View Full Version : Help setting up two vintage systems......


RandyFloyd76
12-04-2011, 07:09 PM
I am asking opinions on setting up two "vintage" systems. I decided to get back into audio after lugging around my collection of over 400 pieces of vinyl and over 200 "quality" recorded cassettes for the past few years. I also have a smaller collection of CD's. I am into 60-70's rock with classical and jazz leanings. Space is not a consideration.

With the aid of this site.....I've been hitting the thrifts, friends, etc. hard for affordable vintage equipment. I would like to start with at least two full systems. Everything I have is in good working order. I have made some solid scores, and probably made some mistakes......but have well less than $600 total invested so far.

I realize most of the gear is mid-fi and I don't care about it matching. I just want to put together the two best systems I can. In your opinion, without the opportunity to preview it, what would be the two best systems out of my pile of gear? Or suggestions on what I need to add? Thanks for your opinions!

Receivers:
Kenwood KR 7400 (63 wpc)
HH Scott Stereomaster 341 (35 wpc)
NAD 7020 (20 wpc)
Realistic STA 450 (14 wpc)

Speakers:
Voice of Music Model 48 ('71 vintage two-way bookshelf speakers)
Original Large Advent Speakers
Bose 4.2 Series II (around '94 vintage)
Bose Acoustimass 5 Series III System
Realistic MC 500 ('78 vintage mini-bookshelf speakers)
Optimus STS-100 (early 90's small 3-way bookshelf spearkers)

Turntables:
JVC L-A11 Belt Drive
Realistic LAB 440 Direct Drive
Sony PS-X6 Direct Drive
Pioneer SL-S50 Quartz Lock Direct Drive

Cassette Decks:
JVC KD-25 (1978 Vintage)
Sony TC-K4A (1978 Vintage)
Kenwood KX W40720 (Late 80's Dual Cassette)?
Nakamichi BX-300 (Three Head)
Nakamichi Cassette Deck 2 (Two Head)

CD Players
Sony CDP-208ESD (single player)
Denon DCD-420 (single player)
Denon DCD-570 (single player)

Equalizer:
BSR EQ-3000

Galaxie65
12-04-2011, 07:23 PM
Hmm well first off I'm glad to hear you're moving back into the audio aspect as I did the same myself awhile back. You have quite the line up, hmm I would like to use the following for one system shooting fro mthe hip of course,

Kenwood KR-7400
Realistic LAB 440 DD
Advent Speakers
Nak Deck 2
Denon DCD-570

Another

Realistic STA 450
Realistic MC500
JVC-L-A11
Nak BX-300
Denon DCD-420

melofelo
12-04-2011, 07:32 PM
sony turntable & kenwood receiver sounds like a good starting point :scratch2:

RandyFloyd76
12-04-2011, 08:04 PM
Hmm well first off I'm glad to hear you're moving back into the audio aspect as I did the same myself awhile back. You have quite the line up, hmm I would like to use the following for one system shooting fro mthe hip of course,

Kenwood KR-7400
Realistic LAB 440 DD
Advent Speakers
Nak Deck 2
Denon DCD-570

Another

Realistic STA 450
Realistic MC500
JVC-L-A11
Nak BX-300
Denon DCD-420

I thought the Kenwood and Advents would pair better myself. Advents would do well with the higher power. Interesting choices......thanks!

RandyFloyd76
12-04-2011, 08:06 PM
sony turntable & kenwood receiver sounds like a good starting point :scratch2:

Do you think the Sony TT is the best out of the four? I like the build quality....

just dave
12-04-2011, 08:12 PM
The Kenny and the Advents are a good pair to start with,add the Nak bx-300 and the Sony tt and cd player and you've got a great system there.:music::rockon:

Galaxie65
12-04-2011, 10:48 PM
I have to agree with Dave as well as everyone else, the sony TT would make a nice pair to the first setup. I suppose I'm a little partial to Denon right now as it's currently one of the main TT in my room system *DP300F*