Wouldn't you agree that modern speakers out best the vintage ones now? It's more convenient since modern speakers are usually smaller and can still produce louder sounds. However, vintage speakers can look more pleasing and are cheaper. Is it worth it to have vintage speakers at all?
Sometimes they're made of better quality materials, but more often than not it's all about the nostalgia factor. I use a lot of old equipment because it either belonged to a loved one, or it reminds me of someone or of a happy time in my childhood. That's why I'm currently rocking out with some humongous floor speakers that were made by Zenith. They get pretty hot, and they look out of place, but since they were my late father's it makes me happy to use them.
gofar99 Messages: 1615 Registered: May 2010 Location: Southern Arizona
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Hi, I don't think that such a generalization is valid. Many vintage speakers are well regarded and sought after. The number of new speakers that are excellent is somewhat limited as many now are designed for home theater and are not full range. One area of difference between vintage and new models is the power sensitivity. Vintage speakers tend to be much more efficient and will produce more sound per watt. I have several sets of both new and vintage (all high end ones) and prefer a set of the vintage ones for my main system. They are Altec Lansing "Magnificants". Huge for sure, but with a highly accurate and really nice sound. Very efficient and can be easily driven to absurd sound levels with modest tube amps. More modern ones I have need a lot more muscle to reach the some loudness. As is often true...it is your ears, budget, room size and spouse that will govern your choice.
Vintage speakers tend to be much more efficient and will produce more sound per watt.
I've seen some designs of vintage speakers, and at least for me, I think it's worth it getting one. Its aesthetic side mainly caught my attention, but I'm glad to learn that it also produces great sound quality.
I guess modern speakers gained popularity for their convenience. When it comes to it, vintage speakers might still stand out if it's about the sound quality. Aside from quality, you're right that I'll also have to consider the budget, especially since StrumDrum mentioned maintenance costs.
gofar99 wrote on Mon, 12 July 2021 22:03
As is often true...it is your ears, budget, room size and spouse that will govern your choice.