The Evolution and Progression of Members Systems

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  1. 4-2-7

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    I only pop in once in a while because there is one on the same block as the record store. They never really have much that I'm interested in there, but I garb a few things. When I got this they had a nice turntable not often seen there. It was a Sony PS-LX350H for $29 so I got it to bring to the record store. I traded it for a $35 dollar record and I normally do that as he need tables to sell and I try to help him when I find them.
     
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    Decided to PM the previous instead - Rob :)
     
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    Bit more on the young fella, he loves Pioneer Silver but must have blue fluoroscan - he has been saving up - and yep everything he does in the house now has a $ sign attached to it now; dishwasher unpack $2; dishwasher pack $3 (gotta rinse hence extra & yes I think he is unionized, starts his neg's before any job - "how much?" is what comes out first and then the little extra deals for extra dollars - did you know that washing the car does not include the wheels, that's extra and any change lost inside - including those coins in the coin console are finders keepers) - so we're going 50/50 which means me paying him to do stuff and then paying again :crazy: :D Anyway he wants either a SA 608 or 708 and a pair of AR18's - there are plenty of cd players he choose from my collection.

    Rob :)
     
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    Got them started young, huh, Brindabella??

    While not a parent, I think teaching children the value of a dollar by earning it to be one of the most important things a mother/father could do. Kudos.
     
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    When my father offered a penny for ten dandelions picked from the yard, he didn't reckon on me finding so many that hadn't yet opened up. I made about $2.00, which isn't much money, but when you think about it, IS a lot of dandelions.
    I think so, too.
     
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    HAHAHA, my Grandad's thing was the apple orchard in the back yard. Picked apples for 2 hours......I got......a buck. Yayy.. It bought me one very nice Hot Wheel car, and the knowledge that during apple picking time, make myself scarce. :)
     
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    I am pretty tight with my 'likes' but that one made me wish I could click twice.

    Rob :)
     
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  8. 4-2-7

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    Ok I left off when I brought the Sansui SP-5000 back into the system because I like my MC275s better with them than the JBL L250s. So now that I have the L250 I started looking for a amp that will drive them good. I really wanted mono blocks, specificay the MC501s and a store had a pair local but wanted more than I was willing to spend. The other amp choice was the MC402 stereo amp, and I found one to use, so here's the night putting that in.

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    I was indeed a very good move hitting the L250s with 400+ WPC, it totally changed them with head room, speed, and really made the bass tight.

    A keen eye will notice a Oki Noki RCM and at this point I was feeling pretty good about my system sound quality. So this is where I was really focusing on records, collecting music and adding a iMac 27" to the system as a server.

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    Well on another site a member was selling a C2300 tube preamp, and also had a pair of MC501. He lived 3 hours away but was off work for vacation and said he would deliver them so a deal was made.

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    We can also see I kept shopping for SOTA Star Sapphire Turntables, after getting my first one and how well they worked for me, it really was the last table I needed. But that didn't mean I only could have one of them...:D
     
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  10. mbskeam

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    1st real stereo:
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    Cira 1991 when in the USMC:
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    With the 501s it was like a match made in heaven with the L250, the percussions are great, hitting hard and tight with reality. They say all amps sound the same....not, the 402 and 501s are very close in power, designed at the same time, same manufacturer and don't sound the same at all.

    Fitted into the system

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    I have to say one thing, the L250s really screwed me up, the hunt for more power and then when I got then what they needed it made my tubes not sound so good. The way I have my system with one preamp and a flip of the switch I can listen to different amp/speaker setups make you A/B both.

    The hunt was on to see if I can get my tubes to sound as good as my SS system...Speakers!!!

    Lets try some IMF RSPM Mk. IV.....or some KEF 104 ab

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    That's cool thanks for scanning some old photos to show some of your Evolution and Progression, sweet!!!
     
  13. 4-2-7

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    What a contrast with the TV and the flat screen with a computer hooked to it.

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    This thread reminds us of the path we've all taken. Nice setups, gents. And those Infinity's, mbskeam, SWEEEEEET!!!!
     
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    I know I would love to try a pair of them.
     
  16. botrytis

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    My new little mini-PC surely helps - no noise (even though it has a fan). People saying USB drives are noisy, not on my system and it is pretty resolving.

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    Here's my present one decorated for the 4th..........Happy 4th of July everyone. And here's another from 5 years ago. The only things that have remained from 5 years ago is the CA turntable and 1 MC2500.I'm almost embarrassed by those stacked sda's:dunno: 20160704_035336.jpg 002.JPG
     
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  18. Nightwisher

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    The main system. Unfortunately I didn't take too many pictures way back. My gear has stayed pretty consistent in that I've only been adding things and really not taking much away.

    Version 1.5 (the first edition was just in a different location, minus the computer gear and the dbx 120 starting in 2011) - 2013. Klipsch B-20s, Klipsch SW10, Yamaha RX-V671, Toshiba DVD Player, Ion Turntable, Beats Tour :rolleyes:
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    Version 2.0 - 2014 (the screen and desktop are at college). Boston Acoustics 7.1 (CR85 mains) with Klipch Sub12HG, Kenwood KD-5066, Kenwood KC-105 Preamp
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    Version 2.5 - 2015. Same as 2.0 (VR40s now mains), added JVC Dual Tape Deck, Emotiva XDA-1, Pioneer SG-90 EQ, Pioneer EX-9000 Dynamic Range Expander, Kenwood KT-45 Tuner, Philips Fidelio X1 Headphones
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    Version 3.0 - 2015/2016. Same as 2.5 minus Kenwood KC-105 and KT-45, added Walker Edison audio/TV stand, Emotiva ET-3 Trigger module, Luxman DZ-93, LG Blu-Ray player (stand-in for my Sony that was at college with me), Burwen DNF 1201 and TNE 7000A, dbx DAV-600 (missing from the picture is my Realistic APM-100)
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    Version 4.0 - 2016 When I move into my new apartment :jump:
     
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  19. WaynerN

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    You people are worse then me!!!!

    Here is my shit:

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    Of course the heart of the five systems (4 speakers) is AVA, but there are other fun components also. Amps include the AVA Ultravalve, Sony ES 55, Marantz 140 and another AVA 260. Preamp are Marantz 3300, AVA Insight EC(2) and AVA Fet-valve and the Sony E1000 esd(?) The tables are Technics SL1200MK2 (2007), Technics SL1210MK5 (2010) and a VPI-HW19jr. Phono premaps are (2) AVA Vision and (1) AVA Fet-valve and (1) iPhono (IFI). Speakers are A25XL(mods), AR-4X, Focal 706v. Paradigm Atoms. Many FM tuners and a Nak cassette deck. Home made VU meters and Home made bias meters for the Ultravalve.

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  20. onwardjames

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    Gonna resurrect this fine thread, and WaynerN, I never tire of seeing those heavily-modded Dynaco's.
     

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