Ancient NAD/ADS system - still any good?

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by mark.wo--, May 29, 2003.

  1. mark.wo--

    mark.wo-- Auditioning

    May 29, 2003
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    I have a pair of 2-way ADS Model 400 speakers (8" woofer, 1' dome tweeter) that I bought back in high school 23 years ago (!). I'm running them off my 20 year old NAD 7100 receiver (50w/ch, 200 w/ch 'peak power').

    Having lived overseas for several years, I recently hooked up this system again and it still sounds good. I just ordered a Sony M500 150w 12" subwoofer for the lower end, which the ADS's could use some help on. I'm also using this as a makeshift home theater system (with my Sony NC-665P dvd/cd changer).

    My questions are:

    Do speakers ever 'wear out' or lose sound quality from aging? Although they still sound great to my ears, perhaps a new setup would sound considerably better, if I could compare them side-by-side.

    Is current speaker and receiver/amp technology much better than the stuff I have? I guess I would be looking at an integrated surround sound package (satellites, sw and receiver). My budget would be $800 to $1,000. For this, could I get a setup which would sound *significantly* better than what I have?

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
  2. Jed M

    Jed M Cinematographer

    Oct 2, 2001
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    Mark, I would ask this question in the speakers or receivers/amp section. I am sure you will get more replies. This really isn't a basic question even if you are a newbie.

    I would imagine upgrading would yield good results but since I really don't know anything about your gear I am just speculating that technology has come far enough that it would make a difference.

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