Calling All "Vintage" Speaker Owners
Jun 26, 2017 at 11:21 PM Post #1,291 of 1,309

DogMeat

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Celestion SL6'ers.
LOVE THEM.
Lots and lots.
Can be tricky to drive.....

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They are my "desktop" speakers for music from my Mac, usually powered by a Carver amp, dac'd by a Schiit Bifrost.
 
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Jun 28, 2017 at 9:48 AM Post #1,292 of 1,309

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I got a pair of TDL Reference Standard speakers in British racing green.


Replacement drivers can be had except for the woofers, which worries me slightly.


What is the woofer? Does not look like a KEF B139 (can be obtained on Ebay).
 
Jan 16, 2020 at 1:49 PM Post #1,294 of 1,309

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Wanted to add a vintage, period correct pair of speakers to my SX-1250. Enter the EPI 100 series 3:

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Quite an amazing sounding small speaker IMHO.
 
Jan 19, 2020 at 5:35 PM Post #1,296 of 1,309

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It turns out that these EPIs were built by Harmon industries shortly after they aquired EPI. Not the same quality as the original 100s. Sound is ok, not great. More listening needed.
 
Jan 20, 2020 at 11:47 AM Post #1,297 of 1,309

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So any of you you looking for EPI 100s. Don't get the series three. Not very good! Boomy bass and sucked out mids.
 
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Jan 21, 2020 at 9:51 AM Post #1,298 of 1,309

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Been using Klipsch 3.2's and Cerwin Vega DX-3's for the past few years and finally found my dream set this past summer..................Cerwin Vega DX-5's (big bro to the DX-3's). Pristine condition though they did need the rubber surrounds replaced.

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Jan 25, 2020 at 12:32 PM Post #1,300 of 1,309

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I am going to do some upgrades on my EPI 100 IIIs. They have used some very cheap parts in the crossovers (electrolytic cap and iron core coil) and I have parts laying around so will rebuild the crossover. Also Human Speakers sells parts allowing people to build there own authentic EPI 100 speakers so if I don't like the results with the crossover change I will ditch the drivers and replace with some from HS (thereby reusing the old series three box).

For anyone interested: https://www.humanspeakers.com/index.htm
 
Jun 6, 2020 at 1:44 PM Post #1,301 of 1,309

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Well, I dumped the EPIs. These were the cheap versions sold after EPI was acquired by Harmon industries. But now I have a mint pair of KEF Q10s that I like very much:

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Aug 5, 2020 at 12:13 PM Post #1,302 of 1,309

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Swapped out the Q10s for a pair of Infinity RS-2001 speakers. Sounds good so far. Unfortunately not very impressed by the Q10s.

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Sep 29, 2020 at 11:39 AM Post #1,303 of 1,309

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Turns out that the problem with the KEF Q10s was that the crossovers were way out of spec. Some of the cheap electrolytic caps were more than 30% off. Some that were said to be 16uf measured in at 25uf! The 7uf caps were found to be more than 10uf. No wonder the sound was bad! I recapped and they sound very nice now. Will probably keep them.
 
Oct 23, 2020 at 5:32 PM Post #1,304 of 1,309

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The recap of the Q10s helped, but I think they are just not for me. So now I have B&W DM 602 S2 in the house!

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I've moved to a new place and the whole kit and kaboodle came with me. For the most part, everything was fine, but the speakers had some mild damage in transit.
Somehow about a fourth of the drivers stopped working on the right speaker. After a few days fretting and unpacking, I finally found my tools and multimeter. I had to do some surgery to get them singing again. It seems they had been jostled a bit and a few of the internal connectors came loose. Also, one of the midrange drivers totally had failed. Since these speakers use a series-parallel scheme, one driver failing turns off three others.
Fresh driver is on the way, and once it gets here I'll send the old one off for repairs. For now, it's bypassed so I can still play music. Here's how it looks all together.
Cheers
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