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  1. Here is a recent acquisition tube output Akai 1710w reel to reel that I recently found in as new condition with no wear whatsoever. It did have its share of issues however which explained why it probably ended up unused in a cupboard. Typical of all akai decks of this era the pot metal cams had all disintegrated but I worked out that a set of later 4000 series cams will work with simple mods. One of the capstan motor start caps was short probably due to the unit being on the 220v tap as this is critical. This deck dates from 1967 to 1969 and features a tube output stage with built in speakers and it is surprising how good 6 watts of tubes sound. Not a bad find for 50 bucks and some effort. Cant believe there is one currently listed on ebay for $1000. Listening to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.......stunning sound and a real surprise for a single motor consumer deck. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  2. Vintage HiFi

    Please do not cure your weakness as your blog is fantastic and I share many of your thoughts on the vintage subject. If it were not for like minded people much of this gear would disappear into a skip and be forgotten with reel to reel a classic example. It makes me shudder when I see and hear an iphone connected to a D class amp playing ITunes which is the way we are heading with technology. The Hifi experience is as much about the equipment, history,engineering and innovation as listening pleasure. Long live vintage Hifi and individuals that are passionate about its preservation.
  3. Strange speaker cable performance

    It cant be anything else. Swap the polarity around on one speaker. Does the bass come back Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  4. Strange speaker cable performance

    Out of phase. Check your cabling Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  5. Vintage HiFi

    Some of those old vintage consoles sound very good when supplied with a digital source. Many sounded pretty good in the day with a ceramic cartridge and 40dB dynamic range if you were lucky via the original turntable. AM radio was also only available. The addition of a modern Dac and decent Flac file yields amazing results with 90dB dynamic range. Again it comes down to high efficiency papercone speakers, heavy wooden cabinets and small 10 Watt amplifiers which were huge in the day. Some of the tube powered Krieslers even had electrostic tweeters. I have transplanted a number with Raspberry pi, hifiberry dac board with rca out running Volumio for the operating system. This can then be setup to stream from your NAS drive and also features internet radio controllable via a web browser on your smart phone. Just google Volumio for full instructions on how to do it. You will be surprised by the sound quality. A great addition to the man cave and I wonder how many 1st pressings of now sought after expensive albums they have played in their lifetime. A great project Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
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    I took this old HMV Jamaica and an old Decca gramophone with some 45s and 78s to my daughters birthday party picnic once. The units became the centre of attention with the adults who loved the novelty and the sound especially amongst some of the younger parents. Well worth the effort to restore for novelty value at barbacues and picnics. We even had strangers wandering over for a look and playing records. I was surprised by the interest. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
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    Yes the format cost wise is impactical now and parts are becoming unobtainium and many people have not had the pleasure of listening to a decent reel to reel. I also have been playing with DBX 2 encoding and DBX lps which are also hard to obtain, again the sound is something to behold and it died a natural death like SACD due to poor uptake of the format. Coming from an audio and broadcast engineering background I am fascinated by the engineering side of vintage hifi which is how current technology evolved. To be honest it is very difficult to pick any audible difference between a dbx record, well recorded tape and a flac played via a decent DAC. I know because I have an album on all 3 mediums which is handy for restoring gear and evaluation. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
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    I currently know where to get an Otari with less than 3 hours on it.....very tempting, it is currently siezed up with congealed grease. They are a nice machine. If I can smuggle it past the wife maybe she wont notice it amongst the other reel to reels. An expensive hobby although Pyral tapes are not too expensive to purchase now. Prerecorded 4 track tapes on ebay are ridiculous prices now much like other vintage gear. Reel to reel is an expensive hobby which I would not partake in if I coul d not fix them myself but they look and sound spectacular once restored. One also needs to appreciate the historical value of tape and I think these machines are well worth preserving. Hopefully my kids will listen to them long after I am gone. Vintage hifi is not just about performance and if it were not for those that respect vintage gear we would probably all be listening to mp3s via an iphone plugged into a d class amp. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  9. Vintage HiFi

    You really are a disrespectful brainless troll totally lacking a brain0 Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
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    Currently in heaven listening to Bb King on this original 1968 tape ( 1st time it has been played) Keeping things in the era the ABC monitors are 1963 and the Teac 1959. Also managed to find some NOS 1964 Mullard El34s for the inbuilt amps which I must say sound very nice. Vintage blisd Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  11. Vintage HiFi

    I like vintage turntables of that era as they were built like a tank. I had a commonwealth electronics turntable at one stage which I wish I still had. There is something about the era where much of the gear was beautifully made including the reel to reels, G36 revox for example. From experience the only thing to avoid being early solid state amps which featured horrible crossover distortion as they hadnt quiet sorted out the output transistors and circuit design. Some early examples even had germanium transistors. In some cases some amplifiers had very ordinary performance into the early 70s so you can image how some of these vintage amps perform now. One brand that has not featured yet is some of the vintage Harman Kardon stuff their amps in particular which are well designed and can still be purchased at a good price. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  12. Vintage HiFi

    Forgive me if I am wrong but I thought this thread was about the trials and tribulations of vintage hifi. It was an interesting thread that has been hijacked and....."umm" gone off on a tangent. Let us make this thread interesting again and actually share sone information and knowledge of vintage hifi or shut down the thread. Maybe if we stop baiting a certain person it will get back on the subject as its kinda getting boring. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  13. Vintage HiFi

    yes just google sstrans Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  14. Vintage HiFi

    Was my nights entertainment [emoji3] whilst listwning to some of my vintage gear. Me's thinks um. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk
  15. Vintage HiFi

    This is the most entertainment I have had on stereonet for a while. Currently listening to some 1920s swing on this restored Atwater Kent TRF radio via my in house AM transmitter streaming via a raspberry pi. Definately not audiophile but enjoyable. The radio even features a tube push/ pull output stage and was considered high fidelity in its day. It was also one of the first " light socket" powered radios. They were even set up in dance halls due to the superior moving coil speaker and loud volume level. Now that is what one would class as vintage. I would love to see some pictures of members coveted vintage gear to get this thread back on track. There must be some classic stuff out there to make me envious. The other picture is a restored 1929 RCA model 60 superhet radio which sold for the equivalent of $8000 in todays money. Sent from my SM-G925I using Tapatalk