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Title: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on December 23, 2010, 04:07:56 AM
First off a link to a blog so I don't have to retype all that...lol Very Happy

http://kcsstereorestoration.blogspot.com/ (http://kcsstereorestoration.blogspot.com/)

If you read the link I think you will get the idea. And it truly is an obsession. Music and a vintage Sansui 771 to deliver the sound. Any one know how to resort the posts in a blogspot blog so the oldest is first. It's annoying trying to go through that thing backwards just so it makes sense?  :head:

The total system right now is: A Sansui 771 receiver with a Dual 1228 turntable my father purchased new in 1976, Denon DCM260 five disk cd changer that I added in 1997, two Heathkit AS-1373 main speakers also my father's that he bought and he and I built in 1976, two Paradigm Monitor 3se speakers that I just purchased this week to make the computer room in the basement more pleasant, Monster XP speaker wire to all speakers, and Monster interconnects piping the signal from the Denon to the Sansui. The Dual is not working right now but you have to read the blog to find out why. The system restoration is going to be my winter project and when finished will not really be finished.  :dunno: That's because when you are obsessed with music and listening the way I am, you keep working and adding to the system or building another. It just never stops.  :2tu:

Here is a teaser pic of the heart of the system:

(http://s3.postimage.org/294iunk90/12192010_0003ed.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/294iunk90/)


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: davew on December 23, 2010, 06:29:03 PM
very interesting


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: joncallihan on December 24, 2010, 01:02:08 AM
Unfortunately, it seems that the "modern software engineers" think that the most RECENT thing is the only thing that matters.  I'm an old time (call that ancient) programmer (back in the day when user friendly meant programmer difficult) and it annoys me beyond belief.  If you stumble on a way to "resort" blog entries from first to last, please post it here in REALLY BIG LETTERS.  Thanks. :groucho:


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on December 24, 2010, 01:33:43 AM
Unfortunately, it seems that the "modern software engineers" think that the most RECENT thing is the only thing that matters.  I'm an old time (call that ancient) programmer (back in the day when user friendly meant programmer difficult) and it annoys me beyond belief.  If you stumble on a way to "resort" blog entries from first to last, please post it here in REALLY BIG LETTERS.  Thanks. :groucho:

If I do find a way to resort the blog I'll be posting it here and might even shout it from the mountain top. The blog would just make more sense if I could sort it the way I am writing. :head: Feel like that guy the way it looks right now.  :plaugh:


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on December 24, 2010, 06:15:22 AM
A little update here, I did find a solution on line for resorting the posts to a blogspot blog. Basically you can go in and change the date or time of each post to get them in the order you want. Problem is you have to do each individual post.  :head:

Maybe when I am farther along in the blog and have some time to waste. Not worth all the work right now. Check out the link.

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2006/11/changing-post-date.html (http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2006/11/changing-post-date.html)


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on December 26, 2010, 10:04:57 PM
Anyone have a nice vintage cassette deck they are willing to part with. Prefer Akai, JVC, Pioneer, or HK from the late 70's or early 80's wiith Dolby B. Other than that not a lot of specs that it has to have. Just be nice and cleans up well. If it needs a little work well I have people who do that.  :2tu:

Oh and Denon cassette decks like the DRM-800 from the 90's work for me too as long as they are in decent shape.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2010, 01:55:49 AM
I know this doesn't help you but only a few years ago I had a real nice dual deck cassette player.  My musician roommate used to borrow it at times for recording.  Got rid of it when I finally ditched my old system, a Kenwood amp and receiver.  Still have the tower Marantz and Sherwood speakers sitting in my basement.  One of the Marantz has a short and sound okay at normal levels but the Sherwood sound beautiful.  I dismantled my old rack system to go simple but sometimes miss the old mountain of hardware.  Good luck with your system.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on December 29, 2010, 03:40:04 AM
Don't give up on that Marantz speaker, it's probably a better speaker than 90 percent of what is built today. Find a good speaker repair shop, if you don't know one I do. Unfortunately he is in Louisville, Ky. Shipping or taking it there is going to cost.  :dunno:

I just lost out on two auctions on ebay yesterday for tape decks. One was a 1976 or 1977 vintage Akai that looked like it just came out of the box and the other was a top notch Denon. Unfortunately not too many cassette decks are being built now because of cds but I want one for my big old cassette collection and to also record my vinyl so I don't wear out my original records. Guess there is a better cassette deck heading my way if I missed on those two.  :clap:

Oh and I only go for single cassette decks, the duals just never were my thing.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2010, 04:01:15 AM
I used to make a lot of mixed tapes so having the dual deck was a must for me.

Have you considered burning the music from your vinyl to a disc instead of tape?

I'd rather not hang onto the speakers anymore.  Both sets are towers and I just don't like the bulk anymore... but those Sherwoods are really sweet.  Not sure I want to pack them up for the move to Boston.

I have a Yamaha theater system in the man cave, it sounds good.  The bookcase speakers at the front are decent but the rear speakers are only okay at best.  That's okay they are really only there for ambient noise in a movie.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on December 29, 2010, 05:54:23 AM
I've looked into going to digital with the vinyl. The sound is good but some of the warm tone seems to get lost in the process. The other problem with tape is that parts and new tapes are getting tough to find. But I'm too much of an old fart to let that bother me.  :whistle:

Looked at a nice reel to reel setup the other day and would have gone for it if I had enough green. Too bad Kentucky is not on your route to Boston or I might try to get you to drop those Marantz speakers off here. Maybe the Sherwoods too.  :2tu: I'm just really getting back into older stereo equipment. I have added and will continue to add some newer stuff to my stereo. My newest part now is my speaker switch, before that it was my Denon cd player which is actually almost 14 now.  :laugh:


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2010, 03:22:54 PM
Good luck with your build KC!  Keep us posted in this thread how things are moving along.  I would have gladly donated the Marantz speakers were we closer.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on December 30, 2010, 08:52:42 PM
Well I reglued the dust cap on my Paradigm last night and then let the glue cure over night. Too bad the odor didn't disipate. :laugh: Kind of stinky here in the basement right now but the speaker sounds great and that little buzzing sound is history.  :clap:

I'm not really sure where I would put a pair of Marantz towers so it's probably just as well I can't get to them.  :laugh:

Oh and I just added a vintage Akai cassette deck to my collection. Pics coming as soon as it arrives. I'm having too much fun with this winter project.. nawwww one can never have too much fun.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: Dan on December 30, 2010, 11:13:06 PM
I'm not really sure where I would put a pair of Marantz towers so it's probably just as well I can't get to them.  :laugh:

Yeah, they are big suckers! Very Happy


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on January 01, 2011, 09:58:02 PM
My little red cocker spaniel seems to really like the stereo in the living room and those Heathkit speakers do sound nice. Look at her snoozing away.
(http://s4.postimage.org/2q5ejkqsk/DSC_5993.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/2q5ejkqsk/)


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on January 08, 2011, 04:48:53 AM
Well some updates to the blog I have been keeping. The biggest one is my "new" tape deck. A 1979 vintage Akai with those famed glass/ferite heads.

Not on the blog yet but soon to be the subject of a few posts is that next Wednesday the receiver is going in for it's checkup and cleanup. This will be a long three week wait and sure to spark some posts to the blog with pictures of empty whiskey bottes and beer bottles.  :laugh: It's going to be tough living with just the Bose Wave to make music, but I should be able to survive.  :clap: Maybe?  :dunno:

Praying for some decent riding weather as we speak.  :2tu:


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: Dan on January 08, 2011, 05:36:29 AM
Cool KC.  I just sold my what I thought originally were Sherwood speakers turned out to be a Yamaha set.

(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u179/wisart/For%20Sale/yam1.jpg)

They sold in about fifteen minutes.

Here are the Marantz I'm having trouble selling

(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u179/wisart/For%20Sale/mar1.jpg)


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on January 08, 2011, 06:58:31 PM
I can see the yammie logo in the pics of those speakers. Very nice and quite cherry looking too. I'm not suprised they sold fast. The Marantz speakers look very nice too and are more of a vintage set so you might need to look some where like AudioKarma where a lot of vintage seekers like myself hang out. Even if they do need some work I am sure someone there will be interested. The site has thousands of members and a good place to try. Contact the mods and see if there is some way you can either quickly join up or post in a non-members area. I'm a newbie on that site and still trying to find all the stuff it has to offer. They might be able to direct you to another site where you can post them as well. Good luck, I am sure they will sell if advertised in the right places.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: Dan on January 08, 2011, 07:02:10 PM
Thanks for the tip KC.

I was thinking of you yesterday when I was searching craigslist and found this item...

http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/ele/2148628304.html (http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/ele/2148628304.html)


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on January 08, 2011, 07:08:27 PM
That's a nice one, I have actually looked at several receivers in the Sherwood 7xxx line. They are very well made, good sounding (warm), and a nice buy for the money. That one is a bit more powerful than what I want. The 7100 to 7250 are the ones with the power I am looking for. It looks cherry though, bet it sounds great.

Good thing it's so far away from me, I don't need to spend the money right now. My Sansui is going in next week for cleaning and so forth. That's where my money is going for now.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on January 20, 2011, 03:58:52 AM
Good news, I was in the repair shop today taking the tape deck in for work. While I was there they told me they were almost done with my receiver, much earlier than expected. Still some tests to do but it might be done by Friday or Monday.  :2tu: :clap:

It's going to be great to have the music going again.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: SilverBullet on January 22, 2011, 09:04:02 PM
Very Interesting!! Years ago I had a "Portable" Teac reel to reel. Thing weighed a ton, But it had its own built in speakers so you could plug & play anywhere. Or plug it into your home unit.
Here is what I have in my Man Cave yet today. A set of Kenwood KW 660's I bought used from a fellow used back around 1974. I bought his whole unit. Which was pretty much JVC.
These speakers sound GR8! Yet today. They have "partied" themselves through the decades well. I can remember living @ the end of a dead end rd with the closest neighbor a quarter mile away. We would close up the bars & come to my place Set a campfire & drag out the speakers out on the porch & let them rip!
As you can see in the back there is 4 tone ajustments that are quite noticeable. Cabinets are mohagany.
Today I have them plugged into this MCS Series ( Which was JC Penny's signature unit) unit I bought some where around 1985.
(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff220/wingnutttt/GEDC0594.jpg)

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff220/wingnutttt/GEDC0595.jpg)

(http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff220/wingnutttt/GEDC0596.jpg)

I also still have every album I bought over the decades


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: Dan on January 22, 2011, 10:29:26 PM
Lou I remember the MCS series systems and components.  I had wanted that myself but settled for a much cheaper entry level unit.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on January 27, 2011, 05:44:39 AM
Well my mancave has two levels. Oh, the Sansui is back and I have Joe Satriani jamming right now.   :plaugh:

The lower level is a small room so a pair of Paradigm Monitore 3se's supply the tunes down here. The main mancave upstairs is where the Heathkit AS-1373's supply the tunes. Since my receiver just returned from a pretty major tune up, I am taking it easy right now and only driving one set of speakers at a time. Making sure I have everything set up just right. Joe is really playing his heart out right now.  :2tu:

They did a fantastic job of tuning up my old Sansui. Everything, and that includes Satriani, sounds as smooth as silk.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on February 09, 2011, 06:05:08 AM
By the way this is how a Sansui 771 is supposed to look. All lights in perfect working order.  :clap: Unfortunately I hit a little snag with the Akai tape deck. It just wants to visit the repair people again.  :dunno: It shouldn't be lonely my Dual turntable is already in for work as well. Maybe they will make some music together, well if not there at least here. :2tu:
(http://s4.postimage.org/1217a6x0k/DSC_6033ed.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/1217a6x0k/)


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2011, 04:12:45 AM
KC how do you find reputable service for these old electronics?


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on February 12, 2011, 03:09:36 AM
I have to admit finding a good service place isn't easy. Lucky for me we have a place here called Magnetic Tape and Recorder Company that has been around since the 1950's. The people there know the older stuff very well and even work on newer equipment. I've known about them for years and am glad I started taking my gear there for service.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: Valalvax on February 12, 2011, 03:46:07 AM
I've got to admit, I'm much too young to appreciate analog music


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: msgtphil on February 12, 2011, 08:09:02 AM
I've got to admit, I'm much too young to appreciate analog music

Matt, you may be too young to be familiar with analog music but not too young to appreciate it. Though you may not appreciate it even with extensive familiarity, appreciation or lack of would not be related to age, youth Wise. Now myself, I'm too old to appreciate analog music, my inner ear is no longer capable of processing the high frequencies produced in analog, clipped in digital that allegedly add ambiance worth investing $150.00 in a diamond stylus every six months and still dealing with all the pop and hiss during subtle sections. Losing the ability to hear the highest frequencies is normal before age 20, which allows teenagers to install ring tones that are undetectable to their teachers. Females also hear 3-4K higher frequency than men, possibly because they aren't on the receiving end of as much screaming.
  The main appreciation of vinyl, other than cuts unavailable in digital, is membership in an esoteric cult of the emperor's clothes but it is very similar in nature to an appreciation of scooters and the alleged virtues making them superior to motorcycles. Beauty is in the eye of the beholders but without a consensus it won't get you in the movies. (one of them smiley thingies alluding to 'tongue in cheek' goes rycheer) :whistle: This one I guess. 


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on February 12, 2011, 07:17:59 PM
I've got to admit, I'm much too young to appreciate analog music

You're never too young to appreciate good music. I guess I am one of the fortunate ones that at age 47, soon to be 48, my inner ear can still process an almost full tonal range. When I get the Dual back and set up just swing on over here to Kentucky and I'll introduce you to the beauty of music that you have been missing. :cool1:


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on March 05, 2011, 09:40:02 PM

Well this project is finished for now. The tape deck is going back for another visit to the repair shop but all else is working fine. Last night I put up a new shelf on the wall for the receiver and then moved everything to where it is now in the pic. I have had a blast with this winter project and will enjoy it for a long time to come. There are still some additions planned but those are still for some time in the future.

(http://s1.postimage.org/2u3182ekk/DSC_6113.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/2u3182ekk/)


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: bdesj on March 07, 2011, 05:52:43 PM
It sure looks nice, KCP.  Strangely, it`s the looks that I miss most since I smallified my stereo system a few years ago (sold off the cool old stuff I had bought new in the 80s and bought a low end modern compact receiver/CD player with a set of mini speakers).  The new system sounds good enough for me, but it just seems to disappear into the shadows.  Well, I guess that`s what I was aiming for.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: Dan on March 07, 2011, 06:12:42 PM
Glad to see your set-up is complete... for now.  Where are your speakers located?  What is that more modern black box on the left side of the table?


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on March 16, 2011, 10:00:09 PM
It sure looks nice, KCP.  Strangely, it`s the looks that I miss most since I smallified my stereo system a few years ago (sold off the cool old stuff I had bought new in the 80s and bought a low end modern compact receiver/CD player with a set of mini speakers).  The new system sounds good enough for me, but it just seems to disappear into the shadows.  Well, I guess that`s what I was aiming for.

Thanks, I have always said older stereo gear was meant to be seen and heard. Can't wait to get the Akai and it's dancing VU meters back in the system.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on March 16, 2011, 10:03:11 PM
Glad to see your set-up is complete... for now.  Where are your speakers located?  What is that more modern black box on the left side of the table?

The speakers are about 4 feet on either side of the setup. With big speakers like the ones I have it's a good idea to have some space between them. Oh and the modern looking box is my 12 plus year old cd player. I actually plan to replace it some time in the next year or two. Should take me at least that long to get the bucks together for what I want. In the meantime the Denon will have to fill that spot in the system.

Guess I should actually do another new pic, I just bought an Onkyo tape deck to hold down the tape spot until the Akai is ready to return home. See this obsession never stops, you just keep buying stuff....  :laugh:


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: DonKincaid on March 17, 2011, 06:36:25 AM
Great thread.

I still smile about my Nakamichi 550 Deck. Not using it. If I remember, they may be a problem with the transport. Should get it out and look it over.

http://www.oobject.com/8-classic-nakamichi-cassette-decks/nakamichi-550/2479/ (http://www.oobject.com/8-classic-nakamichi-cassette-decks/nakamichi-550/2479/)

- Don


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on April 16, 2011, 10:51:32 PM

Well the man-livingroom is finished for now. Needs a little work but the stereo part is complete. The Akai is back in it's place with another tape deck to keep it company. You might also notice there are two black boxes on the left side of the turntable. I decided to give a Marantz CD53 a new home the other day. This obsession is kin to riding, sometimes you just can't stop yourself.  :rofl: In terms of sound the Marantz just kicks the Denon all over the living room. I'm going to have the Denon cleaned and put some new interconnects on it to keep it for when I just want to pile some cds in and listen without having to change them out for a few hours. Other than that the Marantz is my new regular use cd player.

(http://s2.postimage.org/1dbkmrelg/DSCN2265.jpg) (http://postimage.org/image/1dbkmrelg/)


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on December 09, 2011, 07:19:43 PM
This project started almost a year ago and is complete.  :rofl: Yeah right, lets say it's going into phase two. My "new" acquisitions this year are as follows Marantz 27 receiver, Sansui SC-3300 cassette deck, Fisher 80R tuner, a Rotel tuner, and a pair of KLH small speakers. Going to be busy this winter cleaning and fixing some of these, well at least Magnetic will be busy doing that. I will be busy deciding which to keep and which to sell or trade. I am sure the Marantz and Sansui are keepers but the others are probably sell or trade items. This obsession just keeps going and going.  :laugh:


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kelahoo on December 09, 2011, 09:03:44 PM
Now you can finish it off with this turntable : http://www.galibierdesign.com/prd_stelvio.html (http://www.galibierdesign.com/prd_stelvio.html)
I used to work with the owner of this company.  This is his passion.  He is a programmer by trade.  ;-)


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: kcphoto2008 on April 01, 2014, 04:45:52 AM
I haven't updated this for a while and thought it was time. First I moved all my main gear into an old stereo rack I had here at the house. It still looks fine and does a nice job. Also the main system has gone though a few changes. I still have my Dual 1228 TT but on the main system now is a Rega RP1. I next added a Harman Kardon CD-191 cassette deck. On craigslist one day I spotted a Sansui SE-7 equalizer and added that to the system. Then for this year I decided on a new cd player, a Naim CD5i MKII. The Sansui 771 and Heathkit speakers are the only stalwarts still present in the main system. I am restoring a set of Polk Audio Monitor 5a's at this time to add to the system. They are keepers and will always have a place on some system of mine.

After I finish the restoration of the Polk speakers I will need something to do. My plan now is to begin to design and build a set of speakers just to see if I can do it and if I can make them sound good. :2tu:


(http://s3.postimg.org/8u3q8hfb3/DSCN0147ed.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/8u3q8hfb3/)
A picture of how it all looks. I was still putting some of the record collection on the shelf above the system when I took this picture.

Note sorry about the size of the picture when you click on the thing. A new editing software that I am still fighting with. I will be putting PS Element on this computer soon.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: LDB on September 22, 2014, 06:48:21 AM
One of my dad's good friends collected Macintosh stereo equipment in the '70's and '80's. He had about two dozen of them when I was visiting in 1975.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: carewser on March 07, 2015, 06:26:42 AM
I've got to admit, I'm much too young to appreciate analog music

And i'm much too old to appreciate it.

That's because the sound quality sucked. I went from listening to 8 tracks as a kid to Youtube today and to say there is no comparison is a huge understatement.

For many years I was a recovering audiophile but my interest in it recently returned due to buying a pair of computer speakers of all things. I've owned equipment from about 15 different manufacturers, everything from Realistic to Bose.

Dan, were you able to sell your marantz speakers?


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: carewser on March 11, 2015, 07:00:30 AM
I guess it's so long ago now you've forgotten


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: msgtphil on March 28, 2015, 09:08:49 AM
I've enjoyed reading about your audio system. I've got a Philips 212 turntable, Technics SU-V9 integrated amplifier, a Dolby processor and few other gizmos and gadgets from the 1980's stored in the spare room closet, along with a couple hundred albums. A large percentage of my albums were purchased on the day they were released,  not because I just had to have the latest of some group but because in the U.S. record companies just kept stamping out copies on the same master so the first stampings were better quality. In Europe and Japan masters were replaced every 50,000 copies or so. When in Japan I replaced many of my earlier and over played albums. I only listen when driving any more and my ability to pick up the high end is long gone but I understand and admire your enthusiasm for quality sound reproduction. It's good to see some people are still interested in more than excessive bass.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: carewser on October 10, 2016, 10:12:23 AM
Someone a while ago in this thread mentioned wanting an old cassette deck with Dolby NR. My first cassette deck in the 80's had Dolby C and there was no comparison between it and Dolby B. Dolby C almost seemed to restore the highs that Dolby B cut out while further eliminating tape hiss so it was a huge improvement and I only had a cheap Sanyo deck. I then got a Technics deck with Dolby B-C and HX Pro and there was no going back, it sounded better still. By the time Dolby came out with the noise reduction to end all noise reduction, Dolby S, CD's were taking off so the cassette tape was dying.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: Expat47 on October 11, 2016, 07:57:27 AM
and.......


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: msgtphil on October 11, 2016, 10:09:19 PM
and.......

and turntables; cassette and reel to reel tape decks and noise reduction devices followed the trail of Victrola's; console televisions; 8 track tapes, boom boxes and portable record players from closet to storage shed, to thrift store, land fills and the endangered species list. Only a few diehards and newly curious keeping the species from extinction. I might be tempted to join them if I could still hear anything above about 12 Khz.
  and then came I-pod, MP3 players, SD cards, thumb drives, etc. sending the CD player on the slow trail to endangered species. Maybe someday someone will discover how to add that 'elusive ambiance' of analog to digital or have they? I couldn't hear it any more anyway Maybe a Ron Propel. as seen on TV, elusive ambiance hearing aid.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: Expat47 on October 12, 2016, 06:57:13 AM
Way back in the day a friend of ours bought into the quadraphonic hype and bought the whole system, turn table, tape deck, amp, speakers and stands. Then he threw a party for 40+ people and went around bragging about it to everyone. The only trouble was I'd pushed the "mono" button shortly after arriving and neither Rolf nor any of the other drunks there even noticed.

To "hear" stereo, even with head phones, you HAVE to be paying attention! Any other activity (like reading) will negate one's ability to audibly separate the channels. HiFi, on the other hand sticks with you.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: carewser on October 13, 2016, 06:21:49 PM
The best example of stereo i've ever heard is "Day Tripper" by the Beatles.

Nothing else even comes close.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: msgtphil on October 14, 2016, 04:04:14 AM
Not claiming it's the best but I still find Mike Oldfield's original recording of 'Tubular Bells' a nice stereo experience if you've got 26 minutes to spare (not the Exorcist sound track).


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: carewser on October 15, 2016, 10:35:56 PM
Thanks, i'll go and play that right now.  :2tu:


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: Maggie on October 15, 2016, 11:35:17 PM
Not claiming it's the best but I still find Mike Oldfield's original recording of 'Tubular Bells' a nice stereo experience if you've got 26 minutes to spare (not the Exorcist sound track).

+1


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: carewser on October 22, 2016, 07:55:26 AM
I'm listening to Tubular Bells right now and the imaging isn't that great but it could be youtube because I noticed when I played Day Tripper some of the stereo separation was lost as well with youtube. I'm even listening to it through my Altec Lansing 4.1 speakers with the surround speakers cranked and while I can hear a bit of stereo separation it's nothing to write home about.

Do you have the LP version?


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: msgtphil on October 22, 2016, 02:44:47 PM
I'm listening to Tubular Bells right now and the imaging isn't that great but it could be youtube because I noticed when I played Day Tripper some of the stereo separation was lost as well with youtube. I'm even listening to it through my Altec Lansing 4.1 speakers with the surround speakers cranked and while I can hear a bit of stereo separation it's nothing to write home about.

Do you have the LP version?

I do have the LP version but I was listening to it on youtube the other night and the separation seemed decent throughout but I was using ear buds with a finger on each keeping them well seated.


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: SilverBullet on October 22, 2016, 09:48:49 PM
Recently I got rid of all the old 80's MCS Series system I had & got a Yamaha RX-A750 receiver that has more stuff to it that I'll ever be able to figure out! I have figured out how to run bluetooth through it. Along with a Sony 5 disc Cd player & a turntable for spinning the old LP's

I was a bit hesitant about parting with my early 70's Kenwood 660 speakers. When I took them to Sound World we hooked them up next to a set of Paradigm and all I could say was WOW! So I now have a set of Paradigm's along with a Paradigm Sob Woofer.

Before typing this I put in Mike Oldfield's Islands CD. I to have Tubular Bells. Islands is my favorite of the two.!


Title: Re: My other hobby, obsession is more like it.
Post by: carewser on October 23, 2016, 09:57:26 AM
I'm not surprised you were blown away by Paradigm speakers, especially compared to an old pair of Kenwood's, Paradigm make excellent speakers.