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This raises interesting questions.

Do we monitor in today's world or yesterday's world?

For example, when playing back the Crosby tapes, we all loved hearing them
on the Ampex 620-type powered loudspeakers from the 50s...and don't like
them on screechy Walkman-type speakers.

There is a richness from the 8-inch "full-range" (for the era) driver.
There is also a beaminess.

Weren't Altec 604s used widely in the 40s and 50s?

For modern speakers, I am partial to the Mackie HR824s as a good compromise
for price/performance, but of course the Magneplanars mentioned would be
great if you had the physical and financial room.

Cheers,

Richard

At 05:20 AM 2/16/2004 -0800, RA Friedman wrote:
>Any recommendations for speakers to be used in a sound lab that restores
>primarily old, worn 78rpm discs? I'm not doing restorations to go on
>commercial CD reissues. I'd like to keep it under $500, but might be
>convinced to go higher.
>