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Old 11-18-2019, 12:35 PM
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Does my HK Coronet receiver (circa 1960) currently under restoration by Terry DeWick count as high-end? Plan to use its screaming 15wpc of 6L6 power to drive a pair of Cornwalls.
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Old 11-18-2019, 12:52 PM
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I have dipped into this thread a couple of times and, each time, what stops me from contributing is that elusive definition of "hi-end." Over the 60 years that I have been playing with this stuff, my definition of it has changed often and, now, is indeterminate.
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Old 11-18-2019, 06:38 PM
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C'mon, Kal.............. let us know what you listen(ed) to. What was 'high-end' back then is absolutely 'indeterminate' today.
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:36 PM
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I'm guessing that the first commercial "hi-end" component that I bought was a Klyne 6LE preamp. Before that, I built most of my equipment and, before that, I built kits. Actually, I eventually replaced the Klyne with a new home built preamp.
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Old 12-02-2019, 09:52 PM
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circa '77- System: GAS Thaedra and Son of Ampzilla with Denon DP1000, SME tonearm, Grace F9E cart
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Old 12-03-2019, 12:13 PM
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B&O turntable -> then Krell Int, a set of 802s, a Sony ES SACD with some Grado Headphones.

Before this I used my father's Mac Turntable - without his knowledge. Finally got caught and my parents bought me a cassette deck with radio (unknown name). My mom still uses the radio portion to this day...
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Old 12-15-2019, 05:13 PM
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Hi-end?! If JBL 4311B is so considered then it was almost 35 years ago otherwise, I guess, couple years ago when I bought a beautiful Michell Gyrodec MKI and an Audio Research SP9 along with a Kiseki step-up transformer which will probably be sold to fund some tubes or some high current power amp.
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My first high-end kit I owned was a turntable system: A SOTA Sapphire with Premier MMT arm and Talisman S cartridge. I got the SOTA super mat and clamp with it. I got this around 1983. The Talisman was replaced with a Benz around 2001.

My first audiophile kit I owned that started the upgrade path was a pair of Polk Audio Monitor 10s around 1981. I remember going into the local stereo saloon and the salesman asked me if I ever heard the Mark Levinson gear? He hooked them up with a pair of Polk 10s and convinced me that up the chain was where the magic started. Their standard demo source was a Linn LP12 system. I later bought the speakers and eventually the SOTA.
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