Do you ever reminisce about the old days?

Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,869
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:
Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature B) ) -> new speakers -> :D
Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3 -> :o
Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> B&W PM1 -> o:)

Old Gear:
Speakers: 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: 13,906
    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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    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
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  • MrBuhlMrBuhl Posts: 2,105
    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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    Dodd Mid Level Preamp ("on the bench" w/Charlie)
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    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: 2,782
    No, I can't go back!
    Main system
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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 17,940
    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 HCA-1500A | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero/8TC; DH Labs D-75 | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 16,078
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 1,489
    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: 869
    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)
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    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570

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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 3,860
    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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  • I never reminisce about the old days. Man, those were some good times though...
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    Polk AB700 side surround
  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 1,667
    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: 3,713
    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: 1,436
    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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    Alan_r wrote: »
    My passion is for the music, my hobby is how I listen to it.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 16,078
    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

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    11385036933_0cb271dca7_z.jpgP2170002 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
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  • msgmsg Posts: 3,713
    You sold a piece of gear?!?
    I'm not buying it.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 16,078
    Every so once in a while. Every so once in a while.
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 1,436
    Nice tabby.
    Alan_r wrote: »
    My passion is for the music, my hobby is how I listen to it.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 16,078
    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
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 12,243
    ....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: 7,132
    Yes, it's why I have stuff like this.

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    | Turntable - Yamaha PX-3 | Cartridge - Dynavector DV-20X2H | Digital Source - AURALiC Aries Mini |
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  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 5,869
    Turtles in Time!!!!
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Emm Labs DAC2x and TSDX Transport -> Cary SLP-05 preamp -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature B) ) -> new speakers -> :D
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3 -> :o
    Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> B&W PM1 -> o:)

    Old Gear:
    Speakers: 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: 3,603
    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
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 4,009
    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 am glad to be a part of a select group that tries to take our auditory and visual senses to a higher level: we EXPERIENCE them.... GOT SDA?... Got TFM ?
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 12,774
    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.
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  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,147
    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: 16,078
    Nothin' wrong with Bose 301s -- best loudspeaker they ever made for domestic use, as far as I am concerned.

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

  • Jimbo18Jimbo18 Posts: 1,634
    I miss the dark hair and flat belly more than the equipment, but it did sound pretty good back then.
    Modest HT - Sony STRDA3700ES, RT800i, CS400i center, RT25i surrounds, Def Tech PF 15TL+, Belkin PF30, Sony BDP-S390.
    Bedroom - HK AVR 340, Monitor 5jr+ Series2, CS300 center, Furez 10/2, Roku 3
  • deronb1deronb1 Posts: 4,147
    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: 1,634
    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 - Sony STRDA3700ES, RT800i, CS400i center, RT25i surrounds, Def Tech PF 15TL+, Belkin PF30, Sony BDP-S390.
    Bedroom - HK AVR 340, Monitor 5jr+ Series2, CS300 center, Furez 10/2, Roku 3
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