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Anonymous
a b ) Power supply
January 29, 2005 1:59:19 AM

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I'm looking to creating what will eventually also be a HT system,
starting with the power supply and buy components as I get money.
Aesthetics are as important as functionality for me, and I'd like a
system with components that don't visually clash with each other. I
know a lot of guys who put a lot of money into hi-end equipment, yet
some are wood-grain, some brushed metal, some black, some with rack
mount handles... They usually sound good, but look worse than a shelf
system from Kmart.

I'd like amps with VU meters. I really liked the old Carver TFMs. And
of course McIntosh amps look great. Are there any other amps out there
with backlit VUs? Another problem is that the ones I know about are
all stereo amps. I assume that most of you are using multi-channel amps
for your HT systems. How common is it to use stereo amps, what do you
do about the center channel? 2 stereo amps and a monoblock?

Any suggestions for amp setups and other components that would match
them are appreciated.

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Anonymous
a b ) Power supply
January 29, 2005 6:55:07 PM

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On 28 Jan 2005 22:59:19 GMT, "Bruce C. Miller" <bm3719@ark.ship.edu>
wrote:

>I'd like amps with VU meters. I really liked the old Carver TFMs. And
>of course McIntosh amps look great. Are there any other amps out there
>with backlit VUs?

VU meters are pretty useless in domestic audio systems.

> Another problem is that the ones I know about are
>all stereo amps. I assume that most of you are using multi-channel amps
>for your HT systems. How common is it to use stereo amps, what do you
>do about the center channel? 2 stereo amps and a monoblock?

Sure plus the occasional 3 channel amp.

>Any suggestions for amp setups and other components that would match
>them are appreciated.

Too vague. Amps run from about 15wpc at $30 to kilowatts at nearly
unlimited prices and everything in between. Where are you?

Kal
Anonymous
a b ) Power supply
January 29, 2005 7:01:34 PM

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Bruce C. Miller wrote:

>
> I'd like amps with VU meters.

VU meters were in favor as eye candy back in the
80's. I remember seeing an article in Audio Magazine
back in the 70's about Richard Burwin's home system
which had a wall with some 16 or so Phase Linear 400
power amps, all of which had dual VU meters. Pretty
impressive.

One amp I used to own some 22 years ago was the
Marantz 140. It had 75 watts/channel, with a
brushed silver look and blue VU meters. Get
enough of 'em and it could look pretty cool.

http://www.classicaudio.com/value/mz/140.html

Other amps that come to mind are:

Phase Linear 400

http://www.phaselinearhistory.com/400seriesamp.htm

Phase Linear 700

http://www.phaselinearhistory.com/700seriesamp.htm

Dynaco ST-400 `

I couldn't find a page with a picture of the ST-400 with
VU meters, but you could get 'em.

Dynaco ST-150 - 2 channel amp at 75 watts/channel
not very common

http://home.indy.net/~gregdunn/dynaco/components/ST150/...

Dynaco QSA-300 - 4 channel power amp at 75 watts/channel
very rare!

http://home.indy.net/~gregdunn/dynaco/components/QSA300...

Dynaco MK-VI - 120 watt tube monoblock
only about 2000 of these things were made - very cool

http://home.indy.net/~gregdunn/dynaco/components/MkVI/i...

Of course, if you're really loaded and want EVERYONE to know it...

Just scout around and get a slew of Marantz Model 9 power amps.
70 watt monoblocks at about $3000 to $4000 each when you can find
them.

http://www.classic-audio.com/marantz/0009.html

Russ
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Anonymous
a b ) Power supply
January 30, 2005 10:27:32 PM

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"Kalman Rubinson" <kr4@nyu.edu> wrote in message
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> On 28 Jan 2005 22:59:19 GMT, "Bruce C. Miller" <bm3719@ark.ship.edu>
> wrote:
>
>>I'd like amps with VU meters. I really liked the old Carver TFMs. And
>>of course McIntosh amps look great. Are there any other amps out there
>>with backlit VUs?
>
> VU meters are pretty useless in domestic audio systems.
>
Mr. James Bongiornio didn't see it that way; is that why GAS went bust (as
did my 'zilla II more times than I care to remember)? My Ampzilla has
appeared be finally fixed by an associate of JB requiring input of thought
and parts by Mr. B. to do the job, + $300. I'm using the Zilla to reinforce
the L/R front channels driving floor standing Klipschs, as the L/R Polk
speakers mounted on the front wall 2 feet from the ceiling don't do the
trick for me. It is an overkill to use the GAS amp in that manner, but I do
it anyway because it's SEXY and at times more pleasant to watch than a lot
of current DVD releases. However, more seriously those meters are NOT
completely useless. One can to see how close the amp is getting to clipping
way before the diodes begin to flash red thereby saving on fuses and speaker
repairs. In any event VU meters got to be a lot more useful than are Tice
Clocks (or the benefits of polishing CDs with Armor All as purported some
time ago in one nameless Stereo magazine).
Anonymous
a b ) Power supply
February 11, 2005 7:08:01 AM

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The true vU meter is designed to be used across a 600 ohm line level
input. The specification includes not only level but certain ballistics
which are not replicated, AFAIK, by power amp manufacturers , including
McIntosh. While McIntosh markets its its metering as a true power
meter, since conventional microammeter galvanometer meter movements are
used, I believe it is actually accurate only for sine wave power into a
resistive load. True RMS meterng for nonsinusoidal waveforms and true
and/or apparent or reactive power into reactive loads requires, unless
I am miostaken, metrology techniques beyond what's in the Mac meter
driver circuit.

The Dorrough electronic meter has totally replaced the mechanical vU
meter and has many great advantages. I don't know whether Dorrough
metering would be adaptable to a unbalanced, bridging -10dBm
environment, although writing Dorrough would find out. Since most
professional gear today with "+4 dBm balanced" inputs actually is
single-ended and shows a bridging load to the driving gear, I'm not
sure true vU metering even would work correctly with it.
Anonymous
a b ) Power supply
February 20, 2005 7:17:16 PM

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A high end stereo amp for the front left and right is what you need. For
the surrounds try something like Outlaws littl monoblocks that you can stash
away (you'll need three
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"Bruce C. Miller" <bm3719@ark.ship.edu> wrote in message
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> I'm looking to creating what will eventually also be a HT system,
> starting with the power supply and buy components as I get money.
> Aesthetics are as important as functionality for me, and I'd like a
> system with components that don't visually clash with each other. I
> know a lot of guys who put a lot of money into hi-end equipment, yet
> some are wood-grain, some brushed metal, some black, some with rack
> mount handles... They usually sound good, but look worse than a shelf
> system from Kmart.
>
> I'd like amps with VU meters. I really liked the old Carver TFMs. And
> of course McIntosh amps look great. Are there any other amps out there
> with backlit VUs? Another problem is that the ones I know about are
> all stereo amps. I assume that most of you are using multi-channel amps
> for your HT systems. How common is it to use stereo amps, what do you
> do about the center channel? 2 stereo amps and a monoblock?
>
> Any suggestions for amp setups and other components that would match
> them are appreciated.
March 1, 2005 3:58:37 AM

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Bruce C. Miller wrote:
> I'm looking to creating what will eventually also be a HT system,
> starting with the power supply and buy components as I get money.
> Aesthetics are as important as functionality for me, and I'd like a
> system with components that don't visually clash with each other. I
> know a lot of guys who put a lot of money into hi-end equipment, yet
> some are wood-grain, some brushed metal, some black, some with rack
> mount handles... They usually sound good, but look worse than a shelf
> system from Kmart.
>
> I'd like amps with VU meters. I really liked the old Carver TFMs. And
> of course McIntosh amps look great. Are there any other amps out there
> with backlit VUs? Another problem is that the ones I know about are
> all stereo amps. I assume that most of you are using multi-channel amps
> for your HT systems. How common is it to use stereo amps, what do you
> do about the center channel? 2 stereo amps and a monoblock?
>
> Any suggestions for amp setups and other components that would match
> them are appreciated.

Hello.

I may be a tad late here, but the Accuphase E-308 integrated amplifier
has dual VUs on its front display. I have not experienced one of these
units in person, but the specifications look promising. I'd definitely
check it out if that is what you're into. Plus, it’s a currently
produced model, which is a definite advantage in my book over vintage
equipment. For instance, scratches--regardless of how light in
appearance they may be--annoy the hell out of me, and, of course,
non-grounded power supplies would be enough to make my wallet shake.

Hope this helps,

Michael
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