It’s been a little while since I’ve gone on my rounds through the salvage and recycling centers in Seattle, so I went out for an hour this afternoon to see what I could find. There wasn’t much out there today, but I did find a very good condition pair of Sansui SP1500 speakers. I already own a pair of Sansui SP2500s and a pair of Sansui SP7500Xs, maybe I’ll find the whole set one day. These were made between 1960 and 1974, widely regarded as the best years of Sansui speakers.
I found a thumbnail, but no full size, of the original spec sheet.
This particular set is a 3-way design with 5 drivers (the midrange stage uses two different sizes), 8 Ohm impedance accepting 50W of power with an efficiency of 97 dB (1W*1m) and frequency response from 40Hz-20KHz. They’re quite heavy weighing in at 47 lbs. each, give a good “thud” when rapped with their walnut and pressed board construction.
They’re in great shape, for having been found at a recycler. I noticed them in the back of the loading dock in an area that’s normally off-limits, and convinced the worker to bring them out front for me. Normally they won’t sell out of the back room, but it didn’t take much convincing. With rated power handling of 60W into 5 drivers, these should be solid performers in my system.