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Is old audio gear built better than new audio gear

Poll Results: Is new audio gear built with less quality than old audio gear

 
  • 50% (1)
    Hell ya'
  • 0% (0)
    Yes, but not enough that anyone should worry about
  • 0% (0)
    Maybe
  • 50% (1)
    Hell no old gear was the worst.
2 Total Votes  
post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Old is anything made after the before, I don't know, let's say before the 90's. New gear is anything after the 90's.

We are talking about build quality not audio quality, if you have never used old receivers (or any piece of audio related gear) than please don't vote.

Please let us know what gear you are basing your opinion on.
post #2 of 6
Well, if one set is before the 90s and one set is after the 90s then there is nothing in the 90s to be considered? smile.gif

I still use my Technics SL1200mkII, some Carver amps (2 M500t's and 1 M500), a Carver preamp (C-1); those are all from the 80s. I had a nice Fisher receiver my dad got sometime in the 60s and I used that into the early 80s before drinks got spilled on it during a party. I think all that stuff was very well built with quality components and could be expected to last quite a while.

The components I've purchased in the 90s and since I don't think are as well built for the long run; a Pioneer receiver (VSX505) ran I think somewhere around 10 years before developing an annoying buzz, a Pioneer 919 I bought a few years ago crapped out a little after 2 years (think HDMI board issues, some analog stuff still works). I bought a Samsung Blu-Ray BDD6100 that developed issues on blu-ray discs after several months (plays dvds fine tho). The first flat panel I bought, a UN60C6300, had excessive flashlighting/clouding and had to be returned, but the PN59D8000 I replaced it with has been fine so far despite too others having a variety of issues. First iPod I had crapped out in a few months as did an early Sansa player. Had a DirecTV dvr (HR21?) crap out in two years. Several laptop computers with broken ac power/board junctions and one with hinge electronics poop out. Current manufacturing, transportation and pricepoint issues all conspire against well built and maintainable a/v gear in general, though; it's disposable now.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by lovinthehd View Post

Well, if one set is before the 90s and one set is after the 90s then there is nothing in the 90s to be considered? smile.gif

I still use my Technics SL1200mkII, some Carver amps (2 M500t's and 1 M500), a Carver preamp (C-1); those are all from the 80s. I had a nice Fisher receiver my dad got sometime in the 60s and I used that into the early 80s before drinks got spilled on it during a party. I think all that stuff was very well built with quality components and could be expected to last quite a while. The components I've purchased in the 90s and since I don't think are as well built for the long run; a Pioneer receiver (VSX505) ran I think somewhere around 10 years before developing an annoying buzz, a Pioneer 919 I bought a few years ago crapped out a little after 2 years (think HDMI board issues, some analog stuff still works). I bought a Samsung Blu-Ray BDD6100 that developed issues on blu-ray discs after several months (plays dvds fine tho). The first flat panel I bought, a UN60C6300, had excessive flashlighting/clouding and had to be returned, but the PN59D8000 I replaced it with has been fine so far despite too others having a variety of issues. First iPod I had crapped out in a few months as did an early Sansa player. Had a DirecTV dvr (HR21?) crap out in two years. Several laptop computers with broken ac power/board junctions and one with hinge electronics poop out. Current manufacturing, transportation and pricepoint issues all conspire against well built and maintainable a/v gear in general, though; it's disposable now.

Ha I should have put anything made in the 90's and after tongue.gif

My old Technics SA-200 is developing capacitors issues which sucks because I really loved it and it died after two weeks of using it frown.gif Tv's imo haven't really changed in terms of build quality. Every tube TV I've seen is well over 10 years old and hasn't failed. I've seen early flat screen monitors that still work.

Set-top boxes and modems, these day's, have micro-processors that run at such high temperatures, and usually don't have the best ventilation in the world, so there bound to fail. Laptops are bound to fail because not only are the components shoved in a small case with little to no ventilation; they also have lots of sensitive moving parts.
post #4 of 6
That reminds me, I had a hand-me down MGA color tv that despite dropping from a chair onto the ground once and crushing a corner, lived for many many years (25 or so), and I had a Sony 32" trinitron I replaced with my first flat panel that had done duty for probably 20 years and was still working fine when I gave it away (too damn heavy to do anything with but put it outside with a "free" sign on it and it disappeared within the hour). Those were built like tanks (and had the heft to prove it).
post #5 of 6
I'm torn a bit , some of the recent upgrades I've made will need some time to tell if there construction and reliability are up to snuff, some is extremely well made and some not so much here and there. As a whole I'd say depends on how much you spend.

We shall indeed see, as time tells the story wink.gif
post #6 of 6
Think this really depends on the Manufacturer. Older Denon stuff was made much better then the new stuff. New stuff made in China is much lower quality then the older stuff. Just pick up a old Denon and a new one. A good transformer has weight. New Integra stuff seems well made, although I had issues with the HDMI board in my last gen Onkyo (which is the same brand) so not so sure they are made to last either...
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