Thread: To all you audiophiles out there

gNarbowski - 7/18/2011 at 11:29 PM

What kind of equipment are you using for your main stereo? I'm rocking a Marantz 2270 with some JBL L26's. Man music has sounded this good since my last concert.


spacemonkey - 7/19/2011 at 12:21 AM

Jbls are great. I have a set of 4208's in my home studio as the main monitors.
I had to replace the bass cones when I was recording loud feedback guitar and
mistakenly left them on. Doh!

marantz makes great stuff , nice rig! I drive my JBLs with an alesis ra 100 power amp

My main listening is with a Jolida 40 watt tube amp driving Infiniti SM-125s. other stuff in the rack are a NAD HD CD Player, Music Hall MM5.1 Turntable,with a Bellari VP-120 tube Preamp, Onkyo dual tape deck, an ADC Soundshaper Graphic eq is used to switch those sources. So I can record both CDs and vinyl to tape. I have a Onkyo ipod doc and a Apple airport express with AirTunes directly connected to the Jolida. A ProJect headphone amp for a set of Sennheiser headphones connected to the phono preamp.



In my home office I have a mac mini hooked up to a sherwood S-2730C driving a pair of Bose 2.1 speakers. This shares my Itunes library over my home network. (wired and wireless)

My home entertainment center is a technics 5.1 receiver driving Infiniti speakers, oppo dvd player, sony dvd-r, pioneer Laserdisc,sony VHS deck,DirectTV reciever and a 37 " sony Vega TV.



Good thing I am single, I would not have room for all this stuff if I had a family!



[Edited on 7/19/2011 by spacemonkey]


gNarbowski - 7/19/2011 at 01:02 AM

I really enjoy the combination of the marantz and jbl. I've only had them for a few weeks and have a marantz 6100 record player in the mail. Can't wait to get it set up. Should be here in time to get me ready for the 27th.



How do you like that tube amp? I need to get one sometime without breaking the bank. Your setup looks nice too man.

quote:
Jbls are great. I have a set of 4208's in my home studio as the main monitors.
I had to replace the bass cones when I was recording loud feedback guitar and
mistakenly left them on. Doh!

marantz makes great stuff , nice rig! I drive my JBLs with an alesis ra 100 power amp

My main listening is with a Jolida 40 watt tube amp driving Infiniti SM-125s. other stuff in the rack are a NAD HD CD Player, Music Hall MM5.1 Turntable,with a Bellari VP-120 tube Preamp, Onkyo dual tape deck, an ADC Soundshaper Graphic eq is used to switch those sources. So I can record both CDs and vinyl to tape. I have a Onkyo ipod doc and a Apple airport express with AirTunes directly connected to the Jolida. A ProJect headphone amp for a set of Sennheiser headphones connected to the phono preamp.



In my home office I have a mac mini hooked up to a sherwood S-2730C driving a pair of Bose 2.1 speakers. This shares my Itunes library over my home network. (wired and wireless)

My home entertainment center is a technics 5.1 receiver driving Infiniti speakers, oppo dvd player, sony dvd-r, pioneer Laserdisc,sony VHS deck,DirectTV reciever and a 37 " sony Vega TV.



Good thing I am single, I would not have room for all this stuff if I had a family!



[Edited on 7/19/2011 by spacemonkey]


bird72 - 7/19/2011 at 01:13 AM

Yes Marantz!

here is what my future rack system will go in, I got it free from a scrap pile, rack cabinet.


my only good gear besides turntable

I have two, one will get rack mounted

for rack mount power and preamp and equalizer??? plenty of time to decide since no $$$ I have my beater stuff now.


gNarbowski - 7/19/2011 at 01:27 AM

What kind of turntable do you have. I was so close to buying a Thorens but decided i could use some new ski's instead.


sibwlkr - 7/19/2011 at 03:24 PM

Well right now my rig in stowage, but hopefully I'll soon be retrieving it. My amp is a 60 watt Jolida tube integrated, with an Onkyo CD changer and Madisound AR speakers on Paradigm stands, all hooked together with Audioquest interconnect and speaker wires. What I'm looking to do in the future is to replace my speakers with either a pair of Large Advents or Klipsch Heresys, and my Onkyo with another Jolida 100A CD player (hate having to sell that one). Also, when I get a few more coins ahead is to purchase a McIntosh 1700 Receiver (Solid State Amp w/ Tube Tuner) and bi-amp my speakers.


Benjamin - 7/19/2011 at 04:46 PM

My stuff doesn't even come close to audiophile....but....

Have a two channel Onkyo - high current - receiver, I don't remember the model number right now.
I like Onkyo (in general) due to their low THD specs with reasonable price.
Also have an Onkyo 5 disc CD changer that I recently took apart and cleaned the laser lens and rails.

Speakers are Cerwin Vega High Energy Designs that I bought in 1978 (that's not a typo)
I've refoamed, reconed, and changed the tweeters over the years - still sound great to me.
They're two way - with 15" woofers and (at least originally) 103 db sensitivity.....loud and clear.

That's in the living room.

Down in the finished basement....there's a home theater centered around a 135" diagonal retractable screen and a 720P Optima projector driven by Blue Ray......but that's a whole other topic....


spacemonkey - 7/19/2011 at 05:20 PM

quote:
Well right now my rig in stowage, but hopefully I'll soon be retrieving it. My amp is a 60 watt Jolida tube integrated, with an Onkyo CD changer and Madisound AR speakers on Paradigm stands, all hooked together with Audioquest interconnect and speaker wires. What I'm looking to do in the future is to replace my speakers with either a pair of Large Advents or Klipsch Heresys, and my Onkyo with another Jolida 100A CD player (hate having to sell that one). Also, when I get a few more coins ahead is to purchase a McIntosh 1700 Receiver (Solid State Amp w/ Tube Tuner) and bi-amp my speakers.


I like the Highs and mids on the Infiniti SM125s but the bass is a bit boomy, don't like ported bass in general. I have the port stuffed with old socks and that helps some
as does cutting the bass with the EQ.

So one thing I would change if I can find the right deal is replace them with some air suspension speakers. The Heresy is one I have looked at, in fact I just saw some on clearance but the price was still too high for current cash reserves. The problem is most air suspension speakers have 6 inch or smaller woofers. I like a big woofer; a 10 or 12 at least. The Heresy is one that has a big woofer in a Air Suspension Cabinette.

My one concern about Klispch is the support. I had a Klispch 2.1 system on my office computer and it blew a channel when one of speaker wire connectors on the monster cable upgrade,that THEY sold me, came loose and blew the output drivers on one satellite channel and fried one of the satellite speakers.

They insist that a short didn't blow the channel when in fact it did, and would not honor the warranty. Weasels




[Edited on 7/19/2011 by spacemonkey]


spacemonkey - 7/19/2011 at 11:00 PM

quote:

How do you like that tube amp? I need to get one sometime without breaking the bank. Your setup looks nice too man.


I like the Jolida JD202 Tube Amp very much, thanks to Fred (Sibwlkr) for the recommendation.

It didn't sound very convincing at lower volumes until the tubes had burned in a bit, now that they have it sounds great at any volume.

40 watts is plenty to drive the Infiniti SM125


hughduty - 7/20/2011 at 12:48 AM

I have a Kenwood power amp & cd player w/a Sony Turntable & killer Infinity speakers...


sibwlkr - 7/20/2011 at 03:35 PM

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The Heresy is one I have looked at, in fact I just saw some on clearance but the price was still too high for current cash reserves. The problem is most air suspension speakers have 6 inch or smaller woofers. I like a big woofer; a 10 or 12 at least. The Heresy is one that has a big woofer in a Air Suspension Cabinette.


Hey John,

I don't know why you don't buy used. Almost all my equipment I have bought used off of the Audiogon site, and for buying audio equipment it's a BIG STEP above E-Bay and Craigslist. Matter of fact I was just visiting over there and saw two listings for original Heresy's (the ones actually manufactured in Hope, AK instead of China) price around $460 a pair. Btw, speakers with horns marry very well with tube amps.


Chain - 7/20/2011 at 04:25 PM

Spacemonkey,

I'm not sure what I consider more impressive in that first photo, the stereo system or that porn collection directly behind it. I admire a man who stores his collection in full view as compared with a coward such as myself who's significant other insists on me hiding it away from public view.


gNarbowski - 7/20/2011 at 07:50 PM

quote:
Spacemonkey,

I'm not sure what I consider more impressive in that first photo, the stereo system or that porn collection directly behind it. I admire a man who stores his collection in full view as compared with a coward such as myself who's significant other insists on me hiding it away from public view.


Nice observation there buddy. Just got my turntable in the mail today and when I got off work today I listened to Nat King Cole's Unforgivable box set with my grandmother. An awesome experience and memory that neither of us will forget.


spacemonkey - 7/20/2011 at 07:57 PM

quote:
Spacemonkey,

I'm not sure what I consider more impressive in that first photo, the stereo system or that porn collection directly behind it. I admire a man who stores his collection in full view as compared with a coward such as myself who's significant other insists on me hiding it away from public view.


hah hah

mostly music shows and movies I recorded.

the internet is for porn, dontchknow!


spacemonkey - 7/20/2011 at 08:16 PM

quote:
quote:
The Heresy is one I have looked at, in fact I just saw some on clearance but the price was still too high for current cash reserves. The problem is most air suspension speakers have 6 inch or smaller woofers. I like a big woofer; a 10 or 12 at least. The Heresy is one that has a big woofer in a Air Suspension Cabinette.


Hey John,

I don't know why you don't buy used. Almost all my equipment I have bought used off of the Audiogon site, and for buying audio equipment it's a BIG STEP above E-Bay and Craigslist. Matter of fact I was just visiting over there and saw two listings for original Heresy's (the ones actually manufactured in Hope, AK instead of China) price around $460 a pair. Btw, speakers with horns marry very well with tube amps.


I got the NAD CD Player at auidoliquidators.com. Good deals there.
Looked at some NHT speakers there yesterday. can't decide between
the system three bookshelf or the floor standing unit with the sub build it.

They resell stuff they got at bankruptcy sales of dealers and distributors. Oh the carnage!

The tube stuff and the turntable I paid retail at galen caroll's shop on the internet
Http://gcaudio.com/ If you call him up he will haggle. I didn't pay the listed
price for the Music Hall turntable. shhhhh don't tell anyone!

the infinit's sm 125s came off a old dolby surround receiver, that sherwood receiver is driving the bose 2.1 off my office computer that were the surround speakers on that system.
The sound shaper came from that dobly surround systems also.

That dobly system was replaced by the techiques/infiniti 5.1 system in the picture.

So I do reuse stuff a lot. A few friends have some old stereo systems I used to own.

I usually hold on to old gear for parts or to give to someone that has a need.

you should see all the computers in my office Doh!

The only problem with used is you never know what you are getting, bought a nikon 4004 used, to replace my 4004 that was busted, and this one came with a busted clasp and the film canister would not stay closed. The seller, of course, blamed me. I ended up buying an 8008 used, that was OK.

That is why I prefer discount dealers and liquidators you know you are getting new stuff with a warranty. not that warranty helped when the Klipsch 2.1 box blew up. grrrrrrr

good to see you posting more Fred!








[Edited on 7/20/2011 by spacemonkey]


alanwoods - 7/20/2011 at 08:29 PM

I have a Yamaha amp that is pretty old. A Yamaha tape deck that is from the early '80s (expensive as hell then, DBX noise reduction...), Yamaha CD changer that isn't as old as the amp, and a pair of Heresys...

Can you even get the old style Klipsch speakers these days?


gNarbowski - 7/20/2011 at 10:16 PM

quote:
I have a Yamaha amp that is pretty old. A Yamaha tape deck that is from the early '80s (expensive as hell then, DBX noise reduction...), Yamaha CD changer that isn't as old as the amp, and a pair of Heresys...

Can you even get the old style Klipsch speakers these days?


I've heard great reviews about those speakers. I was very close to buying a pair but didn't. One of these days i'll get my hands on a pair.


PhotoRon286 - 7/21/2011 at 12:44 AM

Marantz 2226 receiver driving a pair of JBL CF 120's.

BSR graphic equalizer, Sony component CD burner, Sony dual cassette dubbing deck.

Technics turntable connected to computer for transferring vinyl to CD.


fsducati - 7/21/2011 at 01:47 AM

I use a pre-amp and amp by B & K (Ref 70 pre 5000 (amp) that drive NHT 2.9 front and rear speakers, NHT center AC-1 and th big SA3 sub with a NHT sub amp. Denon CD player that plays all formats of surround music. (Got to have it for Fillmore East, EAP and Layla in surround) Pre amp will process AC3 and DTS is built into the the side wall of the audio/video room. I am looking to get a new DVD/Blue Ray player in the next 6 months or so. I may move to Theta Digital in the next year or so.
Spacemonkey how is your sound stage with the speakers so close?
To the guy with to much bass try moving them away from the rear and side walls it may help and take away the bloat.


PhotoRon286 - 7/21/2011 at 01:51 AM

quote:
I really enjoy the combination of the marantz and jbl. I've only had them for a few weeks and have a marantz 6100 record player in the mail. Can't wait to get it set up. Should be here in time to get me ready for the 27th.



How do you like that tube amp? I need to get one sometime without breaking the bank. Your setup looks nice too man.
quote:
Jbls are great. I have a set of 4208's in my home studio as the main monitors.
I had to replace the bass cones when I was recording loud feedback guitar and
mistakenly left them on. Doh!

marantz makes great stuff , nice rig! I drive my JBLs with an alesis ra 100 power amp

My main listening is with a Jolida 40 watt tube amp driving Infiniti SM-125s. other stuff in the rack are a NAD HD CD Player, Music Hall MM5.1 Turntable,with a Bellari VP-120 tube Preamp, Onkyo dual tape deck, an ADC Soundshaper Graphic eq is used to switch those sources. So I can record both CDs and vinyl to tape. I have a Onkyo ipod doc and a Apple airport express with AirTunes directly connected to the Jolida. A ProJect headphone amp for a set of Sennheiser headphones connected to the phono preamp.



In my home office I have a mac mini hooked up to a sherwood S-2730C driving a pair of Bose 2.1 speakers. This shares my Itunes library over my home network. (wired and wireless)

My home entertainment center is a technics 5.1 receiver driving Infiniti speakers, oppo dvd player, sony dvd-r, pioneer Laserdisc,sony VHS deck,DirectTV reciever and a 37 " sony Vega TV.



Good thing I am single, I would not have room for all this stuff if I had a family!



[Edited on 7/19/2011 by spacemonkey]



First equalizer I owned was an ADC Sound Shaper II.

I sold it and got the BSR since the ADC wouldn't let me EQ my recordings, just the playback.


hughduty - 7/21/2011 at 02:49 AM

quote:
I have a Yamaha amp that is pretty old. A Yamaha tape deck that is from the early '80s (expensive as hell then, DBX noise reduction...), Yamaha CD changer that isn't as old as the amp, and a pair of Heresys...

Can you even get the old style Klipsch speakers these days?



I have Klipsch speakers & sub woofer on my PC & they sound amazing,...


punknseed - 7/21/2011 at 11:01 AM

quote:
What kind of equipment are you using for your main stereo? I'm rocking a Marantz 2270 with some JBL L26's. Man music has sounded this good since my last concert.


I have a Marantz 2275, with Bic Venturi speakers. Bought it in 1976.


I have a pair of 1956 Altec Lansing Super Duplex 601a loudspeakers, with the crossovers, for that "voice of the theatre sound"
The real deal, Kinda rare, like new, for sale, if anyone is interested.


PhotoRon286 - 7/21/2011 at 05:04 PM

quote:
quote:
What kind of equipment are you using for your main stereo? I'm rocking a Marantz 2270 with some JBL L26's. Man music has sounded this good since my last concert.


I have a Marantz 2275, with Bic Venturi speakers. Bought it in 1976.


I have a pair of 1956 Altec Lansing Super Duplex 601a loudspeakers, with the crossovers, for that "voice of the theatre sound"
The real deal, Kinda rare, like new, for sale, if anyone is interested.


I bet shipping might be costly.


Snuckley - 7/21/2011 at 09:32 PM

Marantz 2270 is smooth, still running one from 1973 along with a 1973 HarmonKardon Citation 16 for bigger jobs, with a modern not so hot Carver preamp into Vandersteen 2Ce (laid back). Still have 3 open reel decks from the tape trading days. Teac X-2000R is king. When I need my "FIX" I stroll on over to my "barn" and spin a disc through 3 Crown CE-2000's and their processor into EAW 3 way tops over their 18" subs for the full body experience. It was my frustration with my home system not blowing back my hair that pointed me to sound reinforcement as a "stereo" , sound terrible at low levels but a definite chest crusher turned up in the medium space it occupies. You should hear them turned up to Eleven... As above, you can't beat the great value/quality/sound of some older gear. Only sad part is all the stereo stores closing and repair guys retiring in this throw away electronic market.


spacemonkey - 7/21/2011 at 10:21 PM

quote:

First equalizer I owned was an ADC Sound Shaper II.

I sold it and got the BSR since the ADC wouldn't let me EQ my recordings, just the playback.


I have the ADC Sound Shaper Ten-IC. I traded in a Shaper II for it.
got that and a Dual quartz lock turntable. I gave that to some girl, wish I still had it.
I switched to a linear tracking turn table that died in my last move.

The ADC Soundshaper Ten-IC has a Line/record switch you can either EQ the playback from the source or EQ the send going to the tape decks. Also a bypass switch to take the EQ out entirely. I usually do that with the NAD HD CD player, it is very accurate. It has sends and returns for 2 tape decks.



[Edited on 7/21/2011 by spacemonkey]


brofan - 7/21/2011 at 10:30 PM

quote:
quote:
I have a Yamaha amp that is pretty old. A Yamaha tape deck that is from the early '80s (expensive as hell then, DBX noise reduction...), Yamaha CD changer that isn't as old as the amp, and a pair of Heresys...

Can you even get the old style Klipsch speakers these days?


I've heard great reviews about those speakers. I was very close to buying a pair but didn't. One of these days i'll get my hands on a pair.


I have Klipsch Quintet surround speakers, and they rock.

You oughta check this deal out - it's a STEAL, $467 off, NEW -

http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-Quintet-Theater-System-Black/dp/B0011YZ018/re f=sr_1_17?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1311287169&sr=1-17


And I love JBLs too - I have a JBL surround system as my backup and my first REAL speakers were L88s which I bought in '75 and then converted to L100s, which are CLASSICS - by adding the mid-range myself. I still have 'em.


spacemonkey - 7/21/2011 at 10:33 PM

quote:

Spacemonkey how is your sound stage with the speakers so close?


I can move the left speaker further left when playing music, it is where it is in the picture so
the cleaning lady can get through the doorway to clean. The room is long and narrow with a stone floor covered with a rug. It is wider in the middle than the ends.

The sound is good throughout the room. the sweet spot is about 8 feet in front of the rack. You can correct for the room as well as the source with a graphic EQ.

or I just use the Sennheiser headphones. especially at night.
My neighbor gets up early.


spacemonkey - 7/21/2011 at 10:52 PM

quote:

I've got an ADC Sound Shaper! I successfully EQ'd my recordings pre-recording, but the problem with that lies with the fact that if you then play back the tape using a different stereo with different speakers in a room with different acoustics, you might not like what you hear. I found that out pretty quick, and stopped doing that.



I would make tapes of LP records for the car, and Eq them for that environment.
You can see a big case of tapes next to the right speaker in the picture.


punknseed - 7/22/2011 at 10:42 AM



quote:
I bet shipping might be costly.


No doubt. Those suckers are heavy. I planned on building a home theater using them and a tube amps. One more thing I planned to do, and didn't.


sibwlkr - 7/22/2011 at 11:15 AM

quote:
Can you even get the old style Klipsch speakers these days?


Yes you can, the Heresy, La Scala, Klipschhorn are a part of their Heritage line of speakers.


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