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    Default ADS L1530 thoughts?

    Anyone got any words of wisdom about these speakers? Are they worth rehabbing with 2 tweets, 1 mid and possibly 2 woofers not working. And some slight water damage to the bottom of both cabinets?
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    Oh man.
    That's a lot of things to fix and can add up the cost.
    Those drivers are not cheap.
    They are considered very nice from my research and can fetch anywhere from $600 to $900.
    There was a pair in Denver asking $1000 and it's no more there.

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    Well...for what I can acquire them for...it might even things up a bit on rehab costs. And right now I am not even sure if it might be a crossover issue. From what I gather from the owner, he got them from someone else in this condition. And does not really know all that much about restoring them. But is interested in my Monitor 10's in trade.
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    Go for it then.
    Monitor 10's come too often.
    1530's only show up rarely.

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    I'd be sure you can source the drivers first. Some of the old ADS drivers are really difficult to find.
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    I checked So's site and see pricing for repairs....


    No love for ADS 'round her'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by halo71 View Post
    I checked So's site and see pricing for repairs....
    No love for ADS 'round her'?
    Try this site: http://www.adsspeakersservice.com/#!services
    I think the guy used to work for ADS before he started the repair service.
    All genuine parts.

    If your SO's site is same as this one, then you already are there.

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    Plenty of love here for the 1530's. My bud happens to have 2 pair of them. Some lucky day I'd love to own one pair of them. They're one of the smoothest sounding large speakers that I've heard.
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    Mystery...yep same site.

    Moto...by now I think I am asking dumb questions and should make a jump! Don't think I have heard a bad review about these. Restoring them should prove interesting I think.
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    I owned a pair for a few years, and they are spectacular. Many consider them the best ADS speakers ever. 95 dB sensitivity and they go cleanly down to 14 Hz. I really miss mine. I sold mine for $1000 in Denver last year.

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    BUMP did you ever have Mr So redo the drivers for you he has done many for me and does awesome work! I this week :-) came in possession of my first pair of ADS L1530s and have been amazed by them. I have ADS L1290s series I and II and cant wait to get them in a room to A/B/ them ... the 1530s will kill them in low bass but the 1290s do some magic it will be fun to investigate!

    I hope you did the deal the one guy that said Monitor 10s are found often, is right i know 2 friends that have them in their closets displaced by better speakers)

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    I have had both ADS for the home and the car. Wonderful speakers. But they were very expensive. Wish I had kept them for the last thirty five years.

    If your plan is to just rehab them for resale I personally would not do it. You will probably wind up being upside down on the costs.

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    I know i wont be selling these or my 1290s any time soon .. BUT the impression i got from the guy starting the thread is that he had 2 bad woofers and 2 bad other drivers, the work Richard So does is not expensive and he could recone the 2 drivers and then rediaphram them for only a couple hundred dollars .. well worth the price even if just to sell ..

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    I had Richard So repair a tweet $65 and is now re-coning a woofer so that I can list these on ebay (ADS L1530) I hate to let them go. Fortunately I have had these for the past 16 years and will be happy to say that I have owned them. Truly remarkable engineering.

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    I had forgotten that I'd commented in this thread way back when. I did end up with a pair of 1530's for almost a year. They were no doubt the nicest sounding pair of speakers that I've ever owned. But................and it's a big but; they lacked the sda effect. It's very hard to go back to a normal sounding speaker once you've been bit by the sda bug so away they went.
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    I never got the speakers. The Craigslist owner flaked out on me.
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    Baa,

    I have a pair of ADS l1090 v2 and they are a very balanced refined speaker with a surprising amount of bass for their size. But, as motorstereo mentioned, it is hard to go back and listen to regular speakers without the sda effect.

    I still can't sell them as they do sound great, and look great too, the only speakers I have with a dome mid.

    Sorry to hear the seller flaked out.

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