Rectilinear III Floorstanding Speakers

4.58/5 (12 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sprague a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2013

Bottom Line:   
Wow, and not WOW as in how they sound.....over-rated and out dated. I have owned several pairs and repaired even more since the early 70's. From an era when Sales people pushed for both commission and the contracts that had to be satisfied. Pure over-blown cheaply made with inferior components, that's the reality of the actual story behind these. The old Peerless tweets. Whizzer Mids? Accordian type woof? Give me a break, more urban legend from monkey suited sales guy hype late 60's to early 80's before Circuit City and Best Buy helped conspire in over-throwing American audio with the Japanese.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by colin_p a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Picked the 'lowboy' set up for $140.00 CAD. Speakers are some how still in mint shape (built approx in 1971, and still going strong). (which shows the quality of the materials/product used). Nice and heavy - approx. 50lbs each. WIKIPEDIA has a page for these (check the links at the bottom - one of them is a pdf that shows the brands used for the drivers).

Really blown away by the sound.

It took a little moving around but I found after tilting them up to proper ear level (while sitting) the treble really improved. I also removed the grills (which seemed to help as well). I'm going to build some shelfs for them in the near future to lift them to the right level.

For the price I paid they're incredible.

If these pop up on craigslist definately check them out.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Elsinore660 a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Bought new in 1973 - after a lot of research. These are great speakers!!! Even if the highs are less than perfect, my high-frequency sensori-neural hearing loss means my ears roll-off at 8k and 10k. But, I CAN hear the windows rattle and FEEL the bass.
With my hearing problems, lesser systems sounded muddy, but the Rectilinear III's are crisp, clear and understandable - VERY satisfying!!
I still have all the paperwork. "Below 500 and above 3000 Hz, the crossover network of the Rectilinear III rolls of the response of the midrange driver at the rate of 6 dB per octave... Two 2 1/2-inch (tweeters) cover the range from 3000 Hz up. The slightly larger tweeters contribute more to the response above 11,000 Hz. Thus there exists a virtual acoustic crossover at 11,000 Hz, even though all four drivers are connected in series-parallel."

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $318.00

Purchased At:   Stereo Discounters,T



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jazzguy a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I've had the Rectilinear 111s since 1973, having purchased a pair for $350 on clearance at the old Sound Warehouse in Brooklyn. I love these old guys and still use them in a secondary system. As other reviewers have said, the 111s can deliver quite remarkable bass; on symphonic CDs played through an old Lexicon CP-3 and Carver TFM-15CB, the richness and depth of sound is inspiring, but their highs, soundstage and air can't really compare with today's best speakers in the $2000 range. On well-recorded, 24 bit, jazz CDs, for example, even the bass can occasionally get muddy and sloppy, but that could be an effect of my heavily carpeted room. A few years ago, I purchased Maggie 2.7s for my main system and there is simply no equivalence in the overall coherence or clarity of sound. My high value and overall ratings reflect 30 years of wonderful listening for $350! If you're looking for vintage speakers, a still outstanding "symphonic music" speaker, or for some cheap deep bass minus a sub-woofer for a video system, grab 'em.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Sound Warehouse



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by LenMinNJ a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2002

Bottom Line:   
These are among the best of the speakers from the late 60's and early 70's. By today's standards they get congested at only moderate sound pressure levels and are a bit beamy, but for quiet music, listened to on-axis they're pretty darned good if still a bit grainy in the high midrange and above. Great low bass extension!

It wouldn't be hard to better this (other than the very low bass) with a modern speaker system that retails for around $1800 per pair. Try the Revel M-20 for example.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Purchased At:   Gift




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