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Old 06-01-2010, 12:25 PM
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Pioneer HPM-200 speakers...

anyone with any experience with these speakers? im puttings together a retro system and these fit the bill as far as looks but i know no nothing about their sound. i have an sx-1250 to hook them up to-is that enuf power? any opinions are much appreciated. thanx
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:28 PM
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I heard Tubed's pair of HPM-200's and they sound unlike any of the other HPM's. Much smoother and more balanced that any of the other JBL-inspired HPM's. Hopefully Tubed will chime in.
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:14 PM
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These are one of my all time favorites; very rare and desirable. In case you didn't know, these were designed by Bart Locanthi of JBL 375 fame and the designer of the early Pioneer/TAD drivers and systems. The HPM units on these are omnidirectional and the highs are very smooth and extended. While full range, they are more of an "east coast" speaker and well suited for reproduction of jazz, vocals and classical music. Their sealed woofers will dig deep, but are relatively inefficient. If you want to rock, consider the JBL or Pioneer 100's.

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Old 06-01-2010, 02:06 PM
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By all means if you can pick up a pair in working condition you can always upgrade your amplification.
I've made hyperbolic statements like " my favorite JBL", best tweeter". " better than the Great Heil" etc. They sound as if they'd measure quite flat, seem very balanced and are quite musical, dynamic as all get out.
I don't detect much coloration, negligable mid bass boom, extremely enjoyable with well recorded music.

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Old 06-01-2010, 02:22 PM
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thanx for the replies-keep em coming. fyi-i listen to primarily classic rock-some metal and at decent levels...
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I helped a friend buy a set and then shipped them to him in Mo. I tested them with my Sansui G8700DB, 160wpc. Ozzie-"No More tears" was killer. These will play bass you would only expect from a sub. The cylinder mids and tweeters were nice and open. I was impressed and hope to find some myself when I have the cash to afford them.

I would go 200wpc or more to really get the most out of them.

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By all means if you can pick up a pair in working condition you can always upgrade your amplification.
I've made hyperbolic statements like " my favorite JBL", best tweeter". " better than the Great Heil" etc. They sound as if they'd measure quite flat, seem very balanced and are quite musical, dynamic as all get out.
I don't detect much coloration, negligable mid bass boom, extremely enjoyable with well recorded music.
It would be interesting how they would hold up to the ESS AMT3's with the Great Heil. The HPM 100's and 150's I've heard aren't in the same league. Those 200's look very interesting I must say, much different than your run of the mill HPM.
My rebilut recapped AMT3's I find are really uncolored, yet musical speaker, I was really amazed how good they sounded once I got them finished-probably why I just picked up another set!!
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how can i tell if the woofers are original? should i pull 1 or 2 out? is this practical? does anyone know the model no. of the woofers? thanx again
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Easily the best HPM model and competitive with the best consumer speakers of their time. Very nice.
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The HPM-200 falls in my list of 5 favorite speakers of all time. A very good loudspeaker when compared to just about anything.
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Probably has the best x-over Pioneer ever made. The thing is massive.
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how can i tell if the woofers are original? should i pull 1 or 2 out? is this practical? does anyone know the model no. of the woofers? thanx again
First of all welcome to Audiokarma and secondly pictures are widely appreciated for enjoyment and ID'ing.
One way of telling if the woofers are original or correct replacements is to measure with a multimeter. The top left driver should measure 8 ohms(or so) and the right "lower" woofer should measure 16 ohms. You can test(with the drivers in cabinet) by removing the crossover connections to the drivers.
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here are some pics...
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here are some pics...
It looks like you're good to go with the original woofers

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Old 06-05-2010, 10:48 PM
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here are the hpm 200s in their new home...
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