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Old 11th February 2006, 08:31 AM   #1
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I've restarted my interest in audio after a bit of a hiatus due to working abroad.

I've been reading the forums here this week and have found some lively topics to say the least, there are lots of oppinions and a wealth of information to be had.

To the Admins, Moderators and Posters alike I say thank you for providing such an excellent information resource.

My system as it stands today is:

Two Marantz PM-94 Digitals (the black ones)
Marantz CD-67SE (I got this temporary a few years back when my CD-85 broke)
Technics SL-1210 MKII & Ortofon Concorde Nightclub (I play a lot of Disco & House 12")
Linn Keilidh's (passive bi-amped using PM-94's & QED Silver Anniversary)

Over the next few weeks I'm looking for a decent CD player, probably Marantz CD-94 MK1 or II, or Marantz CD-80 then I'll have a go at modding it myself.

I'm also thinking about making the system Active probably using a Linn Aktiv Tunebox & Aktiv Keilidh cards.
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Old 12th February 2006, 09:53 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I see you are in Blackburn and have a fair amount of Philips kit. Coincidence? (I once went on an AES trip around the Blackburn PDO CD pressing plant.)
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Old 12th February 2006, 10:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for the welcome, actually a few of my friends have worked for Philips at the plant you speak of, though it has no bearing on why I have quite a bit of Philips gear. I'm not sure if CD's are still manufactured there, I know CRT's and I think some LCD's are being made there on the same site, a friend of mine is a tool maker at the site.

I actually got both PM-94's a long time back, they where ex-demo used by Marantz themselves as part of some kind of roadshow or exhibit, back then I think it was early 1990 or late 89 a PM-94 cost 1200 pounds, I got both of them for that price and they'd had new cases, facias and knobs fitted at the factory. One of them is what appears to be a MkI (phono direct) the other a MkII (cd/phono direct).

They where at my local dealer who'd just taken the Marantz franchise on the week prior, anyway I got first refusal on them and he hooked them up bi-amped to a pair of Tannoy DC-3000 loudspeakers. It took me about 10 seconds to decide I wanted them. I've never even considered replacing them, a friend of mine who's into valve equipment loves the sound of them when they're in class A mode.

I had a CD-85 and loved it but it broke such a long time ago I can't remeber what I did with it or what even went wrong, hence I'd like a CD-94 but they are getting on a bit so I might go for a CD-10 or CD-17 KI, or a CD-80 as parts seem to be availble for them.

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