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A kids dream... Fixing the mistakes i made - help me make a real setup?

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Hey all,

As a kid i always dreamt of "the most awesome very loud sound system..." As i thought back than the bigger the better.. biggrin.gif
So in this enthusiasm i bought some random stuff which seemed nice back than.... I blew some of them up and bought some new stuff.

Now i ended up with the following setup:

Akai receiver AM-2800
- Continus power (20Hz-20kHz): 2x80W (8 Ohm)
- Frequenzy: 7Hz-70kHz
- (THD): 0,08%
receiver.png 258k .png file

JBL 2Weg Profi Boxen PA 12105K (2 times)
- 250W 8Ohm
- 60 Hz - 20kHz
speakers.png 185k .png file

I bought the speakers at the local dvd rent store where worked after it went broke and had to close... Spend a good 150 euro's on them..
I bought the Akai receiver in a Second hand shop where people return their stuff when they actually want to trow it away. The guy claimed to have repaired the thing. He let me listen to in in the shop sounded quite good. Paid some 200 euro's on it.. -_-'

Now i after some years i'm ready to invest some time and money in a real system. First i would like to know something about my current equipment is it of any use?
For instance: Currently my AKAI receiver is distorted... What ever speakers i use...

1. Is it worth letting the Akai AM 2800 be fixed?

2. if it works again would you combine these with the JBL's?

3. if not which would you try to sell? The JBL speakers or the AKAI receiver?

4. What if both turn out to be worthless could you please recommend me a setup


My budget: 400 euro (depending on what i get i might be willing to spend some 600)

What will i use it for: To listen to music in my living room (30m2) in stereo, occasionaly a movie played from my computer. The music will also be in my pc or my mobile phone. (some will be FLAC) most will be from spotify (premium) 312 bit rate.


Thanks beforehand!
post #2 of 5
is this the equipment ??

http://www.hifiengine.com/library/akai/am-2800.shtml

if so it is a integrated amplifier not receiver btw... but whatever... 80WPC pretty neat looking... I love vintage audio so i say it would be worth fixing if you can find someone to do so for reasonable $$$ and competently.


here is a thread about someone fixing one... may help or may not?

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=360830


if you are handy with soldering / whatnot the service manual is in the first link.. fixing it yourself would be ideal and cheapest...


if you say MEH ... that sounds like a pain or is too expensive for me to mess about with ...or it is all beat to heck anyways... it might still bring some money from collectors (especially if it is in nice shape) for as-is parts / repair sale



not that familiar (by that i mean not at all..) with the speakers but I'd rather not use PA speakers for home hifi... I'd personally sell them and get some nice hifi speakers (used being generally the best value ..but you have to check them out for condition as some people will beat the heck outta stuff and all.)
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Originally Posted by atarione View Post

is this the equipment ??

http://www.hifiengine.com/library/akai/am-2800.shtml

if so it is a integrated amplifier not receiver btw... but whatever... 80WPC pretty neat looking... I love vintage audio so i say it would be worth fixing if you can find someone to do so for reasonable $$$ and competently.
Jup this is the one. thumb.gif I bought it back than being told that the old stuff was better for less money (if it is working xD) but i have to admit i primarily fell for its charmes (especially its volume meters)

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if you are handy with soldering / whatnot the service manual is in the first link.. fixing it yourself would be ideal and cheapest...
I'm although i''ve never did anything with such equipment, only tear it apart as a young kid x'D Might you have some topics about the basics of reparing any integrated amp? As how to check if the power transistors are down ect. step by step smile.gif

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Originally Posted by atarione View Post

not that familiar (by that i mean not at all..) with the speakers but I'd rather not use PA speakers for home hifi... I'd personally sell them and get some nice hifi speakers (used being generally the best value ..but you have to check them out for condition as some people will beat the heck outta stuff and all.)

The JBL PRO help desk wasn't either x'D Thanks for the advice thats what im going to do since i don't like the look of them either. I would rather have some vintage real wooden speakers with them =] But than if i would stick with the AKAI what speakers would you recommend. Say i would get a 100 euro from the JBL's and i have to spend 250 to fix the AKAI i will have around 250 for the speakers.
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as far as fixing the akai yourself this is what I recommend... cause honestly i am not very talented at this..but i know people who are... biggrin.gif I can do a few basic things with this old gear but for anything major I'm rather hopeless.


but i highly suggest signing up over here...http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/index.php they have very active forums and some really talented repair folks so if you have the basic tools / skills and the schematics they could likely help you out working through the issues with the amp.

being in America i'm not sure what the pricing is like for old vintage speakers over there and all... but I love Pioneer HPM-100s and old JBL stereo speakers ... but I'm not sure if you'd do better looking for European brands on the vintage stuff (I have some Bang and Olfusen RL 60.2 speakers i'm rather fond of ...sound great but they are kinda funky looking and probably not what you have in mind).

dudes over at audiokarma could probably help out with speaker pairing suggestions as well w/ that amp and all.
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http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=522691

Thanks i moved my question to that forum. smile.gif I really like the appearance of the Pioneer HPM-100s!
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