I had never considered British BBC speakers to be related to Altecs, but like some of the other folks here I followed that path. I had Spendor SP-100 speakers for over 15 years and still have very fond memories of their sound. But for me the Altec 32/802 married to a Jensen P15LL was more satisfying. Even though the Altec/Jensens didn't do deep bass and there were some cabinet colorations, they were so involving and so coherent that I always ended up preferring them. I wouldn't say that about all Altecs though. I have a strong dislike for speakers with a 511 or 811 horn.