Sunday, June 4, 2023

McIntosh MC2205 and C32 - Pure Bliss


I just had these two McIntosh units serviced and partially-reconditioned. The MC2105 amplifier had some issues - switches, capacitors, etc. The C32 was thoroughly cleaned and I believe some rewiring had to be done to correct a prior botched repair. Both sound great now. Had them back from my repair guy for a couple of months before I finally got around to hooking them up and listening to them. 

They sound splendid. No more noise coming from the preamp - the volume pots are all super quiet now, as well. 

I have them hooked up to a pair of Klipsch RP600M speakers. 

And yes, before you ask... I am using them FOR NOW to stream via Bluetooth from my phone and iPad. :D

Sunday, December 25, 2022


JUST FOR YOU - The Vintage Audio Enthusiast!

I partnered with QuietMoon Press to create this one of a kind Vintage Audio Inventory, Repair Log, and Wish list book that's geared just for the audio enthusiast. 

Of course it can be used to inventory ANY items and the cover would appeal to the vintage audiohead inside of all of us.

Here's the link to share and the QR code to copy and share with your vintage audio friends. 

Thank you and enjoy. 

OH! and did I mention it costs about the same as a fast food burger? $6.97!

Link to purchase on

From the publisher:

This log book can be used for ANY electronic gear or ANY items that require simple inventory counts and repair history.

It's the perfect gift for the audio lover!

Keep your vintage audio gear in perfect working order with our Vintage Audio Inventory and Repair History Log. With room for hundreds of items and features like a wish list and note pages, this log is the perfect companion for any serious gear head. Its 6" x 9" size makes it easy to store anywhere and the glossy cover helps prevent any accidental stains. Get your Inventory and Repair History Log today - rock on!

Key Features:

  • Inventory of Items - Room for 663 items
  • Repair History - Room for 216 items
  • Wish List - Room for 90 to 255 items (depending on how you use the spaces)
  • Note Pages - 18 pages of medium-ruled blank note pages at the back

Bud Fried Transmission Line Speakers

Good Goodly Moogly! DEEP, controlled bass from a 6.5" driver? Sure, if properly tuned, these transmission line cabinets can produce unbelievable sound from two drivers in a relatively compact design. I keep throwing music at these and have to honestly say they are my favorite speakers since my KEF 105.2 that I sold a year ago or so. Looking for more Fried speakers - chime in if you have any or know of any for sale. Thanks!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Klipsch RP 600M and Yaqin Tube Amplifier - Like Butter

Although not vintage, the Klipsch RP 600M speakers have a classic appeal and look great alongside the Yaqin MC-10L EL34 tube amplifier. I have this system fed through a AudioQuest DragonFly DAC hooked up to my computer as well as an older iPod. Still breaking the speakers in, but they sound very nice. It's a great system to glance over and admire while working from home these days. 

By the way, Amazon has six of these Klipsch left in stock and the price for the black option is amazing right now. Click HERE to see. (Posted May 31, 2020).

Monday, April 27, 2020

Pioneer SX-850 - Vintage Receiver

This lovely Pioneer has been sitting on a shelf for over two years, covered, of course, with only the finest Peruvian Llama fleece and kept temperature controlled and humidity free. You'd have to see my storage unit to fully appreciate the sarcasm here. At any rate, I had stowed it away because it had some sort of problem, but, after playing continually for two days straight, I haven't been able to duplicate any of its ailments. Quite honestly, I don't remember what the problem(s) were, so perhaps I'm speaking prematurely.... 

Maybe it was ME who had the problem two years ago and I should have been the one relegated to a garage shelf. It's too late to debate that now... carrying on...

At a modest 65 watts per channel, this 1976 beauty outputs clean, natural sound. All dial and indicator lights are working, which is a rarity for gear this old. The cabinet is in exceptional condition. I'll try a turntable and the tuner later this week, as time permits. Keep an eye open for an update. 

Here's what has to say about this model:

For those interested, my Facebook HiFiCollector group is topping off at over 5K members now and I encourage people to post photos of their gear there, so... what are you waiting for? :)


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