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ritterjd
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Reviving and old system

I had a decent system some years back thatis still sitting in the basement. Family life just got in the way.

So now, years later, most of my listening has been through my computer using a uDac-2 headphone amp. I converted all of my CD's etc. to FLAC via MediaMonkey a while back.

My youngest son recently discovered vinyl and picked up a turntable that plugs directly into Macbook. He also discovered my old vinyl collection archived in the basement. I won't let him play any of my stuff on his table and most of my collection was lovingly cared for by be and is virtually spotless. Most albums are in archival sleeves, protected with "Last" and are Mobile Fidelity or Japaneese pure vinyl. 

So, he wants to listen and I assured him that I would set things up again. I still have the following equipment around and would like ideas about how to make this old equipment sound good with modern technology.

Hafler DH-220 amp

Hafler DH-110 pre-amp

DBX 3BX expander

Yamaha turntable (can't remember the model)

Speakers are and old set of Mission 727's but I think I'll at least go with a good set of bookshelf speakers, likely Polks, because of my limited space.

and of course, the uDac-2 from NuForce to connect the new with the old.

jackfish
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The Hafler stuff is good if there are no leaking capacitors or

other component deterioration. Perhaps clean the pots on the preamp with DeOxit. There are several outfits which will restore those units. I'd chuck the DBX 3BX noisemaker. If you took care of the Yamaha turntable as well as your vinyl, it should remain very servicable. Perhaps a new stylus or cartridge, and a belt if it has one. What is your budget for bookshelf loudspeakers?

ritterjd
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No set budget for speakers

No set budget for speakers but the wife doesn't understand the need for these things so I don't want to scare her. I'm kinda thinking about the Polk RTiA1 or RTiA3 but haven't listened to them yet. I guess that sort of sets the price range after all. Any suggestions?

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Several possibilities to listen to at around $400 a pair.

Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 and 10.2

PSB Image B5

Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 SE

Axiom M3 v3

Others I'll have to think about.

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