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  • xmax
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    I clean pots with contact cleaner, then Deoxit fader lube F5. Works great!

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  • Wolf
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    ....make sure it's the Deoxit Faderlube type, not contact cleaner. Contact cleaner can degrade pots.

    Later,
    Wolf

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  • Millstonemike
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    Originally posted by 1108 View Post
    Yes there was scratchiness, low volume and sometimes no volume.
    Spray into the controls (pots/sliders) with Deoxit (PE sells a brand). That clears up the issue after a little working back and forth.

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  • 1108
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    Yes there was scratchiness, low volume and sometimes no volume.

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  • scardeal
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    1108, Thanks for the tip. I might see if I can get it working again just as a backup for the time being. When you had that, was it just low volume or was there scratchiness being introduced?

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  • 1108
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    In case you're interested in trying to resurrect the Technics, I had the same problem with my 300A. It was the balance pot. Worked it back and forth several times and the weak channel came back. Still need to do that from time to time.

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  • Sydney
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    Originally posted by scardeal View Post
    I dug through the good thrift store this weekend and picked up a late 80s vintage Onkyo TX-860 for $35. Apparently it'll drive a 4-Ohm load. How'd I do?..
    Pretty good
    ( I just took 2 Receivers to the local Recycling Center - too far for y'all however )

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  • craigk
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    Originally posted by scardeal View Post
    I dug through the good thrift store this weekend and picked up a late 80s vintage Onkyo TX-860 for $35. Apparently it'll drive a 4-Ohm load. How'd I do? Does it beat a cheap class D mini amp?

    I had decided that if I was going to spend non-pocket change money, I wanted to spend the money on an Emotiva. But it's not in the budget for the moment with Christmas and all of its expenses.

    you did well.

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  • scardeal
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    I dug through the good thrift store this weekend and picked up a late 80s vintage Onkyo TX-860 for $35. Apparently it'll drive a 4-Ohm load. How'd I do? Does it beat a cheap class D mini amp?

    I had decided that if I was going to spend non-pocket change money, I wanted to spend the money on an Emotiva. But it's not in the budget for the moment with Christmas and all of its expenses.

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  • scottq
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    Hands down, I think the Emotiva A-100 is a great way to go if you want new.
    If you're OK with something a little bigger, you could check out a used Adcom GFA-535 II (60w/ch @ 8Ω, 100W/ch @ 4Ω), which you can get for under $200 shipped at that one auction site. You might even find a GFA-545 II for about $250 shipped if you shop around a bit.

    IMO, that Emotiva A-100 is about the best bang for buck around. It competes in SQ with a lot of amps, besting Parasound, ATI, Outlaw, and certainly blows away any receiver I have ever heard (Denon, Marantz, Yamaha, Onkyo, Samsung <eyeroll>, Pioneer, and others). The A-100 packs a surprising punch and is very clean 50W/ch. Unless you need power (e.g. subwoofer or monkey coffins at party volumes), the A-100 is the best I've heard up to double or 3x it's price. The old XPA-200 or UPA-2 is the next step up, IMO. Unfortunately, they don't have an equivalent to that anymore (the new A300 in power rating is similar, but the amp modules are notably different between XPA-200/UPA-2 and A-300, which is basically the old UPA-200).

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  • Dabspok
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    +1 On the Marantz. I have a 6006, but the smaller 1500 - 1600 series are slim and still have that Marantz smoothness. They rate.their power to a distortion mark that's really low so the power is typically under rated. The newer ones have wireless capability.

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  • scottsehlin
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    My vote would go to the SMSL Q5 pro. Built in USB dac, optical digital out and sub out and remote control. I used it in my Helium Sound bar project and have been happy with output and quality.

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  • Kornbread
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    Yea, I know, you guys are going to hang me on this one, but I still like the sound of the dta120. No, it's not perfect, far from it, but to my old ears, it just sounds good. It probably only has 30 - 40 real watts, the volume control isn't linear at low volumes, and the bass is a bit much ... but it has good control of that bass. It's also small so it takes up little room on the computer desk.

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  • Psycoacoustics
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  • Squidspeak
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    There are incredible deals on used amps and/or recievers. I just picked up a Marantz 5.1 receiver 105w/ch for $90 for a friend who bought one of my speaker
    projects. You can find some nice deals if you look, good luck Mike

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