I visited Stereo Buyers' Brooklyn, NY headquarters to get a first-hand look at some vintage audio, and there were aisles and aisles of the most rarified gear to drool over. Not only that, owner Adam Wexler had a tasty vintage system ready for my listening pleasure: There was a magnificent Marantz Model 7 stereo preamp, rarer still a pair of Marantz Model 2 mono power amps in the center rack playing JBL L300 Summit speakers. It would be an understatement to say the sound knocked me off my feet! It sounded sweet and oh-so musical. The tall Red Rose Revelation R1 tower speakers lurking behind the JBLs weren't playing, more on them later.
The L300 was the consumer version of JBL's 4333 pro studio monitor speaker. Summits were built from 1975-1982, and they were designed by Greg Timbers, who worked at JBL for 43 years.
The Model 7 tube stereo preamp was designed and made in New York City when Dwight D. Eisenhower was President of the United States (1957), and today it's prized by vintage audiophiles all over the world. Great designs are timeless.
Made in the all-analog age the Model 7 has multiple phono equalizer settings that include one for playing 78 RPM records.
The Model 7 preamp and a pair of Marantz tube mono power amps were carefully maintained by the previous owner. Now some lucky well-heeled audiophiles will snag these Marantz components. They are the Holy Grail of 1950s American audiophile electronics for a good reason: They still sound amazing.
These Mark Levinson & Red Rose Music speakers were $45,000 when new in the early 2000s. These speakers use large ribbon tweeters and sixteen Dynaudio drivers, the towers weight 300 pounds (136 kg) each.
Top to bottom: Marantz Model 7 preamp, the Holo Spring digital converter, Marantz Model 2 power amps on the bottom two shelves.
Not all of Stereo Buyers gear is vintage, these magnificent 802s are the current model with the latest diamond tweeters.
Just a few feet from the 802 D3s stood these beauties that commemorated the company's 40th Anniversary. The Signature Diamond was a limited production model, only 1,000 pair were made.
By the early 1970s transistor designs ruled the audio scene, but then Audio Research in Plymouth, Minnesota came along and said there was still life in those old tubes. In 2018 many audiophiles would still agree.
That's David going over a pair of old McIntosh tube amps. He checks out every piece to make sure it's in good working condition. Stereo Buyers ships to customers worldwide.
More early 1960s pizazz courtesy of this tube stereo receiver, complete with the wood case.
Another tube classic design from the golden age of American made audio in the early 1960s.
The Genesis VI speakers were designed by the legendary Arnie Nudell, who was trained as a nuclear physicist and a laser physicist, but found his true calling with speaker design with his two companies, Infinity and later with Genesis. These speakers date from the late 1990s.
This iconic tuner was designed by Richard Modaferri and it uses his patented RIMO filter. MR78s were made from 1972 to 1979 in upstate NY.
It's kind of ugly, but this early hybrid tube/solid-state power amp from New York Audio Labs, the Moscode 600, is a really powerful amp (300 watts per channel).
Ken Shindo started his company in 1977, and over the years I've had more than a few friends who've been steadfast Shindo fanatics. These made in Tokyo, Japan electronics are lovely sounding pieces.
Of course Shindo preamp owners usually pair them with Shindo power amps, like these Montille mono amplifiers.
Everywhere I turned there was more gear!
So much stuff!
It's almost too much.
Adam shows off his AC DC poster. I had a grand time at Stereo Buyers, thanks Adam!