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    Quote Originally Posted by sumday View Post
    Geoff....are you the guy who had my Thorens TD150 a few years back?
    No sorry. Long time Linn owner.

    Geoff

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    audionote m-one was a great surprise , for peanuts it was a great pre

    marantz sa8005 was only 350 s/h and a stonking sacd player , well built and quite a surprise i must say . still got it
    1]bel canto pre 3 vbs /MSB s200 , / onkyo sacd/ bel canto fm1
    sonos, . tannoy eaton legacy 2]schiit saga pre , firebottle mono`s marantz sa8005 bel canto 3.5vbss and RFC impulse ta`us , track audio stands

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    Grado SR60 Or SR80. From early, right through to the current 'e' generation. Doesn't matter that much to me. Because, they all sound highly musical and enjoyable. Not the most subtle sounding headphone in the world. So bare this in mind before parting with your money.


    Mordaunt Short MS10i from the 1990's era. You can pick these up for beer money nowadays. Nice vibrant energetic sound, without giving your wallet a stroke.

    S.

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    How could I forget? The Denon PMA-350SE integrated amp of course.

    A decent one can be bought for less than 100 and will not disgrace itself in just about any system. Every time I try one, I'm amazed at how good they sound, plenty of power for most situations too. I've had these driving my big Tannoys beautifully.


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    A Wadia CD player from 1990. One of the best digital sources I've heard, even beating 20+k modern stuff.

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    a mint pair of Kef 103.2, a Mayware T24 step up and my first L75 build, all for indecent prices
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    Office: CDP Tjoeb - Acoustic Masterpiece AM-201 - Kenwood KT1100 tuner - MicroMega MyDac - Rogers LS3/5a
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Yes. I've a feeling one of those may make an appearance in my system at some time.

    I'd need to flog a few bits first though and it would have to be a black one.
    Make sure it has an early serial number. Later 909s were not only assembled in China, but used inferior Chinese-made capacitors resulting in obvious, and clearly audible, sonic detriment.
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    A Rogers Cadet 3 amp bought in West London through Exchange & Mart around 1982. It cost 12 if I recall correctly. Really dirty, greasy and dusty but sounded fantastic with my Rogers LS3/5a speakers.

    Geoff
    The Rogers Cadet 3 was a good little amp, though they will all need recapping by now.
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

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    There have been very few items I have bought and not liked. In fact I can only think of one: the Decca London tone-arm, which I sold on.

    Of those items bought on a whim, I have been pleasantly surprised with the B&W DM2a speakers (50) and with the Amptastic Mini-T class D amplifier (can't remember exactly how much I paid for it, but it probably around 50-60).
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

    Barry

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    nakamichi ca-5 pre amp,i bought from grant a few years ago now,it has a killer phono stage in it. it used to be low on the radar but now ebay prices see it at 400-500.
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers ,Pioneer PLC-590 turntable,Pioneer PA-5000 and PMAT-1010 Tonearms,AT-ART 7 Cartridge,Denon HA-500 Head Amp, John Wood KT88 Valve Amp, Nakamichi ca5 pre ampSony X555ES CD Player,

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