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Resurrection of a Stereo System
11.11.11 | The Famous chickensoup

Posted on 11/10/2011 2:08:42 PM PST by Chickensoup

Hello,

After twelve years, I am resurrecting a stereo component systen that has been dormant and in a cabinet. I need to purchase speakers, hopefully white. Do you have any recommendations?

I got the tuner to work, and the six disc cd player. The tape deck is working but wont speak to the tuner. My focus is speakers. they are the wire kind that connect up in the back with little red and black twisties.


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After twelve years, I am resurrecting a stereo component systen that has been dormant and in a cabinet. I need to purchase speakers, hopefully white. Do you have any recommendations?

I got the tuner to work, and the six disc cd player. The tape deck is working but wont speak to the tuner. My focus is speakers. they are the wire kind that connect up in the back with little red and black

1 posted on 11/10/2011 2:08:43 PM PST by Chickensoup
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To: Chickensoup

How much do you want to spend


2 posted on 11/10/2011 2:10:48 PM PST by 101voodoo
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To: Chickensoup

Bose are supposed to be pretty good but I can’t say how they connect to the stereo.


3 posted on 11/10/2011 2:12:44 PM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Chickensoup
Infinity, Polk and Kilpch are good.

All depends on what you want to spend and the quality of the equipment you already have.

4 posted on 11/10/2011 2:13:06 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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To: 101voodoo

Not too much.


5 posted on 11/10/2011 2:14:21 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

Cerwin-Vega speakers are great.


6 posted on 11/10/2011 2:15:03 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Think like a chicken, cheep but with quality...and feathers.


7 posted on 11/10/2011 2:15:15 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

I see alot at the goodwill that are decent makes, Ebay?, I had my old kenwood speakers re-coned and aligned(45$ each) at “the speaker doctor” Here in charlotte, Sound awesome again..(were dryrotted around cones) he had alot of them for sale(all makes)...Got somebody like that in your area?


8 posted on 11/10/2011 2:16:58 PM PST by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: Chickensoup

Post an ad on craigslist. You’d be amazed at the stuff that people will just give you to get rid of it.


9 posted on 11/10/2011 2:17:39 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The enemy of my enemy is my candidate.<sup>®</sup>)
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To: Chickensoup

Vintage Stereo question? Get thee immediately to www.audiokarma.org. Seriously, those guys are PASSIONATE about vintage stereo.


10 posted on 11/10/2011 2:17:55 PM PST by I Shall Endure
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To: Chickensoup
Not too much.

It's very subjective with audio equipment. My pride and joy college system of nearly 30 years ago was put together for around $1700, which was more than my car at the time was worth.

11 posted on 11/10/2011 2:18:15 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: I Shall Endure

I should’ve added to my original post the sentence “and I should know, I’m one of them.”

Depending on where you live, Craigslist or the thrift store can be a real goldmine.


12 posted on 11/10/2011 2:19:25 PM PST by I Shall Endure
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To: buccaneer81

Cerwin-Vega speakers are great

Yes they are...found a guy throwing a set away because of the dry rotted cone seals..I took them to “the speaker doc”..100$ later...Nothing but awesome.


13 posted on 11/10/2011 2:20:20 PM PST by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: Chickensoup

I just got a new pair of woofers for my stereo from www.parts-express.com, they seem to have a pretty good selection.


14 posted on 11/10/2011 2:20:46 PM PST by filospinato
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To: Chickensoup

If you’re even slightly worried about what color they are, just hop over to Best Buy or Crutchfield.com and buy whatever they have on sale.


15 posted on 11/10/2011 2:24:04 PM PST by jra
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To: Chickensoup
Not too much.


16 posted on 11/10/2011 2:24:42 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: NCDave
They've been my speaker of choice since 1979 (when they each weighed 85 pounds!)

Even my dad was impressed by them back then, at a time when men pushing 50 weren't exactly a target demographic. He bought a smaller pair of his own for his office.

17 posted on 11/10/2011 2:29:18 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Exactly, the ones I have are about 85#s..lol. I guess they didn`t want them to move from the vibration. lol. Only everything else in the house... ;)


18 posted on 11/10/2011 2:34:28 PM PST by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: Chickensoup

I second the notion of www.partsexpress.com. If you want to do some of it yourself try re-coning the speakers (if that is needed).


19 posted on 11/10/2011 2:34:58 PM PST by jdsteel (Cain vs. Not Able.......now that Sarah's out.)
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To: I Shall Endure

Yes, audiokarma.org is the place where all these questions will be answered.

How many other Freepers are audiokarma members? See ya’ll there....


20 posted on 11/10/2011 2:35:50 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: NCDave

LOL! I hear you. I had to be alone in the house as a teen to be able to use them to their potential.


21 posted on 11/10/2011 2:37:36 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Chickensoup

Bose


22 posted on 11/10/2011 2:37:48 PM PST by Washi
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To: Chickensoup

I am thinking you need to look for speaker repair shops, people bring em in to be fixed and don`t come back. And they buy them from people..also, you have a better chance of not buying something with a problem...


23 posted on 11/10/2011 2:37:58 PM PST by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: Chickensoup
I was so impressed with JBL L series speakers I replaced my perfectly good Bose system with two JBL830s, and they are suburb! The sound from the Bose Acoustimass system always seemed to have a hole in the midrange.

http://www.harmanaudio.com/Search_Browse/product_detail.asp?urlMaterialNumber=L830CH-H&status=

24 posted on 11/10/2011 2:38:14 PM PST by PUGACHEV
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To: proxy_user

AK is a great website.

My company imports/distributes very high-end equipment from Europe and Far East so I normally surf sites like AK from time to time.


25 posted on 11/10/2011 2:39:12 PM PST by newfreep (I am a "terrorist". I am Sarah Palin!)
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To: Chickensoup

Dynaco A-25 speakers. Available on e-Bay.


26 posted on 11/10/2011 2:43:35 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Chickensoup

Polks.

Nuff said.


27 posted on 11/10/2011 2:46:24 PM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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28 posted on 11/10/2011 2:50:04 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: I Shall Endure

I am getting!!


29 posted on 11/10/2011 2:50:16 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

If you want a nice pair of bookshelf speakers, look for a pair of Bose 301’s - Craigslist is a good source. Expect to pay anywhere from $75-$150 for those. Be sure to take the covers off and check the speaker surrounds - some models of these rot out over time. Sold mine when I found a pair of vintage Kindel floor speakers. If you “need” white cabinets, that might be problem....don’t see too many of those although IIRC Polk Audio makes some small ones in white. Crutchfield used to carry them.

And welcome back to the stereo world.


30 posted on 11/10/2011 2:51:13 PM PST by Donkey Odious (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Chickensoup

If you want a nice pair of bookshelf speakers, look for a pair of Bose 301’s - Craigslist is a good source. Expect to pay anywhere from $75-$150 for those. Be sure to take the covers off and check the speaker surrounds - some models of these rot out over time. Sold mine when I found a pair of vintage Kindel floor speakers. If you “need” white cabinets, that might be problem....don’t see too many of those although IIRC Polk Audio makes some small ones in white. Crutchfield used to carry them.

And welcome back to the stereo world.


31 posted on 11/10/2011 2:51:13 PM PST by Donkey Odious (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Chickensoup
Think like a chicken, cheep but with quality...and feathers.

LOL!

All three of the brands I recommended carry speakers in a wide variety of price ranges.

If you have a Frys or equivalent, stop by and go listen in their showrooms and see what suits you the best.

32 posted on 11/10/2011 2:51:35 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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To: Donkey Odious

Sorry for the double post.....Bush’s fault.


33 posted on 11/10/2011 2:53:08 PM PST by Donkey Odious (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Chickensoup

“I am resurrecting a stereo component systen t”

What brand? Model number? You should buy speakers that match up with your system.. No sense buying speakers that are , sorta,,, too good for your system, or not good enough, if you know what I mean. I’m strictly a tube stereo guy. Fisher 500-C in the living room.


34 posted on 11/10/2011 2:53:29 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Chickensoup

I third or fourth going to Audiokarma and poking around. Good luck, Rock on.

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/index.php

FReegards


35 posted on 11/10/2011 2:54:56 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: buccaneer81
I worked for the company that die casted their aluminum woofer frames back in the 80’s.

They ended up merging with Infinity, didn't they?

36 posted on 11/10/2011 2:55:28 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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To: NCDave

does one need to be worried about the megahertzkilowattamps?


37 posted on 11/10/2011 2:58:31 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Donkey Odious

I am eager to be back to the stereo world. I was never an ipod fan and have been subsisting on the quickie box store systems. Not so good. The component system I have is not so wonderful. The good system was uninsured when we were robbed and never really replaced.

However I am beginning to realize through this thread, that I am not alone in wanting to listen to quality music through components.

This should be a wondrful adventure!


38 posted on 11/10/2011 3:03:43 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

well, yes, you generally need to know what your stereo is pushing out at max watts, then get speakers that can handle a little more...other way around and you better not go into “COCERT MODE!” lol...remember “Back to the future” and the guitar amp?


39 posted on 11/10/2011 3:04:44 PM PST by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I’m strictly a tube stereo guy. Fisher 500-C in the living room.

I, sir, am impressed.

These are just some pioneer and JVC from the early 90’s


40 posted on 11/10/2011 3:05:35 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: NCDave

Ahem..”CONCERT MODE!” Activate!..lol


41 posted on 11/10/2011 3:06:19 PM PST by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: Las Vegas Ron; NCDave
Not sure about infinity. Here's who owns them now:

The Stanton Group

42 posted on 11/10/2011 3:07:08 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: NCDave

.remember “Back to the future” and the guitar amp?

No, what happened?


43 posted on 11/10/2011 3:11:02 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

I like my McIntosh speakers, but they aren’t cheap. Glad I bought mine while single. The ex couldn’t get her hands on them.


44 posted on 11/10/2011 3:12:13 PM PST by animal172 (All aboard the Cain Train.)
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To: buccaneer81
Thanks...I know they merged with someone, maybe it was Harman Kardan....doesn't matter.
45 posted on 11/10/2011 3:12:41 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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To: Chickensoup

Got it at a garage sale, along with an Ampeg Ax-50 reel to reel, for $100. Took it to the tech who works on my guitar amps, for a recap, job. Four 7591 tubes for 30 watts per channel. Wonderful sound! Getz loud! Retired the Bogen RP-230 to my home office. 4 5881s in it. Probably 40 watts per channel. Really loud!


46 posted on 11/10/2011 3:17:58 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: buccaneer81
"Not sure about infinity. Here's who owns them now: The Stanton Group"

Are you sure about that? I thought Harmon/Kardon a/k/a Harmon International Industries owned Inifinty, JBL, and Harmon/Kardon. See below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harman_International_Industries

47 posted on 11/10/2011 3:21:57 PM PST by PUGACHEV
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; Chickensoup

That’s true. I have a pair you can have for free, nice ones, but I am in AZ and your profile says you’re in ME, so it’s not worth the shipping. But do check CL or Ebay.


48 posted on 11/10/2011 3:25:42 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Cain = National Sales Tax; Perry = Amnesty for Illegals; Romney = Obamacare forever. Who's left?)
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To: Chickensoup

I went with PSB for my home system.

Definitely a cut above box store speakers.

The entry level stuff they sell are just wonderful.

Beware though....if you hear them things can get very expensive fast.


49 posted on 11/10/2011 3:25:42 PM PST by glasseye
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To: Chickensoup

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9DCOihwHt0


50 posted on 11/10/2011 3:26:27 PM PST by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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