Saturday, August 30, 2014

Tangent RS6 pictures.

  These beautiful speakers came to me when a friend of the blog pointed me to a Craigslist ad seeking a new home for them. I sanded the tops, which were very scratched and had watermarks, restored the sides, and put new grill cloth on the frames. I really can't complain about a missing badge.
  The Thunders Tangent reference site shows that the RS6 had KEF T27 tweeters  and Audax woofers. This pair has Audax tweeters. They were obviously installed at the same time as replacements for blown T27s (KEF changed the 104 to the 104ab in part to protect the T27s), and these Audax units were an excellent (and obvious) choice (as pictured, they're used in many excellent Mission speakers among others…the identical tweeter, with rectangular faceplate, is used the the Spica, and my beloved Rega 3s). These speakers sound very nice, with good bass extension (if not control), being driven by my Arcam Alpha as I write.
Update: swapping in the Arcam Delta 60 for the Alpha improved bass control and articulation a lot…makes sense.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Another pair of Rega 3s.

  The Rega 3s that got me through the winter left  a few weeks ago (don't worry about me, I always have options). Within days, this beautiful pair fell into my lap. The cabinets were perfect. I knew I didn't want to 3d print badges again, so cut logos out of a subtly contrasting veneer, and applied them, to satisfy my branding fetish.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Just Arrived Sony TA-1150, Marantz 2230.

  Both rated at 30 watts per channel, these 2 beauties are finally here!
  The Sony required 3 trips to the repair shop before it sounded fantastic, due to improperly rated replacement parts in previous repairs, and the smoke from the right side of the case was disconcerting. All is good now, and this tank of an amp, original Sony Esprit sounds awesome.
  I've had Marantz 2230s before, but not in years. It's a beautiful classic, and the one that's here is a great example.
  I'll have pictures of both soon.