Garage sale score today! Pioneer CS

On my way home from work I see a garage sale in front of a local business and see some large speakers. I make a u turn and head over. Front the distance I see what might be some ribbon tweeters.

Sure enough, Pioneer CS-903 with twin ribbons in each speaker. And they are clean. I ask how much and she says "how much you want to pay?". I said $20.00 she said deal!. Low and behold I see many on the bay selling for $250 up to $500 plus shipping.

I think the contacts for the button need a deoxit cleaning. Highs are super crisp. Bass is pretty weak though.

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  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,099
    Twenty. Bucks. Good for you!
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  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 1,985
    Congrats, they look really clean.
  • verbverb Posts: 3,670
    What a steal! They look minty! @Viking64 alert!
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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,236
    They look sweet!
    I got my own score today too... :)
    Enjoy!
    Micah

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    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 731
    Certainly not "mint". But "minty" sounds about right! >:)

    I really like the highs on them but vocals and bass or pretty flat and boring. I already have them on Ebay.
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 731
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    They look sweet!
    I got my own score today too... :)
    Enjoy!

    What did you score?
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,236
    CH46E wrote: »
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    They look sweet!
    I got my own score today too... :)
    Enjoy!

    What did you score?

    Boston Acoustics VR 2s, and a PV500 sub. $53, all really clean. :)
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 731
    edited November 3
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    CH46E wrote: »
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    They look sweet!
    I got my own score today too... :)
    Enjoy!

    What did you score?

    Boston Acoustics VR 2s, and a PV500 sub. $53, all really clean. :)

    Man, you got some of these for $53? They look awesome! How do they sound?

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    I only scooped these Pioneers up to re-sale and add to my audio funds. If they don't sell I'll part them out and keep the ribbons for a DIY project.
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,236
    They sound really awesome. I expected to re-sell them, but listening to them now, they are incredible, with a nice sound stage, very balanced sound, solid lows, clear, crisp, but not fatiguing highs, very nice midrange. It’s all done so well.
    I think the cherry finish is much prettier, but the black finish I got is still very nice. :)
    Micah

    Main system: Technics SL3200, Shure M97xE, Lafayette LR1100 for tuner, Hagerman Audio Labs Bugle 2 phono stage, NAD C352 integrated, Boston Acoustics VR 2, Boston PV500, generic ICs, and BJC Belden speaker cables.

    Desktop: Dell Precision 690 running iTunes, Yamaha RX-v665, Monitor Audio R90s, Velodyne VA-907, generic ICs and speaker cables.
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,275
    edited November 3
    Congrats on your fine!!!

    Here's mine.
    The picture looks worse than it really is. The spots are scratches on the lens of my camera and the clutter is just a minute or three in the way of pulling them out.

    These were mint cond. too when I bought them. They do sound pretty darn good. The guy ROCKED them pretty good when I went to buy them. I'm going to look for better picture but I think mine are the same model# by the looks of things.

    My LEDs work just fine. The tone controls do too also. To get to the RED LED, your ears will be telling you enough is enough already, turn it down. :D

    I gladly paid the guy 80.00 a couple of years ago. ;) :p

    You need to put them on stands. B)
    I found clearer pics.

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  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 731
    Yep, they are the 903 also. I was able to zoom in and see them.
    I was really surprised by the condition of the drivers. Looks like a nylon cloth or something similar on the woofer surrounds.

    I only hooked them to my old Pioneer HTR in the living room. I will be putting them in the movie room and hooking them up to the Parasound 2250 v2 to see how they really sound. I have bricks with anti-vibration pads to lift them off the floor.

    I'm also going to clean all the contacts tomorrow.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,275
    I forget what receiver the guy had to show me that they worked. But he showed me enough for me to tell him that was enough on the volume. He knew they were getting more $$$ for them on eBay or at least trying.

    I also owned the 12" woofer version set and they were pretty darn good too. An old friend bought them from me and he still has them I think. I might give him a call to see next week.

    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • verbverb Posts: 3,670
    Tony M wrote: »
    Congrats on your fine!!!

    Here's mine.
    The picture looks worse than it really is. The spots are scratches on the lens of my camera and the clutter is just a minute or three in the way of pulling them out.

    These were mint cond. too when I bought them. They do sound pretty darn good. The guy ROCKED them pretty good when I went to buy them. I'm going to look for better picture but I think mine are the same model# by the looks of things.

    My LEDs work just fine. The tone controls do too also. To get to the RED LED, your ears will be telling you enough is enough already, turn it down. :D

    I gladly paid the guy 80.00 a couple of years ago. ;) :p

    You need to put them on stands. B)
    I found clearer pics.

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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,275
    edited November 3
    Yea...The expensive ones. :D

    Although I did get lucky, very lucky with those Triton Ones didn't I?

    I also have those Newform Research triple towers that cost a lot more than the Triton Ones do. But I paid 300.00 for those years ago from a pawn shop. :D B)

    I've owned a ton of speakers and gear but mostly just average but once in a while I got LUCKY and got thousand dollar pr.+ speakers. Quite a few silver faced Pioneers and a Black Sansui rack system.

    I just bought my second CS1000P center, a PSW650 subwoofer and a pair of surround speakers for 150.00. The surrounds are the rt300 or something like that. They all sound great too. :D

    I'm completely out of floor space now. I have to go upward! :# :)
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,997
    Fx300i. Great surrounds that are well worth their going rate.
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  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 731
    edited November 3
    I think my best score was a LCR set of M&K S-150 's and a modded M&K MX150 sub.Or maybe it was a MX125. Got it all for $150. Right before we moved to FL from Seattle i let them go and got $1500.00 or so for the LCR and later sold the MX sub for $400.00.

    Wish I could come across another set at that price cause I'd keep them this time.
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,493
    Tony, I think your shed is haunted. :p
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 731
    Viking64 wrote: »
    Tony, I think your shed is haunted. :p

    You see the "Orbs" too? >:) >:)
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 731
    As I'm hear listening to these Puoneers it seems as if they dont play low at all. Tight bass but below 80hz seems empty.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,398
    Time to play with all those fancy buttons on top.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,275
    DSkip wrote: »
    Fx300i. Great surrounds that are well worth their going rate.

    That's them. With the blue woofers too. Thanks.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,275
    CH46E wrote: »
    Viking64 wrote: »
    Tony, I think your shed is haunted. :p

    You see the "Orbs" too? >:) >:)

    Ghosts of past listeners I presume. :# :D
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,275
    edited November 3
    Maybe the woofers aren't getting a signal for some reason.

    Here's the spec. sheet on them for what it's worth. Check out that sensitivity rating. :D B)

    Pioneer CS-903
    4-Way Loudspeaker System (1981)
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    Specifications
    Type: 4 way, 5 driver loudspeaker system
    Frequency Response: 20Hz to 40kHz
    Power Handling: 300W
    Crossover Frequency: 1500, 4000, 9000Hz
    Impedance: 8Ω
    Sensitivity: 99dB
    Bass: 1 x 16" cone
    Midrange: 1 x 6-1/3" cone
    Tweeter: 1 x horn
    Super Tweeter: 2 x horn loaded ribbon
    Enclosure: bass reflex
    Dimensions: 450 x 710 x 259mm
    Weight: 21kg
    Year: 1981
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 731
    Time to play with all those fancy buttons on top.

    That's why I think it needs the contacts cleaned. Any button but "Normal" seems to turn off some of the tweeters.
    I think they need some umph from an amp instead of this HTR. Now that I've sat down and had a drink, I dont feel like moving them into the other room tonight.
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 731
    Tony M wrote: »
    Maybe the woofers aren't getting a signal for some reason.

    They are playing. They sure dont move much though. No VC rub. I may pull them out Tuesday and check their resistance.
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 731
    When I first saw them I was praying they were the Pioneer HPM-100. I've always wanted to listen to a pair.

    Maybe the next garage sale???
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,354
    edited November 3
    You have a very different sense of a garage sale score than do I.

    ;)

  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,275
    CH46E wrote: »
    When I first saw them I was praying they were the Pioneer HPM-100. I've always wanted to listen to a pair.

    Maybe the next garage sale???

    I can see the resemblance in cabinet size and style though.

    But I've owned those too and the HPM's are a few more inches deeper and GOD awful HEAVY too. :s

    I was lucky to find the 200 watt version of the HPM-100's at a church parking lot sale for 40.00 for the pair. They were like new too. I almost got a hernia carrying them to my car and almost blew out my back putting them into my car's back seat. :#

    I hated to sell them but I couldn't see myself moving them from where they were at the time in my cottage. :/

    They did sound balanced and clear. I was impressed!
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 11,113
    Some of those older pioneer woofers were not very stuff. My pair of pioneer speakers back in the day the 15" woofer would ripple on low freq's. Very thin paper.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,275
    edited November 3
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Some of those older pioneer woofers were not very stuff. My pair of pioneer speakers back in the day the 15" woofer would ripple on low freq's. Very thin paper.

    Like this? These are "Bag End" 18" woofers.
    My friend liked seeing this during that Wed. testing session in my driveway, but I heard distortion that was pretty bad. You can hear it too.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
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