Are there audiophiles here?

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

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  1. US7IGN

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    Thank you!
    The main idea was to find a party of music lovers with a good flea market like in this forum. I want to find and buy an old Sony.

    But I also want to do something my own hands with tubes
  2. KC4XU

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    I have a bunch of USN 832As that I’m watching for the right schematic. Really don’t care about the sound but seeing some 832s lit up making music makes me all warm and glowing.

    WAIT! :p

    otherwise it’s early 70s Dynaco PAS3x, ST 70
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  3. W4EAE

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    I am definitely into high fidelity (not the trademark or marketing but the concept itself). As such, a lot of my music listening is of classical, choral, and acoustic music. There does exist a good bit of past and current amplified and electronic music (rock, metal, country, rap, R&B, etc.) that meets the standard of high fidelity, with plenty of breathing space and notable definition of different instruments and voices. Unfortunately, so many of the studio 'masters' from the past couple of decades (most of my lifetime) are crowded, over-compressed junk.

    When it comes to radio, I don't even think about fidelity. It does not matter what receiver, speakers, headphones or equalizer you use; 3k SSB or 25k FM are simply incapable of containing an actual hi-fi sound. As such, I have completely difference standards: readability, and 'listenability.'
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  4. K8JD

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    I sure loved a variety of music and put together a few interesting Hi-FI and Stereophonic systems over the years,
    Lately with the advent of HD AM and FM radio, and CD and MP3 music sources, my hearing has degenerated so I just can't hear that fine sound properly !
  5. OK1XD

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    IDK if I can say that I am audiophile or whatever, but audio is my hobby too. I love to record and play cassettes. Yes, those nice things that young people have no idea about.
    Through many past years I´ve owned many of components, made by various trademarks, but I ended with Sony ES. NOT that crap from late years, but solid 80´s heavy machines "made in Japan" only. I have an ES line from 1988, which is very well built, rugged and the sound is truly excellent (neutral). I also have a high-end set-up from Akai, Yamaha and some other nice "toys". I use mainly headphones when listening music, but if I wanna be loud, then my Tannoy D700 are always ready.
    I do NOT like to play music from my phone, if the source is digital, I always take the FLAC and record it on cassette (superb quality ones of course) then I take my Sony WM-D6C or other DD and play the music via my AudioTechnica AT-50x(recently) into my ears. Yes, it may seem weird, but that´s just me and my way. I am quite oldfashioned but my ears are pretty sensitive to distortion and spectrum losses, so I am not much friendly with streaming and similar digital stuff. And I am lucky that I can repair (if needed) or set most of my toys by myself. Analog forever.
    Last edited: May 5, 2020
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  6. KJ4YEV

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    This is my homebrew power amp. It runs a single ended 6550 per channel, in WTubeamp1_jpg.jpg ultralinear mode. It's only about 8 watts per channel, but can drive my homebrew speakers with Altec components to deafening levels. Only thing not homebrewed is a Conrad Johnson preamp, and a Dual turntable.
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  7. N4DJC

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    I had a 70's era Marrantz Receiver (2245 I think) for years, Dual turntable, along with a pair of bookshelf JBL's, that was about the limit of my poor man's "audio" experience.
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  8. WN1MB

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    Power is no replacement for efficiency. That's a beautiful amplifier. I suspect Paul W. Klipsch would approve.
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  9. KK4NSF

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    I don't know how many true audiophiles are among our ranks, but there certainly are several serious Marantz afficiandos here. You really haven't heard The Far Side of The Moon or Uriah Heep's Demons and Wizards until you've listened to them at 2am on a 2330... spun up by Lovely Leslie on WABB-FM! Folks who've never heard a vintage HiFi just can't understand why those who have 'em like 'em so much.

    BUT here is the real discussion: I just located a mint, still in the wrapper, Radio Station Distribution ONLY copy of

    Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds
    from 1978! If I open it up to listen to it.... it will lose it's collector value. BUT then I'll never get to experience it in it's REAL LP (non-digital) form. So.... do I put a brand new needle on the turntable, and give it a spin?

  10. N4DJC

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    WABB, what a story....

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