Vintage Monitor and SDA Speaker Deals

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  • kmeekkmeek Posts: 225
    Viking64 wrote: »
    Judging by the serial numbers, you have one TL and one non-TL, which may explain the height difference. Is the shorter one missing feet?

    No the feet are on the shorter ones. It just appears the top and bottom oak panels are 1/4 inch shorter in thickness....

    Not too concerned about the minor appearance difference but I hope I don't have a TL and non-TL speaker.....
  • kmeekkmeek Posts: 225
    The guy said he bought them new in 91 as a close out from a stereo place here in Phoenix that was going out of business.....
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,973
    kmeek wrote: »
    Not too concerned about the minor appearance difference but I hope I don't have a TL and non-TL speaker.....

    The best way to be sure is to pull some of the drivers and look at the wiring harnesses and the crossovers themselves. There is a big difference as to how TL's and non-TL's are wired. At least with my 2.3's. I think the same principle applies to the 1.2's.
  • dkfreebirddkfreebird Posts: 1,094
    edited April 2018
    Pull the crossover plate out on the one that says 1.2 and see if it is has c or b printed on it..
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 13,736
    Viking64 wrote: »
    kmeek wrote: »
    Not too concerned about the minor appearance difference but I hope I don't have a TL and non-TL speaker.....

    The best way to be sure is to pull some of the drivers and look at the wiring harnesses and the crossovers themselves. There is a big difference as to how TL's and non-TL's are wired. At least with my 2.3's. I think the same principle applies to the 1.2's.

    Big difference in the 2.3 and 2.3tl as 2.3 used 3 different woofers.
    Not a big difference in the 1.2's are same woofers but different tweeters and slight difference in the xo.
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,460
    edited April 2018
    kmeek wrote: »
    Well I got them. Now I didn't notice this until I got them home and have them right next to each other. They don't appear to be a matched set. I have the left and right speaker and they both appear to be TL's. The left speaker top and bottom caps are thicker than the right one and has more of a red hue to the oak where the right is more golden....

    Should I be concerned?

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    These look to have Larry's Rings, or at least Hurricane Nuts according to all the Hex Head Machine Screws, even the PR's.

    Have the X-Overs been updated as well?

    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 20,814
    Mine are TL, and start with 62xx serial numbers so you are good to go. This is the first I have heard to there being two different thicknesses in the end caps. Could be that Polk changed things on the fly, as they were known to do that back in the day. The other is that one of the two speakers had the caps replaced at some point.

    The good news is they are both TL's.... now let the mods and upgrades begin.
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  • verbverb Posts: 6,812
    Congrats @kmeek ! Looks like a fun project! Those speakers are what I aspire to have someday! Have fun! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
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  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,578
    Viking64 wrote: »
    TL = True Love

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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,973
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Big difference in the 2.3 and 2.3tl as 2.3 used 3 different woofers.
    Not a big difference in the 1.2's are same woofers but different tweeters and slight difference in the xo.

    That makes sense. My 2.3TL's came from the factory with the instruction manual for the SDA SRS 1.2 and the SDA SRS 2.3.

    There was a loose, single-page addendum tucked inside the manual with the heading "Addendum to SRS 1.2tl and SRS 2.3tl Manual". The only difference shown in the diagram was the new layout of the 2.3TL drivers.

    The "Physical Specifications" for the 1.2TL were the same as the 1.2, save for the new tweeters. The 2.3TL listed the switch to 6 x MW6510, and of course, the new tweeters.
  • kmeekkmeek Posts: 225
    Mine are TL, and start with 62xx serial numbers so you are good to go. This is the first I have heard to there being two different thicknesses in the end caps. Could be that Polk changed things on the fly, as they were known to do that back in the day. The other is that one of the two speakers had the caps replaced at some point.

    The good news is they are both TL's.... now let the mods and upgrades begin.

    Thanks for the heads up. I can handle the minor cabinet differences. The cabinets are in excellent shape and I am stoked to finally get some SRS's let alone TL's...
  • krazypolkkrazypolk Posts: 488
    edited April 2018
    While searching through Craigslist I saw an ad for some ls70's for 140 dollars. Not sure if they are the sound that I like but they sure look nice. Any thoughts?yza4dfn8ovp6.jpg
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  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,578
    I'd rock them in a heartbeat. I'd take a close look at the grill surrounds though and if there's damage, come in with a lower bid.
  • krazypolkkrazypolk Posts: 488
    Sorry but what are grill surrounds?
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,274
    edited April 2018
    The LS series had strange grills. Only the cloth portion was supposed to be removed.

    Millions(?) of LS speaker grills were damaged by us people trying to remove the grills like we were used too.

    BUT...those look like they were the old school style grills.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 13,736
    Go get them
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,578
    If you look closely at the lower photo, you'll see small holes to the outside of the rubber grommets that hold the cloth grill. Those are to locate the plastic surround for said grill.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,274
    I see them now.
    So they are probably broken.

    But for the money, I'd probably go look closely at them and see if the woofers move. ;)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,578
    Not all of them, note how the grill on the table stands off and the holes are very dark indicating that at least some came out intact.

    At the very least they're worth a look and listen.
  • krazypolkkrazypolk Posts: 488
    While reading up on this model, it appears that the ls70's are the least desirable of this particular line. I saw a lot of praise for the ls90 and the smaller ls50. Why so?
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,274
    edited April 2018
    They have smaller woofers.

    I was rocking my LS90's today. :D :p B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • krazypolkkrazypolk Posts: 488
    Tony M wrote: »
    They have smaller woofers.

    I was rocking my LS90's today. :D :p B)

    I was just reading about your industrial rack and your cerwin vegas. It looks like you have quite a bit of gear

    Congratulations.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,274
    Thanks.

    Yep, there's quite a lot of audio history out there. And I sold 1/2 of what I had 1o years ago only to get more back. :s

    Yes, I've been told I have an amazing collection...OF A LOT OF STUFF. Good stuff too. B)

    A few have said it's a frikn GOLD MINE out there. :D

    I've also been collecting for a loooong time. ;)
    It's a curse too. :#
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,934
    https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/ele/d/vintage-polk-audio-speakers/6574618271.html - Monitor M10 speakers - $200.

    Nice price... Maybe? Need to see the drivers

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    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,934
    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,274
    Clipdat wrote: »

    I wish you could go and audition them JUST to hear them! ;) B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,934
    LOL, I don't see anything in the description about him offering to let you hear them before buying! The comments about the wife are funny though:

    _______________________________________Calling All Polk Audio Fans!!!_________________________________________
    Wife says quit messing around with what you think these are worth, and move these beast's!

    The time has come for me to part with my classic Polk Audio SDA Reference Signature Series System 2's, complete with the interconnect cable. If you are looking at this ad then you know what these are so, I will spare the spec details.

    They have been used but, not abused. The speakers have been moved around over the years, so the wood areas have typical nicks, scratches, scuffs, etc. (see pictures).

    You can tell by the the photos that they are in excellent condition for their age, and the speaker surrounds appear to still be in excellent condition.

    If you are looking for some classic solid performing Polk Audio high-end speakers, then these are for you. These speakers are original and unmolested (no past repairs of any kind).

    Although it has been awhile since I used them on a regular basis, they are working as well as they ever have however, because they are classic electronics they are being sold as is.

    Price is fair and firm.
    First $525.00 gets them.
    Serious inquiries only please.
    Thanks for looking.
    Tony M wrote: »
    I wish you could go and audition them JUST to hear them! ;) B)

    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,274
    edited April 2018
    You can tell he doesn't listen to his wife too well, does he?

    They should be 300.00 to move them fast!

    I know. I read and saw where it doesn't look like he's set up to play them. He wants us to buy them "AS IS" also. :#
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • krazypolkkrazypolk Posts: 488
    Clipdat wrote: »
    https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/ele/d/vintage-polk-audio-speakers/6574618271.html - Monitor M10 speakers - $200.

    Nice price... Maybe? Need to see the drivers

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,934
    Thanks! Those look pretty nice.
    krazypolk wrote: »
    Your wish is my command.

    • "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
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