Saturday, October 23, 2010

18. Pioneer CS-911A Speakers from 1975?

Not sure of the year on these or the cost, sorry.
Okey dokey then!
These monsters weighed in at 50 pounds each.
They could handle 150 watts.
These 8 ohm, 4-way badboys featured six speakers in each cabinet.
I wonder if they were trying to challenge Sansui to see who could jam the most drivers in a cab!
Anyhow, we have here a 15 inch woofer, 2 four inch mids, 1 three inch tweeter and 2 two inch super tweeters in each cab!
Mid range and high range adjustments help turn up or down the brightness till it's just right for that Led Zeppelin revival that you know you're going to fall into the next time Grey Goose is on sale.

I had this pair for about a year before I traded them to a buddy for I don't remember what.
I do remember that they could take one hell of a pounding!
Rock on!

17. The Marantz 2220 Stereophonic Receiver From 1973!

This 37 year old beauty still works great! Nice warm sound that is great for a bedroom or an office. It not only sounds good, it looks good too. The dial and meter light are a GORGEOUS shade of blue.
This picture does not do it justice.
It features a modest 20 watts per channel.
Total harmonic distortion of 0.9%.
It weighs in at about 26 pounds.
Back in 1973 it retailed for about 300 bucks, which in today's dollars is about $1400.

16. The Woofer with Masonite Ring of The Original Advent Large Loudspeaker

Here's a picture of what an original Advent Large woofer looks like. As you can sort of see, the foam surround is reversed from what you're used to and is curved inward, not outward. Clearly visible is the masonite ring to which the surround is attached. A one of a kind.

15. The "Fried Egg" Tweeter of The Original Advent Large Loudspeaker.

This is an odd thing. When you first see it, it looks like someone stuck a little grill in some melted wax. That and it sort of resembles a fried egg. Although this thing doesn't look as though it could possibly sound good, it does! Seen here in the original orange, I have seen it also in green.

14. The Original Advent Large Loudspeaker with Walnut Veneer

Identical to the speakers you see in the picture for the post number 13, except for the different color fabric which was NOT from the factory, but a home made attempt to replace the worn out cloth. That and the wood trim around the front of the speakers. I've had two pair of this style of Advent large. They of course feature the same 10 inch woofer with the masonite ring and same fried egg tweeter on a masonite plate off set from an aluminum plate.

I rather like the black cloth!

13. The Original Advent Large Loudspeaker by Henry Kloss

I've been waiting to do this one as it's going to be in four parts. Posts 13, 14, 15 and 16 will cover the original Advent Large.

I have had more of these than any other type of electronica/audio equipment so far. God, I do like these speakers. You can NEVER EVER go wrong with a pair of original Advent Large. I've had 7 pairs of these during my life. At the moment, I have none.

38 pounds, 100 watts, 8 ohms. So what's so special about them?

They sound great! I think it's like a right of passage for every audiophile to get his or her hands on a pair at some point and time. Deep bass and ultra smooth highs! They are a joy to listen to. Designed by Henry Kloss, they had a 10 inch woofer in a 12 inch frame. What?  You see, the first generation of these used a masonite ring to adapt the 10 inch woofer to a 12 inch woofer basket. The tweeters in the first generation were the amazing "fried egg" dome-cone tweeters on masonite plates that were off set on aluminum plates. All this changed as they were revised into many variations over the course of more than  two decades.

God bless Henry Kloss (pronounced "Close")

This is a picture of my last pair. I re-foamed the surrounds and sold them for $100.00

Thursday, October 7, 2010

12. Yamaha NS-10T Natural Sound Monitors/Speakers

6 ohm 2 way speakers. They sound nice. Very clean with no color at all. They are unforgiving. You don't want to use these with a reel to reel or cassette. Every imperfection in the source is revealed with these.

Nice little speakers that are a WHOLE LOT cheaper than the pro series NS-10M Yamahas.
NS-10M's can go for $400 to nearly $1000. You can pick up a pair of NS-10T's for $75 to $100.

I don't know what the MSRP is for either model of those two 1980's gems.

Oh yeah, I forgot to add that they were made in the U.S.A.