Today I’ve taken the next step further in building my own Hi-Fi up, got an amp.
This is a Yamaha Natural Sound A-09 stereo amp, which I found for £15 in a pawn shop, absolute bargain! Currently as I have no Hi-Fi style speakers, this is strictly a headphone amp until I can locate some speakers. (these need 8ohm speakers that can take up to a 50 watt per channel load, well, 50 watts if you turn it up to 10)
So far there’s only one issue with it and that is both my record player and amp both have an RIAA EQ curve built in, so if I plug the record player into the phono input, everything sounds like Sunn O))). At the moment I can’t locate a switch to disable the curve on one or other so currently the tuner is records, tape is tape and CD is Aux due to a 3.5mm cable sticking out of it (intentionally).
The tape line is pretty interesting, as it is a tape monitor line rather than straight up line in. Basically if you’re dubbing your favourite gramophone or compact disk to cassette, when you turn on tape monitor the line in for said input is muted to the speakers but still goes on the record out to the tape deck, which is really useful for say if you have your eyes on dubbing shitty tape demos of Noise, just as an option.
Next step in my Junk-Fi/Hi-Fi getting some actual Hi-Fi speakers, pretty sure I can find some dirt cheap ones second hand. Then after that its replacing CD and record player, as the CD player is a portable one, but has a line out (thank you Goodmans, you design well) and record player as whilst Ion gets more stick than they deserve, if you notice the balance is absolutely fucked, basically its RIGHT CHANNNNNNNNNNEL lft chnl… (definitely record not amp, as tape/cd/other aux is totally fine)
God knows how long any of this stuff will last, its old and second hand, but currently its suiting me fine as a dude doing shit on the cheap as money is an object and one that doesn’t come by the dumptruck for moi.
I think that’s enough Hi-Fi talk. Its rad, music is rad, music sounds rad through that, that is a rad positioning in life.