What is your favorite Hifi brand?

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Re: What is your favorite Hifi brand?

Post by Sunwire » 06 Nov 2018 05:38

If I had to choose just one brand, I guess I would go with Technics. I came to this opinion very late in my "career" (45 years or so) in this hobby, however.

They are one of the very few brands that really made great products in nearly all categories. Speakers were probably their weakest point (as with most Japanese brands - why?), but I'll admit I don't have any experience with their best speakers.
They made my favorite phono cartridges and probably the most technologically advanced ever made.
They made some of the best tonearms and turntables at the top of their line and I think the quality of ALL of their turntables is not really matched by anyone else (quality for the price you paid, I mean). And who made so MANY models? Even the bottom of the line models were really quite good.
Preamps and amps probably don't match the very best, but were certainly very good.
Some very good tuners, although not the very best.
Very good tape decks, although surpassed by some more specialist brands (Nakamichi, Revox, etc).
I don't think their products were the best looking, but probably the best overall "bang for the buck".

If I had to choose a second brand, I'd go to a very different direction and choose QUAD.
All of their products are quirky. I LOVE their speakers and I LOVE the visual design, ergonomics, features, and build quality of their classic electronics. They never made a turntable, tonearm, cartridge, or tape deck, so they aren't really comparable to a huge company backed by a big conglomerate like Technics, but I really enjoy using their products.

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Re: What is your favorite Hifi brand?

Post by Spinner45 » 06 Nov 2018 08:32

Sunwire wrote:
06 Nov 2018 05:38
If I had to choose just one brand, I guess I would go with Technics. I came to this opinion very late in my "career" (45 years or so) in this hobby, however.

They are one of the very few brands that really made great products in nearly all categories. Speakers were probably their weakest point (as with most Japanese brands - why?), but I'll admit I don't have any experience with their best speakers.
They made my favorite phono cartridges and probably the most technologically advanced ever made.
They made some of the best tonearms and turntables at the top of their line and I think the quality of ALL of their turntables is not really matched by anyone else (quality for the price you paid, I mean). And who made so MANY models? Even the bottom of the line models were really quite good.
Preamps and amps probably don't match the very best, but were certainly very good.
Some very good tuners, although not the very best.
Very good tape decks, although surpassed by some more specialist brands (Nakamichi, Revox, etc).
I don't think their products were the best looking, but probably the best overall "bang for the buck".

If I had to choose a second brand, I'd go to a very different direction and choose QUAD.
All of their products are quirky. I LOVE their speakers and I LOVE the visual design, ergonomics, features, and build quality of their classic electronics. They never made a turntable, tonearm, cartridge, or tape deck, so they aren't really comparable to a huge company backed by a big conglomerate like Technics, but I really enjoy using their products.
+1 for the Technics.
Long lasting, reliable, and worth service when they need it.

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Re: What is your favorite Hifi brand?

Post by cafe latte » 06 Nov 2018 23:38

vinyl master wrote:
04 Nov 2018 03:18
They do make a nice sound when smashed to smithereens. don't they, Chris??? :wink: :lol:

39206

Someone should record the sound of them getting crushed with top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art recording equipment, just so people can hear "how Crosleys are SUPPOSED to sound" in high fidelity! :wink: =D>
Yes that is when Crosley really sound amazing :lol:
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Re: What is your favorite Hifi brand?

Post by Pikey » 27 Nov 2018 20:48

I've always had a sneaky regard for DNM amps ... http://www.dnm.co.uk/index.html

I used to be a printed circuit board designer (in a previous life! ..) so I understand a little bit of what Dennis Morecroft is going on about ... maybe one day I'll be able to afford buying some!

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Re: What is your favorite Hifi brand?

Post by Nigel Gomez » 01 Dec 2018 23:42

Onkyo.

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Re: What is your favorite Hifi brand?

Post by KentT » 13 Dec 2018 16:20

audiopile wrote:
06 Nov 2018 05:07
Bryston for amps and pre-amps -have only owned older stuff (I'm on my fourth 4B ST) - but they are well built (to put it mildly) and maintained by folks who care about what they are working on.They at least get close to my ideal of a basic black box (BBB) -I want to pay for gutz not bling. I've gradually been won over to the Technics brand (especially 1200 series) for TT's, well built -not abuse/idiot proof - but repairable after they get to a repair station . I unexpectedly sold my last (really ,REALY ugly). set of Dynaco A-25's -but there's a set of A-26's upstairs that do everything nice about A-25's just a bit better. Denon MC carts and their servo armed tables - just not been disappointed yet.
Seconded. Bryston is an awesome company in Canada. They make superb equipment, very well built, very well engineered, No component part on a Bryston component ever is subjected to any stress in normal use, superb warranty, superb sound which is accurate. The best warranty, customer service, and they support every product they ever built. Not built to be glitzy or offer non essential junk. Just good common sense heirloom level audio. I favor the Technics SL-1200 for much the same reasons about common sense engineering, and durable build, and nice performance, and the same no fuss operation.

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Re: What is your favorite Hifi brand?

Post by lenjack » 27 Dec 2018 18:44

Sony and Nak have had some historically great products. Sony with their ES series, and Nak with their hi end cassette decks. No doubt there was some overpricing and some lemons along the way. I don't think Mc has ever made a bad product, but they sure are pricey.

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Re: What is your favorite Hifi brand?

Post by audiopile » 27 Dec 2018 19:21

OK -BIC I can see being on a research before buying - simply amazing glue substituted for grease -but they are fixable -as long as you buy with the certain knowledge that you will need to clean old lube out and relube. Frankly - almost all pieces that have been sittin in the back of the closet for multiple decades and have motors/sliding mechanisms are likely to need a clean and relube as min. service. Overpriced? Well - overpriced -all ya gotta do is wait 15 or 20 years and most pretty expensive gear might get affordable -say 5% of new retail? Assuming equipment was sold in some fair quantity - after a decade or two they either fall into one of three categories : a.) already in a landfill ,b.) known issues-simply/cheaply fixable c.) pretty bulletproof -a safer purchase than a new unit. While I have never owned a piece of Mc gear (just not my cup-o-tea) - they might be the only line on your list that AFAIK never produced a single stinkin unreliable model/series -most older companies had a real rough time with their first solid state models -wretched reliability - and that of course (drumroll please!) means they are now rare and collectable.

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Re: What is your favorite Hifi brand?

Post by lenjack » 27 Dec 2018 19:40

Any Dynaco, Hafler, AR. The Dyna and AR before they were sold, of course. Wish they could be transported back from the past.

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Re: What is your favorite Hifi brand?

Post by lenjack » 27 Dec 2018 20:52

I built a dynatuner, a pas-2, pas3, pat4, pat5, stereo 120, stereo 400, hafler dh101, dh110, dh500. What memories!

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