What new gear have you just bought?

 I figured this might be an interesting topic for people of all levels of audio knowledge. For folks like me at the lower end of the spectrum, we might even learn some things from it.

 I'll start off with a couple of my recent purchases which entails a CD recorder and a CD player.

 A couple of weeks ago I purchased the Tascam CD-RW900SX CD Recorder/Player. I bought this to make a CD out of an old cassette I made way back in 1988. The tape still sounds mint but it won't forever so I wanted the digital copy before it was too late. The machine itself works pretty good. I had a tough time with some of the instructions but finally figured most of it out. The CD's came out great. It took two blank CD's because it is a 90 minute cassette. If anybody is wondering, I used Maxell blank CD's. I'll get some Verbatim blank discs now that I know what I'm doing. The cassette was done on a Maxell XLll blank tape 35 years ago.


 My other recent purchase was this week. I bought a Rotel CD11 Tribute (Black) CD player. The Rotel name seems to come up on Audiogon a lot so I figured it must be decent for it's price range. I could simply use the aforementioned recorder as a player also  but I don't want to use the transport in the recorder for simple playback so it will last longer. The Rotel  sounds pretty good to me in my system for as much as I've tried it out so far. Especially for it's price range. All I've played so far was Robert Plant Fate of Nations because it was the first thing I grabbed off the shelf. This weekend I'll check it out further with some Pink Floyd and a little classical music to boot. Specifically,Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. I love the rendition I have of that with real cannon and musket fire!

 The Rotel CD11 Tribute is not a super expensive CD player but it will be a good stand-in until I can get my vintage Harman Kardon CD players serviced. Two of them stopped reading discs just a few weeks apart.

 Anybody else want to share some recent purchases? I'll be sure to look up more information on anything that piques my interest.  Also, if anyone has any questions on my recent acquisitions I'll do my best to answer them . Thanks.



It looks interesting...  i am the type of guy that is very skeptical of any tweeks.    You would have to prove to me in a real world setting that it works.   It would have to be more than subtle 

Schiit Loki Max. Just bought it, not here yet. Will use it with CD transport, streamer, tuner and DVD player. Main TT will remain pure. Secondary TT already has the Puffin. I am all after the best sound for my ears and could care less how I get there. Can't wait to see the Loki Max knobs turning on their own via remote from my listening seat. That will be cool, and the sound adjustments hopefully will be just as cool. 

A pair of Radian 5210 - 10" Coaxial drivers and (realizing my own limitations) a new Crossover pair (designed and made by Solen, Montreal). Many thanks to both Lowes and HD, the new cabinets/insulation/damping and stands are as imagined. Early in the Test/Adjust cycle but I have decided to retire my ESL's... :)

Yesterday I finished an EAR 834 clone (black board).  Sounds great!

Not going to replace my Modwright PH9.0 but would be a nice back up if I hadn't butchered the chassis!

just this past year i bought some homemade mogami 2539 interconnects, a redboy microtrans SUT and a denon DL-301mk2, and a homemade 2549 phono cable for my redboy SUT. bought quite a few tubes as well. im pretty thrilled. ill have the time in a coupla of months to put all this to work.