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Hi -- I've got some stereo equipment acting up. I figure if any of you are serious about your stereo equpment as you are about your clothing, that you might be able to point me in the right direction. Have a B&O turntable and Nakamichi tuner -- and one of the two is acting up (but not sure which). Both are quite old pieces. But have been very trusty (until now), all the same.
post #2 of 63
Horace, If you are Usenet user, I'd go straight to rec.audio or rec.audio.high-end. I should put in a disclaimer here that it has been ages since I've touched either one. Alternatively, feel free to PM me with a description of the problem and I can give it a shot, although I should put in another disclaimer that I am strictly an amateur at this stuff. B&O in particular has had some weird designs over the years. Regards, Tony
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www.audiogon.com avs forum (place in a google search) hometheater forum. The latter is for, you guessed it, home theater. The first recommendation is probably best for the audiophile purist (e.g. tubes and vinyl vs. solid-state and redbook)
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www.diyaudio.com do it yourself...you want knowledgable people, these are the folks to talk to. although you may get a couple of scoffs at your choice of equipment brands. still, most of the people there are very nice.
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www.diyaudio.com do it yourself...you want knowledgable people, these are the folks to talk to. although you may get a couple of scoffs at your choice of equipment brands. still, most of the people there are very nice.
Thanks to all you gents for the rec's. Out of curiousity, why "scoffs"? Too low end? Too readily available? Equipment not the best?
post #7 of 63
not necessarily low-end, but probably overpriced for what you get. (like many things in life.) B&O at least has the distinction of stylish product design. B&O and Nakamichi would be like...um, kenneth cole, maybe. IMO diyaudio.com is the styleforum of audio. well, the styleforum if it had a big focus on sewing your own clothes.
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not necessarily low-end, but probably overpriced for what you get. (like many things in life.) B&O at least has the distinction of stylish product design. B&O and Nakamichi would be like...um, kenneth cole, maybe. IMO diyaudio.com is the styleforum of audio. well, the styleforum if it had a big focus on sewing your own clothes.
Thanks FB. I just picked up a Bose Wave CD clock radio. Pretty happy with it.
post #9 of 63
Hmm... Bose Wave CD clock radio would be the equivalent of Stacy Adams shoes. They sell them like real croc, but they're "gawd-awful" in reality. Here are [b]suggestions[b] for styleforum equivalents: Attolini RTW = (audio, of course, is more subjective) Wilson, Talon, Kharma Borrelli, Oxxford, Isaia, Zegna Napoli Couture = JM Lab, Dynaudio (close to the Zegna example, they build their own drivers), B&W, Meadowlark Zegna, HF, Canali = Paradigm,  Soliloquy (best-buy), KEF Armani = BOSE, B&O (e.g. more marketing than quality) Holland & Sherry, Scabal, Loro Piana = Scanspeak, Vifa, etc. (e.g. the Do-It people components). yeah, the list is short and I've excluded electrostats and source components, but at least its a start
post #10 of 63
Linn/Naim = Anderson & Sheppard. Easy to use, and incredibly satisfying for those who drink the Kool-Aid. But their way or the highway.
post #11 of 63
Is there a forum for people who want good audio but don't want to spend weeks soldering and doing other such things?
post #12 of 63
What exactly are you looking for PHV? r.a.h-e is probably it, but I imagine quite a few members here have some insight into the subject. I actually used to write for tas and audiophile audition so I may be able to help in some areas of high-end audio
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Hmm... Bose Wave CD clock radio would be the equivalent of Stacy Adams shoes. They sell them like real croc, but they're "gawd-awful" in reality. Here are [b]suggestions[b] for styleforum equivalents: Attolini RTW = (audio, of course, is more subjective) Wilson, Talon, Kharma Borrelli, Oxxford, Isaia, Zegna Napoli Couture = JM Lab, Dynaudio (close to the Zegna example, they build their own drivers), B&W, Meadowlark Zegna, HF, Canali = Paradigm,  Soliloquy (best-buy), KEF Armani = BOSE, B&O (e.g. more marketing than quality) Holland & Sherry, Scabal, Loro Piana = Scanspeak, Vifa, etc. (e.g. the Do-It people components). yeah, the list is short and I've excluded electrostats and source components, but at least its a start
?? Hm, well considering that I bought it because A) it was made in the USA and B) I needed a new alarm clock, I was pretty happy with it. It was quite reasonably priced and has good sound for what it is.
post #14 of 63
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Linn/Naim = Anderson & Sheppard.
Good one. I should have jumped on a pair of 5140s with the matching 5120 when I had a chance, but I hesitated. The problem with Linn are their damn upsales to go Aktiv with EVERYTHING (and it does make a difference). I don't have much experience with Naim source components other than a preamp slapped on a midfi amp. Alas, no more audio for me until at least another 5-10 years.
post #15 of 63
Not a Linn fan. My modest system that I have here is (2 channel, kinda a purist that way, but digital) Gallo Nucleus Solos (still the purest of their product line IMO) Adcom GCD-700 transport, connected by Kimber Illuminati optical-RCA to Wadia dual 20 bit DA Converter Straightwire Virtuoso RCAs BAT VK3-i tube preamp Plinius SA-50 amplifier (~200 RMS into 4 ohms, but extremely powerful) This little setup produces a fairly enormous amount of low end extension with great clarity. You can read the review I wrote which was published in Audiophile Audition in 1999 here. http://www.roundsound.com/reviews_legacy1.html
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