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Discussion in 'The Backstage' started by Nik Henville, Mar 16, 2019 at 5:11 AM.
3300 Warner Blvd. in Burbank
(the ski-lodge by A.Quincy Jones)
Warner Bros. Records since '75
Warner Bros. Records: the shiny black chips you eat with your ears.
(home of Captain Beefheart)
After the Mad Scientist posted the thread on McIntosh amps, I decided to resurrect my 40 year old Marantz 2285 / Phillips 312 turntable. I forgot how well it sounds...Spun some ELP last nite. Lucky Man, the bass just shakes. JBL L40 speakers 20-20,000 hz. Amazing difference from a cd, even more amazing was the amount of dirt in that old receiver after 20 years in storage...lots of cleaning, New led lamps, cord, power switch, but it really rocks. . Records may be archaic but they essentially played a big part in early rock n roll...
Oh yea. Vinyl kicks ass, and is a more personal musical experience than cds or downloads by a mile. I now have probably 11,000 l.p.s in my collection at present. I have been collecting them for decades and got a lot of them when nobody wanted them but me.
Tubes and vinyl now you're talking. I have known that magic since I had an old Fisher X202B stereo amp in high school in the late 70s that I paid $40 for. Now I have a pair of 1959 Dynakit mk3s that I rebuilt, a slightly modified Dyna Pas3 tube preamp and that has the same magic with an old Rega Planar 2 t.t. through Klipsch Hereseys. I sill have an old Fisher Kx200 that sounds pretty glorious as well..Tubes and vinyl..you gotta you get some. .sorry not intending to hijack!
I loved the LPs for there time..
I tried to listen to them again, but just can't get used to the sound of the needle.
Not saying CDs are better in any way, shape or form. I just got used to them.
I miss the artwork of the LP covers.
The digital world really took over our lives, and thou it has its purpose, one can argue are we really better off for it...
Kinda mind blowing when one thinks about it. It changed TV, radio, records, record players, cassettes, 8 tracks, phones, cameras, printers.. How we see, hear and communicate in the world.
I still have 4 and 2 track Reel to Reel decks as well. I love the old Mechanics these things have.
There is a lot of variables when it comes to listening to vinyl. Most notably the stylus and the cartridge. Most old cartridges from back in the day don't function like they did back then. Age takes its toll, the suspension gets stiff, and they don't transfer the music like they should anymore. I use new ortophon cartridges in my t.t. and the stuff you hear on l p. Is amazing, things you can't hear on cd or downloads. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. Like V.H. fair warning, I love the record but I can't listen to it on my tube systems. Sonically it's recorded great, but on vinyl trough tubes you hear every overdub they made, which is a lot, and it really stands out.
Nice.. I just Rebuilt and sold a Marantz 2270. Love the blue!
My Marantz has a noise filter, so there's very little crackle of static with the vinyl...
I never considered parts aging, or take in the consideration they are not made the same for todays use.
Music was more alive back then, and I'm glad I got to experience some of it that way!
Did all stereos back then have noise filters, or just high end units...
Most had a high cut filter, and a low cut filter as well.
I used to work on those Phillips turntables all the time, back in the age of the dinosaurs.
We had a MacIntosh turntable analyzer which could detect tracking error.
I will leave you to contemplate the straight line linear tracking turntable.
my Rega Planar 2. Check out the glass platter...
Marantz had a MPX filter specific for records for some of the rumble you would get, you can disengage for other music sources, I'm sure McIntosh & Pioneer had something similar back in the day of records...
That ain't a hijack, that's catching the ball, running with it and scoring.
Nice to know like minded spirits abide in here. Back in the seventies my "hi-fi" was a Garrard SP25 Mark.II through a JTM45 into a pair of Cerwin Vega SL36 18" Folded Horn stage cabs (on loan from a gigging pal I roadied for...). Great speakers doubled up as seating.
Later I ran a Garrard 401 mounted in a paving slab, with an SME 3012 Series II arm in to a Leak Delta 70 pre to a pair of H||H 100watt slaves through Tannoy concentrics. Bought vinyl from junk shops and car-boots and garage sales. Sadly needed cash very badly during Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac, so it all got sold. Still uses the Leak to drive some Bose, still have the H||H slaves and the Tannoys out in the barn... but "downsizing" to keep our business afloat means the house is too small for that old huge-fi sound...
And with efficient speakers you don't need much power for great sound..I have a old Magnavox single ended el84 amp that's about 3w per channel and it sings pretty..
That is soooo bad.