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post #3541 of 3553
I would recommend the Garage 1217 Solstice, Polaris, or Ember for an amp over Schiit.

Ember if it fits the budget and want to tube roll, otherwise the other two are very good as well and should be able to power the he4. I know someone with a used Polaris if you're interested.
Edited by Soundsgoodtome - 5/22/15 at 11:14am
post #3542 of 3553
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Originally Posted by MermaidMan View Post

And what would you recommend for a receiver? Or should I just get a magni 2?

 

 

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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post

I would recommend the Garage 1217 Solstice, Polaris, or Ember for an amp over Schiit.

Ember if it fits the budget and want to tube roll, otherwise the other two are very good as well and should be able to power the he4.

 

I would also recommend this. I don't think you'll have any troubles with the Magni 2 but I would at least consider what Garage1217 has to offer as well.

post #3543 of 3553
I've been looking into vintage amps and I was surprised how many are fir sale in my area. lots of brands.

JVC
Kenwood
Sony
Pioneer
Fisher
Yamaha
Sansui
Technics

a bit overwhelming. not sure what to go with. anything I should avoid?

this seems interesting.
http://www.kijiji.ca/v-electronics/gatineau/highly-collectible-vintage-lafayette-lr-500t-receiver/1072468821
Edited by bassboysam - 5/22/15 at 3:31pm
post #3544 of 3553
Take the model and look them up on audiokarma great site. Also avoid everything 80s and up(with a few exceptions) you don't have to go full receiver. There are some great pre/power stacks, pioneers spec 1 and 2. Also integrateds. Pioneer sa9100 seems fantastic. What you have to realize, is if youre buying vintage and its all original, you'll need to re cap it at some point. At the very least you'll need to pull it apart and clean it, deoxit all the pots and switches. Blah blah. It brings into play a whole new hobby. But it's fun
Edited by hemipowered007 - 5/22/15 at 3:41pm
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Take the model and look them up on audiokarma great site. Also avoid everything 80s and up(with a few exceptions) you don't have to go full receiver. There are some great pre/power stacks, pioneers spec 1 and 2. Also integrateds. Pioneer sa9100 seems fantastic. What you have to realize, is if youre buying vintage and its all original, you'll need to re cap it at some point. At the very least you'll need to pull it apart and clean it, deoxit all the pots and switches. Blah blah. It brings into play a whole new hobby. But it's fun

I want to go vintage, not only for the power, but some of them are absolutely gorgeous. I have a knack for DIY and modifications, so maintenance won't be a problem...I'm sure I'll enjoy it!

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Originally Posted by hemipowered007 View Post

Take the model and look them up on audiokarma great site. Also avoid everything 80s and up(with a few exceptions) you don't have to go full receiver. There are some great pre/power stacks, pioneers spec 1 and 2. Also integrateds. Pioneer sa9100 seems fantastic. What you have to realize, is if youre buying vintage and its all original, you'll need to re cap it at some point. At the very least you'll need to pull it apart and clean it, deoxit all the pots and switches. Blah blah. It brings into play a whole new hobby. But it's fun

Great advice.  Audiokarma is the vintage site to visit.  And gotta agree with you on the Spec 1 & 2 - I own a set in the rack and frankly feel I hit the lottery when I got an entire rack system with 5 pieces (Spec 1 preamp, Spec 2 amp, SG-9500 EQ, TX-9500 tuner and CTF-1000 cassette deck which I sold) in great shape for $270.  Right place, right time.   Truly got lucky and I know it. But that said, I own 4 other Pioneer vintage pieces and all are awesome pieces of kit. 

 

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I want to go vintage, not only for the power, but some of them are absolutely gorgeous. I have a knack for DIY and modifications, so maintenance won't be a problem...I'm sure I'll enjoy it!

The looks are amazing and with tone controls, loudness switches and that power you can tailor the sound to your liking with ease.    A little eye candy for ya............

 

 

post #3547 of 3553
I found a Pioneer sx-535 for $40 Canadian so I'm gonna go with that. probably needs a cap job but even so, it's still a good deal I think.
post #3548 of 3553
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Great advice.  Audiokarma is the vintage site to visit.  And gotta agree with you on the Spec 1 & 2 - I own a set in the rack and frankly feel I hit the lottery when I got an entire rack system with 5 pieces (Spec 1 preamp, Spec 2 amp, SG-9500 EQ, TX-9500 tuner and CTF-1000 cassette deck which I sold) in great shape for $270.  Right place, right time.   Truly got lucky and I know it. But that said, I own 4 other Pioneer vintage pieces and all are awesome pieces of kit. 

The looks are amazing and with tone controls, loudness switches and that power you can tailor the sound to your liking with ease.    A little eye candy for ya............






Good Lord you're lucky, I paid 270 for the 1010 Alone just this past week. But, I am inpatient and wanted one asap. I've seen and heard that exact rack before, the guy had bought it all new in Japan, amazing system.
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That 1010 is a huge get for you, congrats!  And that is a great price.  I paid $400 for a mint SX-1050 that needed nothing and the walnut was pristine and thought that was a good price! 

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I found a Pioneer sx-535 for $40 Canadian so I'm gonna go with that. probably needs a cap job but even so, it's still a good deal I think.


Great deal!  Congrats - let us know how it sounds!

post #3551 of 3553
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Great deal!  Congrats - let us know how it sounds!

 

 

just gave it a clean, it's in really good shape.  hasn't been used in 14 years apparently, so I'm sure the capacitors are not ideal.  regardless I plugged the HE-4 into the headphone out first and it sounded pretty good.  nothing spectacular, a little brighter than I had expected actually and on some tracks just too bright.  Hip hop, and metal are kind of unlistenable, just painfully bright.

 

I tried the speaker taps, not much difference other than maybe a tad more bass and sounds a bit more open/airy.  Isn't blowing me away so far as a headphone amp. 

 

Connected to my speaker setup it sounded quite nice, very rich and musical.  Maybe it's just not a good match with the HE-4 or maybe it needs to be maintained.  Going to try the HE-500 and LCD-2 next.


Edited by bassboysam - 5/23/15 at 8:19pm
post #3552 of 3553
If this thing wasn't 55 pounds I'd put it on tour for you guys. I cannot wait to get another balanced Wolfson dac or an r2r dac and see what this combo can really do. I am approaching audio nirvana....then I will want more....then I will be broke...broker than now...the journey must move forward!
post #3553 of 3553
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just gave it a clean, it's in really good shape.  hasn't been used in 14 years apparently, so I'm sure the capacitors are not ideal.  regardless I plugged the HE-4 into the headphone out first and it sounded pretty good.  nothing spectacular, a little brighter than I had expected actually and on some tracks just too bright.  Hip hop, and metal are kind of unlistenable, just painfully bright.

I tried the speaker taps, not much difference other than maybe a tad more bass and sounds a bit more open/airy.  Isn't blowing me away so far as a headphone amp. 

Connected to my speaker setup it sounded quite nice, very rich and musical.  Maybe it's just not a good match with the HE-4 or maybe it needs to be maintained.  Going to try the HE-500 and LCD-2 next.

Isn't cleaning them out fun? I love it!
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