_D_S_J_R_ wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:22 am
The Isobarik was NOT square and ugly, it was rectangular, quite deep for a speaker box and a good pair drove a suitable room rather well. The KEF drive units aren't in the slightest bit bland - quite the opposite in that period and I still respect the Concertos if raised off the floor a little - have you even heard a pair? NOTHING like the stuff they made in the 80's! Early 'Briks had twin crossovers, so a three ohm load in the midrange that most domestic amps of the late 70's couldn't handle. Top firing mid (and tweeter). Sound familiar?
One magazine 'raved' about it, Chris Frankland. A shame Paul Messenger can't be persuaded to come here and put you right on many of these things - Lord, he hung around this scene enough at the time (and I'm not criticising either). Can't say any more - not worth the headache I'm getting. As for upwards facing drive units, all the Cubes do this, but even more so...
You're being pedantic by correcting my square and ugly comment with "rectangular". Compared to my other vintage speakers from Bozak, EV and Sansui, they are square. If you like, take my comment about them being square as in the 1960's hippy cliche "square" as in uncool.
Part of the reason for Briks being an April Fools joke is that, not only were they highly expensive, they were also hyped to sell with expensive Naim amplification.
Whereas the classic JBL, EV, Altec speakers of the time sounded fine with modest amplification because they're not a stupidly awkward load and they're better sounding speakers with better sounding drivers in them.
Those Kef drivers in my Briks are bland compared to other better classic drivers available at the time. The likes of the lightweight Altec 15" and 12" woofers, EV T350 tweeters, Altec 802-8G upper frequency drivers, etc.
Popular Hi-Fi, What Hi-fi, Hi-fi Answers all recommended Briks as the best speakers you could buy when I was a lad. Other magazines may well have raved about them too, but those were the only hi-fi magazines bought by my family at the time.