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Hifi that gives you "the fizz"

Discussion in 'audio' started by GruntPuppy, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. ff1d1l

    ff1d1l pfm Member

    I place appearance well down in importance from performance. The fizz, for me, is virtually audio only.
    Having said that, if anyone is skipping a pair of Gale GS401A's, I'll save them from damaging their back lifting them.
  2. Paul Mc

    Paul Mc pfm Member

    Linn LK series
    My Accuphase gear
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  3. linnfomaniac83

    linnfomaniac83 I bet you can’t wheelie a unicycle!

    I bought my first Linn LK product (a Majik I) almost 20 years ago. I’m addicted to the stuff, eight boxes in my main system, three in my dining room, three in my office and two in my daughters bedroom. It’s timelessly elegant and happens to sound pretty excellent too. I think Linn Klimax gear is some of the best looking kit ever made too... but beyond the reach of the Majority.

    I’ll have to look up Spectral, I’m kind of with you on Micromega, the Stage series looked very good and the brushed finish on the sleeve added a touch of class. Accuphase oozes build quality in the flesh, as does modern Luxman but they’re big boxes, look good on a large rack in a decent sized room.

    I have to admit, I love the look of Cyrus gear, in either brushed black or quartz silver, it looks great in the flesh, pictures never do it justice... shame I’ve had such bad experience with reliability, I did like my Cyrus stuff when it worked. I had the 4 box CD player from new in late 2009, (transport/DAC/2 x XPS) and the Dicmaster 8 and AV Master 8 for home theatre duties... the transport, DAC and Discmaster all failed, some of them multiple times.
  4. Millennium

    Millennium pfm Member

    , Class A or excellent AB valve amps these days gives me the fizz. I mainly use solid-state due to personal circumstances but that warmth is pretty unbeatable.
  5. James

    James Lord of the Erg\o/s

    Form dictated by function gives me the fizz, especially with pure Class-A operation.

  6. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Staying alert

    Not class A, but I did lust after these, at the time:


    Apologies for introducing a reference to The Brand That Shall Not Be Named, but I did think them spectacularly good looking amps.
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  7. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Not really 'fizz', but the most impressive piece I've owned was my top-of-the-line Marantz quadraphonic receiver with oscilloscope (circa 1976). Actually, a lot of that era's Japanese stuff induced a blingy sort of pride of ownership. My previous Revox A76 amp and tuner + A77 R2R looked the bus. in an understated way, side by side.
  8. jimification

    jimification pfm Member

    If we're just talking aesthetics, then I think (sad to say) the best looking stuff was designed a long time ago:-

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    Most contemporary black boxes are best put somewhere out of sight IMO - they add nothing to a room, whereas these all contribute something to the space they're in.
  9. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    I think my Quad 34 and 303 look just right.
    Strangely my Audiolab 8000A has grown on me over the years.

    My AR XA look right to me.
    No superfluous additions, just an on/off switch and arm lift.
    It sounds good as well...
  10. S-Man

    S-Man Kinkless Tetrode Admirer

    Yep same with music and in fact most things. We form most of our long-lasting opinions in our twenties.
    Just showing our age :).

    Most youngsters probably think a Quad 303 looks awful compared to a ridiculously oversized iPhone.
  11. chartz

    chartz pfm Member

    I have to agree wholeheartedly.
    Has anyone done better than B&O and QUAD? Nope!
    Look at today’s turntables: ugly, all of them, no exception.
    But manufacturing a Beogram 4000 would probably be impossible today. Perhaps the Japanese could.
    But I’m sure Rega or Linn wouldn’t be able to do it, even if they wanted to.
  12. I.D.C.

    I.D.C. pfm Member

    The real fizz for me is going out and buying an album you go home and it turns out a cracker. Having great equipment is the icing on the cake.
  13. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member

    Funny how we all differ. I'm mid 50s so Quad should be right up my alley, but it just looks a complete mess to me. The B&O is even worse. The Marantz is OK, just like any other 70s/80s Japanese gear though. I studied industrial design in my youth and I have a feeling it's responsible for my feelings on the aesthetics of a lot of things... especially cars! Anyway just my opinion and god job we're not all the same!
  14. Ed Rogerson

    Ed Rogerson Culturally irrelevant

    [Gazes wistfully into the distance...] I still have a bit of a thing for the classic Naim olive "shoe-box" combo of 72/Hi/140...

    Or Cyrus III & PSX-R.

    Or Quad 34/FM4/306 (slightly bigger than shoe-boxes but near enough) - 33/303 too beige; 44/405 just fugly.

    And for contrast, I quite like the aesthetics of soffit mounted Tannoys or ATCs but have neither the cash or wall space to scratch that particular itch ;)
  15. Konteebos

    Konteebos Traitor Re-joiner

    I've always liked the look of McIntosh amplifiers (never heard them, though);
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  16. camverton

    camverton pfm Member

    That's fighting talk :)! Funny enough, when I was at art college industrial design was one of the options I considered for dipAD. Perhaps it's just as well I didn't go down that path as I might not have had a job at the end of it! I still like much of the Quad style of design. They did choose some rather nice offbeat colours, with a nice variation for the knobs and that lovely contrasting orange. As it wasn't anodyne I suppose it is inevitable that some would like, and others hate it. May the woofers from hell protect us from boring hifi design, of which there is, sadly, a great deal. Just a shame that the Quad 33 was so awful sounding...
  17. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    Just for a morning, or did you go back after lunch?
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  18. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member

    Now now, don't get too butt hurt just because someone with a qualification in design tells you something you like is shitty looking! :D
  19. jimification

    jimification pfm Member

    S-Man: I'm not sure it's an age thing - I was still in my twenties in the noughties so the Quad, B&O and 70;s Jap stuff were before my time by that reckoning! Like everyone else :) I do have a design background, though, perhaps it's that!
  20. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    Does anyone know who designed the Quad 33?

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