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Older Kef speakers hard to find?

 
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Robert King
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:45 pm    Post subject: Older Kef speakers hard to find? Reply with quote

Is it just me, or are the older Kef speakers difficult to find? Finding any of the early models seems to be really difficult; however, there seems to be no shortage of the speakers made in the last 10 - 15 years out there. But try to find a pair of Concertos or Crestas... Why might this be?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're in Canada like me, the answer would be obvious. Smile

But, as you don't have your location filled out, how can anyone help you? (hint, hint Wink )
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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But try to find a pair of Concertos or Crestas... Why might this be?




1. On ePrey and the like, the speakers you're after "have value" for sellers which is greater if you part them out, this has the added advantage of you can store more parts in the volume occupied by a large pair of boxes.

2. The UK has had most of its Garrard 301, 401, SME, Decca ,Tannoy, Rogers, Leak and Radford valve kit exported to South East Asia in containers since the early 70's, so ePrey, etc is just accelerating the depletion of a finite resource.

3. Few people can actually repair this kit (apart from some Radio Hams) as most of the circuits and fault finding techniques are no longer relevant as it's cheaper to throw a dud pcb away and install a new one.

There are other structural reasons but I'm afraid my personal view matches that of those in the retail trade, the boats already gone, so buy a nice AV system or Bose Crying or Very sad .
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:37 am    Post subject: New to Speaker Talk Reply with quote

Hello. I'm a new member and not very technical. I have a pair of KEF 105.4 speakers that I bought in 1983. I used them with Carver Equipment that I bought at the same time. I have recently sold my Carver amp and pre-amp. I'm trying to decide whether or not to keep my KEF's.

I have a McIntosh system as my main system with Energy speakers in the family room. My question is this: can I drive the KEF speakers using a speaker selector switch. When I built the house I only ran 16ga speaker wire to my office where I want to use the speakers. Will I damage the system or the speakers if I do so? If so, I have smaller Energy speakers in that room that I can use.

I hope this isn't too much for a newbie to ask.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a good quality switch like the B-TECH BT911.

No damage will occur to either amplifiers or speakers if you use the above.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i take it you like your energy speakers better? 16 gauge won't hurt anything, but the bass output will be a little challenged.

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