Altec Lansing A8: VOTT – New Crossover Build Underway
If you’re just joining me – a quick update…
I recently found a 40 year old pair of stock Altec Lansing A8 speakers that had been pulled out of a renovated theater in San Diego, CA. I have been running them for several weeks with the stock crossovers and low frequency drivers. I replaced the high frequency drivers with 909-16’s from Great Plains Audio. The next step in the project is building clones of the Altec N800f crossover networks with newer/higher quality parts.
The parts are coming in. I’ve most of what I need to start laying out the new crossovers for the A8’s. These will be external XO’s – for easier access, and to avoid the size limitations the boxes present. Plus, if we end up building new boxes down the road, this will simplify things.
I’ll plan to provide short updates as things move along.
I have experience with all of these caps, with exception to the Arizona Greens. Interested to hear how things develop. I used the ClarityCap CMR in my Tekton Lore with some success, and the Obbligatos in my more recent Klipsch Forte I rebuild. The original Forte I sound fantastic – wow, what a great speaker – and, for less than $1000. Some perspective – the 2017 Forte III are $3600 for the pair. I assume they’ve improved the design over the past 30 years, but have not yet heard the III’s.
High level comp: the Altec’s take what the Forte do, and go bigger – larger horns, and much larger low frequency drivers. Simpler, in at least one aspect. More sensitive and responsive. In fact, they are highly sensitive and are great mates for low watt tube amps. These are my weapons of choice.
The project rolls on. The aim – to push the Altec’s to meet their full sonic potential. Within reason. And, budget requirements.
Be back soon.
Thanks for listening.