Stereo Speaker Systems (con't)
Polk Monitor 10-B
This pair of Polk Monitor 10-B are in excellent cosmetic and working condition. The original grills and badges are perfect as well. Heavy at about 48 lbs each, the rosewood veneer cabinets are gorgeous. This pair is fuse protected.
Although there were a few different versions of the Monitor 10, the Monitor 10B is globally considered one of the worlds' best sounding loudspeakers and, in the words of Audiogram magazine. "At their price point of $750 pair (1979) they are simply a steal."
The Polk 10B utilizes dual 6.5" trilaminate polymer drivers coupled to a built-in 10" "subwoofer" for accurate bass response and superior dynamic range. A perfect 1" Peerless dome tweeter complements the other drivers to insure outstanding reproduction of just about every type of music. These Peerless tweeters have the little hole in the middle, the same ones used in the original Monitor 10. Many claim these original tweeters were better than the SL-1000 tweeters used in some of the later versions. The multi-component crossover network and 3/4" thick high density, non-resonant cabinets are some of the hallmarks of the Polk Monitor lineup.
When connected to excellent amplifier power, the 10-B's achieve open, boxless, three-dimensional imaging surpassed only by the famous TOTL Polk SDA models.. Their silky smooth frequency response presents natural, non-fatiguing, easy to listen to sound, while their fast transient response results in music that is reproduced with life-like clarity and detail. In addition, dynamic bass performance, ultra -wide dispersion, high efficiency and high power handling are all hallmarks of Monitor 10-B and most of the Monitor Series' performance.
Type: 3 way, 4 driver loudspeaker system
Frequency Response: 25Hz to 26kHz
Our recommended amplifier: 80 to 250W
Bass: 1 x 10" fluid coupled
Midrange: 2 x 6.5" cone
Tweeter: 1 x 1" Peerless dome
Dimensions: 28 x 16 x 11.5 inches
About Polk Audio Monitors...
Polk Audio is an American company that was founded in 1972 by three Johns Hopkins University graduates who were fanatical audiophiles with a common vision. They believed that it was possible to make speakers that performed as well as the most exotic and expensive systems at a fraction of the price. Starting with only $200, they began by designing and manufacturing the Monitor Series loudspeakers. The Monitor Series combined the advantages of American high technology and durability with European styling and refinement. Over the years an unending stream of rave reviews, industry awards, and thousands of enthusiastic Polk customers have established the Monitor Series as the choice for those looking for both incredible sound and an affordable price. According to many experienced audiophiles, there is no better value in audio equipment today than a Polk Monitor series loudspeaker.
Davidson Audio "Peerless Retro One"
(1968) retrofit Peerless, custom cabinets $TBD
We are pleased to welcome the latest creation from Davidson Audio...
These hand-built, solid, dark walnut cabinets with radius edges and banana style connectors contain some excellent vintage Peerless coaxial drivers from 1968.
These 8" coaxial drivers are model 825-20 full-range with Alnico magnets
centered with a single "mt20hfc" tweeter with a single, fully functional cap.
They are 8 ohm with a 45 to 18,000 Hz frequency response.
Although efficient, when driven with high power, they sparkle and deliver crystal clear highs and a pleasingly smooth mid/bass sound-stage...perfect for jazz and classical music.
The enclosures are a perfect balance of 3/4" thick mitered hardwood dark walnut, perfect baffling and very well braced. The vintage style "linen" grill cloth with tiny gold specs in the weave enhance the overall design. The surface has a near invisible coat of polyurethane sealer.
Davidson Audio Bela'
Hand built and designed locally by an artisan master of fine cabinetry and audio engineering, the Davidson Audio Bela' are unique, to say the least. Cherry Vintage Audio is pleased to represent the Davidson Audio Bela' model and will display more unique and different styles of Davidson Audio speaker systems in the very near future.
With impedance of 6-8 ohms, each Bela' enclosure has two high quality 6.5" Vifa woofers and one excellent Vifa 1" tweeter. The Vifa woofers (made in Denmark) feature long stroke, low reflection magnesium baskets with stiff, air-dried paper cones and low damping rubber surrounds. They are designed to have long throw magnet systems optimized for bass reflex. The Vifa tweeters have coated diaphragms of fabric and silk with linear response front plates. They have long lasting, low damping ferrofluid with high stability and replaceable voice coils.
The enclosures have double bass ports on the rear that can be plugged according to how much bass you want to hear. The intended hand built, custom designed crossover is at 2.5 khz. The electrical filters are second order and, while considering the natural slope of the drivers, the effective acoustic crossover is more along 3rd or 4th order.
The white, fluted, solid wood columns have washi-wood accents on the white weave fabric grills and are 41" tall, weighing about 45 lbs each. The interiors of each enclosure are lined with acoustic baffling, well braced and have faux marble tops that make them suggested for use as very attractive plant stands (or not). The Bela' loudspeaker system was carefully designed to produce full, rich sound that any true audiophile will certainly appreciate.
About Davidson Audio...
Based in Easley SC, Davidson Audio has over 25 years experience in custom loudspeaker design and technology. The addiction to HiFi began in the late 60's at the age of 12 years old . By the time he was 15, he had put together his first hi-fi rig. This led to an interest in the equipment needed to really hear the great music on LPs and I began to study electronics. For his senior high school project he built his first amplifier. Eventually he earned a degree in electronic engineering technologies and began to work in the industrial manufacturing area. All the while, the HiFi bug continued as a serious hobby.
In the mid 90s, with the consent and encouragement from wife and family, he decided to build a high quality media room at home. After setting a substantial budget for the intended gear, he discovered, very quickly, just how little the speaker budget had actually brought to the table. This led to researching the REAL cost in manufacturing high quality speakers which, in turn, led me to the surprisingly abundant world of DIY. From that point on he never purchased a new set of commercially built speakers.
With his substantial and continuing understanding of electronics and the benefits of his other serious hobby, woodworking, he set out to build his own speakers. By intensive reading and studying (along with trial and error), he gained the understanding of how to build his own speakers. Over the next 25 years he built many sets of speakers of his own design along with some from other designers he had come to respect.
As he states "my designs typically start by combing through hundreds of data sheets from driver manufactures to find specific drivers that fit the acoustic and electrical characteristics I want. Using that reference data, I make base calculations on the crossovers. However, since drivers are a type of motor and dynamic by nature, the static calculations serve only as a starting point. It is impossible to produce a design with just base static calculations that will be pleasing to the ear. So next comes the most difficult and time consuming aspect of any new design: hours, days, weeks, and even months of listening, testing and tweaking the crossover to produce the desired final product. Once the crossover is worked out the woodworking starts. Selecting the best materials, I construct the cabinets. I use proven construction techniques and try to add visual interest using contrasting solid woods and veneers. Internal bracing adds rigidity and lining the enclosures with acoustic foam eliminates standing waves and distortion. In the end, the enclosure must be functional but also pleasing in cosmetic design. My philosophy towards loudspeaker design begins with the realization that it's an artful process that's based in science and engineering. The final tuning of the crossover by ear combined with the design and construction of the enclosure is what elevates a loudspeaker into something you never tire of listening to."
Back in the early 70's, Sony got really serious and jumped head first into the stereo wars with all the other giant Japanese audio companies.
Sony also designed many, many different speaker models...some that ranged from basically cheap (for the department stores)...some that were just ok for consumer level (discount HiFi shops), etc etc. They did, however, also design some very good to excellent speaker systems.
This pair of Sony SSU-1600 is an example of the overbuilt, excellent build quality they were capable of producing. Considered extremely rare, they were constructed to (seemingly) last forever. There were several other models in this SSU lineup at the time including the SSU-1800 and the highly reviewed SSU-2000.
At a back-breaking 60 lbs each, the 8-ohm SSU-1600 are large and heavy (26" H x 15" W x 12" D), 3-way floor speakers using a complex, highly designed crossover network with midrange and tweeter level controls on the rear. They are efficient at about a 75 watt tolerance level (nominal).
Sony, like other manufacturers, occasionally used different brand name drivers to handle the bottom end; the excellent 12" Fisher W508 woofers feature heavy Alnico magnet structures, paper cones and treated cloth surrounds. The 3" mids and 1" tweeters appear to be a proprietary Sony design.
The walnut veneer cabinets are in very good condition and the original grills are near perfect with a beautiful brown/dark red fabric weave cloth. The original badges are perfect and the model paperwork attached to the rear are intact. Speaker connections are banana or plain wire capable.
Nothing to add here, Sony was (is) one of the largest and best known Japanese companies in the world.
Mirage FRx 3
(Canada, 1999) SOLD
These Canadian-made Mirage FRx 3 bookshelf speakers definitely punch higher than their class.
The well braced, black oak cabinets measure 14"H x 7.5" W x 10.5"D
The FRx-3 are a 2-way design: the tweeters are .75" metal hybrid domes and the 6.5" bass/mid drivers have poly cones with rubber surrounds.
The nominal impedance is 8 ohms and they are able to handle 100 watts each with an efficiency of 90dB.
*Available at extra cost and shown in the photos are the factory Mirage API solid black steel stands with walnut accents are heavy and are adjustable for different heights.
Mirage was started back in 1979; the principals were Jeff Percy, Jeff Soltysek, and Patrick Dempster. The original designs were done by Kevin Voecks (the designer for Snell Acoustics), who at the time had his own speaker company, Symdex. (Following the sale of Symdex, Kevin moved to Canada to join Mirage as full-time designer.) In the early days, Mirage's specialty was high-quality, but relatively low-cost, conventional box loudspeakers. As luck, and the products' just desserts, would have it, the reviews which met these speakers were almost uniformly favorable, and demand for the product soared. Mirage is under the corporate umbrella of API and is now a part of Klipsch.
Epicure (Epi) M-50
The M-50 was EPI's least expensive speaker of the line was one of the most difficult to be developed. The EPI design staff were convinced they could produce a smaller, less expensive speaker than the already popular Model 100 but knew that this product had to be able to compete successfully in the already most highly contested price bracket of hi-fi, without sacrificing the company's ideals of linear sound. The resultant development of the smaller EPI module, a tiny walnut cabinet, no rheostat control, and packaging in pairs for shipping ease, lowered the cost significantly enough to produce the Model 50.
EPI's method of avoiding the compromises of sound purity generally accepted for speakers in this range was put their finest and most expensive [ed. note: and only] tweeter along with their highly damped, low resonant 6" woofer in a very small enclosure. In this way these quality components could become perfectly linear by taking advantage of specific room placements to increase bass response many times. By placing the EPI 50 in, or close to, the corners (floor or ceiling) of the listening room, the sides of the room become an extension of the cabinet structure and, in doing so, transform the tiny cabinet of "The Mite" into a massive system.
"The response extends from 45 to 16,000 HZ +/- 3 dB, and dispersion was also excellent ... In our listening tests, the Model 50's transient response stood out and we found we could feed the unit a lot of power before it would break up. An open sound with clear highs and solid bass is characteristic of this stereo pair." - Audio Magazine, November 1971
The important stereo phasing and accurate reverberant field characteristics of such a highly dispersive speaker make it well suited for front or rear channel operation regardless of size or price considerations. No other speaker we know of in this price range can come close to the performance of the EPI Model 50.
About Epicure (Epi)...
EPI was founded in 1970 by Winslow Burhoe, to manufacture speakers based on the "module" he had designed. This module consisted of an eight inch woofer and a one inch tweeter. Many different speakers were built using various combinations of this module, and a six inch version of the woofer. They were wonderful speakers and are still usually prized by their owners, who will frequently go to great lengths to repair them properly when they (rarely) develop problems.
custom speaker stands
Did you know that most speakers sound much better when they are placed on the correct size speaker stands? The improvement in the sound is sometimes astounding!
We are currently stocking custom speaker stands made by the Crocker© Company. The Crocker© "Steampunk" stands are custom-built, heavy duty and built one pair at a time to YOUR specs.
All stands are custom made with your choice of woods and colors...the Crocker© stands are made to last a lifetime.
All the stands are built to hold the heaviest of speakers with no worries...ever!
There are NO middleman fees, you will be dealing directly with the designer.
Contact us for further information.
Based in Easley SC, Crocker© woodworking has many years of experience in design and construction of beautiful wood and metal creations. A love of all things relating to vintage stereo equipment has convinced Crocker© to now offer these unique speaker stands. They will listen to your input and deliver a finished pair of stands that will allow your speakers to perform the way they were meant to.