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Bowers & Wilkins 705 S1

Bowers & Wilkins 705 S1

Bowers & Wilkins 705 S1  

('03-'08)   SOLD

In absolutely pristine cosmetic condition, this pair of B&W 705 S1 performs perfectly and yields an impressive sound stage considering their size.  The enclosures are finished in a lustrous rosenut finish. This pair has sequential serial numbers #0028205 / #0028206 and the original owner's operation booklet is included. 

At first glance, the 705 is immediately recognizable in the style and design that Bowers & Wilkins always presents. 

They are a two-way, reflex-loaded, large bookshelf system.  Due to their hefty weight of 21 lbs each, solid stands are obviously recommended.  Each enclosure features a single 1"aluminum-alloy dome tweeter and a single 6.5" woven-Kevlar cone woofer.  Both drivers were made in-house by B&W's formidable audio engineering team.

From Stereophile magazine:
"The B&W 705 was designed to replace their very popular, award-winning CDM-1NT model.  The 705's woofer features B&W's familiar yellow cone of woven Kevlar and is reflex-loaded by a large port immediately beneath it on the front baffle. This has flares on both inner and outer openings, with its surface dimpled to reduce turbulence.

The proprietary 1" dome tweeter is mounted in a minimal enclosure on the top of the cabinet, which optimizes dispersion. Both drive-units had a lot of attention paid to minimizing distortion, both through careful design of their magnetic circuits and the use of such things as copper covers and shorting rings on the pole-pieces.

In addition, the tweeter has a lower inductance than usual, achieved by use of single-layer ribbon for the voice-coil, to allow its response to be extended well above the audioband. The tweeter dome is also acoustically loaded by the transmission-line tube first as seen in the Nautilus models."

The entire exterior of the enclosure is constructed with stunning rosenut veneer.  The front baffle and top plate are formed from a single piece of multi-ply wood, this curving back above the woofer to meet the rear panel. The sidewalls are lined with foam and are not quite parallel; the 705's front is slightly wider than its back, which reduces the effect of internal standing waves. There is an internal vertical brace as well as a fiber filling.

Connection is via two pairs of binding posts on the rear panel. These have large holes and sliding sleeves to allow spade lugs to be securely clamped. The crossover is mounted to a circuit board fastened to the inside of the terminal panel. Fairly minimal in topology, it features two air-core inductors, two plastic-film capacitors, and two resistors.

Crossover frequency: 3.7kHz.
Frequency response: 46Hz-25kHz, ±3dB; -6dB at 43Hz & 50kHz.
Sensitivity: 89dB/2.83V/m.
Nominal impedance: 8 ohms (4.6 ohms minimum).
Harmonic distortion:  90Hz - 20kHz
Power handling: 50-120W, unclipped.
Dimensions: 16.5"H x 8.75" W x 11.4" D
Weight: 21 lbs each.
Original MSRP: $1500/pair.

B&W 808

B&W 808

Bowers & Wilkins Series 80 Model 808 

('84-'89)  $4000  (perfect & extremely rare)

Obtained from the estate of the original owner, this amazing pair of B&W Series 80 / 808 speakers are completely original and in perfect operating condition.  Even the enormous, heavy grills are original and in excellent condition.

The 808 is a 3-way speaker system utilizing 5 drivers: two 10.5" woofers for the bass, two 4" midrange speakers and a single .05" dome tweeter for the treble, mounted in a bass reflex enclosure.  The gold plated, tri-wire  speaker banana jacks have the original factory jumpers installed for demo purposes.

NOTE: Most of the information regarding these speakers is readily available online.  We have borrowed some of that info as presented here.

The midrange drivers are manufactured from Kevlar, the same material used for bulletproof vests. Because the material is virtually indestructible, it`s incredibly expensive to form. The advantage is that once formed it never deteriorates or changes shape, vibrates uniformly and it endures an enormous amount of movement without damage. The highly efficient crossover network that sends the proper frequencies to the proper drivers, also compensates for time and phase, so all the sound reaches your ears simultaneously.

Product Summary
In some specialized music contexts, reproduction to reference standards is often required at very high sound levels indeed. This requirement presented yet another challenge to our design team and it is the raison d’etre of Model 808, which completes the trio of B&W master monitors.
Five completely new drive units are built into the three-way system with double the sensitivity of conventional professional monitors and overall frequency linearity free from coloration and distortion.

Tech highlights:
The TX32 tweeter achieves wide dispersion and extended frequency response. Yet it is capable of high sensitivity and well able to withstand the high currents involved. The Ferrofluid between the coil and pole piece cools the critical voice coil.
The problems posed by the necessary large enclosure of the 808 are met by the closed box system of utmost rigidity. To defeat coupling with the larger bass enclosure, a quarter-wave transmission line rear-loading system is incorporated.
Two 11" bass drive units operating within an enclosure of 220 litres fulfill both the bass extension and sound pressure level requirements. To achieve 91dB efficiency in the bass extension computer predictions indicate a fourth order alignment vented system and 808’s drivers are optimized around this design.

Back story (info from the Audio Base website):
The development of the 808 began in October 1981 when President Nimro Nakamichi asked B & W President John Bowers to co-develop it. After that, based on the specifications presented by Nakamichi, two engineers conducted repeated technical negotiations and Mr. Bowers conducted hearing coordination in the trial listening room. The development took three years.In the specifications presented by Nakamichi, there were 3 specific things written.

First, the flat frequency characteristics should be used to eliminate the colorization in the same way as in 801F to achieve an ultra-low distortion rate. Second, the efficiency should be twice that of 801F to obtain 91 db at 1W input power. Finally, the maximum sound pressure obtained in the listening room should be on the order of 120 db (125 db at peak).
The background to these requirements was the judgment that the monitoring capability of digital recording would become an essential requirement for pro-monitor speakers in the future, and that it would be necessary to support not only classical music but also all music sources.

To achieve these specifications, the B & W project team began with the design and manufacture of driver units with low distortion even at high sound pressure levels. The Nakamichi advice on total integration. The results are reflected in the Quarter-wave Transmission Line system for medium-to-high-range enclosures, the shape of the enclosure, and sound creation. In addition, B & W's expertise is fully utilized, including vibration analysis using a laser interferometer and the adoption of a computer-based crossover network using numerical optimization technology information.

It is interesting to note that Abbey Road studio in England was one of the first studios to install and use the model 808.  That fact alone contributed to the legend of these incredible speakers.


Type: 3 way, 5 driver loudspeaker system
Frequency Response: 30Hz to 20kHz
Impedance: 8 ohms
Sensitivity: 91dB
Bass: 2 x 11.8"
Midrange: 2 x 4"
Tweeter: 1 x proprietary TX32
Enclosure volume: 7.8 cubic feet
Finish: walnut
Dimensions: 25"W x 21"D x 42"H
Weight:  180 lbs each

About Bowers & Wilkins...
The sleepy coastal town of Worthing in South England might not look like a hotbed of 1960s freewheeling experimentation, but for audio fans it’s a place that’s synonymous with innovation.

Thanks to the first Bowers & Wilkins speakers built there in the early years of the company, music lovers could experience albums such as Sgt. Pepper and Pet Sounds in new, mind-expanding depth and clarity.In 1966, John Bowers set up his company with his partner Roy Wilkins and  began assembling speaker systems in the workshop of their electronics shop and designed their first speaker, the P1.  The profits from this beginning allowed them to invest in new calibration equipment. 

By 1968, the high quality "Domestic Monitors" (DM1, DM3) brought more recognition from the audiophile community.In the 70's, with John Bowers at the head of the company, things really took off...with the development of curved cabinet forms and the use of new cone materials such as Kevlar, they hit it big with the Model 801 which almost immediately became the reference speaker of choice for many of the world's leading recording studios. 

Also, the first model DM6 from acclaimed designer Sir Kenneth-Grange appeared in 1976.  The later DM7 was the first that featured the iconic "tweeter-on-top" that's still used today.In the 90's the appearance of the (now very famous) B&W "Nautilus" which totally upended the preconceived notions of speaker design.Even though John Bowers passed away in 1987, today, in the so-called digital age, B&W just keeps moving along with its latest versions of the Diamond Series and so much more.


Sony SS-M3

Sony SS-M3

Sony SS-M3 

('94-'97)  $500 

In splendid cosmetic condition, these very special, very rare Sony MS-33 speakers produce a quality of sound that should be expected when Danish-made Peerless drivers are involved.  This model was originally part of Sony's highly respected ES (Extremely High Standard) Series made in the USA. The SS-M3 is a bass-reflex design (sealed box.)
Included is the original manual and the original factory boxes with packing materials.  

 It's a somewhat normal assumption that Sony, being a huge "big box" retailer with a global supply chain of huge proportions, was incapable of designing "audiophile level" loudspeakers.  When they introduced the SS-M3 and M9, it's generally agreed that they shattered that assumption.)

For its ES line, Sony gave ex-Polk engineer Dan Anagnos a clean slate to produce loudspeakers that could compete in the high end. The M3 was the smallest of the three models compared to the midsized M7 and the large M9 floor standing model .  

Introduced to the public in the mid 90's, the Sony SS-M3 speakers are unusual for several reasons.
First, a key aspect of the M3's design is the cabinet. It needed to be narrow in the region of the tweeter bass unit in order to optimize treble dispersion, hence imaging. However, it also needed to be wide enough to accommodate a woofer capable of moving sufficient air to achieve good bass extension. The result is a narrow pyramid/trapezoid fabricated from thick MDF, veneered on all sides, and filled with polyester fiber—that is considerably deeper than it is wide.

Second, they are solidly built, bi-ampable, high-end drivers inside those gorgeous enclosures. 

Third, not many speaker designs came out of Japan (yet built in the USA) for which there is somewhat 'universal' acclimation of good sound. The SS-Mx line from Sony is one exception. Most likely because they use high-end Peerless drivers sourced out of Denmark/Holland rather than their own make.  

Finally, these have excellent grills made of black material stretched over angled frames to minimize any acoustic obstruction in the vicinity of the upper-frequency drive-units.

The 6.5" mid-bass drivers and 1" dome tweeters are Danish made Peerless, the same as those used in certain Snell models (and others).  .

Design was not only to minimize internal resonances but also an attempt to do the same with edge defractions on the front baffle. The non-vertical front baffle is also to 'time-align' the tweeter and low range driver so that the highs and mids/low range reach your ear at the same time. There are a number of speakers that use this concept.  As shown in the photos, the steep-slope crossovers are on their own printed circuit boards screwed to one of the cabinet sidewalls.

The original MRSP was about $900 when released which, today with inflation, would put them at about $1700.

Essential specs:
Power:  120 watts max
Frequency Response: -3dB  70 Hz
Finish: Cherrywood veneer 
Impedance: 8 ohms
Connection: Gold plated wire ports / inserts -wireable, bi-ampable with jumpers.
Crossover: Steep-slope 24 dB-per-octave (reduced comb filtering)
Dimensions (semi-trapezoid design): 18.5" high, 12" wide (max), 12" deep (max)
Weight: 29 lbs each

About Sony...
There are few companies as storied as Sony of Japan.  It was in 1946 that Mr. Masaru Ibuka and Mr. Akio Morita together with a small team of passionate and committed group of employees started to build “Tokyo Tsushin Kenkyujo” (Totsuko), or “Tokyo Telecommunications Research Institute” into the well-known global conglomerate that it is today. The main objective of the company was to design and create innovative products which would benefit the people.

The company name of Sony was created by combining two words of “sonus” and “sonny”. The word “sonus” in Latin represents words like sound and sonic. The other word “sonny” means little son. Used in combination, Sony is supposed to represent a very small group of young people who have the energy and passion towards unlimited creations and innovative ideas. With the far-sight of expanding worldwide, it was in 1958 that the company formally adopted “Sony Corporation” as its corporate name. Easy to pronounce and read in any language, the name Sony, which has a lively ring to it, fits comfortably with the spirit of freedom and open-mindedness.

At the beginning of 1959, Sony founder (and President at the time) Masaru Ibuka spoke about his New Year's dream for a transistor TV in a magazine interview. Japan's first transistor radio had gone on sale only four years earlier. The next target was a transistor TV.

Ibuka spoke of it as a dream, but in fact things were already taking shape behind the scenes. Steady progress had already been made toward realizing that dream. Transistors with enough display power to be useful for TVs were comparably more difficult to create than transistors for radios, but Sony had perfected these special transistors the year before, in 1958, and work on developing a transistor TV was already underway.

Development accelerated sharply from the beginning of 1959. The first prototype was completed in April and numerous improvements and design studies were carried out. On December 25, Ibuka's New Year's dream came true with the announcement of Sony's first TV---the world's first direct-view TV. When it went on sale in May 1960, the TV8-301 8-inch portable transistor TV launched Sony's TV business.

As it happened, a group of market researchers representing US TV manufacturers visited Japan when the transistor TV was under development. Ibuka asked them whether they thought small TVs would sell or not. To a man, they said they would fail.

Looking back on this later, Ibuka said that it was common practice in the US to plan new products on the basis of market research, but it was also possible to carry out market research for the first time by actually putting something on the market. Since then, he said, he believed new products always involved market creation, too. "I'm now firmly convinced that brand new products must always create new markets."

Two years later in 1962, the TV5-303---which was even smaller than the TV8-301---became a huge hit in the US.
The rest, as they history.


Jamo S-606

Jamo S-606

Jamo S-606 

(2008)  $600

In spectacular cosmetic condition and fully operational, this stunning pair of Jamo S-606 were first introduced in 2008.  They were thoughtfully designed using luxurious "dark apple" (aka cherrywood) laminate for the sidewalls and narrow strips running the length of the front of the baffles.  The rest of the enclosures feature piano black gloss laminate for the tops and front baffles.  Removing the grill reveals the inline drivers with the mids featuring silver metallic phase plugs.  

The S-606 was originally part of a surround system that was dangerously close (yet substantially better) than some of Jamo's well known and respected, so-called "budget" models.  Obviously (to us), these S-606 towers were definitely the heart of that system.  As a standalone set, this pair of S-606 is a very high quality speaker system with each enclosure weighing in at about 53 lbs each. 

Our in-store "shootout" with the Jamo S-606 against a pair of more expensive Sonus Faber Venere 2.5.  Hands down, the Jamo sounded better to us using the same amp and same demo tunes. our humble opinion, the S-606 sounds even better than they look.

The S-606 is a 3-way bass-reflex design (ports on the rear) with five-way gold plated binding posts and jumpers.
Each 42" tall cabinet features a single soft dome 1" tweeter (with textile base) and two 5" MF/LF (midrange) drivers (fitted with heat dissipating metallic phase plugs instead of dust caps.)
The tweeter and mids are placed into a separate sealed compartment that improves isolation with the woofer.  The 8" woofers are placed on side walls of the lower part of the enclosures.

Reviewed everywhere, the consistent comments were "the Jamo S-6060 are focused, dynamical, open, accurate, and neutral by tonal balance".
We might add that, like every high quality speaker system, it's best to drive them with good quality amp power to bring out the best they have to offer.

System type:  3-way
Enclosure type:  Bass-reflex
Frequency response: ± 3dB42 - 20000 Hz
Nominal impedance: 6 Ohm
Amplifier Requirements:  15 - 210 watts
Sensitivity: (2.83V/1m)89 dB
Dimensions: 42"H x 7.5"W x 13.5"D
Weight: 53 lbs. each

About Jamo...
Jamo is a Danish manufacturer of loudspeakers.  The company was founded in 1968 by Preben Jacobsen and his brother-in-law, Julius Mortensen. The company name is derived from the founders' surnames. At one point, Jamo employed more than 400 workers at its factory in Glyngore and grossed hundreds of millions of dollars; in 1994, it was Europe's largest speaker manufacturer.

In 1998, the company had produced and sold more than 11.5 million units. In 2002, businessman Anders Hoiris was hired as director to reverse declining sales. His efforts proved unsuccessful; a major company backer, FSN Capital, then transferred its interest in the brand to Jystke Bank.  Hoiris then resigned. Company production has, since 2004, been located in China. Jamo was taken over in 2005 by the well known American firm Klipsch Audio Technologies which Hoiris had arranged for before his departure.


HTD Level Four

HTD Level Four

HTD Level Four

(Early 2000's)   $500      (extremely rare)

These very rare HTD Level 4 speakers were built using only expensive, high-tech components featuring gorgeous carved enclosures with a stunning, authentic piano black laminate finish and real mahogany. Essentially, the Level Four speakers are a high level audiophile speaker system that's as exciting to listen to as it is to look at. 

Only around for a few years, the HTD Level 4 speakers were incredibly difficult to design and produce in a cost effective manner.  The time consuming production *process resulted in a limited run mostly due to cost vs ROI.  They simply could not justify continuing to sell them at their original price point of $400/pair.  It was either substantially raise the price or discontinue the model.  So...they decided to halt production.  The Level 4 are almost completely under the radar today.  They are a collector's dream...

This modest sized speaker produces a big, warm and smooth sound that is both musical and powerful. For use primarily as a bookshelf speaker that needs to be placed on heavy duty stands.

The Level FOUR includes the following features:

~6.5" drivers with doped pulp cones, butyl rubber surrounds, cast aluminum baskets, 2.5" voice coils, and high-efficiency neodymium magnets
~silky smooth 1.1" ferrofluid cooled silk dome tweeters
~3rd order crossovers on both the tweeters and mid-range drivers
~Dual bi-wireable gold-plated 5-way binding posts
~Removable shaped wood and cloth grills
~Knife-edge fit and finish cabinets made of CNC carved 1" MDF with internal bracing
~Internal tuned channels that end in front firing, elliptical ports for enhanced bass
~Video shielded for safe placement near a TV

*True Piano Finish- 
Most medium-grade and even some high end speaker brands use an inexpensive vinyl covering called "simulated" piano finish (although the word simulated is often omitted). This plastic material is shiny but it looks nothing like the true, rich high gloss finish that HTD creates. Others simply use a glossy paint and call it "piano finish". We use a multi-step process of applying lacquer, drying, sanding and cleaning. This process was repeated a minimum of seven times and took about fourteen days per speaker cabinet! The result was obvious in the stunning, deeply rich finish of every Level FOUR model.

Power Handling:   110 watts RMS, 150 watts max
Frequency Response:  45 Hz - 20 kHz +/-3dB
Impedance:  8 ohms
Sensitivity:  88dB
Woofer Driver:  6.5" doped pulp with butyl rubber surround, cast basket, 2.5" voice coil, 4 OZ neodymium magnet
Tweeter Driver:  1.1" silk dome, 5 + 3 OZ ferrite magnet
Crossover:  3rd order on both tweeter and woofer at 2500Hz
Dimensions (HxWxD)  16" x 8 3/4" x 11 1/2" (bottom) 10" (top)
Weight (each):  27 lbs

About HTD...
HTD spun out of a company that began designing and manufacturing high quality audio equipment for many of the biggest brands in home audio in the early 1970's. They leveraged their expertise in designing and producing quality audio gear for others into the creation of their own HTD brand in 1998. The first HTD speakers were sold direct to consumers in January 1999 and Home Theater Direct, Inc. became its own company in early 2001.  With the advent of the internet, their decision to sell only direct to consumers was easy. Selling direct saved the customers' money by eliminating the price increases tacked on by distributors and retailers, as well as by catalogers and other internet stores.   HTD (Home Theater Direct) is a different kind of home audio company. They only sell what they make, and their HTD brand is only sold directly to consumers.


Pioneer HPM-100 

('76-'79)  SOLD (one owner, pristine)

Obtained from the estate of the original owner, this pair of Pioneer HPM-100 are in pristine cosmetic condition and 100% fully operational.  Both tweeters have been replaced with the exact clones (made by Midwest Speakers) as the original Pioneer drivers (identical values, dimensions and cosmetics).  Also included are one extra original (working) tweeter and one extra pair of the original (working) Pioneer #30-733A-1 woofers.  This pair is the 100-watt version.
The cabinets are damage-free, no scratches, no dings.  The grills and material are also perfect.

The Pioneer HPM-100 is a 100 watt, 4-way, 4-speaker bass-reflex system with a 12" carbon fiber blend woofers, 4" mids, 1.8" tweeters and high polymer super tweeters.

The HPM-100s were built by former JBL engineers to do one thing, and that was to be a better sounding speaker than the JBL L100. Almost everybody believes they admirably did a great job.  True...that's saying a lot, but this is the general consensus among many people in the Hi-Fi Industry. These speakers have just the right balance and warm tones. These are amazing sounding speakers.

Whenever the Pioneer HPM-100 is working 100% like this pair, they sound remarkable! The depth of the sound is incredible....breathtaking sounding speakers.  With the right amp, you can expect rich concert realism and...if so desired...a thunderous soundstage to either annoy your neighbors or to get evicted from your apartment.

Type: 4 way, 4 driver loudspeaker system
Frequency Response: 30Hz to 25kHz
Power Handling: 50W
Crossover Frequency: 3000, 4000, 12000Hz
Impedance: 8Ω
Sensitivity: 92.5dB
Bass: 12" cone
Midrange: 4" cone
Tweeter: 1.8" cone
Super Tweeter: PM high polymer
Enclosure: bass reflex
Year: '76-'79
Dimensions: 15.4"W x 26.4"H x 15.5"D
Weight: 59 lbs each

Pioneer S-T100

Pioneer S-T100

Pioneer S-T100 

('88-'90)  $300

This pair of Pioneer S-T100 speakers are in exceptional cosmetic condition and fully operational.  They are best described as a bit of a conundrum.  At one time, Pioneer designed some incredible speaker systems (like the legendary HPM Series, S-1010, and a few others).  But then, like other Japanese "big names", they also pumped out a lot of "just ok" models.  During the late 80's Pioneer produced the S-T100 and, to some, it was a shock because they sound really dang great!  

Priced at $600/pair and packaged in heavy oak cabinets, Pioneer described these as their "vertical twin bass drive system" design.  Apparently, Pioneer decided that "it's all about the bass" with the S-T100 because they can go deep.  For those that prefer to taper that deep bass, the ports can be "tuned down" with the included foam inserts. 
Thanks to an intelligent crossover design, the mids and highs are also excellent.  Overall, the Pioneer S-T100 is a remarkably great "under-the-radar" speaker system.

Each oak veneer enclosure has all the original drivers including two 6.5" mid-bass units (with enormous magnets) and a single high quality 1" cone tweeter.  There are twin front-firing 1.5" bass ports placed horizontally, mid center on either side.  On the rear are standard banana connections.

The highly customized enclosures were created out of necessity because the grills were toast.  For grills, all the mid-bass drivers have custom 6.25" chrome rings with black fiberglass screen material.  The tweeters have chrome rings attached to curved, black metal protective screens.  The bass ports have 2" round wood attachments.  The overall effect exposes all the beautiful oak on the front baffles instead of hiding it behind typically ugly black grill cloth.  The enclosures were finished off with curved (radius) edges up front.

Comments from owners on AudioKarma:
"Pioneer S-T100. Bad ass...think they are the Boss and sound like they are. Early 90’s and incredible..."

"I've had the Pioneer S-T100's and after listening to them against many other loudspeakers in a fairly high end audio store, I thought they beat the competition quite handily..."

Impedance: 6 ohms
Frequency range: 35 to 40k hz
Sensitivity: 91 dB
Max power: 150 watts 
Dimensions: 23"H x 13.5"D x 10"W
Weight: 32 lbs each

About Pioneer speakers...
Pioneer electronics started in japan by Mr.Nozomu Matsumoto in 1937. He was a very passionate individual who loved music and loved technology. He took it upon himself to create a loudspeaker built in japan that would reproduce the same quality and performance of the products that he was buying from overseas. Nozomu Matsumoto’s first business was a radio repair shop where he was fixed and repaired products made by others. In the same shop, he began creating Pioneer Speakers.

Mr.Nozomu Matsumoto built these speakers because he wanted to share with people the same strong passion and excitement he experienced while listening to imported speakers. "Pioneers’ original mission was to share the listening experience with more people." – Mr.Naoto Takashima (Director, Tohoku Pioneer)

"Pioneers strength is the ability to deliver our founder’s philosophy to practically any listener at all price points. By applying technology and experience developed for TAD and other high-end pioneer speakers, even our least expensive speakers achieve our mission". – Mr.Naoto Takashima (Director, Tohoku Pioneer).