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Are there audiophiles here?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Life' started by US7IGN, Apr 28, 2020.

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  1. KJ5T

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    I am not real audiophile, my ears aren't that good. I do have a vinyl collection (on the small scale ~150 or so records). My home stereo is an AVR-888 and a pair of Epos ELS303's, the turntable is the Audio Technica LP-120. Nothing fancy but sounds fine to me. On my computer, where I do play most of my digital music I use a pair of Boston Acoustic CR-6's Bookshelf speakers, the amp is a Teac AG V1020, it's old but works fine, I picked it up for $20 at a hamfest over a decade ago, it didn't power on when I got it, I can't remember what I did to fix it but it was easy and it has worked fine ever since.

    Like I said my ears aren't all that great, my wife bought me a Sonos a few years ago, the purists would argue that wireless audio is terrible, but it sounds good to be. I stream Tidal on it, mostly Jazz albums but my tastes are extremely eclectic.

    @W7UUU Seeing that iPod makes me want to go dig my old 4th gen out of the closet. I have tons of music that I ripped on it, the hard drive died on it, I had thought about putting in an SSD but never got around to it. Hang on to that thing! They are going for quite a bit now on eBay!
  2. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Actually, they're not that bad and VERY plentiful even after all these years since discontinuance:

    I have several of the 160 gb versions - one I use just for movies, another for music, and the third is my wife's music player when she's not on BlueTooth in her craft room with the "little wooden radio" as she calls it :)

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  3. WR1O

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    I was, still have my Tri-amped B&W 801 Matrix S3 speakers, also my KEF's are now hooked up to the amp from my soundcard.
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  4. WB2WIK

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    I had to use a file on my chassis to get it to fit into the rack where I wanted it to go.

    That makes me an "audiofile.":p:)

    Seriously, no. I'm not one.
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  5. KJ5T

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  6. W5UAA

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    I like the way it sounds when the final amp has one or two 6L6GCs in it or a 6BQ5.

    I've home-brewed three of these now:

    Also like the Mod101's and Mod102's.

    The Mod101 comes with a high-gain 12AX7. Swapping it out with a lower gain 12AU7 makes it good if you plug in an audio source that's not a guitar.

    Edit: also makes the CW tone sound sweet!
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  7. KE4OH

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    Hi Wlad! You asked about an audiophile forum. Here it is: That forum has sections for every type of audio interest you can think of from tubes amps to speakers to turntables to crazy stuff.

    Here is the best sounding amplifier I have. It is a copy of an Eico HF-86. I built it from scratch using a new Hammond power transformers and output transformers salvaged from a junk Stromberg-Carlson integrated amplifier. I added tone controls, which probably means I can't be called a true audiophile. :) Great sounding Ei tubes, which now are probably worth more than 10 times what I paid for them.

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  8. W9WQA

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    many yrs ago i built a ported speaker box. i glued some padding in like the article said. i told my son how a candle flame might move or not move to the sound. we cranked it up and i held a candle in front. the flame was like a rocket motor for about 5 seconds. great smelling fumes that gule !! grew back in about 2 weeks...

    btw i still have a home brew wurlitzer juke box amp, 1939 type built in 1960. 2x 6l6.
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  9. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Back around 1995 I took an old tube amp (Bogen?) and stripped it all but the power supply and made a CW-only 40/80 meter 4-watt single tube transmitter out of it

    But I guess that's sorta moving the "wrong direction" :D:D

    [Sorry for the low res - the best I could do back then. I still have the transmitter AND that key though - should update photos]


    Little homebrew 6V6'er.jpg
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  10. W9WQA

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    they just look better than solid state too,beautiful stuff

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