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post #1 of 13
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I acquired these speakers many years ago. I think they may be hand-me-downs from one of my 80s audiophile uncles I remember the brand name MCS from old JCPenny Christmas catalogs. They sound ok to me but I'm wondering if speakers this old aren't good for today's digital theater sound design. I'm sure they were made for analog quadraphonic stereo sound or something. The pair are the front speakers and are hooked to a Pioneer vsx-1021 receiver. I'd like to know your expert opinion on them. Maybe I should ask Santa for some new floor standing front speakers?? smile.gif
post #2 of 13
The good news is they aren't as old as I am. The bad news? Ask Santa for new ones. But if you enjoy the sound just stick with them.
post #3 of 13
Replace them
post #4 of 13
Time to upgrade biggrin.gif
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
I see. So guys, humor the noob. What am I missing out on with these speakers? I will say that I think I am missing some sound projection and some thump from woofers this size. I could be wrong tho. I have the receiver set to large speakers.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by Afroteddy View Post

I see. So guys, humor the noob. What am I missing out on with these speakers? I will say that I think I am missing some sound projection and some thump from woofers this size. I could be wrong tho. I have the receiver set to large speakers.

At least they make noise when you hook them up. Time to graduate.
post #7 of 13
My guess is that you might need a nuclear reactor to power them!
post #8 of 13
Sold by JCPenny, made by Masushita (Panasonic/Technics) IRRC; yours are not the top of the MCS line, and I could not find information specific to them.

There is not a digital-vs-analog issue. There are plenty of pre-digital speakers I would highly recommend.

They do seem to use breakers which go bad (can be bypassed).
They also have an unusual driver alignment that I would expect to cause issues.
It's unlikely that there's consistent off-axis performance.
A paper cone tweeter that large would seem likely to have issues with HF output, esp regarding cone breakup.
That's a pretty big jump from mid to bass as well: not a problem on a very good driver; but likely a problem here.

But if you like the sound: enjoy.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by JerryLove View Post

Sold by JCPenny, made by Masushita (Panasonic/Technics) IRRC; yours are not the top of the MCS line, and I could not find information specific to them.
There is not a digital-vs-analog issue. There are plenty of pre-digital speakers I would highly recommend.
They do seem to use breakers which go bad (can be bypassed).
They also have an unusual driver alignment that I would expect to cause issues.
It's unlikely that there's consistent off-axis performance.
A paper cone tweeter that large would seem likely to have issues with HF output, esp regarding cone breakup.
That's a pretty big jump from mid to bass as well: not a problem on a very good driver; but likely a problem here.
But if you like the sound: enjoy.

Guess I'll be shopping for new speakers!
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Afroteddy View Post

Guess I'll be shopping for new speakers!

Plug them in. If you like them: then enjoy them till you hear something you like more.
post #11 of 13
I know most that have replied are in the replace them camp and maybe that is what you will eventually do.
On the plus side you have free speakers that work and since this is the best you have ever had they will serve as your baseline to compare other speakers to.
There is no need to be in a big hurry to replace them.
There is a lot of information on this forum about setting up your speakers and getting the most out of them.
Anything you learn while playing with these speakers will be valuable forever.
Lots of speakers from that era had big woofers but few actually had real good bass, most modern speakers benefit greatly from the addition of a subwoofer so little has changed in that regard over the years other than the one big driver has been replaced by multiple smaller ones.

Where are you located ?
People may be able to help you find places to audition speakers.
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by chashint View Post

I know most that have replied are in the replace them camp and maybe that is what you will eventually do.
On the plus side you have free speakers that work and since this is the best you have ever had they will serve as your baseline to compare other speakers to.
There is no need to be in a big hurry to replace them.
There is a lot of information on this forum about setting up your speakers and getting the most out of them.
Anything you learn while playing with these speakers will be valuable forever.
Lots of speakers from that era had big woofers but few actually had real good bass, most modern speakers benefit greatly from the addition of a subwoofer so little has changed in that regard over the years other than the one big driver has been replaced by multiple smaller ones.
Where are you located ?
People may be able to help you find places to audition speakers.

Yes! I started this thread because I have this this ideal sound in my head that my setup should sound like but I don't hear it my regular seating position(the middle of the couch in front of the tv). I've replaced my receiver earlier this year so now I'm thinking that maybe I need new speakers. Whether or not I get new ones I want this to be a learning experience. I guess you can say I have a 7.1 setup(fronts, center, rears, sub, high wides). I need to know where to start the journey. I'm in Memphis Tn. I'll probably have to wait till the shopping season is over before I can go around listening and take my time.
post #13 of 13
I would say start with a good 2.1 set up first and build from there.
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