Altec 604e ... whats the real deal?
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2nd July 2010
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Altec 604e ... whats the real deal?

Have never chanced to work with these former studio staples. But I see that they have a hallowed status in some hi-fi circles.

I did hear the equator audio research q15s which have a similar design approach. I'm not sure they were calibrated correctly (the low end was not consistent) , but they did have superb imaging and the most robust phantom center I have ever heard. It was quite disconcerting to see that there was no speaker in the middle.

Now, a company called Great Plains Audio is selling raw drivers based on the 604e. I was considering building a pair... its not insanely expensive, and can be powered with less than 100 watts.

I'd like to know what the veterans think. Can the 604e hold its own amongst today's high tech offerings?

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Most dont go below 60hz.
Good for "rock" but not much else.
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assuming you are going to build the right cab and your room is on the biggish size .. you will have a lot of fun with them.. not sure i would mix on them but playback and checking mixes ..big fun sound.. I think that the super high efficiency speakers are better for listening into a mix to hear the little micro details

have fun..

btw.. the great plains guys seemed like wonderful folks the few dealings I have had with them.
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604 are the only I'd consider other than 4310 / 4311.

Ever.

In the world.
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Quote:
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604 are the only I'd consider other than 4310 / 4311.

Ever.

In the world.
What kind of stuff are you recording?
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I think that the super high efficiency speakers are better for listening into a mix to hear the little micro details
No question about their ability to reproduce micro details.
In a properly designed cabinet, the 604e can produce deep bass.
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They are very efficient so you do not need much power. The guys at Great Plains Audio are the best. I have 604g's in my UREI 813s and 604E's in the house.
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