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Finished the rebuild of that Pioneer receiver and it works beautifully!! Absolutely nothing wrong with any of the components on the inside whatsoever, caps are in great shape, everything reads out just fine... Now to find some old Pioneer speakers at a thrift store somewhere (Fisher and Cerwin Vega will suffice as well smile.gif) And since I live in a somewhat upscale area I should find a really clean set!

Anyone got any suggestions for a 120w RMS full range set (manufacturers and models to look out for)? I might be an audiophile but this is my first taste of vintage Hi-Fi and I love it!!
Edited by raidmaxGuy - 12/30/12 at 8:36pm
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I just got this for measuring my listening room. Biggest advantage is that it is a plug and play mic for both Mac OS X and Windows.
http://www.minidsp.com/products/acoustic-measurement/umik-1
Make sure to post your experience with that mic.
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Originally Posted by raidmaxGuy View Post

Finished the rebuild of that Pioneer receiver and it works beautifully!! Absolutely nothing wrong with any of the components on the inside whatsoever, caps are in great shape, everything reads out just fine... Now to find some old Pioneer speakers at a thrift store somewhere (Fisher and Cerwin Vega will suffice as well smile.gif) And since I live in a somewhat upscale area I should find a really clean set!
Anyone got any suggestions for a 120w RMS full range set (manufacturers and models to look out for)? I might be an audiophile but this is my first taste of vintage Hi-Fi and I love it!!

You measured the capacitors with an ESR meter? Was there any DC offset at the speaker outs?
    
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You measured the capacitors with an ESR meter? Was there any DC offset at the speaker outs?
I don't have an ESR but it tested with my Fluke in the high resistance ranges and they seemed to charge well enough to suffice but I'm not sure what the DC offset will tell me.

I might swing by the electronics repair shop and have them run a check on them sometime this week.

Edit: i ran the test again with a different multimeter on the headphone channels

I get about 10-11mV one one channel and 6-7mV on the other... if I do a direct terminal to lead test on the speaker outputs I get 250mV on both?! I didn't check the speaker terminals until now... This is the second time I have tested the headphone jack, however... I feel I may be doing something wrong during the speaker out test...

Considering I am not an expert at these older amps I might be going up to the repair shop sooner than I thought.

**Edit: Shop was closed... I am testing the amp again on a different power strip because it appeared that the other one was not grounding for some reason... However it does not look like that will help me any... frown.gif
Still getting strange readouts.
Edited by raidmaxGuy - 12/31/12 at 2:11pm
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Make sure to post your experience with that mic.

I will do that!
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Finished the rebuild of that Pioneer receiver and it works beautifully!! Absolutely nothing wrong with any of the components on the inside whatsoever, caps are in great shape, everything reads out just fine... Now to find some old Pioneer speakers at a thrift store somewhere (Fisher and Cerwin Vega will suffice as well smile.gif) And since I live in a somewhat upscale area I should find a really clean set!
Anyone got any suggestions for a 120w RMS full range set (manufacturers and models to look out for)? I might be an audiophile but this is my first taste of vintage Hi-Fi and I love it!!

if you want to go vintage then maybe look for a pair of some nice JBL 4343 or go even bigger with some 4351!
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I will do that!
if you want to go vintage then maybe look for a pair of some nice JBL 4343 or go even bigger with some 4351!

Agreed with the vintage JBL. I would recommend checking estate sales and to a less extent yard sales a lot of people get them from relatives and don't realize what they have so they just sell them. Got my pair from an estate sale for $40 they needed some love but after sanding the wood re-staining them and cleaning up the 50 year old crossovers they sound great. One thing though most of the time they will need new surrounds so don't pass them up cause the surrounds look bad its an easy fix.
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Agreed with the vintage JBL. I would recommend checking estate sales and to a less extent yard sales a lot of people get them from relatives and don't realize what they have so they just sell them. Got my pair from an estate sale for $40 they needed some love but after sanding the wood re-staining them and cleaning up the 50 year old crossovers they sound great. One thing though most of the time they will need new surrounds so don't pass them up cause the surrounds look bad its an easy fix.

Yeah, surrounds are cheap and easy, so long as the voice coil isn't damaged! thumb.gif
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From what I know about JBL and other PA drivers, the voice coil tends to be tougher than what you normally see in those "hi-fi" drivers such as SEAS and Scan Speak. So hopefully you will have better luck finding some that are not damaged compared to the older hifi speakers.

My father-in-law has some 4312 and they are really nice and have a very good smooth sound to them. He has them powered by some 5XXX series Adcom amps which I believe are all based on the Nelson Pass Adcom 555 amp if I am not mistaken. They sound amazing and would sound even better if they were not sitting inside an entertainment center....but as we all know, WAF is a big part of audio industry. He uses them for both music and movies and boy does it sound good.
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HE-500 Silver Cable.
Looks fantastic! How do you like it? biggrin.gif
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