This joint needs some more vintage hifi

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  • agfrostagfrost Posts: 2,135
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    FWIW, only one Sansui amplifier here, and it's a pretty unprepossessing example of their genre.

    I thought you had a TA-500? Or did it move along? (I supposed choice C would be that I'm misremembering)

    Jay
    SDA 2BTL * Musical Fidelity A5cr amp * Marantz DV-9500 * Modded Adcom GDA-600 DAC * Rythmik F8
    Micro Seiki DQ-50 * A hodgepodge of cabling * Belkin PF60
    Preamp rotation: Krell KSL (SCompRacer recapped) * Manley Shrimp * PS Audio 5.0
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,404
    edited May 2017
    Yes I do have a TA-500; that's a receiver, not an [integrated] amplifier :)
    It's in the basement, I think.

    I have a 1000 receiver, too, but that's another manner of beast altogether ;)

    14979459776_744ed07074_b.jpgDSC_9817 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    Oh, and a 5000A receiver, too -- come to think of it. Nice tuner section in that one (including the AM section):

    9956280994_9b81d20d3c_b.jpgSansui 5000A front 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)
  • mpitogompitogo Posts: 263
    So sad what has happened to RadioShack. They where great shops for those into electronics. I had my first summer job after freshman year at a RadioShack. I sold computers and VHS camcorders that summer. Now what was left over after the bankruptcy are finally closing.
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    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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    Music-2.0 Raidho D-3.1 | Audio Research Ref 40 | Jeff Roland 925 | Esoteric Grandioso K1 | Transparent Reference, IC, Speaker and Power | HRS SXR Rack
  • WardswebWardsweb Posts: 788
    Living room:Maplenoll turntable, Clearaudio Champion II turntable, Sonic Euphoria pre, EAR 834P phono pre, Shanling CD-T1500 sacd, Auralic Altair DAC/server, PS Audio Quintessence power, ASL AQ1006 845 DT MKII mono block amplifers, DIY Altec/JBL speakers
    Sun room: Roksan Radius 5 turntable, Lounge phono pre, DIY Class A 6H30 linestage, DIY 2A3 amp, Krell CDP, JBL C50 Olympus speakers with custom Smith horns, Klipsch Cornwall III
    Den: Onkyo TX-NR929 receiver, Oppo BDP-103 player, Panamax M5400-PM power, SST Ampzilla 2000 mono blocks, Behringer EP 4000 sub amp, Electrovoice DX-38 active, Klipsch Jubilee speakers, Martin Logan Cinema center, JBL SAT2 surrounds, Danley DTS-10 sub
  • agfrostagfrost Posts: 2,135
    edited May 2017
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Yes I do have a TA-500; that's a receiver, not an [integrated] amplifier :)
    It's in the basement, I think.

    Methinks I overlooked the word "amplifier" in your post claiming one piece of Sansui. I just like to keep tabs on who also has a TA-500. :)
    Jay
    SDA 2BTL * Musical Fidelity A5cr amp * Marantz DV-9500 * Modded Adcom GDA-600 DAC * Rythmik F8
    Micro Seiki DQ-50 * A hodgepodge of cabling * Belkin PF60
    Preamp rotation: Krell KSL (SCompRacer recapped) * Manley Shrimp * PS Audio 5.0
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,404
    edited May 2017
    I picked it up from the famous "Tentoze" @ AK (who has also been known to lurk and even post here -- although I don't know his moniker here!) some years back.

    I was completely unaware of the TA-500 (and, its little sibling, model TA-300, if memory serves) in the days when it was a current model. I was (and am) struck by the novelty of its "Sansui separates" cosmetics applied to a receiver!

    Truth be told, I didn't think too much about it for a long time -- until I had been given a pair of (don't laugh!) Radio Shack "Mach Two" loudspeakers by a coworker. I tried them on some vacuum tube amps and was (very) underwhelmed. Finally thought to myself "might as well try a soiled state power source for 'em" and - for whatever reason - tried the TA-500.

    The pairing sounded quite good actually. Surprisingly good.
    Indeed, if you have to use a pair of Radio Shack speakers, you could do far, far worse than a pair of Mach Twos :)

    10169470926_8cc1f21ba4_b.jpgMach Two on DIY Polkstand by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
    (sorry, I know I've posted this photo before -- probably earlier in this very 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: 18,404
    apropos of noting -- I stumbled across a better photo of that mismatched pair of Sansui soiled state components that help make sure one of my shelves stays put in one spot without moving around too much ;)

    16832987226_9e7a7d8a80_b.jpgDSC_0328 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)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,404
    speaking of Sansui... as seen on eBAY.
    Whoa. Just... whoa.

    :*

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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)
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 2,621
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    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SDA 2B, SDA II, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11T X2 pairs, RTA 8T, LSI9, LSI7, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,411
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    True enough -- the TU-717 doesn't impress me much sonically, though (which is why it's sittin' on the shelf). The AU-717 was/is a pretty darned good integrated amplifier.

    I've had a couple of Sansui amps over the years and I wasn't impressed. I know some rave about them, maybe I just didn't have the right one.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,315
    I've been keeping an eye out for an AU717-719 for like 2 years now, prices are stupid and rarely do you see them under 400.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    Tad 803 bookies
    Polk 500 surrounds
    Polk s35 center
    SVS SB-2000
    Sonos

    Music-

    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k 1403 amp
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    ERA D5 bookies

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,404
    tonyb wrote: »
    I've been keeping an eye out for an AU717-719 for like 2 years now, prices are stupid and rarely do you see them under 400.

    Yup. Well built and attractive beasties they are, though.
    Too rich for my blood (given that if I bought one, it would likely be a shelf queen).


    The AR-3a pair above looks nice; everyone should at least spend some quality time listening to a pair of AR-3 or AR-3as, I would opine.

    :)
    "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)
  • Even my 4's were fun to listen to. Vintage gear is crazy St$pid these days.
    I'd like to get my hands on some Yamaha M1000 just because but forget it.
    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
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 2,621
    Hello gents, looking for help with these speakers. Don't know anything about them but they look interesting, well at least to me :) . eei1nl4btm39.jpg
    Any help is appreciated.
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SDA 2B, SDA II, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11T X2 pairs, RTA 8T, LSI9, LSI7, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,404
    edited October 2017
    "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)
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 2,621
    Thats the same add that I saw. I think the back says EC. I've never heard of them.
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SDA 2B, SDA II, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11T X2 pairs, RTA 8T, LSI9, LSI7, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 2,621
    That's the same ad that I saw this morning never heard of this brand before though. Has anybody ever heard of this brand or listen to this brand of speaker before?
    2.3TL, 3.1TL, SDA 2B, SDA II, 7B, 7C, 7 series 2, 10B, 5JR+, 5JR, 5A, 4.5, 4, RTA 11T X2 pairs, RTA 8T, LSI9, LSI7, RTI A7, RTI A3, CSI A4, CSI A6, F/XI A4, RTI4. That's all for now.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,404
    I've got nothin'. Reasonable quality Philips dome tweeters -- I mean, how bad could they be? ;) (all depends on price, right?!)
    "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)
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,411
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,404
    way better than average stuff from its time; well worth the asking price in good working order.
    "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)
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 10,234
    kharp1 wrote: »

    That is the same tuner i use. I have had many tuners Carver tx11b, old & new yammies, Sony's but the Sansui's just smoke them all as far as reception and really close to the Carver in sound.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,598
    kharp1 wrote: »

    I used to own that set..well maybe the same #'s anyway. What a GREAT SET. I wish I hadn't had to sell it. I still remember how NICE the sound was ... BEAUTIFUL !
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,598
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Sold off my KLH 32's as part of the downsizing but I'd love to
    replace it 24 stereo music system!

    The KLH 32 speakers were remarkably pleasant to listen to little speakers as well. The Harvard, MA town dump turned up a pair of those once, too :)

    14798632620_0b54839fd4_b.jpgKLH 32s by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    These were my FIRST hi-quality speakers I ever heard. My mother brought them home from a yard sale 32 years ago. When I moved out I took them with me and used them in new home constructions as well, with a fisher receiver I think while I trimmed out those homes. Rock-in in the 70"s for sure !
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,598
    mpitogo wrote: »
    So sad what has happened to RadioShack. They where great shops for those into electronics. I had my first summer job after freshman year at a RadioShack. I sold computers and VHS camcorders that summer. Now what was left over after the bankruptcy are finally closing.
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    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

    025.jpg

    I'll take 2 of each at those prices... WOW
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • soundfreak1soundfreak1 Posts: 2,822
    That was a whole lota money back then!
    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
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,598
    Yea I know.... I remember an older co-worker telling me he bought his ranch brick house with a nice yard for 12,000.00 when he bought it. Now.. 170,000.00. Those were the good old days somewhat. But we all know what a loaf of bread and milk cost then too.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • soundfreak1soundfreak1 Posts: 2,822
    Some of those old mac amps sell for 5k now also.
    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
  • jdjohn wrote: »
    Side system I've put together from gear in my dad's garage. Check it out...dual Duals! Top one is a 1228, bottom one is a 1215S. That's a Rotel RX-602 receiver; it has two phono inputs, so I just had to try playing two-at-once and toggle 1&2. Realistic Optimus T-100 floorstanders with JBL 2500 bookies on top. The tweeters in the Realistics aren't that great, but the little JBLs fill-out the top end nicely. I'm going to sell this to a long-time friend at work...but with only one of the turntables.
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    I wish I had those T-100's.
    I once took a 50 dollar pair of those, braced the cabs, replaced the fiberglass packing with cotton batting (an old sleeping bag donor) added a high end cap at 3500 Hz. and replaced the stock tweeter with a KEF silk dome.
    These speakers run twin 16 Ohm woofers wide open, with just a cap and Lpad on the tweeter, but after my mods, I swear, they were the best speakers that I'd ever had.
    Like an idiot, I sold them off.
    They cost 100 bucks to make and I wish I still had them.

  • Tony MTony M Posts: 5,598
    edited November 2017
    I've always had an ear for those old Realistic heavy cabinet speakers that had 3 of those tweeters or midranges above the woofer.

    Some woofers had what looked like 60 grit sand paper around the cone in a 3" wide band. I swear they sounded right to me. I've a lot of pairs of them too. Never had a problem reselling them either.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,735
    I had a pair too. Oh the good memories!
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