SOLD - FOR SALE: Vintage Energy 22 Reference Connoisseur - Fresh Ferrofluid - REDUCED
Item #649347203Info: Vintage Energy 22 Reference Connoisseur - Fresh Ferrofluid - REDUCED
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Jan 09, 18 5:37am (PST)
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Three Hills, AB
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Sold for 700 with crossovers
Vintage Energy 22 - top of line Reference Connoisseur.
Fully functional - with recent fresh ferrofluid by Darrel at DB Speakers in Calgary. This is important if you actually want to use any Energy 22. And most for sale have not been done.
One woofer just repaired by Darrell - broken wire. Quite sure are all original woofers and tweeters. This may be important, as I;ve read that the drivers for the top line Ref Cons were selected to higher standards.
Optional rebuilt crossovers - this reduced price gets you a stock set (from my other Energy 22). There is one photo here showing the rebuilt set - with 2 big red caps and a black one. Much better quality caps than original. Done by a very good tech and worth $150.
I think the new xovers sound better, but wouldn't call it night and day - and maybe the superior cabinets on the Ref Cons. I did A/B comparison to another set of Energy 22 - not Ref Cons, but early 22 Pro which have same metal body tweeters. And also fresh ferrofluid, as in the Ref Cons. A bit hard to describe the difference - more depth, or breath or something. What i do know is after a minute or 2 of listening to ones with original xovers, I turn back to these with new ones - and stay there. My tech says the orginal caps were quite inexpensive and not even close to what he put into the new ones. The 2 or 3 caps per side cost about $10 US each, as compared to well under $10 for all the caps used in the originals.
Optional set of spare drivers - one working woofer and/or a tweeter as well. May even have a correct metal body tweeter - have a plastic body 4 hole for sure. Ferrofluid will be pro inspected for condition and refreshed if any question. Plastic boidy has been refreshed already.
I also have for sale another pair of Energy 22 - early Pro 22 model, with rear port. This set has the same metal body tweeter that the Ref Cons do, and 3 hole mounting also the same. Most are plastic body 4 hole. Some say the metal are better.
Quite good condition - real wood veneer has some stains on tops but would respond to a light oil refinishing I am sure. If did the touchup would hit 8 out of 10 condition. No significant gouges or damage. Sharp looking speakers and very well built. Good grills. Dramatically superior materials and cabinet construction as compared to the normal 22s.
How do they sound? Dont take my word for it - but I'm a fan of all the vintage Energy 22s. Very good bass, as in remarkable for the 7 in driver used. And with a good amp mids and highs are good too - very smooth. The regular 22s i consider to be contenders in the $4-600 range of vintage speakers.
I've owned all 3 models - rear port, front port, and these. The 3 models sound pretty much the same to me - but hey I'm old and no golden ears.
The build quality and rarity of the Ref Cons puts them in another class though - and I think they do sound a bit better, possibly due to superior cabinet design and build?
They do better with higher quality power.
35.5 in high x 11 in wide x 12 in deep (total footprint - actual top is not 12 in deep - sloping front)
Weight - 55 lbs each
Too many speakers - see my other ads - and as good as these are, cant best my 2 or 3 top sets (all in the $2-3000 range though). So here's your opportunity.
May consider interesting trades
In central Alberta. Can deliver for free to Calgary or Red Deer, on my schedule. Also to Victoria or Vancouver or places in between.
Not very interested in shipping - but maybe. Will be mind numbingly costly, unless you have connections. Will be a challenge to package/crate, and wont be doing it for free.
Better to pickup local, after an audition.
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