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post #9871 of 13082

My guess is that you are over driving the aux input and just a tiny increase in volume causes clipping in the early stages of amplification.  Have you tried lowing the input volume way down and just adjusting overall volume with the Pioneer?  The other possibility is that you have an impedance mismatch between the pioneer and other devices.

post #9872 of 13082

First, Thanks very much for your reply. :)

Only using the Pioneer volume control was my starting strategy so I began with the CFC4 and EAR as low as I could since I figured I might overload the preamp in the Pioneer but I still got the distortion from the Pioneer even at very low levels. I tried keeping the CFC4 low and increasing the EAR and then the other way round still hoping to control volume using using Pioneer but it kept distorting/clipping even at a low volume level when the Pioneer Volume knob increased. Eventually I ended up at the very high Setting on the CFC4 and EAR and the very low Pioneer setting. It usually worked plenty well for providing adequate volume levels and does sound surprisingly great but it doesn't seem like a final solution. Thanks again.

regards

jeff

post #9873 of 13082

Sorry if this is a stupid idea but should I try going in through the mic jack or will that have disastrous SQ results?



 

post #9874 of 13082

The MIC jack probably has impedance requirements that your input device would not like - just a guess though.

post #9875 of 13082

On the subject of "what is done and what is not done" when you buy a "serviced" vintage amp... I saw one on ebay with the description "completely tech serviced" and asked what that meant, and the seller replied:

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Basically gone through to test & check that everything is functioning internally the way it should & clean & lube parts that need it & run the unit for hours to insure stable condition.

I then asked:

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Does that include either checking that individual components (resistors,capacitors,etc.) are still the same value as originally (e.g. "100 ohms")? And does it include setting the Bias and the D.C. Offset ?

and the reply was:

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I am not a repair Tech. so don't really know. I just take them in for what is called "Basic service"
Been selling a lot of items over the years & taking them to my Tech & prior to sale with much success!

and that's the problem in a nutshell - most vintage amp owners do not know about the issues discussed in this thread, or on AudioKarma Forums.  The listing price clearly includes the servicing cost, as the amp is "one owner" and that is not the seller, so he is clearly having the service done as a sales gimmick.

Since anyone can do a clean, Deoxit, and run the amp for several hours, then having it done by a "tech" is only to reassure bidders.  But it does not get the buyer anything, since he says:

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 Do to the age & nature of older electronics this item is being sold "As-is"

So, in short, I am not seeing the benefit of buying "serviced" vintage amps, unless the servicing includes recapping or other component replacement.

post #9876 of 13082
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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post
 

On the subject of "what is done and what is not done" when you buy a "serviced" vintage amp... I saw one on ebay with the description "completely tech serviced" and asked what that meant, ...  in short, I am not seeing the benefit of buying "serviced" vintage amps, unless the servicing includes recapping or other component replacement.

I largely agree. I think there should be a small premium for a clean amp, but unless it has been competently serviced (and the seller has to know what happened) I wouldn't pay more for it. I'd want to know why it was serviced and what it entailed for sure.

post #9877 of 13082

I suppose in one sense, it shows that the amp should be working. I've bought amps that were described as fully working but they weren't. If an amp has recently been 'serviced' its generally a good sign that it will work as it should when you receive it.

 

Also, amps that have been recapped or had any parts of the insides replaced is a rare find and will always be mentioned. Not only because you would be selling something that has been changed from its original state, but also the cost of this will generally be more than what the original amp was worth- if done professionally. Any DIY'ers that replace caps etc will always mention it because they know it adds value and interest. 

 

But kstuart you are right that most of us could service an amp. A quick squirt on the pots could be construed as "serviced". It's a loose term for sure..

 

For instance. I "serviced" my wife last night and I could tell that she wasn't very satisfied. :D

post #9878 of 13082

Just ordered the HE-500! unfortunately I will be on vacation for a month so I wont know how great they will be with my vintage gear until I get back. But I will bring my laptop, Nuforce icon HDP and I did order the Fiio Mont Blanc that I can use but I am also bringing my Beyerdynamic DT990 600ohm so that little amp should be able to drive those at least and the HDP well maybe can do a little justice for the HE-500. 

post #9879 of 13082
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Originally Posted by harrinj View Post
 

Just ordered the HE-500! unfortunately I will be on vacation for a month so I wont know how great they will be with my vintage gear until I get back. But I will bring my laptop, Nuforce icon HDP and I did order the Fiio Mont Blanc that I can use but I am also bringing my Beyerdynamic DT990 600ohm so that little amp should be able to drive those at least and the HDP well maybe can do a little justice for the HE-500. 

 

Congrats! Look forward to your impressions with your vintage gear when you get back.

 
Don't forget to send us a postcard :D
post #9880 of 13082
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post
 

 

Congrats! Look forward to your impressions with your vintage gear when you get back.

 
Don't forget to send us a postcard :D

 

Thanks! though switched the HDP for my UDH-100 :P I'm hoping a place I am going today might have a Marantz 4300 or a Kenoowd amp above KT-7100. 

post #9881 of 13082

Anyone here paired a Sansui AU-717 with the Sennheiser HD-800? Or has anyone heard this pairing?

I'm loving this amp with my HD-650's but as always...well.....sorry about my wallet!:atsmile:

post #9882 of 13082
I have serviced a 417 and 717 and have tested both with the HD800. I did not like the pairing at all, the warm sounding nature took too much of the HD800 sound away, it sounded, less detailed and bit veiled.
post #9883 of 13082
Took my 4400 into audio specialties in Portland, OR today. They didn't have a 4300 or much of anything BUT I did get B&0 BEOVOX S60's they sound AMAZING and $170 for the pair.
post #9884 of 13082
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Indeed! 

I'm still thinking about the HE-500 though. $700 is a bit insane though for headphones... I only wish I could try them out and see them in person.

 

If you're in the Vancouver, WA area, I'd ber happy to let you listen to mine.

post #9885 of 13082
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Originally Posted by harrinj View Post
 

Just ordered the HE-500! unfortunately I will be on vacation for a month so I wont know how great they will be with my vintage gear until I get back. But I will bring my laptop, Nuforce icon HDP and I did order the Fiio Mont Blanc that I can use but I am also bringing my Beyerdynamic DT990 600ohm so that little amp should be able to drive those at least and the HDP well maybe can do a little justice for the HE-500.

 

 

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Originally Posted by roadcykler View Post
 

 

If you're in the Vancouver, WA area, I'd ber happy to let you listen to mine.

 

Nevermind. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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