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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,686
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    Holy, dear Lawd Gawd......The experience is beyond what I thought......

    At dB levels that would have previously overloaded said room.

    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. ~
  • bcwsrt
    bcwsrt Posts: 1,766
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    That is more like the reaction I was expecting to begin with! Good deal!

    Brian

    One-owner Polk Audio RTA 15TL speakers refreshed w/ Sonicap, Vishay/Mills and Cardas components by "pitdogg2," "xschop" billet tweeter plates and BH5 | Stereo REL Acoustics T/5x subwoofers w/ Bassline Blue cables | Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum III integrated tube amp | Technics SL-1210G turntable w/ Ortofon 2M Black LVB 250 MM cart | Sony CDP-508ESD CD player (as a transport) | LampizatOr Baltic 4 tube DAC | Nordost & DH Labs cables/interconnects | APC H15 Power Conditioner | GIK Acoustics room treatments | Degritter RCM
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,686
    edited June 6
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    Actually? I was expecting the same thing. I just didn't realize that it would take this long....and that there were so many factors that would play into it...

    Thank you, otherwise. This has been a long haul and a learning experience for me.

    I only wish that other folks would take the same path...effort takes many pains, much like health. Be like Nike In this particular aspect.

    Do it! JUST DO IT!!!!!

    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. ~
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,950
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  • agfrost
    agfrost Posts: 2,424
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    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Nice Sansui!

    Thanks--Picked it up years ago because it's so pretty. Guy I got it from let it go because he couldn't source the missing volume knob. I managed. ;)
    Jay
    SDA 2BTL * Musical Fidelity A5cr amp * Oppo BDP-93 * Modded Adcom GDA-600 DAC * Rythmik F8 (x2)
    Micro Seiki DQ-50 * Hagerman Cornet 2 Phono * A hodgepodge of cabling * Belkin PF60
    Preamp rotation: Krell KSL (SCompRacer recapped) * Manley Shrimp * PS Audio 5.0
  • billbillw
    billbillw Posts: 6,373
    edited June 7
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    agfrost wrote: »
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Nice Sansui!

    Thanks--Picked it up years ago because it's so pretty. Guy I got it from let it go because he couldn't source the missing volume knob. I managed. ;)

    Wow, that's pretty cool! I used to lust over vintage Sansui and I've never seen a white faced black framed 'tuner-amplifier', aka receiver. I've seen plenty of stand alone tuners like that and of course, integrated amplifiers, but nothing that combines both. Their G-model receivers were all silver. That must be a pretty rare unit...or maybe I was only looking at their higher powered units?
    For rig details, see my profile. Nothing here anymore...
  • billbillw
    billbillw Posts: 6,373
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    treitz3 wrote: »
    ... Be like Nike In this particular aspect.

    Do it! JUST DO IT!!!!!

    Tom

    So, with that spirit in mind, have you tried to play those files I sent you? JUST DO IT!

    For rig details, see my profile. Nothing here anymore...
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,686
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    Not yet, Mr. Bill. I should have some time tonight ot this weekend to get to it. Looking forward to hearing what is sounds like.

    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. ~
  • agfrost
    agfrost Posts: 2,424
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    billbillw wrote: »
    agfrost wrote: »
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Nice Sansui!

    Thanks--Picked it up years ago because it's so pretty. Guy I got it from let it go because he couldn't source the missing volume knob. I managed. ;)

    Wow, that's pretty cool! I used to lust over vintage Sansui and I've never seen a white faced black framed 'tuner-amplifier', aka receiver. I've seen plenty of stand alone tuners like that and of course, integrated amplifiers, but nothing that combines both. Their G-model receivers were all silver. That must be a pretty rare unit...or maybe I was only looking at their higher powered units?

    Yep, it's less common/well known/sought after than G-series or X0X0 receivers. I know Doc Hardy has/had one, though!

    Has the look of their lovely tuners of the era. 50 watts in the TA-500, these are somewhat (in)famous online for being less reliable/repairable than many--there is a no longer made IC that tends to go out (I picked up a couple just in case!). Mine is in "decent" condition; I actually bought the last NOS faceplate for it available at the now defunct sansui-parts-shop dot com. In the future, when I'm more committed to audio, I'll think about installing it onto mine. For now, it rests in the vintage Japanese newspaper it was packed in.

    Jay
    SDA 2BTL * Musical Fidelity A5cr amp * Oppo BDP-93 * Modded Adcom GDA-600 DAC * Rythmik F8 (x2)
    Micro Seiki DQ-50 * Hagerman Cornet 2 Phono * A hodgepodge of cabling * Belkin PF60
    Preamp rotation: Krell KSL (SCompRacer recapped) * Manley Shrimp * PS Audio 5.0
  • SCompRacer
    SCompRacer Posts: 8,408
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    Nice san·soo·ee Jay! Got space on the bench, await next project. :D
    agfrost wrote: »
    I know Doc Hardy has/had one, though!


    What doc doesn't have would be a much shorter topic than what he has!
    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS * Roon * Gustard R26 DAC / Singxer SU-6 DDC * Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive * AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm * AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R * Richard Gray 600S * NHT B-12d subs * GIK Acoustic Treatments * Sennheiser HD650 *
  • SCompRacer
    SCompRacer Posts: 8,408
    edited June 9
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    Basement system temporarily complete until Marantz 2245 is returned to owner. Connected to pair of Mission MS-50 speakers.

    The speakers were paired with a Denon UD-M50 receiver/cd player.

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    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS * Roon * Gustard R26 DAC / Singxer SU-6 DDC * Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive * AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm * AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R * Richard Gray 600S * NHT B-12d subs * GIK Acoustic Treatments * Sennheiser HD650 *
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,950
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    jdjohn wrote: »
    Got this Pioneer CT-F950 from my dad's collection up and running...replaced all four belts and did a little cleaning.
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    Plays and sounds great. I'll also test the recording functionality.

    There is a CT-F1250 and 850 waiting in the wings for the same treatment.

    That is a beautiful deck !!
  • newbie308
    newbie308 Posts: 722
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    Ever since the Snake River demo, I have been wanting to try more power cables in my system. Today I found a vintage used power cable that raised my eyebrows at a decent price, so I added it to my watch list. The seller was motivated to move it and offered a discount, so I purchased it. I remember KCI making some good interconnects (silkworm), so I imagine this power cable will be equally well made. Now I can't wait for it to arrive. Has anyone here used a KCI power cable? @marvda1
    Sources: Technics SL1200MKII | SME3009 Tonearm | Monster Alpha 1 MC cartridge | Oppo UDP203 disk player | Nikko NT-790 analog tuner | Musical Fidelity Trivista 21 DAC | Preamp: Threshold SL-10 | Amplifier: Threshold Stasis 2 | Speakers: Snell Acoustics C/V | Kimber 12-TC bi wire speakers | Analysis plus Oval 1 preamp to amp | Wireworld Eclipse 7 DAC to Preamp | Wireworld eclipse digital IC Oppo to DAC | Audioquest Quartz tuner to preamp |
  • marvda1
    marvda1 Posts: 4,892
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    @newbie308 , I reviewed the interconnects but never the power cables.
    Amplifiers: Norma IPA 140, MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Dac: Sonnet Morpheus 2, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkIII
    Transport: Jay's Audio CDT2 mk2, Lumin U1 mini
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra II
    Speaker Cables: Crystal Clear Magnum Opus 2, Organic Audio Organic Reference 2
    Interconnects: Crystal Clear Magnum Opus 2, Argento Organic Reference 2, Argento Organic 2
    Power Cables: Argento Organic Reference, Synergistic Research Foundation 10 and 12 ga.
    Digital cables: Crystal Clear Magnum Opus 2 bnc, Tellurium Q aes, Silnote Audio Poseidon Signature 2 bnc
    Puritan PSM156
  • HzTweaker
    HzTweaker Posts: 759
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    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    agfrost wrote: »
    Found a Salamander cabinet on Craigslist for all of $20 to put in my office.

    $1200 new is a ridiculous price.

    But so is $20!

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    Nice :)
    FWIW, I sold my TA-500 last spring at the big NEVEE regional swapmeet. Don't see too many of those in the wild!
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    So, you know, I rarely post to this thread because I rarely ever do anything to my hifi -- other than the occasional rearranging of deck chairs on the Titanic kind of thing. But in the past couple of weeks, I've done two things!?! B)

    I traded my beautiful but never used Allison Ones to a nice fellow from upstate New York for a new-to-me, kitbuilt ss balanced preamp from the Hypex folks, sold under their "DIY/Class D" brand. No, it is not Class D, but that's the name of the company. :) It is actually amazingly good sounding.

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    @mhardy6647 What are your thoughts on how your Sangean HD tuner sounds?. Only curious because I'm currently using one of the exact same model. It replaced my Sansui TU-317.

    2ch rig: Speakers: Magnepan LRS w/Magna Riser stands Preamplifier: Parasound P5 Amplifier: Parasound A23 CDP: Pioneer DV-563A Cables: Wireworld Equinox 7 XLR ICs, Wireworld Ultraviolet 7 USB, AudioQuest Q2s, AudioQuest NRG X(preamp)

    Shelfed: LSi9s with VR3's Fortress mods
  • mpitogo
    mpitogo Posts: 494
    edited June 12
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    Ripped it all out and put something new.

    New
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    Old
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    • Living Room Music-2.0 Polk Legend L800 | SVS SB1000Pro | McIntosh C70 | McIntosh MA5200 (Treble) | McIntosh MC452 (Bass) | Sublimeacoustic K231 Active xover | Denon DP-2500A | Denafrips Ares II | Marantz HD-CD1 | Belkin Soundform Connect | iPad Pro USB to DAC
    • Media Room Ht-9.7.6/15.1 (Atmos/Auro-3D) Polk LSiM707, LSiM706c, LSiM702 F/X [x6], Height LSiM703 [x6], HSU ULS-15x4, VTF-15Hx2, VTF-TN1 | Trinnov Altitude 16+4 (2024) | Rotel RB-1590 (L/R) | Appollon NC500 11ch | Martin Logan MP500x2 | Topping DX7s, E50 | Sony UBP-X800 | AppleTV 4K | JVC RS2100 | 150” Elite Screen Acoustic Pro UHD
    • Game Room-5.1 Polk LSi25, LSiC, LSiF/X | Marantz SR7009 | AppleTV 4K | Xbox One S | Sony PS2, PS3 | Nintendo Wii | Gaming PC | Sony 75" LCD
    • Master Bedroom Music-2.0 Totem Hawk | Marantz PM-10 | Marantz SA-10 | SONY PS-HX500
    • Office-2.1 B&W Formation Duo and Bass
    • Orphans Ascend Acoustics Sierra LX | DSW microPRO3000x2 | Rotel RA-1570 | Marantz AV8805A
    • Daughter's Bedroom 1-2.0 TBD Martin Logan Forte | Roku TV
    • Guest Room 2-2.0 Klipsch RP-600M | SMSL DO100 Pro 2 | Pass ACA v1.6 Monoblocks
    • Guest Room 3-3.0 Martin Logan Motion 40, 50XT | Onkyo TX-SR705 | Apple TV | Samsung 55" TV
    • Guest Room 4-2.0 QAcoustics 3030i | Sansui AU-6900 | Sansui FR-1080 | Fire TV
    • Maintenance: Pro-Ject VC-S Record Cleaning Machine
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,321
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    Is it a new camera?
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,950
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    Smallest TV ever.... :D
  • mpitogo
    mpitogo Posts: 494
    edited June 12
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    @pitdogg2 22” Apple Cinema Display (ADC), I think around 2004, and PowerPC Dual G5. Both still work, I spent 5K on the combo was my most expensive computer purchase at the time. All stock except it boots from SSD.

    BTW its amazing what DSP does. Yea my room sucks at 40-60hz or so…

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    • Living Room Music-2.0 Polk Legend L800 | SVS SB1000Pro | McIntosh C70 | McIntosh MA5200 (Treble) | McIntosh MC452 (Bass) | Sublimeacoustic K231 Active xover | Denon DP-2500A | Denafrips Ares II | Marantz HD-CD1 | Belkin Soundform Connect | iPad Pro USB to DAC
    • Media Room Ht-9.7.6/15.1 (Atmos/Auro-3D) Polk LSiM707, LSiM706c, LSiM702 F/X [x6], Height LSiM703 [x6], HSU ULS-15x4, VTF-15Hx2, VTF-TN1 | Trinnov Altitude 16+4 (2024) | Rotel RB-1590 (L/R) | Appollon NC500 11ch | Martin Logan MP500x2 | Topping DX7s, E50 | Sony UBP-X800 | AppleTV 4K | JVC RS2100 | 150” Elite Screen Acoustic Pro UHD
    • Game Room-5.1 Polk LSi25, LSiC, LSiF/X | Marantz SR7009 | AppleTV 4K | Xbox One S | Sony PS2, PS3 | Nintendo Wii | Gaming PC | Sony 75" LCD
    • Master Bedroom Music-2.0 Totem Hawk | Marantz PM-10 | Marantz SA-10 | SONY PS-HX500
    • Office-2.1 B&W Formation Duo and Bass
    • Orphans Ascend Acoustics Sierra LX | DSW microPRO3000x2 | Rotel RA-1570 | Marantz AV8805A
    • Daughter's Bedroom 1-2.0 TBD Martin Logan Forte | Roku TV
    • Guest Room 2-2.0 Klipsch RP-600M | SMSL DO100 Pro 2 | Pass ACA v1.6 Monoblocks
    • Guest Room 3-3.0 Martin Logan Motion 40, 50XT | Onkyo TX-SR705 | Apple TV | Samsung 55" TV
    • Guest Room 4-2.0 QAcoustics 3030i | Sansui AU-6900 | Sansui FR-1080 | Fire TV
    • Maintenance: Pro-Ject VC-S Record Cleaning Machine
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 33,367
    edited June 16
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    HzTweaker wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    agfrost wrote: »
    Found a Salamander cabinet on Craigslist for all of $20 to put in my office.

    $1200 new is a ridiculous price.

    But so is $20!

    khh21gbcg8z5.jpeg

    Nice :)
    FWIW, I sold my TA-500 last spring at the big NEVEE regional swapmeet. Don't see too many of those in the wild!
    52721732346_30cf7de6e2_b.jpg

    So, you know, I rarely post to this thread because I rarely ever do anything to my hifi -- other than the occasional rearranging of deck chairs on the Titanic kind of thing. But in the past couple of weeks, I've done two things!?! B)

    I traded my beautiful but never used Allison Ones to a nice fellow from upstate New York for a new-to-me, kitbuilt ss balanced preamp from the Hypex folks, sold under their "DIY/Class D" brand. No, it is not Class D, but that's the name of the company. :) It is actually amazingly good sounding.

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    @mhardy6647 What are your thoughts on how your Sangean HD tuner sounds?. Only curious because I'm currently using one of the exact same model. It replaced my Sansui TU-317.

    I think that it sounds pretty darned good. I don't think I am supposed to think that -- but I do. ;)
    That HD tuner was acquired from a well known denizen here at the Polk forums. As it turned out, shipping had loosened up an internal connector, which I was slow to diagnose correctly :( but which was worth the effort to straighten out, as I was pretty surprised by how well it works! :)

    https://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/comment/2649992#Comment_2649992
  • HzTweaker
    HzTweaker Posts: 759
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    At first I preferred the sound from my Sansui but the Sangean HD tuner has grown on me and has been in the system for a couple of years now. It picks up a decent amount of HD stations as well.
    2ch rig: Speakers: Magnepan LRS w/Magna Riser stands Preamplifier: Parasound P5 Amplifier: Parasound A23 CDP: Pioneer DV-563A Cables: Wireworld Equinox 7 XLR ICs, Wireworld Ultraviolet 7 USB, AudioQuest Q2s, AudioQuest NRG X(preamp)

    Shelfed: LSi9s with VR3's Fortress mods
  • HzTweaker
    HzTweaker Posts: 759
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    I set up the LRSs and blended the sub in with em'. Spent the weekend listening to music.
    2ch rig: Speakers: Magnepan LRS w/Magna Riser stands Preamplifier: Parasound P5 Amplifier: Parasound A23 CDP: Pioneer DV-563A Cables: Wireworld Equinox 7 XLR ICs, Wireworld Ultraviolet 7 USB, AudioQuest Q2s, AudioQuest NRG X(preamp)

    Shelfed: LSi9s with VR3's Fortress mods
  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 25,262
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    What are your initial impressions?
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, Mcintosh C2300 Arcam AVR20, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk Audio Legend L800 with height modules, L400 Center Channel Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds. Marantz MM7025 stereo amp. Simaudio Moon 680d DSD

    “When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”— Thomas Jefferson
  • HzTweaker
    HzTweaker Posts: 759
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    They have a nice big sound stage when you're in the "sweet spot", and it is sweet. I'm not going to need to boost the highs on the LRS either. They aren't offensive just way more forward than the LSis.
    2ch rig: Speakers: Magnepan LRS w/Magna Riser stands Preamplifier: Parasound P5 Amplifier: Parasound A23 CDP: Pioneer DV-563A Cables: Wireworld Equinox 7 XLR ICs, Wireworld Ultraviolet 7 USB, AudioQuest Q2s, AudioQuest NRG X(preamp)

    Shelfed: LSi9s with VR3's Fortress mods
  • Wardsweb
    Wardsweb Posts: 924
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    Upped my SET amp game with this Ayon Crossfire III.

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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,786
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    Wow, congrats! What kind of power tubes are those?
  • Wardsweb
    Wardsweb Posts: 924
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    Wow, congrats! What kind of power tubes are those?

    Ayon’s proprietary AA62B triode