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Steve Jobs stereo system 1982

Discussion in 'audio' started by tomek, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. rubaiyat_23

    rubaiyat_23 pfm Member

    I can't confirm this, but I suspect that this system was purchased from The Audible Difference, which seemed to be a popular shop amongst the Silicon Valley elite (after various ownership changes, I believe it's now called Future Sound).
  2. tomek

    tomek pfm Member

    Speakers are 100% Acoustat 3s as mentionned by John.


    Gyrodec ? I don't know. Gyrodec has a diiferent platter with some weight under it. But maybe some early Gyrodec have different platter.

    Maby this one ?


    Than as mentionned by louballoo Threshold FET One.


    On the Threshold there is one tuner, and it could be anything.

  3. Mignun

    Mignun pfm Member

    The Gyrodec was reviewed in HFNRR by Martin Colloms in 1982, so could well be the turntable in the picture. It does look very like an early Gyrodec and not like the contemporary Oracle or Win Labs.

    Well spotted on the Threshold. Now, apart from the "tuner", what power amp is he using? :)
  4. tomek

    tomek pfm Member

    No power amp is needed. Acoustat 3 are active :)
  5. louballoo

    louballoo Banned

    I think we are close with this Sequerra Model 1 FM Tuner. It was the very hi end one would expect to match the rest of the kit.


  6. John

    John TDS free

    I don't believe they were active.
  7. tomek

    tomek pfm Member

    You are right :)

    They needed power, but there was not amplifier inside, only some transformer to create high tension for the electrostatic panel. Like Quad ESL.




    We don't see the power amp on the picture, it is probably hidden behind Steve. On the Sterephile forum the seller of the system said that it was with Threshold electronics, so it was most probably Threshold power amp.

    Tuner - i don't think it is Sequerra. Sequerra is >20cm high and the tuner which is on the preamp is probably only ~10cm high.

  8. louballoo

    louballoo Banned

  9. tomek

    tomek pfm Member

    Jobs tuner has two green vu-meters on the left side, it is not Tandberg ...
  10. hifi_dave

    hifi_dave Hi-Fi Retailer

    Pretty certain the turntable is an early Gyro - you can just make out the cover and the chassis is very clear. I had the first one here in 1981 (IIRC), John made it in response to the Oracle I'd just taken delivery of.

    Th pre looks very much like a black Threshold and the tuner could be a Magnum Dynalab ???
  11. louballoo

    louballoo Banned

    I doubt the tuner is a Magnum Dynalab, I own the first model the FT 101. I bought it in 88.

    I wonder if the lighting could have skewed the colors? Maybe one of our resident photogs could comment on that.

  12. engjoo

    engjoo Member

    Those are his rear surround.
  13. louballoo

    louballoo Banned

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  15. louballoo

    louballoo Banned

  16. tomek

    tomek pfm Member

    It looks like Acoustat 3s was active with a built in tube power amp :) and probably this version had Steve Jobs :)

    Now only the tuner is left ...
  17. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I agree, it's definitely an early metal platter Gyro, the reflection off the lid onto the wall is another clue and indicates the rather large size of the perspex case.
  18. andyoz

    andyoz pfm Member

    Is that unit is sitting on speakers, looks like speaker grill cloth to me - fi so, can anyone tell what they are - they look BIG and American!
  19. darrylfunk

    darrylfunk Banned

    i am sure on an american forum a good few years ago the deck was found to be a gyro with an infinity black widow arm and i recall vaguley some wood bodied cart poss grado or briar.

    i think a few people said the pre amp was the very first spectral or the klyne and that speakers had there own amps.

    i can't find the discussion though....i'm not 100% sure apart from the deck combo.
  20. sonddek

    sonddek pfm Member

    The lamp was probably tungsten balance, and the colour cast is quite strong red-yellow, so the film was probably daylight film, and the VU meters therefore probably aren't that far from reality. If tungsten film were used, and the lamp is more yellow than normal tungsten bulbs due to a coloured filter, then you would expect the VU meters to come up much more blue than expected. In that case they would have been much less blue than they are in the picture, i.e. originally orange/red coloured. I don't think that's very likely though, so greenish is a good guess.

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