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anyone heard of technics 3-way speakers??

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
thinking of buying a pair off craigs, they are 3-way 200watt, the specific model is: Technics SB-LX70, i couldnt find much online about them, im looking for quality pair, not just loudness (clear full sound, as close to hifi as I can get with a pair of 3-ways for around 100 used, any suggestions on what used brand/model will fit the bill let me know) thanks
post #2 of 15
Technics is Panasonic. Very probably terrible speakers. Why do you want "3-way" speakers? What do you care how many drivers it has? Also, the power handling of the speaker has got to be about the most irrelevant possible statistic for judging the quality of the speaker. For $100/pair, I think you should be looking for some good small bookshelves - 2 way.
post #3 of 15
I haven't heard that particular model, but I do own a pair of 3-way Technics speakers that look similar to that and are probably from around the same year. The speakers I own are not anywhere near being mid-fi, but they still were pretty fun. I beat the crap out of them in college with a technics integrated amp and cd player.

Again, I'm not familiar with that exact speaker, but if hi-fidelity is what you're looking for, I'd *guess* that that's not the speaker for you, but I could be wrong.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
allright I wont get those i suppose, the reason I am looking into 3-ways is currently I am rocking some DYI dayton BR-1's (pretty good reviews for bookshelves), and I am looking for a little more bass and some more power, So a pair of 3-ways would do the trick, maybe ill look for a dedicated sub and get another pair of good bookshelves if you guys are saying 3-ways arent too "hifi" let me know what you think
post #5 of 15
Like the other poster said, I can't think of any reason you should be factoring "3-way" into your speaker purchase. If you're looking at the 100 dollar ball park you're going to have to makes sacrifices somewhere. I can't see 100 dollars buying you a speaker with good bass, let alone good anything else.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
So are you guys saying for the most part "3-way" isnt the way to go, and I would be better off going with 2 more bookshelves and a sub? (I willl end up spending more than 100 obviously) is 2 bookshelves and sub the way to go no matter how much I want to spend?
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by rebith75 View Post
So are you guys saying for the most part "3-way" isnt the way to go, and I would be better off going with 2 more bookshelves and a sub? (I willl end up spending more than 100 obviously) is 2 bookshelves and sub the way to go no matter how much I want to spend?
Think of it like this:

You have two different speakers at the same price. One has two drivers in it and a crossover and the other has three drivers in it and a crossover.

For the 3-way speaker to cost the same as the 2-way, the drivers in the 3-way speaker will have to cost less than those in the 2-way which would most likely compromise their quality. Also, the crossover would have to be more complex and would probably be forced to skimp on quality to meet a price point.

You shouldn't factor 2-way/3-way/25-way into your purchase. More drivers doesn't mean better. In fact, the ideal speaker would be able to produce the entire frequency range with 1 driver.

You're not going to get decent bookshelf speakers AND a sub for 100 dollars.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by rebith75 View Post
(...) Technics SB-LX70, (...)
Well, let's do a tele-diagnosis: If you google up some info and pic on/of those thingies, you might notice conus tweeters and rather strange dimensions (quite wide and high, but rather shallow cabinet - esp. for using 12 " woofers...). Alone from that you can pretty safely conclude that these speakers belong to a rather cheap series and are rather meant to be party speakers or produce a lot of *oomph* as front speakers in a home theater set-up than to be used as HiFi speakers.

Greetings from Munich!

Manfred / lini
post #9 of 15
My guess is that these, like most cheap "3-way" speakers, are really just 2-way with the third woofer acting as a passive radiator.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by infinitesymphony View Post
My guess is that these, like most cheap "3-way" speakers, are really just 2-way with the third woofer acting as a passive radiator.
Bad guess, I guess. These speakers might not be the greatest ever in Hifi history, but Technics isn't a cheater company - and a 12 " passive radiator for a 4 " mid speaker would make absolutely no sense: I'd feel safe to bet US$ 1000 on that these are real 3-way speakers.

Greetings from Munich!

Manfred / lini
post #11 of 15
Three bad driveers is not better than one or two good ones. I have nothing against 3-way designs, per se, but they are not necessarily superior to two way designs. In fact, if one driver could handle all of the frequences, that would be superior - in theory, because driver interaction leads to distortion and difficulty in speaker design. You hear people marvel at some of the single-driver full range speakers for coherency. Good components and good design is what you want, not the maximum number of drivers, or biggest size, or highest power handling for the dollar.

For $100, you may be able to find some used Paradigm Atoms, or PSB Alphas, or B&W 302s, or something like that. No, they won't play that loud or that low, but at least they will do the mids decently - which is the most important thing for accurate music reproduction.
post #12 of 15
What 3-way buys you, if it is a real three way design is either lower bass, better mids, or both. The problem you run in to with two speakers is that you can't make the woofer big enough to get really low frequencies without compromising something. Either you have to cross it too high and you pass it's resonance frequency, or you have to make the tweeter too large and have the same problem. Or, what is generally done with good speakers, you just don't have so much bass.

If you want more LFE extension, you have to go 2.5 or 3 way*. That's not to say it necessarily makes speakers better, but it isn't something to scoff at. You can get some B&W 805s and while they are truly great sounding 2-way speakers, they just don't do much bass, since B&W doesn't compromise on quality. You have to get something with more drivers if you want the bass, regardless of their series.

As to these particular speakers I'd say that $100 is reasonable for these speakers but you are getting what you pay for. High end speakers these are not. Sorry, but speakers don't lose a ton of value being used. If they are in good condition, people will still pay a reasonable price for them as the technology doesn't move all that fast. If you want good speakers, you'll have to expand your budget a bit.

*The distinction has to do with where the crossover points are set. With a 3-way, the bass driver(s) is totally separate from the midrange. With a 2.5 way there's a driver that just does bass, and another driver that does bass, but goes up to midrange as well.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by lini View Post
Bad guess, I guess. These speakers might not be the greatest ever in Hifi history, but Technics isn't a cheater company - and a 12 " passive radiator for a 4 " mid speaker would make absolutely no sense...
Oh, yep, you're right.

After looking at them, it's pretty obvious that they're 3-way.

post #14 of 15

ive got a pair of technics 4-way speakers (the model my username is based on) and they sound amazing.  i paid $30, but if i saw them for $300 i would jump on them all over again.  they sound loads better than my sony 3-ways.  and my sonys dont sound bad at all.  

post #15 of 15
my friend is selling two 3way technics for 300 for the set
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