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post #1021 of 2695
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Originally Posted by gikigill View Post

Tell that to those who spent megabucks on hp amps and you'll be dead in no time.

In my area, the vintage receivers on Craigslist go for market value.  At this point, I see more 30-something people who are interested in vintage items (not just audio btw), than the supply of vintage receivers coming on the market in estate sales.   Yes, I suppose there are some out there in garage sales, but Saturday morning is valuable to me for catching up on sleep. biggrin.gif   And I think there are people who make a living out of buying undervalued stuff at garage sales, especially vintage items.

 

Any Marantz or Sansui receivers go for US$300+ on Craigslist here.   One reason for the question is seeing which other brands work well with the Mad Dogs.

 

I did forget to ask responders to mention whether they use the headphone jack or not on each item, thanks !

post #1022 of 2695

I ran into the same thing with Craig's like and Ebay where everything seemed to be going for $300+ but found one recently - Sansui AU505 $165 on Ebay - excellent condition inside and out with a new case, faceplate and back.  The inside looks like new caps as well.  It sounds great on my HD800.  My Mad Dog are due back next week with the 3.2 update and I have a feeling it will sound pretty good on those.  Run it out of the headphone jack with plenty of power (it's only on volume level 2). Plugged in the LCD3 it sounds very good.  Hooked up the speaker taps on the LCD3 and it seems to be about the same.  Most of the vintage amps have enough power through the headphone jack unlike what is out there these days.  Far better SQ than my Lyr and O2.  Have to listen a bit more to see how it compares to the Mojo... 

 

There are some good deals out there once in a while.  I had been searching for about a month now and finally found one and am very pleased.

 

Happy hunting.

post #1023 of 2695

FYI - There was a sansui 7000 and 5000 listed here in the KC area on craigslist. The owner wanted $150 a piece. I was (am) seriously tempted but I'm trying to resist as I really dont want anymore equipment in my place.

post #1024 of 2695

I've never had luck with eBay because there's a much wider audience of people who know what they're selling and know what they're looking to buy, but Craigslist has lent me plenty of good vintage gear.

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Originally Posted by ssrock64 View Post

I've never had luck with eBay because there's a much wider audience of people who know what they're selling and know what they're looking to buy, but Craigslist has lent me plenty of good vintage gear.


Also try Salvation Army and Goodwill stores.  I've found a couple of good vintage pieces for sale there as well.

post #1026 of 2695

Hey Greed, how does the Mad Dogs scale with your Pico Power amp?

 

And have you tested Pico Power against Alo or RSA amps?

 

Am still trying to sched free time for a TH900 demo but thinking of blind buying the Dogs and spending the saving on iPad 5 and netflix subscription tongue.gif First world problems....

post #1027 of 2695
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Originally Posted by LFC_SL View Post

Hey Greed, how does the Mad Dogs scale with your Pico Power amp?

 

And have you tested Pico Power against Alo or RSA amps?

 

Am still trying to sched free time for a TH900 demo but thinking of blind buying the Dogs and spending the saving on iPad 5 and netflix subscription tongue.gif First world problems....

 

Hey LFC,

 

The Pico works great with the MDs. Plenty of power and lost of room to play. They work best with the 9.6V rated NiMH batteries, but right now I'm using the HiTech Li-Poly and they work just as good. The added voltage from the NiMH does work better, but at the cost of run time. Just like I wrote in my review, the Pico Power has very little coloration to the sound so it will be true to your source and DAP/DAC. Depending on how that sounds will be how the it sounds as a whole. Personally, the AK120+PP is a really good combo for the 1plus2 and MDs, especially on the new 1.32 FW. Hope that helps. If you need further info, just PM me. 

 

Edit: I've only heard the ALO Rx II and 3 through SE, and the RSA SR71A. The Pico beats out all of them in most departments. The amp is truly spectacular. 


Edited by Greed - 8/2/13 at 2:30pm
post #1028 of 2695
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Originally Posted by Oregonian View Post


Also try Salvation Army and Goodwill stores.  I've found a couple of good vintage pieces for sale there as well.

My local Goodwill seems to have been cleaned out of all its audio equipment recently, but it used to be a place to find some nice semi-vintage speakers and CDPs.

post #1029 of 2695

it seems this thread has been hijacked by how mad dogs sound with vintage amps. I get the feeling that it might be the reason as to why sansui/marantz/pioneer vintage amps are high in price on ebay lately. biggrin.gif

but still, I've caved and bought myself a pioneer sx-626. All you bad influences. Especially you Matt tongue.gif

post #1030 of 2695
Thread Starter 

Well, it's a relevant topic. You can't listen to the MD without a amp, so you might as well listen with a good one that you don't have to mortgage your home for. 

post #1031 of 2695

You guys are making me want a vintage receiver, now... grrrrrrr

post #1032 of 2695
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Originally Posted by Change is Good View Post

You guys are making me want a vintage receiver, now... grrrrrrr

You must buy vintage.......you must........
post #1033 of 2695

Well I choked and my MDs came in today :)

 

I'm currently considering purchasing my friend's Audio-gd FUN to pair with them. I have been switching back and forth between my Fiio E10 and the FUN, but I don't notice THAT much difference. I'm not entirely sure what components are in the FUN (he mentioned Wolfson something something), but I know my friend spent a good $300+ on it. Maybe it's just me, but I feel like I should be hearing a bigger difference.

 

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/FUN/FUNEN.htm

http://fiio.com.cn/products/index.aspx?ID=100000028262517


Edited by DontMakeMEEatU - 8/2/13 at 7:08pm
post #1034 of 2695
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Originally Posted by Oregonian View Post


You must buy vintage.......you must........

 

I just found a kenwood kr-710 for my MDs on CL in my area for $50. I have no knowledge of these things so some feedback would be appreciated... thx

post #1035 of 2695
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Originally Posted by Change is Good View Post

I just found a kenwood kr-710 for my MDs on CL in my area for $50. I have no knowledge of these things so some feedback would be appreciated... thx

Good price. I have two KA-5700 integrated amps driving headphones. Good sound, plenty of power and bass. I'd do it.
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