Having recently purchased a complete tube "set up" (=oaties and spaghetti a few years ahead now) I must say this; WAAUUUUUU!
I simply canīt beleive what my ears are hearing. How could I not have noticed this !?
My "audio-settings" has had a complete 180 degrees OVERHAUL.
When a recoding, and cut, is particularely well made, these tubes leave me absolutely dumbfounede and speechless,...."eerhīd"!?......in short.
So due to my recent epiforny, I have to toss this question and hopefully get some dialog going.
Weīre you (like me) foolish enough to dish an entire aspirering record collection and replace the lot with CD`S? Only to find out, some 25 years and a minor fortune later, what kind of mistake THAT was (deniel....) !?
Till this day I, honest to god, do not now what planet i was living on..........!? Now iīve had to spent ANOTHER minor fortune in order to undo and replace (as if the gear itself wasīnt expensive enough).
-......Come to think of it; talk about surpporting the arts, Iīve purchased some of these albums 3 times now........, they must love me...:D.
Anyway thats all in the past, I now have my tubes AND my vinyls and life is wonderfull.... (la-la...:D).
How I wish, I could somehow spread the "joyous" sound of tubes....It really is quite a significant difference. The clarity and the effortlessness of the sound can, at times, become absolutely breath-taking. Jeff buckleys "Grace" for instance (even though mine is a re-issue), leaves me speechless, and some of the old classical recordings from the 50īs and 60īs I find to be almost lethal...:).
Well the reason I didīnt dish up with all the nubers was that, I was trying not to become too tec. I wanted mostly to talk about the acctual sound, the clarity, ease, density etc......texture. If it becomes too tec. it tends to sometime shift focus (or at least I do) and derail from what it is all about, the acctual sound comming out of the speakers. I also have to confess that Iīm not half an electroncs-engineer, so when things go tec., i really can`t follow (acctually, I have`nt got a clue about it.....:)).
Buuuuutttt since you ask :D:D:D. Here are my babies. They`re not altered, modified, dampend, clamp`d, cook`d or stir-fried in anyway. They`re the purest stuff, straight from the lab just as the lab wanted them to be.
Itīs a Manley cirkel thing and is as follows:
Croft phono-stage. (I īm waitng on the new Manley "Chinook" phono-stage to reach overseas/scadinavia end feb.)(can`t wait to get my ears on/in it).
Fletcher Audio tabel "Opus 3".
Fletcher Audio arm "Comet 2".
Grado "reference 1" platinum cart.
Creek "Destiny"" CD-player (which went on vaccation last summer....has`nt heard from it since) (R.I.P bassically).
And to speak for all of this, a couple of Harbeth SE-7`s (wonderful all-rounders them are).
So therīre you have `em, my babies. To me expensive yes but, the output from this............- best money ever spent.
I have not re re re replaced my music collection. I am one of those younger people you hear so much about these days. Thanks to the mistakes of certain previous generations that shall go unnamed I heard my first vinyl record only a year ago. I remember exactly what song, and album it was. "A great effect" by David Grusin, off the graduate soundtrack. This was on what is now MY 1961 Magnavox Micromatic console. That sax was so rich and thick it sounded like syrup was being pumped out of it's 12' woofers. After a life time of CD's and MP3's I was made an instant believer. The irony of the song title isn't lost on me. It has, after all had a great effect.
Well i just tried.
I think some of these brands/model numbers, when mentionīd, automaticly turns into self serv. links = getīs deleted.
Post wonīt post. (hi there "big brother", how are you this morning ?......:))
Thanks for tryin' Johnny. I've been out of the electonics game for a while now and was just curious what was what. The ol' budget won't allow for "audiophile" quality but I sometimes strive for "high-end" if you know what I mean.
Apparently it DID post (at least to some extent...hmm.......I see!....?). Anyway nevermind.
Jared your 1961 magnawox micro console is so COOL. How did you get hold at it ? Is it fullyl funktional ?
Isnt it funny/wonderfull (...amazing acctually) how the clarity of the tubesound is ever present ? It does`nt really matter what kind of gear or how old it is, if itīs got tubes in it....kliinggg!..... bright as a suuny wintersday. All the gaer that iīve listenīd to (not that iīve listenīd to alot, but a few), all had IT. Add a good vinyl and ones instantly hookīd. Iīm telling you, my first encounter really was half an epiforny, my jaws just dropīd and i was done for.....:).
Well I think that has something to do with, what sound comes out off them.
I checkīd out the prices on the Rouge stuff too. Here in scandinavia itīs priced more or less the same as Manley and looks like awfull nice stuff too, though Iīm not really in to their design (funny this should come from a scandinavian, us being famous/infamous for our cool/slick designs, but too much of that, becomes predictable and uninteresting...........coldhearted and boring actually), I kind of really dig Manleys 1950īs DDR. power plant-look. If placed right, it really looks just like that, a power plant....:).
It's mostly functional, the radio dial doesn't work, and sometimes there is a little static that comes out of the left woofer, but it's drowned out by the music. I got it by knocking $100 off the price of a car I was selling. It is very cool. I love the way it looks, and it and sounds amazing.
Glad to hear that you are using it. I too believe that items such as this, should be played on, especially "old timers" that has proven their quality/durability and survival ability. They were made to be played on and not to be gauged at in a museum.
They need to live. But I have to ask you about what records you are playing on it. Iīm not so sure that modern releases would approve.................:) ?
Could simply not agree with you more jbj. I do sometimes think it's weird playing newer records on it, especially if it's something like 80's hard core punk, sounds great but doesn't quite fit lol. On the other hand letting the stylus drop on my Dave Brubeck records makes me smile a little extra cause I know they belong together.
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