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post #11791 of 13402
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Originally Posted by mr.khali View Post
 

I am considering a Kenwood KA 5500.  What do you guys think of the Kenwood sound?  It would be my first. I need some power meters back in my life.

Kenwood can be really good or really mediocre. I've never found a really "accurate" kenwood, so maybe I'm just biased. I've had the KR-9600 and KR-790, wasn't really impressed by either's sound. Although the KR-9600 was GORGEOUS is its wooden case, blue dial, horsepower, and so many meters!

 

On another thing, mission should y'all chose to accept it, what is this guy hiding in the background here? He's selling the 1250, but I spy an 1980 and what on earth is that turntable/speakers? Is that a klipsch la scala?

http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/ele/4341710229.html

post #11792 of 13402
Speaker looks like a Belle Klipsch

http://www.klipsch.com/belle-klipsch-floorstanding-speaker/details

I have no clue about the turntable. The gurus have been summoned!
Edited by palmfish - 2/20/14 at 6:47pm
post #11793 of 13402
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Originally Posted by Oregonian View Post


I have TWO KA-5700's and love them. One is the main headphone station I use down in the family room. Very nice sound and yeah, the meters are a nice feature.

Good to hear! How does the sound compare to Sansui, Pioneer or Yamaha's

post #11794 of 13402
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Originally Posted by palmfish View Post

Speaker looks like a Belle Klipsch

http://www.klipsch.com/belle-klipsch-floorstanding-speaker/details

I have no clue about the turntable. The gurus have been summoned!

That is correct. That is the Belle Klipsch which is basically a dressed up Scala. They are beautiful speakers.

post #11795 of 13402
The turntable is an Empire 598. When those are in good condition they are drop dead gorgeous. I'd love to own a mint one.
post #11796 of 13402
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post

The turntable is an Empire 598. When those are in good condition they are drop dead gorgeous. I'd love to own a mint one.

 

Agreed. When working at Benz's place, then still called Empire Switzerland, there was a minty mint 598 in the demo system, more for looks , besides a "serious" TT, fitted with SME V arm, which is immensely more suited for moving coil carts than 598's flimpsy transparent plastic headshell. But 598's looks and "golden" finish just can not be topped ...

post #11797 of 13402

Regarding meters; they can be great looking, but also detrimental for the sound quality.

 

One of the sexiest pairs of meters grace the awesome Technics SE-A5 (and its MK 2 incarnation ) power amp.

 

 

http://www.adrian-kingston.com/SEA5.htm

 

HOWEVER - if you are after the very last ounce of sound, disconnecting these georgeous looking giant ( and FAST ) meters makes for an audible improvement. 

 

I learned of this while trying the SE-A5 and its "equivalent" integrated, the SU-V8 ( which does have a head start to begin with, with two entirely separate power supply transformers compared to SE-A5s single one, with only the separated secondary windings for ech channel ) ; try as I might, no amount of modding could bring the SE-A5 to match the sonics of ( similarly modded) SU-V8 UNTIL I switched off the meter circuit(s). Now, at least on programme not overly demanding on power supply, the two ( being essentially the very same electrical schematics) started to sing equally well.

 

It still is one of the best sounding power amps in existance, provided it is used within its performance envelope.

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Does anybody know if the Marantz 1152 DC integrated amp have a good headphone section?  Also is it worth getting and getting it repair?  Also does it compare to some of the other high end marantz receiver like the 2285.

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I don't think I've heard it specifically, but other Marantz from that era seem alright, if a little too warm and "fuzzy". They are beautiful, however. redface.gif
post #11801 of 13402
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Originally Posted by PhoenixG View Post
 

Kenwood can be really good or really mediocre. I've never found a really "accurate" kenwood, so maybe I'm just biased. I've had the KR-9600 and KR-790, wasn't really impressed by either's sound. Although the KR-9600 was GORGEOUS is its wooden case, blue dial, horsepower, and so many meters!

 

On another thing, mission should y'all chose to accept it, what is this guy hiding in the background here? He's selling the 1250, but I spy an 1980 and what on earth is that turntable/speakers? Is that a klipsch la scala?

http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/ele/4341710229.html

Oh that sucks :( I've wanted to find a KR-9600 really bad for a long time. My Kenwood KA-7100 is terrific sounding and also has the best sounding and lowest noise phono input of all my receivers. my KR-7400 is not bad either. 

That's a cool looking turntable. beats my mediocre MMF 5.1... 

post #11802 of 13402

Just added a recapped Marantz 1070 to my collection. I like the smaller footprint as a desktop rig and I'm hoping to eventually pair it with the matching 112 tuner.

 

Video of the technician, hope it's ok to post it!

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ki05cpf8wn8u5v/20140216_123326.mp4

post #11803 of 13402
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Originally Posted by harrinj View Post
 

Oh that sucks :( I've wanted to find a KR-9600 really bad for a long time. My Kenwood KA-7100 is terrific sounding and also has the best sounding and lowest noise phono input of all my receivers. my KR-7400 is not bad either. 

That's a cool looking turntable. beats my mediocre MMF 5.1... 

If you like the 7400, you'll like the 7600 more. I just think that most kenwoods tend towards warmth. They have great build quality, which is audible. I prefer a neutral signature, so though I enjoyed the kr-9600 vastly, especially looking at it, it was just too warm for me.

post #11804 of 13402

Warmth - the same reason I have not been much impressed with the vintage Marantz stuff.

post #11805 of 13402

Good with Grado and German Maestro headphones :) they love the warmth

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