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A7 VOTT advice.

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Posted on December 19, 2016 at 08:45:17
samoore
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There is a pair of A7 VOTT for sale in my area and I need some advice on whether they are worth the money. He can't find any serial numbers on them and he says they came out of a movie theater. He is asking $875 for the pair. Can someone have a look at the pics attached and let me know what they think?

Steve













There is a pair of A7 VOTT for sale in my area and I need some advice on whether they are worth the money. He can't find any serial numbers on them and he says they came out of a movie theater. He is asking $875 for the pair. Can someone have a look at the pics attached and let me know what they think?

Steve
Remember, it's all about the music.

 

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RE: A7 VOTT advice., posted on December 19, 2016 at 09:12:56
Hornlover
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Certainly worth the money if the voice coils are intact. Will he play music on them for you to verify they are in working condition?

 

RE: A7 VOTT advice., posted on December 19, 2016 at 09:15:44
samoore
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I think so, can take an amp and source. I can also check voice coils with a multimeter.

Steve
Remember, it's all about the music.

 

RE: A7 VOTT advice., posted on December 19, 2016 at 11:55:45
jad
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If they were near me and I didn't already have a pair of A7's I'd jump all over them provided the woofers work fine. Even if you need HF diaphragm, it's $100 and you can install it yourself without trouble. I would say the drivers are worth the asking price with the enclosures and crossovers icing on the cake.

 

RE: A7 VOTT advice., posted on December 19, 2016 at 14:40:27
Alpha Al
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On the woofer, even if it's blown, the voice coil usually reads OK.

You can gently press on the cone to see if it moves freely with no rubs.

 

RE: A7 VOTT advice., posted on December 19, 2016 at 15:24:52
Coner
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Location: S.W. Washington state, USA
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There are 2 versions of those cabs, MDf or the older plywood.
Plywood being preferable. Based on the good condition and side labels
in your pic, just EMPTY cabs bring $300 minimum normally.

The woofer sure looks like the orig. Altec with orig. cone which
would be ideal.

If you can play some music through them and the woofers work
fine, I'd jump on that right now!. The woofers are what's worth
the most here...if working.

 

RE: A7 VOTT advice., posted on December 20, 2016 at 11:19:18
BofService
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Location: Atlanta
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Test first of course. If you have a place for them they are worth it. If you have nowhere to put them then its not a good deal (for you).

 

RE: A7 VOTT advice... You don't need all that to test.., posted on December 20, 2016 at 11:45:27
drummerwill
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Location: St Louis Mo.
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Just bring your Smart Phone and a adaptor with clip leads....

those VOTT are so efficient ... you don't need much .


Have fun !

Willie

 

RE: A7 VOTT advice., posted on December 20, 2016 at 13:26:46
Steelhead Mike
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What are the drivers for the 511s?


M

 

RE: A7 VOTT advice., posted on December 20, 2016 at 14:50:25
Coner
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Bolted on the horns, see pics.

 

RE: A7 VOTT advice., posted on December 20, 2016 at 15:32:18
djk
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Label cannot be read.

Could be 802, 808, 804, etc.
Not 2 Big 2 Jail

 

802-8D on 511B horns......., posted on December 20, 2016 at 15:35:17
samoore
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See pic. Saw them today, they play great and cabs are in decent shape. I pick them up in a few days.





Remember, it's all about the music.

 

RE: A7 VOTT advice., posted on December 21, 2016 at 11:32:04
Coner
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Sorry, I though he said "where are the drivers" I mis-read.

He's getting a great deal there if all works.

 

RE: A7 VOTT advice., posted on December 21, 2016 at 12:39:36
Inmate51
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$875?! That's a lot of money for a "has been" pair of speakers. Ha! Offer him $200. Those suckers sucked. Dump another couple thousand dollars into them, and they might sound decent.

You're welcome.

:)

 

RE: 802-8D on 511B horns......., posted on December 21, 2016 at 14:17:39
Steelhead Mike
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Fantastic drivers!


M

 

RE: A7 VOTT advice., posted on December 21, 2016 at 17:15:57
drlowmu
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Location: East of Kansas City
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Hello,

I feel that is a very fair price, and if they check out, buy them.

Properly implemented, it is an excellent speaker.

VOTTS need a few things done to them, not too expensive to do, if you are focused and smart enough to know do the right things. I just went through this experience, last two years, and use A7-800s in my home, after some work, successfully.

Contact me after you get them, and I will give you my opinion and experiences of the easiest and most important - most effective things to do, advice given to me by a movie theatre and hi fi, highly-experienced, ultra-reliable source.

Jeff Medwin

 

RE: A7 VOTT advice., posted on December 21, 2016 at 18:55:02
samoore
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I will absolutely love to hear what you have done to optimize your A7s. I pick them up tomorrow.

Steve
Remember, it's all about the music.

 

RE: A7 VOTT advice., posted on December 23, 2016 at 21:43:15
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Location: Sacramento
Joined: March 31, 2016
This thread at the Altec users Hostboard will have you moving in the right direction.

http://www.hostboard.com/forums/f700/169115-my-a7-500s-journey.html

 

RE: A7 VOTT advice., posted on December 24, 2016 at 06:34:06
Jim D.
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April 6, 2002
Steve,
I'd buy them for that price if the drivers all work. Even if all you do is experience what they sound like, you can easily recoup your money selling the woofers and compression drivers. As long as you are up to the heavy lifting and reselling efforts!!
My hunch is you will need a rather large room to hear what they can do.

Jim

 

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