Collectible speakers

May 30, 2010
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Please post some of your preferred collectible speakers or speakers you think will become collectibles, explaining the reasons why you think they are or will be considered well sought after collectibles.

IMHO to be considered a collectible something must be of interest to a reasonable number of people, that will fight to get it when it shows in the market!;)

I will suggest the JBL Everest DD55000 that sometimes shows in my dreams - vintage 100 db/W, SET compatible, with the magic of Greg Timbers!
 

bonzo75

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Various Western Electrics have been collectibles for years, but most are now in museum in South Korea owned by the Hyundai Billionaire. Their replicas are also collectibles.
Bionors
Some Altecs and JBLs restores, like Kenrick and westlake
Apogee Grands
Full Ranges are not yet but will be as fewer and fewer available
Some Tannoys, like autographs
 

Mike Lavigne

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B&W Silver Signature,

beautiful. huge WAF. sounds great. small enough to actually keep in a closet or put in a bedroom....so real world size works for collecting.

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Kharma Exquisite ID

still my wife's favorite speaker. classic looking. reasonably easy to drive so amp flexible. smallish form factor (in spite of 550 pound weight) makes it storable. has appreciated in value since I owned it in 2001-2004.

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steve williams

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never owned them but they caused quite a stir at the time

DCM Time Machine

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and then the DCM Time Machine 2

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andi

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Hi,

one of my favorites are the Ohm Fs.
These were my first "real" High End Speakers.
Visitors wondered, what these things were good for.:D

These are my Hedlund horns.
Very rare and beautyful. Not used for years now but I will never sell them.
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es347

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AR3a's without question. Maybe the Snell Type A Improved..
 

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Nakamichi Dragon Electrostatics. image.jpeg

Bought the only pair I've ever seen for £500 on UK EBay a while back. It was a failed project in which Nakamichi commissioned a speaker design from a Singapore/Australian design team. Prototype batch (50 pairs?) wildly exceeded manufacturing cost target so project abandoned. Remaining parts sold to an Australian company (Whise?) who sold some pairs before the whole thing disappeared.

As a small room speaker, it sounded extremely good. Built in dynamic woofer integrated well and sound was to my ears, ahead of other similar offerings from ML
 

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Nakamichi Dragon Electrostatics. View attachment 28891

Bought the only pair I've ever seen for £500 on UK EBay a while back. It was a failed project in which Nakamichi commissioned a speaker design from a Singapore/Australian design team. Prototype batch (50 pairs?) wildly exceeded manufacturing cost target so project abandoned. Remaining parts sold to an Australian company (Whise?) who sold some pairs before the whole thing disappeared.

As a small room speaker, it sounded extremely good. Built in dynamic woofer integrated well and sound was to my ears, ahead of other similar offerings from ML
These are excellent. They are just a steal. You can play music through them all day and not want more hifi except for hobby reasons
 

853guy

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I give you... the Iconic.

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May 30, 2010
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B&W Silver Signature,

beautiful. huge WAF. sounds great. small enough to actually keep in a closet or put in a bedroom....so real world size works for collecting.

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Yes, they are too collectible ... :cool: It is my second pair, I have owned pair 0001-0002 and sold it, but later got a mint pair.
As you say they are nice sized for collecting, but the four packing boxes take a lot of space!
 

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PeterA

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Well, some had me almost convinced that speakers were not "collectible". Thanks microstrip for starting this thread and encouraging the discussion. My nomination is the Magico Mini. Some think it redefined what a "mini-monitor" could sound like. I think they sound wonderful and look great. They are fairly rare and prices are reasonable. I think they will find their way into many second systems. I'm not planning on buying new speakers any time soon, but if I were, I would probably hold onto my pair of Mini IIs.

This model introduced Magico to the audiophile public and launched the brand, which is now a presence in our hobby.


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ddk

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There are a number of wonderful collectable vintage speakers that I love but there's one that got away…:(.

Platinum Audio's Air Pulse 3!

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BruceD

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Yes, they are too collectible ... :cool: It is my second pair, I have owned pair 0001-0002 and sold it, but later got a mint pair.
As you say they are nice sized for collecting, but the four packing boxes take a lot of space!
Yes I've owned the Speakers as well--a true Classic Mini Monitor you just needed to handle the fragile Silver cable with care plus the Glue on the Welsh Slate tended to "dry out"

and come apart!

But oh the glorious Sound--true to the source

BruceD
 
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Well, some had me almost convinced that speakers were not "collectible". Thanks microstrip for starting this thread and encouraging the discussion. My nomination is the Magico Mini. Some think it redefined what a "mini-monitor" could sound like. I think they sound wonderful and look great. They are fairly rare and prices are reasonable. I think they will find their way into may second systems. I'm not planning on buying new speakers any time soon, but if I did, I would probably hold onto my pair of Mini IIs.

This model introduced Magico to the audiophile public and launched the brand, which is now a presence in our hobby.


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A true classic and the best small monitor I've ever heard. The wood Magico's were so visually appealing, its a shame they moved away from that aesthetic.
 

JackD201

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There are a number of wonderful collectable vintage speakers that I love but there's one that got away…:(.

Platinum Audio's Air Pulse 3!

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david
They really look the business. I remember Jones from his AE days. Very good designer but his heart was elsewhere. Electric Guitars and Electric Bass.
 

ddk

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They really look the business. I remember Jones from his AE days. Very good designer but his heart was elsewhere. Electric Guitars and Electric Bass.
His timing was off, these speakers would do a lot better today than back in the 90's...

david
 
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There are a number of wonderful collectable vintage speakers that I love but there's one that got away…:(.

Platinum Audio's Air Pulse 3!

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david
What a beautiful design concept. A perfect example of form follows function. Would love to hear these in action. I'd also vote for these along with the big Infinity IRS and Genesis speakers, probably a handful of the larger classic horn designs already mentioned as well as a shortlist of larger full range ribbon systems would be collectible candidates.
 

JackD201

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His timing was off, these speakers would do a lot better today than back in the 90's...

david
I totally agree. I suppose if someone really wanted one today PJ could be enticed.
 

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