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    McIntosh MA6600 Integrated; Technics SL-1210GAE Table; Audio Technica VM760SLC Cartridge; Klipsch Cornwall III Speakers; a beautiful wife and two dogs as only room treatments.

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  1. Absolutely LOVE the features of this integrated! Viva La MODE, TONE, BALANCE Controls and Wattage meters! ..Sadly, these are all but gone these days.
  2. I totally agree with your surprise and disappointment. ...I have a McIntosh MA6600 which has a few more inputs and an audio-output but it is still pretty bare bones compared with the Yamaha receiver the OP pictures. And while I do LOVE the fact that McIntosh continues to include Bass/ Treble/ Balance/ and a Mono switch on all (as far as I know) Integrated Amplifiers, it's a disappointment that you have use a push/scroll know to access some of these features. ...Gone is the day when these worthwhile features - all intended to make the listening experience more customizable thus enjoyable - were accessed via dedicated single purpose switches and dials on the face of the amplifier. These days, only Accuphase and Luxman offer Integrated amps or pre-amps with these tools. And again, the idea that these features are to be avoided b/c the damage the audio signal is (IMHO) nonsense.
  3. Curious to know what problem has been solved by all of that contraption 🙂 if after all of that metal work it still does not have best-in-industry low wow and flutter and rumble then I would think all of that is a waste. Not to provoke but it looks like an exercise in over engineering
  4. A shop returning a moving coil cartridge to better than new is a big claim. Before I would buy one, I would want to first make sure that is true.
  5. Did you mention that moving coil cartridges generally have non-replaceable stylus's? ...I just bought a new turntable (Technics SL-1210GAE) and a new cartridge (AT VM760SLC). ..I considered a MC cartridge but opted for a MC instead b/c the stylus can be replaced.
  6. My gripe about new gear is the scarcity of features. The Yamaha you show has a wonderful array of features that are incredibly hard to find in new gear these days that can make listening so much more enjoyable. ..Like you, I have a McIntosh Integrated (MA6600) and I chose it b/c it has a Mono switch, Bass., and Treble Controls. Heck, even a balance control is becoming less and less common. ..And the reason often cited in audio salons is that these features force compromises to be made to the audio signal. ..This, IMHO, is completely nonsensical. Some of our most cherished analog recordings (e.g., Steely Dan) was made using mixing boards that had literally hundreds of signal breaks, sliders, trim pots, etc... ..There's no way the relatively small handful of similar signal breaks needed to incorporate Mono, Balance, Bass, and Treble into an integrated amplifier is doing any audible damage. ..But the narrative lets gear companies of the hook for including them.
  7. You're only looking at the cost. ..You're not considering that if breaking in the drivers results in better sounding speakers for first 100 hours they would have happier customers, fewer returns to dealers, etc.. etc... Allowing a $6k speaker to leave the factory not yet sounding it's best is unthinkable. ..Oh, and what about the measurements and quality control?? ..How does that factor in? Sorry but you have your notions about break-in, I have mine. ..Let the readers of these posts decide for themselves which perspective is more plausible.
  8. There doesn't have to be a lot of margin. ..What does it take to build and finish a cornwall speaker? ..10-20 hours? And those hours are likely spread over a few days, right?? You mean they couldn't devise a way to exercise the drivers during that period if they wanted to?? ..Of course they could. And I don't believe they employ some sort of just-in-time-delivery factory process where the speaker drivers arrive within moments of the speaker cabinets being completed. ...The notion of speaker break-in persists for a reason that is wholly convenient to manufacturers and retailers. It helps reduce returns from unhappy customers. ..just MHO.
  9. You make a solid point ..But as it pertains to audio, I think it's mostly our ears that's doing the breaking in. And congrats on 20 years! ..I'm closing in on 30 myself.
  10. IMHO, If 10, 20, or even 100 hours of breakin would take a speaker from sounding "bright and tight" to "smooth and improved", Klipsch would surely find a way to incorporate driver break-in into their manufacturing process. ..Especially for a $6k pair of speakers. Speaker break-in (beyond a few minutes of play) is mostly a notion that manufactures allow to persist because it helps reduce the buyers remorse that sets in for some when they realize the colossal improvement they had expected from a new pair of speakers is instead a small incremental one. The new owner is told to "just give a few hundred hours". Of course, during that time the owner either adjusts to the new sound or re-visits all the great reviews that led him/her to buy the speakers and convinces themselves they'll hear the greatness as time goes on. Just MHO. Bob Crites, a noted authority on Klipsch, seems to feel the same.
  11. Great pics. ..Other than the Technics 1200, can you think of ANY other Audio product that has been around that long?? Oh yeah, Klipshorn, Cornwall, etc... Maybe that's why I dig both brands as much as I do.
  12. I had a GR for two years. ..It's a fabulous turntable, you'll be very happy with it. While it doesn't have quite the tactile build quality of the G, or GAE (which stands for "G - Anniversary Edition") it is still heads and shoulders above ANY other $1700 turntable I've come across. ..And, like the G/GAE, it has stellar speed stability and S/N ratio.
  13. Not to put too fine a point on this but the US is likely getting less than 300. According to a top US retailer, of the originally intended 1000 to be made, 700 were going to Europe (with an included Nagaoka cartridge) and 300 going to other non-European countries. Of these, the US was to get about 190. A week ago, Technics decided to increase the production an additional 200 units to 1210 total (kinda cute). Some of these incremental units will come to the US, but not all.. So the US will likely see more than 190, but still well below 300. I put my name on a waiting list early on.. ..I believe some dealers are still taking names as they expect some people are probably going to add their names to several waiting lists (which they shouldn't do, but will...)
  14. um, I have 673 posts. ..And yes, table was $4k and cartridge was $670
  15. Pricey but awesome. Technics SL-1210GAE. ..If anyone is in market for a new turntable I highly recommend it. And fit/ finish is unmatched by any table I've seen costing less than a luxury car. Turns about as steadily as a CD player and nearly as quietly.
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