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In Reply to: RE: Better than Bluesound Node but less than $1k posted by Joe Backer on February 19, 2022 at 10:34:08
Did you use the DAC in the Node, or an external DAC? I'm using a Schiit Bifrost with the Node and am quite happy with the sound and soundstage. That combination has even brought a surprisingly good soundstage from my JBL L100's in the Florida house. Of course, the two of them together are more than your price point...
I had a pair of JBL L100's in the 1980's. They had the blue foam grills. Those were my first set of hefty speakers that I ever owned. I bought them from a friend who was tight on cash at the time so I bought his Kenwood Integrated too. I kind of miss them!
Yup, blue grills. Got them at the end of my freshman year at the U of Minn. At the time I had a Sony receiver and a Garrard Zero 100 turntable. I eventually got a Dynaco ST 150 amp, then a Dynaco PAT-5 preamp. Had to get a woofer reconed a few times... Around 1984 I got my first pair of Magnepans and the JBL's went into storage until about 6 years ago.
I had been using them in an unfinished basement, playing classic concerts on YouTube while working out. Needless to say I didn't put any effort into setting them up. I decided to bring the JBL'S to the winter house in Florida, along with a Van Alstine Transcendence preamp from around 1985 (built in the PAT-5 chassis) and a Audio Research D-52B amp I bought used in the mid 80's.
I just wanted to listen to some music down here and already had this system, so I figured, why not? The Bluesound Node and Schiit Bifrost came along as the music source. It was obvious pretty quickly that one of the tweeters is shot, so I've got a new pair on order. The JBL'S - and the amp and preamp - sound better than they have any right to and I'm mighty glad I hung onto them all these years.
What kind of piano is that, that is, the company mfg, name?
It's a 1930's Ivers & Pond console piano. The exterior is in good shape but the innerds could use some work. The piano has been in my wife's family for a long time. Her grandmother used to rock it playing barrelhouse boogie woogie. Now it's a classy equipment rack. ;^)
Neat. Except for the music rack, it looks. a lot like an Everett model. Long time ago I worked in the Everet Piano factory in South Haven, Michigan, so my curiosity was peeked.
Thanks for sharing the photo of your blue-grilled L100's. Very nice! I didn't have stands for mine so I placed a couple hockey pucks under the front and leaned them back.
I had my L100's until about 1992 or so when I became friends with an audiophile co-worker. He had high-end Krell and Martin-Logans. This friend convinced me to get rid off my JBL 'party speakers' as he called them to buy something more serious.
I ended up with a used pair of Thiel CS1.5 speakers which may have been 'better' but in retrospect I didn't think the JBL's were bad sounding. I picked up some used Classe electronics about the same time. The rest is history and has been an ongoing money pit!
Yup, I should have kept the JBL L100's !
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