Originally Posted by cel4145
I'm more of a fan of changing speaker sound by changing the speakers instead of buying a tube pre-amp. I have a Maverick Audio TubeMagic DAC. The tube does add a little to the sound vs. bypassing the pre-amp, but not enough that I would go out and buy one for that purpose. If you really want tube sound, you need a full tube amp, and those are price prohibitive in home audio unless you have money to burn way beyond your current setup.
Now modern speakers are not inherently better than vintage speaker designs, although the crossover in your speaker may not be performing optimally given it's age. Best bet would be to go out and listen to speakers at some local hi-fi shops. Even listen at 50 or 100% over your budget range. Then if you know the type of speakers you like, you could look for used versions of them or find out on a speaker forum what might be better for your money
I don't even know what crossover means...... lol
it is interesting to hear that current speaker designs aren't that different from 70's models. I would think differently with the rate of change of all other technologies that speakers have stayed the same?
I'm mostly a computer expert over audiophile but I really like music and I am getting in to trying to setup an even better home system. Like I said though my current speakers still sound really great to me. I am open to suggestions though.
I probably should go demo some newer model tower speakers though.
Originally Posted by TrollDragon
Just a little word of warning with Little Dot amplifiers used as pre amp's...
The pre out circuitry of the LD headphone amplifiers has no protection built in, so under certain tube failures the LD can dump 100+ VDC into your amplifier inputs. If your amp is DC coupled then that will destroy the amplifier and your speakers with it.
There can be many causes of failure in the existing amplifier system that could do the same thing, but adding pre amp with no protection is a risky proposition.
It's highly likely that this will never happen but it could, one sketchy tube from 50 years ago that shorts and the smoke will roll...
It's a bit of Russian Roulette with your home system IMHO.
yeah that is super scary.... I don't know if my sansui is DC couple or not.....
Originally Posted by MalVeauX
You can use the LD MKII as a pre-amp, it will add the sound of Tube to the chain. It can then output the line level signal with tubiness to your Sansui. It also lets you plug in headphones to listen to at the same time if you want for late night use (though use higher impedance headphones for best results, tubes need work loads to be at peak performance).
If your speakers sound good, don't change them. Use that money and buy more music. But if you want new speakers, describe what you like to hear, and give us a budget. Also tell us how big your room is, and what you're looking to gain from new speakers that you feel like you're missing now.
I listen to mostly classic rock/blues with a bit of select hip hop/rap.
I guess i'm a fan of good bass because I use my amp with the loudness switch on most of the time unless I turn it up pretty high.
budget would be around $500 not sure if this is good enough or if I should just wait and save up. I don't honestly know what I am missing It just would just surprise me that 40 years of technology hasn't produced much better speakers.
I bought these boston acoustics and advents a few years ago and while they do sound great I just feel like maybe they are outdated ?
This also leads to the question is my amp outdated? it is also around forty years old and I've heard capacitors start to go bad. There is no noticeable noise during playback but you can hear a bit of noise when the speakers are selected but music is paused or something, this increases with a higher volume on the amp. I am guessing this would be normal though without signal you'd just hear the noise.
So basically while everything sounds good to me I am in pursuit of even better sound like all of us right?
Edited by SansuiAU8500 - 9/14/13 at 9:35am