Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by Negotiableterms, Jul 22, 2015.
The original monster amp!
Gotta love it! So impressive ...
"First of a very successful line of integrated amplifiers which would receive many awards and sell very well worldwide.
Designed and produced before the Alpine"takeover / collaboration" and just before the DAD revolution, the L-550 did receive a "State of the Art" award in 1982 besides being selected as "Best Product" by Stereo Sound."
I wasn't too impressed with myself yesterday--I missed out on a C-J phono stage. It only lasted a couple of hours before it was sold...
Don't be hard on yourself. I feel your pain. It took me three years to get the phono cartridge I lusted after. I practically slept on eBay's front porch.
You still have a kick-butt system that by all rights should be in the Museum of Modern Art.
This is the first I've heard of this model. Clean, uncluttered design. If it performs as good as it looks (and by all accounts it does) it was and still is a winner. Thanks for posting a nice pic.
There was three models in this line, the L-510/L-530/and L-550, all three were sold in Japan, Europe and Canada, for some reason they decided to not sell these models in the US. I have the L-530, it oozes quality.
Good grief - WHY was the US market excluded? I'm afraid to ask. What a wacky world.
Hehe I still smirk at what Denon did
Very nice! The bulk of my system is rack mounted and black except for my vintage Nakamichi LX-3, which is silver. It's not mounted in the rack but rests on top of the other components. It has always stuck out like a sore thumb due to its color but to this day it sounds as sweet as ever.
Had a pair of Bozak Concert Grands P-310 from a church in oak built to spec cabinets for $250. Just amazing but too big for my office. Pushed with Scott LK-72 amp. Also, Luxman, Rotel, Hafler, Yamaha, and some other stuff just for fun. Truly amazing speakers but my wife wouldn't let me leave them in the living room. Sold them. These did not have the crossover mods (Tobin?)
So, what do I use now for speakers? A pair of speakers in homemade cabinets that housed a pair of EV-12trx speakers. Replaced with Bozak 199C woofers coupled to a pair of Altec Lansing 806A/811B horns sitting on top by a EV Sentry 1A crossovers. Ideal? Probably not. Cheap...yes. Sound good? You bet. I can go down to our local high end retailer and listen to their $14,000 orange colored French speakers that they hype in a perfect audio room (well, they say it is) and my speakers are more alive, more clear, more balanced, imaging is better, and soundfield is more open and free breathing than their high dollar set up. I don't use a subwoofer and am merely pushing them with a Rotel RB-2000 base amp controlled by a Yamaha C-80. Sources are DAC computer using Spotify and anything else available, Akai r to r, and a simple AR turntable (with a new belt). Total investment? Outside of the computer and DAC, about $750.
Lowly but not to me OHM Walsh 2xos
Polk SDA 2 Bs
Klipsch corners. Sweet sweet sound
I started out as a child.
Not done yet
How much does this unit weigh? I am pretty sure I remember it was monstrous heavy requiring two strong guys ...
My first audio purchase was a used Fisher 500B receiver, found on the consignment shelf at Shore Drugs in Shorewood, WI (a suburb of Milwaukee). Shore Drug was a pharmacy that had an audio department. I paid $60 for it in 1965 or so.
My father was a childhood friend of William Hecht; they grew up on the same block on the east side of Milwaukee.
Mr. Hecht went on to a distinguished career in audio, receiving patents, including a patent for the first soft dome tweeter. He had a company, United Speaker Systems, first in New Jersey, later in Jacksonville, FL, that manufactured speaker systems for Fisher (many of the early Fisher XP-series systems came from Mr. Hecht's company).
We always had his speakers in the house. My dad had an XP-1 as part of his early mono hi-fi system. I had a pair of XP-5 speakers for my Fisher 500B. Whenever we needed speakers, we would call Mr. Hecht.
Eventually, Mr. Hecht's company came out with its own line -- Phase Technology or PhaseTech, which were pretty well regarded.
Mr. Hecht died a few years ago. I believe his son runs the company now. My Fisher 500B and all those speakers are long gone.
I'll submit the Audio Note OTO Phono SE integrated amp but could apply to all their amps. The OTO has been selling continuously for 25 years and won the level matched blind audition in Hi-Fi Choice's shootout and recently won ampifier of the year here in Asia by Hi Fi Review. Not bad for a 25 year old design. Class A, single ended typically doesn't need to be replaced.
This is the more expensive OTO Phono SE Sig version - a sig version was demanded by enough customers that they built one. I had pretty close to this system in 2003 with the turntable, AN J speakers and regular OTO. I am not surprised he chose it as best sound of show against ten times more expensive systems. Not surprised at all.
In the interest of not naming my pet pieces or getting in to what might be "vintage" (disgusting fad word ) ..
Most planar speakers (esp Magnepans, haven't changed, r still in production,and r easy to restore) .. Vandersteen speakers .. flagship AR, Infinity, or JBL speakers
Naim electronics ..
Nakamichi tape decks ..
Most (but not all) Small manufacturer separate amps and preamps ... depends on the designer..
Grado, Audioquest, .. most moving coil cartridges ...
Most 1960's tube amps .. (esp. EL34 output tubes)
AR and Thorens belt drive turntables ..
Part of a long list ..
In the spirit of that intro ...
Hope I didn't miss someone else's mention of these mighty AR9s.
She beauty for sure. It is hours well spent and good therapy when you can control the outcome. It's in my opinion a gift that we have the opportunity to handle the best from the golden years when it was an after thought as to profit unlike new that has the date that decides for you when you will have to buy a new one. Old school is the only school in this house for 2 channel and we can always make space for a quad if the need arises.
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