Jennings Research speakers

corticocortico Posts: 470
edited September 2017 in Vintage Speakers
Hey all,

Just got these speakers pair, it's a 3 way the peerless type tweeter grabbed my attention and the built quality is superb, real walnut veneer and swivel pedestal.

I never heard about it before. I learned they were built in CA, besides that there isn't much information available online.

Sound like a fun project, it was a few scars and is missing a grill. I will decode the crossover diagram but would appreciate any information you may have.

Thanks,

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Parasound HC/A 2200II < PL/D 2000 < DA/C 1100HD < CD/C1500
Cambridge Audio phono pre
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Polk Audio LS70

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  • ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 4,762
    They were only in business about 5 years...if I remember correctly, the Contrara Rectangle, Contrara Pedestal and the Vector One were their only 3 products...

    Not much else out there for info...
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  • corticocortico Posts: 470
    This is what I was able to pull out:

    "Each cabinet features (2) Audax French woofers and a peerless dome tweeter, 45 lbs each, 11.5" x 11.5" x 33.5". Made in California USA."

    Also:
    "Jennings Research was founded by Tom Jennings who was the head of marketing/design for JBL in the 1960s. It was founded in March of 1975.
    Parasound HC/A 2200II < PL/D 2000 < DA/C 1100HD < CD/C1500
    Cambridge Audio phono pre
    Pioneer PL530 turntable, Shure M97XE cartridge
    Belden ICs
    MIT T2 speaker cables
    Polk Audio LS70

    "If it measures good and sounds bad, it is bad"
  • and so how do you like them? :*
    Studio 2 equipment;
    Yamaha a-s2100 Amp, CD-2100 CD player, T-S500 tuner
    Loudspeakers: Harbeth p3esr, Polk RT7
    Cables: Aural Harmony Sonnet Interconnect II, WireWorld Equinox 7 speaker,
    Black Cat silverstar 75 ohm digital, Signal Digital Power Cord, PS Audio Perfect Wave AC-3,
    Pangea SE14, Voltz supplied interconnects
    Optional: Arcam DV88 DVD/CD (HDCD) player, Polk SDS-400 speakers
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 3,197
    Took a peek locally since I'm in Southern California. Only these came up.https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/ele/d/jennings-research-elan/6252579639.htmlihs3vtpqbh2h.jpg
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  • that is a lot of tweet.
    Studio 2 equipment;
    Yamaha a-s2100 Amp, CD-2100 CD player, T-S500 tuner
    Loudspeakers: Harbeth p3esr, Polk RT7
    Cables: Aural Harmony Sonnet Interconnect II, WireWorld Equinox 7 speaker,
    Black Cat silverstar 75 ohm digital, Signal Digital Power Cord, PS Audio Perfect Wave AC-3,
    Pangea SE14, Voltz supplied interconnects
    Optional: Arcam DV88 DVD/CD (HDCD) player, Polk SDS-400 speakers
  • corticocortico Posts: 470
    I haven't had the chance to listen. I hope all drivers are good.
    I am predicting that finding equivalent drivers will be a huge pain in the ****.
    Parasound HC/A 2200II < PL/D 2000 < DA/C 1100HD < CD/C1500
    Cambridge Audio phono pre
    Pioneer PL530 turntable, Shure M97XE cartridge
    Belden ICs
    MIT T2 speaker cables
    Polk Audio LS70

    "If it measures good and sounds bad, it is bad"
  • corticocortico Posts: 470
    Apparently these are quite respectable speakers built with quality parts...
    A fellow member on audiokarma, shared this lineup photo:

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    Parasound HC/A 2200II < PL/D 2000 < DA/C 1100HD < CD/C1500
    Cambridge Audio phono pre
    Pioneer PL530 turntable, Shure M97XE cartridge
    Belden ICs
    MIT T2 speaker cables
    Polk Audio LS70

    "If it measures good and sounds bad, it is bad"
  • corticocortico Posts: 470
    and so how do you like them? :*


    Nice surprise, really like the way these speakers sound hooked up with a Marantz 2270, The construction is outstanding, weighs a ton, about 50lbs each.

    They fit perfectly in my room and are super forgiving when it comes to placement. Just moved in and can't get the optimal placement for the CRS (I love).

    The walnut veneer on the Jennings needs some conditioning, would you be able to recommend the right product?

    A millworker recommend me Feed-N-Wax wood polish and conditioner on a solid walnut table I had made, would recommend this on speaker veneer as well? I learned here this is a no, no...

    Please advise, thanks
    Parasound HC/A 2200II < PL/D 2000 < DA/C 1100HD < CD/C1500
    Cambridge Audio phono pre
    Pioneer PL530 turntable, Shure M97XE cartridge
    Belden ICs
    MIT T2 speaker cables
    Polk Audio LS70

    "If it measures good and sounds bad, it is bad"
  • Talk to the king of wood @F1nut ;)
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  • I used Restore a finish with 0000 steel wool and feed n wax on my Advent 25th anniversary speakers. Did wonders in my opinion but im not wood worker. I'm sure I might catch flack for the above by @F1nut but I know he is a wood wizard.
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  • delkaldelkal Posts: 412
    edited September 2017
    Nice speaker but the tweeters are upside down :)
  • Yep2 wrote: »
    I used Restore a finish with 0000 steel wool and feed n wax on my Advent 25th anniversary speakers. Did wonders in my opinion but im not wood worker. I'm sure I might catch flack for the above by @F1nut but I know he is a wood wizard.

    Please dont use steel wool.
    You will never get it all out of the wood before refinishing.

    Not sure if it matters that I didn't do a refinish or used new Vaneer. Simply used this to rejuvenate old faded walnut. Either way it was a learning experience as the speakers were gifted, I'm still impressed by the difference after using the Howard's products.
    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
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 10,215
    Seems like there are many Polkies that admire Jesse's wood :|
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  • corticocortico Posts: 470
    I like Howard feed-n-wax on unfinished solid wood. Veneer is a different story, I am afraid the oils may soften the adhesives and cause seperation...
    Parasound HC/A 2200II < PL/D 2000 < DA/C 1100HD < CD/C1500
    Cambridge Audio phono pre
    Pioneer PL530 turntable, Shure M97XE cartridge
    Belden ICs
    MIT T2 speaker cables
    Polk Audio LS70

    "If it measures good and sounds bad, it is bad"
  • xschopxschop Posts: 945
    What is the model # of the set on the very right?
    Looking around I cannot find any images/info.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,277
    Viking64 wrote: »

    Jesse is the guy that hand carved George Washington's false teeth....

    He was Technical Advisor on the construction of Noah's ark.

    Jessewood was the original name for Hollywood... though Jesse's wood is now highly sought after on the west side of town.
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  • corticocortico Posts: 470
    edited September 2017
    Thanks all for the useful comments B)

    Here is a pic of the crossover, pretty minimalistic 3 inductors and a cap and the woofers numbering... Sound is decent acoustic instruments have pretty good realism.

    Going back and forth between this and my restored and upgraded CRS, the CRS sound smoother but seem mid scooped in comparison.
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    Parasound HC/A 2200II < PL/D 2000 < DA/C 1100HD < CD/C1500
    Cambridge Audio phono pre
    Pioneer PL530 turntable, Shure M97XE cartridge
    Belden ICs
    MIT T2 speaker cables
    Polk Audio LS70

    "If it measures good and sounds bad, it is bad"
  • I'm a fan of having the inductors perpendicular.
    A nice afternoon upgrade. :)
    Studio 2 equipment;
    Yamaha a-s2100 Amp, CD-2100 CD player, T-S500 tuner
    Loudspeakers: Harbeth p3esr, Polk RT7
    Cables: Aural Harmony Sonnet Interconnect II, WireWorld Equinox 7 speaker,
    Black Cat silverstar 75 ohm digital, Signal Digital Power Cord, PS Audio Perfect Wave AC-3,
    Pangea SE14, Voltz supplied interconnects
    Optional: Arcam DV88 DVD/CD (HDCD) player, Polk SDS-400 speakers
  • darn nice!
    Studio 2 equipment;
    Yamaha a-s2100 Amp, CD-2100 CD player, T-S500 tuner
    Loudspeakers: Harbeth p3esr, Polk RT7
    Cables: Aural Harmony Sonnet Interconnect II, WireWorld Equinox 7 speaker,
    Black Cat silverstar 75 ohm digital, Signal Digital Power Cord, PS Audio Perfect Wave AC-3,
    Pangea SE14, Voltz supplied interconnects
    Optional: Arcam DV88 DVD/CD (HDCD) player, Polk SDS-400 speakers
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,277
    Matches quite well. Great job.
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    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

  • Beautiful!
  • ThortonThorton Posts: 1,153
    Those really came out nice. Nice job!
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  • corticocortico Posts: 470
    Can anyone explain the crossover designer?
    Parasound HC/A 2200II < PL/D 2000 < DA/C 1100HD < CD/C1500
    Cambridge Audio phono pre
    Pioneer PL530 turntable, Shure M97XE cartridge
    Belden ICs
    MIT T2 speaker cables
    Polk Audio LS70

    "If it measures good and sounds bad, it is bad"
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