Thread: Stereo equipment

nebish - 3/22/2020 at 06:38 AM

Wondering what you guys have, sure there is lots of good vintage equipment in use.

I have my very first stereo, circa 1988, a Sears LXI in the garage, I still like it alot. It plays through some 1990s Fisher speakers with large woofers. The original speakers I trashed in high school. But I do tend to keep and use stuff a long time.

In the house I have my Denon circa 1995 played through some Boston Acoustics of approximately the same age, I could probably use a sub, but a lot of the time it is fine without it.

thetoweringfool - 3/22/2020 at 12:31 PM

Oh yeah, now weíre talking! Iím an obsessive when it comes to gear. I stared getting serious when my vinyl collection grew into a respectable collection. My tirst good piece was a Sansui 1000a... plugged my lil Technics knockoff table into its phono stage.... then scored a pair of Polk Monitor 10s to drive. Needless to say...this was mind blowing coming from a Crosley box player lol. Sansui had a bit of a hum... so a grabbed a beautiful Luxman 1040, great receiver! Eventually I became intrigued with tube gear and this is when I go broke. Once I discovered valve-state it was all she wrote. After my first dynaco knockoff push-pull el34 and stand-alone phono-stage (Bellari 130 pushing ADS L520s) I discovered Single-Ended amps with their glorious black backgrounds and lush midrange. Btw...if u can score a pair of ADS L520s youíll never regret it, tremendous bookshelves! Anyway...i saved and hustled and purchased my dream amp: Councident Dynamo mkii. 8 watts per channel of pure velvet. Upgraded phono stage to Parks Audio Budgie hybrid. Current turntable is a tricked -out SOTA Comet w Rega tonearm....high output moving coil cartridge. Last but not least... all these components driving a tricked-out pair of vintage Klipsch Forte IIís w custom birds-eye maple veneer. Wife-approved! Tubes+Klipsch=audio nirvana

BrerRabbit - 3/22/2020 at 05:34 PM

Wow! Those tube amps are incredible I bet. Main thing for me is air movement. I don't know the numbers and spec particulars but I went thru a couple used thrift store amps, jbl, Yamaha, sub par. Finally scored a Denon something or other amp - sounds great, found a pair of big Odyssey speakers, does the trick, I can't push it past halfway, these things are loud .

Sang - 3/22/2020 at 06:46 PM

I have a Yamaha A/V receiver, Audio Technica turntable and an Oppo DVD player (plays all my SACD's, blu-rays, etc). I still have my Bose Acoustimass speakers from the 90's - small cubes and a sub-woofer. I have Bose speakers hung from the ceiling in the back of the room, and Yamaha center speakers in the front and back. I try to buy most of my music in surround sound now, like all of the Steven Wilson remasters of Yes, Tull, King Crimson and XTC. My receiver has a 7-channel enhancer mode that I listen to most 2-channel music with (radio, albums and regular cd's). Most of my neighbors know when my wife isn't home .... beacuse it's blasting....

PhotoRon286 - 3/22/2020 at 08:20 PM

Marantz 2226B receiver, BSR (ADC) graphic equalizer, SONY CD dual player/copier, SONY dual cassette deck, Technics 1200 MK2 turntable, JBL CF 120 speakers.

BIGV - 3/22/2020 at 08:34 PM

Akai 1150 receiver, Advent loudspeakers, Audio technica turntable and a Nakamichi CD player

yankweed1 - 3/22/2020 at 10:21 PM

WENT THRU MANY PHASES OF AUDIO THRU OUT THE YEARS.. I HAVE EQT. FROM BACK IN THE DAY....TODAY ON THE FLOOR.. NO TURN TABLE......DENON INTEGRATED AMP/ YAMAHA T 80 tuner,,, Nakamichi deck,,, denon cd player... Boston Acoustics A 400....connected with hi end cables and inter connects... have tons of classic cassettes recorded years past .. from ttable to cassette , using studio eqt,, great lbrary on tape.....

thetoweringfool - 3/22/2020 at 10:49 PM

Oh man @PhotoRon286....I bet that lovely Marantz paired w the legendary 1200 is quite a combo! A titan in turntable design. Itís ALL about synergy...

bird72 - 3/22/2020 at 11:09 PM

Kind of a mutt system

Sansui AU 719 Amp
Harmon Kardor TU911 Tuner
ADC SS315 Equalizer
Pioneer PL518 Turntable
Pioneer RT909 Reel to Reel
Cerwin Vega DX53 Speakers

masbama - 3/23/2020 at 02:51 AM

My dad gave me all his dynaco kits he built plus his Marantz FM receiver and like a dumbass I threw them it for more modern stuff. I still have my Yamaha intergrated amp from 1988. Sounds great through my Boston Acoustics T-830ís

nebish - 3/23/2020 at 02:49 PM

Knew you guys would have some great stuff!!

cmgst34 - 3/23/2020 at 03:55 PM

I've got an Audio-Technica turntable plugged into a Sonos speaker, beaming to some more Sonos speakers in rooms around the house.

How's that for hi-fi!

PhotoRon286 - 3/23/2020 at 06:50 PM

Oh man @PhotoRon286....I bet that lovely Marantz paired w the legendary 1200 is quite a combo! A titan in turntable design. Itís ALL about synergy...

When I want to move some air with the JBLs it's real hard to keep the volume down, I'll say that.

heh heh.

oldcoot - 3/24/2020 at 12:05 AM

I have a Marantz 2240B amp, BIC multi-play turntable (although I've never played more than one lp at a time) and Ultralinear speakers. Bought in '76. Also have a couple of Yahama speakers tapped in too. A few indicator lamps are out on the amp but it still sounds sweet.

hwlinwulf - 3/24/2020 at 12:26 AM

I have a Kenwood receiver, Dual turntable, Pioneer dual cassette, JVC CD player , and 4 large Advent speakers.

Bill_Graham - 3/24/2020 at 06:44 PM

I have a mix of vintage and somewhat new stuff for my family room, master bedroom and office system at work. Also have a number of portable wireless speakers I use outdoors when working around the house and grilling.

Turntables:Technics SL-1210GR, SL-1700 mkII

Cartridge:Stanton 881S, 3- Pickering XSV-3000, Pickering XUV4500Q, Stanton 681EEE

Digital Front End:Oppo BDP-93

Amplification:Sansui AU-717 Integrated amp (master bedroom) & Marantz SR-7008 9.2 Receiver (Family room), Sansui 771 Receiver (office at work)

Headphone System:Bose QC35 (X2), Bose QC20, AKG K340

Speaker System:2X- Bose AM15 5.1 HT speaker systems for a 9.2 HT system, 2 pair of vintage Dynaco A35's, Realistic Minimus 7W, 2X- Bose Revolve+ portable speakers running in stereo, Bose Soundlink Mini, 2X- Bose Soundlink Micro running in stereo, Bose SoundDock10

Other Accessoriesanasonic TX-P65VT50 Plasma TV

If I ever get to retire, and have any money left from putting my two daughters through college, I would love to get a nice tube stereo amp as I love the warmth of tubes.

[Edited on 3/24/2020 by Bill_Graham]

[Edited on 3/24/2020 by Bill_Graham]

DigDug - 3/24/2020 at 08:18 PM

This thread brings back many good memories. I bought my first stereo way back in 1986. I still use the same Yamaha A-700 amp, and Klipsch KG4 speakers. Back in the old days before you could get a CD player in your car I also had a Nakamichi tape deck, but the motor burned out on it long ago. By that time I finally had a car CD player, so no more need to make copies of everything. I've been through a bunch of CD players through the years, but have a Yamaha 5-Disc changer currently. I can still remember the first time I hooked everything up and played that first CD. One of the happiest days of my life. With many more to follow!

robslob - 3/25/2020 at 01:11 AM

I recently upgraded my dinosaur system for $350 and couldn't be happier!

Started over a year back with a Samsung soundbar ($150) and it came with a wireless subwoofer which sits all the way across the room. That was a Costco on-line purchase.

Then only a month ago I realized it was way past time to upgrade my Panasonic DVD player because it was 19 years old and EVERY DVD skipped. So I went to Best Buy and got a Sony BlueRay/DVD player for only $70. It's got wireless so I am finally out of the dark ages.

When I tried to hook it up though I was puzzled. It's got only HDMI cable connections and my soundbar has only one HDMI input which was already taken by the cable TV box. Oh Sh*t! Couldn't go through my ancient Technics receiver/amp either because it's got only ports for the old round cables, no HDMI.

Back to Best Buy, problem solved. Salesman knew exactly what to do and for another $130 I was up and running. He sold me an HDMI four port switching box and two more HDMI cables. Now both the DVD and the cable TV box are channeled through the soundbar via the HDMI switching box.

For $350 I'm a happy camper! Technics receiver still works great for playing CD's. And I can now watch YouTubes on my old Toshiba 32" HD flat screen and I didn't even have to upgrade to a smart TV. Toshiba has a great picture so why not keep using it?

nebish - 3/25/2020 at 03:35 AM

Now if we really want to take the thread up a notch people start posting photos!

thetoweringfool - 3/25/2020 at 11:30 AM

^ehats the easiest way to post photos? Oh yeah....for my headphone rig: NAD 533 turntable (Rega P2 clone); Graham Slee Gram Amp 2 Special Edition phono pre; Schiit LYR 2 (6922 tube/Solid State hybrid) headphone amp pushing Sennheiser HD600 cans....

BillyEddins - 3/27/2020 at 08:53 PM

GE am fm radio. Mono earphone, 1963
Panasonic 1970
Sansui with Bose speakers 1978
Yamaha since.
Outside . Phillips CD player and blood tooth from iPad.
Also Sony tv. Inside and outside with sources.

Wayne - 3/28/2020 at 01:34 AM

Technics SA-202 receiver
Technics SL-D20 direct drive turntable, Audio Technics AT211EP cartridge
Technics SL-PD665 compact disc changer
Bose 401 tower speakers (loud time)
Advent mini bookshelf speakers (quiet time, and both pair sound great together, nice bottom from the reflecting Bose and sharp highs from the Advents)

The new ABB Trouble No More vinyl box set sounds great on this system too!

[Edited on 3/28/2020 by Wayne]

Wayne - 3/28/2020 at 01:35 AM

Hey Billy Eddins! Hope you are doing well my friend.

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