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Affordable bookshelf loudspeakers, with sealed cabinets, from the early 1990s onwards.

Apart from JPW (Mini Monitors, Gold Monitors, Sonatas) and the expensive stuff (Spendor, Harbeth) my mind has gone blank regarding good - sealed cabinet - bookshelf 'speakers from the 1990s/2000s.

I can reel off any number of low-mid budget (and expensive) sealed cabinet bookshelf  'speakers from the late 1970s and the 1980s but have got brain fade right now regarding affordable examples from after that.

I'm also ok with very recent models (last few years).

I suppose it's because I had the same system from 1996 until 2007 and bought no hi-fi magazines, nor visited any dealers, nor had any interest in upgrading during that time. So the early 1990s until the early/mid 2000s are a bit of a 'vacuum'.

Please can some of the 'veterans' fill in the gaps for me?

Thanks.

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RE: Sealed cabinet bookshelf speakers from the 1990s.

Celestion - I still have a pair of SL6Si I bought new in 1991 for around 300 quid, so mid range budget? They also made SL12, 600 and 700 from late 80s to mid-90s if memory serves, that were rather expensive. 

Original SL6 is from early 80s. Sorry, can't think of any other at the moment.

Is this just out of curiosity or are you thinking of replacing your Regas Wink ?

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RE: Sealed cabinet bookshelf speakers from the 1990s.

 Would some of the avi speakers fit into this gap, I am thinking of the avi neutrons in particular?

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RE: Sealed cabinet bookshelf speakers from the 1990s.

Hi I am a newby but I have some Wharfedale Diamond IV which would qualify methinks.

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RE: Sealed cabinet bookshelf speakers from the 1990s.

The Musical Fidelity Reference 2's spilled over into the early 90's, and the higher quality Refrence 4's too.

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RE: Sealed cabinet bookshelf speakers from the 1990s.

Prefect wrote:
Hi I am a newby but I have some Wharfedale Diamond IV which would qualify methinks.

No, they have reflex ports...

 

...thanks though.

 

 

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RE: Sealed cabinet bookshelf speakers from the 1990s.

Mr. Iceman wrote:

Celestion - I still have a pair of SL6Si I bought new in 1991 for around 300 quid, so mid range budget? They also made SL12, 600 and 700 from late 80s to mid-90s if memory serves, that were rather expensive. 

Original SL6 is from early 80s. Sorry, can't think of any other at the moment.

Is this just out of curiosity or are you thinking of replacing your Regas Wink ?

I have the SL6s from the 80s......I think later models had Aluminium tweeters and were a little more sensitive and lively than the original copper ones.......imo they need a lot of power to really get them going.

I think the MA 852 MDs were around in the early 90s......very nice speakers (I think they share some genetics with the Celestions). The cabinets were beautifully made under the auspices of Mo Iqbal....where quality took a big jump forward.

It has a high quality ferrofluid cooled dome tweeter, made by Elac to MA's specifications. The bass driver is an 8" unit and has a thermo-formed polypropylene polymer cone with a nitrile rubber surround. They measure 450mm ( H ) x 250mm (W) x  278mm (D) and are rapped in a selection of real wood veneers.

They sound detailed, dynamic and smooth (imo).

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RE: Sealed cabinet bookshelf speakers from the 1990s.

oops ther's a hole in the Wharfedales - sorry!

Mordant Short M30i dont have a breather but they are small.

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RE: Sealed cabinet bookshelf speakers from the 1990s.

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oops ther's a hole in the Wharfedales - sorry!

Mordant Short M30i dont have a breather but they are small.

There were Mordaunt Short MS30i or Mission M30i.

Both were port reflex designs.

EDIT... oops MS30 were ported. MS30i were not. Sorry.

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RE: Sealed cabinet bookshelf speakers from the 1990s.

Interesting post.

 I have a pair of Sony SS86E's that I bought 'open box' from Currys around '93 / 94. Did me for 16 years and cost only £100.  Sealed box design so easy to position and 5* rating from WHF.  I think it was one of the best budget speakers available at the time. They've been in the loft since I got the Dali's 3 years ago.

Also have a pair of JPW speakers connected to an 80's silver Pioneer system. They may be Mini Monitors but can't find a name on them. Budget and black ash veneer, that's where my hifi adventures began. I even built my own black veneer hifi rack that wobbled like no other.  You live & learn!

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RE: Sealed cabinet bookshelf speakers from the 1990s.

Thanks Dan.

I have also just learnt that the Denon SC-M2 loudspeakers were made by JPW and were also sealed cabinet designs like their Mini Monitors.

 

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RE: Sealed cabinet bookshelf speakers from the 1990s.

The Ruark Sabre's I used to have were IB. Very good speakers ... even better made.

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RE: Sealed cabinet bookshelf speakers from the 1990s.

B&W made a range of IB speakers, starting with the DM600 (6.5" driver I think), DM610 large standmount with 8" driver (I have a pair of these in my loft) and some large floorstanders will two 8" bass drivers called the DM620. 

Btw, AVI Neutons are rear ported (well, my Neutron 5s are).

Any particular reason for asking?

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Early Ruark Sabres, Old model ATC SCM7

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RE: Sealed cabinet bookshelf speakers from 1990s.

CnoEvil wrote:

I have the SL6s from the 80s......I think later models had Aluminium tweeters and were a little more sensitive and lively than the original copper ones.......imo they need a lot of power to really get them going.

Mine are the "Si" incarnation with aluminium tweeters. Agree with you, they project a wonderful 3D image and are certainly among the most holographic speakers I have heard, little on the dark side though. 

Need a bit of a push with sensitivity of only 83 dB. I have to bring the volume on my M-CR603 up to some 50-60% to bring them into life, but that's not a problem for the Marantz.

Had mine in black ash but I stripped the ungodly (damaged) paint last year to reveal the lovely wood veneer underneath. Smoothed the surface with grade 400 sand paper, applied some Danish Oil et voila! (I hope I'm not hijacking the thread with this diy stuff Smile)

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CnoEvil wrote:

I have the SL6s from the 80s......I think later models had Aluminium tweeters and were a little more sensitive and lively than the original copper ones.......imo they need a lot of power to really get them going.

Mine are the "Si" incarnation with aluminium tweeters. Agree with you, they project a wonderful 3D image and are certainly among the most holographic speakers I have heard, little on the dark side though. 

Need a bit of a push with sensitivity of only 83 dB. I have to bring the volume on my M-CR603 up to some 50-60% to bring them into life, but that's not a problem for the Marantz.

Had mine in black ash but I stripped the ungodly (damaged) paint last year to reveal the lovely wood veneer underneath. Smoothed the surface with grade 400 sand paper, applied some Danish Oil et voila! (I hope I'm not hijacking the thread with this diy stuff Smile)