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Newbie in the Burgh
« on: March 05, 2017, 05:55:47 PM »
Hello everyone!

I tried to find local audiophile’s society since my family and me have moved to Pittsburgh couple years ago.  Finally, I found this forum.
I’ve been the music lover and audio addictive since my childhood. Unfortunately, the Soviet Union was not the best place for any activity like this.
Now, I’m happy owner of some vintage components like Scott 340B tube receiver loaded to Wharfedale W70d for CD and stream listening and relative modern components like Focal W-cones floor standing speakers driven by TOTL Denon SS amplifier and Sony direct drive turntable.
I’m interested in finding new friends and share some of listening experience. Moreover, I have a dream to get an impression for the real  full-range speakers like Audio Nirvana or so because I remember  the charming sound of wooden radio  from last century. The sound of iconic tube amplifiers like McIntosh or/and Marantz is a next target.

Vince


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Re: Newbie in the Burgh
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2017, 07:29:26 PM »
Greetings Vince!

Welcome to the forum!  Those are very nice components that you have.  You will find a lot of friendly people here who love the sound of vintage equipment.  Turntables and tubes are very popular among the forum members.  Streaming from various digital sources is also popular.  What kind of vinyl do you like to spin?  Rock, jazz, blues, classical?

Welcome!
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Re: Newbie in the Burgh
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2017, 08:01:05 PM »
Hi Vince and welcome to the forum.  This is a good group.  we meet a couple of times a year for a swap meet and hopefully will be able to do so again this year.  What part of town is home for you?
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Re: Newbie in the Burgh
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2017, 08:14:50 PM »
Welcome to the forum,  plenty of audio-addicted people of all walks in life in here,  glad you joined!  Look forward to meeting you in person some time... Post pics of your setup!

OBG

Spkr: VMPS RM40
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Amps: Channel Islands Audio D-200 MkII 
Phono: VPI Aries 1,  Van de Hul Frog
CD: Oppo BDP-83 DAC: Young DSD DAC
Cass: Tascam 122MkII
R2R: Revox B77
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Re: Newbie in the Burgh
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2017, 08:32:52 PM »
Welcome Vince!

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Re: Newbie in the Burgh
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2017, 09:10:08 PM »
Welcome Vince

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Re: Newbie in the Burgh
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2017, 06:12:26 AM »
Hey Vince! Welcome! What was the audio scene in the good ole USSR???
IN REALITY IT ONLY MATTERS WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE TO YOU!!!!!

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Re: Newbie in the Burgh
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2017, 09:28:26 AM »
Welcome Vince

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Re: Newbie in the Burgh
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2017, 07:32:03 PM »
Thanks for the warm welcome!
…  Streaming from various digital sources is also popular.  What kind of vinyl do you like to spin?  Rock, jazz, blues, classical?
Almost everything, for the LPs I prefer jazz and old-timers like Sinatra
 
Hi Vince and welcome to the forum.  This is a good group.  we meet a couple of times a year for a swap meet and hopefully will be able to do so again this year.  What part of town is home for you?
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Welcome to the forum,  plenty of audio-addicted people of all walks in life in here,  glad you joined!  Look forward to meeting you in person some time... Post pics of your setup!
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Hey Vince! Welcome! What was the audio scene in the good ole USSR???
I love your question. 1st, there was not real choice for audio shopping in USSR. Most of the audio adherents might play with poor engineered copy of Linn amplifier and “Soviet JBL” speaker Radiotehnika S-90. Short threat on AG https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/radiotehnika-s90-a-and-now-what
2nd, LPs produced by American or Europe company were virtually unavailable. For example, cost of western LP was about 1/3rd of monthly salary for the engineer. Quality of Soviet LPs was inacceptable at all.

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Re: Newbie in the Burgh
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2017, 09:59:37 PM »

I love your question. 1st, there was not real choice for audio shopping in USSR. Most of the audio adherents might play with poor engineered copy of Linn amplifier and “Soviet JBL” speaker Radiotehnika S-90. Short threat on AG https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/radiotehnika-s90-a-and-now-what
2nd, LPs produced by American or Europe company were virtually unavailable. For example, cost of western LP was about 1/3rd of monthly salary for the engineer. Quality of Soviet LPs was inacceptable at all.
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Thank you - very interesting.  Is it fair to say that russian tubes in general are of a higher quality than most of what you  find on the western side of things?

OBG

Spkr: VMPS RM40
Pre: McCormack RLD-1, Rotel 970BX Phono
Amps: Channel Islands Audio D-200 MkII 
Phono: VPI Aries 1,  Van de Hul Frog
CD: Oppo BDP-83 DAC: Young DSD DAC
Cass: Tascam 122MkII
R2R: Revox B77
Sub: Rhythmik FV 15HP

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Re: Newbie in the Burgh
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2017, 10:34:50 PM »

Thank you - very interesting.  Is it fair to say that russian tubes in general are of a higher quality than most of what you  find on the western side of things?

OBG
I had some experience with russian's 6L6 family clone - 6P3S (6П3С originally). It's definitely worse that any cheap RCA/GE 6L6 in terms of sound quality/signature. BUT, some direct heating tubes like GM70 or 6s33s is a different story.. I had homebrewed amp based on 6s19p tubes with custom OPT that kills some of high-priced consumer's tube amplifiers.

 

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