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Old 2nd February 2008, 11:11 AM   #1
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Default Finally have my DC300a hooked up !!

Bought a DC300a last year , very good example , clean & original.
Did intend to hook it with my Quad 44 pre and use it then.
Changed my mind and decided to look for an IC-150 pre and after almost a year of trawling ebay I got one !! A real minter in full working order and , critically , a 240 volt line version !

This is the thing , I had previously considered my Quad 44 / 606 (with some custom mods of my own !) to be a good sounding combination and whilst not expecting miracles from the Crown duo , I have been knocked sideways by the results !!

On paper the 300a is not that much more powerful than the Quad but it is in practice , with more authority and more sharply defined bass.

Overall the sound is more lucid and articulate , something I definitely was not expecting !!!

Over the years I've heard many fine systems including some really high end stuff , but this '76 ish vintage combo stands comparison without shame , indeed , it would surprise many !!

Now I'm thinking it might be wise to replace the reservoir caps and any other known components prone to failure , any comment sthere would be welcome.

For now , the Quads will go into storage while I continue to explore the Crown's sonic abilities !!
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Old 2nd February 2008, 11:25 AM   #2
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hello,

Glad you are happy with the crown dc300a......

people either love or hate the ic150!

A good place to start with replacing parts is to replace the 3 smallish electrolytic capacitors on the main board....

Also the 2 x mpsa92/93 transistors which are on the little dual heatsink on the mainboard.....
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did you read
http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/showt...65#post1007165
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Old 2nd February 2008, 11:50 AM   #4
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LOL !! Yeah , I read that thread , took me an afternoon !! Thanks.

There seems to be a widely diverse oppinion on the 300a , all I can say is that it lives up to my dream !! LOL !!

KRM , did u ever find that TX ??
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Yes there are many opinions on the DC300a and the DC300 Series II, but I just love the sound from my DC300 II's
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Good to know another DC300a advocate !!
I may look for another now and use them as bridged mono's !!!

Omitted to mention , I also found an original manual for it !! Lots of very useful info is included.
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Old 2nd February 2008, 12:40 PM   #7
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How is the IC150 compared to the QUAD ??
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Old 2nd February 2008, 01:57 PM   #8
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Default info for free

check out the crown website, legacy products section, loads of free info................ i read and helped with the previous thread...

lots of us love the crown dc300a still...and why not!

alas im still looking for a dc300a tx!
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Old 2nd February 2008, 02:56 PM   #9
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How is the IC150 compared to the QUAD ??
I haven't tried the Quad 44 with the DC300a so cant make a comparison directly with the IC-150.

However , it must be making a large contribution to the overall sonic quality in combination with the DC300a.

I would describe it as expressive , detailed & smooth. As a benefit the retro looks are cool !!
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