Ohm Acoustics CAM 16 loudspeaker Review Context

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The Ohm loudspeakers were used with a pair of VTL 100W Compact monoblocks, connected with Monster M1 speaker cable, while the preamplifier was a combination of the Mod Squad Line Drive Deluxe AGT and Vendetta Research SCP2 phono preamp. Source components consisted of a Marantz CD-94 CD player used to drive a Sony DAS-R1 D/A converter, a 1975-vintage Revox A77 to play my own 15ips master tapes, and a Linn Linn Sondek/Ekos/Troika setup sitting on a Sound Organisation table to play LPs. Interconnect was Audioquest LiveWire Lapis.

The speakers sat either on a pair of 24" wooden Chicago Speaker Stands, with a sheet of Sims Vibration Dynamics Navcom placed between the top-plate of each stand and the loudspeaker, or on a pair of Arcici "Rigid Riser" stands, which have a height adjustable with two grub screws between 20" and 36". The loudspeakers were carefully positioned for optimum performance, and both stands and floorstanding speakers were coupled to the tile floor beneath the rug with spikes. In addition to a rigorous listening test, with no other speakers in the room, the Ohm speakers were used for a period of everyday use.—John Atkinson

Ohm Acoustics Corp.
76 Degraw Street
Brooklyn NY 11231
(800) 783-1553

tonykaz's picture

Tech HiFi phone: 477-hifi.

People still like those Walsh versions.

TechHifi closed it's doors well before vinyl died but so did our Stereoland & Audioland Chains and High Fidelity Workshop ( I worked there when Erica Morini was still performing and recording ). All the rest mostly closed up over the next decade ( including my Retail Store "Esoteric Audio". Phew.

It's rumored that we still have Harry Francis of Audio Dimensions on Woodward Ave. and one remaining Linn Dealer in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Audio was Hot till the 1980s. What the hell happened to make the bottom fall out? It was thrilling to be in the Audio Business.

I know someone that still uses the Ohm Walsh in his basement.

Tony in Michigan

rschryer's picture

> Audio was Hot till the 1980s. What the hell happened to make the bottom fall out?

The CD. It hampered a listener's ability to become emotionally engaged with the recorded performance.

Sensei's picture

I currently own a pair of Walsh 4000 and have owned them for many years. I have a love hate relationship with them,
On some Stereo recordings I love them but when I use them with my home theatre setup (Sunfire 5 channel amp and Sunfire Processor, and the brand new Oppo DVD player I don't feel immersed.

pwf2739's picture

Many years ago I had a pair of Ohm Walsh 2's. I remember being in awe at the fact that I could stand directly in front of one speaker and hear the other one. Then, of course, the tweeter in one of them blew out and I sold them to someone I didn't even know, I think it was for about $50.00. Even still, I have fond memories of those speakers.

Jikester's picture

I always thought the CAM 16 looked like baby B&W 801s... in fact, I'm listening to a pair of brand new (never opened after 30 or so years in storage) CAM-16s next to my B&W 801 S3. They sound decent, not bad at all.