Altec Lansing A8 – VOTT: Still listening…
to the stock A8’s in my small listening space. Very happy with their sound, and, I know it’s only going to get better.
I’ve a plan to build external crossovers – they’ll be more accessible for tweaking and will accommodate my eventual cabinet rebuild. That said, I’m torn. I’m now thinking I’ll do a completely separate cabinet build with additional drivers (will want to use 32b horns again), and leave these stock. I’d hate to destroy this tiny speck of audio history. We’ll see. They sound so good as is, and I’d like to preserve that.
Anyway, I’m excited about the new crossovers, and expect them to elevate the incredibly live, dynamic and gripping sound of these 40+ year old speakers. I’ve got the parts picked out. Selling more gear to fund the new projects.
Of course, I also have the Toolshed Amps Euphoria 45 integrated amp coming soon. I believe this pairing will become my reference for years to come. In anticipation of its arrival, I’ve grabbed a pair of Sophia Electric 45’s. I dig the globe style. Based on some experience with their other tubes, and reviews read online, I trust that they will deliver the sound I’m hunting.
I meant to include some notes on placement and working to get the most out of these speakers in my space. I’ve not moved them from their original position, but have tweaked the toe-in some. Because it’s a small and quiet space, and the back wall – behind my seat – is pretty dead, I’ve typically had my speakers turned toward my seat. I now have the A8’s toed out a bit more than I did, which presents a more balanced sound so far. There are other significant system changes coming, so this will remain fluid for a time.
What’s It All Mean
I get caught up in the gear (duh), and am fascinated by the technology. I admire and respect the folks who design and build these vehicles to soulful listening experiences. But, they aren’t really what’s it’s all about. It’s all about getting closer to the music, and, hopefully sharing that experience with others.
Last weekend my wife’s sister and girls stayed with us. Good times. Sunday night we all ended up in my small space listening to my ‘giant speakers’. I love being able to share music with people and perhaps show them a way of listening they’ve not yet experienced. My niece remarked on how one artists voice sounded different or more real, on a song she knows well, and, then commented on how she could do this for hours. Or, does at home, anyway.
There it is.
I know how important music is to all of us, and I get a lot out of the shared experience. I see this hobby from that angle – investing in hifi can reflect a deeper respect for the art and craft of music. They can also be a tool for developing a better understanding of it. I find that I’m writing less for those who’ve come this way already. I have deep respect for those intrepid folk, and look to them for my continued education. I run the blog for me, of course, and those who may not know the way is there.