Discussion in 'Vintage Gear - Top Performers' started by Negotiableterms, Dec 21, 2005.
JBL L300. Most versatile speaker I've owned.
Surprising how many Dynaco a25s I see and how few Klipsch Heresys. There is no comparison. I love the Dynacos...had them since the 70s, but next to Heresy, they are like a Miata chasing after a big block '67 Stingray. Is there some anti- Klipsch sentiment due to the cost?
The A 25 was an inexpensive speaker, widely available, and sometimes discounted. The Heresy was much more expensive, harder to find (I suspect Klipsch dealers had to carry the K Horn, which diminished their numbers substantially, and to them, the Heresy actually was heresy), and more expensive to ship, should you find a mail order source.
Then there is the little matter of how they sound. A 25s sound surprisingly good in almost every setting that I've encountered, and no one I've ever talked to has disagreed. Heresys can sound good but they can also sound awful, and they never go very low. Any number of Kabuki speakers - cheap, widely available, and look at all those drivers - they must be good, and a bargain to boot - sound rather similar.
So I'm not surprised that Heresys are less frequently found than A 25s,
I vehemently disagree with the suggestion that there is an anti-Klipsch sentiment that is behind the difference in numbers. Heresys are very system dependent, and, for many people, if you are going to the effort and expense of system matching, there are more appealling alternatives, many of them, like the A 25, cheaper.
A25s sound a lot better too IMO.
I didn't realize how disliked probably the largest selling speaker of all time is. My Bose 901's.
I very seriously doubt the 901 is the largest selling speaker of all time. The Dynaco A25 sold over half a million. The 901 was an expensive offering throughout its life and those never sold as well as the bread and butter speakers in most anyone's line. There is a sound to the 901 and it does a nice job of providing that reflecting with some direct sound like a concert at the local arena.
@Negotiableterms What were the results of the poll? The poll threads appear to be missing. As long as this zombie has been revived, lets see him walk.
Yea, you're probably right Blue. What I should have said is they are one of the most debated speakers of all time.
For my part,
I'll say it like this:
Dynaco was everywhere in those 70 years,
Musical shop where playing their LPs on those D60 and A10 to A25.
There is an reason for that.
Those are really sounding nice,
whatever the preceding electronics,
It's the Electrohome of the 70+ years.
For the Heresy,
and because I had a pair for almost 2 years,
I'll say it like this:
For an medium size Box,
Easy to place
nice to see
better dynamic and more reveal then all of those 90 db (& lower efficiency) speakers
So with low level sound system,
Heresy are low level speaker.
Heresy with a cross over updated, (those could be more then 40 years old)
very good reading device and amplification,
...(If not, don't worry the Heresy will reveal it)
...(for the one who like presence of an sub, if not, need to go 15" woofer...Cornwall & +, or live with an 12" mid dynamic woofer).
Heresy are "Irresistible" for an budgeted, and easy to place speaker
Rectilinear Lowboy III's
Altec Lansing Capris
That's my short list unless you just like to split your eardrums with Hard Rocking Cerwin Vega AT-15's (I didn't think so!)
IMO I have a decent rotation of mid fi speakers.
Canton Karat 920 DC
I worked for JBL for 25 years in pro sound and it's a well known fact the hpm 100 was a built to mimic the L100 Century. Any early to late 70-s JBL monitors or Altec Model 14,15 or 19 are superb
My uncle was a silent partner in Rectilinear
Sadly no...if you don't know the company story they were a Laundromat for the Genovese crime family. Otherwise they probably would have been around longer. Acousti-phase was another victim
My faves are my JBL 4435. Pictured here
I worked for JBL for 25 years in pro sound outfitting recording studios. I too love L300's. I listen to 4435's everyday.
My favorite oldies are:
Chartwell BBC LS3/5A
B&W Matrix 801 S2/S3
And, I've owned them all.
I do love my 4430s - but they will be turned into 4435s sometime this year. I have all the parts but I'm shaking (not in a good way) just thinking about stripping the boxes to put all the drivers into a new one. Yikes
My experience is limited, but of what I have stumbled across, my present favorites are:
The first 2 are my main speakers in the living room.
The 601s are in the corners and the Minimus-7s are in sort of a near-field position by my chair.
The pairing makes surprisingly good sound for a bit over $30, including new caps and surrounds.
Try the Realistic Mach series.
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