Vox Public Address Speaker Units 1964 - 1968
LINE SOURCE 40 SPEAKERS
4 x 10" speakers, normally Elacs, occasionally Celestion 7442s; 40W handling per column.
On the left, the illustration from the 1964 Vox brochure. On the right, one of Vox's stranger "suggestions" (1966): an AC50 with a pair of LS40 columns.
A Vox column speaker remounted on a new stand in studio 3 at Abbey Road, April 1966. According to Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, "Recording the Beatles" (Houston, 2006), p. 259, Abbey Road bought eight LS40s from Vox in 1965.
Brown grille cloth; early logos; blue Elac speakers
Sold on ebay in 2015. An early set, originally with perspex logos, as in the brochure of February 1964, illustrated above. Speakers and wiring intact.
Click for a larger image. Speakers are 16ohm Elacs, sprayed Vox blue, and wired in parallel/series for a total of 16ohms. The Elac part no. is 10N/81.
Detached handwheel assembly from an early column set
Early covers in soft chocolate-brown vinyl (on a later set of columns). The other colours supplied were maroon and racing green (examples below). Later covers were in a thinner, less pliable, black vinyl and had the VOX logo screened on.
Sold on ebay in 2005. Logo a wooden block covered in tolex. Letters individually applied.
Currently presented on this page. Note the rectangular Cannon XLRs turned sideways.
Regrilled, but evidently an early set - wooden block logo with theta "O", and early style of handwheel.
Mid 1964 - A NEW TYPE OF ELAC SPEAKER (and wiring)
Elacs with an impedance of 4ohms, then a change from blue to hammertone silver, which may have coincided with the change from Celestion alnico blue (T535) to alnico silver (T1088) in April/May 1964.
One speaker with older wood-block logo and blue Elacs, the other with a plastic stippled logo and silver Elacs. Blue Elacs and silver Elacs are all 4ohms and wired identically, in series (but with different coloured wire). The columns are probably not too far apart in date.
Click for a larger image. Speakers are 4ohm Elacs wired in series for a total of 16ohms. The Elac part no. is unknown at present - perhaps 10N/81 or 10N/82.
Sold on ebay in 2011. One old speaker and one newer. Grille cloth replaced.
Sold on ebay in 2011. Regrilled with new brown cloth. Still the wooden block logo. Note the first generation silver hammertone Elac speakers with no bell cover.
Black grille cloth; new style plain lettering on hand-wheels.
A nice set of columns, one replaced driver, but otherwise all original. Note the Elacs without bells.
Later 1964 (?) and on - END BELLS FOR THE ELAC SPEAKERS
The part code for these speakers was 10N/86
Sold on ebay in 2005. Note old style red and new style greeny-black covers together.
Sold on ebay in 2005.
Sold on ebay in 2013. One set of Elac drivers replaced by Adastras
A set issued during the solid state period, second third of 1967. Note the unusual serial number plate on the first of the two units (and its Amphenol XLR).
Vox Sound Equipment Ltd.
For the history of the VSEL, which superceded Jennings Musical Industries in mid 1968 and lasted until early 1970, see this page on the Vox Supreme website.
A nice Vox Sound Equipment set, still with the Amphenol XLR. The tilt back stand is new style: the side uprights are adjustable through the handwheel.
LINE SOURCE 60 SPEAKERS
4 x 12" speakers, normally Fanes, but in 1966 and 1967 often Celestions (T1225); 60W handling per column.
A beautiful set originally posted here.
LINE SOURCE 15 SPEAKERS
One of a pair of Line Source 15 speakers from 1966. Line Source 15s had been in the catalogue from 1964.
Handles for carrying; hooks for wall-mounting
Vox retail price-list from April 1967 showing section on PA speakers.
Portable 10" speaker
Single unit with 10inch Elac speaker, pristine condition.
Portable 12" speaker
A pair of cabs with silver Celestion 1088s.
A pair of larger cabs with original line-matching transformer but non-original speakers. Part of the solid state line.
An extremely unusual horn unit, not represented in any of the Vox promotional literature. Five short-bodied Celestion horns, 3 ohms each, therefore totalling 15 ohms, the norm for Vox Solid State amps and cabs, in a handy portable cabinet with an angled front. One of the horns is inscribed 12/1966, another has the Celestion date code 15HM = 15th August 1967. Evidently the cab was envisaged as part of the solid state line. In terms of size, picture 4 above shows that the unit is exactly the same width as an AC100 / Supreme cabinet. Input is via a 1/4" jack socket. Note that no crossover network (normally a capacitor/resistor arrangement) is provided to protect the horns from low frequency signals. The crossover must therefore have been external.