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Nothing too large.  Thinking Super HL5s.

Looking for something special? / Re: Need resistors...
« on: Today at 11:35:36 AM »
Let me know what values,  I may get close to your side of the woods in the afternoon tomorrow.

Ron shared this video with - a very cool watch, IMO. Good background on how the BBC ended up building speakers and about the Harbeth approach to design.  Looking forward to getting my pair.

Coordinating a visit to Ron's,  who has kindly offered to demo his, before buying.  Interested in the Super HL5 and the Compact 7s.   Looking forward to changing the signature to include one or the other!

PM if you have a lead to a pair,  will pay a finders fee.



List your system / Re: Biamp SM/23 active Crossover - Before
« on: December 28, 2017, 09:59:04 PM »
What would you say was the benefit sonically of recapping the SM 23?

Apologies for the pictures not showing - the hosting vendor is holding them hostage unless I pay some ridiculous fee they never disclosed before offering me a free version. 

The benefits of recapping are little to none if your SM23 has working caps and you intend to replace them with normal caps.  However,  if you recap it with better film caps in the signal path, it really makes a difference, especially after some burn-in time.   In my case, more defined tighter bass and better separation of instruments.  Noise floor lowered a bit as well. 

I imagine one could continue the upgrade craze in many ways but had I kept mine the next step would have been better pots- Alps or something like that - to replace the stock cheapies.   


Looking for something special? / Re: pioneer elite wood sides
« on: December 12, 2017, 10:59:44 PM »
That would be one great looking house, will it withstand hurricane force winds?  I know a territory that could use it...

too soon!

Looking for something special? / Re: pioneer elite wood sides
« on: December 12, 2017, 06:42:43 PM »
I am looking for any pioneer elite wood sides, any condition.  Let me know what you have and what you want.  I am willing to buy the entire piece, if the price is right.  Thank you, Nick

I had a bunch of Pioneer Elite side wood panels,  but I used them to make a hose for you Nick:

It is at 909 tape Dr., Hiss, PA


The Circular File / Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
« on: November 28, 2017, 07:40:34 PM »
Santana - MoFi Caravanserai SACD

Home Audio Equipment in the Burgh / Re: current list
« on: November 28, 2017, 07:22:46 PM »
You know you deserve an early Christmas gift, i won't tell your wife.  Pm me if interested. Thank you, Nick

Sansui au d9 95wpc black face with dark walnut case

Sansui 5000 wood case

Kenwood ka8006 rare face has some scuffs no wood sides

Denon drs810 drawer tape deck untested, no tapes

Linn LK1 with remote, nice 80s preamp

Rotel rq970bx phono pre mm/mc

Psb image 1b no grilles, nice bookshelf

Garrard rc 88 with homemade plinth untested cheap

There is always more.

The Rotel phono stage is excellent.  I have one I modded the shit out of and love. 

Home Audio Equipment in the Burgh / Re: current list
« on: November 28, 2017, 07:21:55 PM »
That Denon DRS 810 cassette machine is a very nice deck.  Dolby B, C, dual capstan, three head with front panel adjustable bias.

Agree.  I am tempted.  The Denons tend to sound clinical, but accurate...  May steal this one from Nick...

General Discussion / Re: Magnapan speakers
« on: November 25, 2017, 10:45:22 AM »
P.S...I was running the MMG's with my 600x2 and they were thirsty! I cranked the tube pre up to about 2 o'clock and they stopped getting louder. I figured this was the max. they needed since rated at 150.

You can go past the 2 o'clock position and test the fuse!  After the fuse blows,  look for a high end fuse to replace it with - high end fuses are a thing with Maggies (I just replaced mine with copper wire and prayed I would not overdrive them). 

600x2 is the king of headroom, fer sure.  My 400x5 makes my 200 watt monoblocks sound like wimps when balancing the home theater levels.  Tom did a great job rebuilding that amp.  Then he screwed it up by adding a bunch of Hello Kitty stickers. Cabron!


General Discussion / Re: Magnapan speakers
« on: November 25, 2017, 09:55:47 AM »
One other point:  these are not meant for crazy output volumes.  they have a limit on output volume.   If your thing is listening to music at ear-bleeding levels,  get something else! 

General Discussion / Re: Magnapan speakers
« on: November 25, 2017, 09:51:22 AM »
I acquired a set of the small MMG's at Carverfest this year and am truly impressed with them. These are their "beginner" speakers to give you a taste of Magnaplaner sound. Does anyone else have or had Magnapan's ? I'm interested in your opinions. I just passed on a larger set of 1.6QR's but I still have the fever!!!

Finally,  a Magnepan believer!!  I like the Mag sound.  The MMGs are a meant to give you a taste, as you wrote,  with just enough sweetness to persuade you to max your Visa and go up the ladder.  I have owned several and share the following advice:

- The 1.6QR is the sweet spot in the line if you don't want to spend a lot.  My fav affordable Mag.
- The 1.2 and 1.7 are unimpressive.  Between the two I would take the 1.2 (I kept those for three years or so,  bought them new,  I kept the 1.7 for a year). 
- With maggies like the ones above you can adjust the tweeter quasirbbon tweeter output with resistors.  If you find a pair that sounds bright,  do not discard too quickly, the resistors can do magic
- Fixing them is not that hard and there are plenty of instructions on the net how to.  If you run into a delaminated pair, don't assume they are a write-off.
- The speakers are particularly good with string instruments,  to get decent bass you have to jump up the line onto the 3 series (or add a sub - see below).  The 3 and above have notoriously low SAF (letting them pick the sock fabric helps a little,  but the things are large).
- Subwoofer integration can be tough with Maggies,  My advice is to look for speed,  smaller (8") subs are easier to integrate,  I had good luck with Rel and Sunfires.
- The Maggies sound very different and better with lots of power,  even at lower volumes. They really take advantage of dynamic range in an amp.  So, if they sound good with 40 watts, expect a quantum step improvement with 300 watts. 
- Like monitors,  Maggies reward you if you get a good speaker stand. In the case of Maggies the stands involve different "shoes"  and, sometimes, a reinforced frame.  There are aftermarket options for that. 

Hope that helps give you some background!


If you look at the members list there are many that never post again after their introduction. Time will tell.....BTW...WELCOME!!!  ;)
...Guess I was correct... ;)

Yep,  will probably delete the account.  Gave him a warning. Oh well...

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