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Old 12-12-2014, 04:00 PM   #21
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A little piece of history.

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Thanks for posting that. That really brings back so many memories. I could have sworn that I owned a 4ax, not a 4xa, but maybe that's memory loss. Even though that was the bottom of the line (and I must have bought it a few years before this ad, because I paid $50 each), it was a great sounding speaker. But I eventually blew out the tweeters and dumped them. Now I regret that. I also owned the AR turntable. I think I paid $81 for that (without cartridge). I think I used it with a Shure V15 Type II Supertracn.

In the 1960s and perhaps into the early 1970s, AR had a listening room in Grand Central Terminal in NYC at the top of the stairs where the Michael Jordan Steakhouse resides today. You couldn't buy anything there - it was just for demos. (A lot of companies used to do this - Nikon had such a showroom in midtown in the 1970's as well). I used to go to the AR listening room all the time and marvel at how incredibly good those speakers sounded. They would frequently play some classical acoustic guitar recording and you would swear that the guitarist was in the room with you. Before they came out with their own preamp and amp line, they would demo using Dyna amps.

Those AR speakers were both warm and crisp with a sound that I can only describe as "classy". I wish I could hear one that was still in perfect working order with the original speakers and crossover intact to see if it still sounds as good to me as it did back then.
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Old 12-14-2014, 03:18 PM   #22
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I'm curious how many others use vintage speakers in their HT..... So, anyone else still using vintage speakers they just don't seem to be able to part with?
Cool thread!
I still have a set of ESS LS5 speakers I bought when I was eighteen.
The Heil AMT was something of an anomaly back in the day.
I don't use these for my home theatre though.
They need to be refurbished a bit.
Over the years the woofers cracked and were replaced with robust Rockford Fosgates and the passive radiators eventually crapped out too.
This thread has provided some motivation to get these antiques back in full operating condition.
I just ordered repair kits for the PRs.
I'm in the process of getting the man cave presentable and having the ol' stereo functioning is on the list.
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Old 12-14-2014, 04:33 PM   #23
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Cool thread!
I still have a set of ESS LS5 speakers I bought when I was eighteen.
The Heil AMT was something of an anomaly back in the day.
I don't use these for my home theatre though.
They need to be refurbished a bit.
Over the years the woofers cracked and were replaced with robust Rockford Fosgates and the passive radiators eventually crapped out too.
This thread has provided some motivation to get these antiques back in full operating condition.
I just ordered repair kits for the PRs.
I'm in the process of getting the man cave presentable and having the ol' stereo functioning is on the list.
Very cool, do you have any more pics you'd like to share? I really enjoy having vintage gear, I think everyone should have some type of nostalgic piece in their home.
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Old 12-14-2014, 06:49 PM   #24
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Very cool, do you have any more pics you'd like to share? I really enjoy having vintage gear, I think everyone should have some type of nostalgic piece in their home.
Thank you!
Glad to oblige....
Here is the turntable I have.
A Kenwood KD-2070, it was upgraded with the top-of-the-line (at that time) Audio Technica AT155LC and appropriate era stylus.
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[Show spoiler]A couple more of the ESS speaker:
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I've also kept my record collection in fairly good condition.
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If you want some real vintage gear, check this one.
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:31 PM   #25
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Thank you!
Glad to oblige....
Here is the turntable I have.
A Kenwood KD-2070, it was upgraded with the top-of-the-line (at that time) Audio Technica AT155LC and appropriate era stylus.
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[Show spoiler]A couple more of the ESS speaker:
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I've also kept my record collection in fairly good condition.
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If you want some real vintage gear, check this one.
Way cool man! I appreciate the pics, very nice! I love spinnin' vinyl

That phone is awesome!!!
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:53 PM   #26
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I appreciate the props, bro!
I'm looking forward to rockin' some LPs again before too long!
After I get the whole shebang up and runnin' I will revisit this thread or find the appropriate one to post updated pics in.
As for the phone, it came from my grandmother's house.
It is a 1929 model.
I got it back in the early '90s and had it stored with some other old stuff until recently.
It was missing the mouthpiece and the cord was frayed to hell, and the finish had eventually dried and cracked from [my] bad storage.
I found replacements for the missing & worn parts on ebay (there are peoples who are way serious about collecting/trading stuff like that), and then I reworked the exterior to get it to its present shape.
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:51 PM   #27
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I appreciate the props, bro!
I'm looking forward to rockin' some LPs again before too long!
After I get the whole shebang up and runnin' I will revisit this thread or find the appropriate one to post updated pics in.
As for the phone, it came from my grandmother's house.
It is a 1929 model.
I got it back in the early '90s and had it stored with some other old stuff until recently.
It was missing the mouthpiece and the cord was frayed to hell, and the finish had eventually dried and cracked from [my] bad storage.
I found replacements for the missing & worn parts on ebay (there are peoples who are way serious about collecting/trading stuff like that), and then I reworked the exterior to get it to its present shape.
That's awesome about the phone! so is it functional now?

So.....why aren't you able to listen to albums now?
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Old 12-14-2014, 11:15 PM   #28
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My ADS L570s which I use as my rear surrounds. Still going strong after 30 years They are part of my first real component system that I still have and still looks and runs great except for the Bang & Olufsen TT. Yamaha amp and eq, Nakamichi deck still run great. Mechanics on the TT are ok, something with the audio, I'm assuming the 30 year old cartridge

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Old 12-14-2014, 11:32 PM   #29
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My ADS L570s which I use as my rear surrounds. Still going strong after 30 years They are part of my first real component system that I still have and still looks and runs great except for the Bang & Olufsen TT. Yamaha amp and eq, Nakamichi deck still run great. Mechanics on the TT are ok, something with the audio, I'm assuming the 30 year old cartridge

Is that the set sitting next to the Polk's?

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Is that the set sitting next to the Polk's?

Yes, much different setup now, though. Long TV stand. Polk bookshelf R150s were rear surrounds then, now they are in the BR and ADS are rear surrounds. Ah, those were good memories, though, when I first discovered Blu-ray and bought my setup I should update my pics. Doh!
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:06 AM   #31
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Yes, much different setup now, though. Long TV stand. Polk bookshelf R150s were rear surrounds then, now they are in the BR and ADS are rear surrounds. Ah, those were good memories, though, when I first discovered Blu-ray and bought my setup I should update my pics. Doh!
I gotcha now. never heard any ADS speakers, but read lots of good things, yours are really nice!

Best get that camera turned on.
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That's awesome about the phone! so is it functional now?

So.....why aren't you able to listen to albums now?
Phone would require a lot more internally to get it operational.
And it probably would sound terrible.
But I do have it wired to ring the bells when the handle is turned.

Vinyl has been stored and the cave is still under construction.
It won't be long now.
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Phone would require a lot more internally to get it operational.
And it probably would sound terrible.
But I do have it wired to ring the bells when the handle is turned.

Vinyl has been stored and the cave is still under construction.
It won't be long now.
That's cool!

Nice! what are you using to run everything
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Old 12-15-2014, 01:58 AM   #34
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I bought a pair of DCM Time Windows around 1979-80 which I still use for music. I bought a second pair a few years ago for my theater set up. Everything else in my 7.2 system is Klipsch Reference, but I'll never get rid of the Time Windows!
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I bought a pair of DCM Time Windows around 1979-80 which I still use for music. I bought a second pair a few years ago for my theater set up. Everything else in my 7.2 system is Klipsch Reference, but I'll never get rid of the Time Windows!
Nice. Another speaker I've not heard. I did however have a set of CX-17's
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Nice. Another speaker I've not heard. I did however have a set of CX-17's
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When you get a minute google the Time Windows and check out a review or two. Beautiful, smooth, rich, sound!
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When you get a minute google the Time Windows and check out a review or two. Beautiful, smooth, rich, sound!
Oh I've read the reviews.
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The Time Window and Time Frame are all time classics.

One of my theatres is DCM TF 600 main, TF 350 rear, SurroundScape center(all center speakers should mimic this design, how MTM became mainstream is beyond me) with a set of KX wides(Onkyo running DSX width).

My favorite Hi-Res audio system. Not where I watch a lot of movies though.
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Here's a shot of my Vintage Ohm model L speakers .......



residing in my Love Chamber ........

And here are my Vintage Dahlquist DQ-12 speakers .......



residing in my Stereophonic Parlor of Bliss
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Lookin' good DR!
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