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Old 08-07-2013, 02:02 PM
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Seems quite complete to me.
Just serviced the center channel today. Surround separated on one woofer so replaced the surround. Kept hearing a vibration from that speaker this past weekend.
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:04 PM
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Wow I didn't know there was such a big following for them. A guy has some 90 miles from me and all he said is they were 15" Optimus.

Trying to get info out of him is impossible and he didn't seem very friendly. I don't know if it'd be worth it to drive 3 hours round trip??

What do you all think?
I'd say, forget it!
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:52 PM
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Wow I didn't know there was such a big following for them. A guy has some 90 miles from me and all he said is they were 15" Optimus.

Trying to get info out of him is impossible and he didn't seem very friendly. I don't know if it'd be worth it to drive 3 hours round trip??

What do you all think?
As readily available as RS speakers are, no point dealing with jerks, paying premiums or going out of your way. They're out there, and they show up frequently on eBay, CL, YS, GW, etc. Most of my acquisitions have been through friends, friends of friends, etc. And they're calling me now "hey yard sale, 3rd st, nice HPM speakers..." Seems I no longer have to buy the paper.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:53 PM
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When I try and do a search there are tons of different models to choose from and I was mostly interested in the 15" models to look out for?
By the way, liked you in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:03 PM
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Wait....so Optimus was a re-branded RCA? I thought later during the early 90's, Optimus was just a rebranded Panasonic (or was it Pioneer?...I thought it started with a "P").

I can't seem to find a proper google on the history of Optimus.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:12 PM
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Optimus was a Radio Shack house brand. They rebranded equipment made by other companies, including Pioneer (receivers) and ??? (speakers). Radio Shack did eventually retire the Optimus name and for a while marketed their receivers and speakers with RCA branding, but this was likely little more than a branding exercise (i.e. they apparently thought that the "RCA" label printed on the front panel had more cachet than the Optimus label).
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I am quite fond of my Optimus 21's. They were made from 78-80. 10" woofer and 2- 3" tweeters
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I like the T-110's.. Wish I could find a pair....
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:39 AM
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Apparently this guy doesn't like them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrtpyCMsiC8
Idiot for sure. Wow...you can destroy stuff that other people might pay a little cash for. Then you have to post it on Youtube to remove all doubt that you are a very small minded person. I agree that he can do with them as he wishes, but to me, it indicates more serious issues. I'd question this guys ability to respect property that belonged to other people as well.
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:58 AM
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I like the T-110's.. Wish I could find a pair....
I have a pair, but I believe I replaced the woofers. I still have one woofer, the other was fried. I'm still trying to locate an original driver, but not having much luck.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:33 PM
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I have owned Realistic MC-100's, Opt. 5B's, T-200's, and Mach 1's. to me they all are pretty awsome.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:14 PM
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I have owned Realistic MC-100's, Opt. 5B's, T-200's, and Mach 1's. to me they all are pretty awsome.
Of all my RS speakers I have to say the ones that have impressed me most is my 7b speakers. They don't exactly excel in any thing in particular, but straight up, no mods, upgrades, changes, etc. and they have never let me down. They're mostly background, but when I can go about my business (8-10 hrs day) and NOT be distracted by my background music, that's a good thing. Surprising amount of bass, good mids and highs. Compared to other speakers I'd say they are on the warmer side and definitely NOT fatiguing like so many other speakers that will go nameless (and I own presently).
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:29 AM
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Of all my RS speakers I have to say the ones that have impressed me most is my 7b speakers. They don't exactly excel in any thing in particular, but straight up, no mods, upgrades, changes, etc. and they have never let me down. They're mostly background, but when I can go about my business (8-10 hrs day) and NOT be distracted by my background music, that's a good thing. Surprising amount of bass, good mids and highs. Compared to other speakers I'd say they are on the warmer side and definitely NOT fatiguing like so many other speakers that will go nameless (and I own presently).
I have to agree with you. I have 2 pair of the Optimus 1's which are the Optimus version of the Nova 7's. I have never heard them side by side with the "b" version but what you say holds true with mine. I have speakers that are "better" speakers than these, but I just can not get rid of them. Non-fatiguing is a term I have often used to describe them. They may not wow you when you first turn them on, but you can still enjoy them hours later.
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:49 PM
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Optimus Pro 4000 15" with horns

Hi Jeff,

I just saw your post about a month later now and will chime in a bit.

The Mach Ones are definitely gold standard especially with Videolady mods as mentioned earlier. This summer I was just given a pair of Optimus Pro 4000 speakers in pretty good shape. All I did was replace one LF capacitor from a 33uF to a 14uF per someones suggestion on Audiokarma and now they are my daily speakers alongside the Mach Ones...in other words, they knocked my Cizeks and Timewindow 1 speakers to other rooms. I don't know much about Realistic speakers and definitely very little about the 1990s and their turn to the dark side but I do believe these sound very much like the original Mach One if not slightly brighter. That said, I do wish the Optimus 4000 came with tweeter/midrange controls. That is why I keep them closer to floor per my avatar.

Good luck!
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