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Offline Buffalo Budd

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Re: stereo receiver help
« Reply #30 on: April 25, 2015, 07:36:50 PM »
Here's how things look at my house...


That's actually a big help.
So you prefer the bookshelf speaks over the towers?
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Re: stereo receiver help
« Reply #31 on: April 25, 2015, 08:03:40 PM »
Got towers in the next room wired to the same amp. Mostly use those if people are over for dinner or whatever.

Hicks hooked me up with these Aperion bookshelves and I love 'em.








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Re: stereo receiver help
« Reply #32 on: April 25, 2015, 08:13:33 PM »
I have a pretty large area that I am trying to fill so the towers may suit my purposes a little better.
I'll add some decent bookshelves later on down the road.
I think I'll still grab a decent pre-amp for my turntable, which should make a big diff.
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Re: stereo receiver help
« Reply #33 on: April 27, 2015, 08:46:02 AM »
Different EQ for different records is not as crazy as it may sound. Despite the existence of the Standard RIAA eq curve since '55 or so, it seems that different mastering houses played a little loose with the standard.
Even if your collection doesn't go very deep you may have some that would benefit from some different curves.

A little bit about the varying' EQ curves can be found here (on a page designed to sell a Graham-Slee phono-stage): http://www.gspaudio.co.uk/78rpm-riaa-equalization.htm
And a detailed chart that makes the bold assumption that all labels got on board with the RIAA standard on or about '55: http://www.shellac.org/wams/wequal.html

I was speaking with someone last week who had demo'd the first unit below and found that even post '55 LPs from Columbia, EMI & Deutsche Grammaphone all benefited from alternative EQ curves. This applied even to 70's Columbia records that were tested.

Of course that all comes at a cost:
http://www.zandenaudio.com/product/m120.php

http://www.masterdigital.com/24bit/vadlydmd12.htm

http://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/micro-iphono/

http://www.gspaudio.co.uk/revelation-phonostagepreamp.htm


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Re: stereo receiver help
« Reply #34 on: April 27, 2015, 09:30:23 AM »
My dad was a serious audiofile guy back in the late 70s/80s and he always swore by his EQ.
But I find more and more people dismiss them these days. I find it has really improved my current setup but that could be due to the poor speakers and amp. I think if I pick stuff up piece by piece over the next year or so, I should be able to assemble a good rig. Started with the towers, next will probably be a phono pre-amp, then a new table.
Really appreciated all the input here.
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Re: stereo receiver help
« Reply #35 on: April 27, 2015, 10:26:34 AM »
My post can really be disregarded unless you are putting together a serious high-end rig (in which case you really want this one: http://www.fmacoustics.com/products/phono-linearizers/fm-223/ ) or if you play 78s.
I think most listeners probably won't hear the variations in the post-50s lps.

Your plan of new speaks and and phono stage will get you well on your way, I suspect.

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Re: stereo receiver help
« Reply #36 on: April 28, 2015, 11:08:34 PM »
So my wife informed me of some speakers that she had picked up in 94/95 when she worked at the local high end audio shop in town. She had some Paradigm 7SE speakers that were just collecting dust. I hooked those up to my Technics receiver and they sound mint. So I am back to where I started (full circle) to thinking I should upgrade my table as my Technics tables are hurting. My SL-220 has an issue with the left output and my SL-B2 has an issue with arm not raising high enough. It's fine for perfect records but anything with a warp rubs when I pull the arm across. Still keeping my eye out for some sweet bookshelf speakers to round out my system.
that's great. people are stupid.

My records are my media for music. They are to be played. Loud and as often as possible.