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Re: 1984...2015

Postby Axel » Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:44 pm

And here is the lodgeable version - the R1s do sound heavenly but really are, physically, monsters.

I'd like to fit the TC-K88B in another TAC-70 but I'd have to find another of the latter and the K88B is too deep anyway ; otherwise it's a perfect fit, albeit much too heavy for such flimsy enclosures.
Not "flimsy" but made to hold only lightweight units : 4,6kg (V700) or 3,7kg (T700) vs the 10kg of the K88B !

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Yes I have been blessed in finding (or being given) almost always NOS components, and almost always TOTL ones, too :
the TA-N7B, TA-AX7, PS-Q7, CDP-101, CD303, TC-K88B, DTC-2000ES, V700/T700, CD-95 and PS-8750 are all as new as can be !

TVK proved a huge failure but my forever system is a success... call that a slight revenge ;-)
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Re: 1984...2015

Postby Stoffie » Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:34 pm

Very nice setup Axel! Those 55 components are just pretty, especially when encompassed by the TAC cabinets.

But how come the switches and knobs look black ? Is that just the way the picture was taken ? Nice touch anyway!

I've been enjoying my TA-F55 for quite some time in the past, I might have to press it back into service one of these days.

You sure are lucky to find all these minters! Jealous, still!
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Re: 1984...2015

Postby Axel » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:10 pm

Those are the Wega versions : V700 (=F55) and T700 (=J55).
Bar the different scripting and colors (all buttons/knobs & V700 display) and anodizing (fronts), they are technically fully equivalent to the F55 and J55.

About 2000 V700 made, possibly more of the T700 - very rare nowadays, but always very... cheap !
No idea why people haven't yet caught up to the (sound) qualities and reliability ; same for the Precise TA-P7F - I guess some will remain sleepers forever...
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Re: 1984...2015

Postby Stoffie » Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:17 am

Ah! I should have noticed the lacking Sony moniker in the top left corner! The WEGA treatment definitely gives them a certain distinction I like a lot.

Rare doesn't always have to mean big bucks, but that in itself is a rare thing in this world.
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Re: 1984...2015

Postby Axel » Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:03 am

The entire scripting is Hellgrau, and closer to hell than grau if you understand my German.
("hell" in german means "light", "clear" so hellgrau is light-grey)

This is the same color scheme as what made for the 86Bs and 88Bs (except for the latter the scripting is stamped + painted) and that is part of what makes them remain "light" and not burdened by text allover (à la Onkyo or Yamaha) and despite the fact that the font itself is slightly bigger on the Wegas.
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Re: 1984...2015

Postby Axel » Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:31 am

And if you wonder, the actual tint of those Wegas is NOT the same as :

> the 6s and 7s "B" (N7B, A6B etc ; ranging from warm-grey to green-ish),
> the Falcon's "B" (TAE-20FB, TC-15FB etc ; very warm red-ish),
> the 86s and 88s "B" (E86B, K88B etc ; ranging from pure neutral grey to verging toward either cold [magenta] or warm [yellow]),

The Wega finish is way more neutral than the former two but it nevertheless has a slight warm (yello-ish) undertone.

Anodizing is also shinier than that of the "B" pre-Esprit so it reacts to ambient light much faster and stronger : one has to put a 1kW lamp up close to get some reflections from the 86B/88Bs !).
The end result is very close to the mid/late 1980s "titanium" Yamahas but warmer in tint and smoother in surface with less "hairlines" - call that perfection :)
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Re: 1984...2015

Postby NEMOaudio » Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:16 pm

I think my WEGA C120 is slightly darker (called gun grey in the brochure) then the YAMAHA Titanium and the lettering is not so "hell" just gray :)

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Re: 1984...2015

Postby MarkB » Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:15 pm

Stoffie wrote:Very nice setup Axel! Those 55 components are just pretty, especially when encompassed by the TAC cabinets.


The cabinet is wonderful. I don't suppose they're available in the US, but can someone provide a link to a catalog?
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