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    Default Is this a decent deal?

    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...055637034.html

    No pics and I haven't seen it myself (also don't have access to email at work), but seems like it's probably classic SDA1, not B or C (I guess that leaves A?).

    I think I want to try to haggle him down to $250, but is $300 reasonable for classica SDA1 as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...055637034.html No pics and I haven't seen it myself (also don't have access to email at work), but seems like it's probably classic SDA1, not B or C (I guess that leaves A?). I think I want to try to haggle him down to $250, but is $300 reasonable for classica SDA1 as well?
    My guess is SDA1 with the SL1000 tweeters (2 horizontal). Pictures are what I think they are. Could be wrong and there are a few "hybrid" configuration so I'll let the forum experts speak to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty913 View Post
    My guess is SDA1 with the SL1000 tweeters (2 horizontal). Pictures are what I think they are. Could be wrong and there are a few "hybrid" configuration so I'll let the forum experts speak to that.
    You got it. Those are pretty neat because of the single stereo driver, single dimensional driver, and dual bass drivers. The dimensional tweeter, and the mediocre cabinet construction are the disadvantages.
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    So... it's a decent deal? Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    So... it's a decent deal? Lol.
    Be patient IMO they are not worth the price. Keep your eye out for a pair like these.

    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?t=79099

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    So... it's a decent deal? Lol.
    For $250 and local in good(read solid) shape with no problems they are a good deal. You may want to perform a few simple mods to improve imaging. My first SDA were the SDA2's with the 3 mids, and the dimensional tweeters. I disconnected the dimensional tweeter, and reduced the input resistor on the stereo tweeter. This simple mod help them a lot. Some may think it's not such a good deal, but you see people paying more for RTA's, and even Monitors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty913 View Post
    My guess is SDA1 with the SL1000 tweeters (2 horizontal). Pictures are what I think they are. Could be wrong and there are a few "hybrid" configuration so I'll let the forum experts speak to that.
    So are these pics of the SDA-1 that this post is asking about or not? And if they are why aren't they worth the price? I'm just curious. Is it because it's an early design, inferior tweeters or what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnh View Post
    So are these pics of the SDA-1 that this post is asking about or not? And if they are why aren't they worth the price? I'm just curious. Is it because it's an early design, inferior tweeters or what?

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    Yes, Yes and Yes.

    the dimensional tweeter is not very desireable. Similar to the CRS and CRS+, the plus (later design) has only one tweeter.. and it's not dimensional.

    not worth the price/ $300 to much IMHO. My friend got a pair for $40, what does that tell you?

    there are so many of them out there.. that I could never see myself paying more than say $150 tops. Yes everyone here will disagree with me on that price.. but it's not one of the better SDA's out there. Patience and keep looking.. a better pair is out there for you. ;)

    I'm more than anything just trying to keep you from overpaying.. if you really want them. go get them... they are not horrible sounding speakers by any means.. and that's not my point in saying I'd never overpay for them.. my point is.. i like a good bargain, and at $300 or even $250 to me that's not a good deal.
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    Bleh. I got all excited at the thought of having my first SDA pair. Lol. Ok, thanks for all your inputs. I will keep my eyes open for better deals or for the price to drop on these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danger boy View Post
    Yes, Yes and Yes.

    the dimensional tweeter is not very desireable. Similar to the CRS and CRS+, the plus (later design) has only one tweeter.. and it's not dimensional.

    not worth the price/ $300 to much IMHO. My friend got a pair for $40, what does that tell you?

    there are so many of them out there.. that I could never see myself paying more than say $150 tops. Yes everyone here will disagree with me on that price.. but it's not one of the better SDA's out there. Patience and keep looking.. a better pair is out there for you. ;)
    Thanks,

    I kind of guessed that was the case. But good to know. I don't have much experience with early Polk gear. All I remember are the ubiquitous bookshelves in Sam Goody Record Stores in NYC in the 80s with the trilaminate tweeters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnh View Post
    Thanks,

    I kind of guessed that was the case. But good to know. I don't have much experience with early Polk gear. All I remember are the ubiquitous bookshelves in Sam Goody Record Stores in NYC in the 80s with the trilaminate tweeters?

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    yes... now you're on the right track ;) the latter SDA's came with tri lam tweeters.. and are still some of the most desirable SDA's out there... that doesn't mean that other none tri lam SDA"s are good too though.

    For the smaller SDA's.. these seem to be pretty popular.
    SDA CRS +
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    I would even put the SDA 2A in that list too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    So... it's a decent deal? Lol.
    Not really. The dimensional tweeter isn't a big problem and if you disliked it, just disconnect it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    Bleh. I got all excited at the thought of having my first SDA pair. Lol. Ok, thanks for all your inputs. I will keep my eyes open for better deals or for the price to drop on these.
    Hey Ender, if you live in the LA area you can always find this stuff cheap. Watch ebay, cuz most sellers of the big vintage polks wont offer shipping, so with that said you can find low bidding for them from that area. Watch all the areas near you on craiglist too, if you have to drive 100mi or more for a nice pair its worth it. You live in the meca for cheap vintage polk products! I envy that:D. tom
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodsman10b View Post
    Hey Ender, if you live in the LA area you can always find this stuff cheap. Watch ebay, cuz most sellers of the big vintage polks wont offer shipping, so with that said you can find low bidding for them from that area. Watch all the areas near you on craiglist too, if you have to drive 100mi or more for a nice pair its worth it. You live in the meca for cheap vintage polk products! I envy that:D. tom
    Lol. If you say so. I been searching for the past week or two and nothing big has shown up, much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    Lol. If you say so. I been searching for the past week or two and nothing big has shown up, much.

    patience my friend...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ender View Post
    Lol. If you say so. I been searching for the past week or two and nothing big has shown up, much.
    You are in a pretty good area to find SDA's looking for a few weeks is nothing. Have patience my friend. It can take months or more to find what you are looking for, and you may have to travel. Spend some time reading now figuring out what you want before diving into some SDA's. Some of the best SDA's are the 1C's, and the SRS2's. These only have 2 tweeters each, and the XO upgrades/tweeter upgrades will not break the bank. If you have plenty of room and the coin you may want to get into the 2.3TL's, or the 1.2TL's. These require more coin to upgrade, and really benefit from some real beefy amps. These things need to be taken into consideration too. Again have patience. If you don't snag the 1's for now t get a feel for SDA's and take your time to find what you are really looking for;)
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    Take a road trip and get some superior speakers !!;)

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/ele/1053905474.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdb View Post
    Take a road trip and get some superior speakers !!;)

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/ele/1053905474.html
    That's a good deal, but do keep in mind those are 3.1TL's and not SDA-SRS's.
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    looks to be a good deal to me too and a great price.

    I think the 3.1's are SRS models too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danger boy View Post
    looks to be a good deal to me too and a great price.

    I think the 3.1's are SRS models too.
    Al, they are.



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    Quote Originally Posted by danger boy View Post
    looks to be a good deal to me too and a great price.

    I think the 3.1's are SRS models too.
    They are SRS models, but the title is kinda misleading just saying SDA-SRS and posting a pic of the big boys with the grills off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben62670 View Post
    They are SRS models, but the title is kinda misleading just saying SDA-SRS and posting a pic of the big boys with the grills off.
    HA BEN! there you go... they are to SRS's ;) :p

    the seller posted the wrong picture.. stock Polk picture..

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    HA AL!
    Just kidding:)
    I know you knew I just wanted to clarify things a little that may be confusing;):p:p:D

    SDA-SRS Have 8 woofers, 4 tweeters, B/B IC, and 4ohms nominal.
    http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/specs/recent/srs/

    These are SDA, and SRS, but are called SRS3.1TL's
    http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/s...ecent/srs31tl/

    I doubt the seller was trying to sell them as SDA-SRS's by his discription, but it would be easy to be confused by his ad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben62670 View Post
    I doubt the seller was trying to sell them as SDA-SRS's by his discription, but it would be easy to be confused by his ad.
    Yes, the stock brochure that came out in 1990 (shown) has the 3 SDA_SRS TL models on the cover. The 3.1TL picture on the brochure looks slightly larger than it seems in person (optical delusion, I suppose). I doubt he was trying to mislead people, just too lazy to take real pictures. Still, $500 is a really good price for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtgranby View Post
    Be patient IMO they are not worth the price. Keep your eye out for a pair like these.

    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?t=79099

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    I would argue that point. I had a pair of 2B's and found with only 2 mid range drivers they were just too bright without a sub. I would bet the 1's with 4 mid ranges would give you better mid to low mid's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinals-1 View Post
    I would argue that point. I had a pair of 2B's and found with only 2 mid range drivers they were just too bright without a sub. I would bet the 1's with 4 mid ranges would give you better mid to low mid's
    Thats why they make all kinds of speakers. Placement is a huge issue and use of a high current amp. You can argue all you want but the 2b's are much better than SDA 1 with SL1000 tweeters. If you are talking about SDA 1c,that is a different animal and price would be greater.

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    Ps It still is not a good deal pertaining to his original question.
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    The original 1's only used two 6.5's for mids. The lower 2 6.5's were used as sub drivers.
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    The stands would be a detriment, but easily removed.. Tried to make them like Monitors. Why I don't know.

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