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

mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,066
edited January 2018 in Vintage Speakers
Lucky for you all that I am:
1) retired
2) generally pretty lazy when it comes to anything not involving a keyboard and many, many ones and zeros
3) kind of obsessive at times

A current Cable thread mentioned the Polk Audio Cobra Cables -- which got me looking for ads featuring those rather infamous amplifier-immolators :p

Fortunately for folks like me, there is an amazing resource of magazine, catalog and other scans dating back to the beginning of radio/audio available at www.americanradiohistory.com

One of the single best collections there is a nearly complete set of scans of issues of Audio
magazine (successor to Radio and initially called Audio Engineering).

I started leafing through scans, checking the advertisers' index pages for Polk Audio.

There, are, of course, many ads over the years -- some unfamiliar to me (or forgotten by me... it was the 'seventies, after all!).

I figured it would be fun and maybe even interesting to start a thread on the Polk Audio legacy in advertisement (and/or reviews) as I make my way through these old magazine scans.

Feel free to contribute, too, if you like!

I hope this is interesting to someone besides me. :)

Here's the earliest Polk ad I have found (so far, at any rate) in Audio magazine.

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March 1975
Source: http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Audio/70s/Audio-1975-03.pdf

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  • Thanks for the link. Found this on page 83!

    RACK MOUNT MARANTZ EQUIPMENT:
    10-B Tuner S725;
    21 9 Amplifier $395 ea..
    7-C Preamp $325.
    Standard Chassis Models.
    10-B $695;
    7-C $275.

    McIntosh MC240 Amps $115 ea. :o
    SDA SRS 1.2TL's
    SDA 1C's w/Clarity Cap ESA; PA, Mills, RD0194-1's
    SDA 2B TL's w/RD0198-1's
    Yaqin MC-30L integrated tube amp
    Yaqin MS-20L integrated tube amp
  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,858
    More, MORE, we must have more!
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,066
    I'm workin' on it...
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 5,094
    That is cool! I was 10
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,066
    I bought my Model 7As in 1978 :)
  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 5,137
    Hey Mark, cool stuff! Did a little googling on the address in the first ad - 431 Notre Dame Lane. The home was known as the Gallagher Mansion. Evidently, it was at one time owned by a car dealership - Sherwood Ford.
    While Sherwood owned the property, two entrepreneurs rented part of the mansion and started Polk Audio there.

    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1995-06-18/business/1995169028_1_gedco-mansion-notre-dame
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,066
    edited January 2018
    so - this is what got me started on this quixotic quest :)

    I was looking for the genesis of the Polk Audio Cobra Cables. In terms of Audio magazine ads, that occured, obliquely, in July 1977.

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    A college friend of mine bought a pair of them in roughly that time frame, using them with a GAS Son of Ampzilla amplifier & a pair of original Polk Audio Monitor Series Model 10 loudspeakers. The Son didn't mind them at all.

    What I didn't remember, but which I now infer from the "paper" record :) is that the name of those somewhat infamous cables was apparently pretty metastable early on. To wit:

    August, 1977:
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    "Soundwire"

    October 1977:
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    "Sound Cable" [ sic ]

    December 1977:
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    "Soundcable"

    Interesting.

    Anyone remember that "fluid drive" Oasis tt? I sort of do... :p


  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 5,382
    mdaudioguy wrote: »
    Hey Mark, cool stuff! Did a little googling on the address in the first ad - 431 Notre Dame Lane. The home was known as the Gallagher Mansion. Evidently, it was at one time owned by a car dealership - Sherwood Ford.
    I noticed that too, but I didn't search it until I saw your post. There's quite a bit of interesting background, particularly if you love Second Empire Victorians as much as I do! :p

  • FestYboyFestYboy Posts: 3,858
    Second Empire = New Order
  • vmaxervmaxer Posts: 4,760
    Interesting thread.
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    Sunfire CG 200 X 5
    Sunfire CG Sig 405 X 5
    OPPO BDP-83 SE
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    Ctr CS1000p
    Sur - FX1000 x 4
    SUB - SVS PB2-Plus

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    LSI 15's
    CSi40
    PSW 404
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,066
    mdaudioguy wrote: »
    Hey Mark, cool stuff! Did a little googling on the address in the first ad - 431 Notre Dame Lane. The home was known as the Gallagher Mansion. Evidently, it was at one time owned by a car dealership - Sherwood Ford.
    While Sherwood owned the property, two entrepreneurs rented part of the mansion and started Polk Audio there.

    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1995-06-18/business/1995169028_1_gedco-mansion-notre-dame



    Viking64 wrote: »
    ...I noticed that too, but I didn't search it until I saw your post. There's quite a bit of interesting background, particularly if you love Second Empire Victorians as much as I do! :p


    Hmmmpf (that's meant to be a thoughtful hmmmpf, not a petulant harrumpf).
    I remember Sherwood Ford -- but I didn't know the connection with Polk's genesis.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,066
    edited January 2018
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    September 1977
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,669
    Great thread!
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,851
    edited January 2018
    This thread is an awesome idea... if Polk won’t honor or even bother to remember their history, then perhaps this thread can serve as a humble reminder.

    GREAT IDEA!!
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” .

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,066
    edited January 2018
    Thanks for the feedback -- for the record, I think that Polk's owners have done a good job of keeping some perspective on the brand's history. The "Signature Series/American HiFi" certainly reflects Polk's heritage of providing good sound at reasonable prices, and it's worth noting that the website's splash page still has Mr. Polk & friends (via a video link) on it.

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  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 3,724
    edited January 2018
    About all Polk is going to have left is their storied history.

    Wait, they do have a new Alexa compatible soundbar.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk SDA2BTL's; LAT International speaker cables, ZU Mission IC's and power cables all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    Other; S60'S, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage. All vintage Polk have had crossover rebuilds and tweeter upgrades.

    There are three things that give a man a false sense of courage, a keyboard, alcohol and a firearm.
    Motorhead, 4.12.20

    tonyb said " but even socialists can do a good thing here and there

    Social media makes dumb people dumber and smart people dumb and dumber.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,066
    edited January 2018
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    August 1978.
    Lookee, the Monitor 5 has arrived! :)

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,066
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,066
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    April 1979

    I remember listening to these @ Soundscape when they were brand-new-fresh :)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,066
    By June of '79, the RTA-12's joined the family :)

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  • ^^golden ear.
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk SDA2BTL's; LAT International speaker cables, ZU Mission IC's and power cables all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    Other; S60'S, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage. All vintage Polk have had crossover rebuilds and tweeter upgrades.

    There are three things that give a man a false sense of courage, a keyboard, alcohol and a firearm.
    Motorhead, 4.12.20

    tonyb said " but even socialists can do a good thing here and there

    Social media makes dumb people dumber and smart people dumb and dumber.
  • verbverb Posts: 10,234
    super cool post @mhardy6647 !!! I appreciate the time you are taking putting this together. And BTW i wish i was retired !!!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS,Cary SLP-05 Pre,Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport,Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC,Cambridge 851N streamer,Marantz SA-14 SACD,McIntosh MC300 Amp,Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable,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
    Office: PC,EAR Acute CD Player,EAR 834L Pre,Northstar Designs Intenso DAC,PASS ACA Monoblocks,Denon UDR-F10 Cassette,Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers,SVS SB12 Plus sub,MIT AVt2 speaker cables,IFI Purifier2,AQ Cinnamon USB cable,Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38),Analysis Plus Oval 9's,Zu Jumpers,AudioEngine B1 Streamer,Klipsch RB-61 v2,SVS PB1000 sub,Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated,Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer,Rotel RCD-1072 CD player,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers,Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,669
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
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    April 1979

    I remember listening to these @ Soundscape when they were brand-new-fresh :)

    Man I love the RTA 12s!
    Just a dude doing dude-ly things

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
    "Just because the thread is getting views don't mean much .. I like a good train wreck doesn't mean i want to be in one..." - pitdogg2
    "Those that don't know, don't know that they don't know." - heiney9
    "Audiophiles are the male equivalent of cat ladies." - Audiokarma Member
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,851
    edited January 2018
    Polk Audio played with electrostats??? The news shocks me. Has anyone ever heard of that before?
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” .

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,066
    I don't recall any electrostatics from Polk.
  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 3,724
    edited January 2018
    John, where did you get that info?
    2 channel: Anthem 225 Integrated amp; Parasound Ztuner; TechnicsTT SL1350; Vincent PHO-8 phono pre; Marantz CD6005 spinner; Polk SDA2BTL's; LAT International speaker cables, ZU Mission IC's and power cables all into a PS Audio Dectet Power center.

    Other; S60'S, M10 series II, M7C's, Hafler XL600 amp, RB-980BX, Parasound HCA-1500 amp , P5 preamp, all in storage. All vintage Polk have had crossover rebuilds and tweeter upgrades.

    There are three things that give a man a false sense of courage, a keyboard, alcohol and a firearm.
    Motorhead, 4.12.20

    tonyb said " but even socialists can do a good thing here and there

    Social media makes dumb people dumber and smart people dumb and dumber.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 22,851
    Neither did I, but the Beveridge in the ad is just that. They appear to have been a partnership of some kind, but all I find is info on the speakers themselves and no mention of Polk when I try and look them up.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 505 SACD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” .

    “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
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