I'll respond to each post on its own (sorry if it gets a bit long!)
My first question would be, electrical engineer: can you solder?
I can solder. The first piece of musical gear I bought off Craigslist was an old boombox(Lasonic TRC-931) had blown woffers, so I took that apart and solderd some new ones in. And I've created a couple power supplies in class that required soldering.
Go for the well known brands such as Sansui, Kenwood, Technics et al
Okay, this is a good start. I really have no knowledge of what to look for in terms of what was high end audio over the past 60 years. I know that I can't get a list of all of the high end audio companies, but guidance about which brands you all prefer would be really useful. (Please help me out with this!)
A heavier amp has a higher capacity power supply all else being equal so heavier amps are often better. Heavier speakers can indicate better made enclosures and heavier magnets. It's far from definitive but can be helpful.
Hmm, this is good to know. I've got a pretty good knowledge of circuitry and power supplies, so I'd love to get a more techinical explination of what I'm looking for.
I'm currently in Washington, DC at school, but I'm headed back to Cleveland, Ohio at the end of the semester in 3 weeks (Eeeek!). I'll do my best to post any interesting this that I find on Craigslist.
Thanks for the advice and your time!Jim Leach
I suggest you take a look over at www.diyaudio.com
and you can literally build your entire system
This sounds awesome. We built a crappy little audio amplifier last semester in one of my circuit theory classes basically out of LM741s (if that means anything). I don't really have enough experience with analog filter design to actually figure out the entirity of the internals, but I'm could figure it out with enough time and research.
1) You get a lot of pride doing it yourself.
I'm so excited to build this, and I've love all of the projects that I have been working on the past couple years.
2) It will sound better than a lot of commercial stuff out there (even the mega-buck stuff)
Thats good news. I mean, at the end of the day, there isn't any special magic that they put into high end stuff. Still resistors, caps, inductors, et all.
3) You can probably arrange some class credit for doing it too!
Sadly, this is one year too late! Last year, we were given an option to pick up a project to demonstrait our circuit theory skills. I'd love to get extra credit for building something that I would do anyway.
I'm not sure how far I want to go with D to A conversion. Currently I am in a digital signal processing class, so I'm learning the nity grity of it, but I kinda just want to keep it simple, and just make it a record player... But I guess, that will end up being a huge frusteration at times. I'll have to ponder that, but I guess it makes sense to just add it.
I think it might be more prudent to taylor it to work with my computer, but I'll cross that bridge when I get there
Ohhhh, what am I getting myself into! And I really need help finding the turntable that will be great.