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#1 fromNKLwithlove

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 09:37 AM

Hi guys!

 

Past 11 years I have been listening to music at home with free or cheap gear. Mainly mp3's with phone and computer (now Spotify) and vinyl records.

 

Now Im leaning towards vintage audio equipment. I just love how most of them look. I bought myself (almost a mint) Yamaha CR-620 ( https://www.hifiengine.com/manual_library/yamaha/cr-620.shtml ) and im loving the sound and looks. Now I "need" to upgrade my record player and speakers.

 

At the moment my setup is CR-620, cheap Marantz plasticy record player with light platter (anything would be a upgrade) and Yamaha NS-50F ( https://www.hifiengi...ha/ns-50f.shtml ) speakers. Speakers are ok, but I don't like the looks anymore. No narrow tower speakers for me anymore.

 

Turntable should be good quality and good looks. Im no HiFi -enthusiast, but I just want something that lasts long and sounds good.

Speakers, I like them big. :-D Big drivers big everything. Love how many of Sansui, JBL and Kenwood speakers look. But I don't have any experience how they sound.. Do these sound good?

 

Any suggestions? What should I look for?

I've been thinking of Thorens TD-160/165/166. Any experience with them? Price range 1-300€ and source would be local "craigslist", eBay De/Uk.

For speakers I've been offered Akai SW-137 MKII https://www.hifiengi...ai/sw-137.shtml. Do these sound good? Im willing to spend 1-300€ for speakers too.

 

Any suggestions and tips are welcome!



#2 Fatdog

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 12:02 PM

I've never been one who could justify spending that kind of money on audio equipment.  I don't have the best hearing so I would never be able to distinguish between a $200 something or a $2,000 something.  Plenty of vintage turntables, some much cheaper than the Thorens, can sound just as good with a proper setup.

 

I have a Technics SL-1200MKII at the house for listening and transferring LPs to the computer.  In my parents' room above the garage, I have my dad's Denon receiver pushing 75wpc into my set of Sansui SP-7500X speakers and a Kenwood 8" subwoofer.  The sound, to me anyway, is phenomenal.  The Denon ($6.99) and the subwoofer ($3.99) were both Goodwill purchases.  The Sansui speakers were bought off craigslist for $100.   :-D

 

I would hate for you to spend a lot of money and then be unimpressed.  ;-)



#3 fromNKLwithlove

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 01:27 PM

Thanks for the input El Jefe!

 

To me 300€ is the top that i can't go over. To me it's about the style, quality and sound. If I have to pay 250€ to get what I want, it's ok. I (hope I) will use it for the next 20 years. It's only 12,5€ per year! :lol:

 

Well, used Technixcs SL-1200MKII in Finland costs 500€+ so can't afford one :-/  I know it's a good workhorse..

Those Sansui speakers look so cool.. I would like some speakers like those! Hard to find in Finland tho..That's why Im leaning towards ePay. :ebay:



#4 Fatdog

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 02:10 PM

To me 300€ is the top that i can't go over.

Ahh, okay.  I thought you meant 1300€.  You actually meant 1€ up to 300€.  Doh!  :dunce: :dunce: :lol:



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Posted 14 April 2017 - 02:51 PM

Yamaha receivers are cool, they were never the most popular, but I love the square knobs, they feel so good  :yes:

 

I would recommend pairing it with some old Yamaha speakers, like the NS-200M 

 

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#6 fromNKLwithlove

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 03:33 AM

 

To me 300€ is the top that i can't go over.

Ahh, okay.  I thought you meant 1300€.  You actually meant 1€ up to 300€.  Doh!  :dunce: :dunce: :lol:

 

Yea :lol:

 

Yamaha receivers are cool, they were never the most popular, but I love the square knobs, they feel so good  :yes:

 

I would recommend pairing it with some old Yamaha speakers, like the NS-200M 

 

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Thanks, Ill keep my eyes open.



#7 ford93

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 10:09 AM

Pioneer receivers are also bad ass but a bit pricey!

 

My favorite from Pioneer is the SX 1250.

 

https://www.google.c...VNCEi43N56e7MM:

 

This one oh my!!

 

http://www.ebay.ca/i...E-/160990392691

 

 

 

On a turntable............... :hmmm:  I would go for a Technics SL1200 they are work horses!!



#8 milosancho

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 11:26 AM

Oh Man! That black SX 1250 is  :drool:

I do love my silver face 1250 but if someone offered to swap with a SX-5590......I would jump all over that.