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Looks just like :tongue_smile:a Candy Boutique after hours...


Edited by Silent One - 10/20/13 at 7:42pm
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Good to know wotts, thanks for taking the time to reply.   =)

Anybody else have an opinion?

 

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I've almost completly moved away from dedicated headamps. I am only keeping the Mjolnir (for the HE-6 at the computer) and the custom OTL (for the T1). I really like how all of my cans sound with big vintage iron (that reminds me I need to hook the HE-6 to the 1980). I don't think I would buy off eBay unless it was a recommended seller by of of the folks here. All of mine I found on CL, but I check it ALL DAY EVERYDAY.

 

That being said, I really liked each amp I owned. I am about to list my Valhalla and Crack, but really don't want to get rid of either, depsite not using them. I may be a bit of a Schiit-head, but I haven't heard one of their amps I didn't like. For $250, you can't go wrong with the Asgard. I have the AMB b22 as well, but it hasn't been powered on since the last head-fi meet I went to. I'm not sure how it compares to the M^3 though.

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Originally Posted by wotts View Post
 

Are the small buttons on those two units the same?

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Originally Posted by jesh462 View Post

Hey guys. I found this thread and have been thinking of picking up a vintage amp to go with my headphones.
I own the Fischer Audio FA-011. If you are not familiar with it, here is a link.

It is a fun headphone with a V signature, however the bass doesn't overpower anything, and the soundstage is wide and detailed. It also has a somewhat large impedance. In the thread, the common consensus is the best results tend to come from tube amps. I don't want to deal with that. I'd like a warm sounding solid state amp that makes the FA-011 a little less discerning and emphasizes its musical qualities.

I've read a few dozen pages of this thread and have narrowed my vintage amp selection down to a SanSui AU 317 or higher. The problem is that there is nothing available close to me. Ebay has a few listings, but none of them overly cheap.


This one is a 317 199+49 shipping and looks to be in great shape, but it hasn't been restored at all.

This one is a 717 for 249+34 shipping. It's in questionable condition, the owner has no idea how to test it except to turn it on.

This one is a 317 for 265 and free shipping that has been fully reconditioned.

Besides the hazards of buying off ebay in general, I haven't entirely given up on dedicated headphone amps. My headphones are capable of sounding incredibly good with the right amplifier, and so this purchase isn't something that I want to do over again at a later date. I want something that makes my mids sound better, smooths out harshness in my treble and accurately reproduces the sub bass they are capable of without reducing the great soundstage. I guess I am not entirely convinced that a vintage amp can be the end-all for my headphones, especially since I haven't seen anything I want go for cheap.

With that being said I could buy a pre-assembled AMB M^3 for $375 or an Asgard II from Schiit for $250. I'm sure there are other options that I haven't discovered that are comparable.
Do you guys have any input on my situation? I would really appreciate it.

If you're not a DIY'er who can solder and replace components, I wouldn't consider that particular 717. Out of the two 317's, I'd consider the recapped one as the cost/effort of recapping well worth the delta between the two units. 50W could also power most speakers at reasonable volume, so you have the option of either HP's or speakers, which is nice even if you're not thinking about full size speakers now.

Sansuis are known for having warner sound, but that series is a bit later in the 70's line and it won't be as 'tube-like' as the earlier models. But more neutrality isn't a bad thing - it's probably still on the warmer side of totally neutral.

I think it's a fair/reasonable price given what's been done to it, and I'd rather have that than an Asgard or other dedicated HP amp at the same price.

Good luck!
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Congrats Wotts on the 1980. It's really great you managed to score one locally. I'll probably never find something like that in my area.

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Originally Posted by moodyrn View Post
 

Congrats Wotts on the 1980. It's really great you managed to score one locally. I'll probably never find something like that in my area.

 

If one pops up locally here, I'll alert you... first. :wink_face:

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Originally Posted by ssrock64 View Post

Are the small buttons on those two units the same?

The little push buttons? Yes, they are the same size. I hadn't noticed that before.
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Originally Posted by moodyrn View Post

Congrats Wotts on the 1980. It's really great you managed to score one locally. I'll probably never find something like that in my area.

Well, I'll explain how this worked. I picked up the speakers from Rob and he let me check out his basement rig. I immediately thought, I have to have one. A week later, one popped up on CL. So, go listen to a 1980 and then look. wink.gif

The seller said he was getting calls from all over the US. While I was at his house, two people called. I was really lucky.
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Late to the party...father in law bought this brand new in 1978...the year I was born! That makes me the proud 2nd owner....yes that's an original Zune 30 connected as source...
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A "vintage" Zune! Nice touch...wink.gif
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Originally Posted by wotts View Post
 
 

Well, I'll explain how this worked. I picked up the speakers from Rob and he let me check out his basement rig. I immediately thought, I have to have one. A week later, one popped up on CL. So, go listen to a 1980 and then look. wink.gif

The seller said he was getting calls from all over the US. While I was at his house, two people called. I was really lucky.

Happy

Audio karma?

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Originally Posted by wotts View Post
 

I found an SX-1980 on the local craigslist last week and picked it up Friday. It's pretty amazing!

 

 

 

 

I've got it running a pair of S-1010s and HPM-100s right now. Sounds great.

wotts this? SX1980? Congrats!! Absolutely beautiful.

 

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Late to the party...father in law bought this brand new in 1978...the year I was born! That makes me the proud 2nd owner....yes that's an original Zune 30 connected as source...

I love the look of that Sony, I've nearly snapped one up a few times. just based on looks!

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A "vintage" Zune! Nice touch...wink.gif
Yea, just got it actually, aside from the 7 year old battery not holding a charge like she used to, works perfectly and looks more 'serious audio' than an ipod. cool.gif
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finally I found a Kenwood KR-9600! I want to get it so bad! I need to find a KA-8100/9100 too :( 

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Never too early for lust... what's lunch got to do with it?! :normal_smile : 

 

Hope you get the Kenny!

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