Fisher CX and CX2

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  1. AlTinkster92

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    Well, drove down to GA yesterday for a visit to Dave's...hopefully he'd have some good ole home grown tomatoes I could swipe while visiting, J/K.... instead all I saw was these CX and CX2 preamps he had down in the cave. The things one must put up with these days! Darn beautiful I must say! :)

    Had a great time and enjoyed the visit, I don't have pics of the tomato plants but took these instead. More Fisher Porn! Al IMG_0110.JPG IMG_0109.JPG
     
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  2. larryderouin

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    And you didn't bring one home??? Shame on you.:D:D
     
  3. AlTinkster92

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    Larry, Naww........the CX is going back to Switzerland....they sure look beautiful and sound great as well, Dave's lucky to have one, :)
     
  4. lithography

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    ...and I'm lucky to have the other! :biggrin:
    But I am not sure which amplifier I should mate the 400CX preamp to, to be played with my EV Interface D's.
    I really love my two x-202 amps Dave restored, just wow, (essentially a Fisher 400c and SA-100), but I'm ready to delve into separates for the first time.
    Leaning towards finding a nice pair of Fisher 50a mono blocks to restore, which will take time, any other suggestions guys? Thanks!
     
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  5. Rob Thomas

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    Beautiful! I would love to get into the separates as well but boy do you pay a premium especially for the Fisher preamps. Maybe one day but for those prices you could go McIntosh and even come out cheaper! I really like the looks of the old Fisher mono blocks and have heard they sound amazing. Maybe everyone on here could post some pics of their Fisher preamps. Which ones are the most desirable?
     
  6. Crestwood23

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    I heard an SA-300 (EL34) amp paired with a brass faced CX pre at a recent AK fest and it sounded incredible. 50a monos would be pretty much top of the line for sure, but probably quite a bit more $ and harder to find than an SA-300.
     
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  7. vendo81

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    Dave has a large, wonderful collection! I have a strong feeling that he owns the best performing collection as well ;)
     
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  8. vendo81

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    I believe any of the Fisher C-CX series are desirable. I use a 400CX-2 with a SA100 daily. Fisher did it right when they designed their preamps.
     
  9. Rob Thomas

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    Agreed. He does the Fisher community proud. Very grateful I had the master work on my 800.
     
  10. AlTinkster92

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    Vendo, ahem....send me that FM1000 :):p
     
  11. vendo81

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    Yes the X-202 is a wonderful sounding integrated. If I remember correctly he had restored a beautiful one for you :) I would suggest a SA-300 amplifier to go with your very nice 400CX. I had used a SA-300 in my Fisher system but I'm now using a SA-100 as I changed my speakers to 1949 Altec 604B's and the maximum power they can handle is 30 watts each. The Altecs are very efficient and the SA-100 is a perfect match. They can produce volume levels that are more than anyone would need in a home.
     
  12. vendo81

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    Hi Al.
    The problem with the FM1000 is finding one that is easily restorable. I had three others I found locally a few months back but 2 needed major work as they were used for parts. I'm planning on swapping one good one with a fellow AK member that recently visited me.
     
  13. AlTinkster92

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    Thanks Vendo, was kiddin with ya. Love my 200B! Al
     
  14. vendo81

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    Yes Al, to me the FM200B seems to perform just as well as the FM1000 and is easier to get parts :) I actually use my MF300 most often and the FM1000 has been on a shelf in my garage collecting dust. Fisher made great tuners and the R200 is a great tuner as well.
     
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  15. lithography

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    Thanks Vendo for your helpful SA-300 suggestion, that option is the first one that came to my mind. It would be great to drop by your place to compare the SA-100 with the SA-300, but you're a bit out of the way from Switzerland, so I will rely on the feedback from other Fisher preamp owners like you. And yes, Dave has spoiled me completely with the restoration of two beautiful X-202 integrated amps.:):). However, now that I have fell for a 400CX, I simply have no other choice than I HAVE TO go out and find an amplifier to match it to. :idea:
     
  16. notdigital

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    It's really sick how that happens :biggrin:

    Just rest assured, you're in good company!!!
     
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  17. hammr7

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    I'm really frustrated by all the tuner love. I have a few nice units, but can't find the energy to rebuild them, since where I live there isn't a lot to listen to unless you like talk radio or overmodulated pop (current or classic).

    As for preamps, it took me forever but I now have a pair of 80-C units to rebuild. They took forever to find, and are about as close as I'll get to a CX or CX-2.
     
  18. vendo81

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    There are a couple college radio stations in my area that broadcast FM uncompressed. The sound is different and really nice. I listen often as it makes great background music while working in the garage or house. I hate the interruption of changing vinyl or CD's when busy. I get many stations from the Los Angeles area and a few from down the San Diego way.
     
  19. nj pheonix

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    For about the price of a CX or a CX2 you can likely find an X202B and with a little work have essentially a CX with amp to go with it. And if you want to push a little harder the goods are there to be able to divide them at will and use either as separates.
     
  20. hunter00

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    Well since im a bit ahead of you on the Fisher 400 pre and 50a mono amps on EV interfaceD's....
     

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