Bringing back old school stereo.

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  1. KnotRight

    KnotRight Well-Known Member Charter Member Benefactor Life Member

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    At the lake house there previous owners left a Bose surround system that the TV and Blue Ray player plays through. There is an older cheaper Sony receiver that powers the Bose speakers on the patio and the dock. I do not think that there is enough power to play them correctly. The Bose system works OK using the TV and Blue Ray but think that the built in changer is shot.

    My plans are to keep the Bose system for the living area and just us it for TY and Blue Ray. The speakers outside have a switch downstairs to direct the sound to the dock or patio using light switches. My plan is using my old Kenwood KR-8050 (about 125 Watts RMS per channel) and I have a set of Allison II speakers that might go into the workshop. Somewhere I have an 8 disk changer that I can plug into the receive along with 2 phono inputs. I need to hook-up everything to make sure they still work. If they do, I need to get from the previous owner the wiring diagram for where the speaker wire is run and build a stand for all the equipment.
     
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    GreatGazoo Li'l Green Guy Supporting Member

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    Have to chuckle a bit at an 8-disk changer being mentioned with "old school" audio. I guess there is "old" and then there's "antediluvian." :p
     
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    KnotRight Well-Known Member Charter Member Benefactor Life Member

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    It not even a Blue Ray player. Now I still have my cassette player but not my 8 track player
     
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    RedneckFur Smith & Wesson is a religion of peace. Supporting Member

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    Oh, go wind up your gramophone. :D
     
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    GreatGazoo Li'l Green Guy Supporting Member

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    I move so slowly these days, the record is done before I make it back to my chair! ;)
     
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    I was hoping we could see some 4 track players...

    (wiring s/be pretty simple)
     
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    I've still go some of the parts of my Kenwood 55B rack stereo system and I have the pieces from a similar vintage model that my uncle had. I bought the 55B for about $1,250 the day before I went to high school in 1986. I have the amplifier system (it's a discrete control and power amp) wired to speakers that go to each of the downstairs rooms in the house, garage, and there is one set that went to the back deck that never got hooked up through an impedance matching device that lets the amplifier see an 8 ohm nominal load. There are volume controls in the wall near the entrance of each room. The speaker wire is two pairs of 14 ga stranded that is rated for in wall / ceiling use. I am thinking of changing out the electrolytic capacitors, especially in the power amp which is rated at 200 watts per channel, but I certainly would try to push that through it now. The power supply is a big linear one with a transformer that goes whomp when you turn it on.
     
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    fieldgrade resident crank Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    My ancient pair of Bose 501 require more juice than advertised but 100 watts gets it done.
     
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    Brian K Resident Douchenozzle Charter Member Supporting Member

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    No highs?

    No lows?

    It must be Bose.
     
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    JT credulous boomer rube Benefactor Life Member Supporting Member

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    I still have 78s ... :rolleyes:
     
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    BatteryOaksBilly A SHOOTER Benefactor Life Member Supporting Member

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    Ahhh you can't beat the sound of my cylindrical wax cones!!
     
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    Aardvark Mostly Peaceful Protester Supporting Member

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    That was the 901. All theory and no oomph. The 501 kicks butt. Always was my favorite of their 1970s/80s Bose speakers.
     
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    JT credulous boomer rube Benefactor Life Member Supporting Member

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    I'll bring my Edison next time I'm down. It's got a really great pick-up and horn!
     
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    fieldgrade resident crank Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    I said that for a long time when I was driving them with a smaller amp. When I doubled the wattage it’s like they were completely different speakers.