Harman Kardon HK 20 speakers thrift find

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by savv, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. savv

    savv Super Member

    Messages:
    2,402
    Location:
    Durham, NC
    Just found a pair for $15. They are 2 way, 8 ohms and have 8" woofer and a 3" tweeter. Haven't had a chance to hook them up yet. Anyone have info on their power rating? Any recommendations as to what solid state amps they would mate well with?

    Thanks a lot!
     
  2. Vitavox

    Vitavox "vintage"- not old

    Messages:
    93
    Location:
    Greers Ferry Lake, AR
    Sorry to "one up" you but, I picked up a pair of HK-40s out of a pile of trash on the curb about two months ago. They are the 10' version. I am using these with a Marantz 2220B, and they sound amazing in my small office. Best computer sound I ever had! BTW, I hooked mine up by plugging a phono plug into the jack on the back, and wiring the plug to a two terminal screw down, and using doubleback tape to stick the screw terminal to the recessed jack panel. Works well, and I didn't mess up the original connectors.
    V
     
  3. savv

    savv Super Member

    Messages:
    2,402
    Location:
    Durham, NC
    Vitavox,

    Don't worry, I'm used to seeing other AK'ers get their hands on FREE stuff on the curb. Where I come from, I never see these lying around. At least they wind up in the TS and not in the landfills. :D

    Just hooked them up tonight to my Yamaha CR-600. My first impression is that they have a "big" sound for their size but the bass seems a bit muffled on mine. I find they are quite detailed.
     
  4. Vitavox

    Vitavox "vintage"- not old

    Messages:
    93
    Location:
    Greers Ferry Lake, AR
    I found the 40s to be really good on the bass end, but a little anemic in the highs. Also seem to have a peak in the mid. I've got the tweeter controls turned all the way up. But, I prefer horn speakers (how would you guess?), so I like a "bright" sound. BTW, HK-40 s have 10 INCH woofers, not 10 ' as originally posted!! LOL
    V
     
  5. Manitoulin

    Manitoulin A proud member of AK

    Messages:
    3,690
    Location:
    Kanata (Ottawa), ON, Canada
    A note of caution, the 40's for the most part were 4Ω. A few were 8Ω.

    They are ok speakers; I own a pair of each, but prefer my Dynaco A40 XLs.

    Cheers,
    Joe
     
  6. Clmrt

    Clmrt Just thrilled.

    Messages:
    3,824
    Location:
    Richfield, Minn
    I have HK 20's. They seem a bit dull, really. I use them in the "weight room" with a Sonic Impact to good effect. It's a terrible place for audio, though, so I'm not being fair.

    When it warms up again, they'll go into the quad system in the garage.
     
  7. russkish

    russkish Active Member

    Messages:
    368
    IMHO the Harman Kardeon speakers of the early 70s were never much better than mediocre. Unfortunately, nothing to rave about here.
     

Share This Page