Elvis Presley's HiFi - What Brand?

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  1. monkboughtlunch

    monkboughtlunch Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Here's a picture of Elvis' HiFi in the RaquetBall Court at Graceland (just to the right of the upright piano where he reportedly performed "Blue Eyes Cryin' In the Rain" for friends the morning he died.)

    Can anyone make out what brand of stereo equipment Presley had in the rack?

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  2. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

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    I see what looks like some Crown amplifiers and other Crown gear.
     
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  3. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

    Yep. What else for "the King"?!
    -Bill
     
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  4. Doctor A

    Doctor A Well-Known Member

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    Definitely Crown. Looked very closely when I took the tour a couple of years ago.
     
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  5. monkboughtlunch

    monkboughtlunch Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    A Crown DC300?

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  6. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host

    Must be a very late pic. The King always had RCA-Victor playback gear.
     
  7. monkboughtlunch

    monkboughtlunch Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I think the Graceland Raquetball Court was built in 1975 and the Crown gear was probably purchased to outfit it around that time.
     
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  8. bhazen

    bhazen Infinitely Baffled

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    Wow ... pretty "industrial" amplification for a home stereo! Hope he was running complementary speakers on the end of those ...
     
  9. monkboughtlunch

    monkboughtlunch Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Do you think Bill Porter picked it out for him?
     
  10. monkboughtlunch

    monkboughtlunch Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Just Googled Porter and Elvis HiFi and found this. Porter picked out the RaquetBall Court audio gear. Some info here on the speakers too: Electrovoice with 18" woofers.

    http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/int...gineer_bill_porter.shtml#sthash.FGqeopPC.dpuf

     
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  11. bhazen

    bhazen Infinitely Baffled

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    A p.a. amp? Maybe; shudder! Having just read the article, seems this wasn't Elvis' main stereo; the Electrovoice speakers mentioned sound like a variant of the Eliminator p.a. rig.
     
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  12. monkboughtlunch

    monkboughtlunch Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Anyone know what HiFi Setup Elvis had in the basement (room with 3 TVs)?

    Speaking of Bill Porter, there is a new official Sony Elvis 2CD release, entitled On Stage Season that will be released on the Sony FTD (Follow That Dream) label which is due out sometime this month. On Stage Season features two complete Elvis concerts that Porter himself recorded from the soundboard in January and February 1970.

    The reason this release is so significant is that when RCA's Al Pachuki recorded Elvis on multitrack tape in mid February 1970 for what became the On Stage album, they didn't record any complete shows, only certain song selections.

    So Porter's soundboard recordings (perhaps mono on 1/4") mark the first ever official release of a Jan/Feb 1970 Presley show in its entirety.

    While Porter's recordings have been pirated, FTD has reportedly obtained the original masters so the On Stage Season FTD should sound much better than heard before. Here's the cover art and tracklist for the Porter recorded 2CD set, which can be preordered on shopelvis.com

    CD-1: Las Vegas, Jan. 26 1970 (O.S.)

    All Shook Up
    That's All Right
    Proud Mary
    Don't Cry Daddy
    Teddy Bear/Don't Be Cruel
    Long Tall Sally
    Let It Be Me
    I Can't Stop Loving You
    Walk A Mile In My Shoes
    In The Ghetto
    True Love Travels On A Gravel Road
    Sweet Caroline
    Polk Salad Annie
    Introductions
    Kentucky Rain
    Suspicious Minds
    Can't Help Falling In Love

    CD-2: Las Vegas, Feb. 23 1970

    All Shook Up
    I Got A Woman
    Long Tall Sally
    Don't Cry Daddy
    Hound Dog
    Love Me Tender
    Kentucky Rain
    Let It Be Me
    I Can't Stop Loving You
    See See Rider
    Sweet Caroline
    Polk Salad Annie
    Introductions
    Lawdy Miss Clawdy
    Heartbreak Hotel
    One Night
    It's Now Or Never
    Suspicious Minds
    Can't Help Falling In Love

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  13. PhilBiker

    PhilBiker sh.tv member number 666

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    I have a crown DC300A just exactly like that in my basement right now. I had been using it to power my built-in infinite baffle subwoofer. One time a couple years ago I mentioned it to a friend of mine who works as an engineer at QSC (a pro audio amplification manufacturer), because I was thinking of a QSC rack mount amp to replace it. He told me that those old Crowns tend to fail catastrophically. Not a great vintage solid state piece. I now use a Vestax amp for the IB sub and it sounds much better than the Crown.

    Crown had a whole line of stuff; preamp, amp, components, that they were selling as high end rack mount solid state hifi gear. That's what this is.
     
  14. monkboughtlunch

    monkboughtlunch Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    In the Porter interview I referenced upthread, Porter stated he equipped Presley with a Luxman tuner. I did some Googling and found a Luxman tuner that appears identical to the unit second from top: Luxman T-310. Anybody heard these Luxmans? Compare this tuner with the one in the raquetball court which sits on top of the Crown VU meter unit.

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  15. monkboughtlunch

    monkboughtlunch Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Some info on the Luxman T310U http://www.thevintageknob.org/luxman-T-310.html and here: http://www.hifido.co.jp/KWLuxman T-300/G1/E/0-10/C11-57793-98323-00/

    Specs:

    FM section
    IHF sensitivity :1,7µV
    50dB s/n sensitivity :2,2µV
    Ultimate S/N ratio :75dB
    THD :0,1% (mono, 400Hz)
    0,12 (stereo, 400Hz)
    Alt channel selectivity :75dB
    IF rejection :99dB
    Image rejection :90dB
    Spurious rejection :95dB
    AM suppression :53dB
    Capture ratio :1,5dB
    Stereo separation :42dB (400Hz)
    30dB (100Hz...10Khz)
    Muting threshold :5µV (4...30µV variable)
    Stereo threshold :5µV (4...30µV variable)
    Frequency response:20Hz...15Khz (+0,2 / -1,8dB)
    AM section
    IHF sensitivity :14µV (250µV / m / 1MHz)
    S/N ratio :50dB
    IF rejection :85dB
    Image rejection :80dB
    THD :0,5%
    Muting threshold :320µV / m / 1MHz (400Hz, 30% modulation, fixed)
    140µV...1000µV / m / 1MHz (400Hz, 30% modulation, variable)
    Output level :400mV / 1MHz (400Hz...30% modulation)
    DOLBY section
    Input sensitivity :100mV / 100kOhm for 0dB Dolby level
    0 Dolby level :40% FM modulation + 10% pilot
    Output level :1,8V at 100% modulation (FM and FM Dolby)
    900mV (0dB Dolby level)
    1,5V (AM, 100% modulation)
    Dolby frequency response :20Hz...20Khz (± 1dB, tape play position)
    Dolby frequency & level tracking :20Hz...20Khz (± 1dB, tape play position ; +12...-60dB)
    Dolby tape play THD :0,1% (20Hz...20Khz at 0dB)
    0,1% (1Khz at +12dB)
    Dolby tape play S/N ratio :80dB
    Dolby tape play bias filter :18dB/octave starting at 25Khz
     
  16. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    He probably got an employee discount too!
     
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  17. Bill Hart

    Bill Hart Forum Resident

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    The Crown system was set up in one of the outbuildings- the squash court building? -when we visited Graceland a few years ago. The basement stuff- I don't remember, it looked pretty cheesy- maybe possible to discern from pics. I do remember the big RCA console TV in the 'gold record room' that the company gave him after he made them a giant pile of money.
     
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  18. monkboughtlunch

    monkboughtlunch Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Porter didn't mention the cassette deck brand. The unit sitting on top of the Luxman tuner looks like a cassette deck. I did some research using Google images and search terms (70s cassette desk, wood paneling) and found this image. It appears Presley had a Tandberg TCD 300. It certainly looks like the unit in the Raquetball Court photo (note the distinctive two stripes in front).

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  19. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    Yup, that's a match!
     
  20. monkboughtlunch

    monkboughtlunch Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Anyone have pictures of the speakers that Porter referenced? ==> Electrovoice with 18" woofers. Porter says it's a custom system, so perhaps the speakers were built into the walls of the actual court itself?
     
  21. monkboughtlunch

    monkboughtlunch Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Able to narrow it down a little more.

    Presley must have had a Crown DC300R. The 70s "R" model apparently had the distinctive two tone knobs with both aluminum and black instead of all black (see below). Also, Porter noted he equipped Presley with an IC150 preamp:

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  22. monkboughtlunch

    monkboughtlunch Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Are there any photos of the turntable in the Raquetball that Porter mentions? I didn't see one.
     
  23. monkboughtlunch

    monkboughtlunch Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    More images of the Tandberg TCD 300

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  24. stereoguy

    stereoguy Its Gotta Be True Stereo!

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    I kind of remember pictures of Elvis Memphis house and seeing an RCA Orthophonic Record Player, the model with the legs.
     
  25. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident

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    That's about right. I bought my Crown DC300A in 1976. The 300A had silver knobs. Didn't make me sing any better, either.
     
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