Vintage Pres Speakers from Massachusetts

zuulzuul Posts: 193
edited July 10 in Vintage Speakers
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http://www.presspeakers.com/1985-1993.htm


I know there are some other folks who hail from western mass where I grew up... and lots of knowledgable folks here... does anyone remember or ever heard of Pres Speakers? They used to be based out of Northampton Mass.

Hearing those speakers was my first real exposure to audiophile gear.... I was in jr. high and had heard about this cool stereo shop... turns out it was the Pres HQ...

Over the years I've never run into anyone who's ever heard of, let alone owned a set of these speakers. I never see them for sale on any forums... and for a long time I believed the whole thing was a figment of my imagination... Especially since for the longest time I couldn't remember the name of the speakers.

A few years ago I finally tracked the company down and it looks like the dude still makes speakers and services his vintage models... even though the website looks circa 1997 it looks like it's been updated as recently as 2015

http://www.presspeakers.com

http://www.presspeakers.com/vintagespk.htm

So I'm curious... anyone here ever heard of these speakers? ever heard them? every owned a set? know anyone who does?

From what I recall... I was pretty amazed at how good they sounded... I remember whatever gear he had hooked up looked pretty futuristic... it might have been my first exposure to linear tracking turntables as well....

I would imagine that since I'm on the west coast now I'll never see a pair but I'm still interested if anyone here has had any experiences with them...

speakers:
bowers & wilkins 685 S2
polk psw-10
components:
sonic frontiers line 1 preamp
sonic frontiers anthem amp 1
mac mini w/ audioquest jitterbug
teac ud-501 digital to analog converter
oppo dv-980h dvd/cd
interconnects:
monoprice
guzi
belkin gold series usb
speaker wire
audioquest type 4
power:
rhino-tek 1000w 15amp voltage regulator
vansevers 211 power cord
pangea ac-14 power cord
tubes:
amplifier: (2) NOS 1960 philco/lansdale 12AU7 (super rare!), (1) NOS 1967 mullard 12AX7, (4) 2016 svetlana hard blue EL-34
pre-amp: (6) E88CC/6922 ??? (haven't cracked the case yet to see what previous owner was running...) so for now they are mystery tubes.
misc:
JRiver Media Center 24
sanus 24" speaker stands
auralex acoustics subdude II
DeMoude Audio cylindrical bass traps
rf/emi/noise reduction caps for empty rca inputs.
Hall of Fame: [retired/sold]
polk monitor series 5jr+ w/ RDO194-1 upgraded tweeters
polk monitor series RTA 8T
kenwood kd-550 w/ SME 3009 Series III tonearm grado gold cartridge
adcom gfp-555II
marantz 2238b
luxman M-120A
technics sl-b10
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