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This thread was inspired by the great ***Calling All "Vintage" Integrated/Receiver Owners*** to show all the great speakers out there that are vintage. Ill start off with my B&W DM610i and i will be soon adding a pair of Klipsch Heresy's in birch still looking for a good pair of vintage speakers. I have some crappy vintage Omega speakers currently

 


Edited by cifani090 - 7/6/11 at 10:46pm
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My wife won't let speakers in the house frown.gif  That's why I listen to headphones.  My neighbor gave my his Polk 5.1 system and my wife was OK with the small speakers, but she nixed the sub until I demonstrated it to her.  She's deaf and can only hear bass and she like the sound but I still had to hide it.  She hates the rear speakers even though they're only 8 inches by 4 inches.

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This thread was inspired by the great Calling All "Vintage" Integrated/Receiver Owners to show all the great speakers out there that are vintage. Ill start off with my B&W DM610i and i will be soon adding a pair of Klipsch Heresy's in birch

 



I've a pair of Pioneer CS-99a's.

 

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They're special to me because they were the speakers that were part of my first "real" stereo system that I bought back when I was 16, shortly after I got my first "real" job.

 

The system included a Pioneer SA-7700 integrated amplifier...

 

sa7700c.jpg

 

 

 

...a Pioneer turntable the model number of which escapes me, and a Pickering phono cartridge the model number of which also escapes me.

 

I was bit by a bit of nostalgia four or five years ago and purchased a near mint pair of them from a local guy off Craig's List.

 

I fired 'em up and found they were just as fun in 2006 as they were back in 1976.

 

I have 'em in my office which is rather small, but that works to the advantage of the 15 inch woofers which are in sealed enclosures. Just as they're starting to fall off, the room gain starts picking up so they integrate very well.

 

So that's my vintage speaker story.

 

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You must have pretty good sound proofing in your office.  Every time I've tried playing music without headphones, someone has complained.  I don't listen very loud either, 65-70dB with headphones.  

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I've a pair of Pioneer CS-99a's.

 

They're special to me because they were the speakers that were part of my first "real" stereo system that I bought back when I was 16, shortly after I got my first "real" job.

 

The system included a Pioneer SA-7700 integrated amplifier...

 

...a Pioneer turntable the model number of which escapes me, and a Pickering phono cartridge the model number of which also escapes me.

 

I was bit by a bit of nostalgia four or five years ago and purchased a near mint pair of them from a local guy off Craig's List.

 

I fired 'em up and found they were just as fun in 2006 as they were back in 1976.

 

I have 'em in my office which is rather small, but that works to the advantage of the 15 inch woofers which are in sealed enclosures. Just as they're starting to fall off, the room gain starts picking up so they integrate very well.

 

So that's my vintage speaker story.

 

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Those are some pretty nice looking speakers. I wouldn't mind a pair, more research is neededbiggrin.gif

 

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You must have pretty good sound proofing in your office.  Every time I've tried playing music without headphones, someone has complained.  I don't listen very loud either, 65-70dB with headphones.  


Well, by "office," I meant the extra bedroom in my home that I use for my office. That's why I'm able to get away with it. biggrin.gif

 

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Those are some pretty nice looking speakers. I wouldn't mind a pair, more research is neededbiggrin.gif

 


When I first started looking for them some years back, I was quite surprised to find that they were still commanding good prices on eBay. They seem to be one of the most popular and highly regarded of the Pioneer vintage speakers. I've seen MIB's (Mint In Box) sell for as much as I paid for my whole system back in '76.

 

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When I first started looking for them some years back, I was quite surprised to find that they were still commanding good prices on eBay. They seem to be one of the most popular and highly regarded of the Pioneer vintage speakers. I've seen MIB's (Mint In Box) sell for as much as I paid for my whole system back in '76.

 

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There are a pair of CS-99 on my craigslist for $90,they aren't as nice as the 99A's so ill passcool.gif

 


Edited by cifani090 - 5/3/11 at 3:08pm
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There are a pair of CS-99 on my craigslist for $90,that aren't as nice as the 99A's so ill passcool.gif

 


Good idea. The 99's aren't nearly as way bitchin' cool as the 99a's. biggrin.gif

 

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it's cause of the drivers. drivers in the pioneer CS-XX line are pretty rare and one of the kind really especially the midrange and woofers. you don't see midrange and woofers made with cloth surrounds. also pioneers tweeter horn or aka super tweeter compression driver is not made anymore. lot of vintage speakers have rare hard to find drivers. also the cabs are built strong and very pleasing to the eyes.

  i have pair of cs-77a's i found in perfect condition. they are nice sounding if you put them on stands with great soundstage performance. they are also pretty heavy of 40lbs.per speaker. 

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Originally Posted by Steve Eddy View Post




When I first started looking for them some years back, I was quite surprised to find that they were still commanding good prices on eBay. They seem to be one of the most popular and highly regarded of the Pioneer vintage speakers. I've seen MIB's (Mint In Box) sell for as much as I paid for my whole system back in '76.

 

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Edited by RexAeterna - 5/3/11 at 9:49pm
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i have a Sonic Gear - Sonic Power P320R. 

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Frequecy Response Range (KHz) 60 Hz - 18 KHz
USB Compatible ไม่มี
Number of Subwoofer 1
Subwoofer Output Power (watts) 18 วัตต์ RMS
Number of satellite 2
Satellite Output Power (Watts) 10 วัตต์ RMS
Other

Power : 28 Watts 
Wooden subwoofer with enhanced bass reflex 
Low harmonic distortion at near full volume 
Magnetically shielded subwoofer and satelite 
Bass, treble and master volume control 
Headphone jack 
Frequency response : 60 hz - 18 Khz 
FM Radio Built-in (P320R)

 

Pardon the language, I could only find the specs on this site.

 

Probably very crappy, and not considered "vintage."

 

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have you ever tried recapping the crossovers? i'm this weekend recapping my CS77a's speakers and gonna pull the JBL thing too by adding bypass caps between the big 50uf and 30uf caps i'm ordering. tons of people tell me they had very very good results from restoring the crossovers in the pioneer speakers and well worth the effort. i'm gonna give it a try. if i yield great results these will be a keeper for me and i will not be giving them to my brother to use.
 

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I've a pair of Pioneer CS-99a's.

 

gal_4cab595aa4083.jpg

 

They're special to me because they were the speakers that were part of my first "real" stereo system that I bought back when I was 16, shortly after I got my first "real" job.

 

The system included a Pioneer SA-7700 integrated amplifier...

 

sa7700c.jpg

 

 

 

...a Pioneer turntable the model number of which escapes me, and a Pickering phono cartridge the model number of which also escapes me.

 

I was bit by a bit of nostalgia four or five years ago and purchased a near mint pair of them from a local guy off Craig's List.

 

I fired 'em up and found they were just as fun in 2006 as they were back in 1976.

 

I have 'em in my office which is rather small, but that works to the advantage of the 15 inch woofers which are in sealed enclosures. Just as they're starting to fall off, the room gain starts picking up so they integrate very well.

 

So that's my vintage speaker story.

 

se

 

 



 

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have you ever tried recapping the crossovers? i'm this weekend recapping my CS77a's speakers and gonna pull the JBL thing too by adding bypass caps between the big 50uf and 30uf caps i'm ordering. tons of people tell me they had very very good results from restoring the crossovers in the pioneer speakers and well worth the effort. i'm gonna give it a try. if i yield great results these will be a keeper for me and i will not be giving them to my brother to use.
 


Actually the gentleman that I bought them from had already replaced the electrolytics. He had a little side business buying, refurbishing and reselling vintage gear.

 

Since these were just my "fun" speakers, I didn't bother going in and tweaking anything.

 

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that's cool. my cs-77a's aren't my main speakers but they have very good rare drivers,especially the midranges and woofers.they are nice sounding drivers. it's they are limiting by the cab size and crossovers. i'm also gonna work on the cabs insides and replace the speaker stuffing with carpet or some wool at home deport for fun.
 

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Actually the gentleman that I bought them from had already replaced the electrolytics. He had a little side business buying, refurbishing and reselling vintage gear.

 

Since these were just my "fun" speakers, I didn't bother going in and tweaking anything.

 

se

 

 

 



 

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that's cool. my cs-77a's aren't my main speakers but they have very good rare drivers,especially the midranges and woofers.they are nice sounding drivers. it's they are limiting by the cab size and crossovers. i'm also gonna work on the cabs insides and replace the speaker stuffing with carpet or some wool at home deport for fun.
 



 


The stock drivers are rare? Or what other ones did you put in there?

 

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