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Adrian Caspersz
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Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:45 pm   



On 09/11/2019 09:51, Chris wrote:

Quote:
It had an unusual (and very cool) feature I'd never seen before or since
which hopefully will identify it: a quite small volume knob with a little
red LED on one edge of it which lit-up and physically rotated whenever
the remote control unit's volume button was activated.


Marantz?

Do a google for "Hifi year book", and start reading from the mid eighties.

Various publications online

http://www.worldofhifi.dk/?page=galleries&album=hele_hi-fi_og_video_revyen-86

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Adrian C

Winfield Hill
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Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:45 pm   



Chris wrote...
Quote:

It had an unusual (and very cool) feature I'd never seen
before or since which hopefully will identify it: a quite
small volume knob with a little red LED on one edge of it
which lit-up and physically rotated whenever the remote
control unit's volume button was activated.


Our amplifier at home has that feature, and it's black.
but my memory is the volume knob is big. We bought it
about 1993 or so. I assume that many amplifiers have
an LED feature like that.


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Thanks,
- Win

Chris
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Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:45 am   



OK, thanks to everyone who responded. I'd thought that volume feature
would be unique to one manufacturer to be honest - I've never seen it on
any other amp. I think now someone mentioned JVC and that *does* ring a
bell. It's just that I'd never equated JVC with the best of the amps of
that era. Looks like I may have to review my prejudices.
The search goes on...

Amanda Riphnykhazova
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Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:45 pm   



If it was head and shoulders better than all the rest, It was probably a Nakamichi. mine has that light feature you mention, though you may be concertinaing time. It is quite a bit newer than you remember

amdx
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Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:45 am   



On 11/9/2019 9:17 PM, Phil Allison wrote:
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tabb...@gmail.com wrote:

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google imagines for japanese amp doesn't get you anything?


** Might as well Google "cat" and select images in order to find your missing one.


.... Phil


That's not a terrible idea, but, I would try searching Ebay and zip
through several hundred pictures of amplifiers, one might pop out at you.
Mikek

amdx
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Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:45 am   



On 11/9/2019 3:51 AM, Chris wrote:
Quote:
Hi all,

Without venturing into 'stupid money territory' the best quality audio by
far I've ever heard came from one particular solid state stereo amplifier
I'd be interested in re-acquainting myself with. Unfortunately I can't
recall the make or model number which is obviously a big barrier to the
desired reunion. However, if I mention some scant details I *do* remember
about it, maybe it will jog someone's memory.
What I _do_ recall is the following:-

It wasn't a Technics branded amp but neither was it one of the budget
brands.
It wasn't of European manufacture (I'm pretty sure it was Japanese).
It was the standard "separates" size of the late eighties/early nineties
and I owned one briefly 16 years ago so it can't be any later than 2003
and probably much earlier.
It had an all black finish.
It was only 60W per channel but punched above its weight in this respect
and produced _the_ most outstanding sound quality.
It was massively heavy on one side so must have had a _very_ substantial
transformer for such a relatively low power amp.
It had an unusual (and very cool) feature I'd never seen before or since
which hopefully will identify it: a quite small volume knob with a little
red LED on one edge of it which lit-up and physically rotated whenever
the remote control unit's volume button was activated.

Does that ring any bells with anyone? I wouldn't mind trying to find
another one!


Marantz or Macintosh? But really in the end, you have to have a pretty
poor amplifier for the speakers not to be the limiting factor.

IMHO, Mikek

Winfield Hill
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Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:45 pm   



amdx wrote...
Quote:

On 11/9/2019 3:51 AM, Chris wrote:

It had an unusual (and very cool) feature I'd never seen
before or since which hopefully will identify it: a quite
small volume knob with a little red LED on one edge of it
which lit-up and physically rotated whenever the remote
control unit's volume button was activated.


Too bad, actually quite a few amplifiers had that
feature, my wife's parents had one in Florida.


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Thanks,
- Win

Lucifer
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Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:45 am   



On 28 Mar 2020 06:51:12 -0700, Winfield Hill <winfieldhill_at_yahoo.com>
wrote:

Quote:
amdx wrote...

On 11/9/2019 3:51 AM, Chris wrote:

It had an unusual (and very cool) feature I'd never seen
before or since which hopefully will identify it: a quite
small volume knob with a little red LED on one edge of it
which lit-up and physically rotated whenever the remote
control unit's volume button was activated.

Too bad, actually quite a few amplifiers had that
feature, my wife's parents had one in Florida.


My current amp has that feature.

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