Knight 12" 3 way speakers

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  1. decaturron

    decaturron Active Member

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    At a resale shop today I bought 2 speakers they were about 28" tall by 18" wide and about the same deep. I took the backs off of them and one held a Knight kn-612c and the other held a white speaker cast and says made in england. It is totally different than the 612hc but still a 3 way. The white one has a cylinder attatched to it, I think its a crossover. Any ideas about the quality of these? Thanks.
     
  2. westend

    westend Audiopile

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    Can you post some pics? The Knight is probably nice, I dunno but if that white one is what I think it might be.....
     
  3. mhardy6647

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    Most likely Goodmans OEM in the latter case. I'll have to look up the KN-612; could be EV, Goodmans (or other OEM).


    EDIT: From 1968, here's a KN-612HC. I think it's generally thought that EV made these (even though it's not identical to any EV driver).
    Sorry for the quick and dirty scan!
     

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  4. mhardy6647

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    does either of these resemble your other driver?
    These are from the 1960 catalog (and, I presume, were made by Goodmans). Another quick-crappy scan...
     

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  5. decaturron

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    Hi the 815a the crossover or whatever it is looks a lot like the one on my off-white speaker. I don't know if I said it but it is cast and says made in england. I have tried to upload pictures before but I can't seem to get it to work on this website. It weighs 21.5 pounds.
     
  6. decaturron

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    knight 3 way 12" speaker

    Here are a few pictures of the white mystery speaker if they got uploaded. Thanks.
     

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  7. mhardy6647

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    Definitely a Goodmans (OK, I think it's definitely a Goodmans!). I think there were Lafayette-branded coaxes a lot like that.

    Like these guys (only even close to relevant scans I have handy...)

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  9. decaturron

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    Here are a few pictures of the knight kn-612HC 3-way speaker from the other cabinet. It makes one wonder why, 2 different drivers in the same enclosures. Any feedback is welcome.
     

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  10. tarior

    tarior Dirty pool, old man?

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    Thread resurrected!:D

    I picked up a pair of these pretty recently, and I can verify that they are E-V. Nice quality build, huge alnico magnet, 2.5" edgewound voice coil on the woofer. The tweeter seems like it is a variant of E-V's T-35, but with a little different magnet structure and a hard paper diaphragm rather than phenolic. It also has a different horn, too. If the original goes bad it can be replaced with phenolic, but it is a PITA from hell. Ask how I know.:smoke:

    I'm gonna put these in some cabs later and start a new thread with my listening impressions.
     
  11. Gang-Twanger

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    I was just reading a few old Radio Shack catalogs and saw that they sold Knight speakers in a kit form. Allied too, I believe. I bet the ones at the beginning of the thread sound great. Definitely a big alnico magnet on that white driver. I know RS sold Knight kits in '74 - Not sure how far back they were offered.
     
  12. tarior

    tarior Dirty pool, old man?

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    I've been playing the ones I have, and I have to say they're pretty dull. Now, I know what everybody is thinking: change the crossover caps. Trouble is, the crossover is between the magnet and the bell, which is also the basket that the surround is glued to. I would hate to have to recone the driver just to be able to change that cap.
     
  13. mhardy6647

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    R/S owned Allied's consumer electronics business very briefly (ca. '71-72); thus the R/S-Knight tie-in. The FTC (or whichever responsible Gov't body) considered this an illegal trust. The story's recorded at www.radioshackcatalogs.com
     
  14. Gang-Twanger

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    Wow, didn't know about that. I've just spent so-much time staring at those catalogs. They sold a lot of cool stuff made by other companies. They sold Wharfedales for quite a while.
     

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