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The question a lot of people ask is why is vintage audio so popular? You might think that just because the technology used in this equipment is old that it can’t possibly sound as good as today’s audio gear. Or perhaps the aesthetics of newer equipment over a vintage home stereo appeals to you more. The primary reason people are into vintage stereo equipment is the sound. Because of the way this type of gear works, particularly the tube equipment, you are able to experience a sound which truly creates an emotional involving experience.
There are many types of components that make up a good retro stereo system. Some of these include: Vintage Stereo Receivers, Vintage Stereo Console, Vintage Radios, Vintage Preamps, Vintage Amplifiers, Reel to Reel Players, Vintage Record Players, and Vintage Speakers just to name a few.
When putting together your first vintage stereo system you will want to start off with a good tube amplifier from a good manufacturer. Some of the best are Pioneer, Sansui, RCA and Fisher. All of these amplifiers still produce amazing sound even by today’s standards. One of the best out there for beginners is the Dynaco Stereo 70.
I`ve been in this hobby / obsession for over 40 years and never heard such a smooth but still detailed sound
The Dynaco Stereo 70 vacuum tube amplifier was first built in 1959 and was in production until the mid-1990′s. This amp was a solid amp and the most popular tube power amp ever made. It sold over 300,00 units during its run. The Dynaco Stereo 70 could purchased as a kit or pre built. Although you can pick one of these up for a relatively cheap price, the sound is quite excellent and parts are readily available. If you want to spend 2-3x’s the price you can start looking at McIntosh tube amplifiers. Wikipedia has a nice right up on vintage tube amplifiers.