Cheap-Skates & Dumpster Diver's Club

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Re: Cheap-Skates & Dumpster Diver's Club

Post by Tinkaroo » 13 Nov 2019 10:19

Adamo0926 wrote:
13 Nov 2019 05:32
ravelax wrote:
11 Nov 2019 18:11
:shock: That's it! We can close this thread, hehe. That's amazing Adamo! :) Don't know about the performance, but these old McIntosh amps look so much better than the stuff they make nowadays.
The thing sounds fabulous. I fear that it has knocked down my 3 very nice receivers down a notch or two. I really love this McIntosh sound. Detailed yet rich, full and warm sounding. Vocals and vocal harmonies never sound strident or stressed....they sound clean, smooth and uncluttered when listening on the McIntosh.

Apparently there really is a reason why this stuff is so expensive.
They were built from 1975-79 and rated at 70 watts per channel. The 1979 version had a switch on the back for 4 or 8 ohm speakers. Some of them had an issue with the volume control pots which are only available as an aftermarket replacement now. The sound is generally described by users as warm.

Just a thought but since it is an amp as opposed to a receiver, they usually have a better clarity than receivers. That has been my experience with the integrated amps I've owned.

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Re: Cheap-Skates & Dumpster Diver's Club

Post by Adamo0926 » 13 Nov 2019 23:37

Tinkaroo wrote:
13 Nov 2019 10:19
Adamo0926 wrote:
13 Nov 2019 05:32
ravelax wrote:
11 Nov 2019 18:11
:shock: That's it! We can close this thread, hehe. That's amazing Adamo! :) Don't know about the performance, but these old McIntosh amps look so much better than the stuff they make nowadays.
The thing sounds fabulous. I fear that it has knocked down my 3 very nice receivers down a notch or two. I really love this McIntosh sound. Detailed yet rich, full and warm sounding. Vocals and vocal harmonies never sound strident or stressed....they sound clean, smooth and uncluttered when listening on the McIntosh.

Apparently there really is a reason why this stuff is so expensive.
They were built from 1975-79 and rated at 70 watts per channel. The 1979 version had a switch on the back for 4 or 8 ohm speakers. Some of them had an issue with the volume control pots which are only available as an aftermarket replacement now. The sound is generally described by users as warm.

Just a thought but since it is an amp as opposed to a receiver, they usually have a better clarity than receivers. That has been my experience with the integrated amps I've owned.
Interesting info about integrated amps. I will say that when using the stacked Advents, my Sansui Eight seems to come the closest to it sound wise. Which is not surprising since I read in one review of the Eight, the reviewer said he used to work in a high end audio shop and they used to call those Sansui, Seven's and Eight's the "poor mans McIntosh".

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Re: Cheap-Skates & Dumpster Diver's Club

Post by Adamo0926 » 13 Nov 2019 23:38

lenjack wrote:
13 Nov 2019 06:09
Could be cause you're listening on your Advents
Was actually listening on my ADS L730s

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Post by KentT » 05 Dec 2019 17:46

The McIntosh MA 6100 was built from 1973-1979, only the last run have the impedance switch. I am sitting in front of a middle of the run example which I own. Excellent. Mine cost me an even trade for a nice MA 5100. Which I had less than $200 into. This current MA 6100 is my second one I've owned (first one got severely damaged by neighbor hyper little boy).

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Post by KentT » 05 Dec 2019 17:49

My present big score. 1966 Fisher Electra VIII console, in nice original condition, hybrid, and with Dual 1010 with Pickering V 15F cartridge, $100. Part early Christmas gift from Mom. Habitat Restore find.

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Post by Tinkaroo » 05 Dec 2019 18:37

KentT wrote:
05 Dec 2019 17:49
My present big score. 1966 Fisher Electra VIII console, in nice original condition, hybrid, and with Dual 1010 with Pickering V 15F cartridge, $100. Part early Christmas gift from Mom. Habitat Restore find.
That sounds like a nice find! 8)

Would love to see a photo or two.

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Post by KentT » 05 Dec 2019 23:24

I took some photos, hope to get them from phone to laptop. The Electra VIII is Italian Provincial.

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Post by vinyl master » 06 Dec 2019 00:21

Yeah, I wanna see this bad boy, too, Kent...A beautiful piece of furniture, I'm sure and you can't go wrong with a Dual inside! 8)

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Post by snavarre » 09 Dec 2019 21:05

I've found a number of things at thrift stores for good prices like the MCS 3245 I listed on the Vintage Receiver thread. But these may be the craziest. 1974 Philips 544 Self-Powered speakers for $25 for the pair. I gather they sold for around $400 back then(about $2000 today). They have Motion Feedback System which senses if the woofer is distorting and can adjust on the fly. I couldn't not test them since they didn't have a power cord. Turns out the power cord was almost impossible to find so I replaced the socket with a PC one and now use a standard PC power cord. They sound amazing! Oddly enough the day before I went and bought a used Philips GA212 turntable off Craigslist. Was a Philips kind of weekend!

https://photos.smugmug.com/Vintage-Audi ... -01-X3.jpg
https://photos.smugmug.com/Vintage-Audi ... -01-X3.jpg
https://photos.smugmug.com/Vintage-Audi ... -02-X2.jpg

Here's a cool story about them including how a pair like these were used to mix some Pink Floyd and Roger Waters albums.
https://www.soundonsound.com/music-busi ... lips-rh544
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Post by lenjack » 09 Dec 2019 21:16

hifi Engine has the owner's manual, but you'll need to translate. Looks intriguing.

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Post by spensar » 10 Dec 2019 02:53

snavarre wrote:
09 Dec 2019 21:05
I've found a number of things at thrift stores for good prices like the MCS 3245 I listed on the Vintage Receiver thread. But these may be the craziest. 1974 Philips 544 Self-Powered speakers for $25 for the pair. I gather they sold for around $400 back then(about $2000 today). They have Motion Feedback System which senses if the woofer is distorting and can adjust on the fly. I couldn't not test them since they didn't have a power cord. Turns out the power cord was almost impossible to find so I replaced the socket with a PC one and now use a standard PC power cord. They sound amazing! Oddly enough the day before I went and bought a used Philips GA212 turntable off Craigslist. Was a Philips kind of weekend!
Very interesting find! Did you know anything about them before picking them up, or for that price did they just follow you home? :mrgreen:

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Post by snavarre » 10 Dec 2019 03:00

spensar wrote:
10 Dec 2019 02:53
snavarre wrote:
09 Dec 2019 21:05
I've found a number of things at thrift stores for good prices like the MCS 3245 I listed on the Vintage Receiver thread. But these may be the craziest. 1974 Philips 544 Self-Powered speakers for $25 for the pair. I gather they sold for around $400 back then(about $2000 today). They have Motion Feedback System which senses if the woofer is distorting and can adjust on the fly. I couldn't not test them since they didn't have a power cord. Turns out the power cord was almost impossible to find so I replaced the socket with a PC one and now use a standard PC power cord. They sound amazing! Oddly enough the day before I went and bought a used Philips GA212 turntable off Craigslist. Was a Philips kind of weekend!
Very interesting find! Did you know anything about them before picking them up, or for that price did they just follow you home? :mrgreen:
I did not know anything about them, but was super surprised to see the same era Philips logo as the turntable I got. Of course I did a quick Google at the store. There was not too much info. Then they followed me home! :D

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Post by spensar » 10 Dec 2019 03:14

snavarre wrote:
10 Dec 2019 03:00

I did not know anything about them, but was super surprised to see the same era Philips logo as the turntable I got. Of course I did a quick Google at the store. There was not too much info. Then they followed me home! :D
I know that feeling! I love finding interesting bits of gear to check out.

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Post by vinyl master » 10 Dec 2019 07:56

Those sure look interesting, snavarre...And they've got that unique vintage look about them...Sounds like a good match for your GA 212...Maybe a Philips receiver is now in your future??? :-k

Maybe something like a 797 or Lab Series model...There was this one on the "Vintage Receivers" thread, too...

47865

Either that, or maybe something like one of these, perhaps? :-k

https://www.ebay.com/itm/PHILIPS-STEREO ... SwpeBdzbni

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Philips-AH7851 ... SwqqRdszH0

https://www.ebay.com/itm/PHILIPS-22AH78 ... SwCiddUeTu

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Phillips-784-H ... SwiZddYRDf

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Philip ... SwG8ldk7lb

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