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Old 01-25-2008   #25
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Magnepan SMGa's - my first real high-end speaker, and it introduced me to real music. It's why I learned to love Miles, Monk, Herbie, and Mingus in addition to Peter Gabriel. A speaker that was genuinely flawed, but somehow so well-balanced in it's flaws that it really delivered music.
I love hearing stories like this. It's what high end is all about. Rediscovering music and truly discovering music for the first time. I've heard this type of story relating to Maggies quite a bit too. Excellent company.

They offer a $300 pair of speakers online only too. If you ever have that friend who has issues not buying "Bose," or "Infinity," or what not these inexpensive Maggies are a good way to get them bit by the audiophile bug.
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One I didn't own but heard and drooled over was a set of large Accustats. I heard two pairs that day, back in the late 70's - the first pair was about 6 ft tall, and they were hybrids. The second pair was 8ft tall and were not. The latter pair was incredible. The salesman turned the lights out in the audition room while playing some pretty lively jazz and I could not find the speakers but I could definitely point to the musicians on the stage. The levels were pretty realistic, with good bass - which was uncharacteristic of electrostatics of the period. I have been searching for that kind of sound reproduction ever since, but have thusfar not encountered it. I would have thought that most of the problems that plagued electrostatics would have been worked out through advances in material science, as well as computer-controlled design and construction.

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I love hearing stories like this. It's what high end is all about. Rediscovering music and truly discovering music for the first time. I've heard this type of story relating to Maggies quite a bit too. Excellent company.

They offer a $300 pair of speakers online only too. If you ever have that friend who has issues not buying "Bose," or "Infinity," or what not these inexpensive Maggies are a good way to get them bit by the audiophile bug.
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I forgot about the old KEF 107/2's, one of the first really high end speakers I ever heard in my youth. I eventually did acquire a pair, and they are still at my brothers house as far as I know, but never had a big enough room for them when I owned them, my loss!
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Talking LP12, definitely a current classic. But, back in the day, the Garrard turntables were very good, along with AR`s belt driven beauty. Simple as apple pie.
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Real simple - Back in the day, for me, Sansui AU-717 , TU-717, Philips 312,
Stanton 681EEE, Teac A-1200, and a pair of JBL L-100's. This system cranked and blew all my friends away.

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What are your favorite older pieces of gear? You know, the things you had, or still have way longer than anything else, or those pieces you've sold and wished you never did?

For me, I still keep a pair of JSE Infinite Slope speakers, well actually two pairs, the 1.0 and 1.8's, one day I might buy another one and make a 5.1 system out of them but for now they are only occupying space.

Some others I would nominate;

Aragon 4004 MkII amp
Linn LP12 (even though it's still in production)
Carver Cubes as they revolutionalized what we all thought of power amps
Mark Levinson ML 2's
Technics SL1200 TT as it was indestructible!
Proceed PCD3, a shoe box looking CDP that still sounds good by todays standards
Nakamichi Dragon Cassette deck, the coolest of the cool from the magnetic media days
Adcom 555


I will think of more, but these are some that have been opn my mind.

What older gear would you put on the list?
Call me stupid but here's my list of things I've sold or gave away....

Yamaha M-80 power amp
Nakamichi BX3 Tape Deck
Carver DTL200
Polk Audio SDA SRS 2.3
Technics SL 1200 Turntables (x3 - from my DJ days)
Rotel Turntable (I forget the model number it was very old)
Rotel Power Amp (Huge all Silver with Rack handles)
Akai Reel - Reel Tape deck

Now here's the real stupid things

Yamaha NS-1000's (bought in rota with the M-80 Speaker were a throw in to seal the deal on the amp paid 250.00 for the amp and speakers) Sold the NS-1000's for $45.00 to a friend in the Navy (young and didn't know what I had).

It gets stupider.

Bought 25 reels with the Akai Reel to Reel from a 30 year Retiring Masteer Chief. Told me that the reels had music from a pub in England with live Beetles music...Before Ringo joined the group and include never before recorded music. Gave the reels to a friend in the Navy when he bought the recorder for his wife.

Call me dumb and dumber .... but what do you expect from a 23 year old at the time? That was almost 20 years ago.
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