This joint needs some more vintage hifi

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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,234
    Mr. Ward -- you need one of the big-b-u-t-t three-head Superscope-era Marantz 5030B decks! :-)

    19262302119_255db76e23_b.jpgscan0010 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,234
    PS -- Nice as those ol' Fisher receivers are (and they are nice)... I couldn't, in good conscience, recommend spending one point five kilobucks for one.

    Maybe (maybe....?!?!) if it were perfect, I might deign to drop that kind of coin on one. Maybe.

  • oldrocker
    oldrocker Posts: 2,457
    Love them Marantz...
  • oldrocker
    oldrocker Posts: 2,457
    Heck, I love all vintage gear...
  • boston1450
    boston1450 Posts: 6,878
    Just scored a MASSIVE almost broke my back integrated amplifier today :) will report back later
    Randy/Maine ..RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • oldrocker
    oldrocker Posts: 2,457
    boston1450 wrote: »
    Just scored a MASSIVE almost broke my back integrated amplifier today :) will report back later

    Hmm, massive weight and back strain. Me needs to know whatcha got :o
  • boston1450
    boston1450 Posts: 6,878
    Sa-155 :)3m4xvg2cm76u.jpeg
    Randy/Maine ..RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,234
    irony... or is it sarcasm?

    :-)
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,234
    I had one of the little, earlier R/S amps for a while; used it as a bench/test amp. It worked; that's about all I can say about it.

    11385036933_0cb271dca7_b.jpgP2170002 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    Well, actually, I can say another thing about it... the design of the one I had was all-discrete inside -- probably not a bad thing, and certainly something that could be tweaked a bit with better electrolytics, e.g. -- although the term polishing a t-u-r-d may come to mind...

    11384894815_286366313c_b.jpgP2170005 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,234
    1979
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    1994 (original SA-155 variant, branded "Optimus" instead of "RCA")
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    R/S sold the silver-fronted SA-150 for a long time, prior to the 155, but I don't know if it differed only cosmetically or if the guts were any different.

  • boston1450
    boston1450 Posts: 6,878
    edited July 2016
    Mark i have one of those SA-10's somewhere. Tough ole amplifiers
    Randy/Maine ..RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • boston1450
    boston1450 Posts: 6,878
    la2vegas wrote: »
    Had me envisioning something on a pallet. Kinda like Joey out in TX.
    Few more years & i will need a pallet & jack

    Randy/Maine ..RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,179
    edited July 2016
    I recently found these Infinity Column II floorstanders on CL for $75. Back in the mid 70s these went for over a grand for a pair. They have bottom-firing 10in subs in addition to the front woofers, and also rear-mounted tweeters on the back. The front tweeters are replacements - compression horn tweeters - but the rear ones are original piezos.
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    The Sansui 9090 drives them easily. These speakers are bass-heavy as you might expect with dual 10in woofers.
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  • boston1450
    boston1450 Posts: 6,878
    That there is a sweet set up there. Gorgeous speaker
    Randy/Maine ..RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 10,718
    Dang! I want that equipment rack.
  • boston1450
    boston1450 Posts: 6,878
    udi204f0dcg4.jpeg just put on some new knob caps on. They came out pretty good. Listened to it earlier with some Ben Tankard & some Clapton. Now i just gotta get someone to completely rehab the inner's & im sure it will sound much better than it already does
    Randy/Maine ..RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,234
    Unless you're focused on a professional job (which, don't get me wrong, a 400 deserves), and if you feel like schlepping it way over to the other side of NH, I can do a rehab for you for the cost of parts -- I've done a couple of 400s; they're very easy (plenty of room under the hood). I am just... slow. Ask mrbiron :-/

    15398531316_9081a8f560_b.jpgundersidenoveau by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
    This is what a 400 looks like below the deck when I have been dinking around with one.
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,234
    edited August 2016
  • boston1450
    boston1450 Posts: 6,878
    la2vegas wrote: »
    Does anyone know if these are any good? ftf75sm34ygm.jpg
    Those speaker look clean & with boxes to boot. Do tell us what you think. Awhile back i had some small KEF c15's (i think)& hooked them to a nad 3020 & they sounded ok for their size. Heck if you ship me that gorgeous receiver-it tell ya plastic Aiwa's are great :)

    Randy/Maine ..RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • oldrocker
    oldrocker Posts: 2,457
    I wondered what was peaking around the corner..
  • cnh
    cnh Posts: 13,286
    edited August 2016
    la2vegas wrote: »
    Does anyone know if these are any good? ftf75sm34ygm.jpg

    I second that yes, and I have a pair running on a Realistic STA-2270 and an old '90s Sony CDP. Nice vintage system for next to nothing. I picked up a pair from a local guy who begged me to also take an old HK 330C with them for nothing; a whopping $15 for the KEFs. The HK is missing a knob, but worked fine after a DeOxit bath. (Some Karmas will be coming as I need to thin the herd in the next year or so and I HATE selling things).

    And now, back to the way Hell should be!

    Currently orbiting Bowie's Blackstar.!

    Polk Lsi-7s, Def Tech 8" sub, HK 3490, HK HD 990 (CDP/DAC), AKG Q701s
    [sig. changed on a monthly basis as I rotate in and out of my stash]
  • Nightfall
    Nightfall Posts: 9,553
    Crazy, the journey an audio signal takes before it's reproduced.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,234
    edited August 2016
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Crazy, the journey an audio signal takes before it's reproduced.

    Not at my house. From the source, each channel passes through a source selector switch, and autoformer (attenuator), three triodes, a few resistors & capacitors, and a transformer (oh, and some wire) to get to the loudspeaker. OK, to the crossover first, and thence to the loudspeaker.

    That other stuff was all just a way for hifi hardware makers to charge more money for their stuff ;-)


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  • pumpkinman
    pumpkinman Posts: 7,900
    edited August 2016
    Sorry wrong thread
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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,234
    aww :-( c'mon back! :-)
  • boston1450
    boston1450 Posts: 6,878
    Dynaco A25's Havent had a chance to listened to these yet. Gonna try them on The Fisher 400 which the owner said he used it in on Fisher & other gear with great results. If it doesnt fly i can use them elsewhere. p6wcn5czzhc2.jpeg
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    Randy/Maine ..RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 28,234
    edited August 2016
    Good loudspeakers. Not in the pantheon of great loudspeakers, but musical, well-behaved and very pleasant to listen to (EDIT, just my opinions, of course). Also happy with modest input power and a pretty well behaved load impedance-wise.

    Every hifi nut ought to have a pair, if only for comparative/reference purposes, since zillions of them were made and many, many folks are familiar with/used to their sound.



  • boston1450
    boston1450 Posts: 6,878
    I spent a fair amount of time reading up on them & they seem to be well liked. So im looking forward to listening to them. I may try them on the cr1000 tomorrow & then just tuck em away till the Fisher is ready
    Randy/Maine ..RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • boston1450
    boston1450 Posts: 6,878
    BTW the last owner says he did the crossovers & bypassed the adjustable knob on back. I will know more when i open them up
    Randy/Maine ..RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 10,718
    They like tubes as well...
    boston1450 wrote: »
    I spent a fair amount of time reading up on them & they seem to be well liked. So im looking forward to listening to them. I may try them on the cr1000 tomorrow & then just tuck em away till the Fisher is ready