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Old 11-22-2005, 09:11 PM
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Harman Kardon HK 20 speakers thrift find

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!
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Old 11-22-2005, 11:32 PM
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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.
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Old 11-23-2005, 12:06 AM
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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.

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.
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Old 11-23-2005, 12:12 AM
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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
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Old 11-23-2005, 07:57 AM
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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.

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Old 11-23-2005, 08:36 AM
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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.
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IMHO the Harman Kardeon speakers of the early 70s were never much better than mediocre. Unfortunately, nothing to rave about here.
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