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SABA EA 6010 3-way Loudspeaker

Published 21 November 2020

I have a pair of SABA EA 6010 stereo loudspeakers. These are adequate in their performance and will be performing a deep dive investigation into these speakers. If you come across these loudspeakers in a garage sale then this article may provide some information about the SABA EA6010 loudspeakers. This article may also be interesting for the DIY loudspeaker builder.

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image  SABA EA 6010 3-way loudspeakers

SABA Loudspeakers

SABA is a brand that has over a century of heritage in the audio-visual industry. When I performed a search online for vintage SABA loudspeakers I can across many articles DIY high end SABA green cone speakers. Sadly this heritage has not been built on into the modern era. According to SABA's own words it is a trademark licensing business.

The loudspeakers I have are labelled as the SABA EA6010 loudspeakers. To my eyes, they appear similar to the SABA REAL 2-CD loudspeakers that were advertised in their 1990 SABA catalogue. The SABA EA6010 loudspeakers are 3-way bookshelf loudspeakers, possibly from a midi-hifi stereo system. The SABA EA6010 loudspeakers have a rated power of 55 watts @ 8 ohms. This is a medium power loudspeaker that would have been aligned to the rated midi-amplifier power rating. There also appear to be serial numbers printed on a white sticker on the rear panel of the loudspeakers. My two SABA EA 6010 loudspeakers have serial numbers X311974 and X311975.

I picked these loudspeakers up from a local thrift shop. Normally they have an electrician test all electrical equipment before sale. I am not sure what electrical testing was done on these particular SABA loudspeakers as both of the woofers (large speaker drivers) were blow. I was hoping to take some electrical measurements of all of the drivers and builder a better DIY version using a re-modelled cabinet structure. This will no longer be the case as the woofers do not appear to be in a state of easy repair.

The general construction is of an entry-level hifi cabinet. The SABA EA 6010 loudspeakers are constructed using 14mm thick particle board covered by black vinyl applied by heat glue. The detachable dust covers consist of an MDF frame with black cloth stuck on by glue. Over the years, the black cloth has pulled off the back of the frame and looks a bit shabby. In my opinion, this is fairly typical of an entry-level hifi loudspeaker. These speakers do have some weight to them. My scales said that the SABA EA 6010 loudspeakers weighed in at 7.2kg each. This is is a good weight for what is probably a big-box store purchase.

The drivers can be considered the engine of any loudspeaker system, and I still think that size of the woofer does count. The SABA EA 6010 loudspeakers are 3-way, meaning that there is an electrical divider circuit that separates the audio signal into low frequency bass sounds, mid-frequency drivers, and high-frequency tweeters. The woofers are 8" drivers with paper cones. The mid-range drivers are commonly described as improving the singer's voice response because there is a speaker driver dedicated to reproducing the human voice's frequency range. In the case of the SABA EA 6010, the mid-range driver is a 4"driver with a paper cone. The tweeters are the speaker drivers that reproduce the high frequency sounds, and are of a very large 3" paper driver. The fit and finish of the woofer appears very nice and I wish they were still working on my pair. The tweeters are a let down and I do not consider these to be of hifi quality. Again, visually the three drivers look good, but I would have preferred a smaller fabric tweeter to reach those delicate highs. I am keen to push these speakers through some basic audio tests to get a feel for any problem areas.

SABA EA 6010 Photo Gallery

SABA EA 6010 loudspeaker - front view with dust covers on
image  SABA EA 6010 loudspeaker - front view with dust covers on
SABA EA 6010 loudspeaker - front view with dust covers off
image  SABA EA 6010 loudspeaker - showing 3-way driver configuration
SABA EA 6010 loudspeaker - stacked
image  SABA EA 6010 loudspeaker - vertical stacking
SABA EA 6010 loudspeaker - details and features
image  SABA EA 6010 loudspeaker - details and features
SABA EA 6010 loudspeaker - close-up of the 8 inch woofer
image  SABA EA 6010 loudspeaker - detail view of the 8 inch woofer
SABA EA 6010 loudspeaker - detail view of the mid-range and tweeter
image  SABA EA 6010 loudspeaker - detail view of the mid-range and tweeter
SABA EA 6010 loudspeaker - 3-way bass-reflec loudspeaker
image  SABA EA 6010 loudspeaker - 3-way bass-reflec loudspeaker
SABA EA 6010 loudspeaker - external cabinet dimensions
image  SABA EA 6010 loudspeaker - external cabinet dimensions

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