Feb 182018
 
Voltage conditioning RCA adapters for the Hagerman FryBaby2 compact burn-in generator!

I really appreciate the emails I get from you. Take for example the recent email from Robert Atkinson, expanding upon using the Hagerman FryBaby2 compact burn-in generator for interconnects, speaker cables, capacitors, and resistors. Jim’s manual for the FryBaby2 is very brief and doesn’t really give the reader a comprehensive overview of the specifics of […]

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Feb 172018
 
Big Round Tone

I’ve been looking at guitars again, or more exactly, vintage Gibson ES 150 guitars. YouTube example below. Listen to that incredible tone of “Fred Archtop’s” 1938 Gibson ES 150 “Charlie Christian“, it’s out of this world! So what does that have to do with audio? Well, both guitars and audio intersect at music, that’s what! You’ve heard […]

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Feb 062018
 
A vinyl morning with the Altec A5 Voice of the Theatre loudspeakers!

To get my mind off the plunging stock market and my plunging retirement savings, I thought I’d do something edifying like give my Thorens TD124 a try on my vintage Altec A5 Voice of the Theatre loudspeakers. I’ve wanted to revisit the Leben CS-600 integrated amplifier and Leben RS-30EQ combination that works so well together […]

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Feb 042018
 
Vintage Altec 832A Corona's as a bedroom system!

I went a bit wild today and decided to rearrange all my bedroom furniture so I could set up the new-to-me vintage Altec Corona loudspeakers as my bedroom system. The speakers look small in the photo above because of the size of the room, but they’re really 3.5 feet tall and 3 feet wide, so […]

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Feb 042018
 
Long-term report on the Spec RSA-M3 EX and Leben CS-600 integrated amplifiers!

I’m a huge fan of integrated amplifiers. In fact some of the finest amplification I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to music with has come from integrated amplifiers, like the Leben CS-600 and the Spec RSA-M3 EX. I get quite a few messages from integrated amplifier owners asking me what separate components would better the […]

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Feb 032018
 
The Pete Riggle Audio Engineering crossover project for vintage Altec domestic loudspeakers with 800Hz horns!

It turns out that with my purchase of a pair of vintage Altec 832A Corona loudspeakers, that there are now four of us local friends that have vintage Altec loudspeakers with 800Hz (811B) horns that were designed for domestic use (Valencia’s, and now the Corona’s). Altec built a lot of loudspeakers that were designed for […]

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Jan 282018
 
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jeffe ...

Today’s post was inspired by Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,  one of my favorite pointillist impressionism paintings, showing Parisians relaxing in a park on the banks of the Seine (below). In a silly oddio variation on a theme, you get my music, film, literature, and audio impressions while I’m relaxing […]

 Posted by at 10:44 am