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I felt that I should make a thread like this here, as I don't think I'm the only one who enjoys vintage audio equipment. thumb.gif

A wide variety of vintage equipment is still out there, loved and cared for today. More so those in need of restorations cosmetically and electronically to last a long time.

Pioneer, Marantz, Kenwood, JVC, Sansui, and much more than I can remember off the top of my head, which can consist of Receivers, Pre-amps, Amps, Integrated Amps, Tuners, Speakers, Turn Tables, Cassette Decks, Reel to Reel Decks, 8 track, equalizers, Etc.

My Favorite receivers are:

Pioneer SX-1980 (This Beast can pump 270 watts Per Channel RMS into 8Ω!) This receiver was introduced in 1978.

Marantz 2600 (This beast can pump 300 watts Per Channel RMS into 8Ω and 400 watts Per Channel into 4Ω) Introduced in 1978.

Kenwood KR-9600 (This can pump 160WPC RMS into 8Ω and 200WPC RMS into 4Ω)

There are a few more that are my favorite, such as the Marantz 2385 and 2500, Kenwood KR-9400 and KR-10000III, and Pioneer SX-1050 and 1250. My favorites can grow still, and this is just receivers themselves!

As far as vintage integrated amps and receivers go, this is what I own...

Pioneer SX-1980, Pioneer SX-1250, Pioneer SX-1050, Pioneer SX-750, Kenwood KR-9600, Kenwood KA-9150, and I have a vintage JVC that I don't remember the model of. redface.gif

The Pioneer SX-1250 is on the shelf awaiting for me to finish servicing it. I just got to replace some transistors on it.

SX-750's needing a good deoxit, but I need to tear it down and recap it after I am done with the SX-1250.

The SX-1050 is mostly recap, I still have the tuner section, power supply section, and surge suppression board to finish. For now, it's all together singing.

Speakers...

Right now the vintage ones I own are:

Marantz HD88 (35 years old!)
Kenwood LS-408B (32 ~ 33 years old!)

All my other speakers are from the 80s upward!

I also own a few other vintage goodies, and I am an addict so I will always get more. ninja.gif

So here are a few of my pictures.

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More to come later! biggrin.gif
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Nice stuff i love my JBLS the drivers turned 50 recently.
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Vintage is really growing on me. I recently picked up a Technics SA-103 that blows my Cambridge Audio 640A V2 int. amp right out of the park. Instrument seperation is the most noticeable difference. The soundstage seems wider. The bass also filled out a bit more.

Not to mention that it goes louder than my 640A even though its rated power output is about half that of the CA's. A bit of restoration is needed, but thats all part of the fun!
    
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Originally Posted by darthspartan;12637537 
Nice stuff i love my JBLS the drivers turned 50 recently.

Thanks, and that's pretty cool. JBL LE series? (From what I read in your signature)

From what I read, the same guy who designed the Marantz HD first and second generation series, the DS series, the hundred and M series, by the name of Edward May has also designed those LE series drivers that JBL had back then!

Edward May sure knew what he was doing! He had a good history with JBL, years of being with them. Though he left them and went to Marantz, which sadly he only been there for barely 4 years, until he passed away. frown.gif
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Vintage is really growing on me. I recently picked up a Technics SA-103 that blows my Cambridge Audio 640A V2 int. amp right out of the park. Instrument seperation is the most noticeable difference. The soundstage seems wider. The bass also filled out a bit more.

Not to mention that it goes louder than my 640A even though its rated power output is about half that of the CA's. A bit of restoration is needed, but thats all part of the fun!


Hehe, sweet! What's pretty cool is how long (especially the well taken care of) vintage gear can and will last. Obviously with necessary restoration electronically and cosmetically they could last a life time!

Also what I love the most is their build quality, which can far surpass most of today's gear, now I am sure some companies still make great gear today, but it just doesn't seem as common as like it was back in the day to me. frown.gif

Though be careful with the volume still, even though it may seem louder, it could be from the sensitivity difference on the inputs compared to today's equipment, but always a chance the power ratings are more accurate too. I mainly say this because you don't want to go clipping the speakers any. thumb.gif
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I also plan to show the differences between the first and second generation of Marantz HD series later on. First set of pictures of my Marantz HD88 is the first generation. Second generation of the top HD line is HD880.

I plan to post pictures and some specs of these speakers, and perhaps some details of some of the receivers I mentioned as my favorites with pics. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Hoodcom;12639092 
Thanks, and that's pretty cool. JBL LE series? (From what I read in your signature)

From what I read, the same guy who designed the Marantz HD first and second generation series, the DS series, the hundred and M series, by the name of Edward May has also designed those LE series drivers that JBL had back then!

Edward May sure knew what he was doing! He had a good history with JBL, years of being with them. Though he left them and went to Marantz, which sadly he only been there for barely 4 years, until he passed away. frown.gif




Hehe, sweet! What's pretty cool is how long (especially the well taken care of) vintage gear can and will last. Obviously with necessary restoration electronically and cosmetically they could last a life time!

Also what I love the most is their build quality, which can far surpass most of today's gear, now I am sure some companies still make great gear today, but it just doesn't seem as common as like it was back in the day to me. frown.gif

Though be careful with the volume still, even though it may seem louder, it could be from the sensitivity difference on the inputs compared to today's equipment, but always a chance the power ratings are more accurate too. I mainly say this because you don't want to go clipping the speakers any. thumb.gif
---

I also plan to show the differences between the first and second generation of Marantz HD series later on. First set of pictures of my Marantz HD88 is the first generation. Second generation of the top HD line is HD880.

I plan to post pictures and some specs of these speakers, and perhaps some details of some of the receivers I mentioned as my favorites with pics. biggrin.gif
Ya the LEs are great drivers information is not as abundant as i would hope. Some of this stuff is really hard to find. I think they were a kit although most ads for the kits never included the metal logos for the front of the cab and i have those so... they are a possible production. But they do still kick some ass i can push about 600watts at the impedance there at witch makes everything the big boxes sell seam pathetic. Paired these with some powered 18s and a 12 band parametric. Ill probably replace the surrounds soon as they are stiffer than they used to be. But i cant complain got them for $50 then got them appraised on JBL's vintage forum at 1k a side. But i cant sell them there just to good. biggrin.gif O and they use the LX3 crossover by the way since i dont list that in my sig.
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Originally Posted by darthspartan;12640200 
Ya the LEs are great drivers information is not as abundant as i would hope. Some of this stuff is really hard to find. I think they were a kit although most ads for the kits never included the metal logos for the front of the cab and i have those so... they are a possible production. But they do still kick some ass i can push about 600watts at the impedance there at witch makes everything the big boxes sell seam pathetic. Paired these with some powered 18s and a 12 band parametric. Ill probably replace the surrounds soon as they are stiffer than they used to be. But i cant complain got them for $50 then got them appraised on JBL's vintage forum at 1k a side. But i cant sell them there just to good. biggrin.gif O and they use the LX3 crossover by the way since i dont list that in my sig.

Have any pictures or might you be able to take some pictures to show the speakers? smile.gif

Yeah, I have a friend in Texas who's had offers of $2,000 + for his Pioneer SX-1980 many times, and offers on other gear, and he would just not sell them because he enjoys them so much.

Glad you are enjoying your setup, too! thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by Hoodcom;12642150 
Have any pictures or might you be able to take some pictures to show the speakers? smile.gif

Yeah, I have a friend in Texas who's had offers of $2,000 + for his Pioneer SX-1980 many times, and offers on other gear, and he would just not sell them because he enjoys them so much.

Glad you are enjoying your setup, too! thumb.gif

AS a mater of fact i do have some pics.
This is the left side no cover.
100_3712.JPG
This was the right side after i put the 18s sideways to lower the JBL's a bit.
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And here they both are
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Does my NAD 7130 I got from my dad count tongue.gif

2vioxz4.jpg

I love sound, but I'm by no means an audiophile (no budget for it, wish I could though)

I just switched back to using the NAD from my Kenwood KR-A4040 and I think the NAD is what you call a warmer sound?
I don't know, but I like it.



Any suggestions on some "vintage" speakers I could look for to pair with this NAD? I think that would be pretty cool.
My dad originally had the NAD paired with Visonik David 803 speakers. I have no idea how these are, besides German, heavy, and wooden lol.
He probably wouldn't give them to me because he uses them as the Front's in his 5.1
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AS a mater of fact i do have some pics.
This is the left side no cover.
http://www.overclock.net/gallery/data/500/medium/100_3712.JPG
This was the right side after i put the 18s sideways to lower the JBL's a bit.
http://www.overclock.net/gallery/data/500/medium/000_00033.JPG
And here they both are
http://www.overclock.net/gallery/data/500/medium/000_00012.JPG
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Nice setup, and very pretty kitty too! biggrin.gif
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Does my NAD 7130 I got from my dad count tongue.gif

http://i56.tinypic.com/2vioxz4.jpg

I love sound, but I'm by no means an audiophile (no budget for it, wish I could though)

I just switched back to using the NAD from my Kenwood KR-A4040 and I think the NAD is what you call a warmer sound?
I don't know, but I like it.



Any suggestions on some "vintage" speakers I could look for to pair with this NAD? I think that would be pretty cool.
My dad originally had the NAD paired with Visonik David 803 speakers. I have no idea how these are, besides German, heavy, and wooden lol.
He probably wouldn't give them to me because he uses them as the Front's in his 5.1

Looks vintage to me, if not, close enough. smile.gif

Hmm, there are a lot of choices out there, do you have any brand preferences?



On another note, turns out my Marantz HD 88 had woofers that were once reconed. eek.gif (aftermarket)

I ended up getting original woofers with original cones, and they are much better! The bass is tighter, deeper, over-all better smile.gif

Here's a picture of the back side of the cones for example.

Left is the original woofer, the right is the after-market cones woofer.

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Nice gear! I have to say that I've come to love vintage equipment as well. To me it seems to have a more emotional makeup than newer equipment.
    
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23" Acer S232HL Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 750W OCZ Fatal1ty Diablotek Epic 
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Razer Deathadder Razer Megasoma ASUS Xonar D2X M-Audio Profire 610 
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JBL LSR2325SP Studio Monitors Sennheiser HD600 Ultrasone Pro 900 Audio-Technica ATH-M30 
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Phenom II X4 955BE C3 (3.6GHz @ 1.35v) ASUS Sabertooth 990FX ASUS GTX 460 DirectCU 1GB (880/1760/2100 @ 1.050v) 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 DDR3 
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1TB WD Caviar Black ASUS DRW-24B3ST Cooler Master Vortex Plus Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
23" Acer S232HL Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 750W OCZ Fatal1ty Diablotek Epic 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Deathadder Razer Megasoma ASUS Xonar D2X M-Audio Profire 610 
OtherOtherOtherOther
JBL LSR2325SP Studio Monitors Sennheiser HD600 Ultrasone Pro 900 Audio-Technica ATH-M30 
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