Stereo Speaker Systems #2

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!)

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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 drivers...in 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.


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Bose 6.2 (left)
Bose 6.2 (right)
Bose 6.2 interior (illustration)
Bose 6.2

Bose 6.2 ('84-'93) $225/pr  (mint)

This is a beautiful (and rare) pair of genuine hardwood B​ose 6.2 speakers​.​ 
​(​Bose made 2 versions of these speakers, one with ​ugly ​vinyl wrap laminate, and one version like ours with ​beautiful ​real hardwood.​)​ 

Th​e​ drivers​, cabinets and grills​ are in ​excellent condition​, almost like they just came out of the box!.​  ​

T​wo 3​"​ tweeter​s​ ​are mounted on bolted frames on top of the main drivers, each one facing left and right.​  In this configuration, they are meant to be placed horizontally on stands.  By removing the bolts and adjusting the frames, you can use them vertically instead.  Pretty cool!  ​The twin tweeters really do manage to reproduce​ the​ higher frequencies with improved clarity​ while​ the ​​8" woofers ​really pump out crisper lows with ​solid damping​ and no "boominess"​.

The unique structure of the front ported cabinets mixes very well with the dark blonde hardwood exteriors and perfect brown fabric grills.  They are surprisingly heavy as well.

The Bose 6.2 can handle a maximum power of 150​ watts​ during a very short musical burst without damag​e but they don't need much power to begin with​.  ​

Of course, as with most Bose speaker systems, they always pushed the marketing hype to its limits by describing the "​Bose Direct/Reflecting​"​ (audio waves) speaker technology​ as "revolutionary".  

We'll leave that up to your own ears to decide but the 6.2 does deliver some very excellent sound.​

Bose 4001

Bose 4​001 (​'​94​-'98​) 2 pairs available 

$200/pr (black/grey) $​175/pr (black)


​The Bose 4001 are p​robably ​some of the​ mo​re​ surprising (and mysterious) speaker system​s​ ever designed by Bose.  They produce an amazing amount of sound (especially on the bottom end) considering their​ ​size​ at about 24" in height...somewhere between floor and bookshelf in size, they absolutely do their best when on speaker stands.​  ​

The dark grey ashwood veneer enclosures each have ​twin 6.5" ​drivers​ ​and single 2.5" tweeter​s​. ​The main drivers are tuned to different ranges with one of them tuned toward mid to upper bass, and the other one more "sub" bass.  The grills came in two versions: black/grey or black.

The tweeters are angled inwards 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. ​

Essentially, because each cabinet also has twin front facing ports, the amount of bass is amazing and placement in the room is not that critical.  ​

The general reaction after hearing these is something like​ ​"a​ll that sound is coming from just those two speakers, really??"  

As is with all Bose bookshelf systems, these are very efficient and will get you evicted with only 20 watts of power.  However, be aware that even 100 watts each will not harm these speakers and they will handle that power easily.

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.

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Advent Maestro

Advent Maestro (1987) $210/pr

Here we have a somewhat ​rare ​and excellent pair of Advent Maestro speakers, ​rated at 75-750 watts​ with a s​oundstage ​some would describe as breathtaking​.​ 

These are large, floor-standing, ​real Pecan oiled hardwood cabinets​ with flawless grills, weighing about 51 lbs each.

The Maestros are a fuse protected system.  The 10" woofers​ foam surrounds are excellent and are capable of providing deep bass​ when driven with a high quality receiver or amp.  

The 5" mid​s and​ 1" tweeters​ help to round out some seriously​ beautiful sound​. 

Specs: 

Power Handling : 750 watts Peak (max), 150 watts RMS Frequency Response: 42-23,000Khz /- 3 DB, 6 ohms impedance 10" Woofer; 5" Mid-Range (2" Rolled Dome); 1" Tweeter Dimensions: Floor Standing Speakers -- 33.5" H x 16"W x 10"D Cabinet: MDF with wood accents: solid pecan bottoms and tops, anti-diffraction baffle (foam front) Weight: 51 lbs.

Advent Prodigy Tower

Advent Prodigy "Tower" (1990) $165/pr

The Advent Prodigy Tower (mini-tower is more like it) speaker system is among the better systems that are available anywhere in this price range. Their sound is smooth and uncolored, with no noticeable emphasis or deficiency in any portion of the audible spectrum. Further listening reveals that their bass reproduction is more extended and cleaner than in many, if not most, speakers that are comparable in size or price.  They have an amazing combination of compact size, smoothness, wide dispersion, extended bass and treble response, high efficiency, high power-handling ability, and low bass distortion. Although calling a speaker of its size and proportions a "tower" might be considered a bit of hype, the "prodigy" part of its name is not hard to justify.  At 28" tall and 9" square, they have a small footprint with a large sound stage.  Real oak top and bottoms are a beautiful design touch as well.


About Advent...

Henry Kloss (the "K" in KLH) left KLH to develop a low-cost projection television, but had trouble financing the leading-edge research and development that was still required. To earn some money, he decided to build a high-performance low-cost dual driver speaker system, The Advent Loudspeaker.  The rest is glorious vintage speaker history.

Kloss later created many other versions of Advent speakers and also a high-fidelity cassette tapeplayer and recorder incorporating Dolby noise reduction.


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