A five-year-old surround-sound receiver has all the appeal of a five-year-old banana. But a five-year-old or even year-old stereo amplifier might sound and perform every bit as good as one built last month. Much stereo equipment is timeless, which is why so many audio enthusiasts are getting back into vintage gear.
You love music, but even if you consider yourself a true audiophile, the cost of high-end sound can be, frankly, a little absurd. We talked with a handful of audio experts to find out how to get audiophile-calibre sound without emptying your savings account. Here's what they had to say.
Everything old is new again! I visited them recently to check out some truly great audiophile models from high-end's past. They're super thin panels, but 6 feet 1.
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The P3 is solidly built. Its ease of use and day-to-day livability is unique among audiophile components in that you actually want to interact with and use the P3. The front of the P3 features hard buttons for source, tone and balance, as well as volume.
So, like it or not, a preamp is part of the deal when getting into vinyl. So now you find yourself in a position where you have to not only buy a turntable, amplifier, and speakers, but also one of these little boxes. So you are ready to switch it off and get something a little better.
Fact: an in spec, properly maintained Dyna Stereo 70 sounds more than sonically respectable. If you haven't heard one you're missing a sonic benchmark that you need in your experience-set to be able to tell whether a five or six-figure tube amplifier is all it's cracked up to be. A Scott, Fisher, Pilot, or Dyna FM Multiplex stereo tube tuner - Personal aesthetics aside, it really doesn't matter what brand you have as long as the tuner is from that golden age; post FM Stereo but pre transistors.
Paul Rigby follows his guide to vintage turntables with a look at some of the old-school amps that will bring out the best in your records. The biggest mistake you can make about hi-fi is believing that new is always best. That all hi-fi aged by more than a few years is past it and worthless and not even worth plugging in, never mind using.
These were easily identifiable by two pair of extra RCA jacks on the rear panel, usually with jumper connections between them. You inserted your external device into these connection. If you have such a product, you will have little problem connecting any of our external products.