Do you ever reminisce about the old days?

Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 6,617
Well do you?

Lately I've been thinking about buying a pair of LSi9... in ebony. Just like my favorite pair of bookshelves back in the day... the first set that got me into this mess, back when I was in college.

You?
Joey's Gear:
Current Gear:
Torus RM15 -> Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature) -> new speakers
Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3
Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2

Old Gear:
Speakers: BW PM1 (3.5/5), CM10s2 (3.75/5), BW800D3 (5/5), Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,876
    I reminisce about the days when I had a single setup and a smaller room. There is an intimacy in a small listening room that is hard to get in a larger space.
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    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • MrBuhlMrBuhl Posts: 2,308
    I definitely do - that's how I end up with "rescue" DIY speakers and such, to this day some of the old stuff still sounds great to me!
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    VA 2 Channel ,Dodd 50W Dual Mono EL34 Amp, MFA based Cocci Tube Preamp, Polk SDA2BTL (fully modded), A/L 1000VA Dreadnought, Canare 4s11 SDA cable, Sony S9000ES CD/DVD/SACD, Music Hall mmf 5.1 Turntable, Vincent Pho-700 Phono Pre, MIT S3 IC's / MIT Shotgun S3 Speaker Cables / Pangea & Signal Cable MP power
    Noggin Schiit Valhalla, Pangea, Phillips Fidelio X1, Polk UF8000
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    Dodd Mid Level Preamp ("on the bench" w/Charlie)
    Polk SDA1c modded
    Polk CRS+ 4.1TL modded (need veneer)
    Soundcraftsmen PCR800
    Yamaha YP-D6
    Signal Cable Silver Resolution IC's
    Audible Illusions L1 Preamp
    McCormack DNA-1 Power Drive Amp
    Eastern Electric Minimax CDP
    Infinity RS5b Speakers

  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,183
    No, I can't go back!
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,396
    I would have loved to hear the AR9Lsi's and my Infinity RS3B's I owned back in the 80's on the equipment I have now.
    Transport: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD | Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2L | Power Amp: Parasound Halo A21 | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Signal Cable XLR; Kimber 8VS Bi-Wire; Belden 1694A Dig Coax | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,272
    Reminisce about the old days of listening to mediocre 80's thrash metal on an 80-watt Yamaha integrated with cheap Realistic (Read: Radio Shack) headphones with the volume knob turned up to the 3 o'clock position? Not very often. :|
  • machonemachone Posts: 1,006
    I remember my Large Advent's driven by a Dynaco ST70 with an Advent 300 receiver as a pre. I had an SME3012 arm with V15III combo on a homemade plinth with a Connoisseur turntable. It sounded great in a small room. Nice looking at the tubes too. B)
    Mojo Audio Joule v5>>Quantum Byte w/JRiver 24 and Fidelizer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Mojo Audio Mystique v2 SE>>ModWright SWL 9.0 SE Signature>>Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts PA-6 Elite Mod)>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modified)...SDA-1A (Fully Modified with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Marantz SA 8005
    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"
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,212
    DSkip wrote: »
    I reminisce about the days when I had a single setup and a smaller room. There is an intimacy in a small listening room that is hard to get in a larger space.

    Except in my space lol.
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    HT: Elite SC27, Full Polk RTI setup.

  • I never reminisce about the old days. Man, those were some good times though...
    Polk SDA SRS 1
    Yamaha M-65 (2x, bi-amped)
    Pioneer Elite SC-99
    Oppo UDP-203
    Polk CS350 center
    Polk MC-60 4x Atmos
    Polk AB700 side surround
  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 1,882
    Sure do.

    Brother in-law be here in a few weeks, bringing some goodies he found down south for me.

    Wives are going to visit their sister OVERNIGHT.
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,270
    Haha, that gave me a real chuckle.
    I never reminisce about the old days. Man, those were some good times though...

    My early audio reminiscing is rare, usually brought on in seeing some of the old gear I still have. It's cheap stuff, really basic. Brings me back to vivid, albeit fleeting, recollection of those times in my life, mostly throughout the 90s, and more for the experiences, both social and solitary, and for the music itself, not the audio or gear quality, per se. Music has always been a part of life for me. It was the soundtrack to life in those days especially.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,718
    I wish I knew the make/model of the few pairs of old bookshelf speakers my dad gave me when I was a kid as my "first system". I would try to replicate that system today to see if it still sounds good.

    I do remember that he gave me these as my first "integrateds":

    First one, Realistic SA-10:

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    And then, Realistic SA-150:

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    Got Dayens?
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,003
    edited January 18
    There was an SA-10 around here for a while. I actually bought it, at an antique radio fleamarket for $2, to use as a bench amp. I finally decided to sell it (does that sound like me?) -- I think I got $5 for it.

    Hmm, maybe I should become a flipper...?

    The little SA-150 is kind of cool -- wouldn't mind at least playing with one of those some time with some high-sensitivity loudspeakers (no dearth of those around here).

    11384894815_286366313c_z.jpgP2170005 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    Audio components at my house are always subject to a CAT scan.
    11385036933_0cb271dca7_z.jpgP2170002 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,270
    You sold a piece of gear?!?
    I'm not buying it.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,003
    Every so once in a while. Every so once in a while.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,718
    Nice tabby.
    Got Dayens?
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,003
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Nice tabby.

    That is the flank of Harpo the Kitteh.
    Harpo was -- a piece of work.



    11947100234_f00baedf99_b.jpgDSCN6268 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 12,511
    ....of the forum? Yes.

    Too many things too list that were better back then. Not having Vanilla/censure tops the list.

    Systems? No, not really....but I wouldn't mind hearing the RT-800's I started my Polk journey with many moons ago.

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 7,545
    Yes, it's why I have stuff like this.

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    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 6,617
    Turtles in Time!!!!
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Torus RM15 -> Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature) -> new speakers
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: BW PM1 (3.5/5), CM10s2 (3.75/5), BW800D3 (5/5), Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source: Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification: Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased)
    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer: Infinity Entra2 sub -> SVS 25-31PC+ sub
  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 3,746
    Had a pair of these in college with a Kenwood AVR. I bought them for $40 when Highlands went out of business in Dallas. My wife (girlfriend at the time) bought a Technics rack system for $300 that we still have today. We loaded up that day, but those are the only two things I can remember. If I hadn't been a poor college student I would have really made out like a bandit.

    Tempted to buy these to see how they sound now...considering I still have the Kenwood I powered them with in college.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Design-Acoustics-PS-6a-Speakers-PAIR-BRAND-NEW-IN-BOX-RARE-VINTAGE/172911853326?epid=730210153&hash=item2842597f0e:g:jB8AAOSwJ7RYSw32:sc:FedExHomeDelivery!76087!US!-1
    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.-John Wooden
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,058
    PSOVLSK wrote: »
    Had a pair of these in college with a Kenwood AVR. I bought them for $40 when Highlands went out of business in Dallas. My wife (girlfriend at the time) bought a Technics rack system for $300 that we still have today. We loaded up that day, but those are the only two things I can remember. If I hadn't been a poor college student I would have really made out like a bandit.

    Tempted to buy these to see how they sound now...considering I still have the Kenwood I powered them with in college.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Design-Acoustics-PS-6a-Speakers-PAIR-BRAND-NEW-IN-BOX-RARE-VINTAGE/172911853326?epid=730210153&hash=item2842597f0e:g:jB8AAOSwJ7RYSw32:sc:FedExHomeDelivery!76087!US!-1

    You'll have to re-foam them for sure. i heard the PS-8's and the PS-10's were the ones to get.

    I passed up a few PS-8's and 10's over the years because I didn't know how to re-foam woofers. I also didn't have or want to spend 25 or 35 bucks to experiment re-foaming them.

    Now I would buy a set of the 8's and 10's and re-foam them but not the 6's. Do the PS-6"s have a woofer elsewhere on the back?
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,031
    Nope, what I have now is 100 times better than what I had when I started in 1981or 82. All I remember is that I got a Sony system that came with a receiver, speakers, TT and rack, and that the receiver and TT were silver. A little later, I added a silver Radio Shack Realistic tape deck that could play both sides of the cassette w/o removing the cassette. It could also rewind and replay a song.
    Sunfire TGP III PrePro, Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature 405wpc 5 ch. Amp, Oppo 103 BluRay, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Sony Bravia KDL-40R510C TV, Polk S60 Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, SVS NSD-12 SB12 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,295
    Bose 301s with Technics 45 wpc reciever. I think back about how much I enjoyed the sound. Its was a solid system with separate taoe deck and DD table.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,003
    Nothin' wrong with Bose 301s -- best loudspeaker they ever made for domestic use, as far as I am concerned.

  • Jimbo18Jimbo18 Posts: 1,807
    I miss the dark hair and flat belly more than the equipment, but it did sound pretty good back then.
    Modest HT - Pio Elite SC-63, RT800i, CS400i center, FXi50 surrounds, Def Tech PF 15TL+, Belkin PF30, Samsung UBD-M7500.
    Even more modest Bedroom - HK AVR 340, Monitor 5jr+ Series2, CS300 center, Furez 10/2, Roku Premiere+
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,295
    Jimbo18 wrote: »
    I miss the dark hair and flat belly more than the equipment, but it did sound pretty good back then.

    What speakers did you have running then?
  • Jimbo18Jimbo18 Posts: 1,807
    deronb1 wrote: »
    Jimbo18 wrote: »
    I miss the dark hair and flat belly more than the equipment, but it did sound pretty good back then.

    What speakers did you have running then?

    Either AR 2ax or KLH 5's. I think it was still the 5's, I sold them and got the AR's.
    Modest HT - Pio Elite SC-63, RT800i, CS400i center, FXi50 surrounds, Def Tech PF 15TL+, Belkin PF30, Samsung UBD-M7500.
    Even more modest Bedroom - HK AVR 340, Monitor 5jr+ Series2, CS300 center, Furez 10/2, Roku Premiere+
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