This joint needs some more vintage hifi

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,355
    D2Lo wrote: »
    This thread is awesome. love scrolling through for reference.

    As long as you have access to Ken Swauger, you really don't "need" this thread! ;)

    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,355
    31027850435_b49867e1fb_b.jpgDSC_6440 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • pumpkinmanpumpkinman Posts: 6,088
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    31027850435_b49867e1fb_b.jpgDSC_6440 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    I think I was there ?? Maybe in a dream.
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    Because I am The Pumpkinking


    A Kind Word Is An Easy Gift To Give
  • Wonder how 'Ugly Custard' sounds on this? :*
    lightman1 wrote: »

    Studio 2 equipment;
    Yamaha a-s2100 Amp, CD-2100 CD player, T-S500 tuner
    Loudspeakers: Harbeth p3esr, Polk RT7
    Cables: Aural Harmony Sonnet Interconnect II, WireWorld Equinox 7 speaker,
    Black Cat silverstar 75 ohm digital, Signal Digital Power Cord, PS Audio Perfect Wave AC-3,
    Pangea SE14, Voltz supplied interconnects
    Optional: Arcam DV88 DVD/CD (HDCD) player, Polk SDS-400 speakers
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,355
    1. ummm, it looks like fun. I saw the "t" word in there, though -- soiled state. :(

    2. Yes, Pumpkinman, it is a true fact. We spun you around a few times, blindfolded, so that you could not disclose the actual spatial location, however.

    :)
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • SDS 400's in the house! (with makeshift interconnect)
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    Studio 2 equipment;
    Yamaha a-s2100 Amp, CD-2100 CD player, T-S500 tuner
    Loudspeakers: Harbeth p3esr, Polk RT7
    Cables: Aural Harmony Sonnet Interconnect II, WireWorld Equinox 7 speaker,
    Black Cat silverstar 75 ohm digital, Signal Digital Power Cord, PS Audio Perfect Wave AC-3,
    Pangea SE14, Voltz supplied interconnects
    Optional: Arcam DV88 DVD/CD (HDCD) player, Polk SDS-400 speakers
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,355
    well, that Pioneer's a golden oldie! :no_mouth:
    Nice furniture, too (the chest or desk or dresser to the right, under the speaker).
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • funny thing. I swear the vanity acts like a bass extender!
    Studio 2 equipment;
    Yamaha a-s2100 Amp, CD-2100 CD player, T-S500 tuner
    Loudspeakers: Harbeth p3esr, Polk RT7
    Cables: Aural Harmony Sonnet Interconnect II, WireWorld Equinox 7 speaker,
    Black Cat silverstar 75 ohm digital, Signal Digital Power Cord, PS Audio Perfect Wave AC-3,
    Pangea SE14, Voltz supplied interconnects
    Optional: Arcam DV88 DVD/CD (HDCD) player, Polk SDS-400 speakers
  • machonemachone Posts: 970
    I think I got the same Pioneer. Does it have a reverb?
    Mojo Audio Joule v5>>Quantum Byte w/JRiver 21 and Fidelizer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Marantz SA 8005>> Equinox 7>>
    ModWright SWL 9.0 SE Signature >>Equinox 7>>
    Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts PA-6 Elite Mod) >>Belden 5000 10 ga cables>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modified)...SDA-1A (Fully Modified with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570

    Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
    1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

    "All THAT IS LOST FROM THE SOURCE IS LOST FOREVER"
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,355
    funny thing. I swear the vanity acts like a bass extender!

    Room treatments come in many forms.

    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,355
    machone wrote: »
    I think I got the same Pioneer. Does it have a reverb?

    I think (??) it is an SX-9000; if so, then, yes, it does:
    At or near the top of its line, early 1970s :)

    https://www.hifiengine.com/manual_library/pioneer/sx-9000.shtml

    pioneer_sx-9000.jpg
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • SX-9000 circa 1969. yes it does, but it is a little scratchy if you turn it up. A little dab of reverb will do ya anyway. Everything else works great!
    Studio 2 equipment;
    Yamaha a-s2100 Amp, CD-2100 CD player, T-S500 tuner
    Loudspeakers: Harbeth p3esr, Polk RT7
    Cables: Aural Harmony Sonnet Interconnect II, WireWorld Equinox 7 speaker,
    Black Cat silverstar 75 ohm digital, Signal Digital Power Cord, PS Audio Perfect Wave AC-3,
    Pangea SE14, Voltz supplied interconnects
    Optional: Arcam DV88 DVD/CD (HDCD) player, Polk SDS-400 speakers
  • machonemachone Posts: 970
    Yep, SX-9000.

    9zpzjkgalp2e.jpg
    Mojo Audio Joule v5>>Quantum Byte w/JRiver 21 and Fidelizer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Marantz SA 8005>> Equinox 7>>
    ModWright SWL 9.0 SE Signature >>Equinox 7>>
    Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts PA-6 Elite Mod) >>Belden 5000 10 ga cables>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modified)...SDA-1A (Fully Modified with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570

    Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
    1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

    "All THAT IS LOST FROM THE SOURCE IS LOST FOREVER"
  • Yep2Yep2 Posts: 1,124
    Not exactly hi-fi but I was tickled to find this going thru some boxes.
    My how prices have changed, made in Japan.
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  • Yep2Yep2 Posts: 1,124
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 10,216
    back when Radio Shack had real gear and not phones and RC cars.... The old Radio Shack Super Tweeters sold for 10.00 each I see them all the time selling for 100.00-150.00 each now.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,355
    edited January 2017
    for anyone who (still) might not know of these two sites, but who might also pine for the days when Allied Radio & Radio Shack (yes) sold McIntosh & Marantz, here's something to do for the next few days ;)

    www.radioshackcatalogs.com
    www.alliedcatalogs.com

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    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 1,046

    I thought this was cool. 1940's style and technology.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,355
    edited January 2017
    Hey, if it weren't for that "1940s technology" -- we might not now be writing and speaking English, if you catch my drift ;)

    ahem -- sorry.

    Now, where was I?
    Oh, yeah.

    This is a serious hodgepodge, but, on the average, vintage enough, I think, to qualify for posting here :)

    31565377094_a0be143e5a_b.jpgDSC_6933 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
    31565380084_098798824d_b.jpgDSC_6929 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    Altec 802D 1" compression driver, a "bored out" ;) JBL 1" to 2" throat adaptor, a 2" Community 90 x 60 degree horn (model may, or may not, be BRH-90), topped off with a somewhat-less-vintage Fostex T90A horn 'supertweeter' (and padded, first order XO).

    half of a stereo pair.

    fun, fun,fun.
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,355
    31565379194_46be360f88_b.jpgDSC_6931 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • Yep2Yep2 Posts: 1,124
    edited January 2017
    I've got a Sherwood S-2000 tube tuner that still works great, but scares me leaving it on for long periods. I know it needs some "refreshing" regardless... 1962?
    Love the cats eye tube.
    IIRC I bought it from pittdog about 4 yrs ago.
    I could be wrong.
    Not my picture (net).
    Mines in better shape.

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,355
    A superb tuner is the S-2000 (AM & FM both).

    I wouldn't worry too much about leaving it on if the P/S electrolytics have been replaced. If they have -- yeah, I wouldn't leave home with it turned on.
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • Yep2Yep2 Posts: 1,124
    edited January 2017
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    A superb tuner is the S-2000 (AM & FM both).

    I wouldn't worry too much about leaving it on if the P/S electrolytics have been replaced. If they have -- yeah, I wouldn't leave home with it turned on.

    Its Mono, but that never bothered me. I dont have the outboard MPX.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,355
    Yup, I knew that -- there's one here, too. :)

    BTW, I concur. I'd rather listen to high-quality FM mono than mediocre FM stereo.
    I did, after many years, actually break down and go stereo last year, though.

    16537943557_2dc3a8fd96_b.jpgDSC_0247 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • Yep2Yep2 Posts: 1,124
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Yup, I knew that -- there's one here, too. :)

    BTW, I concur. I'd rather listen to high-quality FM mono than mediocre FM stereo.
    I did, after many years, actually break down and go stereo last year, though.

    16537943557_2dc3a8fd96_b.jpgDSC_0247 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    Thats a holy grail tuner. o:)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,355
    edited January 2017
    naah. It does sound a little better than the Sherwoods, though. It betters the Sherwoods in the bass (qualitatively and quantitatively). Otherwise, pretty much a toss-up.

    I cannot afford any of the holy grail tuners. If I could, I'd have an HH Scott 310E or a REL Precedent.

    The absolute best sounding tuner I've heard with my own ears is a Scott 310E owned by one of the northern New England tube hifi gurus.

    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • soundfreak1soundfreak1 Posts: 2,821
    SA 8500II pretty nice condition.g8r0nyjas3lb.jpg
    Main Rig:
    Krell KAV 250a biamped to mid/highs
    Parasound HCA1500A biamped to lows
    Nakamichi EC100 Active xover
    MIT exp 1 ic's
    Perreaux SA33 class A preamp
    AQ kingcobra ic's
    OPPO 83 CDP
    Lehmann audio black cube SE phono pre, Audioquest phono wire (ITA1/1)
    Denon DP-1200 TT. AToc9ML MC cart.
    Monster HTS 3600 power conditioner
    ADS L1590/2 Biamped
    MIT exps2 speaker cable
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,355
    I espy a VM record changer :)
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
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