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post #8116 of 13125

Good to know somebody who understands what my thinking is  some don't here. Its just "built into me" to enjoy watching something broken spring back into life and I LOVE old equipment be it test or consumer use. They just don't have the build quality nowadays I love  the touch old equipment feels like. Most stuff now  is in plastic boxes that is easily broken If I dropped some of my old but good test equipment I would be more worried about damaging my foot than breaking the equipment. Its good to hear from a "kindred spirit".    

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Trav, I'd be looking at the bifrost with über still in your budget. Used ones here will save you money but you have to do the uber upgrade yourself. The bifrost sounds fantastic with my vintage amps.

GL !!


What's your chain look like?  All I've been doing is iPod/iPhone/iPad------>straight into vintage.  Upstairs I go laptop---->FiiO E-10----->Wharfedale speakers or Headphones. 

post #8118 of 13125

Oregonian this DAC will be my home DAC. Sansui 881 - Pico - LT running Jplay (yes it's all it's hyped to be...brilliant!) - Dyanco A25 and or HPM 100 or both.

post #8119 of 13125
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Good to know somebody who understands what my thinking is  some don't here. Its just "built into me" to enjoy watching something broken spring back into life and I LOVE old equipment be it test or consumer use. They just don't have the build quality nowadays I love  the touch old equipment feels like. Most stuff now  is in plastic boxes that is easily broken If I dropped some of my old but good test equipment I would be more worried about damaging my foot than breaking the equipment. Its good to hear from a "kindred spirit".    

 

Yes, I think we are on the same page.  I have 1991 Jeff Rowland amps because they are built like a tank - if you dropped one of these there would be more damage to the floor than the amp.  Build quality says much more than it is just looks good - it conveys a sense one's care about the product they produce!   

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Oregonian this DAC will be my home DAC. Sansui 881 - Pico - LT running Jplay (yes it's all it's hyped to be...brilliant!) - Dyanco A25 and or HPM 100 or both.


Nice setup................those HPM speakers are highly thought of.

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Oregonian this DAC will be my home DAC. Sansui 881 - Pico - LT running Jplay (yes it's all it's hyped to be...brilliant!) - Dyanco A25 and or HPM 100 or both.

Forgive my ignorance, but what is LT running Jplay?

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Forgive my ignorance, but what is LT running Jplay?

LT is probably referring to a laptop computer and Jplay is a software app that its maker claims makes computer audio files (WAV, FLAC, etc.) sound better.
post #8123 of 13125
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LT is probably referring to a laptop computer and Jplay is a software app that its maker claims makes computer audio files (WAV, FLAC, etc.) sound better.

gotcha.  Thx palmfish.  it makes perfect sense now.

post #8124 of 13125

Hey guys, a quick question or two.

 

I have a sx-525 ($65), Sherwood 7100a ($85) and a Kenwood 5700 ($99) on hold. Which one do I get? I know the Pioneer gets talked about alot and apparently the Sherwood is very good back in its day, not too sure about the Kenwood though. Just want to get some facts and opinions before I make the purchase.

 

Also, I read some fairly negative reviews about NAD. Anyone have any experiences with that?

 

Are the 1970's really the golden years for integrated amplifiers? Seems like everyone hates the 80s and beyond lol.

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Just taking a quick look at those choices, it's hard to go wrong with the Pioneer. They made really quality stuff. Their models ending in 50 tend to be the better stuff IMO. 

 

The 70's stuff does seem to be "golden years" for most of these old receivers. For all those who "threw one out" to get something new and better...tongue.gif

post #8126 of 13125
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Hey guys, a quick question or two.

I have a sx-525 ($65), Sherwood 7100a ($85) and a Kenwood 5700 ($99) on hold. Which one do I get? I know the Pioneer gets talked about alot and apparently the Sherwood is very good back in its day, not too sure about the Kenwood though. Just want to get some facts and opinions before I make the purchase.

Also, I read some fairly negative reviews about NAD. Anyone have any experiences with that?

Are the 1970's really the golden years for integrated amplifiers? Seems like everyone hates the 80s and beyond lol.

I think you can't go wrong with any of them. I have two Kenwood KA-5700's, love them for headphone amps, and have a Pioneer integrated amp as well as a full blown rack system by them. All sound great. The silver faced 70's have us all in love over the 80's stuff. Some of that is the early stuff has headphone outs direct off the main amp, with only a resistor reducing power in its path to your phones. Later (and no I don't know when it started) stuff use op amps in the chain. Not as powerful, clean or sweet sounding. The 70's silver face stuff just looks awesome too.
post #8127 of 13125
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Originally Posted by johnman1116 View Post

Hey guys, a quick question or two.

 

I have a sx-525 ($65), Sherwood 7100a ($85) and a Kenwood 5700 ($99) on hold. Which one do I get? I know the Pioneer gets talked about alot and apparently the Sherwood is very good back in its day, not too sure about the Kenwood though. Just want to get some facts and opinions before I make the purchase.

 

Also, I read some fairly negative reviews about NAD. Anyone have any experiences with that?

 

Are the 1970's really the golden years for integrated amplifiers? Seems like everyone hates the 80s and beyond lol.

 

First - I agree that these are all great units, but I do have a bias towards the Sherwood units.  I use a heavily modified 7100A as a head amp right now (see an earlier post detailing what I did to it in this thread).  I also use a S-7300 (modified) in my man cave system.  In addition, I found that the S-7100A has no trouble driving large advents - which are not that efficient.  Here is a review of the unit which I have found to be very accurate:

 

http://www.epinions.com/review/Sherwood_7100A_Receiver_epi/content_506178014852?sb=1

post #8128 of 13125

lol...everyone seems to favor the unit that they own, myself included. Truth is, as mentioned by speaker box above, that they are all pretty darn good. Price and or aesthetic appeal may be your determining factor.

 

gL!!

post #8129 of 13125

Hi, I am itching for a HD800 to use along side my moded T50RP and Kef LS50 with my Sansui AU 20000. I know this is an very old topic: vintage amp with high impedance phone, but I'm asking for you guys' impression with your HD800 and a Sansui receiver/amp, do they sound nice? My ortho sound very good with the Sansui, but loose out to the Kef in the treble detail ( modded T50rp tend to roll off). therefore I'm looking for a headphones with more treble detail.

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Originally Posted by frank2908 View Post

Hi, I am itching for a HD800 to use along side my moded T50RP and Kef LS50 with my Sansui AU 20000. I know this is an very old topic: vintage amp with high impedance phone, but I'm asking for you guys' impression with your HD800 and a Sansui receiver/amp, do they sound nice? My ortho sound very good with the Sansui, but loose out to the Kef in the treble detail ( modded T50rp tend to roll off). therefore I'm looking for a headphones with more treble detail.

I've tried the HD800's with a few vintage amps (Marantz, Pioneer, Rotel, Technics) and all of them have given a sound more preferable than any headphone amp I've tried (only mid price offerings). Great treble detail without too much bite. I've read that the classic Sansui sound is warm and so I think they will be well suited because the Senn's do benefit from a little warmth. I say go for it :) 

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