ukbobboy
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@schnapps

 

As a PS to the above, I hate direct drive turntables and would never believe anything good reviewers say about them or ever buy one again.

 

UK Bob

 

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Saw this this morning: http://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/technology/33-obsolete-technologies-that-will-baffle-modern-generatio...


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ukbobboy
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@SeeMoreDigital

 

Ah yes SMD

 

I remember 9 of the 16 cassette tapes on display (bought some as well), had one of the Nokia mobiles allocated to me as a works phone (I think No.2), recognise all of the floppy disk but only ever used the 5.25" and 3.5" disks, the 8" was before my time, owned a polaroid instant camera and owned a Betamax video recorder.

 

That really is digging up some very old memories.

 

UK Bob

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@schnapps @SeeMoreDigital @4268

 

Hi guys

 

I wanted to ask, if you were to buy a hi-fi system today what equipment would you go for?

 

For myself, I found this more difficult now than I did back in the 1970s, I guess there was more choice back then.  And although I am unable to get very far in choosing a new system today I think I have made some headway.

 

Anyway guys, this is my choice do far:

 

1)  The Nagaoka MP-110 Cartridge

 

Nagaoka MP-110 Cartridge.jpg

 

Most reviewer agree that whatever music you like this cartridge "Brings it".

 

 

2)  The Schiit Mani PreAmp

 

Schiit Mani PreAmp 02.jpg

 

 

When I first heard the name of this preamp I thought it must be German, but no, it's conceived and made in the USA, the name was an in-joke between the company founder and his wife.

 

Nevertheless, most reviewers say that this is a brilliant preamp at an affordable price.

 

3) The Jelco 750 MK2B Tonearm

 

Jelco 750 MK2b Tonearm.jpg

 

This tonearm goes for a ridiculous price of about £440.00 but it's the only "S" shaped tonearm I could fined.  I would much prefer the more affordable Technics tone arm but that seems to come in various bits and pieces to be assembled by the user, just like a jig saw puzzle.

 

4) Finally, for a turntable I would choose the Rega Planar P3 (without tonearm).

 

                 Rega Planar P3.jpg

 

 

That what I would go for if I was to buy a hi-fi system today, I've not picked an amplifier or a pair of speakers yet but I'll keep looking.

 

 

UK Bob

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After getting into surround-sound with movies I've had all sorts of amps, receivers and speakers over the years. But sadly the same gear wasn't particularly good with music, which became even more apparent when I started collecting and listening to multi-channel SACD's, DVD-A's and more recently Blu-ray Audio discs. So I've dug out my old analogue stereo amplifiers. 

 

I'm currently in the process of moving my gear out from under the TV and onto some shelves beside my chimney breast so it's less 'in your face'. And at some point I'll probably hook-up my old Ariston RD40 turntable and give it a spin. It will need a good clean though and probably a require a new cartridge Smiley Surprised 


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@SeeMoreDigital wrote:

Saw this this morning: http://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/technology/33-obsolete-technologies-that-will-baffle-modern-generatio...


That linked article brings back a few nostalgia fond memories, where all 33 obsolete technologies listed i have either come across, used or owned in the past Smiley Happy

 

Must be showing my age Smiley Very Happy

 

 

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@ukbobboy

 

Hi UK Bob, 

 

I haven't heard or had a demo of any of the HiFi equipment on my list below, but i would love to try this gear out at my home.

 

Dream System if i had the money

 

Linn Majik LP12 Turntable 

Linn Ekos arm

Linn Aditk mm cartridge 

Naim Nac200 series pre amp c/w phono stage

Naim Nap500 power amp

PMC Twenty 24 floor standing speakers 

 

More Realistic System

 

Rega Planner 3 Turntable (Like you a good choice)

Rega RB330 arm

Rega Elys mm cartridge 

Rega Elex-R amplifier c/w phono stage 

Audiovector QR1 stand mount speakers

 

 

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I've still got a couple of Audiolab 8000A amplifiers and two pairs of KEF 103.2 speakers that I used for quadraphonic set-up. All or some of which I'm hoping to use Smiley Happy


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@SeeMoreDigital

 

That's a coincidence i also own an old Audiolab 8000A amplifier which is gathering dust in the bedroom (if my memory serves me right i think it cost me around £400 back in about 1990).

 

The Audiolab came with a half decent mm / mc phono stage.

 

Never owned KEF speakers but always wanted to try the brand.

 

The amplifier i use in my two channel HiFi system nowadays is a Cambridge Audio 840a on the end of a pair of Audiovector Mi3 floor standing speakers Smiley Happy

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ukbobboy
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@schnapps @SeeMoreDigital

 

Hi Guys

 

You guys really have your dream systems tied down, although I've heard of Audiolabs amplifiers and Kef speakers, and they have good reps, I'm not sure if I would go that way myself.

 

 

You know SMD

 

You reminded me that back in the day I toyed with the idea of moving up from stereo to quad sound, there were four competing systems, i.e. SQ, QS, CD4 and UD4 but none of them took off, talk about naff tech.

 

I don't know if either of you guys know this but the BBC, via radio 3 and 4, tried to introduce quadraphonic sound way back in the 70s but to receive the quad radio signals you would need a  tuner, decoder and two amplifiers.  I remember that that it looked pretty ridiculous (and ridiculously expensive) when they demoed it on TV.

 

Later

 

UK Bob

 

 

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