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Originally Posted by Destroysall View Post
 

parbaked, have I ever complimented your photography? I think your photos do your equipment such divine justice. :) 

 

What happened to the Sonus Faber loudspeakers? Also, any chance for some photos of this whole "new" setup?

Ha ha, old love never dies. IIRC, "somewhere" I did ask why LS3/5a was exchanged for Sonus Faber. IIRC #2, it was money, sum offered was too good to pass. Guess #1 : the first opportunity to re-acquire LS3/5(a) at reasonable price has been grabbed with both hands....

 

Nice job with 7100, too. Congrats :beerchug:!

post #10142 of 13731
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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post
 

The Pioneer SA-7100 got a cleaning today:

 

 

Nice work. You have to have a real gentle touch when cleaning all the resistors etc. I use a fine art paint brush, almost like I'm touching up a masterpeice haha

 

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Yes, the cleaning of a worthy Pioneer is a good thing.

Its nice to see the insides of these old classic Pioneers. The more power, the more space taken up for the caps . Circuit boards now on their sides etc.  

 

I'd love to own either. Great stuff!

post #10143 of 13731

Just got a vintage Pioneer quad receiver today, circa 1972-73.

 

Currently using with my Fostex TH900.

 

Next stop to get the Yamaha NS-1000M speakers.

 

Keeping my eyes open for a Sansui amp.

 

post #10144 of 13731
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Originally Posted by sidrpm View Post
 

Just got a vintage Pioneer quad receiver today, circa 1972-73.

 

 

QX9900 nice nice nice. 

 

Nice. 

 

Don't see many of those, well done! 

post #10145 of 13731
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Originally Posted by Destroysall View Post
 

parbaked, have I ever complimented your photography? I think your photos do your equipment such divine justice. :) 

 

What happened to the Sonus Faber loudspeakers? Also, any chance for some photos of this whole "new" setup?

Thanks. Here's one more shot - of the rather large (6800 uF for a 20 wpc amp) caps.

 

The Sonus Fabers are pulling duty in the den - 2 channel "home theater".

AppleMark

Great little speakers.

 

I can't post a picture of the entire set-up until I take a good one...

post #10146 of 13731
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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post

 

So far so sweet!

 

I had a Pioneer Integrated Amplifier that was new, or a year or two after release, and that looks so very familiar.

 

It could even be the same one... :cool:

 

IIRC, I used Roger Sound Lab speakers:

 

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I swapped those tweeters for Philips dome tweeters...

post #10147 of 13731
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Originally Posted by Destroysall View Post
 

Also, any chance for some photos of this whole "new" setup?

This is the office rig.

Modified Rega P2 or Planet CD > Pioneer SA-7100 > Spendor S3/5.

Cranking live Hendrix, nice!

post #10148 of 13731
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Originally Posted by analogsurviver View Post
 

Ha ha, old love never dies. IIRC, "somewhere" I did ask why LS3/5a was exchanged for Sonus Faber. IIRC #2, it was money, sum offered was too good to pass. Guess #1 : the first opportunity to re-acquire LS3/5(a) at reasonable price has been grabbed with both hands....

 

Nice job with 7100, too. Congrats :beerchug:!

You have a good memory and are almost right! The Spendor S3/5 are later replacements for the LS3/5a. Same size cabinets (turned sideways) but different drivers and crossover.

IMO, a much better speaker, really...

Any of these BBC voiced monitors are wonderful partners to our vintage iron!

post #10149 of 13731
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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post
 

This is the office rig.

Modified Rega P2 or Planet CD > Pioneer SA-7100 > Spendor S3/5.

Cranking live Hendrix, nice!


Beautiful. Just beautiful. I must ask two things however. My first being is that turntable floating?? :O My second being is if the featured wooden shelves are all DIY? I'm sure that question has been asked before as well. LOL.

post #10150 of 13731
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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post
 

You have a good memory and are almost right! The Spendor S3/5 are later replacements for the LS3/5a. Same size cabinets (turned sideways) but different drivers and crossover.

IMO, a much better speaker, really...

Any of these BBC voiced monitors are wonderful partners to our vintage iron!

Spendor is kind of dark horse - always there, always good, but other manufacturers seem to be able to outdo them at chickensquaking. I wish I got Spendor BC1 instead of Rogers LS3/5a back then - but although (almost?) all birds lay eggs, we consume (mainly) chicken eggs - cococoDaAAAAK !

 

Did not know Spendor did a "sequel" to the LS3/5a; how would you describe your observation of S3/5 being superiour to the LS3/5a ?


Edited by analogsurviver - 10/20/13 at 12:08am
post #10151 of 13731
I have a pair of Spendor LS3/5A that are my office speakers...connected to a Marantz 2285. The sound is absolutely lovely! It's not for the detail/resolution craving audiophile, but it's beautiful sounding beyond words.
post #10152 of 13731
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post

I have a pair of Spendor LS3/5A that are my office speakers...connected to a Marantz 2285. The sound is absolutely lovely! It's not for the detail/resolution craving audiophile, but it's beautiful sounding beyond words.

I meant to ask how you were enjoying your Spendors, when I saw the pics you posted of your little Infinities. 

How do they compare (or should we move this to another thread?).

The LS3/5a are fabulous speakers. If you shove them in a bookcase, they still sound lovely.  

If you treat them like audiophile kit e.g. right stands, positioning, equipment etc, they can sound audiophile too!

The only thing they don't do well is play loud or fill a large room.  

That and, like our vintage receivers, the older LS3/5a will go out of spec because some components were selected for sound and were only designed to last 25 years.

It is similar to how you have described some TOTL receivers "requiring" service and upgrades to ensure ongoing enjoyment.

One difference is that the value of your Pioneers is "increased" by the restoration/upgrades you perform.

The collectable LS3/5a lose value (it's all relative) if they have been "opened up" let alone modified/restored.


Edited by parbaked - 10/20/13 at 8:28am
post #10153 of 13731
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Beautiful. Just beautiful. I must ask two things however. My first being is that turntable floating?? :O My second being is if the featured wooden shelves are all DIY? I'm sure that question has been asked before as well. LOL.

Yes the turntable is almost floating. analogsurvivor has me worried about vibration, from being close to my speakers so I am slowly training my TT to float.

I hope to remove one more foot by Christmas! :wink_face:

 

The shelving are actually modular wood boxes from a company in California. They sell nesting sets of six "Mix Boxes" in plywood or solid maple that you can arrange as you like.

http://theutilitycollective.com/index.html

post #10154 of 13731
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Originally Posted by analogsurviver View Post
 

Spendor is kind of dark horse - always there, always good, but other manufacturers seem to be able to outdo them at chickensquaking. I wish I got Spendor BC1 instead of Rogers LS3/5a back then - but although (almost?) all birds lay eggs, we consume (mainly) chicken eggs - cococoDaAAAAK !

 

Did not know Spendor did a "sequel" to the LS3/5a; how would you describe your observation of S3/5 being superiour to the LS3/5a ?

Yes Spendor and Harbeth have interesting history shaped by their times. Both were started by ex-BBC engineers (Spencer Hughes & Dudley Harwood) that worked on the original Kingswood Warren LS3/5a. Each left BBC to form speaker companies - with their wives - Spencer + Dorthy = Spendor; Harwood + Beth = Harbeth.

Both companies made versions of the various BBC monitors. When KEF stopped making the LS3/5a drivers, both made their own versions (Spendor S3/5 & Harbeth P-3), which were not BBC licensed  as replacements. By 2001, both founders had sold out to different operators, which shaped the history of each company...

 

I probably should not have said "better" but instead said an "equally enjoyable" alternative to the LS3/5a.

The modern Spendors and Harbeths and Stirlings give a similar experience without some of the limitations.

1. They can play louder before they break up.

2. Tweeter is less nasal than the old KEF units. These OEM KEF drivers were "average" without the right crossover AND cabinets.

3. The cabinets are sealed better. The LS3/5a tend to eventually leak around the screw-in baffles, which affects how the bass unit drives.

 

I am really NOT bashing the LS3/5a at all. I lived with them for 20+ years and thought I'd keep them forever - but I am enjoying the newer Spendors even more...


Edited by parbaked - 10/20/13 at 8:40am
post #10155 of 13731
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Originally Posted by analogsurviver View Post
I wish I got Spendor BC1 instead of Rogers LS3/5a back then - but although (almost?) all birds lay eggs, we consume (mainly) chicken eggs - cococoDaAAAAK !

 

Yeah the Spendors are better but the Spendors cost 50% more then and are "worth" 50% of the LS3/5a now.

That was really my point about selling the LS3/5a. With proceeds one can buy BC-1 7 S3/5 & a nice TT and receiver and have so much fun!

My original plan was to get a Decware SET and Omega single driver set-up, with 1/2 the proceeds, but I liked the Pioneer SA-7100 so much that I went another direction...

 

If I had Skylab's basement, I'd want a pair of BC-1 - with studio stands on wheels! 

Pioneer SX-1250 with an good FM antenna and you could come by and donate a TT!

My father still has his Rogers LS5/9 on wood stands - eerily good as well! 

 

These BC-1 are local...tempted but no room...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/171150694736?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649


Edited by parbaked - 10/20/13 at 9:01am
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