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post #8161 of 13505

Very nice!! I'll be interested to hear what you think of the speakers. 

post #8162 of 13505
Through my Pioneer rack system they sound a little brighter than my Klipsch KG 3.2's but definitely thump. Did some A/B ing - close but prefer the Klipsch's. May keep them as "B" speakers and turn them all on when the mood strikes.

Definitely are very good sounding and mint as well.
post #8163 of 13505
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Through my Pioneer rack system they sound a little brighter than my Klipsch KG 3.2's but definitely thump. Did some A/B ing - close but prefer the Klipsch's. May keep them as "B" speakers and turn them all on when the mood strikes.

Definitely are very good sounding and mint as well

 

The Realistic tuner...............

 

post #8164 of 13505

So as promised I wanted to share with you some pictures of the Realistic STA-2100D from 1978 that was given to me last week.  It also came with the Realistic Mach One speakers (if interested I posted pictures in the Vintage Speakers thread) which are pretty sweet.

 

I think this receiver is absolutely awesome!  Its got gobs and gobs of power!  Looks great and has a nice neutral/slightly warm sound.  I am so happy to have it!

 

I decided to use Howards Restor-A-Finish and Feed-and-Wax on the speaker cabinets and decided the wood on the Realistic could use some lovin' too.  The daughter of the previous owner stuck a sticker near the phones jack decades ago and I used some goo gone to remove it.

 

Here are some pictures from before the work and some from after.

 

I hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #8165 of 13505
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Very nice!!
post #8166 of 13505

So... v-e-r-y  s-e-x-y ! wink.gif

post #8167 of 13505

Thanks guys!

 

Pics don't do this piece justice.  Its beautiful.  It's only been a week but its time to get it a friend (ie Sansui or Pioneer).

 

Oh by the way, I'm using my little Project Sunrise II as a pre-amp and its pretty sick!!!!  Got some nice Mullard, Amperex and Siemens tubes!

post #8168 of 13505

You'll get both camps on the choice of receiver. All I can say is that the Sansui 9090db is the best I've heard. biggrin.gif

post #8169 of 13505
Thread Starter 
I can't argue with that.biggrin.gif
post #8170 of 13505

Sorry if I'm interrupting a conversation (I've never kept much track of this thread), but I came across some vintage gear at a local shop that I'd like to get somebody's opinion on. It's a combination of two late-60's or early-70's Dynaco SS products, the PAT-4 receiver/pre-amp and the ST-120 speaker amp. I was actually in the audio shop to look at more modern receivers because I have an old Sony that's starting to glitch out, but when I plugged my Mad Dogs into the PAT-4 I fell in love. It's technically not superior to or more revealing than any of the other gear I tried at the store (except for a too-warm Kenwood pre-amp), but its sound signature really jives with the MDs in a way I wasn't expecting.

 

There are a few issues I see with the PAT-4 and ST-120, though. The former drove the MDs to a reasonable listening level at just past twelve-o-clock, which makes it seem like it should have more power. Is this true, or was I just spoiled by the power of the modern receivers I'd been trying before auditioning the PAT-4? Also, I'm worried that the ST-120 may need some monetary input to modernize its power supply a bit (a common mod, I'm told), and that such input may not be worth it because it tends not to jive well in a lot of speaker pairings. I'd like to know before buying whether they'd be a decent match for my Mission 441s.

 

Does anybody have experience with either of the two and can give some insight?

 

Here's a few photos for reference (not mine, obviously):

 

PAT-4

 

 

ST-120

 

 

Thank you to anyone who can give advice, encouragement, or even a laugh!

post #8171 of 13505
Just thought i'd chime in with some exploring i've done. I have been reading as much of this thread as i can and looking for a good deal on a local vintage amp. Personally, i am only looking for the headphone aspect of old amps. Was hoping to get some he-6's soon as well as make my q701's sing. So far so good.

Earlier today i picked up a Sansui AU-4900 for $50. Pretty good deal i think. I'll need to clean the pots as they are audibly scratchy when you turn them, and the L/R balance can shift a bit. Running an Asus STX out of my computer to the Sansui and using the headphone out. Very impressed so far. I have been a/b ing the STX headphone out against the Sansui and they are very close. The Sansui seems to be a bit warmer or fuller sounding. Maybe not as clinical, but i think that may be due to the slightly more bass of the Sansui. A very enjoyable $50 i've spent. I think it might have enough juice to run the he-6's to close to their full potential.

That being said, i am actually very impressed by what the STX pumps out. Definitely not bass heavy, but very accurate and neutral. Curious as to what the Sansui would make other more high end headphones sound like. Specifically the hd800. Just need to get some cash saved up and do some testing smily_headphones1.gif

Anyway, if anyone else can add to what i've said i'd appreciate it. Other headphones you've tested with different amps, etc. Any planar testing info would be greatly appreciated. Looking at the he-6's, as i've said, and also the lcd's. If these can be well powered by old amps then the headphone amp companies would seem to have some serious competition.
post #8172 of 13505
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I'm done buying after my rack system. Audio Specialties is a great place for repair work if you need a second source (unless you already know Doug.....). His pricing is very reasonable and has a lot of good vintage gear in his shop. Bought a turntable from him as well as speakers.

I will not confirm that that was the place nor will I deny it. 

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I will not confirm that that was the place nor will I deny it. 

No problem bud. I have no intention of buying anything from Doug in the near future so you're safe. cool.gif
post #8174 of 13505
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Originally Posted by ssrock64 View Post

Sorry if I'm interrupting a conversation (I've never kept much track of this thread), but I came across some vintage gear at a local shop that I'd like to get somebody's opinion on. It's a combination of two late-60's or early-70's Dynaco SS products, the PAT-4 receiver/pre-amp and the ST-120 speaker amp. I was actually in the audio shop to look at more modern receivers because I have an old Sony that's starting to glitch out, but when I plugged my Mad Dogs into the PAT-4 I fell in love. It's technically not superior to or more revealing than any of the other gear I tried at the store (except for a too-warm Kenwood pre-amp), but its sound signature really jives with the MDs in a way I wasn't expecting.

There are a few issues I see with the PAT-4 and ST-120, though. The former drove the MDs to a reasonable listening level at just past twelve-o-clock, which makes it seem like it should have more power. Is this true, or was I just spoiled by the power of the modern receivers I'd been trying before auditioning the PAT-4? Also, I'm worried that the ST-120 may need some monetary input to modernize its power supply a bit (a common mod, I'm told), and that such input may not be worth it because it tends not to jive well in a lot of speaker pairings. I'd like to know before buying whether they'd be a decent match for my Mission 441s.

Does anybody have experience with either of the two and can give some insight?




Thank you to anyone who can give advice, encouragement, or even a laugh!

I've owned a BUNCH of Dyna gear over the years, though mostly the tube stuff. I even had a ST-120. Not a bad power amp for very early solid state.

I've never owned a PAT-4. I had a PAT-5 which was quite zippy/sizzly sounding, kind of the worst of early solid state, I felt. But LOTS of people will mod these into very nice sounding units.

The PAT-4 likely doesn't have a lot of juice to its headphone out since its a preamp. Unlike vintage integrateds or receivers, the PAT-4 doesn't have a power amp stage to drive headphones. But it will probably drive high sensitivity headphones well.
post #8175 of 13505

Won this Sony for £23 :)

 

 

 

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