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Stereophiles?
#1
Anyone else really into good sounding music?

For me, a system has to sound good at all volume levels, especially low volume, when base can be either too strong or too weak.

I'm partial to Paradigm speakers. They have great sound, matching speakers that cost thousands more. Currently have a pair of S4's with a matching sub.

I have B&K components, a PT5 preamp that also has a tuner integrated into it, and a dual monoblock amplifier that puts out just over 200 watts per channel.

I'm a bit of a traditionalist, and have stayed with a 2 channel system.

Any other audiophiles here?
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#2
I inherited my dad's home theater setup. Two Paradigm monitor 11's, monitor 7's, ADP-170's, CC-370 center, and PW-2200 sub. It runs off of a pioneer VSX-49TXi.

The large Advent's I posted in the other thread were his that he bought new in 1973.

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#3
I have always just used a decent mainstream headunit ( Pioneer, Panasonic, JBL, etc...), good quailty speakers ( I like Pioneers for value and quality), and a strong amp ( Orion, Rockford-Fosgate, JBL, etc...). I tend to use amps rated a little more powerful than the speakers are rated, my thinking is that I will typically not run the amp high enough to overpower the speakers, and it tends to sound better overall if the speakers are driven towards the higher end of thier capacity.
Of course, I am totally ignorant-adjacent when it comes to audio expertise, so this is just a basic set of standards I have fallen into over the years.
I am and old guy, so I like classic music from the 60-70s (rock/pop mostly) so good 6x9 3-ways deliver good sound for me. I don't need bass tubes, or super-tweeters and all that jazz.
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#4
Hi CZ,

I assume your referring to home hi-fi here. I'm no audiophile myself, but i like quality listening. I've run Japanese Yamaha home Hi-fi components for many, many years and found them fairly good for the ratio of money spent to quality sound.

It's interesting to note also, that the world today, has largely moved away from quality sound, which of course was the popular, holy grail of hi-fi listening back in the sixties, seventies and eighties, to massive quantities of consumerable digital music pumped out of various cruddy sounding tiny small playback devices, using compressed formats such as Mp3. Quality sound has largely given way to quantity of music as being the big thing these days i think.

Greg.Smile

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#5
I've always been about good sound, which is why I usually rip out whatever's in the daily driver and build something new with things I've picked out.

My home stereo is, OMG, almost 25 years old now. Wow. It was state-of-the-art when I put it together in 1990. It's a mid/high-end component system that at the time, cost me something north of $2500 - greatly discounted from retail since I bought it through the BX/PX when I was overseas in Izmir, Turkey.

The system:
Pioneer VSX-7500s integrated amp
Pioneer PD-T503 twin-tray CD
Kenwood KX-W8030 dual-cassette deck
JVC SEA-70 equalizer
Yamaha M-35 2/4-channel power amplifier (center channel amp)
Infinity SM-152 main speakers (2)
Infinity SM-82 secondary speakers (2)
Infinity BU-80 powered sub (1)
Pioneer S-X7 surround speakers (2)
Optimus Pro CS-3 center channel speaker (1)
Monster Cable connects it all together (speaker leads and RCA cables)

I never had one of those dedicated stereo racks, it just took up the whole side of the entertainment center, and now currently occupies a built-in cabinet with the TiVO, Cable DVR, DVD player, and yes, a JVC Hi-Fi Super-VHS that I still use occasionally - the opening of Top Gun with the planes on the deck, taking off, landing, etc., is still one of my favorite "sound checks." That was one of the first things to happen after the moves (we had a few rental houses before we bought our current home). The afterburners shaking the slab foundation is an awesome feeling.

It's really sad to think that anybody can get pretty much the same sound and functionality out of an all-in-one home theater system for less than $700.

My buddies kept telling me I needed a Nakamichi Dragon RX cassette deck, but seriously - who needs a $500 single cassette deck... even though the UDAR reversing mechanism is so damn cool? Wink Big Grin

Eric

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#6
I'm a vintage stereo fan. My main rig consists of a Yamaha C-60 pre-amp, M-60 power amp, CD-2000 CD player, Harman/Kardon T-45 turn table, and KEF 104/2 speakers. My shop system is a little bit more insane, (2) Pioneer SX-1050 receivers running in series, Nakamichi OMS-5aII CD player, powering 8 Pioneer HPM-100 speakers. Good times!!! banana

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#7
Nothing better than running 2 mono-block amplifiers for separating the left and right channels. if you ever get the chance, listen to Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" on a system with 2 mono-block amplifiers and a good set of speakers placed in the right positions... Unbelievable sound stage.
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#8
I used to be an audiophile. I bought my system piece by piece at the Exchange at Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station in 1980:

Sansui AU-919 Amp
Technics SB-G800 Speakers (18" woofer)
Technics Cassette, Turntable, CD, Equalizer, Tuner, etc., etc.

I listened to some great half-speed mastered albums including Pink Floyd's The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon. The sound was amazing.

I moved to Hawaii in 1993 and let my younger brother babysit the system so I wouldn't have to ship it, and he either sold it or it was stolen. I could have killed him.

Doc

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#9
I know nothing about stereos I just have an old 20 year old harmen kardon set up.


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#10
Totalled;214837 Wrote:I inherited my dad's home theater setup. Two Paradigm monitor 11's, monitor 7's, ADP-170's, CC-370 center, and PW-2200 sub. It runs off of a pioneer VSX-49TXi.

The large Advent's I posted in the other thread were his that he bought new in 1973.

Your father had excellent taste, and a good eye for bargain audio equipment!

Austin Vert;214847 Wrote:Hi CZ,

I assume your referring to home hi-fi here. I'm no audiophile myself, but i like quality listening. I've run Japanese Yamaha home Hi-fi components for many, many years and found them fairly good for the ratio of money spent to quality sound.

It's interesting to note also, that the world today, has largely moved away from quality sound, which of course was the popular, holy grail of hi-fi listening back in the sixties, seventies and eighties, to massive quantities of consumerable digital music pumped out of various cruddy sounding tiny small playback devices, using compressed formats such as Mp3. Quality sound has largely given way to quantity of music as being the big thing these days i think.

Greg.Smile

Yes, Greg... I was referring to home stereo. You are so right about low quality. I always wanted a good reel to reel tape deck when I was too young to afford one.
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