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I bought them through ATS Acoustics. Thank you for the compliment.

Well if you ever get a chance, do listen, they have a smooth top-end with clean mids and punchy low-end. I really enjoy them.
I figured they were. Are all of yours the microsuede panels? I have two that are microsuede from ATS and the rest are their original/standard fabric.

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I figured they were. Are all of yours the microsuede panels? I have two that are microsuede from ATS and the rest are their original/standard fabric.
They are all microsuede. I have 5 in my stairwell in the lightest color you see and a bass trap behind the sub in the same color in the corner.

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I preferred the rebuilt vintage Genesis speakers over the smaller Polks, so I moved them to the credenza below (ear-height to my desk). This also provided floor/wall isolation between the speakers and the turntable. Plus I added sorbothane isolation pads under the turntable feet.

Update since last year's pic.

I'm doing a few changes. Yesterday I picked up a vintage Sansui QRX-7001 Quadraphonic receiver/amp. The local seller is a retired electronics technician and completely recapped it and tuned it with the service manual and an o-scope. I really like the sound and the extra power sounds great (my tube amp only had 3.5W).

And I've added a lot of records in the last year, so I'm designing a built-in cabinet around the Sansui.

Here's a sketch. For those of you who speak Ikeanese... KALLAX EKBACKEN BRIMNES.

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Update since last year's pic.

I'm doing a few changes. Yesterday I picked up a vintage Sansui QRX-7001 Quadraphonic receiver/amp. The local seller is a retired electronics technician and completely recapped it and tuned it with the service manual and an o-scope. I really like the sound and the extra power sounds great (my tube amp only had 3.5W).

And I've added a lot of records in the last year, so I'm designing a built-in cabinet around the Sansui.

Here's a sketch. For those of you who speak Ikeanese... KALLAX EKBACKEN BRIMNES.


That sketch looks like it's gonna come out awesome -- in any case, you need to get your speakers out from beneath your gear, as it is now!

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Update since last year's pic.

I'm doing a few changes. Yesterday I picked up a vintage Sansui QRX-7001 Quadraphonic receiver/amp. The local seller is a retired electronics technician and completely recapped it and tuned it with the service manual and an o-scope. I really like the sound and the extra power sounds great (my tube amp only had 3.5W).

And I've added a lot of records in the last year, so I'm designing a built-in cabinet around the Sansui.

Here's a sketch. For those of you who speak Ikeanese... KALLAX EKBACKEN BRIMNES.

Nice built-in cabinet but I have a question. What is all the open space above the turntable going to be used for? Why not build more cubicles to hold more vinyl? Just curious.

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Nice built-in cabinet but I have a question. What is all the open space above the turntable going to be used for? Why not build more cubicles to hold more vinyl? Just curious.
Great minds think alike.

The original intent was to leave the space between the cubes as wide as possible so it could function as a desk area if I ever removed the turntable (gasp) or for the next homeowner if we ever move (gasp).

I was originally going to just build a couple of shelves, but it turned out harder to cleanly and securely attach simple shelves to the side units, so last night I just bought another 2x2 Kallax cube and it's going in that upper space. That will be easier to attach crown molding across the top.

So that now gives me 20 cubes. But with 9' ceilings, the top row will be a little impractical to view/reach records. So I'll probably just use the bottom 14 for records and the top row for other stuff.

Here's the updated sketch:
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Great minds think alike.

The original intent was to leave the space between the cubes as wide as possible so it could function as a desk area if I ever removed the turntable (gasp) or for the next homeowner if we ever move (gasp).

I was originally going to just build a couple of shelves, but it turned out harder to cleanly and securely attach simple shelves to the side units, so last night I just bought another 2x2 Kallax cube and it's going in that upper space. That will be easier to attach crown molding across the top.

So that now gives me 20 cubes. But with 9' ceilings, the top row will be a little impractical to view/reach records. So I'll probably just use the bottom 14 for records and the top row for other stuff.

Here's the updated sketch:

Looks much better IMO with the extra cubes for vinyl. I bet it has been a fun project so far.

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Yep, lots of fun. I got most of it done tonight. Rock solid.

Still need to do cable management and trim/crown.

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Very nice, Callas.
Thank you Wabo!!!

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Hi everyone, first time poster, just getting into vintage audio and vinyl the last few months. Well, I grew up with vinyl and even acquired a record player about 10 years ago but never used it. It was kept boxed up for most of those years. Anyway, here is my setup... it was quite inexpensive and that was my goal. Perhaps later I will gradually upgrade but I am happy with the setup for now.

All prices include shipping (if applicable):

Pioneer PL15D turntable - Craigslist $90
Kenwood KA3500 amp - ebay approx $95
Kenwood KT5300 tuner - ebay approx $90
Kenwood KX620 cassette deck - ebay approx $90
Sony DVP NS975V dvd/cd player - ebay $25
Kenwood JL774 speakers - Goodwill $15

I bought the Sony DVD player because it was cheap, had a brushed silver face to match the Kenwood separates, and it can play SACD's. The speakers I took a chance on... saw them at a Goodwill, was pleased they were Kenwoods to match most of the rest of the setup, and figured the worst that could happen is I'd be out $15. Big deal. It turns out they work great and sound beautiful. I think they are circa 1989/90. Oh, there is an ipod sat on top of the CD player too but I already had that (had it a few years) so I am not factoring it into the cost.

Eventually, I might get another cube storage thing like the one in the photo. $60 from Target, not too shabby, and the perfect size for records. If I do that, I will throw out the old cheap black thing at the back that has the Xbox cases in it (yeah only the cases, the games are all by the TV!). The Nexera media cabinet that the components are on was also very cheap and commonly found but I like the slightly retro look of it. The veneer makes it look like something out of the 70's. It was only about $120 from Amazon.

The records in the box next to the cube thing recent purchases that still need cleaning (you'll note the trusty Spin Clean next to the right speaker). The small stack of records in front of the box, under the plastic sleeves, are ones I won't be keeping. Mostly 12" singles and a few duplicate albums.

Unfortunately, I only have a few cassettes right now (far right of the picture) because it's getting harder and harder to find them. Goodwill doesn't carry them anymore and neither do many other thrift stores. It's just a matter of keeping my eye out for them. I dig the cassettes but not enough to buy them on ebay... yet.

CD's are on top of the cube thing in the turquoise wood crates. Not too many, probably around 50, but I am not actively looking for those as much as I am the records. If I happen to see a good CD in a thrift store, I'll get it, but I am not looking for them in record stores or online.

I know the setup is very humble compared to many others but it sounds great, to me at least, and that's always the most important thing.
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Hi everyone, first time poster, just getting into vintage audio and vinyl the last few months. Well, I grew up with vinyl and even acquired a record player about 10 years ago but never used it. It was kept boxed up for most of those years. Anyway, here is my setup... it was quite inexpensive and that was my goal. Perhaps later I will gradually upgrade but I am happy with the setup for now.

All prices include shipping (if applicable):

Pioneer PL15D turntable - Craigslist $90
Kenwood KA3500 amp - ebay approx $95
Kenwood KT5300 tuner - ebay approx $90
Kenwood KX620 cassette deck - ebay approx $90
Sony DVP NS975V dvd/cd player - ebay $25
Kenwood JL774 speakers - Goodwill $15

I bought the Sony DVD player because it was cheap, had a brushed silver face to match the Kenwood separates, and it can play SACD's. The speakers I took a chance on... saw them at a Goodwill, was pleased they were Kenwoods to match most of the rest of the setup, and figured the worst that could happen is I'd be out $15. Big deal. It turns out they work great and sound beautiful. I think they are circa 1989/90. Oh, there is an ipod sat on top of the CD player too but I already had that (had it a few years) so I am not factoring it into the cost.

Eventually, I might get another cube storage thing like the one in the photo. $60 from Target, not too shabby, and the perfect size for records. If I do that, I will throw out the old cheap black thing at the back that has the Xbox cases in it (yeah only the cases, the games are all by the TV!). The Nexera media cabinet that the components are on was also very cheap and commonly found but I like the slightly retro look of it. The veneer makes it look like something out of the 70's. It was only about $120 from Amazon.

The records in the box next to the cube thing recent purchases that still need cleaning (you'll note the trusty Spin Clean next to the right speaker). The small stack of records in front of the box, under the plastic sleeves, are ones I won't be keeping. Mostly 12" singles and a few duplicate albums.

Unfortunately, I only have a few cassettes right now (far right of the picture) because it's getting harder and harder to find them. Goodwill doesn't carry them anymore and neither do many other thrift stores. It's just a matter of keeping my eye out for them. I dig the cassettes but not enough to buy them on ebay... yet.

CD's are on top of the cube thing in the turquoise wood crates. Not too many, probably around 50, but I am not actively looking for those as much as I am the records. If I happen to see a good CD in a thrift store, I'll get it, but I am not looking for them in record stores or online.

I know the setup is very humble compared to many others but it sounds great, to me at least, and that's always the most important thing.
Trust me.... you have an amazing system... inserting an eq in the chain might improve the quality a bit at the risk of frying your tweeters, you actually need to own something like this before you can appreciate a natural sounding system
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Thank you, balky! The Goodwill auction website had a Kenwood EQ that I was tempted to bid on a few weeks ago, but I read that a lot of people don't like EQ's because it's just adding one more thing in the way of the natural sound so I didn't bid on it.
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Thank you, balky! The Goodwill auction website had a Kenwood EQ that I was tempted to bid on a few weeks ago, but I read that a lot of people don't like EQ's because it's just adding one more thing in the way of the natural sound so I didn't bid on it.
Your speakers and room will dictate how natural the resulting sound will be, an eq sometimes can help....there are those fans of "straight wire" playback but considering the shortcomings caused by speakers in a given room, dsp can help (but has the potential to add something unwanted, just as it has the potential of making something better).

You might want to check the stylus/cartridge, it may have been abused....
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Hi everyone, first time poster, just getting into vintage audio and vinyl the last few months. Well, I grew up with vinyl and even acquired a record player about 10 years ago but never used it. It was kept boxed up for most of those years. Anyway, here is my setup... it was quite inexpensive and that was my goal. Perhaps later I will gradually upgrade but I am happy with the setup for now.

All prices include shipping (if applicable):

Pioneer PL15D turntable - Craigslist $90
Kenwood KA3500 amp - ebay approx $95
Kenwood KT5300 tuner - ebay approx $90
Kenwood KX620 cassette deck - ebay approx $90
Sony DVP NS975V dvd/cd player - ebay $25
Kenwood JL774 speakers - Goodwill $15

I bought the Sony DVD player because it was cheap, had a brushed silver face to match the Kenwood separates, and it can play SACD's. The speakers I took a chance on... saw them at a Goodwill, was pleased they were Kenwoods to match most of the rest of the setup, and figured the worst that could happen is I'd be out $15. Big deal. It turns out they work great and sound beautiful. I think they are circa 1989/90. Oh, there is an ipod sat on top of the CD player too but I already had that (had it a few years) so I am not factoring it into the cost.

Eventually, I might get another cube storage thing like the one in the photo. $60 from Target, not too shabby, and the perfect size for records. If I do that, I will throw out the old cheap black thing at the back that has the Xbox cases in it (yeah only the cases, the games are all by the TV!). The Nexera media cabinet that the components are on was also very cheap and commonly found but I like the slightly retro look of it. The veneer makes it look like something out of the 70's. It was only about $120 from Amazon.

The records in the box next to the cube thing recent purchases that still need cleaning (you'll note the trusty Spin Clean next to the right speaker). The small stack of records in front of the box, under the plastic sleeves, are ones I won't be keeping. Mostly 12" singles and a few duplicate albums.

Unfortunately, I only have a few cassettes right now (far right of the picture) because it's getting harder and harder to find them. Goodwill doesn't carry them anymore and neither do many other thrift stores. It's just a matter of keeping my eye out for them. I dig the cassettes but not enough to buy them on ebay... yet.

CD's are on top of the cube thing in the turquoise wood crates. Not too many, probably around 50, but I am not actively looking for those as much as I am the records. If I happen to see a good CD in a thrift store, I'll get it, but I am not looking for them in record stores or online.

I know the setup is very humble compared to many others but it sounds great, to me at least, and that's always the most important thing.

Nice vintage system.

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Your speakers and room will dictate how natural the resulting sound will be, an eq sometimes can help....there are those fans of "straight wire" playback but considering the shortcomings caused by speakers in a given room, dsp can help (but has the potential to add something unwanted, just as it has the potential of making something better).

You might want to check the stylus/cartridge, it may have been abused....
Hmm, well it is a small room (my office), and the speakers are very big for such a small room so I might have to think about it.

The stylus and cartridge are brand new. I tried using the Stanton 500 V3 from my old turntable and, while the stylus didn't really have that many hours on it, I wasn't satisfied with the amount of weight I was having to put on it to avoid sibilance. So, I bought the AT39E for $38 from Amazon and it sounds terrific. Much better than the AT for sure.
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Hmm, well it is a small room (my office), and the speakers are very big for such a small room so I might have to think about it.

The stylus and cartridge are brand new. I tried using the Stanton 500 V3 from my old turntable and, while the stylus didn't really have that many hours on it, I wasn't satisfied with the amount of weight I was having to put on it to avoid sibilance. So, I bought the AT39E for $38 from Amazon and it sounds terrific. Much better than the AT for sure.
Yow those are pretty good sized, especially for a small room.....not that I think that's a bad thing.
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Oops I meant AT95E. Not sure how I mis-typed 39.
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Hi everyone, first time poster, just getting into vintage audio and vinyl the last few months. Well, I grew up with vinyl and even acquired a record player about 10 years ago but never used it. It was kept boxed up for most of those years. Anyway, here is my setup... it was quite inexpensive and that was my goal. Perhaps later I will gradually upgrade but I am happy with the setup for now.

All prices include shipping (if applicable):

Pioneer PL15D turntable - Craigslist $90
Kenwood KA3500 amp - ebay approx $95
Kenwood KT5300 tuner - ebay approx $90
Kenwood KX620 cassette deck - ebay approx $90
Sony DVP NS975V dvd/cd player - ebay $25
Kenwood JL774 speakers - Goodwill $15

I bought the Sony DVD player because it was cheap, had a brushed silver face to match the Kenwood separates, and it can play SACD's. The speakers I took a chance on... saw them at a Goodwill, was pleased they were Kenwoods to match most of the rest of the setup, and figured the worst that could happen is I'd be out $15. Big deal. It turns out they work great and sound beautiful. I think they are circa 1989/90. Oh, there is an ipod sat on top of the CD player too but I already had that (had it a few years) so I am not factoring it into the cost.

Eventually, I might get another cube storage thing like the one in the photo. $60 from Target, not too shabby, and the perfect size for records. If I do that, I will throw out the old cheap black thing at the back that has the Xbox cases in it (yeah only the cases, the games are all by the TV!). The Nexera media cabinet that the components are on was also very cheap and commonly found but I like the slightly retro look of it. The veneer makes it look like something out of the 70's. It was only about $120 from Amazon.

The records in the box next to the cube thing recent purchases that still need cleaning (you'll note the trusty Spin Clean next to the right speaker). The small stack of records in front of the box, under the plastic sleeves, are ones I won't be keeping. Mostly 12" singles and a few duplicate albums.

Unfortunately, I only have a few cassettes right now (far right of the picture) because it's getting harder and harder to find them. Goodwill doesn't carry them anymore and neither do many other thrift stores. It's just a matter of keeping my eye out for them. I dig the cassettes but not enough to buy them on ebay... yet.

CD's are on top of the cube thing in the turquoise wood crates. Not too many, probably around 50, but I am not actively looking for those as much as I am the records. If I happen to see a good CD in a thrift store, I'll get it, but I am not looking for them in record stores or online.

I know the setup is very humble compared to many others but it sounds great, to me at least, and that's always the most important thing.

Love the rack the system is in, and I had always been a Kenwood fan when they were still doing good, solid home audio -- I had two of their integrated amps and even a CD changer. I was furious when I learned they turned to car audio only. Believe it or not, I used a Kenwood integrated amp when I DJ'ed years ago and that thing KICKED ASS...I mean, it sounded and delivered like a high-powered muscle amp.


I, too, want an EQ in my two-channel system but my stereo receiver won't allow for the hookup.

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Yesterday I added some trim and crown molding and straightened up the wires a little...

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Yesterday I added some trim and crown molding and straightened up the wires a little...
Are those speakers at the front of the cabinet or the back? Looks like they need to come out to the edge of the front but hard to tell from the pic....
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Yesterday I added some trim and crown molding and straightened up the wires a little...

Nice looking shelf, but where are the speakers??

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Nice looking shelf, but where are the speakers??
It's a Quadraphonic receiver... two speakers are in the corners behind me and the other 2 speakers are bookshelf Polks on top (you can see them behind the crown).

But now I'm stretching the scope of this 2-channel forum... my tube amp was 2 channel, then I added the sub and got 2.1, then I swapped out for the Quadraphonic receiver and got 4.1
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Are those speakers at the front of the cabinet or the back? Looks like they need to come out to the edge of the front but hard to tell from the pic....
Halfway between the back and the front.
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Halfway between the back and the front.
Any reason for that?

Moving them just slightly past the edge will help eliminate premature reflections from the "shelf" the speaker sit on.
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Im Gettin in on the Kallax Bandwagon as well. I just got these. This is my sound room / living room / children s play room / frequent beer drinking room. It is certainly compromised but sounds pretty good considering the layout. I am going to try to do something with absorptive window coverings soon. The main components are Dynaudio C4, bryston 100bsst integrated, VPI scout JR, oppo 103. Sorry for the crappy pic.

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Im Gettin in on the Kallax Bandwagon as well. I just got these. This is my sound room / living room / children s play room / frequent beer drinking room. It is certainly compromised but sounds pretty good considering the layout. I am going to try to do something with absorptive window coverings soon. The main components are Dynaudio C4, bryston 100bsst integrated, VPI scout JR, oppo 103. Sorry for the crappy pic.


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I believe Lovan, but I have had it 15 years or so.
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Any reason for that?

Moving them just slightly past the edge will help eliminate premature reflections from the "shelf" the speaker sit on.
Heh, heh, he said "help eliminate premature reflections".

Nah, no reason. Mainly to minimize them visually as much as possible. I also thought they'd be obstructed by the crown molding if I pulled them forward, but the drivers are blocked <1" by the crown, the tweeters not at all.

I pulled them forward for a listen.
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Yeah, Clarence's setup looks a little suspect to me from a speaker placement perspective -- indeed, I would pull those speakers closer to the shelf edge, though I wouldn't have them all the way up near the ceiling like that to begin with...my towers in my two channel system are spaced properly apart, firing directly at my listening position...
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