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  1. ...and as to why I sold the A300, it was just too much maintenance. I had just taken it in for problems with problems with one channel, and it worked fine in the shop. As soon as I got it home I was having other problems with the audio cutting in and out. I was willing to sacrifice some audio quality for stability, which is why I went with the iFi. But as it turns out, it doesn't seem I've lost any quality at all. Of course, that may have a lot more to do with going from Heresy to Forte...
  2. Thanks for your comments. I ended up going with the iFi Retro Stereo 50 and I'm very happy with it. Incidentally, at the same time I found a set of Forte's for $400 (!!!), so I put them all together and the sound is magical! I'll post pics soon...
  3. Finally got them set up with my new little iFi integrated amp and turntable. Holy cow, I couldn't believe how sweet they sound! Suffice to say I won't be selling them, or at least not for a while. After some time with my shop vac I was finally able to suck out the dented rear woofer (see before and after pics), but that was cosmetic anyway. Overall they're in amazing shape. I know I'm preaching to the converted, but holy hell these speakers sound really amazing! The space they're in isn't ideal, but it's what I've got to work with. I've turned them in towards each other which sounds much better than straight out, but I'm sure in a more optimal position they'd really sing. The guy who sold them was into hifi stuff in college but said these were sitting in his house for many years getting no use. I guess he didn't check for market value before selling. Anyway, I'm grateful to this forum for sharing these finds. I think I'll be enjoying these for many years to come!
  4. As it turns out I just bought a gently used iFi Retro Stereo 50 (https://ifi-audio.com/products/retro-stereo-50/) which uses these supposedly superior EL34 tubes for ~25W. It may be a really good match!
  5. Just bought them...$423 all told! Now I just have to figure out how to convince SWMBO to let me keep them. Maybe I'll sell my Heresys?
  6. Wow...that's in my backyard. How big of an upgrade would these be to, say, a set of Heresy I's?
  7. It was super cool! Decent sound, too. It was rebuilt by Don Sachs. I paid $675 and it lasted quite a while, but over the past few years I've had numerous minor issues. If I had technical skills I'd fix the problems myself, but around DC area techs charge an arm+leg to do even minor work. I just miss hearing my vinyl, so I'm looking for a lower maintenance amp.
  8. Thanks billybob. As soon as I posted that I realized I might not be able to figure out how to migrate it. Should I delete and repost or ask a mod? Thanks 👍
  9. By the way, let me know if this thread belongs Talkin' Tubes area and I'll move it over!
  10. I'm on a seriously limited budget and need to replace a dying HK A300 integrated tube amp. I've got a set of original Heresy I's. I found 4 consecutive HI's at an estate sale thanks to a tip from one of you guys. I bought two and another Audiogon member bought the other 2! I'm sticking with tubes and am limited to <1K, so I've been looking for a used amp. So far I've come across these two: iFi Audio Retro Stereo 50 Integrated Amplifier $845 https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa59h2-ifi-audio-retro-stereo-50-system-tube-int-amp-and-speakers-tube Fatman Audio 452 Integrated $750 https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa5a27-fatman-audio-452-integrated-amp-tube I'm guessing the Fatman will deliver superior sound overall, but the iFi has more features that I would like but might be able to live without (headphone amp, bluetooth). Plus the Fatman does not appear to have a phono stage. Because I’ll be using the amp almost exclusively to drive my Technics turntable, a pre-amp would drive up the bottom line. Would it still be worth it to go with the Fatman? Thanks for your thoughts!
  11. Hi...guess you were the guy from CP? Thanks again for not buying both sets! [{] Sorry to hear about the speaker issue. I don't know anything about repair, but maybe there's somebody in CP or DC who can fix it up for a reasonable price. You'd still be coming out ahead money-wise. I just got back in town and so I haven't had time to hook mine up but I will tonight and will let you know how they sound. I was going to wait for my new tube amp to arrive but I'll drag out a Denon and just give it a whirl.
  12. Pretty sure there were no Marantz receivers, and like I said, I was one of the first in the house. There were Pioneers and a boxed Onkyo or two, but that was about it.The Heresy's were the only things worth grabbing, and grab them I did.
  13. Got there at 8:20, was fourth in line. Luckily only one guy ahead of me wanted the Heresys, so I got the second non-sequential set (his were sequential). $100 per speaker!!! Excellent condition, just dusty. Not much else there...Fisher, etc, Pioneer solid states. Another guy showed up 30 minutes later and tried to buy them off of me and throw in $100. Yeah right. This is my first set of this calibre speakers and I am super excited to get my Don Sachs reconditioned HK A-300 integrated tube amp, hook them up and spin some vinyl! A big thank you to opus2K9!!! I'll post pics as soon as I can...gotta head out of town now.
  14. Found these on CL for 650 near me with the following description: http://baltimore.craigslist.org/ele/3981916916.html 1 RECONDITIONED WOOFER BOTH PASSIVE RADIATORS RECONED 1 NEW TWEETER BOTH CABINETS REFURBISHED I'm a bit of a newb looking to get my first set of high quality speaks for under a thou. Should I pass on these and hold out for a better cared for set of Heresy's? Thanks in advance for advice.
  15. About 45 minutes from me. Thinking of popping in. Anyone know if those are Heresy I's or II's, and what they might go for? Don't know much about estate sales...
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