Who has replaced their old school home stereo/entertainment system with a modern one that works ...

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  1. Grabbrass

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    Depends. Anything more than a few years old, yeah. But if the source hardware and the amp/active speaker are both aptX compatible (Bluetooth 4.0), then you’re talking about audio CD-equivalent. That’s good enough for a lot of people. And if the system is capable of transmitting at the source and receiving at the amp/active speaker using Sony LDAC, then the SQ can exceed audio CD ... but it still won’t be as good as vinyl or hi-res digital over good wired gear. So, for some people it sucks, but most people probably won’t notice a difference.


    Just curious but have you listened to any “hi-res” digital yet? I was skeptical at first but Neil Young’s official “NYA” hi-res re-releases at 192k/24bit made me see the light. Errr .. hear the light lol. Now I've got quite a bit of hi-res audio accumulated - and it all fits in the palm of my hand.

    Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii in 96k/24bit on the OBFUSC/ATION Blu-ray is another fine example to sample, if you can scrounge it up.
     
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  2. Blackshirt

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    I have a nice Cambridge Azur 640A amp with some Paradigm bookshelf monitors in the TV room and some high end waterproof speakers (I can't remember the name...they're from France) on my screened porch. I use it most often with a Rocketfish Bluetooth receiver and my music collection from my IPad or internet radio/Pandora. The amp is a powerful one and is equipped with a remote. This is working well for me...my ears aren't high fidelity anymore.
     
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  3. Ftttu

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    I don't remember the state of mind I was in back in '05, but as I was moving out of my house and moving to a new city, I donated my entire system to Good Will. A Nakamichi BX300 tape, a NAD preamp, a Parasound amp, a DBX 3BX expander, a Denon CD, a Dual turntable and a pair of Klipsh KG4s is what that system consisted of.

    I knew I was going to get back into my hifi hobby in the future with way better equipment, but I never thought it would be almost 15 years. My music is mostly classical, and that with the rock, country and pop, didn't sound so badly in the interim with my Sony surround system.

    Also, while researching, I was thinking I really wanted a high end A/V receiver, but again, my current surround isn't bad, I really want 2.1 audio and not a better A/V. I know I can use the A/V as a preamp, but I'm going audio separates. So my research now is for an amp, a preamp, 2 bookshelf speakers with sub, a nice DAC and CD/Blu-ray. Again, no vinyl since I gave my albums to a buddy and I don't want to mess with cleaning anymore.
     
  4. Rick James45

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    No I have not, but would love too. I know my DAC will handle. The one tech that through me recently was this 2LP format. Mobile Fidelity is pressing vinyl running @ 45rpm for greater fidelity. I have not took the plunge yet, but Natalie Merchant's Tiger Lilly will be my first. Just thinking about changing the belt on the TT to 45 has kept me waiting. Dire Straights Brother in Arms will be the next pick. The price is a bit steep @ $50 a pop.

    I did do a few SuperAudio CDs back in the day.
     
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  5. .264 magnum

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    How about some EL34 porn to go with it?
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  7. DoubleWide

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    What do you want it for?

    You can get an 11.2 Dolby Atmos preamp if you want. You can get multi room capability, etc, but who cares if you want to listen to old tunes in stereo.

    I rid of my old towers and and have a nice Yamaha AV receiver with some Klipsch Quintet IVs and sub . They're compact, sound good but they're not competing against a good tower. My AV receiver is pre 4k so I had to sawtooth wiring around for 4k.
    Tech is always going to update so figure out what you want.
     
  8. sombunya

    sombunya Use it up, throw it away

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    I sold a McIntosh C22 and a MC225. I also sold a Marantz Model 1 and two Thorens TT's from that era.

    Right now I'm using Phase Linear, Carver, and Soundcraftsman EQ components. I also use the power amp section from my KA 9100.

    Getting ready to spring for something modern. Show me anything from the 1970's that even remotely compares to something from today.
     
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  9. sombunya

    sombunya Use it up, throw it away

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    Vacuum tubes are nice but Pass Labs Class A amps are quite cool.
     
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    Equally great!
     
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    Is that a Dynaco build?
     
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    It's a VTA/Tubes4hifi ST-70 clone; I built it back in early 2014.

    The output transformers are built to the same specs as the old ones, but the power transformer has a slightly larger core so it runs cooler (apparently the original power transformers were on the marginal side and got rather toasty in operation). It also uses a redesigned driver board that eliminates the now scarce 7199 triode/pentode tubes used in the original design and replaces them with three 12AU7s - the center one is a preamp for the two channels; the outer ones are long tail pair phase inverters to drive the output tubes. It's also set up to bias the output tubes independently, and the output transformer primaries are wired to switches that permit either triode or ultralinear output operation.

    It's a sweet little amp; I'm very happy with it.

    -Pat
     
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    I replaced my old Sony receiver from the 80's, with a new Denon several years ago. Now, I need to replace my old Technics turntable that died.
     
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    I'm not much of an audiophile but when it came time to replace my old HK and Bose system I went with Sonos. I have a sound bar and sub in the living room with a bunch of Play 1's around the house and even in the garage and shop. I like the sound and like the interface even more. As long as the computer is on, I have access to all our music we've collected over the years along with all kinds of services for radio and music. They can all be playing the same thing or each have thier own output of whatever you like. They're also very easy to move around and the range of our Wi-Fi is much farther than any of out bluetooth devices.

    After using it a couple of years I have no regrets at all and have even been adding a few as time has passed. Just as a side, I've found that a pair Play 1's to be more than enough for an individual room. Play 3's or 5's do have better sound though. I am tempted by thier new Move speaker but I haven't heard one yet.....we'll see.
     
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    This is a really cool thread. I know next to nothing about the subject, currently listening to music on the cable channel. My hearing isn't that great anymore (shooting, motorcycles) so I probably couldn't appreciate the nuances of fine equipment.
     
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    Any modern battery stuff, the batteries won't last.

    50 year old stereos and power tools still run great because it is electric cord. Plug in and runs!
     
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    I know many in this group are susceptible to falling into the black-hole of their hobbies but if you are a tinkerer/DIYer type with an interest in audio, music, etc, think about building your own audio speakers. You can go all in and design your own from ground up, simply build from someone elses plans, or buy a kit that you put together. There are forums, clubs, annual demo events, websites, etc.

    http://www.speakerdesignworks.com/index_page_2.html

    https://midwestaudio.club/

    http://techtalk.parts-express.com/forum/tech-talk-forum
     
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    Outstanding! My father was a tube audio/Dynaco nut. All through the '70s we listened to his Amepx R2R and FM-1, PAS-2, (2) Mark III power amps into JBL - L100s. I didn't realize how awesome that rig was until later. Sadly, every single piece of that stereo has been lost to time.

    It's a crying shame that everyone knows about or owns something from Omar Bose and nearly no one knows who David Hafler was.

    Do you listen in Triode or UL more often? I have an old and modded Cary SLI-80 I listen in triode through an old set (~1965 or so) of Tung-Sol 6550s 90% of the time (I have a bunch of NOS and current tubes but always go back to the this pair).
     
  19. pittpa

    pittpa What did I come in here for?

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    Looks like I forgot to press "1" for english. ;)
     
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    I hear that a lot here and from older friends, i.e. that would be wasted on my old ears. But the other side of the argument is because of any hearing loss you need the fine equipment now to hear the most/best out of the music. This was very much on my mind last year when I took the plunge on $2000 headphones. (I got them in Tokyo for $1200, but they'd cost you $2k here because of Sony price controls in the US). At 52yo like any male I have lost some and will continue to lose higher frequencies. But below a certain threshold my hearing is still quite good. And I love these headphones, no regrets.
     
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