Who uses ADS Speakers


I worked at ADS in The late 70s and Find they are one of the best home speakers ever.

I always loved their accuracy.

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Additional information.  I considered replacing the inductors, but decided against it. Doing so would significantly elevate the cost of the project and probably necessitate using an external cross over.  I also thought about but did not go for an upgrade on the binding posts. 

I bought these speakers used about 15 years ago, and they were in very rough shape.  The cabinets were badly scratched and the grills were really bent up.  Had the cosmetics been better, I probably would have done an even more radical crossover rebuild with better inductors for those that are in series with the drivers, where the correct inductor values could be sourced. 

I got as far as I could with this rebuild last winter, but put the work on hold to attend to some other goals I had for this last year.  I don't enjoy the cabinet work that much, so its easy to push that kind of thing aside.  

ADS!! Holy Moly Batman! ADS car audio back in the 80’s and 90’s was the shiz-nit.  When I had a paper route a zillion years ago, there was this fella who competed in the car audio sound-off events and he competed in the 50 watt and under classs for a complete car audio system, and he won it using ADS speakers in his car and a Soundstream Class A amp; he won the event and his car was published in Car Audio or something like that.  I still have new in the box some 320i component speakers I never installed and some 300i plate speakers.  I even have a few PQ10s laying around.  My first ever ADS amp was a PQ8!  Har.  As far as home equipment goes, I do have some equipment back at my Mom’s house; I don’t remember the numbers but I remember when I bought it, it was A LOT of money for being a wee lad at the time... Ahhh, those were the good old days...

I bought a pair of ADS a few years back and worked on the crossover and bass drivers. Didnt take long before I sold them. A good speaker back in the day but a far cry from current offerings. As another points out, they can be greatly improved with a bit of soldering, a few subtractions and additions. I dont think you need to buy designer parts to get a significant improvement.

I had a pair of ADS 320i speakers in the B-pillars of an '82 Trans-Am T-top with a Nakamichi head unit. The stereo sounded great. The car was fun for a while but was really just a bucket o' bolts.

Gotta throw in my two cents worth, as I'm also a big ADS fan. Bought my first pair of L710's in the early 80's, then onto 810's, 910's, the Sub-sat system, and currently own L1290/2's, 1590/2's and a pair of L400's with the metal grilles. They still satisfy me a lot. If I was to go to anything else, probably would be the Aerial 7T, but I'm still happy with the ones I have with Mac electronics!