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Combinations that surprise you by working ridiculously well...

Discussion in 'audio' started by Nic Robinson, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

    At the holiday house I've collected some odds and ends, including a serviced 33/303, an old Linn Classik Music (non-tuner) and my trusty old Spendor SP2s with new tweets.

    After a bit of a move-around I ended up with the Linn and Spendors together to give a basic CD system without the need for other sources...not bad but nothing exceptional. Then I got to thinking...there's a pre-out on this thing, let's give the 303 a try (I happened to have a suitable lead).

    All I can say is WOW! This sounds amazing. I think the CD player in the Classik must be far better than I imagined and its pre-amp section is no slouch. Partnered with the lovely Quad and Spendors the sound is rich, detailed, enormously sweet and smooth but with enough bite for those transients and for music of the popular idiom.

    What a fabulous combination, true serendipity.

    I bet others will have stories of unlikely combinations that...just worked.
  2. gary yeowell

    gary yeowell pfm Member

    Linn Axis/LVX/Goldring Eroica/Linx Nebula/Shahinian Compass.

  3. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

    A bit left field but l tried my Ortofon 2M Red in my Maxxed out Gyrodec/ SME V and the combo sounded blooming good.:eek:
  4. Clay B

    Clay B pfm Member


    When I give it some thought, not really surprised. Some combinations just jell together and we forget how really good some older equipment can be. Unforunately, on a couple of occasions I learned this lesson after the fact.

    May I ask where you sourced your replacement SP-2 tweeter? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  5. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

  6. yuckyamson

    yuckyamson pfm Member

    naim 62/90 with Klipsch KG 3.5. Oddly wonderful.

    Once ran my LP12 into an old Akai receiver and some stand mounted Pioneer things. Boogied all night.
  7. radamel

    radamel Music Fiend

    Lyngdorf TDAI2200 and Monitor Audio GX300.

    Here's an amp that seldom convinced me but works very well with the MAs IME.
  8. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    A £100 T-Amp (Amptastic, Temple etc) and a pair of huge Klipsch horns is enough to re-write the 'front first' system building mantra. It's actually not a bad way at all of spending that money, though I'd upgrade to some tubes later when budget permitted.

    PS A 303 sounding lovely driving a classic BBC 2' x 1' box (BC1, 3/6 etc) is no huge surprise to me! ;-)
  9. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

    True. But what surprises me is the quality of the Linn's CD/Dac/Pre combo. Great stuff.
  10. mjw

    mjw pfm Member

    I have two that really satisfy, the first being more surprising than the second:
    A Koetsu Red Signature on an Amadeus GTA. Included here because of the incongruity of pricing but it works very well, as at least one member of this forum will testify.
    The second is ALAC files on an iPad2 via an Apple camera connector into a Beresford Caiman. It was more an academic exercise based on reading elsewhere on this forum and I had no great expectations but it sounds really good in my 2nd system.
  11. Yomanze

    Yomanze pfm Member

    An old pair of British 2 ways with disproportionately expensive HiFi behind them.
  12. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Richard (Lordsummit) had a Linn Classic for a while driving his little AVI Neutron Vs. It was rather good IMO, seemed free from the usual digital glare/nasties and had a nice spacial feel. Much better than I would have expected from a budget all-in-one.
  13. Singslinger

    Singslinger pfm Member

    Devialet 400s and Spendor SP100/R2;

    Electrocompaniet ECM 5-Mk 2 and Tannoy Kensington Golds;

    Musical Fidelity A1 and Falcon Acoustics LS 3/5As.

    Amazing synergy all round.
  14. linntroika

    linntroika pfm Member

    Naim 52/ Dynavector HX1.2mk2
  15. badger748

    badger748 pfm Member

    Combinations that surprise you by working ridiculously well...

    Me and my current girlfriend.
  16. Joddle

    Joddle pfm Member

    Despite being a ridiculous mis-match For a while in the late 80s I had to use a little Arcam Alpha 2 to drive Linn Sara 9s. Despite the hard load the little Alpha sounded surprisingly sweet with a Garrard 401 TT and early Marantz bit stream CD - so much so that the same combination was used at a local hi fi listening evening a few weeks later - (I then later used a Rega Planar 2 as the 401 in its plinth was too big to carry around) and received several comments on how good it sounded and requests for a repeat performance! On one occasion we used two Alphas to drive the Saras, one for left and one for right. (a bit silly now thinking back on it and no one could tell the difference!) I still have my little Alpha which although now paired with more suitable speakers and almost 30 years old, forms the basis for a great sounding little system at our holiday home.
  17. rbrown

    rbrown I think therefore I think I am

    Cambridge Audio CD4, Exposure X and Mk1 Kans - my sister's set up. A fantastically, vivid and exciting little system.

    Sausage and marmalade sandwiches.

  18. John_73

    John_73 pfm Member

    A PS1 (playstation model SCPH-1002), and Akai AA-1020 (serviced) running into a pair of Mission M72s - astonishingly good combination, and you can get the whole lot for under £100 if one is patient on bidding sites. The AA-1020 is a real star once recapped.
  19. Patcam

    Patcam pfm Member

    Original Rega Planar 3 with Linn K9, Musical Fidelity A1 in 13 x 11 room AND.......

    tell you in a few posts time
  20. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    Cheese and Marmalade sandwiches. I have converted several people to these over the years...

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