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El cheapo Polk speakers that I bought in '98, new-ish Yamaha receiver, Art II DJ pre amp & a Technics SL1200. Then a lower-line Sony CD/SACD/DVD player and an old Sony cassette deck that I really need to fix. And an iPod nano when I'm on the go. 

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On 9/23/2020 at 8:33 AM, charlieboy said:

Finally all together and in the system. Greg Metz STS modified Thorens TD124 MKII, rewired Ortofon RMG212 tonearm, with an Andy Kim Needle Clinic rebuilt and retipped Ortofon S15-T MC cartridge with a linear contact diamond tip, and aluminium cantilever. The Ray Brown Trio had the honor of first play.and it didn’t disappoint.

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I have the identical Thorens (although it's still original and needs work), what did you have STS do to it?

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Dayton Audio b652

 

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Arcam CD73

 

My main system, which is comprised of a Rouge Stereo 90 tube amp, Conrad Johnson tube preamp, and Spendor speakers, is in "storage."  I was looking for an inexpensive desktop system.  I ran across a few good reviews of the Dayton Audio b652 and Lepai LP-2020TI amplifier used as a combo.  Parts Express sells the combo for $65.00.  I purchased them on sale for $65.00 shipped.  I was prepared to be underwhelmed.  I figured that if I did not like the speakers, I could use them for rears in a home theater set up.

I have used the combo with my Arcam CD73 cd player (which I purchased for about $700.00 new many years ago) and hooked it up to my PC using the included 3.5'' cable to play FLAC files.  I am a discriminating listener. I have been pleasantly surprised how good the combo sounds, especially given the price.  To my ears, this combo would more than hold its own against systems that I have heard costing several thousands of dollars.  Highly recommended for anyone looking for good sound in a small to medium sized room. 

 

 

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On 9/22/2020 at 6:12 PM, charlieboy said:

Well well.... talk about a flashback. Here’s an update to what my setup looks like now. I can’t believe I found this thread after almost 15 years.

 

Full room treatment has been complete for a while now. The fine detail, imagining, depth, and soundstage has went to another level that I have never experienced in this room in the 20 years since I built it.

50TB’s of High resolution files up to 512 DSD through modified Teac 501 with Time Machine X10 external clock, idler drive, belt drive, and direct drive turntables, Otari, Studer, and Teac reel to reel machines for 15ips master and safety copies-Radu Tarta preamp with 101d tubes selected-James Burgess 45, 46, 2a3, and 6bq5 type amplifiers -custom 104db efficient horn speakers with 2” Eliptrac 400 wooden horns, tweeters, crites cast woofers, and custom ALK crossovers.

This system has real synergy and is sounding amazing.

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That is one heck of a setup. Well done. 

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On 2/7/2004 at 11:49 AM, Brad said:

My setup, as follows:

Rotel RCD 991 CD Player

Arcam A75 Integrated Amp

Vandersteen 1C Speakers

ProJect 1.2 Turntable

 

Since I first posted this over 16 years ago, in 2019 I upgraded my turntable to a ProJect X2.  Not sure this counts as audio set up but I recently purchased a Nitty Gritty 1.0 record cleaning machine. 

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Mid-60's McIntosh MR 67 FM tuner, C 24 Solid State pre-amp and  MC 250 amp.  Mid-60's JBL 030 15" speakers.  Two Thorens turntables, a TD-125 and a TD -160.  

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Equipment not in use:

Thorens TD124 MKII (needs work)

Fisher 400 Tube Receiver (Being restored)

JBL C36 Speakers w/original legs. (Cabinets are in great condition, but will be having these restored)

Teac 3340 S Reel to Reel (still works fine, I just don't use it)

Current set up:

Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Receiver

NAD 316BEE Integrated Amp

NAD C515BEE CD Player

Ascend Acoustics Sierra 2 Speakers

Bellari VP130 Phone Preamp

U-Turn Audio Orbit Special Turntable

I've been researching a new cd player, which makes me want new speakers and that will probably lead to a new amp, so most of the current will become secondary.

 

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6 hours ago, Dave James said:

Mid-60's McIntosh MR 67 FM tuner, C 24 Solid State pre-amp and  MC 250 amp.  Mid-60's JBL 030 15" speakers.  Two Thorens turntables, a TD-125 and a TD -160.  

TD-125 is a very nice turntable - I've got one myself. 🙂  What arm and cartridge do you have on it? 

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2 hours ago, Daniel A said:

TD-125 is a very nice turntable - I've got one myself. 🙂  What arm and cartridge do you have on it? 

Nothing special.  I'm by no means an audiophile.  The original tone arm on the 125 and a Grado Gold3 MI cartridge.  

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On 9/25/2020 at 1:13 PM, catesta said:

I have the identical Thorens (although it's still original and needs work), what did you have STS do to it?

They offer a basic restoration which I believe is a full disassembly , rebuild of the motor , rebuild of the main bearing , new rubber mushroom mounts, acid bath cleaning of the linkages to remove the cadmium oxidation present on every TD124  (cadmium is toxic and causes cancer). They disassemble the linkages and acid wash to remove the loose oxidation then treat the metal to make it safe.

i had the tonearm rewired and gone through slso.

The chassis is painted (if needed in factory color or your choice) and polished to shine like new., and everything gets cleaned then reassembled /adjusted to factory specs. The result is a beautiful TD124 which is ready for another 60 years of operation.

It also also went beyond  the basic restoration and had the idler wheel and motor upgraded. There are other things like better platter etc than can be done.

i think that’s about what I remember.

Greg Metz owner at STS is great to work with and stands behind his work as he looked at the tonearm for again long after it had been in his shop at NO charge. He has a fast turnaround time usually also.

https://www.classicthorens.com/service.html

The Ortofon cartridge now has about five hours on it after a rebuild and retip from Andy Kim at needle clinic and I highly recommend him and his great work. 
 

http://www.phonocartridgeretipping.com/

 

 

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Much appreciated. I'm hoping to get this done soon. When I have the Fisher back, restore the Thorens and JBLs I will have my father's complete system back in place.

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On 10/1/2020 at 7:50 AM, catesta said:

Much appreciated. I'm hoping to get this done soon. When I have the Fisher back, restore the Thorens and JBLs I will have my father's complete system back in place.

Other than the turntable, the system I have also belonged to my father.  I still have all the manuals and the original bill of sale,  The price of the McIntosh electronics and the JBL speakers came to just over $1,200 when he purchased them in 1967.    

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On 10/3/2020 at 9:08 PM, Dave James said:

Other than the turntable, the system I have also belonged to my father.  I still have all the manuals and the original bill of sale,  The price of the McIntosh electronics and the JBL speakers came to just over $1,200 when he purchased them in 1967.    

That's great. I have the original manual for the Fisher but the others were lost back in the day.

My father liked to tell the story of when he picked up the JBL speakers and I still have pictures of the original set up from when I was a kid. I'm looking forward to getting it all back in shape.

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Rega Planar 25

dynavector 10x cartridge 

Trichord Dino+ phono stage


Sugden A21a amp (to help keep the loft room warm)

Spendor SP 2/3 speakers

Other than the cartridge, I haven’t felt the need to tinker with this set up for 10 years or more.

Anthony

London

 

 

 

 

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REK-O-KUT Rondine Deluxe mono setup With Gray Research 208-S/16" arm and Fairchild 220-A cartridge for the mono LP’s.

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Nottingham Analog Spacedeck - Two arm setup: NA Spacearm + Dynavector XX2 and Rega RB300 + Ortofon Cadenza Black Mono

Dynavector P75's for each setup. Testing Linn Uphorik + Dynavector SUP to see if I can consolidate to a single box.

Exposure CD Player

Dynavector Pre and Power Amplifiers

Neat Vito Speakers

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Added the mono setup 4 years ago. The rest of the system has been in place for 15-20 years.

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