Sonaudax Image 301 cabinet speakers

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    Luke E

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    I have inherited a pair of these Sonaudax Ltd, Image 301 floor-standing speakers from my father, who bought them in London late 70s or early 80s. I have replaced the base units in each as the foam around the cones had broken down over time. But really I'd like to know a bit more about them and I can't find much online.
    No Has anyone else ever heard of them?

    Thanks
    Luke
     
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    hi luke, the sonaudaux company existed at woodside ave, eastleigh, southampton. from late 1970's - mid 1980's.
    image 301's were their top of the range speaker, which they exported to Japan, i didn't think they sold any here?
    i was working next door to them at the time & my brother welded the managers car for him & he sold me 2 sets for around £300 a pair. they were amazing! the technical director explained they were designed specifically for live jazz recordings, acoustic or classical etc & boy i was blown away when i heard them at a demo, switching between them & a pair of some other hi-end £1000 a pair speakers.

    mine have also decayed foam & so are not in use, i might get around to fixing them up one day.

    i didn't think that anyone would have ever heard of them, i was surprised to see your post.
    i wonder how your dad came by his pair? i was told they were not for u.k. market.

    hope this is helpful
    royseyboy
     
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    Hello,
    I was happy to see this reply, it had been a year and a half since I wrote the post and had forgotten all about it.

    What an amazing story, made me smile to hear of the deal done in return for the welding.
    Very surprised and pleased to hear of their intended use in live jazz, I do listen to jazz often through them. Impressed that they are their top of the range speaker. They to me sound so much better when driven harder. I am very impressed with them too and feel very lucky to have inherited something that today would have cost £1000s potentially.

    The story is;
    My Dad and a good friend of his were in a hifi shop on the Edgeware Road and was told that the speakers were surplus stock, and words to the effect (my dad can’t really remember after 35 years) that Sonaudax found that they weren’t selling well, so this hifi shop were selling them off at a reduced price. He too thought they were much better than more expensive competition.
    Dad says he think he paid around £125 for the pair back then. Quite a lot.

    Also, my Dad’s friend who went with him bough another pair, and recently he game me them as he no longer used them or had the space. I therefore have two pairs also. One pair refurbished, the others awaiting for when I need them.

    Hope this was interesting.
    best,

    Luke
     
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    Damn! It's been more than a year. This really is interesting. Good for you if you have 2 pairs now!
     
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