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HiFi Porn
Posted by: davemchine
Date: May 23, 2014 10:37PM
I posted pictures of my two stereo systems to the Facebook vintage hifi page and received some very nice feedback. I know some people here enjoy the old stuff so I thought I would post here as well.

Around 1989 I bought an Accuphase E-202 integrated amplifier. I was an Accuphase fan due to my father being an enthusiast. In 1996 I sent the E-202 to the authorized repair center in california to be refurbished. It was a significant expense but the amp has worked perfectly since then. I learned the T-101 FM tuner was sold with the E-202 as a set so I went on a search to find one. I eventually did buy one but it wasn't working. So I sent it to the repair center as well. Now I have a nice set. I had been a fan of the Magnepan speakers since around 1982ish and had told my wife about them many times. Several years ago she surprised me with their entry level MMG speakers as a father's day present. That system currently is serving my living room for music, tv's and movies.
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A few years ago my father completed his move to modern equipment and gave me his Accuphase system. As a frame of reference I was not allowed to touch this system prior to this time. This system included a C-200 pre-amp and a P-300 amplifier. Again I went in search of a matching tuner to complete the set and found the T-101. After a lot of research I selected the Magnepan 1.7 speakers to match them but I didn't buy them for a few years. During a visit to a high end store in the Phoenix area I was lucky enough to score them for significantly under normal pricing because they had spent one week at a customer's house (he bought the next size up). So now I have my dream system.

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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: Spiff
Date: May 23, 2014 10:59PM
Very cool. How about some pics of the speakers?
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: davemchine
Date: May 23, 2014 11:21PM
here is a picture that includes the cabinet and then the speakers






Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 05/23/2014 11:26PM by davemchine.
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: davemchine
Date: May 23, 2014 11:29PM
Here is a picture that better demonstrates what the speakers look like. Not my picture but also no hairy legs.





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/23/2014 11:30PM by davemchine.
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: May 23, 2014 11:45PM
I think you suffer from the same handicap many of us who like nice systems suffer from: your stereo needs a bigger house.
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: eustacetilley
Date: May 24, 2014 12:01AM
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davemchine
here is a picture that includes the cabinet and then the speakers



That photo... I feel a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of Ewoks suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly turned into slippers.

Well, there is also Homer's "Breezing Up" to the upper left, and below that...
Are you holding Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree as hostage for an Accuphase AC-1?

Eustace
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: davemchine
Date: May 24, 2014 12:10AM
You guys are too funny!

MrBigStuff you are correct that I need a bigger house to hold all my stereo equipment. I'm currently working on that right now. I even joked with my wife saying I needed more rooms to hold my various stereo's. She was not amused.

eustacetilley, I am a big fan of Winslow Homer and have more of his artwork in that room. You are correct regarding the christmas tree. It was an art project my youngest daughter created. It mysteriously disappeared at some point...
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: Buzz
Date: May 24, 2014 01:30AM
TV is way too small...



Sometimes it is what it is...
and then there's times when it's really better.



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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: davemchine
Date: May 24, 2014 01:55AM
I have my equipment arranged in what might seem a funny way. My primary listening area is the bedroom so the big stereo is there but the tv is relatively small (37" I think). That might seem odd but my bedroom is 19x16 which makes it larger than my first apartment.

My primary tv watching area is downstairs with the smaller stereo and a Panasonic VIERA TC-P55GT50 tv. I plan to eventually add the magnepan bass panel to this system.
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: davidmartin123
Date: May 24, 2014 02:23AM
There are lots of things that should be taken into account while sorting out a problem. I think you suffer from the same handicap many of us who like nice systems suffer from: your stereo needs a bigger house.
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: May 24, 2014 06:02AM
Great hardware. I purchased my P-300, C-200, and T-100 in August of 1976, I think.

I do need to send the Power Amp in for service. Glad to hear that you were satisfied with the service. I priced it out about 8 years ago. So I know I will need to price it out again . . . ouch!

I chose ESS AMT Rock Monitors for my speakers. There are a couple of companies today going with their version of the Heil Air Motion Transformers.

Great equipment!



Bill
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

Carpe Vino!

Fermentation may have been a greater discovery than fire.
— David Rains Wallace
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: davemchine
Date: May 24, 2014 06:29AM
The cost of the refurb was very high in 1996 for the E-202. Probably more than the unit was worth from a resale point of view. I had a strong emotional attachment that made it worthwhile for me.

I expect even higher prices for the P-300, C-200, T-100. Of course shipping such large and heavy pieces of equipment is also a challenge. If you live in a large city you might be able to find someone local to do the job. Replacing the capacitors on the amplifier seems to be the expensive part. The buttons are no longer available so a thorough cleaning is all that is possible for them and they are difficult to access.

Amazing to find someone on the forum with the exact same set of equipment! I feel like a have a fellow "hifi brother" now.
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: chopper
Date: May 24, 2014 07:15AM
I have a white iPod classic. Same thing really.
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: eustacetilley
Date: May 24, 2014 08:13AM
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WHiiP
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I chose ESS AMT Rock Monitors for my speakers. There are a couple of companies today going with their version of the Heil Air Motion Transformers.
...

For giggles, look up all the astonishing things that Oskar Heil was involved with.
The problem with the original AMTs was that no single contemporary amplifier could properly drive them in a component speaker, since the natural AMT impedance was so low and so reactive.
People drove them too hard without adequate power; the harmonics from low-frequency clipping fried the diaphragms. (Very easy to replace.)

Like the Ohm Walsh speakers, the best thing was to throw everything below neck level out, Bi-Amp, and then work your way carefully down in frequency.
The AMTs work surprisingly well with those old sandsoaked Wharfedale W90s, Klipschorns, and Altec VOTs, when Bi-Amped.
(My current setup: One Sansui 8 for the AMTs, another Sansui 8 for those sandsoaked.)

Eustace
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: May 24, 2014 10:59AM
Yeah, that photo isn't right. That TV needs to be as wide as the two components/cabinet are. Go buy a new one.



(BTW, it's spelled < y'all >.)
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: davemchine
Date: May 24, 2014 11:56AM
My wife would probably like a larger tv in that room. I was extremely resistant to having a tv in the bedroom as I felt the bedroom should be a retreat. As usual she was correct though. I've had medical issues that forced me into bed for weeks at a time and she recently had surgery that kept her in bed for a week. So having a tv in the bedroom turned out to be a good idea.

As a point of interest that tv is on a big articulating arm so it can be moved around. I was advised to go that route by an old time (and now gone) forum member BGR. He was rough around the edges but I miss his expertise.
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: space-time
Date: May 24, 2014 12:16PM
wait a second, how come Porn is not banned?
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: neophyte
Date: May 24, 2014 01:09PM
That looks like a really nice set-up. I haven't got anything nearly as nice, just an old AM-FM clock radio.

I do, however, have those same exact slippers, so I feel I'm almost in your league.
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: eustacetilley
Date: May 24, 2014 04:37PM
Porn isn't banned.
Formula 1 driver Felipe @#$%& is banned.

Never accuse the panty-twisted of logical reasoning.

Eustace

(Of course, there are ways around that gormless filter: Felipe Massa.)
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: deckeda
Date: May 24, 2014 07:01PM
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chopper
I have a white iPod classic. Same thing really.

POMTL!

Accuphase: a Japanese McIntosh of sorts back in the day. Great build quality. The fuzzy footies make that pic.
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Re: HiFi Porn
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: May 24, 2014 08:18PM
Believe me, the Power Amp P-300 had power to burn. 200 watts per side at 4 ohms. I can't remember the peak.


smiley-shocked003



Bill
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

Carpe Vino!

Fermentation may have been a greater discovery than fire.
— David Rains Wallace
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