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

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  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 419
    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...
    SDA 1C's
    B&K Reference 50 Pre
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    Cambridge Audio DVD 99
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,876
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, 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, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,753
    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.
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

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

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,051
    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, Krell Evolution 525a CD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 Blu-ray , Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 6,581
    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.
    "And the house you live in will never fall down
    If you pity the stranger who stands at your gate" G.Lightfoot
  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 6,581
    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.
    "And the house you live in will never fall down
    If you pity the stranger who stands at your gate" G.Lightfoot
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,876
    edited January 12
    Thanks Ken, for the Fun Facts Friday Feedback... :)
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, 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, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,753
    Polk shoulda looked at plasma drivers ;)

    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

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

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,753
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    March 1980

    (the year I graduated from college :p )
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

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

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 6,581
    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.
    "And the house you live in will never fall down
    If you pity the stranger who stands at your gate" G.Lightfoot
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,753
    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!
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

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

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,753
    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



    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

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

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,753
    October 1980 - a slice of urban life, avec Polk 10 :)

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    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

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

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,753
    edited January 12
    December 1980

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    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

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

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,051
    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, Krell Evolution 525a CD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 Blu-ray , Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,657
    And yet not one of the man himself and his pocket protector equipped lab coat.

    Yet... Patience, young Padawan.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,753
    edited January 12
    Ad
    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!
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

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

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,753
    June 1981 -- Polk seems to have asymptotically approached a slogan that befits their niche :)

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    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

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

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,753
    edited January 13
    August 1981 -- Polk bought into the Man of La Mancha ethos? ;)
    To dream... the affordable dream...

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    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

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

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,518
    Interesting design with the tweeter up top and separated from the rest of the cabinet like that.
    Got Dayens?
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,657
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Interesting design with the tweeter up top and separated from the rest of the cabinet like that.

    You new here? ;)
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,518
    Joined: August 2012
    FestYboy wrote: »
    You new here? ;)

    Got Dayens?
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 2,657
    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: 2,968
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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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    Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • verbverb Posts: 2,968
    Maybe Matthew's extended family?
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    Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • verbverb Posts: 2,968
    Sister?
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    Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,753
    Hey, it's like the Wizard of Oz -- we're still in the black and white part, here!

    ;)
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

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

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • verbverb Posts: 2,968
    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 ...
    Basement: Polk SDA 1C's, Micro Seiki MB14 TT, Rotel 1580 Pre, Marantz CD6006 CDP, Carver TX8 Tuner, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, AQ Diamondback (version 1) RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Cables
    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,518
    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.

    Got Dayens?
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,753
    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...
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

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

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
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