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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

I'm very new to the true vintage gear but I'd open admit that this is some of the most fun I've had with gear in quite some time. Part of the fun in the hunt...no warranty. It's a risk but the reward can be huge. My Pioneer is impressive on many levels. No speakers for me...just hp's ATM. Well, unless I decide to add some vintage speakers. wink.gif

 

Vintage speakers can be a lot of fun too.  I bought 3 pairs over the last year (kept two and gave one to my nephew).  If all the drivers are good, then generally at most it's a re-foam of any degraded surrounds, refreshing the electrolytic caps in the crossover, and Deoxit any controls.  In general, much less to go wrong or searching to troubleshoot.

 

These speakers are late 70's vintage

 

 

And don't forget the vintage turntable while you're at it.  evil_smiley.gif

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What are y'all's impression on the Kenny KR9050?

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Please don't put your IMF porn here!!!! I missed one locally!!

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captouch, that's gorgeous!!!

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Please don't put your IMF porn here!!!! I missed one locally!!

They can still be found now and then - I picked up two pairs (first pair was TLS 50 II's) locally within the last year. Where are you located?
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I have no experience with earlier Marantz model.

All I know is that some people really dig first generation transistor stuff, but not me.

It can't take spade connector, you have to buy some pin type connectors.

Re-terminate the spring connectors with modern-day twist on spade connectors. 

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Cap touch those are awesome looking! If you haven't already you should post them in the vintage speaker thread. Love me some vintage speakers too...

I got over the "buy every vintage piece I can find" phase long ago, but my love for my vintage audio has only increased, not lessened. Once I bought an SX-1980, it was kinda over in terms of the amp/receiver part. I've added some accent pieces, and I have upgraded my vintage speakers a couple times as well. But mostly now it's sit, listen, and enjoy!!!! Which luckily for me I get to do with great regularity.
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Captouch...I think maybe you had your floor redone to match the speakers...tongue.gif  Seriously, gorgeous. I love that many of the vintage components offer real wood. 

 

With receivers, it would just be purely aesthetic. But of course with speakers it would improve the sound like wooden cups on hp's. 

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Gents, I stepped away to watch some "vintage" rock, Danzig played here this week.  Great show!

 

Thanks everyone for the UK suggestions... the hunt has started! evil_smiley.gif

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Earlier in this mammoth thread, I posted about issues I was having with my Kenwood KR-9400 and its sound quality. I am happy to report that after pressing in the "AF Muting" button (I believe it is similar to the -20db on other vintage receivers), it really widened up the soundstage for my headphones. Before, the mids were so sharp and forward, it hurt to turn it up. Now it is clear, spacious and very 3D. The mids are not recessed now, but more neutral, so I am getting more highs/lows than I was before. I am using it to drive my HD800 and Audio Technica AD2000x straight from my Marantz SACD8004 (it has a built-in DAC as well) and it is absolutely beautiful on both. No goofy "pairing" issues. I put in an electronic album and I could almost "see" the sounds that are normally buried in the mix.

 

Score one for the vintage scene. This thing blows away every dedicated headphone amplifier I've heard so far (mostly in the $1000-$1500 range).

 

So just a question...if I were to pick up a second vintage receiver mostly as a headphone amp, what would compliment the KR-9400? I want to say it is slightly warm and I have read a lot of Pioneers are brighter or neutral.

 

My Pioneer A60 does seem a tad brighter than my Denon and Yamaha. Especially with the straight wire engaged which makes sense.

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What are y'all's impression on the Kenny KR9050?

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Well it certainly looks the bees legs!

 

 

 

One of the best apparently from the little I've read about it (apart from plastic switches..) 200 wpc basshead.gif 

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Well it certainly looks the bees legs!

 

 

 

One of the best apparently from the little I've read about it (apart from plastic switches..) 200 wpc basshead.gif 

The 8010 is supposed to be very good too.  Would like to get one.

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I may be closing in on two "one channel out" Kenwood receivers for $50 total.  KR 3400 and KR 6400.  Not much info on these around the web - anyone know anything?

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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

 

Well it certainly looks the bees legs!

 

 

One of the best apparently from the little I've read about it (apart from plastic switches..) 200 wpc basshead.gif 

 

Lovely!

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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post

Cap touch those are awesome looking! If you haven't already you should post them in the vintage speaker thread. Love me some vintage speakers too...

I got over the "buy every vintage piece I can find" phase long ago, but my love for my vintage audio has only increased, not lessened. Once I bought an SX-1980, it was kinda over in terms of the amp/receiver part. I've added some accent pieces, and I have upgraded my vintage speakers a couple times as well. But mostly now it's sit, listen, and enjoy!!!! Which luckily for me I get to do with great regularity.

 

Thanks Skylab, I didn't know there was a vintage speaker thread.  I just posted pics of my IMF TLS 50 II, more of the RSPM IV, and a couple of Alon II as well (though not sure they're quite vintage yet).

 

Yeah, I had to seriously curb my buying after acquiring quite a few pieces over the last year - my wife's patience was being seriously tested.  Love vintage audio as well, but am in listen-and-enjoy mode now as well.  I succumbed to turntables, but have been able to resist the reel-to-reel up to this point.

 

BTW, I've seen pics of your gear: Awesome - really impressive stuff in pristine condition!

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