Stereo Speaker Systems #2

Avid 102 (right)
Avid 102 (left)
Avid 102
Avid Model 102

Avid Model 102 (1976) $225/pr

Without getting into semantics, the classic Avid Model 102 speakers are cousins of, and sound similar to, well-known Acoustic Research, KLH and Advent designs of the 70's.  These are a two-way system featuring 10" woofers with butyl surrounds and high efficiency dome tweeters packed inside very heavy, well-braced floor cabinets with walnut vinyl veneer.  They are fuse protected and have controls on the front plate under the unique textured rounded edge fabric grills framed on the front.Nearly impossible to find today, the Avid Model 102 was reviewed in 

Consumer Reports (Feb '76 issue) as follows:

"Out of the eleven different medium priced models we tested (including Marantz Imperial 5G, Dynaco A35, Large Advent and the KLH Model Six V) the top-rated Avid Model 102 earned a higher score than any speaker we’ve ever reported on with an amazing score of 91. Listeners looking for a fine loudspeaker at a moderate price should be quite content with the Avid Model 102 accuracy score of 91, so long as the speaker’s power needs are suitable to the receiver to be used and to the listening room of course."

The drivers are VERY similar to the AR-4x, are physically, and very nearly electrically, drop in replacements for the 4x fact MUCH more so than any currently sold AR "replacement" driver. Both the woofer and tweeter are actually better constructed than either 4x counterpart (but they are almost 10 years newer). The Avid crossover is simpler, with no woofer inductor, and a much lower value cap on the tweeter, which is controlled by a 3 position switch.

About AVID...

Founded in Rhode Island back in the 70's, AVID was one of the foremost designers of high quality speaker systems.  Competing against the other speaker companies with big names like KLH, Advent and Marantz was not an easy task.  However, thanks to fantastic reviews in major publications in shoot-out tests between some of the others led to a core following of audiophiles.  One of the most interesting facts about Avid speakers were their use of a minimum diffraction grill design. The grill cloth was fitted to a hardboard sheet with holes cut for the drivers. In practice, when the grilles are installed, the faces of the drivers are flush with the grille's baffle. AVID noted that their speakers were thus intended to be used grills on.



BIC Model 44

BIC Model 44 (1979) $180

Another of the rarities from the best days of vintage HiFi, the BIC Model 44 was touted with the sensitivity to produce an astounding 89 decibels at 1 meter with a mere 1 watt input (under ideal anechoic conditions and more in a normal room).  

Think Cerwin-Vega except better.  

The Model 44 are a 6 ohm 3-way system. 

The refoamed 10" high excursion woofers have over-sized aluminum voice coil assemblies and precisely calculated suspension and magnet structures to avoid "bottoming" on massive percussion passages.  

The 5" mids have lightweight Nomex (meta-aramid) coils assemblies and extra heavy-duty power capacity for smooth, natural middle register tones.

The 2" super-tweeters produce perfect perforated high range sound dispersal beyond 20,000Hz.

Maximum protection for speakers and amplifier is covered by separate external fuses for low, mid and high drivers.

Finally, the woodgrain walnut veneer enclosures, at a heavy 35 lbs each, are typical of the excellent cabinet construction and interior bracing design from BIC design.

About BIC (British Industries Corp)...

Since 1973, BIC America (British Industries Corp) is not related to the "flick your bic" lighters and is mostly known to many for patenting their famous "Venturi Port" speakers.  They offered a wide range of high quality components and speaker systems for the consumer electronics industry. 

Over the years, their audio components have consistently earned rave reviews from trusted publications and numerous “Best Buy” ratings from the leading consumer testing magazine.  Still in business today, the BIC product line offers models ranging from in-wall speakers to tower speakers and these products have become recognized in the audio industry in the category of high performance speakers.



Paradigm Mini Monitor V1

Paradigm Mini Monitor V1 (1998)  $185/pr

The Paradigm Mini Monitor V1 system is part of the "Classic Collection" from Paradigm.

These are a 2-driver, 2-way bass reflex design with Quasi-3rd order resistive rear firing ports.  They can be placed on a bookshelf or stand-mounted.  

These are an 8 ohm system with power handling between 15-100 watts.

The crossover is a 3rd order electro-acoustic at 1.8 kHz.  

Each heavy, well braced, dark cherry-wood veneer cabinet has a single 1" PTD pure titanium dome high frequency driver (tweeter) with ferro-fluid damped cooling and one 6.5" diecast chassis, ICP™ injection - molded co-polymer polypropylene mid/bass frequency cone driver, (Apical™).

All we can say is they are stunning sonically and visually.

Reviews from the web:

"Sound quality was excellent with the Paradigm Mini Monitor V1: Its basic neutrality served all manner of music very well, not to mention soundtracks...we can't think of a system from any other manufacturer that provides substantially better performance that doesn't also cost considerably more. Paradigm has done it again!"  ~Stereo Review magazine

"The Paradigm Mini Monitor V1 is perfect for the real-world audiophile on a budget... We've heard highly regarded $2,000 two-way 6-inchers that could not keep up with the Mini Monitor... the Mini Monitor's high end is... the kind of hyper-clean, smooth-as-silk treble we expect to hear from expensive monitors, not budget boxes... the Paradigm Mini Monitor carries our strong recommendation."   ~Audio magazine

About Paradigm...

In 1982, Jerry VanderMarel, a seasoned veteran of consumer electronics and loudspeaker sales, teamed with Scott Bagby, a loudspeaker designer with a long history of innovative ideas. Together, they went back to the drawing board and developed a radical new speaker. To find the sweet spot, they tapped university audio researchers and detailed scientific findings from the audio studies conducted by the National Research Council of Canada. The point was to achieve a level of performance that would erase the speaker itself from the equation. Pure, lifelike audio, uninhibited by coloration, unrestrained in its ability to translate power into sound. And to do it at a price that would allow anyone to experience this magic. The Paradigm Models 7 & 9 were unveiled at the Toronto Audio Show that year. Immediately, a dozen dealers signed on to carry the line. (Many of these loyal charter dealers remain proud Paradigm dealers even today!)


Infinity Reference Series RS-2001

Infinity Reference Series RS-2001 (1989) $135

This excellent pair of Infinity RS-2001 provides immaculate performance and excellent cosmetics.  

The carbon injection molded woofer cones have new surrounds and the Polyspherite tweeters yield crystal clear highs and rival the clarity of Infinity's famous Emit tweeters. 

Without going into too much hype, for a small set of bookshelf sized speakers, the Infinity RS-2001 really do punch out some fantastic stereo imaging and transparency.

Professional banana style jacks are featured on the back.

The oak veneer cabinets and original grills are in excellent cosmetic condition.



Bose 4001
Bose 4001
Bose 4001 (stands not included)
Bose 4001 configuration

Bose 4001 ('94-'98) $300 

This is for two combined pairs of Bose 4001 in a novel configuration: side-by-side.  

Running through both A/B speaker connections, they excel and far exceed using just one pair.  Since they are 8 ohms and very efficient, the easily match up with any power source at 40 watts and above. 

Normally, just as a pair, ​t​he ​4​001​s​ produce an amazing amount of sound (especially on the bottom end) considering their​ ​size.  Running two pairs in this setup makes for a unique sonic experience.

In this configuration, there are ​four 6.5" ​drivers​ ​and two 2.5" tweeter​s per side (left/right) for a total of eight drivers, four tweeters​ and eight front ports. ​​

The main drivers are tuned to different ranges with four of them tuned toward mid to upper bass, and the other four are more of a "sub" bass. 

The tweeters are angled inwards and outwards because this placement provides more precise placement of the voices and instruments as opposed to the diluting effect of having the tweeters reflect from the side walls.

Perhaps the best thing is to listen to a demo, let your ears decide... 

Bose 301 Series V

Bose 301 Series V  (current version)  $210

Currently still available as the latest version from Bose, they can easily be found selling at over $300.  This pair is like new for considerably less money.
The beautiful stone mineral brown and black cabinets of the Series V utilize one front-firing eight-inch woofer, one front-firing two-inch tweeter and one rear-firing two-inch tweeter for each cabinet. 
They also have two ports on the back to increase bass extension.  The most noticeable difference between the earlier versions is that they did not have rear ports.
Bose decided to go with a more modern cabinet design with rounded edges on their last edition of the famous Bose 301 series.
Extremely efficient, the Bose 301 Series V speakers need very little power to fill the room with sound but, at the same time, they can handle up to 100 watts each.

Bose 201 Series III

Bose 201 Series III ('90-'94)  $90

These were some of the more common speakers from Bose as they are certainly not rare at all. For lots of folks, the smaller bookshelf speakers from Bose, like the 201s, were (and are) just fine for their particular situation.

Decent bass, clean highs and in mint condition, the beautiful walnut cabinets make this set of Bose 201 Series III a pretty good deal.

Bose 501 Series V

Bose 501 Series V ('94-'99) $175/pr (mint)

​The last of the Bose 501 series, they are probably the best of the entire series.  ​Why?  Bose ultimately managed to figure out the exact size and dimensions of the cabinetry and the design of the multitude of chambers inside to get it right . 

The direct/reflecting design of th​ese ​speaker​s actually​ deliver lifelike sound quality. ​P​owerful and rich bass without any distortion ​thanks to the specially designed 5.25​"​ woofer​ ​and ​dual 2.5​​tweeters ​inside each of the slender floor standing black ashwood enclosures.  

They are capable of reproduc​ing excellent ​high frequency ​for​ enhance sound quality. ​As mentioned before, the​ multi-chamber bass enclosure​s​ ​are able to​ eliminate sonic blur and ​yield​amazing bass effects at any volume. 

About Bose...
There's nothing we can say that hasn't already been said before about Bose.  You either like them or you don't.  We feel that there were several different models that are popular with most people.  It's suggested to let your ears decide.  Bear in mind, that in the last 50 years, nobody, and we mean nobody, has sold more speakers worldwide than Bose.  End of story.


KLH Model 19

KLH Model 19 (1966)  $125

Extremely rare, the Model 19 speakers were designed in such a way as to maximize the sound (and especially the bass) in such small cabinets.
Two 6" full range drivers in each heavy, real walnut enclosure plus bass ports send out an amazing punch.
Originally intended as the speakers for the KLH Model 19 stereo system, they will fit quite nicely into any smaller, high quality, vintage stereo system.
Of course they have the white linen grills which were such an integral part of that era..they have that "look".
KLH Model Seventeen

KLH Model Seventeen  (1971) SOLD

In 1971, the KLH Seventeen cost a "measley" $75.  But, unfortunately, a lot of people felt they had to spend more to get really great speakers.   So they sank most of their budget into a pair of super-duper loudspeakers.  

Then they'd try to save a few bucks by buying a cheap receiver, figuring they could always trade up later.  But what happens is the inexpensive receiver chokes itself trying to drive inefficient, expensive loudspeakers. And that's usually enough to make most people lose interest in their stereo system. So they forget about trading up, down, or sideways and just let all that shiny new equipment collect dust. 

But KLH figure they could satisfy people looking for high-priced sound...with their Model Seventeen. 

Stereo review magazine wrote "Its (the Seventeen) sound matches or surpasses most other speakers we have heard which sell for twice the price."

The Seventeen effortlessly produces rich, full-bodied bass response.  In fact only slightly less than their now very famous Model Six. 

The highs are clean and unfurry and they snap through the room with all the resonance and presence of the live performance itself.  And, most important, the Seventeen will do all this hooked to a relatively low-power receiver.  So, which would you rather have?  A moderately priced stereo system which delivers an extraordinary amount of sound?  Or an expensive pair of bookends?

This pair is in immaculate condition...the white linen cloth grills, real walnut cabinets and, of course, the all-original drivers.

KLH Model 22-A

KLH Model 22-A (1970)  $125

Many people confuse the difference between the Model 22 and the 22-A.

While the drivers are the same, it's the crossovers that make the difference:  The Model 22 has a simple first order crossover - a 4 muF capacitor in series with the tweeter, and a coil in series with the woofer.  The Model 22A on the other hand in addition to the coil,  has a 16 muF capacitor in parallel with the woofer, and an 8 muF capacitor and a 3 Ohm resistor in series with the tweeter. 

All in all, the Model 22A is a smaller bookshelf system perfect for jazz and classical, a more neutral sounding system with excellent accurate sound.

In excellent condition, the light brown linen cloth grills and real walnut cabinets are the pure essence of vintage high fidelity...they look and sound the way they did in 1971.

Not shown in the photo but included are two KLH badges attached to the grills.

About KLH...
The name "KLH" stands for the principals in the company, the "K" is Henry Kloss (1929-2002).
Henry Kloss had a long history in speaker design.  

When Edgar Villchur, a teacher at New York University, designed a new type of loudspeaker, he and Henry Kloss founded Acoustic Research.  Two other partners, Malcolm Low and J. Anton "Tony" Hofmann, supplied $5000 in capital. Thus was born the AR-1, the world's first acoustic-suspension loudspeaker system, with its relatively small enclosure and proportionally prodigious bass.  

Kloss, Low and Hofmann then founded KLH in 1957.  Kloss later moved on to more fame by founding Advent in 1967.  He left Advent, and in 1988 co-founded Cambridge Soundworks.

Much of the rich history of KLH began with Henry Kloss.  He was known to most as one of the most famous of the pioneers of audio way back in the 60's.  

The 70's were a rich time for KLH and they produced many fine classic speaker systems that are still coveted today by collectors worldwide.  Too many models to list but, sad to say, by the late 80's, like most of the famous names in audio, the past became just a memory as KLH has now been reduced to just another company consumed by a large corporation looking to cut corners whenever possible.