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1989 608ESD PICS

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by Johnnycanso » Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:03 am

Its head to head night for my stock 608esd & my "mildly" modded 608ESD. I'm goin to keep all the gear from around the same era. For this occasion i dug out my minty 1987 Luxman R-117 160wpc, crowned the top 2 channel receiver of the 1980's & yes it beat out the GX10ES for top spot, but not by much!
I'll be pairing the 608ESD's & R-117 up to my minty Paul Barton 1992 psb 800 speakers with a rated freq. range of 30Hz-21kHz...should be some great low-end!

Will chime in a bit later with a report on the 608ESD comparison!

Time to get things warmed up....

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by mykyll2727 » Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:09 pm

I'm looking forward to the results of your shootout._mykl
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by Johnnycanso » Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:44 am

Mykl:

I got one song into the comparison of the 608ESD's & company showed up , so everything got put on hold after that!
The 1st song i chose was an acoustic tune from Bryan Adams Unplugged MTV special. The cd is one of the better live acoustic recordings i have & i'd highly recommend owning. The song i used was a stripped down version of I'm Ready.

I used the modded 608 for the 1st go around. As soon as i hit play, Bryan's vocals were right out front & super clear, not hidin in the mixture like some recordings. The bass was nice, tight & clean & not too boomy, which i think helps the vocals to come through more natural. The acoustic guitar also shines & the trebles sweet & clear as well.

The stock 608 was lacking detail right from the get go. It was like someone turned the bass knob up a couple notches & the bass sounded really bloated & more muffled. Bryan's vocals were more hidden & held back with the added bass & not as clear or out front! The instruments in the song weren't as clear & precise either.

Without the comparison i wouldn't have noticed this as much or at all. Just goes to show what a few simple modds can do to the detail of a player. I know it was only one song, but I am still floored that there was such a noticeable difference between the two same players.
Curiousity has my goat now....i'm wondering what a power cord upgrade would do to my X7ESD!!!

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by David_S » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:57 pm

It is good to hear that the mods to your 608ESD paid off.  There is nothing better then also having a same model stock component for a comparison with the modded component.

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by mykyll2727 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:52 pm

JohnnyCanso_Glad to hear your mods made an improvement! When I discovered that certain tweaks made an improvement I went on a mission and began applying them to all my components. I think that's just the nature of component tweakers._mykl
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by Johnnycanso » Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:31 pm

I'm leaning towards keeping my X7ESD all factory original, but when i hear the results i'm hearing from simply mods as copper shielding the chassis & beefing up the AC plug & power cord...i'm torn!!!  
From the 608ESD & X33ES mods i've done i'm always hearing a tighter & snappy bottom-end, clearer vocals in the mids & it really cleans up the high-end trebles.

What to do, what to do......good problem to have i guess .

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by David_S » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:20 pm


On 2012-09-25 01:52, mykyll2727 wrote:
JohnnyCanso_Glad to hear your mods made an improvement! When I discovered that certain tweaks made an improvement I went on a mission and began applying them to all my components. I think that's just the nature of component tweakers._mykl

I tried going to MA (Modders Anonymous) but got thrown out when I started passing around extra capacitors at meetings.  I am also doomed to having a desire to mod all my components.

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by Johnnycanso » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:55 pm

Yes....but for some reason, after all the extensive mods under the hood of your GX10ES.....you continue to preserve the original "external" viewed power cord???
David...i have heard & recieved a huge difference in my stocker GX10ES by beefing up the original power supply cord & plug....& for the better i might add!!!!!! You say your 15000uF cap swap makes the GX sound more like a power amp....imagine feeding them with a Leviton Hosp. grade plug & thickly 14ga. wire!!!! As Bob Cole from HNIC would say.....Ohhhhhhhh BABY 
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by David_S » Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:59 pm


On 2012-10-12 20:55, Johnnycanso wrote:
Yes....but for some reason, after all the extensive mods under the hood of your GX10ES.....you continue to preserve the original "external" viewed power cord???
David...i have heard & recieved a huge difference in my stocker GX10ES by beefing up the original power supply cord & plug....& for the better i might add!!!!!! You say your 15000uF cap swap makes the GX sound more like a power amp....imagine feeding them with a Leviton Hosp. grade plug & thickly 14ga. wire!!!! As Bob Cole from HNIC would say.....Ohhhhhhhh BABY  

Not upgrading the GX10ES power cord doesn't make sense.  I think you talked me into it.

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by Johnnycanso » Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:18 am

Good to hear David!




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