My long awaited SDA SRS speakers

nikoniknikonik Posts: 118
edited November 2012 in Vintage Speakers
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In '89-'90, I bought an used set of M 10Bs. I was only a senior but I liked the way Polk Audio speakers sounded. I eventually bought several pieces of Carver products but I always wanted a set of Polk's flagship speakers. I couldt afford back then, and recently I would see them from time to time on ebay but I was too busy dumping money into bmx bikes that I kept putting them on hold. These came up and they were in Tenessee. I thought there was no way I was going to get them, but I checked into them and got a bid on Uship and bought them. From TN to WA I paid 475. I did read that they were overpriced and Bob wouldnt budge on his price. He stated they were pristine and not a scratch on them. Bob was correct! They are in immacualte condition on all sides and the inter connect cable was included. I got what I payed for in my opinion. I dont have to do anything to them. I like them stock. I am amazed with the bass that it starts to irritate me a bit but it is the bass that I have always wanted but couldnt get out of the M10s. I have all my gear in the garage because that is where I can turn it up and not upset my wife. LoL. She mentioned that she could clearly hear every word upstairs. That was the day I turned it up to about 1 oclock on the preamp. I have 225 per channel and was enjoying them so much to "For the First Time," by Lifehouse. It was an appropriate song since it was the first time I really cranked them up. My brother was impressed because at first I was teasing him by not turning it up right away. I would like to move them into the house but I dont think I can enjoy them like I can out there. The garage is about 35x25 and is plenty big for these awesome speakers. Im considering another set. I almost got the ones in Boise, ID but he didnt want to take my paypal funds. Ill find another set eventually but Ill try to get the 1.2TL. My thanks goes out to Oldfatdogs for being a great guy and telling me to post them up. He also sent me links and helped me out with this site. Thanks Dan!
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  • leroyjr1leroyjr1 Posts: 8,799
    edited November 2012
    Nice looking speakers you got there.
  • OldmanSRSOldmanSRS Posts: 442
    edited November 2012
    Very nice indeed. Are they the standard SRS or the SRS1.2's (I can see they are not 1.2TL).
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  • BugstyvyBugstyvy Posts: 113
    edited November 2012
    Like most around here I am looking for a pair of these!!! Congrats!!!
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  • drumminmandrumminman Posts: 3,365
    edited November 2012
    Congrats and welcome to CP! Those do indeed look pristine.
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  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,400
    edited November 2012
    A very nice looking pair of SDAs. Looks like they have a complete set of Larrys Rings installed, that's a good thing!

    Congrats
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  • nikoniknikonik Posts: 118
    edited November 2012
    Thanks gentlemen for compliments. They are the regular SDA SRS from what I have read. The back label only says SDA SRS. Serial numbers are 1145 and 2189.
  • nikoniknikonik Posts: 118
    edited November 2012
    A very nice looking pair of SDAs. Looks like they have a complete set of Larrys Rings installed, that's a good thing!

    Congrats
    Im guessing because of the allen bolts? Is that correct? I tried to get into them last night but I couldnt find the right size out of 30 wrenches. I misplaced the one I need.
  • OldfatdogsOldfatdogs Posts: 1,885
    edited November 2012
    Hello Nik,I'm glad your enjoying your speakers,that is one hell of a garage set up.Have fun with them.
    Dan
  • michaeljhsda2michaeljhsda2 Posts: 1,877
    edited November 2012
    Is the interconnect cable pin/blade or blade/blade? Great looking speakers!
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  • gimpodgimpod Posts: 1,774
    edited November 2012
    Oh man, Those look like real crap! But lucky for you I'd be willing to take them off your hands for free so long as you can deliver. :razz:

    JK. Nice score. :biggrin:
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  • nikoniknikonik Posts: 118
    edited November 2012
    Is the interconnect cable pin/blade or blade/blade? Great looking speakers!
    blade/blade
  • oldmodmanoldmodman Posts: 745
    edited November 2012
    Those look just like the pair I saw brand new in the listening room at Shelly's Audio all those years ago.
    I doubt if there is a better condition pair for sale anywhere.
    Congratulations!
    I "overpaid" for my pair of 3.2tl's due to their condition too. It's just so satisfying to look at a perfect pair of speakers everyday.
  • TennManTennMan Posts: 1,021
    edited November 2012
    Nice looking speakers. If those are the one that were in Decatur I would be listening to them now if they would have fit in my room. They were just about 30 miles away from me. I just can't use speakers that tall. I'm waiting for a nice set of 2Bs to come available near me.
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  • trav0810trav0810 Posts: 1,034
    edited November 2012
    Wow man...those look AMAZING! Very nice. Congrats!
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  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,400
    edited November 2012
    duplicate post
    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,400
    edited November 2012
    nikonik wrote: »
    Im guessing because of the allen bolts? Is that correct? I tried to get into them last night but I couldnt find the right size out of 30 wrenches. I misplaced the one I need.

    Yes, I didn't catch who you bought these from, but I'd bet they belonged to a CP member at one time. The x-overs plates look very nice also.
    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,131
    edited November 2012
    Congrats, and stunning!!
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  • zingozingo Audiophile Posts: 11,777
    edited November 2012
    Great looking speakers! Where are you in Washington?
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 41,285
    edited November 2012
    I dont have to do anything to them. I like them stock.

    You haven't heard anything close to what they are capable of. Replace those awful SL2000's and upgrade the crossovers.

    The size needed for the socket cap screws is 9/64.
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  • nikoniknikonik Posts: 118
    edited November 2012
    TennMan wrote: »
    Nice looking speakers. If those are the one that were in Decatur I would be listening to them now if they would have fit in my room. They were just about 30 miles away from me. I just can't use speakers that tall. I'm waiting for a nice set of 2Bs to come available near me.
    Yes to Decatur.
  • nikoniknikonik Posts: 118
    edited November 2012
    zingo wrote: »
    Great looking speakers! Where are you in Washington?
    Wenatchee!
  • nikoniknikonik Posts: 118
    edited November 2012
    F1nut wrote: »
    You haven't heard anything close to what they are capable of. Replace those awful SL2000's and upgrade the crossovers.

    The size needed for the socket cap screws is 9/64.
    I agree but for now they are just fine. One of these days maybe. Ill keep reading on the upgrades and eventually yes when I need to replace something I might as well replace part in sets. Thanks
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 41,285
    edited November 2012
    Let me put it another way. The lifespan of the caps and tweeters are WAY past their expiration date.
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  • nikoniknikonik Posts: 118
    edited November 2012
    oldmodman wrote: »
    Those look just like the pair I saw brand new in the listening room at Shelly's Audio all those years ago.
    I doubt if there is a better condition pair for sale anywhere.
    Congratulations!
    I "overpaid" for my pair of 3.2tl's due to their condition too. It's just so satisfying to look at a perfect pair of speakers everyday.
    Thanks Oldmodman! It is very satisfying to look at them everyday and admire the beauty and sound. I think you and I got the condition of speakers we were looking for, and in the end, we are both very satisfied and enjoying them wo having to deal w issues. They day PennAntique was to pick them up, Bob was having his last minutes with them and was very emotional about letting them go. I spoke with him on the phone about 1/2 hr before pick up and I could tell he was sad to see them go. I told him Id take very well care of them.
  • nikoniknikonik Posts: 118
    edited November 2012
    F1nut wrote: »
    Let me put it another way. The lifespan of the caps and tweeters are WAY past their expiration date.
    Well said F1nut.
  • drgalexodrgalexo Posts: 159
    edited November 2012
    Nice score.
  • OldmanindOldmanind Posts: 49
    edited November 2012
    love the wood tops
  • nikoniknikonik Posts: 118
    edited November 2012
    F1nut wrote: »
    Let me put it another way. The lifespan of the caps and tweeters are WAY past their expiration date.

    I did more research and are these the tweeters you talking about?
    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?138393-There-are-no-words-for-this...
    They look sweeeeeet! Now, if I can just locate the caps. JK!!
  • PolkieManPolkieMan Posts: 2,446
    edited November 2012
    Those are simply beautiful.
    I hope your garage is climate controlled!
    Of course mine are in the house.
    My wife takes little trips that's when I play them louder.
    But she loves them, they are in the main room, we enjoy the same music and collecting vinyl.
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  • stubbystubby Posts: 724
    edited November 2012
    Silly question time. I have owned a fair number of SRS series speakers but I have never seen the type of Signature plate yours have. Yours looks like it is smooth (flat), every other one I have seen has raised sections for the script and a small pebble finish everywhere else. Any one else have smoothies?
    BTW, beautiful speakers!!

    stubby
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