AK Speaker Favorites

Discussion in 'Vintage Gear - Top Performers' started by Negotiableterms, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. drdetroit55

    drdetroit55 New Member

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    Years ago I had a friend who had a par of Altec A7's in his 12' X 16' living room. Absurd. Speakers I'm familiar with Bozak B-410 Concert Grands. Again need a large room. 4 12" woofers move a lot of air. AR LST. AR 3a's in a larger cabinet with angled extensions on either end with an additional tweeter and midrange dome in each to increase dispersion in the horizontal plane. Acoustat X full range eloctrostat with built in 120 watt tube amps. Quad ESL 57 unsurpassed midrange. KEF Cantata B139 woofer produced the finest bass and mid bass ever. Marvelous pacing so tuneful. Dahlquist DQ10's incredible boxless sound fantastic imaging. I now use Vandersteen 2ce Signatures. All the attributes of the Dahlquist, with much better bass extension and weight, easier to drive and better soundstaging. Any Vandersteen model 2 or 3 definitely worth looking into.
     
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  2. drdetroit55

    drdetroit55 New Member

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    Bookshelf speakers: Advents Large and Small, AR 3a's, AR5, most Brit Boxes Spendor, KEF, Rogers, B&W all exceptional. Linn Isobarik, IMF Reference Monitors. ( those last 2 are not bookshelf speakers)
     
  3. ThorsVinyls

    ThorsVinyls New Member

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    what a long list of hundreds of opinions.
    I think it all depends on your ear, your needs, your wants, and how deep your pockets are, or how much room is left on your last available credit card.
     
  4. Lavane

    Lavane AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Im liking my original large Advents and Marantz Imperial 6's. The Imperial 6's were Marantz's answer to the large Advents. They sound very similar.
     
  5. mikejennings

    mikejennings Active Member

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    I'll admit to blue-collar tastes and an affinity for ADS speakers..... 630's on my computer system and 400's in the shop downstairs.

    Favorites though are the SpeakerLab 6's on my "main" tube driven system in the living room .
     
  6. Mariolmb

    Mariolmb New Member

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    Absurd....hum
    A bit too much , and not easily comprehensive, from an 2014 member.

    For my part,
    I wish you will enjoy your "definitely worth looking" Vandersteen,
    but I will continue to enjoy my musical emotion with my "Absurd" A7-800 home ported.

    thanks

    Mario
     
  7. Nat

    Nat AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I assume the 'absurd' refered to the A7s in a room that would be significantly eaten up by the A7s, not a criticism of the speakers.
     
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  8. BGRoss

    BGRoss New Member

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    Ok so I have some pretty good vintage speakers in rotation - JBL 4311's and Tannoy LRM's. Guess I'm hot for the bigger box monitors on open stands; great look. I have a chance to pick up a set of AAD 2001's in pristine condition for $500. Really like the "steam punk" look and have read the reviews. Seems they are very well made and have a niche following. They're not around the corner and would require a roughly 3hr drive each way. Anyone have experience with these and know what kind of sound I should expect vs what I'm listening to now? Also have some ADS L1230's in my sights. Know them pretty well and real like what they offer but, these AAD's have me intrigued. Thoughts?
     
  9. Ds2000

    Ds2000 All About every cool stereo component. Subscriber

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    Phil Jones of Platinum Audio and Acoustic Energy fame is responsible for them. These in question are comparable to the Platinum Solo speakers, make sure they have the stands.
    As for comparing to the ADS, you can't. One is a stand mount, the other a full range floor stander.
    The AAD's are a fairly boutique speaker, capable of amazing performance for the size, but they need top notch amplification and source components.
     
  10. BGRoss

    BGRoss New Member

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    Yeah no stands, that's the thing but I'm not a big fan of the matching setup anyway, (way over the top look with the entire package). They do come with a set of brass feet that look amazing but still, not sure where/how to place these things. I know they're a different type speaker than the ADS but was more concerned with the sonic footprint one vs the other; seem like polar opposites but was hoping someone may have had the opportunity to spend time with each & who might have thoughts. I really like the L1230's so may grab them anyway. I have quality electronics to power either that I'm pining to get out of storage... Crown Power Line 3 amp and Straight Line 2 pre. Prob pass on the AAD's - thanks.
     
  11. Phil-from-Tn

    Phil-from-Tn AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Man I wish I had found this thread earlier I would have nominated the SpeakerLab 7's. With EV mid and high horns and a 10 and 12 inch bass drivers, they performed really nice. I built a set of clones of that design and am still listening to them 40 years later. I admit they needed new sound dampening and new crossovers but they sound just as good as when I built them. Of course its hard to beat the corner horns of Klipsch as my dad had a set when I was a kid.
     
  12. BGRoss

    BGRoss New Member

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    Clearly I've jumped into the wrong conversation but, I guess to stay on point, I'll throw my Tannoy LRM's into the favorite vintage speaker mix. They kill it with every type of music and really amaze with my vintage Micro Accoustics 3002 MC cart. Just a crazy good pairing. Not a set that is all that common and my JBL's are certainly more mainstream, but the Tannoys are incredibly smooth and accurate. So officially, I thrown them into this mix.
     

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