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  1. Vintage HiFi

    No problem. My set up in my room is likewise compromised. I don't have a purpose built room nor am I likely to have one. But the cheapest improvement you can make for your system is simply moving your equipment to the best place available and setting it up according to basic acoustic rules. The "sweet spot" diagram you posted is a great start. Have the two speakers equal distance from your listening position on equal axis. Try to pull them out a bit from the walls and ideally try to find some stands. I made some for my stand mount speakers back in the day. If you cant and they need to be on your table try some spikes between them and the table surface. As far as the window goes you have blinds so I would have them closed when listening. Ultimately none of this matters if you are happy with the sound however you have come across quite strongly in your opinions about the "quality" of vintage vs new equipment and I have to say it is difficult to reconcile your views given the way you have your system set up which despite your limitations would not give you a great frame of reference. .
  2. Vibration

    Its a 15 year old plasma. Well past its prime but it hasn't missed a beat. They were excellent TVs in the day hence their price premium but it is relegated to emergency use only now.
  3. Vintage HiFi

    No, its not "rocket science". Its acoustics. Your speakers are too close together to attempt any kind of imaging. One enclosure is leaning against a wall and not fully supported likely compromising bass output and quality. It also has a lamp on it that could rattle. One enclosure has its baffle at 45 degrees to a window, a most undesirable surface and definitely not one you would want that close to a speaker. Both enclosures are virtually against a wall meaning far from optimum bass reproduction unless they were specifically designed to be located so and one is in a corner which is pretty much the worst possible position for everything. You need to have a look at speaker placement and room design before you worry too much more about cheap Op amps....
  4. Vintage HiFi

    You are quite blunt with your opinions so I will reciprocate. I can not imagine in any situation with any equipment where speakers set up the way they are in your photo would be capable of performing at anywhere near their optimum. To lecture people about the virtues of vintage vs new or in fact any equipment when your "reference" is set up so (and I am not criticising or condemning your equipment here) is quite presumptuous. And that actually isn't all that blunt...
  5. Vibration

    Since buying the phono stage I have been so annoyed by the motor noise I haven't really played the TT. I played it tonight and it really sounds quite excellent other than the motor noise between tracks. I may have made the "vibration" felt from the plinth appear more serious than it really is. It is not obtrusive, my point being that of all of the surfaces the TT plinth seemed the most affected by airborne vibration. And its not the motor vibration that is being transferred. Its really the motor noise that is pissing me off and the decision has been made. A new TT when funds become available. This is how the TT is currently mounted FWIW.
  6. Vintage HiFi

    Is this an actually picture of where your speakers are located for listening?
  7. Vintage HiFi

    More qualified people have spoken to this but may I add the the trickle down effect also plays a part. The technology that made the "golden era" piece what it was (what was worth transferring) often finds itself in components costing far less. I can speak of comparisons between the $4000 "golden era" piece and its comparative (twice the amount) $8000 piece but the magic lies in the current $4000 piece. Adjusted for inflation today's $4000 piece often is far beyond its 1980 counterpart. And they don't have to to make a comparable product. the R&D is done and paid for and often now public domain. Mass production is a catch-cry for poor quality but it does not necessarily guarantee it. Again
  8. Vibration

    I replaced the motor with an upgraded Rega one about 7 or so years ago. I didn't use it much after because I didn't have a decent system to use it with. The new motor should not be worn but for some reason it is quite noisy. Too long since I bought it to worry about warranty. I don't think the motor is related to the vibration. the vibrations is related to the music playing. It is not an old motor. I have these under the butches block now . http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Valab-Audio-Vibration-Isolation-Damper-Feet-4-Pcs/302347912279?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649 I am not sure how effective they are but the vibrations are not coming from under the TT. The cabinet is quite heavy and it sits on carpet on a concrete floor. The butchers block does not vibrate as much as the TT plinth. I actually think it is a characteristic of the Rega plinth materiel. Well there is no audible sound but that doesn't mean it isn't having an effect.
  9. Vibration

    Good question but I am certain it is airborne via the music. I will give it a try tomorrow night.
  10. Vibration

    No sub. It vibrates along with the music. It is very light and does not seem audible but it was just noticeable the difference between the two. The TT motor noise is more of a nuisance and the whole thing is in line to be replaced when funds are available.
  11. Vibration

    It seems to be air borne vibration the TT plinth is picking up because the Ikea board does not vibrate as much. If it were coming through from the cabinet it should all be the same. Also the Ikea board is sitting on some isolation feet since that picture was taken.
  12. Vibration

    I have an old Rega 2 sitting on the ubiquitous Ikea butchers block. Does it work? I don't know. I currently have rather annoying motor noise audible when music is not playing. That aside I found when music is playing the plinth of the TT vibrates noticeably more than the Ikea board. I did a fairly primitive measurement by simply holding fingers of each hand agaisnt the opposing surfaces. The Ikea board seemed to vibrate far less. This may be a positive when assessing the virtues of these boards however it is alarming that despite the apparent isolation qualities of the Ikea board the TT plinth has a whole lot of airborne issues of its won.
  13. Vintage HiFi

    lol, this is an impossible challenge. In any case longevity does not = sound quality.
  14. Vintage HiFi

    I don't subscribe to that. Electronics have fallen dramatically in price over the last 10 or so years. An amplifier costing $1000 today is the equivalent (price wise) of something that would have been $4000 15 years ago.