Vintage vs new audio equipment

April 17, 2022
 by Paul McGowan

4 comments on “Vintage vs new audio equipment”

  1. I guess the biggest improvements can be found in loudspeaker designs using high-tech materials for cabinets and driver’s membranes and using all kind of sophisticated software analyzing and simulation (Klippen, laser interferometry etc). For amp and preamps and turntables I cannot see significant (!) improvements concerning audio circuits or tonearm or motor drives. The laser turntable invented by Finial, USA, and launched by ELP., Japan, was a real quantum leap. Digital audio started with poor sound quality as did analog audio some 100 years ago.

  2. All that Paul says may be true. But there is something about vintage stuff. Maybe the look…maybe just nostalgia…but I totally get people’s fascination with it. I would love to own a 70s era Marantz receiver…just gorgeous looks. And i do recall them sounding great.

  3. Maybe not in speakers . Maybe not in electronics but the improvement in cabling – – speaker wire , interconnects , power cords – – has been staggering . That vintage Kenwood would have used 18 ohm vip cord for the speakers and throwaway RCA cables as interconnects and there would have been no thought about the power cord . The cost of bleeding edge improvement is similarly staggering . I could put a kid through Harvard for the cost of wiring a system with Transparent Magnum Opus cables and buy him or her a car to boot . ( Come to think of it , given its price , the Magnum Opus cables ought to be delivered in a car rather than their nifty suitcases . )

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