Jump to content
Ralf11

Show us your former equipment/kit !!

Rate this topic

Recommended Posts

What you used to have - as a child/teen/or any larval/pupal stage...

 

related thread:

 


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

stereo cabinet Danish Modern Sonic Frontiers DacMagic Magneplanar 1.5QR Cal Audio.JPG


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

that pic is from ~~ 13 yrs ago but thx for asking

 

Golden #3 also enjoys being a diffuser


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

108122395_ScreenShot2019-03-17at3_54_25PM.thumb.png.1beda8f2a6d2e7201f133b7162f9d139.png

 

Got a couple of these somewhere in the closet.


“All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone listening to music.”

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is what I used in college (or one very similar...who can remember)...I used to fall asleep studying with my ear on the speaker:

Image result for 1980 clock radio


QNAP TS453Pro w/QLMS->Netgear Switch->Netgear R7800 Router->Ethernet (50 ft)->Netgear switch->SBT->Topping NX4 DSD->Linn Majik-IL (preamp)->Linn 2250->Linn Keilidh; Control Points: Squeeze Commander (DroidX) & iPeng (iPad Air); Also: Rega P3-24 w/ DV 10x5; OPPO 103; PC Playback: Foobar2000 & JRiver; Portable: Sony NWZ_ZX1 & ZX2 w/ PHA-3; SMSL IQ, Fiio Q5, iFi Nano iDSD BL; Garage: Edifier S1000DB Active Speakers  Wish List: New DAC,  SBT replacement; Dream system: Linn EXACT or ATC Active or Big Tubes (KR or Nagra or Shindo or ...)

 

My goal is to use appliances and take home PC out of the chain...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Was given this by my uncle when I was four or five. Used it more to play than for listening. Loved the way the toy soldiers spinned on them. Taken by a family friend who promised to get it repaired and repainted. Never saw it again.

 

Picture form Picclick.co.uk

 

HMV-Gramophone-Model-103-His-Masters-Voice-Vintage.jpg.89c42553edfa0ec8f57600524f1c2e57.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/17/2019 at 4:02 PM, Ralf11 said:

that pic is from ~~ 13 yrs ago but thx for asking

 

Golden #3 also enjoys being a diffuser

Ralf, great maggies!

 

Here's the oldest pic I could find.  It's from 2001.

 

 

2001-07-09 16-57-27.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

nice - are those 3.6's?


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, Ralf11 said:

nice - are those 3.6's?

Thanks!

 

Nope.  3.3.

 

I have 3.6s now (all these years later) and am always thinking about moving up to 3.7...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had 1.5's (in the pic above) and listened to the 1.7's, which are a big jump in SQ.  But I decided to get an octave or so more bass with the 1.7i's.  here is a thread on them:

 

 


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Below is my first "real" hifi purchased in 1984 from Graham's hifi in London.

 

Although a very simple system it cost me a years salary at a time when I was struggling to feed myself. However, it provided me with some 15 years of unbridled joy in various incarnations including adding a Linn LK1 & LK11 Pre-Power Amp and Tannoy 15" Ardent Speakers. The Linn LP12 turntable was the consistent thread throughout until I stupidly traded it for a pair of very ordinary speakers in the early 2000s. 

 

- Linn LP12 turntable with Ittok arm

- Naim Nait Amp

- Linn Kann Speakers ... combined later with a Tannoy Sub

 

Just superb.

 

 

image.png

image.png

image.png


LOUNGE: Mac Mini - Audirvana - Devialet 200 - ATOHM GT1 Speakers

OFFICE : Mac Mini - Audirvana - Benchmark DAC1HDR - ADAM A7 Active Monitors

TRAVEL : MacBook Air - Dragonfly V1.2 DAC - Sennheiser HD 650

BEACH : iPhone 6 - HRT iStreamer DAC - Akimate Micro + powered speakers

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
18 hours ago, Ajax said:

Below is my first "real" hifi purchased in 1984 from Graham's hifi in London.

 

Although a very simple system it cost me a years salary at a time when I was struggling to feed myself. However, it provided me with some 15 years of unbridled joy in various incarnations including adding a Linn LK1 & LK11 Pre-Power Amp and Tannoy 15" Ardent Speakers. The Linn LP12 turntable was the consistent thread throughout until I stupidly traded it for a pair of very ordinary speakers in the early 2000s. 

 

- Linn LP12 turntable with Ittok arm

- Naim Nait Amp

- Linn Kann Speakers ... combined later with a Tannoy Sub

 

Just superb.

 

 

image.png

image.png

image.png

Nice system! Naim amps are really good and a Linn LP 12 Is beyond reproach! I’ve heard good things about the Kann speakers too but I’ve never auditioned them, personally!


George

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This was my first proper system at the age of 16.

  • Rega Planar 2 + R100 Cartridge
  • Marantz PM350
  • KEF Chorale III

I saved hard doing a number of Saturday jobs until it got there. I distinctly remember collecting the turntable from Billy Vee in Lewisham in around 1983. What an exciting and proud day. My Step Father thought I was completely crazy spending so much money. As I recall £185.

 

 

7e3ab349c91d68f7de2b1f365bac52d2.jpg

marantz_pm350_console_stereo_amplifier.jpg

23dc714e-4a86-11e6-82de-b7971c45f74c.jpg


 Innuos Zenith SE (Roon Core) > Curious USB/Upton ISO REGEN +LPS-1/USPCB> Chord Hugo TT > ATC SCM 40A

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Superdad said:

Here are photos of some of the pieces I had in my system in the years 1976 to 1980, at ages 14-18 years old.  Note that the pics are not of my actual units--I just grabbed them off Google--but they are the actual models.  Some of these pieces--and a few others, I still have in my "audio museum."  I also had a few different reel-to-reel decks (various Revox, Tandberg, Teac, Akai), and several other Nakamichi pieces, most nattily the wonderful 700MkII.

The speakers, HK amp, and Kenwood turntable all got heavily modified.

 

5fb7e3d536ce323bc1c0bcee887c176b.thumb.jpg.6ef765e95cff8b23b6ec3a87ee598112.jpg

jbl-l310.thumb.jpg.d8281a68d1b83571b01aabeec50aed14.jpg

9618558_orig.thumb.jpg.7f3e7e59f1728864c00181cfdae2d1f2.jpg

The HK Citation 12 (above and below) was dual-mono.  Its chassis and transformers became the basis for years of experimentation and reach among the Hovland gang--in the two decades before we became an official company with our own products.

Cit12-2.jpg.f625641f59b8cd94864a87cfe3a916b1.jpg

715900-dual_701_turntable.thumb.jpg.6e21ec1248e81565dc54b34c5701d62a.jpg

 

Marantz_20B.JPG.5da2776be0eba347a5c36683ebc7a5e2.JPG

I still have my Marantz 20B tuner in walnut case.  Dick Sequerra designed--and custom tweaked by Bob Hovland.  Considered one of the best sounding tuners in the world. (And its for sale! $1,250 plus shipping.)  No radio stations worth listening to where I live.

 

Innovative-Audio-Nakamichi-600-front-left.thumb.jpg.77c43616a1c2a1d440897d9c9abc3955.jpg

 

20171105_115111.thumb.jpg.c57ee060cc967eacebd1d2776433f327.jpg

 

marantzmodel18.jpg.efc4e5f1c9f8f54ebdad751450e6946b.jpg

This was American-made Marantz at its finest.  I also have the even better Model 19 (seen below).  It too works and looks perfect (I use it daily in our workshop and is for sale ($1,600).  These are heavy beasts.

 

This pic is from my media vestibule a few years ago (when we were short for space I turned it into a bookkeeping office for a part-time hire.)

P1080848.jpg.54cce40fdbbd74bc11db6a54aeec7436.jpg 

I had a Citation 12 for years. l bought it as a kit. When I worked for Fujitsu Semiconductor, I replaced the bipolar output transistors (2n3055s IIRC) with FETs made by Fujitsu. The Citation 12 sounded much better with the FETs.

 

As for your Marantz Model 20 tuner, there are no FM stations in the United States period worth listening to. They are all so heavily compressed and hard limited as to be virtually unlistenable on good equipment. I was in Boston a couple of years ago, and I figured that the Boston classical station WCRB would probably sound good because they have what is probably the highest-FI of any Internet Radio Station with their 192 Kbps mp3 streaming, but their FM signal did not impress. 

 

I too have a highly regarded FM tuner, the fabulous Yamaha T-85. It sets in a closet, forelorne and unused because there hasn’t been any FM worth listening to in decades. When I bought it, this was not the case. I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area at the time and there were three great sounding classical stations (KPEN, KKHI, and KDFC) as well as a great jazz station, KJAZ.

 

KPEN, KKHI, and KJAZ are gone now, and KDFC has become a mere shadow of it’s former self. I live in the Reno Nevada area now. When I first moved here in 2015, there was no classical music or jazz station here but two years ago, station KNCJ went on the air, it plays classical during the week and Jazz on weekends. I have my car radio tuned to it perpetually, and I am thankful that we have such a station (many much larger radio markets have no classical music FM or jazz FM for that matter). Unfortunately, it too sounds extremely mediocre.

 

 

 

 

 

 


George

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

After a few years I moved on to my next system in a number of stages, ending up with the below.

  • Linn LP12 + LVX arm + Linn Basic Cartridge
  • Mission Cyrus One
  • Musical Fidelity MC-2 

560ec2a313bdad6a31aef52552d8a626.jpg

cyrus one 1 2.jpg

a.jpg


 Innuos Zenith SE (Roon Core) > Curious USB/Upton ISO REGEN +LPS-1/USPCB> Chord Hugo TT > ATC SCM 40A

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The next move was a big step-up in sound quality thanks to the amazing PT Anniversary. I so regret selling it now!

  • Pink Triangle - Anniversary + Roksan Tabriz t + Shure VST-V 
  • Marantz CD63
  • Audiolab 8000C & 8000P
  • SD Acoustics SD-3

 

anniversary.jpg

7842-marantz-cd-63.jpg

Audiolab-8000C-8.jpg

origin-live-ol1.jpg


 Innuos Zenith SE (Roon Core) > Curious USB/Upton ISO REGEN +LPS-1/USPCB> Chord Hugo TT > ATC SCM 40A

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

George, I'll take that T-85 off your hands.


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is what I grew up with as a kiddy, ours had no autochanger:

 

2002_1635736.jpg

 

Mum loved music, bought records by the score - everything from Supraphon imports to all the current hits on 45s, all the good stuff happening in the mid 60's ...


Frank

 

http://artofaudioconjuring.blogspot.com/

 

 

Ahhh, Mankind ... Porsche intellect, Trabant emotions ...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...