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  • BillMurray 26 Mar 2021 10:13:31 9,682 posts
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    Might be a bit of a longshot but has anyone had an old receiver serviced before? I've got an early 70s Marantz(2238 I think) and it could probably do with a bit of a tuneup and looking inside the thing I'm not sure it's something is want to tackle as I have zero electronics knowledge to speak of.

    Sadly there aren't too many places around here so I'd have to probably post it off somewhere. No idea about a ballpark figure when it comes to cost too.

    Edited by BillMurray at 10:27:23 26-03-2021
  • mrharvest 26 Mar 2021 10:33:04 5,713 posts
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    Is there anything specifically wrong with it? Usually the things that will deteriorate over time in transistor based amps is just the potentiometers (e.g. volume knob becomes scratchy) and capacitors. The rest is just solid silicon and doesn't really suffer.

    If it sounds fine then only thing you really need to do is pop the lid open and hoover out any accumulated dust.
  • breakablepants 26 Mar 2021 10:46:54 1,115 posts
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    It really depends on where you live - there are normally specialists that are local. Often forums on audio sites are good for finding recommendations too.

    I'm in Brighton, and this place is recommended for East Sussex - I've been speaking to them about recapping a vintage Sansui amp I have, but I've not sent it off yet... https://www.audiovideomedic.co.uk/
  • Armoured_Bear 26 Mar 2021 10:52:20 30,322 posts
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    BillMurray wrote:
    Might be a bit of a longshot but has anyone had an old receiver serviced before? I've got an early 70s Marantz(2238 I think) and it could probably do with a bit of a tuneup and looking inside the thing I'm not sure it's something is want to tackle as I have zero electronics knowledge to speak of.

    Sadly there aren't too many places around here so I'd have to probably post it off somewhere. No idea about a ballpark figure when it comes to cost too.
    This guy is great, worth giving him a call.
  • BillMurray 26 Mar 2021 12:01:17 9,682 posts
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    Thanks all! I'll look into those links.

    I'm up in the north east(Lincolnshire) and the closest vintage audio specialist is over the Humber bridge in Beverley which is an hour or so away, which isn't too bad. Other than that I'm looking at a couple of hours each way to the next closest specialist.

    I've not fired it up in well over a year so I'll give it the once over before I look into sending it off. Completely forgot I have a lovely pair of Dynaco(maybe Scandyna actually) A-25s that need hooking up.

    Edited by BillMurray at 12:02:41 26-03-2021
  • Tomo 31 Mar 2021 14:54:31 19,319 posts
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    Now this is a gorgeous 'amp'
  • nickthegun 31 Mar 2021 15:44:00 86,445 posts
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    I just got an open-box Fiio K3 from AMP3 and Im amazed by how nice it is. Its dinky but its really well designed.
  • UncleLou Moderator 4 Apr 2021 17:44:14 40,532 posts
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    Followed through with what I said s few weeks ago, out with the old, in with the new. Completely blown away by the sound. They replace floorstanders that cost twice as much 10 years ago, and are just so much better. They‘re as neutral as it gets, with a frequency response drawn with a ruler. And don't let anyone tell you that sounds boring. Nothing could be further from the truth. :)





    Edited by UncleLou at 17:47:56 04-04-2021
  • Your-Mother 4 Apr 2021 17:48:04 7,393 posts
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    CATS
  • UncleLou Moderator 4 Apr 2021 17:49:36 40,532 posts
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    Always!
  • Armoured_Bear 4 Apr 2021 20:26:24 30,322 posts
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    UncleLou wrote:
    Followed through with what I said s few weeks ago, out with the old, in with the new. Completely blown away by the sound. They replace floorstanders that cost twice as much 10 years ago, and are just so much better. They‘re as neutral as it gets, with a frequency response drawn with a ruler. And don't let anyone tell you that sounds boring. Nothing could be further from the truth. :)



    Nice, what are they?
  • Tomo 4 Apr 2021 21:56:18 19,319 posts
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    Looks like a domestic shorthair, possibly something more exotic in there though.
  • Dougs 4 Apr 2021 22:27:21 99,139 posts
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    :D
  • UncleLou Moderator 4 Apr 2021 23:03:43 40,532 posts
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    Haha. :D Nothing too exotic I don't think. She's just a tad chubby.

    @Armoured_Bear They're Neumann KH 120 monitors. They're nearfield monitors, really, but that doesn't really mean much, they work well in a living room environment.
  • tonyferrino 15 May 2021 21:35:18 394 posts
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    So forgive me, I know I'm only going to be talking about pauper kit, but I think I've had a bit of a revelation after, oh, 35 years or so of listening to music.

    I've just bought some cheapo IEMs (KZ ZSN Pro X from Amazon, £22) and I can't believe how good they are for the price. I'm running a Tidal "test your headphones" playlist through a Soundblaster G6 (clean - no processing) into the IEMs, and the detail is ridiculous.

    I think I'm on the edge of an expensive rabbit hole!
  • hillbilly66 15 May 2021 21:50:12 3,168 posts
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    Chi Fi is quite a rabbit hole. Tin Audio make good IEMs.
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