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So, prepare to put up your dukes. First, we prefer products made by a major manufacturer, meaning that you can still get repairs or, at least, parts. That said, there are a few exceptions on the list.
Vintage Amp Room emulates three great and classic guitar amps in a complete studio set-up with speaker cabinets and fully flexible microphone positioning. It's easy to use for live performances and recordings, as well as for re-amping and last-minute tweaking. The three guitar amplifiers we simulated in Vintage Amp Room are timeless classics that have deserved their place in the history of guitar based music.
Amazingly, its clear, three-dimensional sound is comparable to many amplifiers made today. McIntosh MC While the MC put the signature big blue meters in the market, many people consider this the greatest amplifier ever made. Released in as the MI for commercial applications, it eclipsed any amplifier of the day with an extraordinary watts per channel.
Think of CD players and Philips will be one of the first names to come to mind. This is not necessarily the case when it comes to turntables, even though the company has produced a multitude of models over the years. Its turntable motors could be found in the early Linn LP12 and many other similar designs, yet to most British listeners a complete Philips turntable, like the AF seen here, is something of a novelty.
We've often referred to a stereo amplifier as the heart of a hi-fi system, the rug that knits a system together. Considering its importance, it pays to pick a good one. A less than adequate performer could bring a system's potential down by a couple of notches.
Paul Rigby follows his guide to vintage turntables with a look at some of the old-school amps that will bring out the best in your records. The biggest mistake you can make about hi-fi is believing that new is always best. That all hi-fi aged by more than a few years is past it and worthless and not even worth plugging in, never mind using.