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Fisher XP-9b Speaker Review, Specs and Price

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Fisher XP-9b Speaker with grills
Fisher Electronics, later (in the 80ies) a subsidiary of Sanyo, developed mostly cheaper low-end speaker systems that have nowadays nearly no value anymore and can be found in thrift stores for around $10. However, during the 60ies and 70ies the XP-Series of Fisher was of impressing quality and could compete with many high-end speaker systems of its time. The XP-Series of Fisher is widely recognized as being one of the few decent Fisher speakers out there. The Fisher XP-9b from the late 60ies is one of those, a heavy and quite big 4-way bookshelf speaker. Actually, it is a little too big to be considered a bookshelf speaker as it weighs about 60 pounds and is 24,5 inches high, 14 inches wide and 12 inches deep. The walnut veneer of the XP-9b makes this speaker really attractive combined with the vintage grill cloth and the metal name plates.
The Fisher XP-9b is special as it differs from many other bookshelf speakers by being designed with four sections, instead of three, splitting the full-frequency. This design aims to decrease possible distortion. With an additional treble balance control at the back of each speaker, this design aimed to improve low- and mid-frequencies. When I had the opportunity to try this feature, I was not able to find a major difference in sound quality, but did not pay too much attention at the XP-9b at the time.
The original price of these speakers in 1967 was $399 and did definitely suit the quality of the XP-9b. Nowadays (2012) they lost most of their value, but you frequently can pick up a pair at garage sales. Be aware that there is also a XP-9 and a XP-9c!

You found this speaker? Clean it!

We frequently receive images of old, dusty speakers that some lucky owner found in his or her garage after decades of storage. Others purchased an old set of speakers for little money at a garage sale. Our advice: Don´t let them deteriorate, but also don´t scratch them with the wrong tools. 
Instead: Clean them carefully. Get a set of soft brushes and other cleaning utensils. If the wooden speaker cabinets look dull or out of color (e.g. due to sunlight), give the wood some new life: 
1. wipe off the dust . 
2. take a very fine sandpaper (1000 Grit and finer) and to sand down the wood. 
3. Use an oil finish, ideally "natural" to maintain the original wood color, such as Tried and True danish Oil

XP-9b Specifications:
- 12 inch bass
- 6 inch mid-range
- 5 inch mid-range
- 1 ½ inch tweeter (Soft dome).
Frequency Response: 28-22,000 Hz
Recommended Amplifier Power: 10-60 watts
Impedance: 8 ohms
Dimensions: H 24 1/2", W x 12" D x 14”
Weight: 60 lbs.

Fisher XP-9b Price: $30-80
(Depending on overall condition)

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1 comment:

  1. I have a pair of Fisher XP 9's
    Terminal contacts are labelled "com" and "8 ohm"
    Which is positive?


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