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Old 05-27-2009   #65
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Default Re: Do you own (and use) any Vintage speakers

Originally Posted by mcroachy View Post
ha ha ha *Sarcastic* well my view of vintage is that they are rare to come across, and that they for one sound much better than half the modern rubbish iv had over the last few years. i did how ever have some really old pre 1980s marantz speakers. but some dim wit visiting one day decided to poot a boot through them and damage them something cronic! i have the orginal speaker badge around some where and when i find it ill buzz you and let you know and see what you say to that. plus i used to own a pair of 1970 something Bang & Olufsen speakers but that was a while back that i cant even remember the model.

and as a last after thought though, would you agree that speakers before the 90's were of better quality than some of the stuff today????????? :P

Well, vintage does mean something old and possibly rare, but the word really means something that is regarded as exceptional for its age. The original Hyundai Excel is certainly old and rare, but definitely not vintage. An elderly Jaguar XKE, even with its faults (and there were many), is likely to be considered vintage.

Most people who have been part of our "music appreciation cult" over the last 20 years would probably agree that the big-name electronics companies did not, nor do they now, excel at making speakers. These companies produce speakers to broaden their product lines and make people feel good about having their entire audio systems come from one maker. Unfortunately, Sony turntables and Technics speakers, to name just a few, were not the best products that these companies make. Especially with speakers, I believe the companies that make only speaker products are the ones with the most accurate-sounding speakers. And when you go to the low-end mass-market manufacturers like Technics and Panasonic, well, their speakers are little more than glorified boom-boxes meant to be bundled with low-end electronics.

As far as how old speakers sound, that no doubt depends on a) which brand and model you choose, b) the quality of the signal they get from your receiver/amp, and c) whether you have discriminating ears. I wound up buying newer speakers because, while I thought my '70s Advents had a warm, beautifully-rounded sound, they weren't giving me all the information I had available from my sources. And being discriminating (and having a pretty good ear), I wanted to get more of that sound from the LPs and CDs I played had on them.

So, some 70s-80s-era speakers were plastic crap, and some were very refined (for their era). Many modern speakers have become capable of accuracy and fidelity that earlier-era products simply couldn't attain. That doesn't mean that a pair of high-end speakers of yesterday can't beat a modern rival, just that they have more working against them. People posting here about their vintage finds are justifiably proud of the gear, which were in most cases pretty highly-prized in their day, if not today. I'm just not gonna be feeling that sense of accomplishment from any pair of Technics speakers.

As a point of reference, you can go to almost any Goodwill or other neighborhood thrift store and find a few pairs of Technics, Panasonic, Sony or other big brand speakers for sale (for $10, lol). But, you probably won't find any Polk, NHT, PSB, Advent, KLH, or other more-revered brands; because those don't get thrown out; they are passed on or resold to other enthusiasts.

Don't mean to go hard on ya, but well, most readers of these forums have minimal standards or we wouldn't be passionate about the subject. If you're listening to "modern rubbish, switch brands until you find good stuff in your price range. Best wishes in listening!
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