Vintage speakers have been around for a long time and like most vintage audio equipment they do have their advantages.
As an audiophile or somebody interested in sound or audio production, you’ve probably heard that vintage speakers sound better.
Most people don’t really believe this to be the case and no one can really blame them. You can only really enjoy vintage speakers when you spend a fair amount of time with them.
In this post I’ll break down why vintage speaker output is said to sound better even with all the new modern speakers around and being manufactured.
with that said, why do vintage speakers sound better?
Vintage speakers sound better because they were manufactured in times when technology was not very advanced and manufacturer’s had to ensure that they created a product that was complete in its own right, independent of other devices and other technology. This meant crafting speakers that didn’t have to depend on other tech. This also meant paying attention to the construction of the speakers as well.
For example, vintage speakers that where made before amplifiers were invented had a higher sensitivity to audio signal.
Also, it is also easy to distinguish similar frequency sounds when they’re played through the vintage speaker. What I mean is that you can for example easily differentiate upright bass from acoustic bass without much effort.
Of course there are many other reasons why vintage speakers may sound better than some newer modern ones.
Let’s get into this so we get a better understanding of this.
Quality of parts
We all know that the components of speakers have a huge impact on how speakers sound which is why most modern speaker manufacturers use the right stuff.
One of the reasons why old vintage speakers sound good and better than some new speakers is because of the quality of parts that were used in the construction of the speakers.
Back then, speaker manufacturers had to rely on good sources of speaker components if they couldn’t manufacture them themselves.
In the early year’s the sources of such construction material were usually a short list and it was nearly impossible to get sub standard equipment because there werent just that many people manufacturing these products.
This is pretty much a continuation from the previous point.
In the old days, most speaker construction material could only be produced by a handful of people which meant that those simply assembling speaker parts didn’t have to worry too much about the quality.
There were lesser imitations back then because people were still catching on and things like speakers were still pretty advanced technology…even though they may seem like an everyday device today.
Speaker quality back in the old days was therefore not compromised due to the fact that manufacturers used good parts. Atleast, parts original enough to produce the needed sound quality.
There’s so many imitations flying around today which is why it’s very easy for you to run into low quality speakers constructed with low quality material that don’t sound as good as a vintage speaker.
Low supply meant good quality
Like I previously mentioned, speakers back in the day were as much sophisticated technology just as blockchain is today.
There were a few companies producing speakers but the market badly needed them so the demand was through the roof.
This meant there was a low supply of vintage speakers which meant that the manufacturers had to create good quality speakers to serve the market and keep it coming back for more.
Speaker manufacturers could not compromise on quality because they knew the value of the demand exhibited by the market.
Of course technology has massively improved over the last few years and speakers are pretty much everywhere.
Vintage speakers as you well know were made to provide the best possible quality even at a time when sound technology wasnt so advanced as is the case today.
For example, vinyl had to be played using these speakers and these speakers had to be of high quality to prevent the records from sounding bad.
With new technologies like better hardware, better sound drivers, better digital processing, faster computers….audio quality has definitely improved.
Which means that playing audio produced today sounds massively better on vintage speakers because they were optmized to make sub quality audio sound good and be of high quality.
Created with more precision
One other thing that is worth mentioning in this post is that the quality of vintage speakers is better and good because they’re were created with more precision.
Since the technology itself was still advancing, speaker manufacturers had to look for the best ways to make their speakers sound better than the competition so they could serve the starving market and keep a good portion of the market share.
Good sound quality is very important and it takes a good idea to know the right sound gear.
Most audiophiles recommend and use vintage speakers because they sound better than most speakers out there.
Most vintage speakers sound better because built with good hardware manufactured with precision.
Furthermore, vintage speakers were better optimized because the quality of audio wasn’t as good back then, which meant that the manufacturers had to create speakers that could make sub stand audio sound like hi fidelity audio.