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Anyone heard of IMF speakers?

post #1 of 10
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My grandpa just got some Axiom bookshelfs and gave me his old IMF Compact Monitor 3 speakers.   These replace the Advents I had, and have a lot more detail. 

 

 

is.php?i=88462&img=imf_cm3.jpg%22%20border=%220

 

The foam surrounds on the midranges is shot, but the speakers overall sound great. Just wondering if anyone has heard of this brand. Seems like build quality is high.


Edited by zlobby - 12/31/10 at 11:14am
post #2 of 10

I believe those are a respectable speaker.  I recall seeing thread or two over at audiokarma about that series, british made if memory serves.

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Originally Posted by zlobby View Post
 

My grandpa just got some Axiom bookshelfs and gave me his old IMF Compact Monitor 3 speakers.   These replace the Advents I had, and have a lot more detail. 

 

 

is.php?i=88462&img=imf_cm3.jpg%22%20border=%220

 

The foam surrounds on the midranges is shot, but the speakers overall sound great. Just wondering if anyone has heard of this brand. Seems like build quality is high.

 

 


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Edited by Root2 - 2/2/14 at 8:36pm
post #4 of 10

IMF = Irving M Fried. Speakers he designed were originally sold under the IMF brand,  and when the company was split into it's US and UK parts, Bud Fried associated himself with the US company and sold speakers under the Fried brand. There is a Fried Products company today that sells speakers - Bud was associated with that company for a few years before he died in 2005 I believe. I think IMF continued to sell speakers after the split, although Bud was designing product for the US Fried company, not IMF at that point.

 

IMF and Fried were considered quite high end at one time (I owned some), and this info is from memory, so a few details might be sketchy.

post #5 of 10

Those are a very respectable speaker. I'd certainly get 'em repaired and enjoy them!!! If not, someone out there will want to buy em, even if they need work. I passed on some Fried Q-series speakers a few years back and have always regretted it. great speakers.

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There is a slight hiss coming from the tweeters.  Not sure whether this is a fault of my amp/preamp or the tweeter themselves.  Any way to test this?  I dont have another amp to hook the speakers up to. 

post #7 of 10

lol@Dryer ball on top of speaker. I love those for no justifiable reason.

 

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lol@Dryer ball on top of speaker. I love those for no justifiable reason.

 



actually just an image I took off the net, as I dont have pics of mine.  But they are an identical speaker.  Will generic replacement surrounds work? 

post #9 of 10

They should work. I've refoamed a few, just make sure you  get the exact measurements and good glue. Parts express glue that I got was not good at all. I had to go out and buy Loctite or something similar and it worked fine. The Realistic Nova speakers I fixed are currently being used by my cousin in his HT system and have been working fine for a while now.

 

First check if the coils are intact. Since you say they sound ok to you, they probably are. Larger speakers are a bit easier to refoam compared to smaller once since you can line up the speaker more easily once the foam is off. But its not hard at all and doesnt take too much time.

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by zlobby View Post

The foam surrounds on the midranges is shot, but the speakers overall sound great. 


It's hard to believe that they sound great when the foam is gone ;) Mine sound far from how they did.

 

But, you can indeed replace the foam surrounds yourself. http://www.goodhifi.com/

I just ordered a pair for my ALS40 MKII

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