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Discussion in 'AK News' started by HarmanKardon, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. Wildcat

    Wildcat Audio Sommelier

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    I should add one thought here--when I was getting into better audio, starting in my late teens, I wish I'd had forums to visit for information, news and opinions. We didn't have that. We had to make do with reading audio magazines to get the news and hands-on reviews, combined with trips to the audio stores in the area. (We were fortunate enough to have four or five great audio retailers all along one road--a Saturday afternoon trip driving up Woodward could land us at Tech HiFi, Absolute Sound, Almas, The Gramophone and Audio Dimensions.) Anyone just getting into audio now is far more informed than we ever were back then!
     
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  2. ryanward84

    ryanward84 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    I'm 33 and have been a subscriber on the site for a few of years. I got my start in vinyl and hi-fi when I noticed some Beatles, Stones and Neil Young LP's at my local thrift store in high school. This was the height of Napster and mp3s which was a musical awaking of it's own but there was something about the physicality of an LP that stirred something in me.

    A friend gave me a cheap p mount Sony turntable and a handful of records and I was off and running. It wasn't until my late 20's that I realized I should upgrade my gear and I have enjoyed learning a lot about both vintage and modern hi-fi and settled on the nice sounding mid fi set up I have today. I love collecting and listening to LP's as well as CD's and streaming music! Thanks to AK I have found a wealth of info in one place inhabited by a lot of great contributors. Thanks!
     
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  3. HarmanKardon

    HarmanKardon Tubes still smell funny Subscriber

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    This thread is almost one year old, yet still alive. I would like to say thank you, folks, for your interesting comments.
     
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  4. Wildcat

    Wildcat Audio Sommelier

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    I actually find it comforting (?) in a way that many listeners out there just like you are recognizing that audio equipment need not be the latest and greatest. Many get a lot of satisfaction out of, say, a Marantz or Yamaha receiver and an older Technics turntable, through a similarly aged pair of speakers. New also does not necessarily mean better.

    For a lot of us here, also, buying used lets us buy further up the chain than what we could afford otherwise. I am running Conrad-Johnson components here that I could not even afford to look at if they were brand new. Through years of searching and bucketloads of patience, I got killer deals on both. And it's all sounding good right now. :)
     
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  5. HarmanKardon

    HarmanKardon Tubes still smell funny Subscriber

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    I wish that my generation (born around 1960) and the next one (born around 1990) are co-existing in as best possible harmony in this forum, a harmony based on bilateral respect - and always open for fruitful and fair bilateral criticism.
     
  6. Gold Ant

    Gold Ant New Member

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    well I'm just turning 40 and ive been into good quality hi fi since my early teens-vintage certainly is the way to go for exotic gear on a budget -I've picked up some really cool Kenwood power amps im still using plus an accuphase ampifier for $50 one time-had a Nad 3020 a rotel and quite a few others lol. Even though the pre amp side of things has really made some huge progress with DSP pre amp processing -marantz's audessy system i've found to be very cool for example- the power amp side hasn't advanced that much so if you combine the two new av amp with an old power amp for a fraction of what equivalent new power amps cost its a great way of getting the best performance for your money I love hunting for vintage gear too its fun :)
     

     

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  7. HackWhite

    HackWhite I guess there's worse things to spend money on...

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    I'm only 19 and I have a pretty big collection of audio gear... I've been bitten by the vintage HiFi bug haha.
    I'm glad to see other younger people are in this hobby too.
     
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  8. Archguy

    Archguy Official Roiurama Factory Rep Subscriber

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    Bears repeating. We're here to have friendly conversation about a topic we all enjoy. No reason to jump on people for something you personally dislike or to lecture newcomers that the 'information is out there'... Seeing something repeated isn't the end of the world. One great thing about AK is that there are always a hundred or more new threads or updates in the past hour if you don't like the one you're reading.
     
  9. Mystic

    Mystic We're all born mad

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    I think this is the way: Invite them to participate and behave in a civil manner when discussions, as they ineveitably develop, of everything from gear to music to favourite cars, cares and concerns ensue.
     
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  10. luvvinvinyl

    luvvinvinyl Aggie! Staff Member Admin Subscriber

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    Well said, good sir!
     
  11. HarmanKardon

    HarmanKardon Tubes still smell funny Subscriber

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    Members like you are the future of our community!
     
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  12. multichamp12

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    I wish a lot of the younger generation was into vintage audio gear! I can say that after my friends heard my tubes and cornwalls, they became more interested! I'm 26 and started collecting vinyl at age 18, then working on tube equipment at 22.
     
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  13. Mystic

    Mystic We're all born mad

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    @ approximately 2x your age, it was the something about unphysicality and flexibility of digitally formatted media, ultimately FLAC, that stirred s.t. in me that LPs had long abandoned. Don't get mr worong: I still have a collection of 1,000s of LPs (well, also shellacs and 4RPMs counted among those), but the digital age has allowed me to expand the depth and scope of my musical exploration and acquisition tenfold. And nearly all of it @ lossless format. Guess I'm sayin' we old guys gotz plently to learn and gain from the younger set.
     
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  14. Gold Ant

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    the flac format is pretty awesome i could not believe the sound quality improvement when I started using Jriver media centre instead of my dvd player for music
     
  15. HarmanKardon

    HarmanKardon Tubes still smell funny Subscriber

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    Explain to me what your comment has to do with the topic of this thread...

    ...no, better don't.
     
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  16. Recognizer

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    29 years old here. I've been buying records since I was about 18 here and there. When I started I was looking for old Rush, Weather Report, and Black Sabbath. I didn't do anything with them for about 9 years, and a little under a year ago I befriended a guy with a HUGE record collection who inspired me to get back into it and finally get my own table.

    I ordered an AT-LP60 on amazon and before it even got here I did a google search, found this site, and realized that I had made a huge mistake. So once it arrived I returned it without even opening the box. The rest is history. I haven't been into this hobby for a year and I already have a Mitsubishi LT-22, Denon DP-62L, about 10 cartridges, a Concept 5.5, Technics SA-R230, and some Definitive BP-2002's. I'm currently eyeing a used Technics SL-1200 M3D as well. Not to mention more records than I have space for. I wouldn't have any of this stuff, or the knowledge of how to set it up and clean it correctly, without these forums. There is so much knowledge here to soak up and I'm like a sponge. Here's to many more years of audio karma.



    Are you really ragging on a new guy in this thread of all threads?
     

     

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  17. HarmanKardon

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  18. OverTheLine

    OverTheLine New Member

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    Just turned forty myself. My trip down the HIFI rabbit hole all started in early May this year with my wife buying our 8 year old daughter The Beatles white album on vinyl and a cheap plastic 3 pound all in one record player 3 watt "sound system" on Amazon. She used it for a while and I never gave it much thought until I actually had the misfortune of hearing it up close, YIKES. I started looking on CL and doing some research here. First purchase was a newer Marantz NR1605 the most advanced piece of audio technology I'll ever own. Next day I found an original pair of Paradigm SE9's for a steal and Technics SL-5. Two weeks ago found some Polk Audio Monitor 5A that need a recap and last week was a game changer when I picked up the mint Celestion 3s.. amazing sound from these teeny tiny boxes!
    Oh and last night I brought home a Concept 5.5 which powers up the lights and tuning meter, but no sound... Project!
    So where does it end? I don't think it does. However my little girl and I will be happily rocking out to some BTO or REO Speedwagon LPs while probing around on circuit boards older than I am.
     
  19. Catmanboo

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    Every journey starts with the first step. I took mine while stationed in Turkey in the USAF as a 19-20 yr.old greenhorn. Picked up a lot of cool gear, tube & s/s over the years, when it was still cheap & plentiful. Got rid of NOTHING, now most of it is like gold. Discovered AK, now I'm down the proverbial rabbit hole. & not looking to crawl out! Got enough shiite to keep me busy long into retirement, once I get there in a couple of years! AK rocks, that's why I subscribed, & shall remain so.:thumbsup:
     
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  20. HarmanKardon

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    Thank you for your posts. Well - what the topic of this thread actually has in mind are teens and twens.
     
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