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  • What Was Your First High-End Audio System

    It's always fun to look back on our first high-end audio system assuming can still remember!

    Circa August 1980.

    Speakers: Dahlquist DQ10s (with caps bypassed). Won out over early Vandersteen 2s whose bass just seemed to break-up when pushed.
    Amplifier: Hafler DH200 Musical Concept mod kit
    Preamplifier: Hafler DH101 Van Alstine modded
    Turntable: Rega 3/JVC 7045 arm (arm was so high had to put table on bricks so bottom of arm had enough clearance; what did I know?)/Grace F9E cartridge
    Cables: Phono: Super Litz MF1/Assorted Monster Cable
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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    Rega Planar 2, Grace 747, Grace F9E, NAD3020, KEF 303.
    Marty

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    • #3
      AR 'table, Sure cartridge, conrad johnson PV-5 preamp (with phonostage), NAD power amp (still use it for speaker design/testing), VMPS speakers (built from a kit). All soon replaced by home brew stuff. All except the turntable, that is. I've never built one of those.

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      • #4
        Maybe not audiophile, but it was to me.

        Pioneer SA-9500II integrated
        Kenwood KT-8007 tuner
        PIoneer PL-12 (?) turnrtable
        Shure M91ED cartridge
        BIC Venturi Formula 4 speakers.
        Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables

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        • #5
          First component stereo (1976):
          Stanton Gyropoise turntable with 680EE cartridge
          Kenwood KA3500 integrated amp (still have it!)
          EPI 180 speakers
          Sennheiser HD424 headphones

          First "high end" system. still bought into the the Stereo Review "speakers are the most important part" mindset (started in 1983)
          Stanton Gyropoise turntable (soon after replaced by a Rega 2, Grace 707, then by the Linn LP12 I still use)
          NAD 1020 preamp (later replaced with a Sumo Elektra then a PS Audio 4H)
          Acoustat Monitors (with the built in Servo amps). Click image for larger version

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          Used that until 1988 when I sold off most of my stuff, put the turntable, preamp and records in storage, and moved onto my sailboat for the next 10 years. Wish I still had the Acoustats.
          Last edited by Steve Lefkowicz; 02-07-2016, 04:16 PM.
          Steve Lefkowicz
          Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
          -
          Analog: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 19a, iPhono2; Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Sumiko Pearl, iFi iPhono.
          Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 26, Tidal HiFi and Qobuz Studio), iFi iDAC2, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2.
          Electronics: Burson Conductor Virtuoso, DIY switch-box with TKD 10K pot, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso, Jolida JD1000P, B&K ST140.
          Speakers: Tekton Double Impact, Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7, ELAC Debut2 B6.2, Debut F5 and Debut B6, Emotiva Airmotiv B1, Sound Dynamics 300ti.
          Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Nordost Solar Wind, Audioquest Evergreen
          Speaker cables: Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Nordost Solar Wind, Nordost Flatline, Audioquest Q2.
          Digital cables: Straightwire USB Link, Aural Symphonics Digital Standard xxv USB, Belkin PureAV.
          Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan racks, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Sound Organization speaker stands, Pangea Audio speaker stands, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
          Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More MK801, 1More Triple Driver IEM

          http://www.audionirvana.org/forum/ti...ounding-system

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          • #6
            PS Audio 4H preamp, Hafler DH-220 with Van Alstine power supply mod, the new AR table with Premier MMT arm and Denon cartridge that came with a SUT in the box. Speakers were my own design 1/4 wavelength transmission lines using Dynaudio drivers. Mogami ICs and Monster speaker cables.
            Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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            • #7
              Mark glad to see a fellow audiophile who went through the speaker building phase, loved the Dynaudio drivers. I still have a Musical Concepts Hafler DH-120 and a DH-220. What great memories.

              Originally posted by mep View Post
              PS Audio 4H preamp, Hafler DH-220 with Van Alstine power supply mod, the new AR table with Premier MMT arm and Denon cartridge that came with a SUT in the box. Speakers were my own design 1/4 wavelength transmission lines using Dynaudio drivers. Mogami ICs and Monster speaker cables.
              Marty

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              • #8
                Originally posted by nc42acc View Post
                Mark glad to see a fellow audiophile who went through the speaker building phase, loved the Dynaudio drivers. I still have a Musical Concepts Hafler DH-120 and a DH-220. What great memories.

                Thanks! That's who I was trying to remember who mod kit I used for my Hafler amp. John Hillig of Musical Concepts!
                Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                ________________________________________

                -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mep View Post
                  PS Audio 4H preamp, Hafler DH-220 with Van Alstine power supply mod, the new AR table with Premier MMT arm and Denon cartridge that came with a SUT in the box. Speakers were my own design 1/4 wavelength transmission lines using Dynaudio drivers. Mogami ICs and Monster speaker cables.

                  Ha! I remember that PS Audio 4H with its megaherz bandwidth! One day I was in Stereo Exchange in the village and one of their customers brought in his PS Audio 4H because it was picking up Channel 2.
                  Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                  Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                  ________________________________________

                  -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                  -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                  -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                  -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                  -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                  -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                  -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                  -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                  -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                  -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post


                    Ha! I remember that PS Audio 4H with its megaherz bandwidth! One day I was in Stereo Exchange in the village and one of their customers brought in his PS Audio 4H because it was picking up Channel 2.

                    As long as you always left the line stage disabled, the PS Audio 4H was a great unit. I used the phono stage out of mine for over 30 years.
                    Last edited by Steve Lefkowicz; 02-07-2016, 05:35 PM.
                    Steve Lefkowicz
                    Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
                    -
                    Analog: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 19a, iPhono2; Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Sumiko Pearl, iFi iPhono.
                    Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 26, Tidal HiFi and Qobuz Studio), iFi iDAC2, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2.
                    Electronics: Burson Conductor Virtuoso, DIY switch-box with TKD 10K pot, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso, Jolida JD1000P, B&K ST140.
                    Speakers: Tekton Double Impact, Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7, ELAC Debut2 B6.2, Debut F5 and Debut B6, Emotiva Airmotiv B1, Sound Dynamics 300ti.
                    Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Nordost Solar Wind, Audioquest Evergreen
                    Speaker cables: Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Nordost Solar Wind, Nordost Flatline, Audioquest Q2.
                    Digital cables: Straightwire USB Link, Aural Symphonics Digital Standard xxv USB, Belkin PureAV.
                    Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan racks, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Sound Organization speaker stands, Pangea Audio speaker stands, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
                    Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More MK801, 1More Triple Driver IEM

                    http://www.audionirvana.org/forum/ti...ounding-system

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                    • #11
                      My first foray into audio was one of these shiny Pioneer rack systems that was about 5' high around '79

                      I then got wise and went with a Denon TT with Empire? cart. Revox B77 R2R, Apt/Holman pre with Hafler DH500 amp. I also had a Sansui tuner I think.
                      Speakers were Maggie MGII
                      Last edited by Bruce B; 02-07-2016, 08:32 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Bruce that was a cutting edge system in its day. Great system in its time.

                        Originally posted by Bruce B View Post
                        My first foray into audio was one of theses shiny Pioneer rack systems that was about 5' high around '79

                        I then got wise and went with a Denon TT with Empire? cart. Revox B77 R2R, Apt/Holman pre with Hafler DH500 amp. I also had a Sansui tuner I think.
                        Speakers were Maggie MGII
                        Marty

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                        • #13
                          If the starting point would be where I fully unbundled the stereo and put them in a separate room from my home theater (I'm a little bit younger than most here so HT was the entry point) if I recall this was the make up and respective progressions (= means in current rotation)

                          Revel F30>1.6QR>VR-4 Gen III> 4 SR> VR-5 SE> 9 Mk1>9 Mk2> 11 Mk2
                          Levinson No.s, 380S, 23.5/332/431> BAT VK32SE, 150SE>Lamm L2/M2.2 = CH L1/M1 = KR P130/DX2
                          TASCAM pro recorder/transport./360s>Wadia 7> Emm > Accuphase DP78> EERA T &CH D1
                          Aries 2, Clearaudio Sigma I think, anyway, an older hammer head design, Clear Audio > HRX/SDS/Phantom1/BAT P10>TW AC-3/Lamm LP2/Valvet Soulphono> Air Force One/EMT JPA-66
                          Cables went from Transparent Links>MIT>Cardas Golden Cross> Kubala-Sosna Emotion> Master Built Signature (no change in last 5 years PCs currently held for ransom somewhere in the Far East)

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                          • #14
                            Keep it coming. Don't be shy!

                            I'm always amazed--maybe it's just my generation--by how many started with Regas.
                            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                            ________________________________________

                            -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                            -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                            -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
                              Keep it coming. Don't be shy!

                              I'm always amazed--maybe it's just my generation--by how many started with Regas.
                              Early to mid 80s, what other choice was there for a really good not too expensive table? It really wasn't until Project and Music Hall started up that Rega had any competition for under $500 tables.
                              Steve Lefkowicz
                              Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
                              -
                              Analog: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 19a, iPhono2; Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Sumiko Pearl, iFi iPhono.
                              Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 26, Tidal HiFi and Qobuz Studio), iFi iDAC2, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2.
                              Electronics: Burson Conductor Virtuoso, DIY switch-box with TKD 10K pot, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso, Jolida JD1000P, B&K ST140.
                              Speakers: Tekton Double Impact, Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7, ELAC Debut2 B6.2, Debut F5 and Debut B6, Emotiva Airmotiv B1, Sound Dynamics 300ti.
                              Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Nordost Solar Wind, Audioquest Evergreen
                              Speaker cables: Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Nordost Solar Wind, Nordost Flatline, Audioquest Q2.
                              Digital cables: Straightwire USB Link, Aural Symphonics Digital Standard xxv USB, Belkin PureAV.
                              Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan racks, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Sound Organization speaker stands, Pangea Audio speaker stands, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
                              Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More MK801, 1More Triple Driver IEM

                              http://www.audionirvana.org/forum/ti...ounding-system

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