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Fostex is so nice :'((( I want one!

post #17612 of 18452

+1

I'd love to get one custom Black without the Gold lettering.

post #17613 of 18452

Nice setup! New Matrix mini-i (I had the original once upon a time) and a WA6 without a rectifier :blink: or a really small hidden one.

 

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post #17614 of 18452
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It's the Mini I Pro, and part of the reason I was comfortable buying it is that I had owned the original Mini I previously. It's an excellent DAC for the money, and a decent headphone amp too.

 

The rectifier on the WA6 is a Mullard GZ34, and its hidden behind the Woo adapters and tubes!

post #17615 of 18452

Good to be back with speakers. Some brief testing. 

 

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Good to be back with speakers. Some brief testing. 

 

nice, what speakers are they?

post #17617 of 18452

English made Castle Harlechs S1 with a modded crossover with damaged top woofers (only the cone has cracked but I'm going to get the dual pair woofers from both speakers replaced with Monacor SPH-135 KEP kevlar cone with phase plug for the mid woofer and the down firing i.e top one is going to be replaced with a SPH-135C carbon fibre cone woofer driver. Not going to be cheap (about $600 for all 4 drivers shipped from the UK or Germany) but considering these speakers use to cost $2.1k back in the late 90's, real wood veneered cabinets each weighing close to 25kg and exceptional sounding when positioned right I want to give life back to these speakers with a bit modernized upgrades. I'll recone and redome the speakers when I get more funds to keep the original drivers as backups as NOS units from Castle Acoustics are no longer available.

 

The black speakers are Australian made Orpheus Nexus MK1. 1988-1991 speakers, one of the TOTL back then use to cost over $1.5k, just the other week when they arrived and I played some bassy music, being a bass reflex port designed multi-way speaker the reflex port at the back blew a chunk of foam out. Carefully removing a woofer to have a peep inside showed deteriorating foam (previous seller had them in storage in original boxes over a decade) but I'm very surprised as to how the cabinets and dampening methods have been used for each of the drivers in the thick MDF cabinet, they just don't build them these days like they use to. I've opened up and seen $15-25k speakers internally and don't have chambers or dampening executed as well as these are. 

 

The rest of the gear is a modded Yaqin VK-2100 hybrid class A amp, 85wpc beast, using a pair of matched pair of Mullard CV4024 w/flashing O getter for the interstage output and Baldwin 12AU7's for the preamp stage. Followed by a then $3k Australian made AD1853 Elektra DAC toslinked out to either my modded Sony SCD 940 QS sacd transport or the Grundig Finearts CD1000 transport sporting dual TDA1547 dac's. Standard so no fancy Crystal Cable cables used as I only moved some of my stuff around from upstairs and my garage as I'm trying to test the speakers after 2 days of minor room treatment, speaker positioning and placement to get a decent sound out of them. Enjoying these more then any headphone rig I've owned, heard or come by. Should have a Optonica (Sharp) RP-105H turntable coming in soon if I win the auction. 

 

I use to own expensive gear but sold em off because if you go vintage or vintage/modern (late 90's to early 2000's) and used you get more bang for buck out of your wallet. Most of the expensive stuff out there are cheap or less then stellar components in a fancy and exquisite enclosure or housing that gives the impression that it is expensive and must sound good (which is not always true). MOAR expensive doesn't equate to being better.


Edited by DefQon - 3/26/14 at 7:37pm
post #17618 of 18452
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
 

English made Castle Harlechs S1 with a modded crossover with damaged top woofers (only the cone has cracked but I'm going to get the dual pair woofers from both speakers replaced with Monacor SPH-135 KEP kevlar cone with phase plug for the mid woofer and the down firing i.e top one is going to be replaced with a SPH-135C carbon fibre cone woofer driver. Not going to be cheap (about $600 for all 4 drivers shipped from the UK or Germany) but considering these speakers use to cost $2.1k back in the late 90's, real wood veneered cabinets each weighing close to 25kg and exceptional sounding when positioned right I want to give life back to these speakers with a bit modernized upgrades. I'll recone and redome the speakers when I get more funds to keep the original drivers as backups as NOS units from Castle Acoustics are no longer available.

 

The black speakers are Australian made Orpheus Nexus MK1. 1988-1991 speakers, one of the TOTL back then use to cost over $1.5k, just the other week when they arrived and I played some bassy music, being a bass reflex port designed multi-way speaker the reflex port at the back blew a chunk of foam out. Carefully removing a woofer to have a peep inside showed deteriorating foam (previous seller had them in storage in original boxes over a decade) but I'm very surprised as to how the cabinets and dampening methods have been used for each of the drivers in the thick MDF cabinet, they just don't build them these days like they use to. I've opened up and seen $15-25k speakers internally and don't have chambers or dampening executed as well as these are. 

 

The rest of the gear is a modded Yaqin VK-2100 hybrid class A amp, 85wpc beast, using a pair of matched pair of Mullard CV4024 w/flashing O getter for the interstage output and Baldwin 12AU7's for the preamp stage. Followed by a then $3k Australian made AD1853 Elektra DAC toslinked out to either my modded Sony SCD 940 QS sacd transport or the Grundig Finearts CD1000 transport sporting dual TDA1547 dac's. Standard so no fancy Crystal Cable cables used as I only moved some of my stuff around from upstairs and my garage as I'm trying to test the speakers after 2 days of minor room treatment, speaker positioning and placement to get a decent sound out of them. Enjoying these more then any headphone rig I've owned, heard or come by. Should have a Optonica (Sharp) RP-105H turntable coming in soon if I win the auction. 

 

I use to own expensive gear but sold em off because if you go vintage or vintage/modern (late 90's to early 2000's) and used you get more bang for buck out of your wallet. Most of the expensive stuff out there are cheap or less then stellar components in a fancy and exquisite enclosure or housing that gives the impression that it is expensive and must sound good (which is not always true). MOAR expensive doesn't equate to being better.

Cool, its been a while since I've listened to my s or any speakers for that matter. I'm familiar with the Orpheus from those years when I was purchasing my Vandersteen 2Ci's. Nice system, good luck with the repairs, and enjoy them.

post #17619 of 18452
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It's the Mini I Pro, and part of the reason I was comfortable buying it is that I had owned the original Mini I previously. It's an excellent DAC for the money, and a decent headphone amp too.

 

The rectifier on the WA6 is a Mullard GZ34, and its hidden behind the Woo adapters and tubes!

 

Wow, the GZ34 is much, much smaller than I imagined. 

 

How does the Fostex sound with the Woo? 

post #17620 of 18452
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Originally Posted by Snips View Post

Wow, the GZ34 is much, much smaller than I imagined. 

How does the Fostex sound with the Woo? 

The WA6 is a great match for the TH900. It is very dynamic, and seems to bring the midrange a little more forward .
post #17621 of 18452
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post
 

Good to be back with speakers. Some brief testing. 

 

Really great looking speakers those Castle Harlechs..good luck with them!

post #17622 of 18452

I'll take some daylight shots on the wood grains, the woodworking looks superb with a few nicks and nacks here and there, but nothing danish wood oil can't dress up nicely.

post #17623 of 18452

Here is mine at the moment!

 

post #17624 of 18452

Is that... a hoverboard? I want! :biggrin:

post #17625 of 18452
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Is that... a hoverboard? I want! :biggrin:

 

 

Yes it is lol

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