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DCM CX-17

DCM CX-17 (1990) $175

DCM, the company that designed the famous TimeWindow® speaker systems, released the CX-17 in 1990.  Of all the great speakers designed and built in the US during the "Golden Age" of audio, the DCM CX series perhaps represent the most independent design philosophy and unique sonic excellence. The CX-17s are the slightly smaller brothers to the more well known DCM CX-27.  They are a co-axial design with 6.5" woofers and .75" tweeters housed in a vertical "pancakes" with a single bass port in the rear.  The cabinet construction of the CX-17 is a great testimony to craftsmanship and design. Thick walls, interior bracing, a near top-to-bottom wall reinforcing bass response with the bass port located at the bottom rear of the cabinet.  They have a very attractive "Chatsworth oak" finish with slightly tapered edges on the front.


About DCM...
In the spring of 1974, DCM Loudspeakers was born. It began with a deep love of music. A love of music that listened for the emotion and impact of live concert sound from recorded music. A love of music that led the founders to expect more from a loudspeaker than existing audio technology at the time was able to deliver. A pursuit of great sound that led to an obsession with high-fidelity loudspeaker design.  Soon, the legendary TimeWindow speaker was introduced to the world and has since become revered by audiophiles and critics alike...it was far ahead of its time. Finally, DCM is one of the most storied brands in loudspeaker history. They have successfully designed many well-reviewed and highly loved speakers.

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Bose 2001

Bose 2001 (1994) $125


Probably the most surprising (and mysterious) speaker system ever designed by Bose.  The 2001s, besides being rare, produce an amazing amount of sound (especially on the bottom end) considering their small size.  Whenever we've been lucky enough to find a pair of these two-tone grey beauties, they usually get snapped up immediately after they are demonstrated.  The general reaction is "Are you serious?  All that sound is coming from just those two speakers?"  As is with all Bose bookshelf systems, these are very efficient and will get you evicted with only 10 watts of power.

Bose 4.2

Bose 4.2 ('86-'90) $125


Although they use a similar concept as the Bose 201s, the 4.2 cabinet design is a vast improvement over the smaller 201 series because of its larger drivers and slightly tweaked angled tweeters resulting in excellent sound dispersion.  The heavy walnut veneer enclosures also have that distinctive Bose "Stereo Everywhere" design due to those precise angles on the sides.  They are quite handsome, solidly built and they fit well into any room environment. We've had several pairs of the Bose 4.2 over the last few years because they are very popular and sound very good.  After all, it is the sound that matters...


About Bose...

We had the distinct pleasure to have met Dr Amar Bose, in person, during the late 60's at a Pacific Stereo store demo in Walnut Creek CA. It was one of the first public demonstrations of the now famous Bose 901s.  When asked about his philosophy towards speaker design, he replied "I want to build speakers the way people want to hear them".  So, there's nothing more we can say that hasn't already been said before about Bose.  You either like them or you don't.  Bear in mind, that in the last 50 years, nobody, and we mean nobody, has sold more speakers worldwide than Bose.  End of story.

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Fisher XP-5A

Fisher XP-5A (1966)  $125


One look across the room and everyone recognizes the "vintage" look of these wonderful speakers.  However, looks aren't everything...these well built, two-way XP-5As sound warm and accurate. They were designed and produced during a long gone era in America when pride in craftsmanship and materials were the main goals...not the almighty dollar.
The Fisher company produced a slew of XP models during the 60's and a lot of them are still doing the job today.  The highly prized cane style grill material instantly identifies the 60's and Fisher quality.
Back then, as long as Avery Fisher was running his company, pretty much everything coming out of their manufacturing facilities were top notch.  


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Wharfedale W60D Mark II

Wharfedale W60D Mark II (1967) $250

As Wharfedale so eloquently explained (in 1967): "For the critical connoisseur, this latest version of the very popular W60 enjoys important benefits derived from its 2-way configuration and newly upgraded components."
The 12" woofer has a massive 9.5 lb magnet assembly.  It's one piece cone, molded of English long-fiber wool and soft pulp, uses a very compliant, long throw suspension.  This results in markedly low distortion, efficiency and extended bass response.   
The 5" acoustically isolated mid-range has a generous 1.75 lb magnet assembly and specially treated cloth suspension that lasts a lifetime...resulting in smooth, well-controlled mid-range response.
The proprietary "pink" Wharfedale omni-directional, mylar domed, pressure tweeter uses an extra heavy magnet for excellent highs.
These are completely original, all badges, grills and components are included.  These are very heavy sand filled cabinets.  Wharfedale cleverly added a special type of fine *sand that is sealed inside the back panel to stabilize the acoustic properties along with the already solid bracing.(see below for more information). The handsome walnut cabinets were designed to more than speakers, they were considered fine furniture as well. The original grills are in very good condition. 

About Wharfedale...
While some may argue about it, Britain has long been recognized throughout the world as being the home of loudspeaker technology in terms of innovation and quality. This reputation has built up over many years by some of the world’s most famous loudspeaker manufacturers. Wharfedale, established over seventy years ago has always been at the forefront of developing this reputation.
 Wharfedale Wireless Works was founded in 1932 by Gilbert Briggs and became one of Britain's leading manufacturers of audiophile equipment, particularly loudspeakers. In mass public testing at Carnegie Hall, Wharfedale speakers proved indistinguishable from live music. Innovations introduced by Wharfedale under Briggs included such basics as the 2-way loudspeaker and the ceramic magnet.  *In the 1950s and 1960s, Wharfedale became famous for its technique of eliminating cabinet resonances by using a double cabinet, with the space between the inner and outer shells filled with sand. Purchasers of the loudspeaker systems would receive the appropriate quantity of sand which had been shipped from Wharfedale in England.  (Wharfedale in Yorkshire is the site of numerous sand quarries). Briggs sold the company in 1958, and it has been through several owners since then.


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Dynaco A-25

Dynaco A-25 (1971) $200

Probably one of the most successful speakers of all time, the Dynaco A-25 have been sold in the hundreds of thousands for many years.  It's an aperiodic loudspeaker that's a compact, high performance two-way speaker system.

A 10" extended excursion woofer is matched to a specially designed soft dome tweeter with a dual section high pass filter at 1500Hz, in a cabinet design which achieves a uniquely non-resonant bass response.
This particular pair of A-25s (see photo) was purchased new in 1972 and remained in the same family, handed down from father to son and now...to Cherry Vintage Audio.
Over the years they took a few bumps here and there but survived and are in perfect sonic condition.  We refinished the walnut cabinets and carefully bleached the original linen grill cloth*.  All is well and looking good! The rubber surrounds last almost forever and the crossover attenuators are working perfectly fine.  

*Note: Most of the early vintage A-25 wooden grill frames were made of hardwood, with black dye on the surface of the wood.  They sometimes had a tendency to "seep" black stains into the linen cloth if they were ever exposed to moisture.  This is a common problem.  There is a process by which the stains can be removed from the cloth.  It is difficult and tedious but well worth the effort if you want to keep everything original.

About Dynaco...
Founded by David Hafler and Ed Laurent in Philadelphia (1955), Dynaco was an American HiFi audio system manufacturer popular in the 60's and 70's for its wide range of affordable, yet high quality audio components.  Today, Dynaco is best remembered for two of their many products:
1) Their highly regarded vacuum tube stereo amplifier, the Stereo 70 (ST 70). Introduced in 1959, the ST 70 was available as a kit (Dynakit) intended for assembly by the purchaser or as a complete factory-wired unit.
2) The magnificent and extremely popular Dynaco A-25 loudspeaker system.

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