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Ultralinear 200

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

 

 

I have an old set of Ultralinear 200 speakers with so little foam left you can see back to the metal.

 

Am I safe in assuming that for these guys I should look at replacing the woofers rather than just the foam?

 

If so, how do I locate woofers for sort of a rarity of a speaker? Is it even worth spending the money and time to fix these?

post #2 of 7
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Originally Posted by achosid View Post

Is it even worth spending the money and time to fix these?

IMO, no. Unless of course there's significant sentimental value and you want a set of retro speakers.

Honestly, these were knock-offs even back in the day. They were "Private Label" look-alikes of the successful loudspeakers of the time.
post #3 of 7
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There's zero sentimental value to these.

 

They're running in a second turntable setup out on my porch. I like the retro aspect, just because I'm running an old Sansui receive and an older Technics turntable out there, but that'st he only reason. 

 

The real question is whether it'd be cheaper to repair these into a serviceable set or buy something cheap that can do a better job, I suppose. Or try my hand at building, going for low cost.

post #4 of 7
foh, ultralinear 200's obviously superior to jbl L100's :-)~
post #5 of 7
There's some phenomenally successful assemble it yourself options at http://www.diysoundgroup.com/speaker-kits.html

Also, some inexpensive offerings from PartsExpress, floorstanders, or smaller bookshelfs, like this would keep you happy for $20 a speaker until you determine otherwise.

Amazon sells Infinity branded towers and bookshelfs at dirt cheap prices.

In my opinion, go to DIYSoundgroup, and never turn back, ... you'll see.
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Originally Posted by LTD02 View Post

foh, ultralinear 200's obviously superior to jbl L100's :-)~

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Depends on one's age, however in the 70's-80's there were HiFi shops all over. Most midlevel shops sold some type of "private label", house branded speaker, that is exclusive to them and unavailable by that name elsewhere.

This was the genesis of much of the audiophile myths that we're still trying to de-bunk today. Individuals go in, listen to every word the sales guy said, ... 'cause he's the expert. That said, there were still good audio guys around ... problem was sales commissions ruled, thus misinformation spread. Julian Hirsch and Stereo Review certainly didn't help any. The solid work was centered around AES papers, guys like Keele put out good work to read. Perhaps the best was Don Davis and Eugene Patronis, and their Sound System Engineering. I followed studio design, and all the advancements therein. Much I didn't fully understand, but I read and read until it soaked in.

Still today I rate Sound System Engineering, up there as the best ever. A close second is Tooles recent book, Everest's and Newell's studio design book.

Sorry, I digress. Those Ultralinear just put components in a box and sold them. No real engineering effort, but still decent for the time. I think it's cool they're still being used for playback
post #7 of 7
don't leave out dope from hope!
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