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Old 12-25-2011, 09:09 AM   #1  
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Okay,

Who has the oldest speaker system, I submit my babies for consideration:
Rectilinear 3's bought in the late 1960's...they are still terrific although I should recover the grilles, the cats played them like harps.

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Can't say that I remember the Rectilinears? I'm running 2 1974 RSL 12 inch 3-ways for the mains and 4 matched 1975 American Monitor 12 inch 3-ways for the side surrounds. Then a hodge-podge of others for the remaining 4 speakers.

Pinnacle rears, Small Yamaha 3-ways for Presence, Bose center and a 12 inch Polk Subwoof.

RSL's like mine - http://hificollector.blogspot.com/20...s-mystery.html

My American Monitors;


My dream speakers are the old Avid 105's. They weighed a couple hundred pounds each and had something like 16 speakers in each cabinet? There were side-mounts and top-mounts, you name it? Something like 2 mids in each side and 3 tweets in the top, the rest in front. My best friend had this killer system in the 70's, the very best Crown pre-amp, SAE power amps, the very best Technics turntable and cartridge (which later cost me $2000), Marantz tuner (remember those, old timers?). It ran like 500 watts continuous with 800 watts peak and he proved to me the difference between loud... and clean! We listened to Tom Petty's "Refugee" at 600 watts (that's per channel for you young folks) and could hold a conversation at the same time, while hearing the guitar pick hit the strings, and the drumstick tips ting off the cymbals! Damn!!! 33 years later and I can STILL hear it!

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Old 01-10-2012, 11:22 AM   #3  
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A friend had wonderful pair of old BOZAKS, circa 1960, that were almost unmovable, ...I think my friend said they were filled with SAND.

They sounded positively DELICIOUS.
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I am loving reading this thread hope to see more pictures soon.
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:42 PM   #5  
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I have a pair of Infinity SM-152's I bought when I got to my 1st duty station (Guam) back in 1989. Man I loved those things and they would knock shit off the shelves all day long... Have not had them hooked up in years.. i think I will set them up in the garage for a throwback jam... They weighed like 100 pound a piece and were almost 4' tall.


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I had a set of AR2a's back in the sixties they had no BM retailers you had to order through Stereo/HiFi Magazine, I can't remember exact cost but they were approx 200. for a pair with free shipping. sweet sounding they were designed by Henry Kloss and someone else from Boston(another builder who allowed him to work out of their factory).
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I have a pair of Infinity SM-152's I bought when I got to my 1st duty station (Guam) back in 1989. Man I loved those things and they would knock shit off the shelves all day long... Have not had them hooked up in years.. i think I will set them up in the garage for a throwback jam... They weighed like 100 pound a piece and were almost 4' tall.


I bought a pair of those when I was in the ARMY in '94 I think and had smaller (sm 80's or poss sm 101's) as surrounds. Man I loved those and for a long time after (until my current paradigm set-up) I ran a 2 center channel speaker system (both hooked into a sony receiver that actually had a dual center channel hook-up). The SM 152's were awesome.
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If not for military px's we probably would never have stuff like this they sold all good equipment and cheap!
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I bought a pair of those when I was in the ARMY in '94 I think and had smaller (sm 80's or poss sm 101's) as surrounds. Man I loved those and for a long time after (until my current paradigm set-up) I ran a 2 center channel speaker system (both hooked into a sony receiver that actually had a dual center channel hook-up). The SM 152's were awesome.

Yea man the Navy Exchange and the PX on Anderson AFB in Guam had some primo stuff for great prices. I got the SM152's at Anderson for $500 for the pair and no tax. And they had layaway on everything too. They were selling for around $850 back in the states in '89 I think. Nakimichi reciever and it was a killer setup that rocked the Navy barracks.
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Hello to all,
I had to register here so I could reply. I owned a pair of these speakers back in the late 60s myself. They were big at the time, had a little more bottom end then the JBL Century 100's (a classic speaker for it's time). I gave them to my brother in-law who says they still play, though I would think they would need the drivers rebuilt after 45+ yrs. My listening today is thru Ohm Walsh speakers.
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My dream speakers are the old Avid 105's...
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I just bought a set of Avid 105 and a Nikko amp w/ tuner (don't have it next to me so i can't say what exact model)

All of that for 20$ in a garage sale... The system was rockin' and i didn't bother checking the cone at that price.

When i pulled out the dust panels, the 8" mid speaker cone was missing. The magnet + chassis are still there but all the moving parts are gone... Also, you mentioned there was speakers on top but not on these... There is 2 extra tweeters on each side of each cabinet but they are all in bad shape.

So with all of that, i connected it in my garage and it sounded sooo goooood!! And that's just the radio and missing all the mids on 1 side.

So now i'm thinking of attempting to recone them myself but also is looking for some places to have it reconed... Maybe just that 1 mid spker or even all the tweeters too if not too expensive.

I hope you read this Straybeat even thought it's an old thread!

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I just bought a set of Avid 105 and a Nikko amp w/ tuner (don't have it next to me so i can't say what exact model)

All of that for 20$ in a garage sale... The system was rockin' and i didn't bother checking the cone at that price.

When i pulled out the dust panels, the 8" mid speaker cone was missing. The magnet + chassis are still there but all the moving parts are gone... Also, you mentioned there was speakers on top but not on these... There is 2 extra tweeters on each side of each cabinet but they are all in bad shape.

So with all of that, i connected it in my garage and it sounded sooo goooood!! And that's just the radio and missing all the mids on 1 side.

So now i'm thinking of attempting to recone them myself but also is looking for some places to have it reconed... Maybe just that 1 mid spker or even all the tweeters too if not too expensive.

I hope you read this Straybeat even thought it's an old thread!

cheers,
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Howdy Max,

Very cool deal you got! I was thinking those were like $1500 apiece when they were new? I was thinking the 105's had the 2 tweeters on top also? Maybe it was the next model up? A friend of mine had a set back around '75, hooked to a Crown pre-amp and SAE power amp. He ran it at 400 watts continuous (the system peaked at 800 or 900 watts) and those speakers were crystal clear!

I would look and see if you have a mom and pop speaker shop around? I used to have a guy re-cone my 4-12 guitar cabs for like $50 for all 4 speakers. He even claimed to make his own paper, but whatever, they sounded good when he was done.

So enjoy your new speakers, I would!

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This 1960 manufactured speaker system.
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i still have a pair of cannons, 10" woofer in each, floor speakers form the mid 70s, replaced the woofer in each but still sound great.
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