Teac Reference 500

Well, here it is. I had to park it in a corner that isn’t acoustically suitable, but already there it is living up to its promise. Due to miscommunication, I received the wrong amp (the one I was after, the Teac A-H500, wasn’t included in the package, which is sad), but the system is in great (!) shape.

In my small audiophile world, to my elderly audiophile ears, and to my design senses, the Teac 500 Reference series was the best mini/midi system ever produced. I came across it ages ago and promised myself that further down the timeline, I would get one of these when the asking price for a substantial set was a fraction of the former list price.

The units are a real joy to touch and use. Each unit just oozes a sense of workmanship one doesn’t often encounter anymore (especially in this price bracket) today.

I supplemented it with another pair of Boston Acoustics A-26 bookshelf speakers, which I (again) managed to get hold of at half the list price new (they still had the protective plastic coating affixed to the speakers as the person selling them had apparently opted for other speakers after having given them a trial run for a few hours). The idea is (in my convoluted stereo world) that once I start shifting things around/once I am forced to start shifting things around, I now already have four more than decent speakers for a surround sound set, should I ever need to set one up. Gotta go with the times.

Since the photo was taken, the speakers have also been decoupled from the rather hollow sideboard they are standing on at the moment.

This system is just pure joy. Still, I’m going to try to get hold of the other amp mentioned above whenever it hits my usual hunting grounds again. Unfortunately, that isn’t often the case.

But … “All Things Come to Those Who Wait“.

Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and deus62.com is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

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