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Anyone know a place in SoCal that can repair 1970s era gear at a reasonable price?

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  • Anyone know a place in SoCal that can repair 1970s era gear at a reasonable price?

    That's right, I was running my son's Luxman LV-80v integrated amp into my Direct Acoustics Silent Speakers today, making sure everything was working well before packaging them all up to ship to him, and after a couple hours the right channel started to crackle and then cut out. Let it cool down, changed adapters to try different cables (since I was using the cables I just put together earlier today) and it seemed to work, but an hour or so the right channel cut out again.

    I've sunk money into this amp twice in the past while he was in college, each time costing almost $200. Don't really want to have to do that again. Trouble with modern low cost integrated amps is these speakers take a fair amount of power, and don't seem to sound too good with Class D amps.

    The Luxman, when it works, is a great sounding amp.
    Steve Lefkowicz
    Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
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    Analog 1: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 10X5 MK.II Low, iPhono2/iPowerX; Analog 2: Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Talisman S, iFi iPhono.
    Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 28, Tidal HiFi, Qobuz Studio), iFi NEO iDSD, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2, Audioquest Jitterbug.
    Electronics: DIY passive line-stage, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso
    Speakers: Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7
    Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Audioquest Evergreen
    Speaker cables: Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Audioquest Type 5
    Digital cables: Aural Symphonics USB, iFi Gemini twin-head USB.
    Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan rack, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
    Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Burson Conductor Virtuoso Amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro 600 ohm, DT770 Studio 80 ohm, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More Triple Driver IEM

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    I don't know about So. Cal but this guy is in Indiana and works on repairing, updating and modifying older audio components. You might check with him - his name is Mike Samra: [email protected]
    Thiel 7.2s, Manley NeoClassic 250s, Wadia 850, MIT Oracle V3 speaker cables, MIT MI-350 Oracle interconnects, Black Diamond Racing Shelves and Cones in a dedicated room with ASC Tube Traps, Room Tunes and 3 X 20 amp dedicated circuits.

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    • #3
      Am thinking that there is someone in Pasadena...
      Dave Clark
      Editor and Publisher, Positive Feedback
      www.positive-feedback.com

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      • #4
        Thanks, it has to be local, as the shipping costs there and back and then to Florida, plus the cost of the repair, make keeping this running not such a great idea.

        This is also why when people recommend vintage gear for newcomers, I always disagree! Trouble is, to replace it, most low cost amps simply don't have the power or current capability to power the Direct Acoustics speakers. They are only about 83dB and about a 5 to 6 ohm load.I was concerned about the Luxman as it is only 50 wpc, but it seemed to work well until it died...The speakers have always worked great with my old B&K ST-140 (105 watts) and sound really nice with the Burson Timekeeper (also 100 watts).

        Maybe I should just get him a Schiit Saga and give him my B&K..
        Steve Lefkowicz
        Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
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        Analog 1: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 10X5 MK.II Low, iPhono2/iPowerX; Analog 2: Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Talisman S, iFi iPhono.
        Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 28, Tidal HiFi, Qobuz Studio), iFi NEO iDSD, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2, Audioquest Jitterbug.
        Electronics: DIY passive line-stage, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso
        Speakers: Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7
        Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Audioquest Evergreen
        Speaker cables: Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Audioquest Type 5
        Digital cables: Aural Symphonics USB, iFi Gemini twin-head USB.
        Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan rack, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
        Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Burson Conductor Virtuoso Amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro 600 ohm, DT770 Studio 80 ohm, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More Triple Driver IEM

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        • #5
          does it have separateable preamp out poweramp in? if it does it might be able to be used as a preamp and purchase a used power amp to use externally. But you would need to do a little troubleshooting to confirm which section is bad, the preamp or the pwr amp?
          Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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          • #6
            You have one of the best in Mike Zuccaro he's in San Diego though .

            http://audiocraftsman.com/
            Last edited by kcin; 12-27-2016, 11:02 AM.
            Front end: Aesthetix Io Eclipse with 2 Power Supplies and Volume controls
            Brinkmann Balance & RonT Tube Power supply with Kuzma 4-point ,FR64S, Brinkmann 12.1 , .Koetsu Jade Platinum,Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum, Lyra Atlas, Lyra Etna SL Goldfinger Statement, KLAUDIO RCM, HRSM3X
            Amps: Wyetech Topaz, Futterman H3 Quad II,Citation II, Marantz 8b, 5 ,2
            Pre-Amps:Marantz 7, Marantz Model 1 Consolette Pair
            Speakers: Quad ESL 57, Beveridge Model 3 DD amps, REL S/2 x 2
            Otari 5050BXII, DeHavilland 222

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              Thanks for that link in Diego!

          • #7
            Tom at Northridge Electronics is the guy for Luxman repair.

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