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 Post subject: High Fidelity RCA
PostPosted: Aug Thu 10, 2017 6:08 pm 
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I found on ebay High Fidelity RCA speakers go for a nice price. A man wants to sell me his Stereo-orthophonic high fidelity RCA Victor cabinet. I was wondering if this cabinet has these valuable speakers in. In other words if the speakers in picture #2 are in the cabinet in picture #1. Thank you

PS, I can't don't have access to the cabinet to look inside.


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 Post subject: Re: High Fidelity RCA
PostPosted: Aug Thu 10, 2017 7:10 pm 
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The speakers with the red labels look to be of an older vintage than the cabinet looks. The speakers inside the cabinet should be lower wattage. May also have mid range and tweeter with cross overs.


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 Post subject: Re: High Fidelity RCA
PostPosted: Aug Thu 10, 2017 7:33 pm 
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To strip a nice looking stereo like that to sell it's parts on Ebay would be, in my opinion, wrong.

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 Post subject: Re: High Fidelity RCA
PostPosted: Aug Thu 10, 2017 8:03 pm 
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Ripping and flipping seems to be getting more common these days.

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 Post subject: Re: High Fidelity RCA
PostPosted: Aug Thu 10, 2017 8:14 pm 
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There is nothing magic about these speakers. They are probably relatively low-power units which wouldn't fare well when coupled with a high-output-power modern amp. Their best use would be as replacements for similar damaged units in contemporary RCA equipment, IMO. If they aren't damaged they probably sound great when driven by their original amp.

It's interesting (to me, anyway) that RCA chose to put the words "high fidelity" in quotes on the speaker label.

Much of the "high fidelity community" seems to thrive on legend, wishful thinking, marketing, and other subjective bushwa: it is closer to a faith-based fellowship than one entirely rooted in science. Just an observation. If you find someone who tells you with perfect seriousness that $1,200 speaker cables or a $900 AC power cable will enhance the sound quality of your system, run away. Fast.


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 Post subject: Re: High Fidelity RCA
PostPosted: Aug Thu 10, 2017 9:30 pm 
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The only high fidelity RCA speakers I can think of that might warrant the price are RCA LC-1 speakers. But none of those were ever sold in a stereo console like the one you have there. Its too bad that the guts of the cabinet shown are gone. Fully restored a stereo with that styling would easily sell for $500-$700 easily.


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 Post subject: Re: High Fidelity RCA
PostPosted: Aug Thu 10, 2017 9:47 pm 
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Um, those speakers are a Harry Olson design from around 1950 and are very, very good. They are RCA Commercial products, not to be confused with RCA Victor. They are far superior to the speakers in the console you've pictured.

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 Post subject: Re: High Fidelity RCA
PostPosted: Aug Fri 11, 2017 1:28 am 
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You can't tell what's in the cabinet without looking. They may have been replaced by something else if there was a problem in the past. If the seller is offering a cabinet, there may not be anything in it.

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 Post subject: Re: High Fidelity RCA
PostPosted: Aug Fri 11, 2017 8:19 am 
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No. That $100 stereo ( https://www.kijiji.ca/v-ipod-mp3-player ... nFlag=true ) does not hold these $770 15-inch speakers ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/232434846257 ).

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 Post subject: Re: High Fidelity RCA
PostPosted: Aug Fri 11, 2017 3:20 pm 
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Concerning that console if your intent is to restore it to use as it is go ahead and buy it.

If you intend to strip it for parts please do not buy it and let it be sole to someone who will restore it.

Restored it may sound quite nice.


lorenz200w wrote:
If you find someone who tells you with perfect seriousness that a $900 AC power cable will enhance the sound quality of your system, run away. Fast.


Or when they're not looking swap the power cable to one from a computer without telling them :twisted: and see if they notice any difference in the sound. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: High Fidelity RCA
PostPosted: Aug Sun 13, 2017 3:04 am 
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those speakers 55152 and the even more expensive LC1 drivers were never used in consumer level products like console stereos. they were expensive. the LC! was a studio quality speaker, the 55152 was a cheapened home hifi version of it from the early 50s.


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 Post subject: Re: High Fidelity RCA
PostPosted: Aug Sun 13, 2017 3:13 am 
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anyone else notice this had a Garrard Type A changer in it?

DO NOT strip this unit. That changer alone means this is an upper end unit.

TR is right, and you have the basis for a very good system. It's also Danish Modern.


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 Post subject: Re: High Fidelity RCA
PostPosted: Aug Sun 13, 2017 3:23 am 
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Olorin67 wrote:
those speakers 55152 and the even more expensive LC1 drivers were never used in consumer level products like console stereos. they were expensive. the LC! was a studio quality speaker, the 55152 was a cheapened home hifi version of it from the early 50s.

To avoid confusion, these are not 55152 speakers, they are 551S2 speakers.

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 Post subject: Re: High Fidelity RCA
PostPosted: Aug Sun 13, 2017 3:45 am 
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Olorin67 wrote:
those speakers 55152 and the even more expensive LC1 drivers were never used in consumer level products like console stereos. they were expensive. the LC! was a studio quality speaker, the 55152 was a cheapened home hifi version of it from the early 50s.


The RCA LS1 speaker was most definitely used in a consumer product. It was employed in every RCA Berkshire radio built. The replacement speaker identified in original RCA service data is the 515S2. It is entirely plausible that RCA employed the 515S2 in later high end products. But regarding the OPs question, no that stereo is to small to house the 515S2 speakers.

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