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About luddite

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    The Hood, Memphis
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    If it's good music, I like it.
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    Mac, Klipsch, Thorens, Rega, Oppo, and Dac Magic in the rotation currently.
    Silver faced Marantz, Pioneer, and Sony, with Ohm Walsh's in the secondary.

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  1. I have a line on a SX1250 in original condition locally. Seems to be unmolested, and treated kindly. It would replace a McIntosh MC2200 amp, Marantz 3800 preamp, and period correct silver face Sony tuner, and drive a pair of Forte 2's. This is now a secondary system, but I do use it on a regular basis, and enjoy the retro vibe. My rational for the switch would be to "downsize", and replace 3 components with a single receiver. But, realistically, I've always wanted the 1250, mainly for its reputation as a high water mark in Pioneer's line. I have owned other Pioneer equipment from the 1970's and 1980's, and have enjoyed the sound. I would then get rid of the separates as I could. You may see them listed in the Garage Sale down the line. Is my 200 watt Mac amp with autoformers that much better than a 160 watt Pioneer? Likewise my highly regarded Marantz preamp, and so-so Sony tuner? Or is this an apples to oranges comparison, and not really worth it to rationalize another purchase of way too old equipment?
  2. Not sure how relevant my comment is to the thread, but... A guy locally is selling his Pioneer SX 1250 for $2800(!). I know it has the reputation as a highpoint in period receivers, etc. But that kind of money will buy some excellent modern equipment. What kind of difference would one hear when listening to properly restored older equipment, and why bother when one can get the latest and greatest for similar $$? To me, the older pieces, and I have more than my share of them, are like classic cars. Great to look at and putter around in, but not so much fun for the cross country trip.
  3. I did a quick look to see the requirements for hospital grade. The plug housings are larger than standard, and square shaped, in order to lessen the chance that the conductors of one plug could accidentally contact those of another plug. The grounding pin is solid, rather than hollow, or U-shaped, so that it is less likely to bend or break if the plug were stressed at the junction with the outlet. The plug housings can be solid, so the wire to blade/pin connections remain stable, and the housings may be clear, in order to see the connections. And lastly, the covering of the cable is heavier. All these measures seem to be to preserve the integrity of the cables in heavy use and high stress environments. The requirements did not seem to address any sort of improvement in the wires themselves. In fact, the cables I did find around just had 16 and 18 ga wire listed inside. So perhaps hospital grade cables are stronger, but not necessarily better, than the ones I have on my components. That still makes me wonder why one can pay serious money for an "upgraded" power cable. What are you paying for?
  4. I work in a hospital and have access to extra/leftover hospital grade cables. We have always been told they were better shielded than standard cables, to reduce the potential for EM interference with equipment, and to lessen the potential for shocks, sparks, fires, etc. I was wondering if these cords would be an improvement over the standard power cords supplied with my components. What makes a power cord an upgrade? Why pay $$$ for the lines advertised as upgraded? And, how can I tell if the “hospital grade” cords I can get would improve my systems?
  5. luddite

    VW Deluxe buses

    No, mine is not in as good a shape. Have my Belles strapped to the roof. Not sure if the SS or tube amp works better with the 8 track in the car.
  6. luddite

    VW Deluxe buses

    Not a classic VW, and I got rid of my Heresies a while back, but... A classic car with a horn speaker!
  7. I tried to buy a pair of DDS-1’s a while back. Owned by a engineer who at one time worked at Stax Studios. They hung by chains in one of the studios, at 175 lbs apiece, documented by photos. I bet they played some iconic music. I was outbid by the Stax Museum. The speakers are under repair, and I’m told will be back on their chains in the recreated studio.
  8. A bit uncanny to see a reference to King Crimson. I suggest "The Court of the Crimson King" by King Crimson, on vinyl. I have it on the original 50 year old LP, and on a later issued CD. I submit the LP because I'm a luddite. Yes it's prog-rock. Yes it's heavily electrified. But yes, it has great stereo separation, great vocals, and great orchestration. And it will work your system to the max for clarity, effects, and harmony. And it's a great listen with your favorite relaxation libation or technique.
  9. For what it's worth, I do occasionally stream through an older Macbook Pro and Dac Magic. But, as has been noted, mostly the music is analog per my TT, or through a well used early generation CD player. I even tried to resurrect an old cassette deck, but it had been sitting in the overheated attic so long the belt melted. Now what am I going to do with all those tapes, and 8-tracks, and reel to reels, and acetate discs, and Edison cylinders?
  10. I did not want to bring up the potential need for an active crossover with bi-amping with my original question. But, as retaining the passive crossover negates the benefits of adding the second, or third amps, the active crossover is part of the deal. So now the question becomes: what adds more to the bi-amping exercise, the amp or the crossover?
  11. I'm sure this question has been asked, and probably answered, multiple times. I've had Khorns driven by a Mc275 version VI, Belles driven by Mc2125's X2, and Belles driven by a Mc7270. Have never felt the need to bi-amp anything, but perhaps I've just never experienced audio-nirvana. Now I'm down to a pair of Belles and the afore mentioned Mc275, with a RSW115 helping out with the bottom end. I have a Mc2200 sitting around, occasionally driving a pair of Forte II's. Would I get any benefit if I bi-amped the Mc2200 (SS, 200 WPC), and the Mc275 to the Belles with or without the sub? The crossovers on the Belles are upgraded. McC27 preamp, Merrill modded Thorens TD160 HD TT, MCD 7007 CD. And assorted peripherals.
  12. Rock on. (Jazz on?). Didn't get a chance to bid on the collection, and congrats to buyer and seller. Members of the forum seem to have better quality equipment/accessories/ sources of music than the mainstream. I'm always on the lookout for good stuff. That's why I check the garage sale. Next time, maybe I will be quicker on the draw...
  13. As the OP, I have enjoyed the conversation. My original questions were answered to my satisfaction (orientation of speakers and the necessity of “sterility” of studio monitors for accurate sound reproduction). As a Luddite, I have not dissected my music to its digital or analog essence. I spin my LP’s and CD’s on equipment older than many of our forum members, and stream music files however compressed they may be. I appreciate the experience and expertise of those who have posted. Opinions can be accepted or ridiculed, but should be acknowledged. If we listen to each other as closely as we do our music, we may actually be able to appreciate what that person has to say.
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