Got started on my ST-120 last night and just about knocked out the VTA board. Little shortcut ... instead of having to deal with all those little plastic bags, I just threw all the resistors into a cup and picked at random as I went along. I mean ... they all look alike, right?
What's with the kaboom? There wasn't supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!
Now I got the bug, also looking at the PH15 and SP14. Problem being, I'm a quad kinda guy. Tried going stereo here in anticipation of a "clean" signal path, but no ... just ain't gonna do it. That leaves me with my Sansui QRX still in the cabinet, and if I'm gonna do that, might as well use that as a pre too, as well as an amp for the rears.
I do like the idea of a tube stage though. Not long ago, I would have thought it wouldn't be enough to make any difference as I have a decent enough outboard phono now, but that all changed when I got my TubeMagic DAC. That's just one tube, but changes the entire flavor of the output.
So now all we got to do is get these guys to put together a tube quad kit and a tube DAC, and we're good to go!
Oh, and a tube expander, and a tube holographic stage, and a tube bass synthesiser, and a ...