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Just got a set of ADC 404 monitors in today. I have been wanting a set of these for some time now and finally got them. I understand from some reviews on the net that one person said "They lack dynamics." While this is actually true I prefer the warm sound that these produce. Since I have nothing that comes close to my beloved Advent speakers that I let go I got these. The only speaker I have that is even close to being warm is a set of KLH Model Research Ten in the basement. It's been a real long time since I've posted on here. Since my time away I purchased a home, bought my first set of Bowers & Wilkins and so much more. I really miss collecting vintage audio and these little 404's resparked my interest in the rather expensive but addictive hobby. I had a dream last night that my Original Advent Large, Smaller Advent, Boston A-100II, Acoustic Research AR-4x, New Advent Large, and some other speakers I forgot were in my brother's basement not being taken care of. It was a nightmare actually. But on the other hand that's what being a collector is all about. You have to let things go to make room for things you haven't heard yet. But I still miss those Advent's something terrible. Ho hum but enough of this babbling. The 404's are a real gem, love these little guys so damn much!
I had heard that they were comparable to the original Advents, and I am pretty impressed with them. They only cost me $35 on kijiji, and the wood cabinets are in really nice shape. They are a bit dull, but that is the "east coast" sound I remember.
Prehistoric 4-Channel Lizard
I found a pair of 303ax speakers used, too, and ended up replacing the nonfunctional tweeters with spares from a pair of EPI 100s. That worked like a charm, and they dropped right in, sounded great. Ended up selling them to a friend who's still using them several years later. I preferred them to Boston Acoustics and AR4s.
"Trying to make it real ... compared to what?" - Les McCann & Eddie Harris, "Swiss Movement"
The tweeters in mine are working, but I have to believe that they would sound better with something better then paper cones. I have a pair of Heil AMT tweeters from ESS Tempest 3e bookshelves. I am tempted to try them in place of the paper cones, but it would mean cutting the tweeter opening to fit them. What do you think?
Prehistoric 4-Channel Lizard
Peter Pritchard's Audio Dynamics Corporation in New Milford CT had some pretty interesting speakers and an innovative tone-arm in addition to his well-known cartridges. I owned the arm and many of the cartridges (still have 2). I coveted the ADC-18 and 18A with their KEF drivers.
I bought a house in New Milford CT about 20 years ago and his stuff still shows up regularly at garage sales and flea markets.
with the B1814 woofers that were about 18" by 14 ". and then this was used in a 2way speaker with 2" hard dome tweeter.
The combo needed a midrange but, as a DIY-er, I wanted those two drivers to complement a good middie.
I believe KEF meant to produce a very nice mid that they only made a few of. John Crabbe held up his secong set of horns waiting for it. It was a 2 1/2" dome with double spider and a hole in the magnet structure that fed into a flexible tube a few feet long and filled with long hair wool. Sounds good even today. Wish someone would produce it.
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