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    It sounded fantastic. I'm sure it was pure fluke, the mellow Quad fronted by the bright Naim making a sweet duo!

    I later changed the Argonauts (which were too bassy) for some Infinity RS2000s - they were lovely little speakers...

    Stay Away From the Guard Rails!

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    Quote Originally Posted by M6NTL View Post
    It sounded fantastic. I'm sure it was pure fluke, the mellow Quad fronted by the bright Naim making a sweet duo!

    I later changed the Argonauts (which were too bassy) for some Infinity RS2000s - they were lovely little speakers...

    Stay Away From the Guard Rails!
    How was the Naim preamp powered? I thought it took DC power from a NAP power amplifier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    How was the Naim preamp powered? I thought it took DC power from a NAP power amplifier.
    D'ya know, I'm buggered if I remember!
    But, likely I built a DC PSU for it...

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    My first 'hifi' was an all in one Lloyds turntable and amplifier. Got it for Christmas when I was 13.

    When I was 16 - 18 years old and working in a restaurant, I bought a lovely Luxman system with rosewood panels on it from the very late 70s into the early 80s. The integrated amplifier was an L-480 Luxman, the tuner was a T-117 with Acculock! The turntable was a Luxman PD 289, the cassette deck was a Luxman K-something two or three head deck. I was on the way to the store to buy some Marge 750 speakers and my best friend talked me into buying Cerwin Vega HED speakers. What rubbish they were! Boom, boom, boom.

    I loved that system and eventually replaced the Cerwin Vegas with KEF Reference 102.1s with Cube. Much more musically enjoyable!
    Audio Note TT-2 Deluxe With External Power Supply / Audio Note IO Gold MC
    Audio Note AN-S8L MC Transformer
    Audio Note Pallas I/C From MC Transformer To M6 Preamp
    Audio Note CDT 3/Audio Note 4.1X Balanced Signature DAC
    Audio Note Kassai Monoblocks
    Audio Note Lexus Biwire Speaker Cable
    Audio Note AN-E SPE HE speakers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parkie37 View Post
    My first 'hifi' was an all in one Lloyds turntable and amplifier. Got it for Christmas when I was 13.

    When I was 16 - 18 years old and working in a restaurant, I bought a lovely Luxman system with rosewood panels on it from the very late 70s into the early 80s. The integrated amplifier was an L-480 Luxman, the tuner was a T-117 with Acculock! The turntable was a Luxman PD 289, the cassette deck was a Luxman K-something two or three head deck. I was on the way to the store to buy some Marge 750 speakers and my best friend talked me into buying Cerwin Vega HED speakers. What rubbish they were! Boom, boom, boom.

    I loved that system and eventually replaced the Cerwin Vegas with KEF Reference 102.1s with Cube. Much more musically enjoyable!
    I found some pics on the web that are of the pieces that I owned, as I can't find any photos of my system..

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    Audio Note TT-2 Deluxe With External Power Supply / Audio Note IO Gold MC
    Audio Note AN-S8L MC Transformer
    Audio Note Pallas I/C From MC Transformer To M6 Preamp
    Audio Note CDT 3/Audio Note 4.1X Balanced Signature DAC
    Audio Note Kassai Monoblocks
    Audio Note Lexus Biwire Speaker Cable
    Audio Note AN-E SPE HE speakers

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    Audio Note TT-2 Deluxe With External Power Supply / Audio Note IO Gold MC
    Audio Note AN-S8L MC Transformer
    Audio Note Pallas I/C From MC Transformer To M6 Preamp
    Audio Note CDT 3/Audio Note 4.1X Balanced Signature DAC
    Audio Note Kassai Monoblocks
    Audio Note Lexus Biwire Speaker Cable
    Audio Note AN-E SPE HE speakers

    Loricraft PRC-4 Record Cleaning Machine

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    Those Cerwin Vegas had adjustments for treble and midrange level. Best of all was the reset button for the 16 year olds out there that play their rock music too loud! Wait a moment, press the reset button and bam! You have music again
    Audio Note TT-2 Deluxe With External Power Supply / Audio Note IO Gold MC
    Audio Note AN-S8L MC Transformer
    Audio Note Pallas I/C From MC Transformer To M6 Preamp
    Audio Note CDT 3/Audio Note 4.1X Balanced Signature DAC
    Audio Note Kassai Monoblocks
    Audio Note Lexus Biwire Speaker Cable
    Audio Note AN-E SPE HE speakers

    Loricraft PRC-4 Record Cleaning Machine

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    Pretty fancy for a first system Don.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Pretty fancy for a first system Don.
    My first turntable was a very basic 'all in one' turntable made by Lloyd's. Pretty much crap, but at 13 I loved it!

    Don Parkhurst - First Stereo!.jpg

    The Luxman setup came after that, when I had been working at a local restaurant all through high school. Massive step up from the Lloyd's. Funny thing was that I was bound and determined to go in and buy a McIntosh system, one step at a time, but the sales guy talked me out of it and told me that the Luxman was better sound and better value. Fortunately it was terrific, but I would love to hear a Luxman versus McIntosh setup side by side, from that era.
    Audio Note TT-2 Deluxe With External Power Supply / Audio Note IO Gold MC
    Audio Note AN-S8L MC Transformer
    Audio Note Pallas I/C From MC Transformer To M6 Preamp
    Audio Note CDT 3/Audio Note 4.1X Balanced Signature DAC
    Audio Note Kassai Monoblocks
    Audio Note Lexus Biwire Speaker Cable
    Audio Note AN-E SPE HE speakers

    Loricraft PRC-4 Record Cleaning Machine

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    This was my first Hi-Fi system. I moved on ages ago.

    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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