Recommended vintage speakers under $300?

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  1. tubed

    tubed Lunatic Member

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    A properly working pair of Rectilinear IIIs are levels better than the SP2000, imo.
    Here's a stereo review by Julian Hirsch from back in the day(vintage) where the IIIs were compared favorably with the renown Quad ESL 57.
    I've also come to that conclusion based on the same comparison.
    A properly functioning III Highboy is very hard to find fault but relatively easy to find, ymmv.
    http://sportsbil.com/stereo/rectilinear-db/lowboy-review-hirsch-2-1972.pdf
     
  2. MER71

    MER71 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Polk Monitor 10, KLH model 5, Realistic Nova 8, Dynaco A25
     
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    Ones that I have personal experience with and like that you don't have to get extra lucky to find: KLH Twenty Three, Rectilinear III. Both are nice, the latter seems to have a little more bass extension.
     
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  5. stereoguy70

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    Large Advent, KLH Seventeen, KLH Six, Realistic Optimus-1 all get my vote.

    BTW, the Optimus-1 speakers are the "sleeper" of the bunch ;)
     
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  6. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow I gotta get me a new title

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    If you subscribe you get a year of benefits. One of thee is the buy and sell forums called Barter Town. You can surf the offerings or put out a wanted to buy and get flooded with responses ranging from a guy nearby with a pair of good speakers to folks on each coast looking to unload something for a few bills more than your budget. I don't know why folks offer up those higher priced units so far away in your particular BT thread other than to let other folks see it.
     
  7. husar

    husar New Member

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    yes to Kc and Chicago. I’ve started looking at both areas now.
     
  8. dr*audio

    dr*audio Fish fingers and custard! Subscriber

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    For $25 you can become an AK Subscriber. This gives you access to Bartertown, a classified ad section visible only to subscribers. A good place to buy equipment from other members, rather than someone you don't know at all.
     
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  9. MarZutra

    MarZutra Super Member

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    Epi 201,202 or 400...lol
     
  10. Leben

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    I noticed you’re in Iowa. In my experience, you’re going to have to be pretty patient if you want to find a specific model of speakers locally. I’m somewhat local to you, if you want to hear several types of speakers let me know. It may help you decide what kinds you like and should be on the lookout for.

    I’ll second the recommendation to become a subscriber.
     
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    borus Luthier tube guy Subscriber

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  12. husar

    husar New Member

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  13. husar

    husar New Member

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    For sure. Let me know where you are at. Message me.
     
  14. SuperLead100

    SuperLead100 "These go to 11"

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    Yamaha NS-670! Actually, Yamaha NS-500m's are a great value with the beryllium tweeter and can be had in your price range.
     
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