Who made the best vintage audio?

Discussion in 'High-End Separates from Years Past' started by blurghy, Feb 7, 2003.

  1. rob Brandt

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    oh--and the magical oil used in those caps? Generic mineral oil okayed by the FDA to avoid potential lawsuits if they should leak.
     

     

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  2. Blue Shadow

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    To each his own. I have never used anyone else's ears and brain to collect the music and make the decisions. No reason we need to go further with this. Party on.
     
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  3. Blue Shadow

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    Lots of things are made available with the same stuff in them and some different sticker on the outside to get more money. IDK.

    What about the Nichicon Audio Caps vs. the standard Nichicon lines?

    We have to be careful or they will ban us to the cutting edge forum.
     
  4. spark1

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    My Sansui AU-919 is hand built and is considered by everyone in the world and on other planets as the best electronic device ever created. There are some who believe that God himself owns one. There has never been and never will be a better design or execution. If you don't believe me, you can sniff my sneakers after I wear them to mow the lawn. In fact, you are welcome to do this even if you do believe me.

    Mr. Sansui himself personally hand-soldered every AU-919, using platinum solder. Every stereo magazine, textbook, newspaper and billboard says that it is the best, and it weighs 473 pounds. Mr. Sansui's design team consisted of the best electrical engineers, the best opera singers and the entire Manhattan Project staff.
     
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  5. theophile

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    And that's just the half of it...
     
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  6. spark1

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    I didn't want to gush.
     

     

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  7. theophile

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    You were remarkably restrained.
     
  8. spark1

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    I pride myself on my self-control. It's nearly as good as the controls on my Sansui AU-919, which were crafted by Faberge jewelers under the supervision of Carl Sagan to meet NASA-level quality requirements. But enough about my Sansui AU-919. Let's talk about the inferiority of all other electronics instead.
     
  9. Blue Shadow

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    Inferior, I don't think so. This Sony, not only does it have a thread here on AK, but I can attest to its far superior FM reception capabilities compared to that obviously limited AU-919. pic borrowed from the Radio Attic.
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    I got one of these and since I have tunes in the garage, I gave it to a friend for his garage. It picked up the stations with ease, something the AU can't do and has tone control processing to adjust to the environment or the listeners preferences. It really was a great sounding radio. Still working even without a recap. Seems Sony made a billion of them in slightly different iterations.

    Maybe @Solid_State will drop in and provide new pictures since the ones in his thread are no longer hosted. He can just drag and drop to a post in this thread.

    Take that

     
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  10. Solid_State

    Solid_State Solid State is great

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    I hope this is what you need as I no longer have the radio but I saved the pictures on my computer

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    Sony1.jpg
     
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  11. Grenadeslio

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    I don't think anyone makes vintage audio, they just make audio equipment that later becomes vintage.
     
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  12. Marine0811

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    Audio equipment to me is sort of like hot dogs. I used to work with a butcher who used to say when questioned about the differences between cheap hot dogs and good ones. “ hot dogs are all made from lips tongues and ass holes. Some are just better quality lips tongues and ass holes”. And I agree
     
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  13. sansui 74

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    The best vintage equipment the one you are now listening toooooooooooooo
    Opinions are like assholes everyone has one. Ken
     
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  14. Vintagear

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    Actually, religious scholars believe that both god and the devil own an AU-X1. After scouring reams of ancient scrolls and texts, theologians claim that this is the only known example where god and the devil agree.

    Regardless, the debate continues among mere mortals as it will until the end of time...

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    I was going to ask if God will eventually sell the AU-X1, but since devil also has one, there is no need to buy one. Eventually we mortals may be able to enjoy one or the other.
     
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    Nah, on the seventh day God rested just long enough to hear Eve nagging about wanting to eat the apples from that other tree and Adam telling her to go bake a pie. So he created the AU-111 and horn drivers with 103db efficiency and cranked that sucker to listen to some Earth, Wind and Fire.

    Then when he saw what she did, he kicked them out of the garden and made them listen to a GPX boombox with only iheartradio top 40 stations on FM and normal bias cassettes for the rest of their lives. He then turned the serpent into a 4' 18 gauge piece of lamp cord to use as a wicked cheap speaker interconnect.
     
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  17. rob Brandt

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    Umm--all of my Marantz gear was hand made right here in America. The lower end Marantz gear was made in Japan. And the later tuners.........
     
  18. spark1

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    So tempted to feed the troll. Must...show....self...restraint.
     
  19. rob Brandt

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    I am not a troll. the upper poster made a list of mass produced Japanese gear. My Marantz gear was all handmade right here in America.

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    I'll see your puny Marantz 250s and raise you. Kenwoods mighty L-09m KIMG1081.jpg . Brute power, and finesse. Assembled by ninjas, samurais, and hand wired by the loveliest geishas in the land of the rising sun.:rflmao::rflmao::rflmao:
     

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