Oldest non-serviced amplifier that you still use daily

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  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,317
    I have a Carver 900 receiver (1985) I use in my barn system. Still sounds great.
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded / 1000Va Dreadnaught
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables


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  • gyosa
    gyosa Posts: 584
    edited December 2020
    Ha ha !

    Dang !

    How about an untouched Yamaha R9 receiver I bought in ‘87 or ‘88 ?
    Sitting in the closet , however ....


    Bk

    Clipdat wrote: »
    gyosa wrote: »
    had the offset and bias adjusted a couple years ago ....

    Does that count ?

    Nope. But thanks for playing! :p

    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Polk SDA 1c’s ( my first love .. ) , Kimber Kable 4TC, Sony 42” - BEDROOM

    B&K EX-442 ( it will go in my casket when I die ... ) , PS Audio 4.6 preamp ( old school , but it still jams on ... ) , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - POOL

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Kimber Kable 4vs , Salk Supercharged Song towers ( difficult choice between these and my family if I had to choose ... 😩 ) , Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - DEN , MAIN RIG

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - PATIO

    DAYENS AMPINO ( thanks Verb ! ) , KEiiD streamer ( this was only 60 bucks ?? ) , Polk atrium 8SDi’s - KID’s BEDROOM


  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,549
    If it still works and plays, then yes!

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  • VSAT88
    VSAT88 Posts: 961
    edited December 2020
    Realistic STA 52 1976 model. Works great in the shop with Dynaco A-25's.
    PS Audio 200CX 1989 model (I think) with Klipsch Quartet's. I do not use either one every day but when I am in the area of the house/shop they in they are on and still running fine.
  • gyosa
    gyosa Posts: 584
    Looks like you have one too ....
    Sweet little receiver , huh ?

    Bk

    Clipdat wrote: »
    If it still works and plays, then yes!

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    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Polk SDA 1c’s ( my first love .. ) , Kimber Kable 4TC, Sony 42” - BEDROOM

    B&K EX-442 ( it will go in my casket when I die ... ) , PS Audio 4.6 preamp ( old school , but it still jams on ... ) , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - POOL

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Kimber Kable 4vs , Salk Supercharged Song towers ( difficult choice between these and my family if I had to choose ... 😩 ) , Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - DEN , MAIN RIG

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - PATIO

    DAYENS AMPINO ( thanks Verb ! ) , KEiiD streamer ( this was only 60 bucks ?? ) , Polk atrium 8SDi’s - KID’s BEDROOM


  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 9,677
    edited December 2020
    My NAD C-370 integrated. :p
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    I guess 10+ years now pushing hard to drive speakers without a flinch.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,549
    gyosa wrote: »
    Looks like you have one too ....
    Sweet little receiver , huh ?

    Bk

    Just found on google image search but yeah I like the design.
  • invalid
    invalid Posts: 579
    I have a krell ksa 300s amp I use every day.
  • indyhawg
    indyhawg Posts: 1,559
    Arcurus A100X3 that I use in HT. Probably around 20 years old.
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,352
    edited December 2020
    I am listening to "holiday" music on this dump find Yamaha 5-channel A/V receiver (as a stereo) via a pair of Altec Santiagos as I type this. No work's been done on the Yamaha other than my cleaning the controls and switches after I determined that it did in fact work.

    Rascal actually sounds pretty good; I've been using it and the Santiagos for Zoom meeting audio via one of those little Bluetooth receiver thingies. :|

    I don't actually know how old it is though -- certainly not old by my standards for hifi.

    The Santiagos are as new and date from ca. the early 1970s, if that counts for anything. :p

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    That 2-channel R-9 or whichever "R" it is that was mentioned by @clipdat is considerably cooler, though. B)
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  • tonyp063
    tonyp063 Posts: 859
    You guys are gonna play "old stuff that works" with Hardy?

    Yeah. Good luck with that.
    Even Jesse would think twice.
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,352
    edited December 2020
    But, but, but -- as I said earlier... any of the old stuff I actually use, I maintain.

    I doubt that any, umm, I hope that none of all y'all* are is** running 40, 50, or 60 year old hardware with original electrolytics in it (e.g.). :| Electrolytics don't age gracefully -- 'specially the first stage AC mains filters :/

    I will, if pressed, however, own up to not slavishly replacing all electrolytics in a component prophylactically! I don't muck with tuned circuits (i.e., radio sections of receivers or tuners) without danged good reason to -- and (truth be told) there are more than a few aged vacuum tube components here with original multisection can electrolytic capacitors still in 'em. If I "reform" them on first power up (as opposed to slammin' 'em with AC mains voltage) and if they run cool (i.e., empirically still seem to have low internal resistance), I have been known to justm umm...

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    * how's that for the Dark Side of English Grammar and Syntax? B)
    ** "none", of course, is a singular noun. :|

  • motorstereo
    motorstereo Posts: 1,595
    Most of my older non serviced, daily use amps are gone once I looked them as liabilities rather than assets. I did keep a couple 80's vintage Mcintosh amps but now they both have issues and need the 4 hour trip to Audio Classics; hopefully sometime this winter. So that leaves just my mc1201's from early 2000's. I'm really dreading the day they need servicing at 147lbs apiece.
  • invalid
    invalid Posts: 579
    I imagine the shipping cost would add significantly to the cost, especially having to ship two units at that weight.
  • motorstereo
    motorstereo Posts: 1,595
    No way would I trust them getting shipped. If or when the time does come it'll be a strong buddy and little old me wrestling them into my vehicle for the ride to Vestal NY.
  • Milito
    Milito Posts: 1,220
    I had forgotten my B&K Ref 4420 had been serviced by the previous owner.
    Yamaha RX-A2070, Music Hall A70.2 integrated amp, Benchmark Dac1, Bluesound NODE 2i, HSU VTF-2 MK5, LSiM705, LSiM704, Douglas Connection Alpha 12AWG OCC Speaker Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha Analog Interconnect Cables, Audioquest Interconnects and Digital Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha 11 OCC Custom Power Cable, Cullen Gold and Crossover Series Power Cables, Signal Power Cable, Furman PL-8C 15 Power Conditioner, Fluance RT85, Parasound Zphono USB Phono Preamp, Sony 65" 900F, Sony UBP-X700, Fios.
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