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GunsOfBrixton
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Jul 26, 2018
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Nice! I just posted in another forum about my A-ha moment in getting hooked on audio, and lo and behold, here you pull out what looks just like my old receiver that was my first purchase (though I think mine was a version or two before this)
So, fundamentally, you've got a big amp on your hands. Definitely no DAC on board, as all of the inputs are analog.
The short answer, then, is you can do anything you want that has a dac in it. But that's no fun at all as an answer. If you're all about staying digital, your idea of adding a Bluetooth receiver is a winner.
But, if it was me, I'd totally try building an era specific full size stack. I know that's what I'd do, because I'm doing it.
I recently started accompanying my wife on her "treasure island" runs. (our adorable name for our treasure hunting trips to the local Salvation Army and goodwill stores)
You can easily pick up a CD changer from the same era for $10 bucks. Mark my words, someday CD will be the new vinyl. You can pick up full CDs for less than the price of a single download. Plenty of junk to sift through, but I've never come up empty. I've found it a very therapeutic way to scratch my audio itch and my bargain hunting needs at the same time.
A record player is harder to find, as is good vinyl. It's too trendy now. Although I did stumble upon a trove of great mid 70s Decca, DG, & London classical records a few weeks ago.
However, if you can find one, you can add it to your stack and have a pretty cool and complete throwback setup. Heck, add a cassette player for good measure.
You could easily build a late 90s rig around that receiver, with a decent little collection of discs and vinyl for under $150.
And then party like it's 1999.
Jul 26, 2018
Evshrug
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Jul 26, 2018
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Oh yeah! You know what makes for an awesome Goodwill find? A Gen1 PlayStation! Ignoring the gaming component for a minute, there were a few models with RCA audio outputs on the back instead of the later proprietary outputs. Sony, in trying to give the little home entertainment system some credibility, put the same DAC chip in it as another $500 product of theirs they had at the time.
I thought these would be really rare... Lo and behold, I accompanied my wife on a “treasure island” trip (you’re right, that is a cute name for it. “Have you got any cheese about you?”), maybe the second time in my life, and there was one of these PlayStations there. Almost bought it! But I have some CD players already, haha.
More info can be found by searching for “Audiophile Playstation.”
Jul 26, 2018
GunsOfBrixton
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Jul 27, 2018
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That's awesome! I would never have thought to look at a Playstation for its DAC. I'm always a skeptic on audiophile claims, but I would totally pick one up to try it if I found one. You can spend thousands of dollars chasing what may ultimately be a myth. I'm willing to spend $10 to try one like this.
Another potentially great pickup is an old DVD player. Not much use on the video front, obviously, but potentially a good option as a CD/SACD player, especially since SACD doesn't seem to be supported on new UHD blu-ray players. I recently picked one up in mint condition to play CDs on my in-ceiling audio system on my main floor. It works wonderfully at $5.
I love the spirit behind Ray's post - "what can I do with this?" instead of just trashing it because it isn't the hippest audio kit that everyone's talking about on Head-Fi. Sometimes I'm amazed at what people toss out, or what people overlook. I'm no greenie, but I do think it's great to be able to keep things out of the landfill when a little creativity can find a perfectly good use for them. At its core, stereo hasn't really changed that much in a long time. Thanks for the heads up on the PS1!
Jul 27, 2018
RayF
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Jul 27, 2018
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You're hit'n me where I live with that one--particularly about not adding it to a landfill. At the time, it was what I thought was pretty cool mfg and power-wise--a real step up from what I had. Now days I could afford to buy something cooler and certainly more current--but as you suggest--anybody can lift the lid of a trashcan, it takes real men to figure out a reason not too!
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