Altec 604E’s - A soon to be proud duplex owner.

Thanks, I was able to hand select the veneer at my local lumber yard.
The bass is good for 70% of the music I listen to (Jazz, Classical, classic rock). These speakers do what they were engineered to do for the music of that time (better than modern speakers I’ll add). That being said I will still be building a set of stereo subs and see how well they help with the low end without affecting the magical midrange too much.
Good, I need to be educated on what makes good stereo subs for Altec...605,414
 

billfort

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The bass is good for 70% of the music I listen to (Jazz, Classical, classic rock). These speakers do what they were engineered to do for the music of that time (better than modern speakers I’ll add). That being said I will still be building a set of stereo subs and see how well they help with the low end without affecting the magical midrange too much.

No, these don't do big bass - period - they are what they are. IMO, there are much better ways to get the lower octaves right and newer technologies are a HUGE help down there - flexible electronic crossovers, DSP, SS amps, etc. can do amazing things, and if you can get the integration right (which hasn't been easy for me), well, that along with 'are what they are' can be something pretty damn special!

The golden rule for me; worry about deep bass after you are very close, and do no harm. The first time I heard a simple all analog system with 604s on a low-power SET I was mesmerized, lost in it, hooked; audio became a means to an end - it put music in my room. Digital and all the bass stuff came later and it's really a fantastic value-add that I wouldn't be without now, but I can still pull the line-outs to the bass augmentation, put on a favorite LP and be back to that place I found when I first heard these old Altecs on the right few watts - probably why my system (other than all things digital) hasn't changed in over a decade.
 

marantzfan

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Something like these would do the trick. Pretty sure that now you get plate amps with DSP built into them for considerably cheaper than what it costed back then to put it all together.

 
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