Small Room Altec 604?

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Prime Minister, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    The 10" coaxials should work as well, if not better than the Spendors in a room that size.

    I'm still planning on getting a pair of the 15" coaxials - eventually. :)
  2. billfort

    billfort Administrator Staff Member

    Stumbling upon Noam's Coherent Model 8 review at Wall Of Sound had me thinking of this thread.

    It's been a few years now of hearing Frank's Fazzalari’s coaxial Radian based speakers in various sizes and price points and they always struck me as being especially musical, satisfying and flexible. A speaker that does some of the Altec 604 magic, let's you explore into the SET world a little (sensitive enough), can actually fit in a real-world small room and you don't want to make it yourself; a Coherent would be top of my audition list.
  3. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    If not for the Meadowlarks, I'd be thinking hard about those. Those, and the Reference 3As, are amongst the most musical of current production speakers that I know of. And while neither is cheap, they aren't stupid exoensive.

    As an interesting aside, Reference 3A and Coherent are within, what, 50 miles of each other. Sonic Frontiers was actually in that same general neighborhood, as is Paradigm.

    I have thought it would be fun to try the Meadowlarks with a SET amp. A strong 300B rather then a 2A3 or something. I'm running on about 16 watts of class A power right now, and it's way more then enough. Though not overly efficient, they are a very easy load. I wonder if Art Dudley ever ran them on an SET amp.
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  4. Redboy

    Redboy Knobophobe

    In answer to your original question, which maybe you aren't trying to answer anymore, I think 604s can be used in small rooms to good effect if you're planful (or lucky, maybe). My buddy Gary @ejfud has a very small listening room. He put his 604s in smaller-than-recommended cabinets, but the room seems to reinforce the bass where it might otherwise have been lost in the cabinet compromise. They sound pretty amazing to me!

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  5. je2a3

    je2a3 Junior Member

    +1, I believe the Altec 604/605 in a cabinet like this can work in a 7.5' wide room. They were mounted in 614 cabinets (~3.2-3.5cf) for near-field monitoring in listening booths.

    Nate, would you know if those cabs are repurposed Altec Madrids?
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  6. Thermionics

    Thermionics Post Whore In Training

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  7. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    You've nailed it, Nate.

    I haven't commented much on just how how good the Kestrels are. I've got a fair bit of time listening to various 604s, and in the room I'm in, with the space I have, and the compromises I'd have to make, I can't imagine any 604 based speaker system would be any more then a lateral move. Yes, the Kestrel Hot Rods are really THAT good, and in my experience, Pat is one of the finest loudspeaker designers. Period.
  8. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    Each listener/room/situation/etc. will be somewhat unique and determine what will (and will not) work.

    Since the Kestrels ring your chimes, perhaps consider trying them with some other amps - particularly SETs - and see if that works.
  9. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    Only thing is, I don't know what I'd achieve by that. This is easily the most musical system I've ever had, and one of the finest I've heard. I'm sure I could change it, but I certainly don't know about improving it.

    I just can't imagine a system I'd swap it for.
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  10. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    I consider the same question regularly.

    Still fun to try. ;)
  11. Redboy

    Redboy Knobophobe

    Not sure, sorry. Gary might know, though - he's a member here and pops in occasionally so hopefully he'll see this.
  12. marantzfan

    marantzfan Administrator Staff Member

    Considering the ho were talking about, my guess is he built them. :)
  13. Audionut

    Audionut Next Round Is On Me

    Good for you PM! This is what we all strive for, an end all systems that’s meets our needs and keeps us from wanting anything else. Between my 604’s and 4333’s I know I’ll close the speaker chapter of my journey. Then it’s on to surrounding them with quality components.
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  14. fmena

    fmena Junior Member

  15. airdronian

    airdronian Junior Member

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  16. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    You're not alone -- in case that makes you feel any better.

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  17. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    I have found that the best way to keep my thumbs and all of my fingers is to pay someone else for any needed woodworking. ;)
  18. SPL db

    SPL db Junior Member

    Not to hijack the thread, but where did Gary get those CD racks? I'm in the market for more shelf space.

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