By: Speaker McGee
22nd Aug 2022
"I love these speakers"
I love these speakers.
I grew up being interested in hifi/receivers/speakers in the early 90's. There were so many competing products at the time, with no internet to help differentiate what was really good and what wasn't (and not to mention, I was a kid with no money). I splurged on a Sony STR D1011S receiver from Crutchfield, but was still on the hunt for a pair of speakers to go with it. I went one day to Sam's Club (yes I know, lol) and these were on the display shelf, and they sounded great. I bought a pair of them, had them for a month or so. They did unfortunately die on me about a month later. Curiously, a second pair did too lol. After evaluation, my pea brain did eventually concluded it was the fact I was over-powering them with my receiver. The speakers are 4 ohm and are rated 10-100 W peak, 75 W RMS. My receiver could output 120 W RMS, so that was probably the issue.
I said goodbye to these speakers, and they slowly drift away in my memory as I got other speakers to replace them.
Fast forward to today, and I recently picked up a set of these locally (and a more appropriately powered stereo receiver), and it instantly brought me back to that time. The bass sounds great, and the mids/high aren't bad either (after EQ). I'm sure these aren't the best speakers ever, but to me, they sound fantastic and bring me back to that time.
I love bass, and these are no slouch. A sine wave test shows they respond good from 60hz and upward. Below 60hz they do tend to suffer though (60-40hz is weak... 30-20 is a bit more powerful). But I don't' think that's abnormal for most speakers. These are only 2-way speakers, but the mids and highs are not bad at all. I am running an EQ and bumping up 2k,4k, and 8k bands, a bit (and also the lower end too since I love bass lol).
Also, the speaker cabinets on my set needed a bit of re-gluing. After 30 years, some of the glue became detached, and there was a noticeable rattle in the cabinets during very bassy moments. Temporarily uninstalling the woofer, you can have access to re-glue the joints in the cabinets, and all is well.
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