Audio Asylum Thread Printer
Get a view of an entire thread on one page
|For Sale Ads|
In Reply to: RE: 1958 Single speaker JBL Hartsfield. posted by Michael Samra on February 09, 2017 at 23:37:37
Isn't there a company that produces a modern version of those?
See link below. They have a series of what they call the Classic Line. No idea how their performance compares to the original. They are in Brighton MI, which is around 100 or so miles NW of Detroit. I have no association with them, but I think I met the owner around 20 years ago.
John builds some incredible speakers.You ought to hear the reference Field coil speakers he builds for 70k a pair. They sound like ESL57s on steroids.
"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong" H. L. Mencken
Never heard John's speakers but I think you are absolutely right. The only speakers I have heard that replicate the ease and fluidity that I hear from electrostatic speakers are field coils.
Some might argue and though not field coils but I think I can hear this trademark ease and fluidity from the Hartsfield in the YouTube video. Thanks for posting.
A vintage mono system with big horn and a dynamic, immediate sounding vintage phono cartridge like a Decca or GE sounds spectacular. No need at all for stereo.
So I live in West Michigan and look at what is for sale on Audiogon in my area everyday. Turns out there are a pair of Hartsfields for sale from Classic Audio at $9,999.99. I assume they are demo's or something. Retail is stated at $18,000. They also listed some T-1's if interested. Looks like they will be displaying at Axpona in Chicago for those interested. I'm thinking of going there for the first time. No association with seller.
I assume stereo killed off the big corner-loaded horns. Not many rooms with a pair of suitable corners to accommodate them. ARs may have contributed as well.
Post a Followup:
Post a Message!
This post is made possible by the generous support of people like you and our sponsors: