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    Help trying to find transistors

    A friend of mine is looking for replacement transistors for a Tandberg integrated amplifier. His tech hasn't been able to locate any so hoping someone here can point me to a source for him. I believe they are from Hitachi. He is looking for two of each. Please see attached photo. Any help...
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    Anyone only streaming music now?

    Just curious if anyone has completely sold off all of their physical media and moved only to streaming. I am up to about 99.9 percent streaming these days and am very tempted to sell off the last of my physical media, which is less than ten records (got rid of the turntable last winter) and a...
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    Opinions on Recapping vs Repairing Vintage Receivers

    This probably sounds like an unanswerable question but I am curious to get the opinion of people here. With the current price of good vintage receivers seeming to have gone through the roof does it make sense to fully restore/recap a decent but not top of the line vintage receiver or just...
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    Some rambling thoughts on technology in our hobby

    I have a constant pull to the past for some reason. In more than just this hobby, I guess I am a very nostalgic person. In terms of this hobby it has tended to drive me towards vintage gear or at least towards traditional ways of building a system. My main system in my man cave is a mix of...
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    Mono vs Stereo for Casual Listening

    After watching a reviewer on YouTube talk about moving to a mono speaker setup in a really echoey room in his house I got to thinking about mono vs stereo for systems where you are not listening in a sweet spot. I do love stereo imaging in my main system but in my living room I am never seated...
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    Vintage Technics Turntables

    Hoping to get some opinions from others who know these tables well. I am looking to buy a late 70s to early 80s Technics turntable. Not looking for it to be the best component in my system, just want to occasionally play a record and have it be an enjoyable, non-fussy experience. I love the...
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    Help with Understanding of Input Sensitivity in Solid State Amplifiers

    Just a bit of background first. I currently have two amplifiers which I like for different reasons. One is a 1990s Exposure XV integrated amplifier which I am struggling to get to sound great in my system. Two is a Vista Audio Spark 20 watt integrated amplifier, probably a few years old...
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    Recommendation for a non audio magazine subscription?

    In my attempts to spend less time online I have been reading more physical books. Most mornings I start with a coffee and an hour of reading. I used to enjoy reading a physical newspaper but I can't stand what has happened to the newspaper industry. They seem to only serve to make us all...
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    Running a receiver without speakers?

    This is possibly a dumb question and I am fairly certain it should be ok but want to get other opinions. I have a couple of beautiful vintage receivers in a Tandberg TR2030 and a Marantz 2226b. They look beautiful when powered up and ok when turned off. Both have buttons for speakers off...
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    Anyone run directly from a streamer to a power amp?

    Just wondering if anyone has done away with preamps and gone directly from a streamer to a power amplifier. I have a Sonos connect which has both fixed and variable outputs. I have always run it with integrated amplifiers or powered monitors but in theory it should also run directly into a...
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    Anyone running single driver full range speakers without subs?

    I have never had much success with single driver full range speakers. But watching some recent videos on the MarkAudio has me curious. I have had a few pairs of fostex speakers in the past. They did some things incredibly well but seemed to lack in others in a way I couldn't live with. The...
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    Big(gish) Altecs in A Small Room

    Since I figure there are more Altec fans around here than just about anywhere else I am curious whether anyone has been able to make bigger Altecs work in a very small room. Specifically, one of my favourite looking speakers of all time is the Altec Model 14. If I thought I could make them...
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    What do you do when you are done?

    Specifically, you have spent years or even decades trying hundreds of different pieces of gear and you have finally put together a system you are content with. Whether you just realised perfection is impossible and just settled for a few components you liked the best after all of your flipping...
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    Amazon Echo Studio

    Anyone have a chance to hear the Echo Studio in a decent environment (ie. Not a massive Best Buy). I am looking at several options for getting rid of Sonos from my house and have been curious about this unit. Online reviews seem mixed but I have read that many of the complaints regarding sound...
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    Anyone use a soundbar for music listening

    I am looking into the idea of using a sound bar for stereo listening in my listening room. After the recent announcement from Sonos which seems to indicate that they are not interested in keeping products functional much past five years I am considering a different route for listening to music...
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    Sonos End of Life Announcement for older products

    Just wondering if anyone has a clear understanding of the implications of this announcement. I have a few of their products and did not receive any notification myself. If I am understanding correctly as of May this year pre-2015 connect and connect amp products will no longer receive updates...
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    Anyone know any vintage speakers with the lattice style grills that actually sound decent

    Since I find myself more interested in vintage audio from an aesthetic perspective these days than a sound quality perspective, I have always been curious about vintage speakers with lattice grills. I know Pioneer and Sansui made several models with this style grill. Also, Realistic had some...
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    Anyone got any good advice for getting through mid-life

    I read a very interesting quote a while ago that really seems to resonate with me. It is that we spend the first half of our lives battling against the world and the second half battling against ourselves. Our first half is focused on career, building a family, buying a house, seeking status...
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    Anyone have a chance to hear Ikea SYMFONISK speaker collaboration with Sonos

    Haven't made it in to ikea this year yet but curious if anyone has had a chance to see or hear these speakers in person. Apparently the lamp version contains a pretty near full version of the Sonos One or Play One while the shelf version is a bit lesser of a design. Also, all fully integrated...
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    Anyone else miss those old 1970s diners

    In my neighbourhood in Toronto, which has dozens of restaurants of all types and prices, the one thing it seems nearly impossible to find anymore is the type of diner that you used to find everywhere in the 1970s and into the 80s. Fake red leather benches, simple tables and a menu that only...
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