Interesting. I picked up a pair of Dahlquist DQM-9 speakers this afternoon, through a connection in our local audio club. ..... Ordering the foam shortly, and hoping I can get these going by the end of the week.
Removing the dustcover or leaving it open isn't an option with my Techniques linear tracker... the tonearm is attached to the underside of the dustcover!Nowadays I will remove the dustcover on my current turntable if I am listening seriously. It is very immune to vibration when the dustcover is open, but I don't take any chances.
I have a huge CD rack that takes up a whole wall in my home office, and of course lately it's attracting more dust than anything else. CDs are like LPs for me -- I have a hard time throwing them out, unless I have replaced them with a newer/better version of the same thing.I have two nice, but dated looking, shelves in my family room at the moment.
There is a tiny part of me that doesn't want to store the CDs away, but where I'm at in the family/listening room, it is taking up wall space I need for other things. I also have a few hundred CDs stored away that I haven't ripped yet. But they were stored away for a reason--they were replaced with better-sounding versions, or titles that were bought for one or two tracks.I have a huge CD rack that takes up a whole wall in my home office, and of course lately it's attracting more dust than anything else.
I have things split for now. For vinyl, I have a growing pile of titles I am going to either store away in the basement, or (with some of them) either sell them off, or set them aside as something to hand down in the family. Yet I'm getting at a point where I'm getting a few new things coming in, and it's starting to push my storage capacity a bit. I figure I'm good for maybe 150 additional titles before I need to start purging more stuff, or buying more storage.CDs are like LPs for me -- I have a hard time throwing them out, unless I have replaced them with a newer/better version of the same thing.
Nobody wants the old CRT TVs anymore. Some of the thrift stores around here won't even accept them anymore. Which is sad, really. I have a nice 27" Mitsubishi in one of the bedrooms that I want to replace with a flat screen for space purposes, but don't want to throw it out. There are a few in the basement as well. The Freecycle and Craigslist aren't much help either, as there's no demand for the old sets. I have a couple that are "vintage" but nobody wants those either.The TV hasn't been turned on in about 7 years. My wife put the whole mess on a local "upcycle" Facebook page as a giveaway and got zero responses.
As they should. They make a really good line of speakers with solid engineering ideas behind them. In a way, they are almost an offshoot of the classic Dahlquist DQ-10 design (the small baffle size, the time-aligned drivers).At around 2 to 3K, Vandersteen 2CE, SigII are fabulous speakers, IMHO. Owned mine for 3 years now and they still put a smile on my face.
Very true my vizio 24 inch flat screen uses both HDMI And other traditional video components and RGB Never in the history of tvs and video have we ben able to connect multiple sources into One Tv ( at least thats been my experience with only being able to connect a VHS recorder and having cable tv connected through that VCR How times have changed.I have to admit--as much as I was into video for a while, I never saw the end of CRTs coming. Even rear projection sets used three tubes. I can't say it's a bad thing, but on the other hand, there are probably millions of perfectly good CRTs being dumped right now, and they're really not good for anything. Computers now use DVI or even HDMI video, and just about all TVs are HDMI capable as well.
So I guess my idea for Klipschorns is out of the question? Or my favorite, the MartinLogan Neolith? (I own a pair of MartinLogan Sequel IIs, so I'm biased. )
Back to reality. You would need something to drive the speakers with, like an amp or receiver (and make sure it has a phono input--some modern equipment does not have one). Running them from a shelf system will not give you their full potential--there is not enough power (which could damage the new speakers), but you could use it in a pinch until something better comes along.
Surprisingly, Pioneer has this line of affordable speakers that have been getting rave reviews. Pioneer hired an audiophile speaker designer, Andrew Jones, to create some new designs for them, and many audiophiles buy these for use in a second system (spare room, den, bedroom) or as computer speakers.
Here is a bookshelf type (priced per pair):
Amazon.com: Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed Bookshelf Loudspeakers(7-1/8” x 12-9/16” x 8-7/16” & weighs 9 lbs 2 oz): Home Audio & Theater
There is also a tower speaker (note that the price here is each, not a pair):
Amazon.com: Pioneer SP-FS52 Andrew Jones Designed Floor standing Loudspeaker (each): Home Audio & Theater
If you get the bookshelf speakers, they have smaller woofers. Some of the comments state that there is "enough" bass but if not, you could grab a matching subwoofer and tuck it into a corner:
Amazon.com: Pioneer SW-8MK2 Andrew Jones Designed 100-Watt Powered Subwoofer: Home Audio & Theater
Those are just one idea. I sometimes suggest vintage speakers, but some of them used foam surrounds on the woofers that deteriorates over time, and it helps to know which brands might be good, and which to avoid. Polk Audio (one example) used rubber surrounds, whereas the earlier Boston Acoustics speakers used the foam, and anything over a dozen years old is likely deteriorating. (I have rebuilt about seven pairs of Boston speakers.)
But the sound is a personal choice, and it might help to find a place to hear speakers to see what you like. These days, though, stores like Best Buy, etc., tend to push buyers to whichever model makes them the most profit, or is based on the misguided opinion of the person selling it. In the end it's your ears, and your money! And you pick (or bring along) the music you listen to, not whatever crap the stores might use. (And they are not above jacking up the bass and treble, and kicking in the loudness button, to "goose up" the speakers to try to make them sound attractive.)
If the bass was lacking, or if there was any cracking from the woofers, that would be a sign that the foam is shot. It could be splitting, however. I have had woofers in here for rebuild that were only just beginning to show signs of cracking, where others were so bad that the foam had hunks missing out of it.
Amplifiers can go bad with age also--the capacitors tend to dry out. In many cases the amplifier just drifts out of spec and doesn't sound all that good (which could be anything from a dull lifeless sound, to hum, to a weakened sound). If caps go completely bad, though, they can short out or drift so far off value that they damage the amplifier. I've only had one amplifier self destruct on me due to old caps, and I ended up selling it as-is to some local guy who was going to fix it for himself. With vintage equipment that is 40 or more years old (primarily tube amps, but it could apply to transistor amps as well) , we would use a rheostat to slowly bring the voltage up to 120V. That gives the caps time to settle in rather than shock them with a full load right up front.
It's gone both ways for me. The aforementioned amp quit on me, but I've had other equipment that still works despite being decades old. I totally recapped a preamp of mine that I built in 1982--easy job, long overdue, and parts did not cost much (even going with a higher-end capacitor).
My CVs had the 12" woofers.
Couldn't help but think of your late, lamented D7s when I saw this:I want to say they were D7s.