This joint needs some more vintage hifi

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,742
    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.



  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,670
    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
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    Randy/Maine .. SDA-CRS+TL-RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,670
    BTW the last owner says he did the crossovers & bypassed the adjustable knob on back. I will know more when i open them up
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    Randy/Maine .. SDA-CRS+TL-RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • 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

  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 9,107
    My new linear tracking Yamaha PX-3 has been working flawlessly, love this thing!

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    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,742
    edited August 2016
    I bought my parents a pair of them in the late 1970s (used); they served my folks well for the rest of their lives and I kept them after my parents were both gone -- and I still have them (the Dynacos, that is -- I not goin' all Norman Bates on you all!).
  • cnhcnh Posts: 13,310
    edited August 2016
    A25s? Yep! Have a pair. Pretty ratty looking but drivers are mint! I run mine with an HK 430, a superb combo. Probably even better with good tubes.

    They may not be great speakers in the classic sense as Mr. M points out (and he should know, because he knows that he knows-ridiculously redundant, no?), but you can listen to these all day every day. And that, to me, is the most important thing! I find myself NOT listening to my BEST speakers most of the time but opting for the more laid back warmth of certain classics like this. But my ears are probably full of olive oil and yours may not be! lol And what do I know anyway, I'm mostly superfluous!

    I think you'll find them to your taste, Randy. Although, from a lot of your posts, you seem to like the really Big Bad cabinets with room filling sound and thunderous bass.
    Currently orbiting Bowie's Blackstar.!

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,742
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    He's really gonna need a pair of Altec Valencias... or bigger.

    Even a pair of (gasp) Klipsch Cornwalls are pretty darned enjoyable driven by a Fisher vacuum tube receiver.

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    (my Valencias & Cornies are long gone, though)

    I was a little hard on the A25s earlier, and I'm sorry about that -- I have always liked them and (as mentioned) I do have a pair (mine are in need of cosmetic refreshent, too). Heck, I have a pair of A35s, as well -- but they sorta don't count, since I found 'em at the dump in Harvard, MA. They're very nice loudspeakers, but more in the "Polk Monitor 7" neck of the woods... probably not most folks' be-all and end-all loudspeakers.

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    Dynaco A-35.
  • I've been pondering a 9849 that is local.
    Anyone hear 1 or 2 of these?
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  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,670
    cnh wrote: »
    A25s? Yep! Have a pair. Pretty ratty looking but drivers are mint! I run mine with an HK 430, a superb combo. Probably even better with good tubes.

    They may not be great speakers in the classic sense as Mr. M points out (and he should know, because he knows that he knows-ridiculously redundant, no?), but you can listen to these all day every day. And that, to me, is the most important thing! I find myself NOT listening to my BEST speakers most of the time but opting for the more laid back warmth of certain classics like this. But my ears are probably full of olive oil and yours may not be! lol And what do I know anyway, I'm mostly superfluous!

    I think you'll find them to your taste, Randy. Although, from a lot of your posts, you seem to like the really Big Bad cabinets with room filling sound and thunderous bass.
    listened to them today on the cr1000 & they sound vvgood. Was impressed with the bass. The tweeters sounded wonderful. Very Impressed with the size & what these little guys can do. Mark i love the looks of the A-35's with the front grills how they taper back
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    Randy/Maine .. SDA-CRS+TL-RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,670
    edited August 2016
    Gorgeous speakers. Is that a Sansui ? Love the vinyl shelf. How did you come about getting that shelf if you dont mind sharing ?
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    Randy/Maine .. SDA-CRS+TL-RTA15TL-Cs1000p
  • boston1450 wrote: »
    Gorgeous speakers. Is that a Sansui ? Love the vinyl shelf. How did you come about getting that shelf if you dont mind sharing ?

    Thanks, yes it is a Sansui AU-717 that has had a complete recap and I love it. The shelf is an Ikea Expedit that I just turned on its side, works great for my music room.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,742
    AU-717 is a very nice piece of hardware.
    Wouldn't mind havin' one here.
    Just sayin'.

    ;-)
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 32,461
    You and me both Mark, shall we pay him a midnight visit ? :)
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  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,670
    edited August 2016
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    Thanks, yes it is a Sansui AU-717 that has had a complete recap and I love it. The shelf is an Ikea Expedit that I just turned on its side, works great for my music room.[/quote]
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    Thank you. Im looking to get new shelves for my albums & they seem to be affordable :)
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  • tonyb wrote: »
    You and me both Mark, shall we pay him a midnight visit ? :)

    LOL thanks guys, there is just something about the vintage sound for me. I have 3 Marantz receivers which I love but the Sansui is in my main system. I will admit it will be here until I decide to go with a vintage Mac, would like a MA 6100 or MA 6200. Also on my audio bucket list is a pair of Ohm speakers.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,742
    You know, any of youse guyses with dynamically-balanced tonearms have a golden opportunity to eff with unsuspecting buddies' minds...

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  • sucks2bemesucks2beme Posts: 5,097
    the au-717 is the next vintage piece I'm going to own.
    Just waiting for the right one to show up.
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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,468
    My little Marantz 2226 Goodwill find for $16. I had to replace the backlights and the tuner dial needle light, but found a nice fuse-lamp kit for the job. There was soldering involved for the needle dial light, and the 'stereo' light. I think the best solder joint is the one that works. I polished everything in sight as well, and used some tire dressing for the black vinyl coating on the cover (not visible in pic). This amp has a nice sweet, warm sound to it. It has been called 'tubey' in some comments I have seen, and I can't disagree with that statement.
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  • I liked the looks of the cube shelf that I bought one in Red!
    Thanks for sharing. (last I knew rollback pricing)
    zappafan2 wrote: »
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    My new Infinity RS5s

  • I liked the looks of the cube shelf that I bought one in Red!
    Thanks for sharing. (last I knew rollback pricing)
    zappafan2 wrote: »
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    My new Infinity RS5s

    They are great , very sturdy and functional, perfect for my needs.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 16,706
    Nice rig Mark.
    zappafan2 wrote: »
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    My new Infinity RS5s

    nice rig Mark
  • soundfreak1soundfreak1 Posts: 2,867
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  • machonemachone Posts: 1,244
    Awesome. I used to have one of those. I drove it with an Advent receiver pre-outs.
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  • pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Nice rig Mark.
    zappafan2 wrote: »
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    My new Infinity RS5s

    nice rig Mark

    Thanks Ivan, hope all is going good.
  • highway_chilehighway_chile Posts: 37
    edited August 2016
    I just began the break-in period after having my Luxman C-1010 completely recapped (currently coupled with a Luxman M-300). The tech used to do Luxman warranty work and has done several other things for me, including a partial recap of the Luxman C-120A that I just moved into my second listening room in order to put the C-1010 back in place. That one had issues when I bought it, but he certainly had it sounding fabulous.
    The 1010 was sounding good before, but at higher volumes tended to be a bit harsh and fatiguing, so I decided to take the plunge and have it totally restored.
    For those more technically savvy than I, he used Nichicon Fine Golds, Nichichon Silmic II's, various Rubycons, and a couple of Panasonics.
    I'd love to hear how long everyone thinks the break in period will take. He said 20-30 hours.
    Right now I'm about an hour and a half in. It seems to be warming up before my very ears. I guess I have no choice but to sit here and break it in as quickly as is humanly possible.
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  • aprazer402aprazer402 Posts: 1,924
    Here's something you don't see at the Goodwill very often. A mile from my house. I did not buy it. A 1950 Dumont console TV. It looked to be in good condition.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,742
    seriously cool piece of hardware -- with an FM radio, to boot.
  • tattat Posts: 159
    edited August 2016
    I am not old enough to remember this stuff but I always laugh when I see the giant "SOLID STATE!" advert's. Shows how the latest scientific innovations are not always steps forward imo.
    My grandfather was an senior engineer at NASA for all the glory years and I remember him talking about solid state like it was a huge improvement. And I guess it is in terms of real estate (which was NASA's big concern) and weight it has benefits. But I dont care what the numbers/specs say....trust a musician to tell you which one sounds more lifelike. It'll be tubes most of the time.
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