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Hello All - I have a pair of these. Wondering if anyone knows anything about them, if they are good, bad, otherwise, worth anything?

I'm thinking of picking up an Onkyo Receiver and using these as the front L&R. Would be interested in suggestions for the surround and powered sub to match on a fairly tight budget.

The story goes like this:

The ADC company had always made audio
components, which were disdained by
'audiophiles', mostly cheap, noisy, crappy
equalizers and the like. So, in about '91, I
read review in Sterophile Magazine. They
praised the ADC speakers and awarded
them with the 'best under $1000 speakers'.
I think the retail price was ~$800. But, no
one bought these speakers despite the
raves from Sterophile. ADC discontinued
them, and I think shortly went out of
business. My guess is: The production of
Soundimage speakers was ADC's last ditch
effort to get out of the red. They made
tons of these speakers which did not sell.
The 'audiophiles' literally spited themselves
by not considering them because of ADC's
bad rep.

The Soundimage
speakers are not like regular speakers;
You point them at each other, not towards
the listener.
They interact with each other
to correct for frequency responses.

They contain dual 10" woofers, a
mid-range, a tweeter, and a super-tweeter.
The super-tweeter is positioned towards
the listener, unlike the other components.




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1. The original ADC company, based in New Milford CT, made excellent quality phono equipment and speakers under the direction of Peter Pritchard.

2. After he sold the company, the quality went downhill and consisted of cheaper turntables and electronics produced in Asia.

3. More recently, the ADC label has been on mass-produced, low-quality equipment.

4. I can find no reference at the Stereophile website, nor can I recall any, of a review of any ADC equipment in the 90s or more recently. Can you provide some reference for this?

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Sorry I don't have any further info on these. I've used them for about 15 years and they generally sound good to me. I'm no expert.

I'm just trying to find out if they would be good front speakers if I add a Center and Surround speakers to them.

Also trying to figure out if they have any value to those who like big speakers like this. I understand they were fairly expensive when first released.
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Well, Googling mostly brings up your posts here and elsewhere. I see no other references to Stereophile which makes me question that reference as well as your comments about the company. The ADC label has been bought and sold as well as used and abused by many in the past two decades. Frankly, I have not felt any interest or enthusiasm for any ADC product since the departure of Peter Pritchard for the company.

As for whether they are any good, only you can judge because they are, otherwise, an absolute unknown to the rest of us. In addition, it is unlikely that there would be any closely matching center speakers available. Have you seen any?

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