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    Default Pioneer HPM-100 speakers...

    I keep hearing about these speakers.. and a pair if for sale locally... anyone have any info on them?

    I know they're not Polk's, but a lot of people sure seem to like em... more than just a few too.

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    They're a "west-coast" sounding speaker, a derivative of the JBL L-100 Century. Ex-JBL engineer Bart Locanthi designed this series while at Pioneer. The top end is rather hot, I backed the tweeter pad off a good bit on mine. They're a fun speaker for rock'n'roll, not the most accurate speakers in the world but they can certainly move some air. They're quite efficient too, not too picky about amplification. I wouldn't pay more than $100 for a set, but some would go to $200. I've seen people try to get $400 for a pair...no thanks.

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    ok. thanks. a guy is selling a pair for $75 each.. he has two pairs.. and he didn't say if that was for each individual speaker or for a pair. either way... i keep hearing stuff about this speaker and how lots of people like them.

    I may go listen to them if he still has them.. i'm just curious more than anything though. I certainly don't need any more speakers in the house. ;)

    People go crazy for them on EPay though. OMG some selling for over $500 even. LOL silly people

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    I had HPM-40's, and later HPM-500's (same thing newer version) back in the day. Cool speakers. I like the older HPM-40 better with it's paper/carbon mix drivers--
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    If you want the ultimate JBL L-100, they're probably the speakers for you.
    On the other hand, you might just want to wait and then splurge on a pair of Yamaha NS-1000s.

    These aren't bad speakers, but they're not my cup of tea. YMMV.

    EDIT: At $75 a pair, all drivers working and intact/restorable cabinets... Heck, I'd buy 'em.
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    You can always sell them for that amount. I personally grew up on Pioneer HPM-150s and they were some sweet speakers.
    I'm in the high-fidelity first class traveling set

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    My buddy had a pair of HPM-100's back in the early 80's and my Monitor 10's blew them away. I was running Rotel power and a German made turntable, can't remember the name but it was good.
    Here I am after about 20 years away from the hi-fidelity fun enjoying it like I am 18 again.
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    I had a pair of HPM-100 and also the bigger brothers, the HPM-1500s (ray gun tweeter on top). As mentioned, both speakers are a little forward in the treble and the bass is a bit 'bloated' (maybe too strong a term, maybe 'full' is a better word). Anyway, great speakers for good 'ol rock n roll, but not the last word on tonality and timbre. Still, a fun speaker. I'd recommend a pair of short tilt speaker stands for the 100s...

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    Bloated sounds about right.

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    I was being kind...(new year's resolution) :)

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