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 I started the fun fugly thread, so thought it would be just as much fun doing a gorgeous beautiful hifi thread.   

 

Current production HiFi would be preferable

 

to show I am not anti McIntosh, here is the brand new MA12000.    This thing looks sensational 

 

Hybrid design: vacuum tube preamp and solid state power amp
350 Watts x 2 channel
8-band tone control
17 inputs (10 analog + 7 digital)

 

McIntosh MA12000 Integrated Amplifier

 

McIntosh MA12000 Integrated Amplifier

 

McIntosh MA12000 Integrated Amplifier

 

 

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Hello folks,   I built these BR1s for my youngest daughter and we exhibited them at the last HiFi Show in Melbourne in late 2019 before she took possession. They are built from natural timbe

Nice looking BBQ 😂😂😂

I love the straight clean lines of the Luxman integrated amps, plus VU meters help...  

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I bet this one will divide, but I've always admired the aesthetic styling of Estelon.

 

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Home grown - Supratek.

 

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Mick is one of the few to capture the design beauty of valve amps IMO.

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How could I forget? A big box speaker that you immediately know means business. It's imposing in a way that its allowed to do its job, yet IMO still becomes a statement piece that complements the room, rather than taking over it.  

 

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2 hours ago, Marc said:

How could I forget? A big box speaker that you immediately know means business. It's imposing in a way that its allowed to do its job, yet IMO still becomes a statement piece that complements the room, rather than taking over it.  

 

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great colour too!!   I have heard some owners wrap theirs - god knows why :)

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Mine are that colour, they're just dressed to the surrounding aesthetic. :)

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11 hours ago, metal beat said:

 I started the fun fugly thread, so thought it would be just as much fun doing a gorgeous beautiful hifi thread.   

 

Current production HiFi would be preferable

 

to show I am not anti McIntosh, here is the brand new MA12000.    This thing looks sensational 

 

Hybrid design: vacuum tube preamp and solid state power amp
350 Watts x 2 channel
8-band tone control
17 inputs (10 analog + 7 digital)

 

McIntosh MA12000 Integrated Amplifier

 

McIntosh MA12000 Integrated Amplifier

 

McIntosh MA12000 Integrated Amplifier

 

 

 

I cannot wrap my head around tubes that are deliberately lit up green

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2 hours ago, Marc said:

How could I forget? A big box speaker that you immediately know means business. It's imposing in a way that its allowed to do its job, yet IMO still becomes a statement piece that complements the room, rather than taking over it.  

 

447a2cc2-135a-4b73-a72f-27ca3d664397_1.8

Its odd that they photoshopped this instead of taking real pics.

they did a terrible job of the shadows on the right speaker

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3 hours ago, Marc said:

 

 

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Is it me or does the left speaker looks like it has a pair of hands sticking out from the back? like a hand on the hip pose......

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1 hour ago, Grizzly said:

 

I cannot wrap my head around tubes that are deliberately lit up green

 

Especially between the two blue VU meters and the blue lcd display below.

 

And the top with the round vent? is a bit busy overall.

 

I've really liked the look of some MacIntosh designs in the past, but the lack of restraint in this one is a bit off-putting IMO.

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44 minutes ago, Tony M said:

 

Especially between the two blue VU meters and the blue lcd display below.

 

And the top with the round vent? is a bit busy overall.

 

I've really liked the look of some MacIntosh designs in the past, but the lack of restraint in this one is a bit off-putting IMO.

Yup.........I did like some of the older McIntosh designs, but the newer ones are getting uglier by the day. 

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Hmm, somany options...

 

I'll start with the Bakoon amp-13r. Love the quirky, industrial style, with a touch of class.

 

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Most Gryphon stuff looks superb. From the avant garde..

 

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...to the understated...

 

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6 hours ago, Marc said:

I bet this one will divide, but I've always admired the aesthetic styling of Estelon.

 


They look awesome. As a sculptor, I'd be very happy to have designed those.

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4 hours ago, sakabatou said:

Its odd that they photoshopped this instead of taking real pics.

they did a terrible job of the shadows on the right speaker

 

Most of the "stock" images are photoshopped these days. Worse, a high percentage of them are not even photographs, but renders.

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Really torn on which of the two threads to post this CDP in from Omega Audio Concepts.

 

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3 minutes ago, Marc said:

Really torn on which of the two threads to post this CDP in from Omega Audio Concepts.

 

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Nice looking BBQ 😂😂😂

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3 minutes ago, Marc said:

Really torn on which of the two threads to post this CDP in from Omega Audio Concepts.

 

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It's a Weber that plays music!

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OK, I concede - it should have been posted in the other thread.

Since someone said BBQ and Weber, I can't see anything else now.

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8 minutes ago, Marc said:

OK, I concede - it should have been posted in the other thread.

Since someone said BBQ and Weber, I can't see anything else now.

 

It's ok, I think the waffles are nearly done.

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A lot of the items getting into these two threads are "statement" pieces that may look different in the flesh and dependent on their surroundings.
 

WIth that in mind, neither those big JBLs nor the Eidolons were pictured in their actual working environments, and I suspect they would be less attractive if they were?

If the Eidolons were photographed in place in my living room we'd have them in the Fugly thread straight off. Then again, it's covered in stripped down bikes and piles of books at the moment...

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Just now, Telecine said:

 

It's ok, I think the waffles are nearly done.

Yep. Just breaking open a new bottle a genuine Maple Syrup. Yummmmm!:)

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Whoops! I misunderstood the topic. My nomination for a stunning design is the B&W Nautilus speakers:

 

 

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Not current production...this one is 43yo this year...but the Sansui TU-X1 tuner is a classic beauty (that is difficult to take of photos I apologise)

 

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Here is an internet photo..

 

Sansui TU-X1 for sale.

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3 minutes ago, thethrowback said:

I would nominate every speaker made by Wilson Audio as fugly. They might sound great but they have a utilitarian aesthetic. There is something intimidating about this beast:

 

 

you should post it in the fugly thread then

 

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Sorry, I got it wrong because I saw that Weber contraption posted by Marc and thought it must be about fugly equipment. I would pay good money not to own that thing!

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My new ANe SPe He in Palisander , 

getting delivered next weekend.

They look beautiful to me.

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Yep, love OM's design. From racks to speakers to ..

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22 minutes ago, Stump said:

Blue Throat.....

 

 

I think you want the other thread... :D

 

For its sheer elegance and understated design, this is my best looking HiFi component:

 

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Oops, looks like my posts got automatically merged after the first one had received likes. That’s confusing...

And again!

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1 hour ago, jeromelang said:

Back in the early nineties, I had the hots for Focusrite Red series of amps...

 

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But you've moved on now...   right

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Sonus Faber - Amati Futura

 

Best of the bunch I think. SF starts getting a bit strange looking up from here

 

 

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