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Shoot! If there's food & drink in the middle and no snow on the ground, I'd like to make that run down South! :tongue_smile:

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Silent One you would be welcome...consider yourself invited. Oooh, light bulb just went off. A meet based on vintage gear. :popcorn:

post #11613 of 12319
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Silent One you would be welcome...consider yourself invited. Oooh, light bulb just went off. A meet based on vintage gear. :popcorn:

 

I'm in! I need an excuse to get out of this snow anyhow.

post #11614 of 12319
Yeah, I will grab my 79 pound SX-1980 and lug it to a meet no problem wink.gif
post #11615 of 12319

^^ Come Sky, it's good for you. It's Moody's willingness to bring his 9090db to the Atlanta meet that I got hooked on vintage gear. We can make it easy for you. First annual vintage meet...location Skylab's. :biggrin: ha

post #11616 of 12319

Well, I'm in northeast FL. All y'all can come hear the modest main setup of the sx-1980 with the mac speakers. And all the other units too. They need love sometimes haha.

Which reminds me, I am pulling the trigger on a full scale, properly massive vintage rig. I have to fire up the wife's minivan to get it all in and it's a few hours from me. I don't want to spill the beans on it until it is in hand, but it has blue VU meters on gold lettered glass, is separated into about 5 components, and comes with "CWO" speakers about chest high (if you catch my drift...). :wink_face:

It was an all or nothing buy, so I'll definitely have some spare bits to get rid of once all the dust settles.

Also, my tech has figured out the gremlin with my "new" str-6120 and that'll be in the mix in a few days. He has a fantastic system (more blue meters and glass with gold lettering that I have EVER seen) that he will let me compare the 6120 to.

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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post

Yeah, I will grab my 79 pound SX-1980 and lug it to a meet no problem wink.gif

 

With the big 'G' in tow, we could be Roadies. :normal_smile :

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Thread Starter 
Well, I'm back at home. I will post a few initial impressions a little later.
post #11619 of 12319
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Silent One you would be welcome...consider yourself invited. Oooh, light bulb just went off. A meet based on vintage gear. :popcorn:

 

I think the members in this thread are good folk. A 2014 Vintage meet... why not!

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Thread Starter 
So here's a few quick impressions. This is my third sx 1280. The first one looked brand new, and was flawless cosmetically. It left because it was beat out by my ka-907, sansui 9090db(fully restored) and I won't even mention the 500c lol. Don't get me wrong, I loved it. It was the second best solid state receiver I listened to, and the fully restored 9090db was only a little better.

So a few months later one nearly mint came on my radar at a really good price, so I thought, maybe the first one had quiet a few out of spec parts. So this one might just sound a bit better. To my disappointment, it sounded exactly the same as the other one. So it soon left.

Now I'm a huge fan of the 1280 looks. I think it's the best looking solid state receiver even surpassing all of the marantz and sansui's. I know it's a personal preference, but it just looks so darn classy. So when Matt mentioned he was selling his which was restored by Terry, (and the fact the g901 deal fell through lol) I couldn't resist.

The two things that nagged me the most about the 1280 is the harshness in the upper mids and lower treble, and the very high noise floor with low impedance highly sensitive cans.

Well with all of that out the way, let me say at least one of my prayers have been answered. The noise floor is still way too high for my w3000 and jh13, but everything else is improved. Of course the sound sig is still the same(which I love btw), but all of the harshness is gone, transparency is better, and the treble has a bit more resolution and sounds sweeter. Not g901/9000 sweet. Or even 9090db sweet, but just a touch of sweetness that makes it more musical sounding than the stock 1280s I've owned in the past.

The imaging is just a bit tighter, but also more holographic. Now of course take these impressions with a grain of salt since it's been a couple of months since I had my last 1280. The fun part was switching it out with my Mac. Well painful as well. My back didn't appreciate switching out one 60lb beast for another 84lb beast. But they do sound very different. The pioneer just slightly warm, while the Mac is just a little warm. Doesn't sound like much, but very noticeable. The Mac sounds fuller while being just as transparent. The 1280 is more airy sounding, and more energetic. While the Mac is just smooth, rich and organic. The pioneer have a wider soundstage, but the sound stage on the Mac is deeper. The Mac has all of the technicalities of the pioneer, but it also has much more soul and sounds more musical.

But the pioneer isn't embarrassed by the Mac, but the Mac is still a bit better though. They both are keepers.
Oh and I couldn't resist popping the lid off. It's actually the first thing I did. I was really glad to see Terry used muse kx totl nichicon caps. And a few fine golds in a few spots. Also interesting, he left the tuner section alone. I've read recapping a tuner board can do more harm than good. So I guess he's from that school of thought. I was also surprised he didn't do any cleaning. It's really dirty in there, but again from my experience with cleaning these things, that probably would have pitched the price a lot higher. But he did a great job, and it sounds much better than both stock 1280s I've owned.
post #11621 of 12319

Thanks for the impressions moodyrn. 

post #11622 of 12319

Great impressions moody and congrats! Looking forward to seeing what matt gets next. Though I'm guessing it will start with an 'M' :D

 

Just on the topic of noise with low impedance phones. Recently picked up some RS2's and shockingly they are as quiet as a mouse on my noisier amps.. There is normally a low hum on my au505 and a light hiss with my 551 when using my 300 ohm cans. No noise at all. I don't understand...? If I'm to go off my current headphones, the higher the impedance - the more noise with vintage amps! They seem to powered well enough too. A slightly more relaxed presentation compared to my high current hp amps, but this is very welcome. 

 

 

post #11623 of 12319

Great impressions Moody!! I hope that you'll enjoy it. As for myself, I have an inside track on a Mac that I soon hope that be using. I'll let you all know how it turns out. 

 

I may also give the 500c one last gasp effort. This owner had two. Moody has one and I'd love to be the second recipient, but he wont ship and lives in AZ. Somehow Moody was able to get him to ship. I'll pitch him one more time and see what happens. If there is some way to convince him, then I'd take the 500c over the Mac even. 

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Thread Starter 
If you do, I hope you can convince home this time. But as for myself getting him to ship, my wife will tell you..... I ain't to proud to beg!!biggrin.gif
post #11625 of 12319
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Originally Posted by PhoenixG View Post

Well, I'm in northeast FL. All y'all can come hear the modest main setup of the sx-1980 with the mac speakers. And all the other units too. They need love sometimes haha.
Which reminds me, I am pulling the trigger on a full scale, properly massive vintage rig. I have to fire up the wife's minivan to get it all in and it's a few hours from me. I don't want to spill the beans on it until it is in hand, but it has blue VU meters on gold lettered glass, is separated into about 5 components, and comes with "CWO" speakers about chest high (if you catch my drift...). wink_face.gif
It was an all or nothing buy, so I'll definitely have some spare bits to get rid of once all the dust settles.
Also, my tech has figured out the gremlin with my "new" str-6120 and that'll be in the mix in a few days. He has a fantastic system (more blue meters and glass with gold lettering that I have EVER seen) that he will let me compare the 6120 to.

Sounds aorta like a Pioneer Spec rack system.....or that Rotel rack system I saw over on Audiokarma........hmmmmm
Edited by Oregonian - 2/2/14 at 6:52am
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