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post #9616 of 13285

I'll drink to that :D sipping my decaffeinated coffee ha 

 

 

I'm also currently listening with my K701's through my Sansui 505 and boy do they sound good :) I have a notch of bass on and a notch of treble off. The bass and soundstage is very good indeed with some cool Jazz. They really do work well with these vintage amps. Apart from the older hifimans, they must be the most power hungry cans out there. 

post #9617 of 13285
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What's wrong with that? My 750 is always between 8-9 with my headphones, but there is still plenty of adjustment there. The volume dial is still fine enough. 

I'd just like to be able to fine-tune my volume some more, perhaps with the max comfortable level sitting around noon instead of nine.

 

 

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I'd love to indulge, but I don't have the right room or budget for stats.

Not stats, Magnepan MMG speakers.   Think HE-6, except speakers.

 

Here is a pair in excellent condition that just closed on ebay for $370 for the pair:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Magnepan-MMG-Main-Stereo-Speakers-Excellent-with-box-/181206139821?pt=Speakers_Subwoofers&hash=item2a30ba43ad

post #9618 of 13285
I was a Maggie guy for a LONG time. Bought my first pair in 92, SMGc's. then went to MG-10's, and then to 1.6's. Love the Maggie sound. Sometimes still wish I had a pair. I sold them when I bought the B&W N800's, but there is something special about the Maggies...
post #9619 of 13285
I feel the same way about them smily_headphones1.gif I have 3 pairs of SMGa's that I plan on sometime in the future using for hometheater lol
post #9620 of 13285
Okay, I guess that's addressed.

On another note, I'd like to have the 780 restored sometime soon in case it's close to grenading itself like my ST120. Does anyone have recommendations of a shop or person who could do it for me at a reasonable price? I'd prefer them to be in the southeast for shipping reasons, but I'll consider anywhere in the US.
post #9621 of 13285

 Quick question for anyone who may be able to answer, I am going tomorrow  to look at a Hafler Series 9505 Trans-nova amp I saw in a local ad (guy wants 300 for it), slightly used.  Does anybody have any experience with this amp?

post #9622 of 13285
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Okay, I guess that's addressed.

On another note, I'd like to have the 780 restored sometime soon in case it's close to grenading itself like my ST120. Does anyone have recommendations of a shop or person who could do it for me at a reasonable price? I'd prefer them to be in the southeast for shipping reasons, but I'll consider anywhere in the US.

The question is what's reasonable to spend on an SX-780. I'm not sure what it would cost to fully restore and recap a 780, but I would think it would be in the $300 range at least. A full restore/recap of a 1280/1980 runs about $700-800. This much I do know wink.gif

I've suggested before that for receivers that can be purchased for under $200, which the 780 can, it may be better just to buy a "new" one if the one you have breaks, unless you are very fond of it.

Then again if you just wanted it cleaned, tested, and only out of spec parts replaced, that might run more like $100-150. That might be worth it if you feel something may be amiss.
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post #9623 of 13285
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The question is what's reasonable to spend on an SX-780. I'm not sure what it would cost to fully restore and recap a 780, but I would think it would be in the $300 range at least. A full restore/recap of a 1280/1980 runs about $700-800. This much I do know wink.gif

I've suggested before that for receivers that can be purchased for under $200, which the 780 can, it may be better just to buy a "new" one if the one you have breaks, unless you are very fond of it.

Then again if you just wanted it cleaned, tested, and only out of spec parts replaced, that might run more like $100-150. That might be worth it if you feel something may be amiss.

I could spend a couple hundred bucks and be okay with that. I'd rather maintain what I have than have to go shopping again soon, really.

post #9624 of 13285
Then by all means go for it!

The two people I know of from my own experience are Circle Stereo in Austin TX and "Mattsd" over on Audiokarma. Both did 1980's for me and both did a good job. Mattsd was better but he is up to about a 5 month wait. No clue whether either would do a 780 or what they would charge.
post #9625 of 13285

Considering that round-trip shipping across the country is upwards of $100 for something that heavy (and double-boxed), you might want to do a web search for electronics repair in your area (or look in yellow pages).  The clean/test/replace-out-of-spec-parts should be no problem for any experienced electronics repair guy.  The service manual is available for free at:

 

http://www.hifiengine.com/library/pioneer/sx-780.shtml

post #9626 of 13285
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Considering that round-trip shipping across the country is upwards of $100 for something that heavy (and double-boxed), you might want to do a web search for electronics repair in your area (or look in yellow pages).  The clean/test/replace-out-of-spec-parts should be no problem for any experienced electronics repair guy.  The service manual is available for free at:

 

http://www.hifiengine.com/library/pioneer/sx-780.shtml

I've already emailed a few local shops that sell vintage equipment to see where they get their stuff serviced if they don't do it themselves.

 

The last time I sent a piece of equipment to a local general electronics guy I was told it "couldn't be fixed", so I'm going to try and find an audio-specific shop.

post #9627 of 13285
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I offer to relieve you of this enormous burden. biggrin.gif


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It does need a good going through.  And then it still might end up in a closet.  I've thought about testing the 8 Telefunken 12AX7's and 4 7591's (not sure of that manufacturer. sylv or rca prolly) and if they test good then just parting it out.

blasphemy i know.

 

i knew i didn't need it and probably didn't even want it.  but theres just soemthing about vintage iron.  once its in front of me i can't walk away

post #9628 of 13285
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Then by all means go for it!

The two people I know of from my own experience are Circle Stereo in Austin TX and "Mattsd" over on Audiokarma. Both did 1980's for me and both did a good job. Mattsd was better but he is up to about a 5 month wait. No clue whether either would do a 780 or what they would charge.

 

+1 on Mattsd. Also Terry Dewitt out of TN has a great reputation and is very reasonable. 

post #9629 of 13285
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I've already emailed a few local shops that sell vintage equipment to see where they get their stuff serviced if they don't do it themselves.

 

The last time I sent a piece of equipment to a local general electronics guy I was told it "couldn't be fixed", so I'm going to try and find an audio-specific shop.

It has been written before in this thread - general electronics guys consider an audio device OK if it meets the minimum requirements for it stated in the service manual.

 

Audio restoration can have many levels - from restoring to basically stock new condition to hot rodding into stratosphere. It car terms, it goes from a Mustang rotting in a barn to some super hot rod drive as ( used to be ? - no longer watch TV ) seen on Discovery channel. That "couldn't be fixed" is right - if cost effective logic above all only is applied. Those restorers that go another audio mile and still manage to keep the costs reasonable are worth seeking and waiting in line, shipping charges, etc. General repair guy simply does not understand audio needs.

 

What looks indistinguishable on an oscilloscope can be worlds apart in listening. And in the means/costs to arrive from boring/bland to eargasmic audio presentation.

post #9630 of 13285
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It does need a good going through.  And then it still might end up in a closet.  I've thought about testing the 8 Telefunken 12AX7's and 4 7591's (not sure of that manufacturer. sylv or rca prolly) and if they test good then just parting it out.

I shopped Telefunken 12AX7s relatively recently (see signature) and I can tell you that the lowest possible price on ebay is $30, and the more testing information you can provide (i.e. specific readings), the more you can get for them.  And even more if they are matched pairs.

 

So, if they are all still good (not unusual for Telefunken tubes, some of the best made items), $300 for the 12AX7s would seem to be likely (I didn't shop 7591s, so I can't say on those).   Beautiful visual condition and high readings could get you significantly more than that...

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