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What stereo(s) do you listen to? What do you want?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Artisan Fan, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. freshcutgrass

    freshcutgrass Well-Known Member

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    That's not mine...I just pulled those pics off the internet. Just recently bought mine locally here in Toronto. It replaced a very nice Accuphase pre that also has a very nice phono stage. But the DR-7 matches very well with my DR-3 amp (naturally). I've just gone back to SS after a long run with 300B SET.
     
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    Though all the speakers came with them, I have never used a KUBE, but yes, the intention was to equalize the bass to the room. I always bypassed it, preferring better placement to another step in the signal path.

    I have owned a 104, never liked it. The 103 is great, as well as the 105.


    They were like $6k when new. Yeah, you can get them relatively cheap because they're huge speakers, and very heavy. Why do you say DIY? Were they in shit condition or something?

    The 107/2 can usually be found for less than $2000, but they hare harder to find.
     
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    I just assume that speakers that old would probably require some DIY for dried out gaskets or may be even capacitors replacement.
     
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    It has 2 crossovers, the top unit is sealed. The bottom unit's crossover is easily accessed. There are folks out there that can do the complete refurb pretty easily.
     
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     Heh, accuphase again. By the way, what are those monsters anyway? I see they are JBL, but what is the story behind them?
     
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    How popular is atc? It's also pretty pricey
     
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    Sorry for the double post. But I have a microrendu running roon into my RL dac and the sound is very nice.
     
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    You have Ralph Lauren dac?
     
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    Resonessence Labs
     
  12. poorsod

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    Do you guys have advise about buying used audio equipment? For example, is getting a pair of around 10-15 year old speakers a bad idea? What is the expected life of speakers?

    Thanks.
     
  13. idfnl

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    Speakers can basically last forever. No qualms at all buying something that age. Make sure the drivers are in good condition, don't buzz, etc.
     
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    There is no danger in buying speakers of that age unless they have been abused. That is where the best value is 10-15 y.o. speakers. The difficult part is to listen enough of them to zero in on the type of sound you like East Coast vs. West Coast. Veiled, soft , tubey or more forward, fast with mids and highs slightly forward.
    There are bazillions of speakers on the market and once you establish your fav. type of sound that wast speaker selection shrinks to a dozen.
    Also bare in mind that some companies that have "Company Sound" to their speakers sometimes change it in response to a market. What you have heard from say 15 y.o. Harbeth or Triangle might sound better or worse to your ears in today's' models from the same makers. I learned my lessons a few times assuming that signature sound of the company is something stable throughout the years.
    Pay attention to efficiency of speakers you like, some makes like Thiel or ATC would need significant amplification from a high current amp to do their best. Some less efficient speakers will not come alive at low listening volume, so that plays part in your decision, depending on your living arrangements and volume preferences.
     
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