my $686 stereo system, laugh if you want...


I have just finished establishing my $686 stereo system. Laugh if you want, but I am enjoying my tunes on my vintage system. Audio Research D-100A amp, Audio Research SP-4A pre-amp(very cool stuff) both $50 at yard sale, Mistral CD player $84 at pawn shop, ADS L710 speakers(garage sale $10) rebuilt for $200, Luxman 110 tuner, $10 at thrift shop, Mirage PS-12-180 sub woofer $300 on Audiogon, radio shack Fusion IC $12 Ebay, and Monster Cable speaker wire $20 at Best Buy. Sounds good. Sarah Brightman, Bonnie Raitt, Sarah McLaclin all sounding good.
bottomsup
If I'm laughing, it's in a good way. Cheers to you . . . great job!
--Neil
No laugh, I'll bet that system does sound nice.

Dave
Laughing with you, not at you!

Great sleuthing for good gear at a great price, congratulations.
I started 20 years ago with 686, now way passed 68600...it was simpler and fun back then ,now it`s a disease..do it again? YES
I find it more satisfying to build a pleasing system with the least amount of money.Than to go out and just buy something on prestige and the look what I got factor!
So no laughing here!

Enjoy and Happy Listening!
Thanks people for your kind respones. I am on the floor weeping reading about Ncarv and sogood51 systems. In retrospect, I shouldn't have even posted looking at what can be acomplished. Anyway neophytes(like me), you can, however, have a whole lot of fun and some good tunes(Allison Krause) for not a whole bunch of money over what the local stores offer for the same price. Upside: this stuff will NEVER be worth less than what I paid. Actually may go up in value as time goes by?
My friend the enjoyment in your system cannot be measured in dollars...looks like you have already figured that out!!
YES! Someone who gets it!!
This whole audio thing is all about FUN and enjoyment! How many with limitless budgets spend limitless hours agonizing over equipment. There a lot of unhappy campers who spent BIG
bucks;just look thru Audigon.
I prefer to spend my money very wisely, and spend my time
LISTENING to music.
My best buy : found an unlabeled pair of older,well made speakers at the thrift shop. Bought them, did my internet
research and found out they were absolutely Dynaco A25's.
Cost : SIX bucks. Sound? quite incredible. Listening to
CSNY's Deja Vu was a revelation as to how wonderful the
human voice can sound, along with a full,rich, yet extremely
emotional overall sound.
These are so good its silly....Lots of great sound.... and a smile on my face!
Im not laughin! It is nicer than my rig!
hahahaha
Atomickid: Also had a pair of Dynaco A25 speakers that I found at a garage sale for $10. What a great sounding pair of speakers for their size. Still a good following for them. Sold them for $85. Helped pay for some of my other stuff.
oh so you think you got me beat eh, I bought a $55.00 three disc with tuner and double cassette at Ames before it went out of business. Made by none other than Philips, and it even has a remote.
Cody
you got some great deals and i will bet it does indeed sound good. Call me next time your neighbor has a yard sale!
Bottomsup: You did a GREAT job and i bet your system sounds phenomenally good for the money spent. I thought i was good at finding "killer deals", but you've got me beat by a long-shot!!! Hat's off to you, your system and the spirit of "bang for the buck" audio that everyone seems to enjoy. I've had more fun and better results building killer "budget" systems than i ever did dumping measurably more cash into this "hobby" : )

Other than that, i'm with Brent ( Brainwater ). If people around you are selling that kind of gear for those prices at garage sales, flea markets and pawn shops, i need to spend more time in your neck of the woods : ) Sean
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Well for $689.50 you could upgrade to Radio Shack magnet wire speaker cable. For $746 you could get some single driver ELF 1.0's. Don't stop now, just think how much happier you could be ;-)
LOL. That's how it starts huh? You mean there is no just dipping your toe in the shallow end of the pool?
Yes, you can go in the shallow end..the sharks can't go there. Stay there and enjoy the music with no fear or worry.

Dave
Bottomsup dont go back to 666, Dont go up to 68600 either.
Stay where you are.Enjoy the $686.
Bottomsup does Sarah Brightman makes you fall in love
with Her when you hear her with your$686. If you do.Then I will be the one kicking myself for buying expensive gear.Saluteto you my friend, just give me tip next time.
LOL, No but her rendition of Scarborough Fair makes a good "refference CD" to use whenever you buy a new(new?) piece of equipment. Song has a lot of nice features, bass, vocals, naturally that can be used as a standard for your system IMHO. PS: her Whiter Shades of Pale on same album works as #2.
Bottomsup,I agree with you.I like Sarah Brightman too.
She is very good.
I had some ADS L710 speakers bought new in 1979 - had them for almost 20 years and loved 'em--hope you enjoy yours as much as I did mine
Bravo! And I guess you did this without the benefit of magazine reviews and you sound like you are enjoying your sounds rather than looking for flaws in your system.
You're my AUDIOPHILE of the YEAR.
Macrojack I totally agree with you.Bottomsup is probably
the happiest Agoner too.He did not need our audiophilia
nervosa advice.
classical1; people at local hi-end stereo laughed(laughed, that's correct) when I told them I was rebuilding some ADS L710 speakers. They told me paper woofers, etc. were garbage. I stumbled on a knowledgeable web-site that talked about speaker manufacturing and it went on to say that properly built paper woofers can't be touched by all that metal stuff. Makes me wonder how much hi-end stereo store knows or were they trying to get me to part with my money? The electronic shop guy said that when the ADS are finished, I would have to spend $1500 to equal them. Now, they do sound great, but of course I have nothing really to compare them to. They do sound nice, though.
macrojack: actually, I confess to doing a lot of web searching on each piece of equipment. After I bought it though :o) I couldn't pass up the prices. I have sold a bunch of other stereo stuff that I bought at bargain basement prices that paid for this system 3 times over. I actually have a free system + approx. $1200($686 was just what I paid for each piece I am currently using). All sorts of Pioneer, Yamaha, etc. stereos at garage sales resold for profit. For instance, my Hafler 220 cost $172, sold for $275 2 weeks later, etc. My girlfriend thinks I need to seek professional help.
You got professional help at the high end shop. It wasn't what you needed at all.
How much did that girlfriend cost you?
Macro: I am still paying for the girlfriend!
Mine turned into a wife a long time ago by a process I can't explain but the installments continue.
Bottomsup,thats why I dont go to high end dealer now
they play mind games,they make you think that, the
only way you can put a good system is to spend big
dollars,not always.Internet and Agon is the best
that ever happen to me.If you read post here, most
of the time, you will learn more than the irritable
salesman at the dealer.So many optios now a day.
Here at Agon just make sure give them the right
information about what you like, they can help you.
Of course its better if you can audition them.
Keep your money,enjoy the 686.
Bottomsup,thats why I dont go to high end dealer now
they play mind games,they make you think that, the
only way you can put a good system is to spend big
dollars,not always.Internet and Agon is the best
that ever happen to me.If you read post here, most
of the time, you will learn more than the irritable
salesman at the dealer.So many options now a days.
Here at Agon just make sure give them the right
information about what you like, they can help you.
Of course its better if you can audition them.
Keep your money,enjoy the 686.High end dealers will
not spend time, with small guys, maybe 5 minutes the
most.In my fifteen years in this hobby, I have seen
a lot.The worse part also,they treat you better when
you park a benz.Even if you are not buying.
Bottomsup: I'm jealous, that's a great system to play around with. And as fot the wife-thing: shop around, maybe you can buy another one at the next garage sale? Or is having two women around a bit much?
Man, I used to think of myself as a tightwad, but you beated me far and long. I'm laughing with you 'cause this is really what audio is all about, having fun and enjoying.

I've spent a little over $900 so far in audio equipment and what I got is not so near first class as your gear is but no complain, just keep enjoying. Happy listening to you all.

JoseM.
Bottomsup,
I had ADS 710's many years ago and they were wonderful. Great job and like the other's said on this thread....just enjoy the music. Audiophiles can get so caught up in splitting hairs! With the money you saved go to a few concerts. That way you don't have to worry about the deviation from live music that any audio system presents!
Bottomup, your system became so popular, I want to
follow your direction.