Old Electronics?

Mark of CenlaMark of Cenla Posts: 35
edited July 2004 in 2 Channel Audio
Does anyone currently use old stuff in your main system? I have a Hafler DH100 preamp and Hafler DH220 power amp that I built from kits back in 1986. They still sound great and get used every day because we run the TV sound through them. My speakers are almost as old.

So does anyone else use "vintage" gear?
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  • organorgan Posts: 5,022
    edited June 2004
    I'm using a Dyna ST-70 tube amp. It was designed in the 50's and came out in 59. The amp were sold all the way to the 70's. I've yet to hear another amp that I like more than the ST-70.


  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,944
    edited June 2004

    You'll find a lot of guys in here that have vintage rigs. I have a '60's Pioneer SA-500 integrated (8 wpc) with a matching TA-500 tuna hooked up to the original baby Advents. It's in my guest bedroom and for FM radio it's not bad, plus it looks cool.

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  • gidrahgidrah Posts: 3,036
    edited June 2004
    Except for the DVD and CD players, I'm totally vintage on all rigs.

    McIntosh, JBL, Pioneer, Altec Lansing, Dynaco, Dual, mmmm yummy! :D
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  • gatemplingatemplin Posts: 1,595
    edited June 2004
    I use a Sansui AU-999 integrated amp from about 1970 and I also have a Pioneer SX-8560 (same as SX-650 I think). Vintage stuff is great because it is fairly cheap, well built, and sounds amazing.
  • scottnbnjscottnbnj Posts: 709
    edited June 2004
    right now i'm running the carver receiver and have some other stuff stashed away. jbl r-103's, polk monitor 7b's and small boston acoustics all need either drivers or reconing. small missions still running(not sure how to check drivers, i'm hoping they don't have foam but they sound ok for background music). i want to introduce the denon dp-60l turntable to the lsi9s, but i'm waiting until i can give them a proper introduction.

  • dcarlsondcarlson Posts: 1,740
    edited June 2004
    Dynaco ST-70 here too but that's all I've got that's vintage. So far anyway.
    SDA-2a, Anthem Pre-2L, Anthem Amp 1, MF A324 DAC, Rotel RCD1070

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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,464
    edited June 2004
    I've often thought about putting together a vintage rig that matches my first system. I had a Pioneer SX-780 receiver, Pioneer CT-F500 Cassette deck, Pioneer PL-512 TT, Pioneer HPM-40 speakers. Ah, those were the days.....
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  • amulfordamulford Posts: 5,198
    edited June 2004
    I have some older stuff in a 2 CH rig, But it's not currently in use. I'm thinking about setting the rig up in my boathouse...
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  • George GrandGeorge Grand Posts: 12,272
    edited June 2004
    The sun rose and set on the original Acoustic Research, KLH, and Advent companies. I have many original products from all three companies in use around the house. They are still viable products to this day.

    I had a lot of Dynaco but sold it off. Had a DH-110 and DH-500 but sold those off.

    The only vintage piece in my main He-Man rig would be a Tandberg TCD-310 cassette deck.

    Vintage pieces in my half-**** stereo only home theater rig would be an Apt "Holman" preamp, Onkyo M-5090 power amp, and a pair of 1979 or so AR-9 speaks. My daughters bedrooms, and my garage and office rigs use a lot of the AR, KLH, and Advent.

    There's a couple yahoos on this forum that feel if it wasn't manufactured yesterday, and they don't carry it in their store, it's not listenable. If you can ignore those couple troublesome folks, you'll find a lot of vintage users here.

    George Grand (of the Jersey Grands)
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,464
    edited June 2004
    I absolutely adore vintage AR and Advent speakers, so simple, yet soooo good. I will be forever kicking myself in the **** for selling my AR9Lsi's...
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  • benefitsmanbenefitsman Posts: 2
    edited July 2004
    My Sansui 5000X 200watt amp from 1970 still works fine.
  • TroyDTroyD Posts: 12,321
    edited July 2004
    Depends on what you consider 'vintage'.......

    The newest pieces in my main rig are the amps, Carver Silver 9t but I know that they are more than 10 years old.

    No, there is LOTS of great vintage gear out there. Hey, I encourage those guys who can't live without the new car smell. That means there is more vintage gear for those of us who dig it.

    I plan for the future. - F1Nut
  • mingram1234mingram1234 Posts: 31
    edited July 2004
    My electronics are not exactly vintage but my speakers are-Polk 7b's that I purchased from a thrift shop for four dollars. One needed a tweeter the other a 6 1/2" driver. Still an excellent buy in my opinion. In my bedroom I run a Harman Kardon hk795i-it's only rated at 70wpc, but damn, it'll put most other receivers rated twice that to shame. Also I have a Harman Kardon CD301 cassette deck-which I recorded a few cd's onto good quality BASF353 tapes and it's really a close run as far as quality of sound goes. Also I am using a Sony NS-300 DVD player as my cd player, and a ADC SoundShaper200 for an equalizer. I also am using an Optimus SW-12 passive subwoofer. To me and my friends it sounds pretty damned good.
    Some of the older stuff is as good as a lot of todays stuff.
    Just my 2 cents.
  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,420
    edited July 2004
    The oldest thing I have is my Sony turntable, at around 20 yrs old.
    next would be my Polk towers, Rotel CD & Onkyo Tape deck. They are 14 yrs old.
    Marantz AV-7705 PrePro, Classé 5 ch. 200wpc 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
  • VR3VR3 Posts: 23,941
    edited July 2004
    Large Advents (10 inch woofs)

    Sansui Tuner

    Some POS Pioneers

    Lots of OLD stuff, not quite vintage yet...
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  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,736
    edited July 2004
    2 channel - PS Audio Stellar S300 amp, PS Audio DirectStream DAC, audio optimized NUC7i5 running Windows 10 Pro/JRiver MC24, Matrix X-SPDIF 2 USB interface, Blackbird SSD dock with 500 GB Samsung 860 EVO, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax preamp, Furman Elite 15 Pfi power conditioner, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Rythmik F12SE subwoofer, Kimber 4TC speaker wire, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio power cords, Wireworld USB and HDMI/I2S cables
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  • danger boydanger boy Posts: 15,888
    edited July 2004
    i don't have any vintage gear in my main HT rig.. but i do in my 2 ch computer rig.

    Yamaha CA-610II integrated amp 50wpc
    Pioneer TX-9500II tuner
    Polk Monitor 7b's

    my main rig is getting old enough that before I know it.. it'll be considered vintage. :p
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