Audiokarma.org
Audiokarma Featured Sponsor

Go Back   AudioKarma.org Home Audio Stereo Discussion Forums > Speakers


We appreciate your help

in keeping this site going.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-23-2010, 06:41 AM
solarol solarol is offline
AK Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 234
Best vintage speakers for under $300?

What would be the best vintage speakers I can get for under $300?
Thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-23-2010, 06:46 AM
bolly's Avatar
bolly bolly is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: CFB Borden
Posts: 17,062
solarol, that question is impossible to answer due to there being 1000's of speakers made and nobody can predetermine what model of speaker that will make itself available to you at any given time, sorry.... keep your eyes peeled and post a thread " hey is this speaker any good"?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-23-2010, 06:50 AM
solarol solarol is offline
AK Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 234
Quote:
Originally Posted by bolly View Post
solarol, that question is impossible to answer due to there being 1000's of speakers made and nobody can predetermine what model of speaker that will make itself available to you at any given time, sorry.... keep your eyes peeled and post a thread " hey is this speaker any good"?
What if I rephrase the question: What are good vintage speakers for under $300?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-23-2010, 07:00 AM
bolly's Avatar
bolly bolly is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: CFB Borden
Posts: 17,062
well, setting a specific price for a specific model means either full rip price on ebay, or $5 a pair at a yardsale, and then most important, your personal preference...

I like mustard you like ketchup, no matter how much I tell you my hotdog tastes awesome, you'll never believe me cause it's covered in mustard.

I have a near 3" thick book called The Orion Audio Bluebook, a pawn owners buying tool... and it misses some models. Anyway, I'd guess at least 50% of them listed are good speakers.

And the kicker is some sound different than others and now you have to decide which one you prefer, it's a tough game to play for the cash-conscientious fellow
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-23-2010, 07:03 AM
solarol solarol is offline
AK Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 234
Do you know anything about WHARFEDALE 510.2?
Reply With Quote
Audiokarma
  #6  
Old 01-23-2010, 07:06 AM
tubeboob's Avatar
tubeboob tubeboob is offline
AK Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Queens, NY and Tampa, FL
Posts: 1,850
Polk RTA-11T's

Try a pair of Polk RTA-11T's and you wont be disappointed.

Less than $300.00 even.

Cheers
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-23-2010, 07:08 AM
bolly's Avatar
bolly bolly is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: CFB Borden
Posts: 17,062
I just tryed searching BEST and returned 0 hits yet I know there are more than a few "best-speaker threads". You'll have to manually read through the speaker forum and find them yourself I guess.

those 510.2 were $700ea new in 1992, never heard them.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-23-2010, 08:05 AM
y2keglide's Avatar
y2keglide y2keglide is offline
AK Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Yacolt,wA
Posts: 584
I bought a set of Klipsch KG4s for $150.
I see them on craigslist between $150 & $250 pretty regularly.
Damn fine sound for the money IMHO.

Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-23-2010, 08:07 AM
gearhound's Avatar
gearhound gearhound is offline
AK Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Posts: 10,162
Try finding a pair Dynaco A-25 speakers.
Best selling speakers of ALL TIME.....for a reason.
A pair in VGC should run you $100-$150.....less if you're lucky.

Steve
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-23-2010, 08:29 AM
HypnoToad's Avatar
HypnoToad HypnoToad is offline
Miss Puss Puss
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 4,977
Most of the vintage speakers I have were less than $100.00.

For $300.00 if you are patient and lucky you can get a really top pair of Craigslist etc.

You need to know what type of sound you are looking for as well.

Take JBL vs Boston Acoustics for example, two completely different presentations. Both loved by many.
__________________
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished - Clare Boothe Luce
Reply With Quote
Audiokarma
  #11  
Old 01-23-2010, 08:40 AM
DENNYDOG's Avatar
DENNYDOG DENNYDOG is offline
AK Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Central,MN
Posts: 7,023
I think your best bet is to keep an eye out on CL or Ebay and find something you like the looks of that is in your price range. Then do your research on the speakers. The problem is you will most likely find fans of almost every speaker you look at unless they were part of a all in one system.

Just as a guide. If you like more bass look for a ported speaker. Less but tighter punchier bass look for a sealed speaker.
__________________

The ability to use a machine to make something is not 'manual labour' or 'production work' - it is a skill.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 01-23-2010, 08:53 AM
blhagstrom's Avatar
blhagstrom blhagstrom is offline
Mad Scientist
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Near Seattle
Posts: 7,035
$300 budget

Best speakers is impossible to answer IMHO. I have 13 sets of speakers that I picked up at yard sales, ebay, friends. I have maybe $300 invested total. They are Bose (vintage and newer), BIC, Advent, Sansui, Dahlquist, SpeakerLab. I also have somewhere north of 12 receivers. Marantz, Pioneer, Sansui, Yamaha, Technics. I also have dynamic range expanders, Revebs, graphic equalizers and parametric equalizers. I even have a surround processor. At times I thought some of the speakers were terribe. But swaping things around proved that I could get incredible sound from any of them. Sometimes, just a different receiver, sometimes with an equalizer, sometimes by moving the speakers to a different location. I personally like classic hard rock. I have a basement man-cave with hard floor and surroundings. I moved junk out and put in a rug, things changed. I personally like "quality volume" AKA Loud but most of the time listen to "reasonable" levels. Some speakers take a lot more power to sound nice.

This is one question that has answers like, "it depends" and "your results may vary". My ears are not your ears. I have a freind who flips speakers. He usually refoams them and has a pile of parts so he restores some and frankensteins some. Some things he thinks are great do not impress me but he always plays stuff I am not familiar with so I have no basis for judging. I've gotten some great speakers from him cheap because he thought little of them. I'm sure it was his musical taste and the market price and demand locally.

I think you are on the right track though. I have never heard newer speakers that had any impresive sound for my tastes. But, I may not have heard any good newer speakers.

I know you can make things sound a lot better with a good graphic equalizer. It adjusts the system to the room. A parametric equalizer seems to really make things sing. I just started playing with those.

I would suggest to anyone who is asking this question to please tell us what the music choice is most common, what your are driving the with, what the listening room is like, what you like to hear.

There is a LOT of difference. A wise freind once made a comment as we walked past a music equipment store years ago (70s) as I said "wow, what music is playing, it sounds good". He said "be careful, anything on that system will sound good". They ran all the demo equipemnt through a Marantz 500 hooked to a set of JBL Voice of the Theater speakers. Probably had it tuned to the room with a lot of other stuff (no idea what peramp). I don't know if it was just the best equipment I had ever heard that impressed me or if it was truly good sounding but the insight he shared always stuck with me.
__________________
Favorite Gear: Everything I can get my hands on.
(Gawd knows I have, do and will waste a lot more money in many other ways.)

Favorite Quote: "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits"
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 01-23-2010, 09:20 AM
gatorvrx's Avatar
gatorvrx gatorvrx is offline
Klipsch-aholic
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 1,554
I'll echo the sentiment here. Be patient and check out your local CL. I've picked up Klipsch Fortes for $140.00, Heresy's for $50.00, Klipsch KG 4's for $100.00, New Large Advents for $40.00... and so many more. Heck look at some CL lists within a two hour drive of where you live, and if the price is right it makes it all worth a short road trip!
__________________
Klipsch, Marantz, B&W, Pioneer, Carver, Energy, Jamo, Sansui, Advent, HK, and Onkyo
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 01-23-2010, 09:47 AM
hatrack71's Avatar
hatrack71 hatrack71 is offline
distracted by everything
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Helena, Montana
Posts: 5,549
+1 on the Dynaco A-25s. I regularly see them for less than $300. They are an extremely sweet and neutral speaker. Like everyone else said though, you may find a set of Sonus Fabers at a divorce sale a scorned ex-wife is having for $50. You just never know. If were talking Ebay though, the Dynaco is a good place to start.
__________________
System: Firestone ILTW/ Supplier or Firestone Supplier/ Bravo/ Fubar 4 Plus, ASL AQ-2004DT, RBH SA 200/ TS-12AN, Radii MMSKT88 SE monos, Signet SL 250B/U or PASS ACA Class A monos (with coolers), Kef C15

Current project: Sonab OA 116 restore (solid walnut reveneer)
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 01-23-2010, 10:01 AM
Duffinator's Avatar
Duffinator Duffinator is offline
Spin The Black Circle
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Roseville, CA
Posts: 7,738
Don't forget to check out anything made my ADS. Here's a link to the reference website. You can find L1290's often for $300 or less. Where are you located?
__________________

AK E'Waver
Reply With Quote
Audiokarma
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:55 PM.



Friends of Audiokarma
We appreciate your help in keeping this site going.
Wargos Electronics
Amps and Sound
Sonneteer
Organ Donor Parts
Sound Stage Direct
Parts Connexion
AudioClassics
Atlantic Systems
AV Solutions
Take Five Audio
Tone Arm Audio
Audio Salon
Musical Paradise
Audience AV
Classic Sound Repair
Simply Speakers
McIntosh Cabinets
BD Enterprise
Cabledyne
Howard Products
BOI Audio Works
FM DX Antenna
Amplifiedparts
Siliconray
RSL Speakers
Vinyl Magic Record Cleaner
Urban Antigue Radio
Grant Fidelity
Many Moons Audio
Yesterday's Audio
The Tube Store
DeWick Repairs
Audio Doctor
Vintage Electronics Repair
MCM Electronics
Politicalchat.org
Herbies Audio Lab
Antique Radio Classifieds
 
Videokarma.org
   
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
ęCopyright 2002-2014 AudioKarma.org, All rights reserved.