Originally Posted by Kevin Johnson
The original EPI 100s were excellent speakers at the time (early 70's) and well regarded. They were, as you observed, basic 2 way acoustic suspension. The inverted dome tweeter was unique. Set up properly they were fairly linear and very neutral with tight bass. They reminded me of the early ARs.. nicely balanced but a bit more transparent. My buddy owned a pair at the time that I had KLH 17's... the EPIs were far superior in all regards.
Unfortunately, like many speaker manufacturers, they we bought out and turned to crap after their initial offerings.
Memories. These were the first speakers I ever bought, around 1975. I loved them. Just a good basic speaker with an accurate, natural sound. By today's standards, that 8-inch woofer was a monster for a bookshelf!
Had them about ten years before moving up to some tower ARs with the side-firing woofers. The next few decades saw a downward spiral into Bose and even cheaper HTIB.
When I bought my new home theater last year, I wanted something small, but not mini. I got four Infinity 162s for fronts and surrounds, and immediately noticed something familar about the sound--clean and natural just like my old EPIs.
Ironically, both of these speakers were rated number one by Consumer Reports
, albeit over a quarter-century apart!