The world-renowned Altec VOTT- A7s 350+ hours invested by a 30-year cabinet maker and sound designer in creating these furniture-grade Altec Lansing Voice-of-the-Theater (VOTT) speakers from scratch. Absolutely nothing was spared in reimagining these world renowned classics. Design Goals The goal was to recreate and update a classic that would be the ultimate fantasy for any audio mancave or home theater system. But not just big, something elegant yet retro for the speaker& rsquo;s time period, something even a spouse would like.
The woofer’s convex opening is super-cool and distinctive and the grilles had to be just as … complimenting the woofer opening to bring natural balance to the design. Behind the grille is the precise port opening per the original design spec (208 Sq. in.) however, the listener has two other options available - depending upon the room characteristics and listener preferences. One panel set reduces the port size to 80 Sq. In., resulting in tighter, more forward mid-bass. The Triple 4” ports preserve the hard pound of the bottom end while tightening the lower frequencies. Rather than typical grille cloth, metal grating with oblong holes (similar in shape to the speaker opening) were incorporated to invoke a rugged look as homage to the original industrial, theater-use intent of the speaker.
Per Altec’s original VOTT build design, the cabinets were constructed utilizing Medium Density Overlay (MDO) plywood. MDO is significantly heavier (more durable) and more costly than birch or other materials such as MDF or particle board. All Internal bracing is hardwood and all wood joints are dadoed (Not butt-jointed) and glued. Additional internal hardwood cross-bracing was incorporated to reduce cabinet resonance.
The concave section on either side of the woofer is fully-braced with matching curved hardwood, then filled with reinforcing/expanding form to further to reduce resonance. As specified, interior walls are covered in sound absorption foam to reduce standing waves. The exterior was carefully veneered in Bubinga, then finished with 14 coats of Piano lacquer - sanded between coats, then polished. The super-cool aluminum ball legs are easily removable and make moving easy (each weigh 170 lbs.+). The 511b horn braces are customized brass fittings. Even the custom Altec emblems and logos are flushed into the veneer face for a more detailed finish.
The woofers are as new, freshly re-coned original 416c’s and magnets were also re-gaussed by Great Plains Audio – THE Altec guy! (Thanks Bill!). The 802d compression drivers were dismantled and rebuilt with new Radian diaphragms (not the cheap Chinese versions) - they sound amazing! The Horns All pits and seams were painstakingly filled and sanded, then powder-coated for an incredibly durable and beautiful finish. The aluminum 511b horns are also known to “sing” - to mitigate that effect, sound deadening material was fused to the bottom.
(See pic) The famous Jon Hiraga VOTT crossover design was utilized to flatten the response from the originals as well as provide additional “presence” switching for the compression drivers. French-made Solen Caps and open air-core inductors were leveraged. High quality binding posts, all connections soldered (where possible) and 12-gauge wiring was integrated throughout the cabinet. These Altec VOTT’s are way more than “just” speakers, they are incredible, one-of-a-kind handmade pieces of fine furniture.
The piano finish is beautiful/rich to the touch and needs to be treated as such. They are a statement piece and a labor of love. This project is the preservation of wonderful audio gear from a great era is personally my most ambitious (and coolest) restoration to date. This is my third set of VOTTs; each set takes 6-8 months to build.
These would be the talk of any Home theater or Audio system and yes, they get LOUD! Serious buyers are certainly welcome to audition them in Ann Arbor, MI. Will only ship via a quality furniture moving company (Does not include shipping however, I will fully coordinate the process for you - post purchase). Due to their size and shipping effort, refunds are not allowed. I
MPORTANT NOTE: The Pioneer Audio rack is NOT part of this auction.
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