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What were your first "audiophile" speakers and when?

post #1 of 171
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What were your first "audiophile" speakers and when?


Mine were the Infinity 2000 II, purchased in 1974 from LaBelle’s, Minneaolis for $700.

http://www.davidsaudio.com/Infinity_2000II.pdf

They had a really neat Walsh inverted dome tweeter. They could play loud. I used audiophile speaker cable then, too, "Monster Cable", a thick guage speaker cable. Back then didn't cost much.

They got me through law school 1975 – 1978.

Sold them finally 1991 and went “down” to Spica TC-60s (five) with
two Vandersteen 2Wq subwoofers.

In 19996 started home theater journey with new dedicated theater room, Aerial speakers, etc.
post #2 of 171
Dahlquist DQ10's, 2 Dahlquist Subwoofers & the active crossover unit. Used 2 Crown 300A for subwoofers, Threshold 4000a, & Threshold Preamp, can't remember the flavor. Fulton cables. All purchased from Hoffman's House of Stereo, Cleveland, Ohio, mid 70s.

If I learned anything from the subwoofers, it was a very subtle effect, and seemed to require constant tickering with the crossover, most likely due to source material.

Lesson learned, subwoofers are generally a pain in the ass, and not screwed around with them since. But did dabble a bit with Aerial subwoofers.
post #3 of 171
Klipsch Cornwalls in 1974; Fuseliers; Apogee Duettas; Apogee Divas; B&W 801 (yuck); Theil (don't remember the model number); Wilson Watt Puppies; Dunlavy SC-VI's; then V's; then VI's again; then IV's; now Seaton Catalysts. Also somewhere in there I owned some Tympani IV - D's and Dahlquists DQ-10's!!

I'm sure I left out a few!!
post #4 of 171
What is an audiophile speaker ?

Art
post #5 of 171
A speaker that an audiophile would own. Is this a trick question?

My first pair were JBL 100.
post #6 of 171
Built my first pair in a friend's Dad's shop using University Drivers in 1964, but the x-overs were none too sophisitcated, played loud though. After going through several RSL models I finally graduated to "The Show" in 1976 with Magnaplanar Tympani 1Ds and an RH Labs Sub. They were driven by a Spatial Cohearence pre-amp and a Threshhold 4ooA amp. 1977 started HT with an Advent CRT projector and curved solid screen. We used Sailboat rigging to hang the screen from the ceiling and pull it up flat to the ceiling when not in use. An understanding Wife was part of the necessary components. She is the one High End Component I still have from those days. Norm
post #7 of 171
I built speakers from the beginning but I would say that my first "audiophile" set was a pair of home-built Altec A7-500s in about 1964.
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As a student in the early 80s I bought Kef's 104/2 while still living in Amsterdam. After various upgrades of my primary systesm I have continued to use the Kef's in my secondary system. In fact, I ended up shipping them to the US when I moved here 10 years ago, and they are still in service in my living room systems for the kids to listen to Dora the explorer.
post #9 of 171
I wonder what Dora`s first pair were.
post #10 of 171
Polk 10B's... Circa 1982.
post #11 of 171
Sony SS-M9 that I bought around 2000. A really good speaker and much better than the stuff I had before. Sold it 2008.
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I liked my ESS Heil AMT-1s a lot (Air Motion Transformers). The crystal-clear highs were a revelation, the lower range less so. Early '70s; replaced my Bose 901s that I'd bought a few years earlier (I relegated the Bose to rear-channels in my Quad setup).
post #13 of 171
ESS AMT-1a's in 1975. They used Dr. Oskar Heil's "Air Motion Transformer"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Motion_Transformer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar_Heil

Sold them and bought Dahlquist DQ10's in 1978.
post #14 of 171
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Originally Posted by mark haflich View Post

A speaker that an audiophile would own.

And that is defined how ?

Art
post #15 of 171
KLH 9s (double) 1970

Also, Advent Doubles
post #16 of 171
I didn`t have the money for stereo until I graduate law school. But my roomate during law school was working having graduated and he had Advents.
post #17 of 171
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Originally Posted by Art Sonneborn View Post

And that is defined how ?
Art

You ask a good question Art.

I think there was a time when the word "Audiophile" had a more positive connotation associated with it. For me, "Audiophile" begins to become corrupt and distasteful sometime in the early to mid 1980's as various companies began to market "snake oil".

I believe the context that Steve refers to would be someone who was/is looking for maximum fidelity, dynamic range and reproduction of the source material. Art I would imagine someone like yourself might well fall into that category with your love of home theater and your quest for accurate reproduction of your source.

The work of people like William Wright, Paul Klipch, H. H. Scott, Henry Kloss, Malcolm Low, J. Anton Hoffman, Ray Dolby, Peter Walker, etc. are IMHO the basis and definition of the word "Audiophile".
post #18 of 171
Early 80s: Phase Research Little Ds. Ribbon tweeter/mid, time-phased, transmission/'compression' line large bookshelf. Great speakers. Designed by Phil Clements who later founded Clements Audio. I believe he's responsible too for the H-Pas bass loading scheme Atlantic Tech. speakers are using now which sounds like an evolution of his compression-line loading system.
post #19 of 171
there are several accepted definitions for the term audiophile. If you consider yourself an audiophile, then the question becomes what was your first pair of speakers from the point in time you became an audiophile. the term is similar to the term videophile and the same question could be asked what was your first display when you first became a videophile.

Re audiophile, it doesn`t really matter what brand, what model, or whether it was a DIY.
clearly we all had radios before we became audiophiles and we all had TVs before we considered ourselves videophiles.
post #20 of 171
Klipsch Cornwall - purchased 1983 [price in mailer was the price of the Heresy!]

Yamaha M4 amp, C4 preamp, Nakamichi LX5 tape deck, Pioneer graphic EQ and DBX "1BX" range expander - 1983 [buddy got it via AAFES at 40 cents on the dollar!]

B&O turntable - 1984 [salesman friend one it in a contest, I paid $300 cash since he needed to make a car payment].
post #21 of 171
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Originally Posted by mark haflich View Post

I wonder what Dora`s first pair were.

Go look at the map, it will tell you!


Mine were AR2AX that were unburied in the music room back room in high school in Grade 8.

My buddy and I bought some speakers from a local company shortly thereafter that went under call Web Sound, that built a crapload of speakers using CTS drivers. Well built, probably not audiophile to anyone else, but to us they were.

I went down a different road, into pro audio, and remember drooling at the sound when I installed my first nightclub system. 8 X JBL 2225 15s, 8 X 10" JBL mids (can't remember the model) and 8 X 10" JBL 2405 bullets. All driven by BGW 750 amps and Tapco 3 way crossovers.

To this day I still love me some classic 70s vintage JBL or EV speakers compared to audiophile type stuff.
post #22 of 171
Klipsch KG4. Bought in 1989 as a sophmore in college. i think they cost around $450 or $500. Does not sound like much today but as a college student it ensured that i ate nothing but popcorn for a couple of months! I still have great memories of those little wooden boxes. I ended up trading them in for two pairs of Klipsch Forte speakers in graduate school when i made the move to a 5.0 surround system. I bought those in late 1996 for $1200 a pair (excluding the trade-in). I have not heard any of the current Klipsch line as I have long since moved away from horn based speakers but they used to give you HUGE bang for your buck.
post #23 of 171
ADS monitors. Circa 1975. I had the best analog sound in our barracks (which was more like college dorms than barracks).
post #24 of 171
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Originally Posted by Curt Palme View Post

...To this day I still love me some classic 70s vintage JBL or EV speakers compared to audiophile type stuff.

Amen to that brother...
But, in the late 60's and the first half of the 70's those were audiophile!

JBL 4311's with the big white cone!

I built several of the EV Eliminators with EV SRO speakers.
http://archives.telex.com/archives/E...ries%20EDS.pdf
post #25 of 171
Thiel CS3, 1985. Sitting in my basement gathering dust...cats perforated the woofers about 15 years ago.
post #26 of 171
my ears ... day i was born!
post #27 of 171
A pair of $200 Paradigm Titans.

They are to blame for everything!!!
post #28 of 171
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Originally Posted by b curry View Post

Amen to that brother...
But, in the late 60's and the first half of the 70's those were audiophile!

JBL 4311's with the big white cone!

I built several of the EV Eliminators with EV SRO speakers.
http://archives.telex.com/archives/E...ries%20EDS.pdf

I never heard the Eliminators, but have a pair of Interfaces here, the top of the line ones that need restoration.

http://mail.audiokarma.org/forums/sh...d.php?t=287479

I have the drivers, all in mint shape, the equalizer, but the cabinets got flooded out, so all the veneer is peeling off. Total cost into them (customer kept the woofers for new surround speakers), about $300 so far. $150 for the speakers sans woofers, and got a local speaker shop to build me new original EVs for $75 each.
post #29 of 171
1981 - Lascalas. Outside of a car (1980 Firebird), my first major purchase out of college.
post #30 of 171
[quote=Curt Palme;19024060] All driven by BGW 750 amps /QUOTE]

BGW with the big bad boy meters like the Phase Linear? I know BGW is a pro amp.

Ummmm meters...
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