The worst piece of HiFi Equipment you've ever owned?

Discussion in 'Equipment Reviews & Opinions' started by Inspector_Sw, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Vintage999

    Vintage999 Member

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    Reading some of the early entries made me remember a Sony clunker I purchased.

    A techy friend of mine was convinced in 1978 that v-fets were the future and that the Sony v-fet integrateds were superior to anything else ever made, afterall, he bought one. So I bought one to... about 70 wpc (I think, don't remember for sure). It sounded terrible and had me yearning for the big Scott receiver (70 wpc, and I'm sure of that) I had traded in. Then the Sony started blowing output devices - over and over again. The repair man at the "authorized Song repair center" told me, after putting my third set of v-fet outputs, that the design was flawed (we had become friends) and that I should trade or sell it ASAP. So, I did.

    I called my techy friend and told him what I thought about his recommendation and just how bad it was. Turns out, John hated his too, got rid of it, and built his own amp which he owned for years. I think of John (now deceased) and the wretched v-fet amp whenever I see one for sale on e-ripoff advertised as "rare." There is a reason they are rare!!!

    Good listening.
     
  2. wcward

    wcward New Member

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    Worst equipment I ever owned was a Kenwood preamp with a set of matching 150 WPC mono-block power amps. This was back in the early 1980s when audio was still a thing. Bought them brand new and had nothing but trouble with the preamp, It would quit working regularly and need a trip to the shop after about the 6th time with some lame excuse about a cold solder joint somewhere, I told the store I wanted a replacement or a trade or something because this was BS, they wouldn't do anything for me. I went as far as contacting the regional manager for Kenwood products to do something for me....nope, sucks to be you. Told the guy and the store, enjoy my money cause' you'll never see another penny from me. Took the preamp home, propped it up against a cement block and shot it with a 410 shot gun (I lived on a farm then). Sold the amps for what I could get for them. Both Kenwood audio and the store I bought this junk from went out of business.....funny that.
     
  3. Ds2000

    Ds2000 All About every cool stereo component. Subscriber

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    Ugh this one. Bright and hard as nails. No redeeming quality to be found anywhere.
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  4. billinkansas

    billinkansas Older I get, better I was Subscriber

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    Mayby not the worst, but certainly by far the most disappointing piece I've had was a Mac MR77 tuner, reworked 3 times by one of the more visible shops that has a banner here, who shall remain nameless (not Terry).. It sounnded great on crappy staions above about 97 mhz, but would absolutely reject signals below 93mhz. My stations are all 91.5 and below. I have excellent antennas.

    I sent it back twice - they did not charge me, but I paid shipping. I finally had enough of it and sold it locally with all documentation and full disclosure. The new owner just likes the looks of it, so he's happy.
     
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  5. Splatter Pak

    Splatter Pak High-End Scrounger

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    Bill, good to hear from you! You just never know - I found one of the best tuners I ever owned in a junk/thrift store in Wyoming for five bucks. I swapped it, and some other gear, the other day for a nice Denon power amp.
     
  6. triode17

    triode17 Active Member

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    I don't remember the model, but it was one of the first Technics, microprocessor controlled cassette decks. It would occasionally jump into Pause/Record that even though I could just hit Stop to end it, it would shove the erase head against the tape and erase a hole in the music! Some of which was live concerts that couldn't be replaced. I gave it away.
     
  7. Harryconover

    Harryconover Active Member

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    The worst would be the frist I got it at a milatary suplus store very home made tuber intergrated amp had two different output transfomers ! this was forty years ago , and I liked it then driving speakers made from old speakers from dead tvs in cardboard boxs ,no tweeters and all different drivers .
     
  8. billinkansas

    billinkansas Older I get, better I was Subscriber

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    Hey! Thanks for the post. There are indeed el cheapo gems to be had. I just did not expect a high end, high dollar component to be such a turd.
     

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