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Does anyone remember frazier speakers?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by davmar77, Jul 18, 2007.

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  1. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'... Thread Starter

    Location:
    clifton park,ny
    they were made in texas i believe.i bought mine many moons ago from a long gone high end audio dealer.i stull use them.very simple design.just a black cabinet with a horn and an 8" woofer.very natural sound.shame they went out of biz.
     
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  2. SamS

    SamS Forum Legend

    Location:
    Texas
    I don't "remember" them per se, but have seen pictures of them and understand they were a competitor to some of the Klipsch horn speakers. They still turn up occasionally on ebay and craigslist.
     
  3. XMIAudioTech

    XMIAudioTech New Member

    Location:
    Petaluma, CA
    Frazier is still very much in business... but are only apparently making sound reinforcement and cinema products

    -Aaron
     
  4. joelongwood

    joelongwood Forum Resident

    Location:
    Wading River, NY
    Let me guess........you purchased them from Sid Zimet (Audio by Zimet) in Roslyn. The speakers you are referring to would be Frazier Black Box IIs (I have a pair myself that I purchased "many moons ago" as well.)
    There is quite a Frazier following over at Audiokarma.org.
    I still listen to mine on a regular basis. :D
     
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  5. ZenArcher

    ZenArcher Senior Member

    Location:
    Durham, NC
    I have a pair of old Frazier Mini-Midgets; picked them up in a thrift store. Single 4-inch drivers, ported small enclosure. I can't find anything out about them, but they have their charms, if you don't go too loud with them.
     
  6. Zal

    Zal Recording engineer

    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY, USA
    I vaguely remember them, but I remember Audio By Zimet and their line of mixers which turned into MCI or Otari or something like that??

    Whatabourt Rectilinear IIIs?
     
  7. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'... Thread Starter

    Location:
    clifton park,ny


    i had no idea they were still around.yes,zimet was the place and they are the black box II's.i remember them being half the price of the jbl's and cleaner sounding.
     
  8. joelongwood

    joelongwood Forum Resident

    Location:
    Wading River, NY
    Unfortunately they are no longer around..........Sid and his wife were killed in a plane crash well over 10 years ago. :(
    I used to love going there as a budding audiophile and listening to Sid expound on why tubes were superior to transistors, and of course, the superiority of Frazier speakers vs. just about anything out there.
    And yes, those Black Box IIs are extremely clean sounding speakers. Enjoy. :D
     
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  9. David P. Hill

    David P. Hill Forum Resident

    Location:
    Irving, Tx
    I have a pair of Frazier "Things". Bought them new in 81 in Oak Cliff. Can't remember the store.
     
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  10. ghostdwg

    ghostdwg Forum Resident

    Location:
    New Milford, CT
    I bought my 1st stereo system at Audio by Zimet back in 1978-a Connoisseur TT, Dynaco amp & ADS speakers. I also remember the Frazier Black Box speakers very well-a guy I went to school with had a pair of them & they sure sounded good to my (then) teenage ears...of course he got them at Zimet. Didn't know about Sid & his wife dying in a plane crash-how horrible.
     
  11. Doug Sclar

    Doug Sclar Forum Legend

    Location:
    The OC
    High boys or low boys?
     
  12. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'... Thread Starter

    Location:
    clifton park,ny
    wow! i had no idea.i spent a lot of time there.michael tapes,as he was known,also worked there.he engineered many of the live wlir shows.he used to use a live tower of power show for his speaker demo in the store.took me a long time to get a copy from him.it's still my favorite show of theirs.
     
  13. joelongwood

    joelongwood Forum Resident

    Location:
    Wading River, NY
    Found this obit of Sid Zimet.
    Journal Audio Engineering Society., Vol. 36, No. 6,
    1988 June
     
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  14. sgriffith59

    sgriffith59 New Member

    Location:
    Staunton, IL
    I worked in 1978-79 at a store in the Oak Cliff Section of Dallas called "The Stereo Place as a tech. I remember that the store sold Frazier speakers...Frazier Things were the hot item at the time. I believe it was located on Jefferson...
     
  15. David P. Hill

    David P. Hill Forum Resident

    Location:
    Irving, Tx
    Thats where I purchased mine and that I still have!
     
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  16. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek I’m a ray of sunshine & bastion of positivity

    Just head on over the the 2-Channel section at the Klipsch forums. There are many Frazier users there and a dedicated thread with hundreds of posts.
     
  17. Larry Geller

    Larry Geller Surround sound lunatic

    Location:
    Bayside, NY
    Zimet was one of the biggest rip-off joints in the Tri-State area, super high-pressure salespeople. The Fraziers were terrible speakers.:thumbsdn:
     
  18. ghostdwg

    ghostdwg Forum Resident

    Location:
    New Milford, CT
    I bought my 1st stereo at Audio by Zimet-a Dynaco amp, ADS speakers, and a Connoisseur turntable...ah memories. I guy I went to high school with had a pair of the Frazier Black Box speakers which he bought at Zimet-we used to go over to his place to hang out and crank Zappa, Dead, Hot Tuna amongst others on those speakers...they sure sounded good to my 17 year old ears back then!
     
  19. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'... Thread Starter

    Location:
    clifton park,ny
    hmm, do i know you? sounds like my place at the time and yes, they do sound good. when i bought them at zimet, i compared them next to jbl's and chose the fraziers. i still have them.
     
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  20. flip_wilson

    flip_wilson New Member

    Location:
    ny, ny, usa
    I bought mine Frazier Black Boxes in 1976 at Zimet with a Dynaco equalizer. Also had a Kenwood receiver (bought at Crazy Eddies) and a Stanton 698 Troubadour turntable (sill have the speakers and turntable).
     
  21. jimmyegan

    jimmyegan New Member

    Location:
    Long Beach NY
    I have a pair of Frazier Super Capsules bought in mid 70's at Audio by Zimet. Speaker has woofer,tweeter and horn. Still use them to this day. Also still have manual for them. Had a Dynaco amp hooked up to them at one time. Max power is 30 watts a channel
     
  22. Larry Geller

    Larry Geller Surround sound lunatic

    Location:
    Bayside, NY
    Is there anyone on the East coast that has ever owned Frazier speakers that were NOT bought at Zimet?
     
  23. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'... Thread Starter

    Location:
    clifton park,ny
    i don't know. was he the only dealer in the ny metropolitan area?
     
  24. 402jockey

    402jockey New Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Hi,

    I joined this forum just to answer this question...

    I can't believe you guys are talking about this stuff. Brought a smile to my face reading about Zimet.

    I bought my stereo from a place in Great Neck called Ears Nova. Cant think of the guys name yet but they were salesmen from Zimit that had quit Sid and started their own store. My stereo (I still have it, but packed up) is a David Hafler DH-101 pre-amp, a Dynaco amp (cant think of the model), and a pair of those great Frasier Super Capsules... Used a Dual turn-table and a Teac reel-to-reel and loved every note that came out of it...

    Sorry for hijacking this thread but I just couldn't sit by and not add my 2 cents...

    cheers...
     
  25. FLEMKE

    FLEMKE Senior Member

    Location:
    CROOK COUNTY IL
    All this and no pics?

    Tim
     
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