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In Reply to: RE: What the harm in using vintage speakers as mains in a home theater setup? posted by Raymond Leggs on July 07, 2012 at 21:21:32
It's called timbre matching. While not impossible, it would be at least very difficult to find at least three more speakers for surround use (one center and a pair of left and right surrounds) that would match the sound of a vintage stereo pair that I presume you would aspire to use as your left and right front speakers.
With cars we typically refer to those 25 years old or older. My Thiel CS3s are now over 25 years old and are still operating fine as fronts. About 7 years ago I added Thiel PowerPoint rears and a PowerPlane center. The timbre matching is excellent. Problem solved. Many manufacturers who have remained in business over a few decades should be able to maintain their house sound over the years. The good ones do.
Maybe I'm just old, but I don't consider 25 year old automobiles or audio gear vintage. Forty years + is more like it.
"Many manufacturers who have remained in business over a few decades should be able to maintain their house sound over the years. The good ones do."
True, but I suspect that at least as many manufacturers have changed course, hired new design teams, discontinued model lineups and replaced them with totally different ones, been bought and sold several times, gone out of business and been resurrected in a different form but under the same name, etc. over "a few decades" also.
Unfortunately, I suspect that my model is a more accurate one than the one that you illustrate in your post. Not that I'm happy about it.
I have a friend that has four Klipschorns, and a Heresy for center channel. He originally bought the four 'horns for a quad system (using a pair of Mcintosh stereo amps & a Marantz quad decoder) back in the seventies. He told me he was delighted to hook up the rear pair again (and add the Heresy)when Dolby surround came about in the eighties! It's quite an impressive system that works well for 2,3,4, or 5 channel. 'Kinda makes me miss my old quad AR3s & Bozak delay system I had in collage.
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