I still have a pair of ESS Lab Series speakers that I bought in the 70s. Really interesting design and good sound for the time (don't know how they compare today). Hooked em up a couple of months ago and they played until the bass surrounds gave up the ghost. Also have some other pieces around, Sansui AU8500, TEAC reel to reel (can't remember the model) etc
I looked around a bit on replacing the surrounds. I don't know if it is a toss up over just replacing them. Haven't been into good sound for a while. Fixing the speakers shouldn't be a biggie. I did crank up the AU8500 and it worked for a bit before it died. If I had to guess from my ancient electronics knowledge, I think I would be looking for burst caps. Who knows, need to open it up.The surrounds can be replaced without too much trouble. Please don't put those out to pasture, they deserve to live on.
@Sooner Boomer I did too. When I was working there the JBL's L100 came out. I couldn't believe my ears. I still have them and they still sound great! And I have never needed to fix anything on them. For my 5.1 system the serve as L & R front mains.I was really lucky in that I got to work at a high-end stereo shop when I was in college. I got to listen to some of the best stuff in the world (at that time - late 70's).
Good luck my friend.I used to have a great system years ago, and always liked listening to music on good quality sound systems. My wife likes listening to music on her mobile phone, using the tinny little speaker they have. It drive me bananas. She has had the Bee Gees Greatest Hits on loop for the past two months .
I offered to get her a Bose speaker system but she declined.
I have no intent at this point of dumping them. I have plans for a larger space that is the 20x24 garage that will become the living room. They would be great front and (split) center.
Well you are certainly right about fuses in the AU8500, there are several. I need to do some research. I would assume you might have some vids or forums that deal with them. That would be sweet.You are probably right with the caps. If you are lucky they might have just taken the fuses out as the capacitors reformed their oxide layer.
If you have tools to at least do basic measurements with, head over to diyAudio.com and ask for help in the solid state forum.I need to do some research. I would assume you might have some vids or forums that deal with them.
I didn't know that Pass history, but totally agree with your recommendation. Heck, he might be able to email Mr. Pass and get a recommendation about who could/should re-surround the speakers and might even get a buddy deal for asking the question!
Re:- WayneC, it's a small world, ain't it? Neat.I didn't know that Pass history, but totally agree with your recommendation. Heck, he might be able to email Mr. Pass and get a recommendation about who could/should re-surround the speakers and might even get a buddy deal for asking the question!
A year or two after I left the hi fi shop, I managed to get a loan and buy a Pioneer receiver and a pair of HPM 100a speakers. Still have the speakers, and enjoy them almost every day. Front mains to my 6.1 system. I foolishly gave the receiver away about 5 years ago, wish I had it back.
1978. The Who. Quadrophenia. Klipsch speakers. Oh ya.....Back when we threw a lot of parties my brother had a Sylvania Quad system with 4 "Shot Glass" mini column speakers.
I don't recall the exact numbers but they handled a lot of power and delivered the sound. I think they were rated at 125W each. each column had 4 x ~6" speakers with fiberglass cones and a Mid-range/tweeter horn in the center.adr
When Dark Side of the Moon was released we played the hell out of it. The song "Run" in 4-channel was awesome with the helicopter coming around behind you.
That was hot stuff back then.
I don't know how those speakers would measure-up today but they were pretty cool back in 1974.
Today, instead of rocketry I listened to Zen music for relaxation on my Moto G6 with ear buds.
They are just loud enough to overcome the constant ringing