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music quality of speakers in the 70's vs now #5446401 06/04/20 08:15 PM
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While listening to some music It just dawned on how much better speakers are today vs when I was growing up in the early 70's. While some had good audio equipment at home it wasnt common(at least in my neck of the woods.) and vurtually nonexistant in cars. I just think of the sound engineers and producers spending countless hours only for us to listen to it on some transistor radio or car radio with that one lousy speaker in the dashboard.
Heck, I remember when my dad got his first car with an FM radio, I thought we were so cool

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In the late 70’s we’d replace the speakers and put in a cassette player. Eight tracks were on the way out.


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Re: music quality of speakers in the 70's vs now [Re: raaizin] #5446412 06/04/20 08:29 PM
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With home audio, there were some floorstanding speakers available in the 1970's that stood out as being quite good. They compare well to today's mid priced speakers. However, today's better quality high end stuff is simply worlds apart in clarity, from the 1970's stuff. But not necessarily in the punchy bass department.

Another way to put this is that a well chosen vintage speaker is often quite a pleasure to listen to. Advent or Acoustic Research stuff, if in good shape, is often really nice.

I have Polk RTi-a9 floor speakers (a modestly priced speaker) and my Neighbor's vintage 12 inch Pioneers sound WAY better.


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Re: music quality of speakers in the 70's vs now [Re: raaizin] #5446414 06/04/20 08:33 PM
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High end home audio loudspeakers from the 70s blow away the mass-fi big box junk made today.


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Re: music quality of speakers in the 70's vs now [Re: raaizin] #5446419 06/04/20 08:38 PM
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I have a set of Bose 501's Series II in my bedroom, in the corners were they belong used as nightstands as well. I keep writing off these old speakers but they sound wonderful and full and not harsh in the least. They are 42 years young.

In my living room I have a set of Magnaplanar 1.7"s. They are a modern iteration of the original pure ribbon speakers that used conventional woofers. Modern versions also have there bass produced by ribbon technology. These speakers are for critical, focused and detailed listening. These sound their best on music like Jazz and Classical where the bulk of the instruments are not electronic. Old Brubeck is just stunning.

In summary both have their place and both sound very good. The Bose were a inheritance and are appreciated at least 4 hours a week for a weekly radio show that I have listened to for over 20 years. The Magnaplanar's are as good as the material you feed them.

Old and New can both be good.


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Re: music quality of speakers in the 70's vs now [Re: raaizin] #5446420 06/04/20 08:39 PM
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Anybody that thinks that modern home speakers and modern multi channel electronics sound better than home hi-fi sytems of the 1970's and 1980's don't have a grasp on reality. MP3...really?

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My dad's 1972 Sansui floor speakers will still be the best full range speakers I've ever heard. They weigh like 60 pounds each. He's still pumping them!


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Re: music quality of speakers in the 70's vs now [Re: sloinker] #5446428 06/04/20 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by sloinker
Anybody that thinks that modern home speakers and modern multi channel electronics sound better than home hi-fi sytems of the 1970's and 1980's don't have a grasp on reality. MP3...really?

Sorry I got you so worked up, life is too short. I was talking about what the average person listened to not some audiophile and I never mentioned MP3.

Re: music quality of speakers in the 70's vs now [Re: raaizin] #5446460 06/04/20 09:40 PM
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I remember my childhood best friend's uncle had this stereo system that was LOUD!! I can still remember what it looked like. This huge power amp with led meters all over it called Crest,and Altec Lansing horn speakers that were taller than us! Sounded like being at a concert!


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Re: music quality of speakers in the 70's vs now [Re: sloinker] #5446461 06/04/20 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by sloinker
Anybody that thinks that modern home speakers and modern multi channel electronics sound better than home hi-fi sytems of the 1970's and 1980's don't have a grasp on reality. MP3...really?


Having a main system of a mix of modern and vintage 2-channel of equal quality, they really can mix well if you know the strengths and weaknesses of each component. IME the KISS philosophy FTW. My pre is modern feeding a classic 300+ per channel Carver amp. One turntable a modern USA made Audiophile piece, and a really good CD player. Oh, Alexa when I'm feely lazy.


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Re: music quality of speakers in the 70's vs now [Re: raaizin] #5446476 06/04/20 10:09 PM
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I'm still using my big Marantz speakers from '73, with a circa 2005 receiver. The Sony receiver from '73 sounded just as good, until it was fried by lightening in '88.


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Re: music quality of speakers in the 70's vs now [Re: raaizin] #5446529 06/04/20 11:50 PM
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Having worked on both modern and vintage home audio gear I can you the vintage stuff was better. It wasn't nearly as powerful wattage wise but the build quality was far superior to what they are cranking out now.


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Originally Posted by CDX825
Having worked on both modern and vintage home audio gear I can you the vintage stuff was better. It wasn't nearly as powerful wattage wise but the build quality was far superior to what they are cranking out now.


My neighbor works on them,,,says the same thing.....


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Re: music quality of speakers in the 70's vs now [Re: raaizin] #5446570 06/05/20 03:58 AM
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I still have my 1975 Yamaha CR-820 receiver and Cizek loud speakers. They sound OK for their age.
I always liked the Sound Craftsman line of EQ's & Amps.


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Re: music quality of speakers in the 70's vs now [Re: aquariuscsm] #5446572 06/05/20 04:10 AM
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Originally Posted by aquariuscsm
High end home audio loudspeakers from the 70s blow away the mass-fi big box junk made today.

Totally agree!


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