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« Reply #3585 on: Jul 2nd, 2014, 08:37am »

on Jul 1st, 2014, 09:24am, Lily wrote:
Do people really still say HiFi? grin


That's super exciting Gary, what did you get?


Yes: http://www.richersounds.com/
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« Reply #3586 on: Jul 2nd, 2014, 08:51am »

Finally sourcing a reasonably priced servo board for my Philips CD 104, which will be 30 years old next May 1st.

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This was taken today, The servo board is the circuit board visible on the right side of the machine, the DAC (Digital Audio converter) board lies underneath. This is about as "separate component" based (Or discrete component as it's known in the business) as a CD player can get. The servo functions on a modern machine would likely be handled by a single, purpose made chip. The servo board controls drawer opening/closing/ laser tracking/focusing, and motor speed/start/stop, so when that fails, you are sans music!

So, why do I want to keep a near 30 year old machine going? Simple! 1/ It's a classic, take a look at Ebay prices for good working samples of this machine. 2/ It still sounds good, it was a better sounding machine than almost anything in the 80's, and Marantz, Mission, Grundig, Revox/Studer and a host of others used it as a base for their machines. 3/ it will track ANYTHING. It's playing my wife's copy of Phil Collins "Hits" in the photo, this disc is badly damaged at tracks 15 & 16, and no other machine I have access to will touch it. This one plays it like it was a new copy.

I also found my CDR copy of the Moody Blues bonus tracks from Days..... to To our Childrens.... in it. I wondered where that had got to!
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« Reply #3587 on: Jul 2nd, 2014, 09:11am »

on Jul 1st, 2014, 09:24am, Lily wrote:
Do people really still say HiFi? grin


That's super exciting Gary, what did you get?

on Jul 2nd, 2014, 08:37am, foxfeeder wrote:
Yes: http://www.richersounds.com/

I still refer to my separates music system as "Hi-Fi". smiley
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« Reply #3588 on: Jul 2nd, 2014, 1:42pm »

on Jul 1st, 2014, 09:24am, Lily wrote:
Do people really still say HiFi? grin


That's super exciting Gary, what did you get?


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Finally decided that the mono dansette combined with the eight track was reaching the end of there days. smiley
Just couldn't get the 78s or the tapes. smiley
I didn't want to answer this and be made to look a techo nerd but Foxfeeder has saved me from that. Cheers Ian. wink

Spent five hours listening to various combinations of components and this is what really made the hairs on my arms stand up.
Niam amps
Niam cd player
Rega Turntable
Rega speakers.
plus a couple of other bits.
Very much a to me from me,don't give a damn what anybody else thinks sort of indulgance.
Haven't told Dee yet which may put a dampener on it a bit. grin
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« Reply #3589 on: Jul 2nd, 2014, 4:59pm »

on Jul 2nd, 2014, 08:51am, foxfeeder wrote:
Finally sourcing a reasonably priced servo board for my Philips CD 104, which will be 30 years old next May 1st.

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This was taken today, The servo board is the circuit board visible on the right side of the machine, the DAC (Digital Audio converter) board lies underneath. This is about as "separate component" based (Or discrete component as it's known in the business) as a CD player can get. The servo functions on a modern machine would likely be handled by a single, purpose made chip. The servo board controls drawer opening/closing/ laser tracking/focusing, and motor speed/start/stop, so when that fails, you are sans music!

So, why do I want to keep a near 30 year old machine going? Simple! 1/ It's a classic, take a look at Ebay prices for good working samples of this machine. 2/ It still sounds good, it was a better sounding machine than almost anything in the 80's, and Marantz, Mission, Grundig, Revox/Studer and a host of others used it as a base for their machines. 3/ it will track ANYTHING. It's playing my wife's copy of Phil Collins "Hits" in the photo, this disc is badly damaged at tracks 15 & 16, and no other machine I have access to will touch it. This one plays it like it was a new copy.

I also found my CDR copy of the Moody Blues bonus tracks from Days..... to To our Childrens.... in it. I wondered where that had got to!


I had one of these back in the day.Set me back a pretty penny too from memory! You're right they would play anything! I reckon even one of Alan's famed frisbee discs would still play on one of these babies! Lol
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« Reply #3590 on: Jul 2nd, 2014, 5:27pm »

on Jul 2nd, 2014, 08:14am, Dust wrote:
No worries! I don't usually comment on typos. If the post had said, for example, "Hribbage," I'd have been certain it was a typo. But I like the word Gribbage... there should be a game called that! cheesy


Yes, that's true, we will make up a new game called gribbage!. grin


I do that a lot on my iPhone with typos.
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« Reply #3591 on: Jul 2nd, 2014, 5:30pm »

on Jul 1st, 2014, 09:24am, Lily wrote:
Do people really still say HiFi? grin




I say Stereo system. Mainly separates

Have not heard HiFi in some years now!

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« Reply #3592 on: Jul 2nd, 2014, 9:38pm »

on Jul 2nd, 2014, 1:42pm, garyt wrote:
tongue

Finally decided that the mono dansette combined with the eight track was reaching the end of there days. smiley
Just couldn't get the 78s or the tapes. smiley
I didn't want to answer this and be made to look a techo nerd but Foxfeeder has saved me from that. Cheers Ian. wink

Spent five hours listening to various combinations of components and this is what really made the hairs on my arms stand up.
Niam amps
Niam cd player
Rega Turntable
Rega speakers.
plus a couple of other bits.
Very much a to me from me,don't give a damn what anybody else thinks sort of indulgance.
Haven't told Dee yet which may put a dampener on it a bit. grin


No idea what you are talking about, but…YAY! grin
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« Reply #3593 on: Jul 3rd, 2014, 12:33am »

on Jul 2nd, 2014, 1:42pm, garyt wrote:
Niam amps
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Rega Turntable
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« Reply #3594 on: Jul 3rd, 2014, 05:56am »

on Jul 2nd, 2014, 4:59pm, Yild4Genesis wrote:
I had one of these back in the day.Set me back a pretty penny too from memory! You're right they would play anything! I reckon even one of Alan's famed frisbee discs would still play on one of these babies! Lol


Yes, I think mine cost £285 back then. Bought from Boots, it came with £20 of vouchers of £2 each off 10 CD's bought from Boots. They didn't have a lot of choice, sadly, so on the day I bought the machine, I bought Clannad's "Robin of Sherwood", the music from the TV series, just so I had something I could play on it.

Next day I went up town and bought "Selling England by the Pound" a copy I still have.

Boots had had a "demonstration evening" the night before I bought it, a friend had gone, liked what he heard and bought the same machine. It was he who talked me into it, so at lunch time I went and bought it. Had I known how much it weighed (7 kg/15 lb - solid aluminium chassis!) I might have left it till the next day when I had my car with me! smiley

As far as I know, he still has his in the loft!

I once put a strip of sticky paper on a disc (The little strip between the labels off TDK cassettes - about 2mm wide) to see if it would make it skip or jump. It didn't! You could hear the strip pass the laser, but it just kept on playing! It has an all metal transport with a swing arm tracking system and hall effect motor. Now THAT'S engineering!
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« Reply #3595 on: Jul 3rd, 2014, 05:59am »

on Jul 2nd, 2014, 1:42pm, garyt wrote:
tongue

Finally decided that the mono dansette combined with the eight track was reaching the end of there days. smiley
Just couldn't get the 78s or the tapes. smiley
I didn't want to answer this and be made to look a techo nerd but Foxfeeder has saved me from that. Cheers Ian. wink

Spent five hours listening to various combinations of components and this is what really made the hairs on my arms stand up.
Niam amps
Niam cd player
Rega Turntable
Rega speakers.
plus a couple of other bits.
Very much a to me from me,don't give a damn what anybody else thinks sort of indulgance.
Haven't told Dee yet which may put a dampener on it a bit. grin


You're welcome! wink

You deserve a bit of cheering up. Tell Dee I approve. (Like she'll care about that!)
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« Reply #3596 on: Jul 4th, 2014, 03:10am »

Picking up bargain CDs with the groceries. smiley
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« Reply #3597 on: Jul 4th, 2014, 12:23pm »

My daughter getting a 1st in her event management degree!
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on Jul 4th, 2014, 12:23pm, foxfeeder wrote:
My daughter getting a 1st in her event management degree!

A 1st what? grin Seriously, well done to her. smiley
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« Reply #3599 on: Jul 5th, 2014, 02:46am »

on Jul 4th, 2014, 12:23pm, foxfeeder wrote:
My daughter getting a 1st in her event management degree!

Congrats! cheesy
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