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Originally Posted by dogwan View Post
 

Hey Oregonian!

 

give it a shot. I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised.

 

I have two Hitachi integrateds. A 1972 IA1000 which is very good sounding in a classic 70's way, and has an excellent phono stage with M/C capability. The other is a later generation HA7700 MOS-FET design that blows me  away sometimes for how clean it and its rich powerful bass. Also a good phono stage with MC and  adjustable loading for MM side (very unusual). I think Hitachi stuff is very good and very "under the radar".

 

Is that pole dancer trainer located off of Barbur blvd?

 

Greetings from the heart of PSU!

Rob/dogwan,


I did get it, and it plays flawlessly on both FM and with a iPod/iDo DAC hooked up to it.  Very nice sound, plenty of thump and sounds great when turned up on Tom Sawyer on KGON this morning.............very nice condition with only a couple of smudges on it to take away from a 'mint condition' moniker.  I'm happy with it for sure.

 

It is in Vancouver on Washington St.  The guy's wife runs it and he is unemployed so his contribution is "fixing" vintage amps/receivers and selling them for a little cash flow.  Unfortunately the first two had issues but third time was a charm. He's a great guy and was very sorry I had to keep coming in to swap them out. 

 

Hoping we get a Portland meet going - I'll bring my little vintage Kenwood integrated amp along with some headphones. 

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Speaking of Hitachi amps ... here a pic of a Hitachi HA-5300 that I use for driving my HD650s. Very clear and detailed reproduction. I've tried the Senns with quite a few vintage amps/receivers and this is one of the best synergies I've found. Not very clear from the picture but speaker B system on this amp has a separate attenuator prior to the main volume control. It's the little knob next to the speaker selector. I've used it to drive the HD-650s in balanced mode because I could control the power output to create more volume headroom. It works quite well but I get the same good results out of the headphone out but without the risk of accidentally blowing a driver! Reverted to the headphone out for the 650s.

 

On the bottom is a Luxman R-1050, my daily driver for the Hifiman HE-500 (via speaker posts of course). Man, does this receiver sound good. I guess the one word summary is 'refined', but without losing anything for detail, fullness, oomph. Do they still make them like this anymore?

 

 

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^Can you show me where you got that divider inbetween the receivers. Is that what it is? or is that a stand?

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You'll never guess what it is and where I got it from ... try ... I dare you, he he .... :veryevil:!

 

 

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Did you get it right???  It's a cutting board I picked up from Ikea. I simply added rubber feet to it to create a divider. It was just the right size for the amps. Yeah ... you know, improvisation!
post #12455 of 16752

ha ha good job and it looks great!

post #12456 of 16752
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Originally Posted by Terja View Post

Speaking of Hitachi amps ... here a pic of a Hitachi HA-5300 that I use for driving my HD650s. Very clear and detailed reproduction. I've tried the Senns with quite a few vintage amps/receivers and this is one of the best synergies I've found. Not very clear from the picture but speaker B system on this amp has a separate attenuator prior to the main volume control. It's the little knob next to the speaker selector. I've used it to drive the HD-650s in balanced mode because I could control the power output to create more volume headroom. It works quite well but I get the same good results out of the headphone out but without the risk of accidentally blowing a driver! Reverted to the headphone out for the 650s.

On the bottom is a Luxman R-1050, my daily driver for the Hifiman HE-500 (via speaker posts of course). Man, does this receiver sound good. I guess the one word summary is 'refined', but without losing anything for detail, fullness, oomph. Do they still make them like this anymore?

Couple nice pieces!
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Originally Posted by Terja View Post
 

You'll never guess what it is and where I got it from ... try ... I dare you, he he .... :veryevil:!

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Did you get it right???  It's a cutting board I picked up from Ikea. I simply added rubber feet to it to create a divider. It was just the right size for the amps. Yeah ... you know, improvisation!

 

 Here is my guess...

Cutting board from IKEA.

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Very funny Musicman ... I'm sure you took a peek didn't you :o!

 

@ Oregonian -- Yeah they are holding me steady -- along with a Pioneer SA9500II I have, they are pretty solid pieces; but I really like what the Luxman does with music. Oh yeah, I run a custom tube buffer between it and my Dac and the Luxman matches up very nicely with it, but not so well with the other amps which didn't seem to need or want the additional voltage swing. How's your new Hitachi Class G receiver working out?


Edited by Terja - 5/3/14 at 11:22am
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excuse my ignorance again but shouldnt I be looking at integrated amplifiers if I dong give two craps about a radio?

 

They seem to be more power for cheaper slightly and less popular

post #12460 of 16752
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post
 

excuse my ignorance again but shouldnt I be looking at integrated amplifiers if I dong give two craps about a radio?

 

They seem to be more power for cheaper slightly and less popular

Ignorance is bliss... 

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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post
 

Ignorance is bliss... 

not when you just found out that 35w per channel into 8 ohms is barely 5 w into the he-6 50 ohms when the 5w is the recommended then it sucks. I need clean power with low distortion and when i first posted about how i couldnt imagine needing more power at 25 w per channel I now feel dumb. 

 

Thats not bliss. :frown: 


Edited by grizzlybeast - 5/3/14 at 12:32pm
post #12462 of 16752
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post
 

not when you just found out that 35w per channel into 8 ohms is barely 5 w into the he-6 50 ohms when the 5w is the recommended then it sucks. I need clean power with low distortion and when i first posted about how i couldnt imagine needing more power at 25 w per channel I now feel dumb. 

 

Thats not bliss. :frown: 

Yeah what I meant was, don't worry if its a receiver or integrated amp. Most of the very best gear in this thread are receivers. The SX-1980 for example is 270 watts per channel :eek: and is a kind of holy grail of vintage.

 

The he-6 is a strange beast and does require more power than pretty much every other dynamic out there, but I do know our very own Skylab liked the sound of it from the hp out on his sx1980.

 

Also, I would personally argue that there is a lot more than just watts required to bring out the best in a headphone. Problem is you have a very high maintenance hp! But 5 watts really should be enough.

 

The problem with vintage gear compared to commercial amps is; theres only ever a few of us who own or owned a particular amp. So theres rarely any in-depth info on sound characteristics or majority agreements. Most of us on here rely on reputations of peeps who have collected many vintage amps. So a pitch of salt is required at all times. I bought many amps before I stumbled over the sound I was after. After buying many shiny muscular looking machines I accidently stumbled over an ugly, dirty old NAD hahaha. 

 

As always its horses for courses my grizzly friend :)

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Originally Posted by .Sup View Post

Magick Man very nice! Is it really that good? I am now very temptet. smily_headphones1.gif

Yep, they are that good. I've not found anything better at >5x the price. So much of modern head-fi amplification is overpriced junk, with notable exceptions, and vintage gear like this simply reinforces that position.
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post

excuse my ignorance again but shouldnt I be looking at integrated amplifiers if I dong give two craps about a radio?

They seem to be more power for cheaper slightly and less popular

IMO, the less crap you don't need on a piece of gear, the better. I like keeping things as simple as I can and don't want a radio, DSPs, or even tone controls on a HP amp, though a balance control can be nice if you have some old cans that are a little light on one side.
post #12464 of 16752
Makes sense to buy an integrated if you don't want the radio and don't care about the sexy look of the vintage receivers wink.gif

The Pioneer SX-1980 does do a great job with the HE-6 but it can output 27 watts into 50 ohms from its headphone out! That's not typical tongue.gif
post #12465 of 16752

Heres a couple of my NAD's. 7125 and 7130 - both receivers. The radio never gets used - but they both have digital displays that illuminate! :tongue_smile:

 

Anyhow, the one below (7125) cost me £25 ($35) and is used more than any other amp in my collection. It just sounds 'right' to my ears. I've never heard a hp amp come near to this kind of refinement. Very natural and effortless sound. Ironically its the cheapest amp I've bought..

 

 

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