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SAE or Luxman
The SAE Mark I preamp (all knobs..no sliders) was a wonderful sounding preamp.  I mean stellar!  The matching amplifier  was also excellent, though not very powerful.  (50 or 60 wpc I think)To me, Lux hit a ‘dead spot’ in the late seventies and mo... 
Focal 1028+Mcintosh MC275
The 275 is a superb amp.  It will drive anything. It’s super smooth and has plenary of bottom end weight.  It’s also not as colored as other amps for this period.  (I’m thinking marantz 8, which is warmer on the top)I’ve never heard a bad Focal sp... 
Klipsch Forte ii too bright, or is it my room ?
Really good thoughts, all of them.  Refreshing not to hear any “mid-Fi” comments as well.  Certainly with any system it’s a challenge to select the right speakers with the proper amplification.  You didn’t mention which pioneer you had.  Some late... 
McIntosh MC2300 as a sub amp
I was thinking about the 2300.  I had one for years.  Aside from having enough power to drive anything, it was beautifully voiced.  If I remember right, it has a damping factor of 13!  So the bass on this amp has a tube/valve like character to it.... 
Repairing an early 70's Dual 1229 - Help?
I’ve rebuilt several, including the one I use daily with a Grace 747 tonearm.If you PM me I’ll walk you through it..N  
Bob Carver C-500 worth restoring and/or upgrading??
Always a good idea to have it checked out, but if you brought it up on a variac you would probably be fine.The C-500 is basically the same as a Phase Linear 400 Series Two amp.  If it was properly stored it might not need anything done to it.N 
Review: Marantz 7t Preamplifier
Old post I know. I own a 7T that was restored, and it sounds okay. Recently purchased and original 7T in pristine condition. Every component is original.  The sound stage is so deep, wide, and transparent that it has made me rethink ever restoring... 
Adcom circa 1990 amp and preamp
Doesn’t surprise  me either.  I have plenty of friends with current high end rigs, and I personally think my system has more touch, tone and feel than anything my buddies own. I don’t really think that ‘new technology’ has advanced good sound to w... 
McIntosh MC2300 as a sub amp
That is  my favorite Mac amp.  Try listening to it in stereo.  It’s fantastic. 
For auld lang syne, ..high-end companies you really liked that are gone....
Dual, I use a 1229 idler driven turntable every day with a Grace 747 tonearm, it’s amazing. Advent, for their excellent speakers and cassette deck.  I still use a 201A cassette deck.  I think they have the best midrange of any cassette deck ever. ... 
Aging Gear for Aging Ears
I have a hard time these days with ‘audiophiles’, since I no longer consider myself one.  Had all the high end gear, Mac system, Levinson system, Krell etal’. Then one day while moving hooked up an old Sansui receiver and a pair of EPI 100’s along... 
Do you ever miss vintage gear you no longer have?
Yes, of course! I can’t believe I sold my Pristine Sansui 9090DB, or my McIntosh C-29, C-28, C-26 (the 26 is the one to have), or the MC-2300 (I miss it every day!), or my HK Citation 17, my EMT 927, my Pioneer RT1050, my Mark Levinson ML-2,s, my ... 
Refurb GAS Grandson amp or put money towards another amp?
Grandson is an amazing amplifier, one of the finest sounding amps I’ve ever heard.  I would repair it.  Any quality hifi repair shop can do the job.  It most likely needs a recap.  Keep it, it’s hard to do better for what a repair will cost.N  
Tape deck repair in the Chicago area
Call Ron.  708-244-9299. He’s really good.  That’s his cell. You can text him.n 
Fisher 500c vs. CJ Combo?
The Fisher doesn’t get the respect it deserves.  Fisher in the mid sixties was as prestigious as Mac, Marantz, Citation etc.  It’s a wonderful sounding piece with plenty of power, so long as you’re not wanting to make your ears bleed.Fisher gets m...