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Got three bands of digital parametric EQ to play with so when I actually get round to using the miniDSP Umik-1 measuring mic I got before Xmas I can do some fine tuning to the room.
 

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New arrival - Sony TA-E1000ESD digital preamp (1989 vintage)




Check out the green LED built into the volume control - this is why Sony ES is better.

Sigh* I remember this well. I sold it when it was a new and current model. Gorgeous piece!
 

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Sigh* I remember this well. I sold it when it was a new and current model. Gorgeous piece!
Great older Teac disc spinner, it should give you great long term service! Enjoy
 

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The TEAC is a current model Sal, I got that brand new a few months back.
Wow, surprise surprise.. I didn't think anyone was still making them.
 

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CD transports are all the rage at the moment, lots of manufacturers bringing one or more to market.
OK, if you say so, I have no knowledge of current market trends.
Personally I see no real reason to buy a disc player that can't also handle everything from a Red Book CD to a
4k Dual Layer Blu Ray and everything in between. I've got like 5 of them around the house.
 

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OK, if you say so, I have no knowledge of current market trends.
Personally I see no real reason to buy a disc player that can't also handle everything from a Red Book CD to a
4k Dual Layer Blu Ray and everything in between. I've got like 5 of them around the house.
I've got an Oppo that plays all the digital formats but that's in use in the TV system. Main system is just for red book CD. And half a dozen hybrid SACDs.
 

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I just dropped 300€ on a Yamaha KX-W 952 (pics soon) and 72 Chrome tapes. Have i lost my mind?:oops:
 

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I just dropped 300€ on a Yamaha KX-W 952 (pics soon) and 72 Chrome tapes. Have i lost my mind?:oops:
With guys around here dropping 5 and 6 figures on vinyl, that's only pocket change
 

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With guys around here dropping 5 and 6 figures on vinyl, that's only pocket change
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Anyway, the deck is a joy to operate, it really is the king of double tape decks. I have put the deck up beside my desktop for now, listening directly from the decks headphone out.

I just listened to a HR3 (German local radio station) Club Night from 1992. Great fun :cool:
 

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Anyway, the deck is a joy to operate, it really is the king of double tape decks. I have put the deck up beside my desktop for now, listening directly from the decks headphone out.

I just listened to a HR3 (German local radio station) Club Night from 1992. Great fun :cool:
It's a good deck and looks proper too.

Always wanted a Nak Dragon or C7RE but now I could afford them there's no point. Gave away all my tapes years ago.
 

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It's funny but all these years in the hobby I never got drawn into the cassette deal.
I owned a Pioneer RT707 reel deck for a few years but never found much use for it since there weren't any
quality pre-recorded tapes available and doing live recordings had many of it's own roadblocks to me.
Once I got my first CD player, I lost all interest in most anything else.
 

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It's funny but all these years in the hobby I never got drawn into the cassette deal.
I owned a Pioneer RT707 reel deck for a few years but never found much use for it since there weren't any
quality pre-recorded tapes available and doing live recordings had many of it's own roadblocks to me.
Once I got my first CD player, I lost all interest in most anything else.
When I was a student we had a system whereby one person would buy an album (vinyl) and everyone else would borrow it and tape a copy.

None of us could afford to buy all the records we wanted, so that was the purpose of owning a tape deck.

I had a Sony and a JVC but both budget models. A Dragon cost £1300 at the time, that was twice what you'd take home in a month in any half-decent job so it was never going to happen.

I replaced all those taped albums with CD versions. Just so much better it's not funny.

Ironically a lot of those CDs cost me less in real terms than the blank tapes had cost back in the 1980s.
 

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I replaced all those taped albums with CD versions. Just so much better it's not funny.
I hear ya, I got hundreds of LP's I ripped and never listen to any more since 90% are now available digitally from any number of sources. But it was a good idea at the time.

Ironically a lot of those CDs cost me less in real terms than the blank tapes had cost back in the 1980s.
The used CD market is a buyers paradise today, most anything ever pressed is available for a few bucks..
Streaming has killed their value except to guys like us.
 
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