JKentMember Since 25 Mar 2006
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"Profoundly Retired" as our friend John O'Hanlon (johnieo) would say. Built my first kit in 1969 while a broke college student. That first stereo consisted of a dynaco ST-35 power amp, KLH Eighteen FM tuner and some Superex headphones. Cobbled together a plywood box to house it and added switches and jacks. Always the tinkerer. Later added a dyncaco PAT-4 (kit), AR-4x speakers, AR turntable and the Wollensak version of the first Dolby cassette deck.
Over the years I was always interested in hi-fi, especially budget gear. Subscribed to $ensible $ound magazine. Built some more kits (dynaco ST-120, Hafler 220, VMPS subwoofer). Always interested in surround sound and video so there was a succession of surround sound processors and speakers.
Always a separates guy. I use a modern A/V receiver for the home theater but the vintage system is all separates. Some receivers did reside there briefly: Sherwood, KLH, Marantz, Sylvania, McIntosh. Even had an AR integrated amp/tuner combo but I just love separates.
Current speakers in the vintage setup are AR-3s that were modified (due to dead drivers) with AR-10pi mids, Hi-Vi tweets and built-from-scratch crossovers. A pair of Microstatic supertweeters sit on top. And there's the big VMPS sub I built from a kit decades ago. No room, unfortunately, for floor standers. I sold my KLH Twelves and a nice pair of AR-91s are gathering dust.
The HT has a modern Onkyo AV receiver but the speakers are almost all vintage: Cizek KA-1 front, Cizek HTA rear, Cambridge Soundworks side and sub, rbh center, Zilch Minimus 7 front wide and home-brew front high (yeah--a dozen speakers!).
Other interests: Travel and restoring KLH tube radios.
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