#1
I know next to nothing about them. How well rated are they? Are they in the same league as Celestions? Which is your favorite and why?
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Quote by Mad Marius
I know next to nothing about them. How well rated are they? Are they in the same league as Celestions? Which is your favorite and why?


jensen goes way back in the day. most early american guitar amps used jensen speakers, actually you can find jensen speakers in all kinds old stuff (radio's, school PA's, anything with speakers really). jensen enjoys being one of the first speaker makers in america, and many companies (fender, ampeg, supro valco, etc) chose jensen speakers for the simple fact that there was a lack of competition.

so while england was playing with their G-12 alnico blue celestions in their early amps, americans were playing with the 12" alnico 5 jensens. both cool speakers.

eventually jenson released quite a number of guitar speaker models, like ceramic speakers with bigger voice coils. but, even when other companies (CTS, JBL, utah, oxford, etc) started making speakers in the states to compete, jenson speakers were still considered the higher-end/upgrade option choice.

i am not really sure why jenson stopped making speakers, but it must have happened in the late 60's or early 70's cuz jenson kinda disappear around then. the jensen name was bought later, and i think shuffled around a bit. i know that they are now made in italy, they may be good speakers in the own right, but i don't really know how they compare to the originals. i know certain versions of jensens are criticized for be nothing like original jensen recipes and specs.

i'd personally just buy a jensen from weber, he does a TON of jensen remakes that are great.

https://taweber.powweb.com/weber/

the vintage series is just about all jensen remakes.

btw, i like the old alnico 5 jensens, but i also like my ceramic chicago jensens. i have not played the newer jensens.
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^^ iirc mad marius is in europe, though, and webers are quite expensive to get hold of here.

eminence american-voiced speakers are pretty good. I say that having not tried vintage jensens, but they seem to be good speakers and compare favourably to the (modern) celestions I also have.

whether they're based on jensens or not i have no idea, but i imagine at least some of them are.
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#5
interesting.... i grew up more concerened with car audio.... jensens were a joke. People would laugh if you had jensens. In the guitar world they are not bad. They are better then most factory speakers.... that said they are not amazing. IDK what the jackass talking about "jensen stopped making speakers in the 70's" is talking about. go to jensentone.com. jensen makes all kinds of speakers that are upgrades from factories.
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Quote by jsspang
interesting.... i grew up more concerened with car audio.... jensens were a joke. People would laugh if you had jensens. In the guitar world they are not bad. They are better then most factory speakers.... that said they are not amazing. IDK what the jackass talking about "jensen stopped making speakers in the 70's" is talking about. go to jensentone.com. jensen makes all kinds of speakers that are upgrades from factories.


I would take that Jackass's word over 99% of the people on this site and he said that the name was sold and shuffled around and they make the speakers in Italy now.
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I would take that Jackass's word over 99% of the people on this site and he said that the name was sold and shuffled around and they make the speakers in Italy now.

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Quote by jsspang
IDK what the jackass talking about "jensen stopped making speakers in the 70's" is talking about. go to jensentone.com.


go to the fender amp field guide and look at silverface era fenders. look at all the combos. no options for jensen speakers. what? oxfords, JBL, CTS, utah, EV, even rola; but no jensen.

as far as i have seen, they dropped off the face of the earth sometime in the late 60's or so. no amp i have seen from the 70's (or early 80's... or 90's really) have jensens in them.

jensen died in '61. after that it gets real murky about exactly who owns what when. i am guessing they made speakers again for a while in the original factory and then got bought out. i know at some point in time they were bought out by a company called recoton.

maybe they made speakers around then, but guitar amp manufacturers didn't use them and i haven't seen any used.

The take-over of Jensen was a watershed in Recoton history, first and foremost it bought with it a number of well known USA brands including Advent, AR, Jensen, NHT and Phase Linear, secondly the Jensen company had the manufacturing facilities ready for high end loudspeaker production and thirdly they had very well established marketing channels, not only in the USA but also in Europe, in particular in Italy and Germany were Jensen owned the MacAudio and Magnat companies.

Recoton took most of the manufacturing assets it acquired with the Jensen take-over and integrated them into a separate company called Recoton Audio Corp but the German operations were consolidated into the Recoton German Holdings company which expanded further later that year by taking over the bankrupt Heco (http://audiotools.com/dead_h.html#heco) loudspeaker manufacturer including their East German manufacturing plant and by introducing a new line of high end car audio products under the Phase Linear brand that had not been used for a few years under Jensens ownership.

The company also bought much of the assets of Capa Industries (http://audiotools.com/dead_c.html#capa) in late 1996 in Feb. 1997 it took over Tambalan Ltd. (http://audiotools.com/dead_t.html#tambalan) in the UK which traded under the Ross name and with it gained for the first time European and Asian distribution channels for their core audio accessories products, AAMP of Florida (http://audiotools.com/dead.html#aamp) was taken over in November of that same year and with it the Stinger and Peripheral brands.

In 1998 the company licensed the Rolling Stone and Sprint brands for use on their accessories products and the NMB brand in 1999 for use on AV loudspeaker products, and licensed the NHT trademark to Vergence Technology (http://audiotools.com/dead_z.html#vergence). Recoton was by now a full line producer or marketer in the CE accessories, car audio and loudspeaker markets and sales peaked in 1999 at just over 710 million USD, although it was operating at a small loss due to some expensive financing arrangements it had entered into due to the large number of take-overs it had performed in the years prior. To counteract this the company signed a new credit facility in 2000 which enabled them to pay off older and smaller loans and this shrunk their interest payments significantly, however this coincided with a small fall in sales in both 2000 and 2001 which forced the company to do minor reorganisation in their USA and Asian operations.

In 2002 however sales tumbled, the operating loss for the year was over 134 million USD and despite a serious reorganisation in late 2002 and early 2003 including a sale of a large amount of assets including the sale of Now Hear This (NHT) (http://audiotools.com/n.html#nht) to Rockford (http://audiotools.com/r.html#rockford), AAMP of America, Stinger and Pheripheral brands and product lines to an unknown investor and the GameShark brand to Mad Catz Interactive, the company was forced into Chapter 11 (http://audiotools.com/ordabok_c.html#c11) bankruptcy protection in April 2003 and into full bankruptcy proceedings just a few day's later.

The car and home audio side of the business was auctioned off to Audiovox (http://audiotools.com/az.html#audiovox) for 40 million USD including brand names such as Road Gear and Phase Linear and the profitable Recoton DE group which includes Heco (http://audiotools.com/h.html#heco), Magnat (http://audiotools.com/m.html#magnat) and Mac Audio (http://audiotools.com/m.html#macaudio) along with the Phase Evoluton brand.

The accessories side of the business however went to Thomson (http://audiotools.com/t.html#thomson) for 60 million, that included the full rights to the Ambico, SpikeMaster and Dishwasher brands. The rights to the Advent, Jensen and Acoustic Research brands and products lines were split between Thomson who got the rights to use them on accessories and Audiovox who has the rights to use them on loudspeakers and electronic products.


seems like the jensen name has been split off to multiple companies now-a-days. jensen has been just a name to slap on product for quite some time. i am not saying the new stuff is bad, it just has no real connection to the original jensen speakers.

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Quote by jsspang
interesting.... i grew up more concerened with car audio.... jensens were a joke. People would laugh if you had jensens. In the guitar world they are not bad. They are better then most factory speakers.... that said they are not amazing. IDK what the jackass talking about "jensen stopped making speakers in the 70's" is talking about. go to jensentone.com. jensen makes all kinds of speakers that are upgrades from factories.


you are an idiot.

here's why. because you don't have a ****ing clue and you're running your mouth.

Jensen electronics makes car speakers. They are now owned by audiovox.

Jensen loudspeakers makes guitar speakers. They are now owned by Sica Speakers in Italy.

So lets recap just in case this is hard for you to understand.

why did you even open your fool mouth?
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This is relevant to my interests. I have a Jensen Mod on the way. I'll revisit this thread after a few hours of use. I'll let you know how much it helps my lack of talent
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Quote by jsspang
interesting.... i grew up more concerened with car audio.... jensens were a joke. People would laugh if you had jensens. In the guitar world they are not bad. They are better then most factory speakers.... that said they are not amazing. IDK what the jackass talking about "jensen stopped making speakers in the 70's" is talking about. go to jensentone.com. jensen makes all kinds of speakers that are upgrades from factories.

lol


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#13
Jensen speakers are absolutely still made. By hand. One at a time.

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Quote by jsspang
interesting.... i grew up more concerened with car audio.... jensens were a joke. People would laugh if you had jensens. In the guitar world they are not bad. They are better then most factory speakers.... that said they are not amazing. IDK what the jackass talking about "jensen stopped making speakers in the 70's" is talking about. go to jensentone.com. jensen makes all kinds of speakers that are upgrades from factories.