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ADS Model 300 Speakers

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by montrecott, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. montrecott

    montrecott Grits, gravy and groove Subscriber

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    Picked up a pair of ADS Model 300 speakers for $30 at a garage sale last weekend, white with metal cabinets. Finally hooked them up out on the three season porch today. Wow, what great little speakers! They blow the Minimus Sevens away, as anticipated. :thmbsp: They sound a lot like the ADS L-520s I used to have but shouldn't have sold. Small, but they still have that signature ADS sound.... Just for the heck of it I might hook them up to the Yamaha CA-1010 in the main system.

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  2. Andyman

    Andyman Scroungus Stereophilus Subscriber

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    Yep, great small speakers. I have a set in teak or walnut and they may be the only ones I'll truly never sell as their small size and big sound makes them indispensable.

    Congrats on the find!!
     
  3. Yamaki

    Yamaki Not For Hire Subscriber

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    Excellent find!
     
  4. Stuart Pedaso

    Stuart Pedaso In too deep Subscriber

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    WOW -- helluva deal!
     
  5. montrecott

    montrecott Grits, gravy and groove Subscriber

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    Thanks, everyone! After further listening , I am even more impressed. Maybe the best small speakers I've ever heard. Andyman, you're right, they sound so much bigger than their size. If you closed your eyes, you'd think you were listening to much larger speakers. The ADS 300 will be our permanent speakers on the porch.
     
  6. organicdonut

    organicdonut Active Member

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    Great score on some excellent speakers!
     

     

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  7. montrecott

    montrecott Grits, gravy and groove Subscriber

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    Thanks! Judging from your signature, you're someone who knows his ADS.:D You've got some nice ones listed there.
     
  8. organicdonut

    organicdonut Active Member

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    Thanks! My ADS obsession started right here on AK and continues to this day.
     
  9. Robie

    Robie Live it or live with it. Subscriber

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    Great speakers. I've got a pair of 200Cs and the similar powered 2002s and both really do sound better than the Minimus 7s, even after modding the 7s.
     
  10. RDSChicago

    RDSChicago AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Which of the small ADS models have rubber surrounds and of those which do, which are the best? Thanks.
     
  11. jdurbin1

    jdurbin1 Tandberg enthusiast Subscriber

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    Answered in your other post...


    John
     

     

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  12. Brian

    Brian An Old Geezer

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    I have a set of the L300s that I bought in 1980 and updated the woofer t the rubber surround from the next gen L310 that was a factory exchange under warranty. They are amazing with the right amp and are actually quite amp neutral. In NE, many ADS dealers also sold Yamaha and the pairing does nicely. I use mine from time to time with a CT610II and CA610II Yamaha pair. They also look right with the Yamaha. I agree they are forever keepers.

    For $30, you did not buy them, you stole them. Guys pay more than that for Minimus 7s, a far lesser speaker.
     
  13. montrecott

    montrecott Grits, gravy and groove Subscriber

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    Thanks for the reminder, Brian, I still have yet to hook them up to the CA-1010. Right now the 300's are being powered by a 26wpc Sherwood S-7210 and sounding great. I will not make the same mistake I made with the L-520's and sell them. These aren't going anywhere.
     
  14. Brian

    Brian An Old Geezer

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    My son ran them on the S7650-CP and very nice matchup. I have been pairing things recently and paired them with both my Sherwood S9500c amp and S3300 tuner as well as my SEL200. These pairings were good enough to make the cut and the decision to keep all the pieces for the next round along with the Yamaha set.
     
  15. Rich Karp

    Rich Karp New Member

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    Doh! I *threw away* a pair of these several years ago - I bought them as a teenager and even built brackets to mount them in my first car - a subaru wagon. I loved them... then many years later came across them on a shelf when purging the basemen, saw the completely rotted foam and pitched them. WHAT AN IDIOT!!! Ah... still have my Genesis IIs that need refoaming...

    Gotta say thank you to the enthusiasts on this site who are an example of commitment to music and the great equipment that makes a difference - Keep it up!
     

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