Sunday, January 15, 2017

Kenwood Super Eleven


1980-81 Kenwood Super Eleven - 125 wpc into 8 ohms, a true monster. Not the heaviest, not the biggest, but the black face and knobs combined with the multitude of superfluous controls (reverb, echo) this beast holds its own as one of the last of the true monsters.  

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Thorens TD-160 Turntable







My Thorens TD-160 got a brand new, reproduction dust cover today. There's a nice gentleman in Torrance, CA who makes these and sells on CraigsList for $100, which I think is a fair price for a clear acrylic, well-fitting dust cover. The cartridge is a Shure V15 Type II and the stylus is a Shure VN-7, both have only a few hours of use - were bought as NOS off eBay by the previous owner this past summer. 

How does it sound? It sounds right. Meaning, when I take into account the system into which it's integrated and the room in which it's playing, it sounds the way I would expect it to sound. I'm not being intentionally obtuse - it's just that by me saying it sounds "great" I'm simply describing a subjective, non-referenced opinion that really means nothing to the reader. I can tell you that it sounds better than my other turntable hooked to the same, Sansui AU-717 integrated amplifier. It sounds better than the AR-XA turntable I had up in the listening space a few weeks ago... at least I think it does. It sounds different than MP3 files through the same amp or FLAC files. But yes, if you must hear these words, it sounds great! And it really, really does. :)




Saturday, September 3, 2016

Studio Monitor Speakers - Okay to Use for Home Listening?



Anyone use studio monitors as part of their home stereo listening setup? Chime in - comment below. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Vintage Audio Store - Long Beach, CA


Well... after collecting vintage audio for a couple of decades, I finally discovered a store that sells vintage gear, and it's practically in my back yard!

Cherry Vintage Audio is in Long Beach, California and is owned by a knowledgeable, amiable man named Albie. He has solid state amplifiers, tape decks, turntables, receivers, pre-amplifiers, and speakers, as well as various other items like speaker selectors, stereo manuals and brochures. 

Visit the Web site HERE. If you're ever in Long Beach, please stop by, and, by all means, tell him that Tom from HiFiCollector sent you. Thanks!


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