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Just letting you guys know I just got my Leo vintage-sounding amp from Kickstarter. Been listening to it today with all kinds of music, and have to admit it really does improve the sound quality! Been trying it with my Pono and iPhone and have to admit it really makes everything sound more 'listenable'. The Pono is already good without it, but on the iPhone its a vast improvement. What was tinný-sounding before became a lot more warmer and involving with more presence. Tracks like Vangelis' 'Chariots of Fire' and Phil Collin's 'Easy Lover' sounded open and powerful, with a really amazing depth and bass from the guitar and drums on Collin's track, like it was coming from a valve-amp...
Gary.D.Olson posted a topic in General ForumYes... this is a personal decision. Still, there are a number of members here of which I have tremendous respect, and it wouldn't surprise me to learn something I haven't thought of. Here's my little dilemma: Early last month I bought a pristine Marantz 2330B 125wpc receiver off ebay. It's important to mention I've wanted a Marantz receiver since the early 1970's. This one was worth the wait. It's beautiful and sounds terrific. This Monday, a Luxman R-117 receiver (165wpc) in excellent condition came up on CL for $350. Many say the R-117 is the best receiver of the 1980's. I was curious enough to buy it (I paid $275). As I applied Deoxit to the pots, I could hardly believe the difference in external design between 1970's and 1980's components. They'd gone from the "works of art" of the 1970's to plain black boxes riddled with dozens of buttons and digital readouts. I gave it the night to dry out, then gave it a listen. Whoa! If the 2330B's qos is a 10 (and it is to me), the Luxman's is a solid 11. It sounds so good I'm hopelessly torn between the two. So... the hard decision is this: to keep the ugly but better-sounding Luxman R-117 with remote controllability and other modern features - or - keep the beautiful, also great-sounding, highly-collectible Marantz 2330B I dreamed about for 40 years. Any thoughts?