Any other stereo freaks on TB?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by the-lizard-king, Nov 19, 2001.

  1. What kind of home sound system do you own?
    Are you one of those people who love talking about their system that cost more then their car, or will you listen to anything that has speakers?
    Im a freak. I love my sound system. I have been building up my stereo over the last few years. At its heart is a top of the line Kenwood component system, surround sound, with everything you could ever need, and quite a few things you dont, and theres still some things I dont even know how to do. Its amp clocks in at 405 watts RMS. It has huge speakers with two built in sub woofers. I recently added a Pioneer component turntable. All those thirty year old LP's have never sounded like this! At a market I recently scored a real bargain on two pioneer speakers that are about 1.5 metres tall and two feet wide, so now I get perfect surround sound. Its soundin real good, and cost a fraction of the price many people pay out right for quality stereos.
    Tell me about your stereo? What do you listen to?
  2. You should ask PJR about his stereo rig....

    I care about how my music sounds, but I spend most of my money on basses, so my setup is all made by NAD: C340 integrated amp, C520 CD player, 4020A tuner. Then there's a couple of Audioquest Type 4 cables going to NHT SuperOnes. The interconnects are MIT. The whole thing didn't cost much more than something you buy at Best Buy or Circuit City, but it sounds pretty darned good. Plus, I like having gear from companies whose name is an acronym.
  3. Mine's a mish-mash of good components over the years:

    Linn Intek integrated amp (50w/8, 100w/4)
    Arcam Alpha 1 CD player
    Jamo 488 floorstanding speakers
    Kenwood KMD55 (i think) marble turntable w/shure headshell and cartridge
    Linn interconnects and speaker cable

    And there's a feed from the studio that gives me input from my PC, my MD recorder, and my Tascam DA30 DAT deck.

    The DAC on the Tascam is super-fat (almost Sony-sounding, but with more definition) - but sometimes a little too fat for my liking. The DAC on my Zoom FX processor is much sweeter IMO.
  4. White_Knight


    Mar 19, 2000
    Well, I don't have some hugely expensive system to brag about, but it sounds great!

    Alesis RA-100 power amp (100 watts x2 at 4 ohms).

    Sony CDP-335 5 disc changer (I think that's the right number).

    Yamaha bookshelf speakers (brand new, but can't remember the model - 8" woofers and only down 3.5 dB at 45Hz).

    Sony WM-40 subwoofer (12" woofer, 120 watts, goes down to 20 Hz).

    All connected together with 12 gauge speaker wire :).
  5. someone's selling one of those here, reasonably cheaply...

    can they bridge at all? or are they a dedicated stereo power amp?
    are they good, bad, ok, etc?
  6. rwagne2


    Aug 2, 2001
    I've got a revox power amp plus a dual turntable and an akai reel, if that means anything to anyone.
  7. PJR


    Jun 20, 2001
    N.E. PA
    I've been into Hi-Fi for about 24 of my 38 years of existance........

    Here's a current pic of my system:


    Amplifier- Pass Labs X350
    Speakers- Martin Logan Quests
    Pre amp- Threshold T-2
    CD Transport- PS Audio Lamda 2
    CD DA convertor- PS Audio Ultralink2

    Speaker Cable- Monster Sigma2
    Interconnects- Cardas Cross

    Chang Lightspeed Power Conditioners
    Goldmund Cones
    Shakti Stones

    Room Tunes room treatment

    ......It's a very transparent system, with great detail and power if needed. Vocals are reproduced very lifelike .......

  8. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    who cares?when i get a car,im just putting a cd player in it,thats it.i dont care about all that bass subwoofer,big speaker crap,just a waste of money to ruin your ears.i know i sound like a grandma talking,but i think the whole idea is pretty dumb.but home sereo systems are cool with me
  9. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Martin Logan electrostatics. Wow...what's the impedance on those babies?
  10. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    I only have a Kenwood MP3 Player Deck on my Car with JBL Speakers and a SAS Bazoola EL34 Powered Subowoofer.
    My Car is very small, so thats all I need in there.
    Its a Daewoo Matiz.
  11. PJR


    Jun 20, 2001
    N.E. PA
    >>>"Martin Logan electrostatics. Wow...what's the impedance on those babies??<<<

    .....Nominal impediance is somewhere in the 5.3 Ohm range......

    sensitivity is not bad......about 91db/watt.....

  12. lost_in_space


    Nov 16, 2001
    I like oldish stuff. - Celestion Ditton 44, home built amp, philips CD player, and a Garrard SP25 turntable.

    I know the fancy ones are the 301 and 401, but all i can say is that I am extremely pleased with the SP25, stock, with original arm and just an ortofon OM pro cartridge. i got it for close to nothing and i think its as good as a good thorens.
  13. I used to be a huge Hi fi Nut, but it just get's way to expensive and the small difference in sound quality did not seem worth the huge $ difference. any way I am at work now so I can't see my stereo to get the model numbers but I have a crown power amp 550 watts, a carver preamp and tuner, a newmark 30 band eq, 2 pioneer 6 disc cd players, a newmark mixer, my speakers are JBL's 800 watts, Bose 901's, and Bose 601's. I have not bought anything new in about 8 years but this set up was around 12 grand, I am sure today you could go to best buy and buy a better stereo for a bout 2 grand:( but what the hell, my first vcr cost 800 dollars and it didn't have a remote:eek:
  14. gbenner


    May 20, 2001
    ocean, new jersey
    receiver- integra 9.1
    speakers- definitive tech. 2002's
    sub- pinacle digi-350
    dvd- pioneer 606d
    cd- marantz
    ive been into hometheater for a few years and i have a healthy collection of dvd's.
  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    I use the same "buy used" strategy when it comes to home stereo gear. One day when I get bored I might go through the house and document what I have, there are systems everywhere. I even have a surround sound system with in-wall speakers and a sub on top of the cabinet over the refrigerator... that's right, in my kitchen;). Got a real funny look from my wife on that one, initially. Now she loves it.

    Off the top of my head I have:


    2 Harman Kardon AVR 25 MKII SS receivers
    NAD separates and recievers
    Kenwood KA-3500 and matching tuner (70's era)
    Dynaco St-70 amp and Pat-3 preamp
    Marantz, Sony, Pioneer suround receivers
    Harman Kardon 930 twin powered reciever
    Mitsubishi receiver
    Adcom preamp
    Hafler DH-500 amp
    Advent Model 300 reciever
    lots of tape decks (including the big Pioneer with flouroscan meters, Nakamichi, etc.), cd players and changers, turntables (Dual, Thorens, a couple of B&O's and more)

    Magnaplanar MG-I's that I bought new in 1978
    2 sets DCM TimeWindows
    Celestion SL-6
    3 sets Wharfdale 7.2 Anniversary- (blowout from uBid)
    Several sub-sat sets (Memorex, KLH, Dynaco) used mainly with receivers on PCs.
    JBL small monitors
    JBL and other inwalls
    M&K sub V7 MkII
    Advent/Sunfire sub
    AudioPro B-40 sub

    ...and more.

    Plus several TVs, DVD players, VHS (I dupe DVD to tape, works surprisingly well), etc. Just got a new 32" TV with component inputs (open box, Best Buy) and found a new in box DVD (with component outs) in a pawnshop, price for both... $430:D

    I do most of my music-only listening in my cars these days so I haven't concentrated on a music-only system.
  16. I've been involved in home audio/electronics since 1985, whether in sales, customer service or repairs. I love it! I currently am a home audio speaker repair tech for Magnolia Hi Fi in the have had a lot of years being surrounded by this stuff to refine taste; at least as much as budget would allow :)

    My home theater system consists of M&K speakers all around: a trio of S125's across the front, a MX150THX sub and SS150 THX tripoles mounted on the walls. This is powered by a Sony STRDA50ES a/v AC3/DTS receiver at 5X100 watts. A Sony DVPS7700 DVD player, and Sony DSS system.

    Display device is a Sony 53" television.

    I'm also a gaming nut, so I have an Xbox and PS2 :D :D :D

    Cool thread.
  17. Hey PJR, nice rig!

    Martin Logan and M&K are my two favorite speaker companies in every respect...from a service repair standpoint to performance to dealing with the companies themselves. Outstanding stuff.

    Nice to see someone who's sensitive to the high power demands of the Quests for optimum performance.
  18. PJR cracks me up--big esoteric sound system that costs more than a Volvo and he can't solder!! :D
  19. PJR


    Jun 20, 2001
    N.E. PA
    >>>>"PJR cracks me up--big esoteric sound system that costs more than a Volvo and he can't solder!! "<<<<

    But FC........I wouldn't dare attempt soldering on that stuff !!!! ;) much does a Volvo cost ??

    ...M&K ....great stuff !!! My Home Theatre system is V1b's sateliites and Subwoofer.....

  20. Cool! A stereo thread!

    I've been into high end audio for years. I'm very happy with my current system and have a dedicated listening room for it - how else could I get away with the speakers being 6 feet out into the listening room :D

    Here's my system. Some bought new, some demo and some used:

    Speakers: Wilson Audio WATT/Puppies
    Power Amp: Sonic Frontiers SFA-80 (All tube)
    Preamp: Sonic Frontiers SFL-2 (all tube)
    CD Transport: Sonic Frontiers SFT-1
    D/A: Sonic Frontiers SFD-2 (all tube)
    Phono Stage: Sonic Frontiers SFP-1 Signature (tubes)
    VPI Turntable, Shrirnx arm, Koetsu Rosewood Signature cartridge for vinyl
    VPI Record Cleaning system (vacuum)
    Cardis Golden and Transparent Audio Super interconnects.
    Transparant Audio Ultra speaker cables

    Various tweeks, stands and spikes

    The Wilsons just disappear in the room leaving only the music. The imaging is pure magic. It's fun watching someone for the first time listen to real hi end audio. They look for the "extra" speakers in the room.

    Thinking about upgrading to Audio DVD when they work out all the bugs.

    I get much more enjoyment out of my music system than I would ever get from a car!

    My home theatre system is more mid-fi. Harmon/Kardon receiver, NHT speakers, Sony DVD.

    PJR, nice system! I love the Quests - almost got them at one time (ended up getting ProAc Response IIs instead). Pass makes great equipment. Congratulations!

    Brad, a Dynaco ST-70 AND Maggies! Very cool!