? ;)
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 908
    Joined: August 2012
    FestYboy wrote: »
    You new here? ;)

    NAD C 316BEE, Marantz cd6004, Rotel RCD-1072, Sony SCD-CE595, Polk Audio LSiM 703
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 1,079
    Twas sarcastic... Anywho, if they had left the tweet IN the enclosure, it would likely be at least semi-horn loaded to maintain the time alignment. Nearly all face mounted speakers are out of alignment due to the coils not sitting along the same plane.
  • verbverb Posts: 89
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    Nd yet not one of the man himself and his pocket protector equipped lab coat.

    Here you go:
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  • verbverb Posts: 89
    Maybe Matthew's extended family?
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  • verbverb Posts: 89
    Sister?
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,615
    Hey, it's like the Wizard of Oz -- we're still in the black and white part, here!

    ;)
    "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
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Hey, it's like the Wizard of Oz -- we're still in the black and white part, here!

    ;)

    Sorry @mhardy6647 couldn't resist :) I beg for forgiveness ...
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 908
    Damn. I want to get my ears on a set of vintage Polks, but I don't think there's any Polkies in the SF bay area besides me and "Mr. Pass Labs" @BlueFox
    FestYboy wrote: »
    Twas sarcastic... Anywho, if they had left the tweet IN the enclosure, it would likely be at least semi-horn loaded to maintain the time alignment. Nearly all face mounted speakers are out of alignment due to the coils not sitting along the same plane.

    NAD C 316BEE, Marantz cd6004, Rotel RCD-1072, Sony SCD-CE595, Polk Audio LSiM 703
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,615
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Damn. I want to get my ears on a set of vintage Polks, but I don't think there's any Polkies in the SF bay area besides me and "Mr. Pass Labs" @BlueFox
    FestYboy wrote: »
    Twas sarcastic... Anywho, if they had left the tweet IN the enclosure, it would likely be at least semi-horn loaded to maintain the time alignment. Nearly all face mounted speakers are out of alignment due to the coils not sitting along the same plane.

    Oh, I'll bet there are...
    "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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