Vintage speaker ranking

I have recently entered the audiophile life and I have come across a lot of "vintage speakers". Seeing as I am in my 20's I wasn't around when a lot of these brands were popular. I was wondering if anyone could give me an idea of the quality/ranking of speakers in the 70's/80's?

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,623
    Well, the Polk Audio loudspeakers of that era were very nice. :)

    You also might like to look at hifi websites that cater more towards vintage tastes. Along that line, audiokarma is (still) quite popular.



  • Tony MTony M Posts: 9,127
    edited June 30
    Look at the multitude of reviews from "stereo review" on line. ;)

    Polk audio, JBL, ADS, Braun, Infinity, Pinnacle, Klipsch, Mirage. Best to just ok is a matter of your own ears. :)

    Get you a copy of the 1986 Audio Review's yearly compilation mag. and you'll have hours of fun looking at the ads, and comments. There was a copy every year. 200 pages of fun. Seeing everything and their prices was always fun for me! I still have a lot of those magazines.

    Like @mhardy6647 said above...They are online now and easy to navigate.

    Most every brand was a nice quality built speaker system back then

    Where do you live where old speakers are everywhere for the picking? :p
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 598
    Also: AR, Advent, KLH, Dynaco.....
    Thorens TD-160C; Sumiko Talisman S, retipped by Soundsmith; Jolida JD9; Marantz CD-53; North Star Intenso;
    Joule-Electra LA-100; Balanced Power Technology AC conditioner;
    Odyssey Khartago monos (with most factory upgrades); Magnepan MG 3.6R
  • xschopxschop Posts: 1,439
    Exclude anything Bose.
  • JazzheadJazzhead Posts: 112
    Dahlquist DQ-10's A pair of those would be quite the restoration project.
    Polk Audio original RTA-12 (1980) with 12 inch Polk Stands: DHS Speaker Service/David Shirly rebuilt crossovers including Sonicap/Mills, overdamped outer drivers/mirror imaged, tweeter diffraction device, modified internal bracing, Cardas silver/rhodium binding posts, Neotech UPOCC internal wiring, Sonic Barrier 3-layer, Dynamat
    Ayre K-5xeMP line preamplifer
    Cambridge Audio Azur 840C CD player, Herbie's Audio Lab Super Black Hole CD Mat
    D-Sonic M3a-600M monoblock amplifiers
    NAD 4155 FM/AM tuner
    Silnote Morpheus Reference II Series II balanced interconnects, Virtue Audio single ended interconnects
    Furez 10/2 speaker cable/connectors in shotgun configuration
    VH Audio Flavor 4 power cables, Silnote Poseiden GS UPOCC power cable
    Herbie's Audio Lab system isolation: Tenderfeet, Big Fat Dots, Grungebuster Dots, Little Fat Gliders
    Dedicated 20A/10 AWG circuit/Furutech GTX-D (G) outlet
  • percivillapercivilla Posts: 15
    Maybe less common stateside, but I'll put in a plug for PSB. Their vintage stuff is great and flies under the radar.
  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 598
    As do some other brands from up North.
    Thorens TD-160C; Sumiko Talisman S, retipped by Soundsmith; Jolida JD9; Marantz CD-53; North Star Intenso;
    Joule-Electra LA-100; Balanced Power Technology AC conditioner;
    Odyssey Khartago monos (with most factory upgrades); Magnepan MG 3.6R
  • westmassguywestmassguy Posts: 6,663
    xschop wrote: »
    Exclude anything Bose.

    Hey now, not everything was crap.
    Home Theater/2 Channel:
    Front: SDA-2ATL forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/143984/my-2as-finally-finished-almost/p1
    Center: Custom Built forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/150760/my-center-channel-project/p1
    Surrounds & Rears: Custom Built forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/151647/my-surround-project/p1
    Sonicaps, Mills, RDO-194s-198s, Dynamat, Hurricane Nuts, Blackhole5
    Pioneer Elite VSX-72TXV, Carver PM-600, SVS PB2-Plus Subwoofer
    Cables: Speaker: Furez 10/2 with GLS Locking Banana Plugs
    Interconnect: Furez 10/2 with SpeakONs
    ICs: Custom Furez by Douglas Connections
    Den:
    Bose 901 Series II Continentals Restored, Re-Built Equalizer with Elna Silmic IIs, Sonicaps, and Silver Mica Caps
    Carver CT-3 Pre, Carver C-500

    dhsspeakerservice.com/
    Exclusive Distributor of Gimpod's Custom SDA Circuit Boards

    "And keep her under 70, would you, huh? Betty likes a slow ride"
  • tonyp063tonyp063 Posts: 789
    edited June 30
    xschop wrote: »
    Exclude anything Bose.

    Hey now, not everything was crap.

    You mean possibly "Bose 901 Series II Continentals ...." :-)

    IIRC 501s of that era weren't half bad.


    Infinity of that era sound good too. A friend of mine has Qa & Qb set each & they really sound nice.


  • rebelsoulrebelsoul Posts: 164
    dcm timewindows
  • westmassguywestmassguy Posts: 6,663
    tonyp063 wrote: »
    xschop wrote: »
    Exclude anything Bose.

    Hey now, not everything was crap.

    You mean possibly "Bose 901 Series II Continentals ...." :-)

    IIRC 501s of that era weren't half bad.


    Infinity of that era sound good too. A friend of mine has Qa & Qb set each & they really sound nice.


    The original 601s were quite good, and of course my Continentals too
    Home Theater/2 Channel:
    Front: SDA-2ATL forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/143984/my-2as-finally-finished-almost/p1
    Center: Custom Built forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/150760/my-center-channel-project/p1
    Surrounds & Rears: Custom Built forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/151647/my-surround-project/p1
    Sonicaps, Mills, RDO-194s-198s, Dynamat, Hurricane Nuts, Blackhole5
    Pioneer Elite VSX-72TXV, Carver PM-600, SVS PB2-Plus Subwoofer
    Cables: Speaker: Furez 10/2 with GLS Locking Banana Plugs
    Interconnect: Furez 10/2 with SpeakONs
    ICs: Custom Furez by Douglas Connections
    Den:
    Bose 901 Series II Continentals Restored, Re-Built Equalizer with Elna Silmic IIs, Sonicaps, and Silver Mica Caps
    Carver CT-3 Pre, Carver C-500

    dhsspeakerservice.com/
    Exclusive Distributor of Gimpod's Custom SDA Circuit Boards

    "And keep her under 70, would you, huh? Betty likes a slow ride"
  • xschopxschop Posts: 1,439
    All those 901 drivers, yet couldn't get a dedicated tweeter implemented...
  • engie490engie490 Posts: 10
    edited July 5
    Speakers are definitely the most personal decision in a stereo and, as others have said, there are many good vintage brands.

    It might help to narrow your search a bit by looking at which speakers might fit your situation.

    First off, you need to take into account the room you're going to put them in and where you can live with them in the room. Some speakers are designed to be against a wall while others need to be 3 or so feet from any boundary. Some large speakers need an equally large room, etc.

    Next, do you like specific types of music and at what levels do you listen? Some speakers are better at jazz or classical or rock, while some are good at lower levels and some are designed for a frat party.

    In other words, your needs will help us point you towards vintage speakers that might fit the bill for you.
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