XP Series Speakers 1959-1973

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  1. specenka

    specenka Active Member

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    Anyone know what the Power Handling for the Fisher model XP1A might be? I can't find seem to find any info as far as how many watts they can handle.
     

     

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  2. eiraved

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    There's not much information on the web regarding the XP1A. Because they were made in the early to mid 60s, I would imagine their power handling would be no more than what was available on consumer grade amps and receivers during that era. Expect no more than 50 wpc rating on these.
     
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  3. specenka

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    Thanks man, I appreciate the input.
     
  4. Mayank

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    What a great and informative thread!

    Thank you Red1 for sharing your wisdom and knowledge - especially about the XP series :thumbsup:

    Question - I've not been able to find any information on the XP-8. Red1 had made an interesting observation very early in this thread

    "The seemingly odd omission of an XP-8 model might be explained by the pronunciation of the model number sounding like the word expiate. I am sure a keen salesman with a background in publishing, like Avery Fisher, would have appreciated the implications of a speaker with a name that sounded like some sort of atonement might be required".

    None of the Fisher product literature or brochures mention the XP-8. However, I found a pair listed on CL with the model number XP-8S (sculpted grill) which has the phenolic tweeters. Not sure if the drivers are original.

    So, does anyone have information on this obscure, never publicised, seemingly never existed "secret" model?

    Perhaps I should bring them home.

    Rgds
    Mayank

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    Hmm, I don't know what to think about those. Note the odd fitting shape of both the woofer and the mid. I could make that label myself.
     
  6. larryderouin

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    Drugolf; That is typical of FISHER's speakers in the 70's. The only thing Atypical is the way someone mounted the woofer in the hole. Used screws from the back, with nuts on the front.
     

     

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  7. Drugolf

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    Got it. Is this after the bill Hecht years then?
     
  8. larryderouin

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    Yes. Fisher didn't use sculpted grilles until about 1974, so these would be in that ERA.
     
  9. bootzilla

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    Bump because I was out looking for some cheap records today and came across a pair of somewhat-tired-looking XP-55Bs in need of rescue, and even for a slightly optimistic $25 I figured - why not? Even the wife was on-board.

    First thing - how the heck so these sound so friggin' good? I don't quite get it - but they totally jive with my Sansui.

    Second - how can I get the grilles off? Now that I know how good they sound, I want to check out the condition of the drivers, and get into the crossovers to recap them.

    Thanks!
     
  10. Wolverine

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    This is a very informative thread and was very useful to me when I picked up my XP-4's last month.

    I'm not familiar with your XP-55's but if they are similar to my 4's the grills were held in by about 9 small finishing nails. I had to apply a bit of pressure at several points around the edges of the grill to slowly get the nails to lift up. In my case it was clear the grill had never been removed so it took some time to get the grill off so that I didn't damage the grill or speaker. Kind of a pain to get it back on as well.
     
  11. larryderouin

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    Use a Paint can tool with a curved end (looks like a bottle opener with a hook on the other end). The BRADS are in the Corners and about 1/2way down the long sides. Dental picks are too fragile.
     

     

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  12. larryderouin

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    Use a Paint can opener (looks like a bottle opener with a flat bladed hooked end.) Slip the hook under the grille and locate the BRADS in the Corners and about 1/2way down the long sides. Work it all the way around lifting a little each time at each brad.
     
  13. Cylontymany

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    Looking to buy XP85 speakers! PM me if interested.
     

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