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  • Anyone remember Athena Technologies speakers?

    Athena Technologies (a canadian company) made several speakers back in the late 90's through the early 2000,s ..They were sold at Best buy, but were not like most of the ordinary stuff they tended to usually push
    .Just wondering if anyone owns them, and was as impressed with them as I was. I remember a small bookshelf model AS-B1 sounding quite great for the price.
    They seem to still hold value on Ebay, so wondering if they were really that great, or just an old fond memory?


    http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/athena_asb1.htm


    http://www.soundstagenetwork.com/mea...s/athena_asb1/

  • #2
    I remember Athena, they were above average value but nothing real special. I remember liking the AS-B1 bookshelf more than the JBL of similar price at the time, before I started into DIY.
    Don't waste your money on a new set of speakers, you get more mileage from a cheap pair of sneakers. Next phase, new wave, dance craze, anyways it's still rock and roll to me!

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    • #3
      Here's what google brought me for the AS-B1, not the worst speaker in the world.

      http://www.soundstagenetwork.com/mea...s/athena_asb1/
      Don't waste your money on a new set of speakers, you get more mileage from a cheap pair of sneakers. Next phase, new wave, dance craze, anyways it's still rock and roll to me!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dcibel View Post
        Here's what google brought me for the AS-B1, not the worst speaker in the world.

        http://www.soundstagenetwork.com/mea...s/athena_asb1/


        Just found that....I remember thinking "At the time" they were one of the best under $200.00 speakers, but its been a while back....so things change.

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        • #5
          I remember them, I worked there for a year or two around 2003. I remember them sounding decent, or at least as good as they could in the acoustically awful cube shaped listening rooms through the selector switchboard.. I also liked those piano black Yamaha speakers with the opaque white poly cones and aluminum domes they sold at the time. Then again at 5% over cost employee pricing a lot of things sounded good! I remember they would occasionally get employee accommodations available on sister brands they didn't carry, wharfdale being probably the best one I remember.
          Projects:

          transcenD: http://techtalk.parts-express.com/fo...5035-transcend
          Summits: http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...75-The-Summits
          References: http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...-My-References
          Vintage Style 2-way: http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...-vintage-2-way

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          • #6
            I have their center channel in my HT setup, now going on many years. I know I should build my own proper WTMW center channel, but everyone is happy with the Athena's performance, no apparent MTM lobing issues.

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            • #7
              I had a set of the Athena S2's, they were pretty nice for the price.
              My modest builds:
              Armadillo TM, A.K.A. Lil' Dillo
              Tarkus/Armadillo build #2
              Armadillo Center Channel
              Au-Rock-O Sub
              Tarkus
              Staining MDF tutorial

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              • #8
                I have a pair of the B1's and yes they were a great value. I was lucky enough to stumble on them when they were clearing them out.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by richard t View Post
                  I have a pair of the B1's and yes they were a great value. I was lucky enough to stumble on them when they were clearing them out.


                  I happened to hear them, at a best buy that actually "Tried" to set them up to get fairly good sound, and they were playing some random Jazz music, and I left quite impressed with them sounding clear, fairly full range, and just more "audiophile" than almost anything I had previously heard at Best buy..

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                  • #10
                    I have a pair of their AS-F1 towers along with a Athena sub & CC sitting in my basement. Bought them at Best Buy years ago. They are very solidly built and were a good value for the money. I can remember auditioning them against a comparably priced set of JBL's in the store and it was no contest. They simply blew them away.

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