OK, this has absolutely nothing to do with woodworking or the wreck, but
I had to share it with someone and the audio groups all officially suck.
Test-riding a new bike yeseterday, when I happened to go past a house which
had put out its recycling for pickup the next morning.
On top of the plastic nut buckets (Costco things--recognise 'em a mile away)
and the carefully washed tin cans was a chunk of audio gear. Pulled out a
shiny, clean, VERY well-kept Marantz 2238B receiver, circa 1978.
Works a treat--not even a burnt out bulb. Hmm. Maybe I'll put it in the
shop--that would almost make this an official woodworking gloat.
Yeah, I'll give it a quick once over, clean the pots as necessary, but if
it's been used regularly, the caps should still be in good shape. From what
I remember (and it's been a while!), electrolytics die mostly through disuse.
Probably a Sony 7.1 surround sound "800 Watt" (really less than 10WPC RMS)
do-everything-poorly home theatre receiver.
Or maybe I'm being cynical, and they've replaced it with something more
like my main stereo.
Nope, nothing sinister. Just a kick-in-the-nuts-grade reminder that
trading a Marantz 7C for a pair of Bryston 4B's wasn't the best move I
ever made, but HAD to as the 7C wouldn't give me adequate sound levels
through the electrostatics I was using at the time. Collectors pay
silly money for TOOOBS from justabout any manufacturer of that
Do you recall Ring Audio on Irwin, there, Dave?
Irwin Ave is only four blocks from where I live. I can't remember ever
seeing a Ring Audio there, but there is a Ring Audio near Queen and
Broadview. I've been in there before, but never had the money to buy. It was
always fun to window shop though.
Ring moved from Irwin and Bay to Queen and Spadina (approx. across
from that big fire) in the early 80's. Then closed shop and the repair
department moved to Queen & Broadview. The whole CD generation kinda
wiped out those fringe lunatic audiophiles who needed to spend $
1800.00 on a phono cartridge made out of solid piece of unobtanium
hand rubbed with the vaginal juices of a young Newfoundland virgin, a
rare commodity indeed.
I shared some manufacturing space with the Russell brothers (Bryston)
for a while and got to know them well. Bryston builds one the finest
transistor amps in the business and they're just a great bunch of
people who are a role model for anybody who wants to build an
electronic equipment business. Value for money and superb service.
From Abbey Road Studios to Lucasfilm and everyone in between...
Yep. I've alwayas liked the fact that they're one of the very very
few audiophile gear manufacturers who don't rely on unstable electronics,
secret parts, fairy dust, or outright magic to create their mystique.
Instead, they massively over-design, over-engineer, build precisely, and
then publish their schematics! Gotta love it.
A lot of the philosophy behind their designs was confirmed by the
findings of Dr. Floyd E. Toole.
All well designed POWER amplifiers sound the same, until driven into
distraction. Input over-load, complex impedance on the output drivers,
output overload etc. Some manufacturers stabilise their shoddy
amplifiers by applying gobs of feedback resulting in odd-order
harmonic distortion (a component of THD).
Properly designed amplifiers all sound the same when operating in
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