You kinda have to see this stuff to appreciate the level of work it takes to refurbish and refresh it, but once done and set out on display, there’s really no way to differentiate it (sonically, at least) from much of the current high-quality audio gear on the market today. Which raises some uncomfortable questions about the whole “advancement” the late 20th Century supposedly has made. Ahem.
Vu Hoang, he who donates the “Vu” part of Déjà Vu Audio, has straddled this “vintage reclamation” with “modern audio” for decades. He sold me my pair of Stax headphones almost 10 years ago now, and has carried many fine brands of audio gear over the years. In addition to that, his showroom has several corners filled with arcane curios and vintage bits, waiting for refurbishment and or re-application. For those that want to get a taste of high-end audio with a healthy dose of history thrown in, it’s hard to recommend anyone else to visit.
In Vu’s second room, he was showing a far more modern rig with Harbeth loudspeakers and Synthesis Audio electronics. The sound in this room, and in his vintage demo, were similar in that they were clearly put together by an expert knowing his business. Good stuff, here.