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why no more vu meters ?

Bring them back I say Blum 3 , not only do they look cool, they had a genuine use if you like to push you amp , the vu would tell you if you a getting to that dangerous clipping state, wouldnt they ? 

even budget amps in the seventies and eighties had them, surely its not a cost thing, 

  

 

 

 

 

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RE: why no more vu meters ?

The Reference AI- 501DA amplifier looks gorgeous.

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RE: why no more vu meters ?

I like those big onkyo ones

it does seem they only get put on 'reference' power amps now, thisis my point, whereas they were commonplace on intergrates a a couple decades ago, 

marantz even put in ocilloscopes in their tuners :O , which seems a bit OTT ,  love this u tube clip, good choice of music.... I bet some of this stuff sounds better than a lot of todays offerings,  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pzo1xfbKag, 

  

 

 

 

 

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RE: why no more vu meters ?

sorry about the spelling, the wines out early tonight :cheers: , and it wont let me edit, the dreaded spam filter

  

 

 

 

 

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RE: why no more vu meters ?

They're a bit superfluous really, and aren't really of much real use. I'm sure if more manufacturers produced retro looking amps with VU meters, they'd sell pretty well. Technics' pre/powers did very well back in the 90's and early 2000's, partly because they had a Technics badge on them, and partly because of the way they looked. The ones with VU meters were very sought after. 

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RE: why no more vu meters ?

Though not analogue but here is the one that I am waiting for which also lets you display VU Meter

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RE: why no more vu meters ?

peterpiper wrote:

Bring them back I say Blum 3 , not only do they look cool, they had a genuine use if you like to push you amp , the vu would tell you if you a getting to that dangerous clipping state, wouldnt they ? 

even budget amps in the seventies and eighties had them, surely its not a cost thing, 

VU meters did not show if you are close to clipping.  To do that you need a PPM - peak programme meter - the sort used in recording studios. A better solution would be a LED that lights if signal levels are too high - common on pro audio amps and stage gear. VU meters on domestic amps were primarily for decoration.

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RE: why no more vu meters ?

I've posted this before but you can get this landed in the UK for about £1k.

It is rated at 80 wpc Pure Class A, which it isn't, fine amp for the money though.

 

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RE: why no more vu meters ?

davedotco wrote:

I've posted this before but you can get this landed in the UK for about £1k.

It is rated at 80 wpc Pure Class A, which it isn't, fine amp for the money though.

 

 

Does it have tone controls? I'll get me coat :grin:

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RE: why no more vu meters ?

VU meters with a blue back light, hi fi porn for me! 

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@AlEars

 

D'Agostino VU looks like the fuel meter on your steampunk death star. 

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Can you buy vu meters to add to your hi fi, just for noverty factor? 

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Vladimir wrote:

@AlEars

 

D'Agostino VU looks like the fuel meter on your steampunk death star. 

I don't care. I'd give somebody else's right arm to one.   :grin:

Quality kit!

Much better than the blue things on that Jungson.

 

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Not if you want your spouses aproval for a big amp. The Jungson comes in cookware finish!

 

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