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Guinness Lad
02-04-2011, 02:46 PM
Here's the plan, get a receiver for the basement. I will then attach this amp to the NHT super zero speakers I just bought. Using the stereo cd or Aux out I will then run this to the computer.

The stereo system will now become my monitor set up for recording, but now I can also use it for radio, cd's or whatever else when not recording.

What brand of receiver would you consider? Keep in mind it wont replce my main stereo, but I also don't want something which is unreliable. I have been looking at old Pioneer, Sansui, NAD, etc...anything in particular useful? How about brands which are not well known, Nikko, Layfette, etc...

riff1006
02-04-2011, 03:09 PM
I bought an old Sansui 9090 awhile back and it's killer. Nice and heavy and BIG sound. I also bought a pair of old Sansui speakers. They're both from the late 70s. They don't make 'em like this anymore and it's even connected to the TV/DVD setup. It's not 5.1 or 7.1, but with the soundbar on the TV, it's 2.1. It's killer and I love it. I've got less than $400 bucks in the whole setup and for that price it will smoke the competition. The guy I bought the receiver from is and electrical engineer and he reworked some of it. It's really nice and everything works right.

Did I mention I really like it?

rob2001
02-04-2011, 03:18 PM
I'm a fan of the older Yamaha and Sansui stuff.

Riff...ya, my stuff isn't 5.1 or anything either, just regular old stereo. I far prefer it to surround.


EDIT to add.......I missed in your post that you were going to use this for recording....I don't think you'd want surround for that anyhow.

ski_fast
02-04-2011, 03:18 PM
Harmon Kardon 330B or 330C. Marantz 2270 or any 22^^ from that era is great. Old Yamaha natural sound gear is also good.

Guinness Lad
02-04-2011, 03:39 PM
The reason for this was why bother buying new powered speakers for $400 a pair when I could get a whole stereo for way less. The NHT SUper Zero speakers cost me $100, and they are made in America.

Now if I get a made in Japan receiver I'll be getting some top flight stuff which will probably sound better then any new monitors I could have purchased.

How's Kenwood and Pioneer? Will the Aux connection work for my computer or CD player? Many of these old receivers were pre-CD so this would be my only option.

riff1006
02-04-2011, 03:49 PM
I run my CD player into my Sansui with just an RCA connector. Aux is fine. I think the only issue you might have is if you plug something into the phono jacks other than a phonograph. They seem to be different. You can also use the tape play jacks. Mine has tape 1 and 2 plus the aux. I run my cable box, CD player and DVD player into these plus 4 speakers (2 Sansui and 2 Bose 301s). I have room too add 2 more speakers if I want. I could easily run them in another room.

Blanket Jackson
02-04-2011, 03:52 PM
Pioneer SX-780 from the 70's - the greatest receiver ever built.

http://www.hypersensory.com/files/DSC05478.jpg

jcs
02-04-2011, 04:02 PM
I prefer the warm Marantz and Sansui sound,,,there are others that sound great as well but a lot depends on how efficient your speakers are.

If you buy a smaller receiver you can always use a powered subwoofer to dial in the lows.

riff1006
02-04-2011, 04:03 PM
Sansui 9090DB

http://www.sansui.us/images/9090DB_00003.jpg

http://www.sansui.us/images/9090DB_00039.jpg

HammyD
02-04-2011, 04:12 PM
Are you going to run the output of the computer to the receiver? Or the other way around? I am not sure if I understand the original post. But if you are looking for a quality, affordable means to get the sound out of youer computer I just read this morning about a unit from Jolida.

Here's a review. For $100 and with a USb connection it sounds like a bargain!


http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/hi-fi-and-audio/hi-fi-accessories/jolida-glass-fx-mini-dac-674040/review

cadduc
02-04-2011, 04:15 PM
how about a fine macintosh receiver

BarkingTree
02-04-2011, 04:16 PM
Love that old Sansui.
You can also run a nice Harmon Kardon AVR with 5.1 I have the AVR5 from around
2000. Can be had cheap but maybe not as vintage as your looking for?

JPF
02-04-2011, 04:18 PM
Luxman is another possibility

Mark Robinson
02-04-2011, 04:19 PM
I have an NAD that's 125 watts per channel. It's at least 15 years old now, and it sounds fantastic. I like some of the vintage Yamaha Natural Sound line recievers, dirt cheap and a 50 watt per channel model would drive your super Zeros really well. Probably find the yammi in pawn shop for $30-50 bucks. Audiogon is a good place to look and then Craigslist in the largest city near you.

LHanson
02-04-2011, 04:23 PM
Go all corksniffy and get a tube McIntosh. Reminds me- there's one in the garage of my Sister's house she said I could have.

groovetube
02-04-2011, 06:13 PM
All of the suggestions about older Sansui's, Pioneer SX series, Marantz (my fav), certain Kenwoods, are excellent lower cost high quality receivers. From what I understand, anything Mcintosh is extremely expensive and certainly isn't necessary for a secondary system IMO.

Jack Gilvey
02-04-2011, 06:44 PM
No suggestions from me but SuperZeroes are pretty killer. Throw a nice little sub on for the <100Hz stuff (pretty lean without) and you're golden. I bought a pair back in '94 or so when they were originally introduced and they were an eye(and wallet)-opener to high quality audio.

Amp360
02-04-2011, 06:44 PM
Dude, I have a nice old Harmon Kardon. If you want it I will send it to you for free. Just send me your address.

Tom CT
02-04-2011, 07:18 PM
Pioneer SX-780 from the 70's - the greatest receiver ever built.

http://www.hypersensory.com/files/DSC05478.jpg

I adore the old Pioneer SX series, although I was partial to the previous blue-face 737/838/939 series.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y292/subarude/pioneer1.jpg

Amp360
02-04-2011, 07:20 PM
I have an old Pioneer RG-1 still hooked up:)

Moe Zambeek
02-04-2011, 07:26 PM
I used to have a Marantz 2270. Wish I still had it. It was a great amp/reciever.

seafoamer
02-04-2011, 07:28 PM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y292/subarude/pioneer1.jpg

I have that exact receiver that I inherited from my grandfather. Such sweet action on those knobs!

Dr. Tweedbucket
02-04-2011, 07:34 PM
Pioneer SX-780 from the 70's - the greatest receiver ever built.

http://www.hypersensory.com/files/DSC05478.jpg

This ! ^ :hiP

groovetube
02-04-2011, 07:50 PM
Those are awesome, to say the least.

I am such a bluelight/silverface guy I gotta stick with my Marantzs' tho

HammyD
02-04-2011, 07:54 PM
Pioneer SX-780 from the 70's - the greatest receiver ever built.

http://www.hypersensory.com/files/DSC05478.jpg

If you like Pioneer (which I do) you might like this one.


http://www.silverpioneer.netfirms.com/images/sx-1980_front.jpg

270 Watts per channel!

http://www.silverpioneer.netfirms.com/sx-1980.htm

I have not heard one, but I have lifted one. They do weigh 80lbs!

Teleplayer
02-04-2011, 07:58 PM
Marantz 2325

Jef Bardsley
02-05-2011, 06:19 AM
Wow, the memories.... I used to work for one of the major chains back in the '70s.

For reliability, I'd stick with Sansui, Marantz and Pioneer. Avoid Nikko, Rotel, and Boston Audio - back then they were basically house brands, though they've done well on their own since the retail chain folded.

Tahitijack
02-05-2011, 08:31 AM
plus one on HammyD....

My Marantz 2220B was stollen several years ago. I still miss it to this day. That cool blue dial with the little meters and red station pointer and gyro tuner can not be beat.

tedm
02-05-2011, 08:38 AM
wow, this thread is giving me gas! Must hit up the local thrift shops for a nice cheap '70s receiver soon!

I also have a pr. of SuperZeros, they're great for computer use, ok for general use, but for fuller sound, I like EPI 120s, from about the same era.

katuna
02-05-2011, 08:48 AM
Yeah, I've had good luck with Marantz's. Pretty much any of the old ones will sound great. Especially if you hook a turntable to em.

VCuomo
02-05-2011, 03:03 PM
Pioneer SX-780 from the 70's - the greatest receiver ever built.

http://www.hypersensory.com/files/DSC05478.jpg+1 Got one of those sitting about 10 feet away from me as I type!

Doug's Tubes
02-05-2011, 03:20 PM
HH Scott 399
http://members.cox.net/archangele666/scott399.jpg
HH Scott 340
http://www.fonar.com.pl/audio/fotki/scott340a/scott340_rys14_200px.jpg
HH Scott 340B
http://hhscott.com/_images/300%20-%20RF%20Devices/Receivers/Scott_340B.jpg

dohootowl
02-05-2011, 03:35 PM
If you're looking for value, Marantz from the late '70s. They fell out of favor when Saul sold the company, but the quality was still there, even if they were solid state. Mine (2265B) was built like a tank. Wonder if my ex-wife still has it?

hogy
02-05-2011, 03:40 PM
For "serious" listening (vinyl) I use an all tube setup, but use and love my old Marantz 2270as well. I have my computer hooked up to it, into a pair of old Spendor BC-1s, and it sounds just glorious. It is on all day, every day, has not needed any repairs since new (except the occasional dial light) and it looks cool to boot with its blue glow. This one came from the Salvation Army store 15 years ago, I paid $9.00 for it.

The hands down best sounding receiver I've ever heard is my Fisher 800-C. I just don't like it for continuous use because it gives off so much heat (it's all tube), so the solid state Marantz sees more use.

Jerry Shaw
02-05-2011, 03:44 PM
Page 3, and no mention of Sony? Someone gave me one of these a few years ago, I should be using it in the garage/shop.

http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b452/Trap_E_Zoid/6045.jpg

audiozone
02-05-2011, 03:53 PM
Pioneer SX-780 from the 70's - the greatest receiver ever built.

http://www.hypersensory.com/files/DSC05478.jpg

omg, i've got a 780 thats just been sitting in a corner. i did like it's sound when i took it in on trade. liked it enough i figured i'd take it home someday, and never sold it cheap just to make room. i think i had a sansui 9090 back in the late 70's. it looked just like the pictures on page one. mine had 120 watt per channel and hookups for three pair of speakers.

westerhever
02-05-2011, 04:13 PM
unfortunatly there is a slight hum on my beautiful and great sounding marantz 1060 i can't get rid of. caps have been changed and now it's a lot better but still there.anybody of you with vintage hifi amps/receivers having hum problems?

jcs
02-05-2011, 05:21 PM
Other brands from the 70s that can be decent are Onkyo,Kenwood,Sony,Luxman,Yamaha,Technics which most of us know about.

Certain Radio Shack receivers were good but with all i mentioned, you need to seek out the best models as some were just average at best and prone to problems.

I know Sansui can have problems with the driver boards in some of the popular models but most of the collectible models in any brand are worth repairing.

Its similar to guitar amps, caps need replaced, pots cleaned etc.

Hecube
02-05-2011, 05:31 PM
Pioneer SX-780 from the 70's - the greatest receiver ever built.

http://www.hypersensory.com/files/DSC05478.jpg

That's a beautiful machine. I myself have been using a NAD 4155 since 1986

http://www.fast-autos.net/diecast-cars-models/diecast-car-image-large/vintage-nad-4155-digital-am-fm-stereo-tuner-ex-cond_250737103097.jpg

HammyD
02-05-2011, 05:33 PM
HH Scott 399
http://members.cox.net/archangele666/scott399.jpg
HH Scott 340
http://www.fonar.com.pl/audio/fotki/scott340a/scott340_rys14_200px.jpg
HH Scott 340B
http://hhscott.com/_images/300%20-%20RF%20Devices/Receivers/Scott_340B.jpg


There a number of people that swear by the old Scott equipment. I had a tube receiver back in high school.

http://mapleshadestore.com/feedback_scottamps.php

Trandy
02-05-2011, 05:56 PM
Page 3, and no mention of Sony? Someone gave me one of these a few years ago, I should be using it in the garage/shop.

http://i1045.photobucket.com/albums/b452/Trap_E_Zoid/6045.jpg

I love the Sony receivers from the 70's.

Here's a quick picture of the Sony STR-6050 I use in my office.


http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v301/timbascom/Sony.jpg

Doug's Tubes
02-05-2011, 06:08 PM
There a number of people that swear by the old Scott equipment. I had a tube receiver back in high school.

http://mapleshadestore.com/feedback_scottamps.php

The best thing that can be done to any of this vintage gear is a straight up restoration, replace the selenium rectifier, coupling caps and maybe the filter caps and tubes. Nothing else is needed, and I wouldn't change any part of the circuit.


This is where I direct folks.
http://www.nosvalves.com/index4.htm

HammyD
02-05-2011, 06:26 PM
The best thing that can be done to any of this vintage gear is a straight up restoration, replace the selenium rectifier, coupling caps and maybe the filter caps and tubes. Nothing else is needed, and I wouldn't change any part of the circuit.


This is where I direct folks.
http://www.nosvalves.com/index4.htm

Thank you for that link! Pierre at Mapleshade sort of gets carried away with mods. He bought a BF Pro Reverb for the studio as it sounded so good. Being a former aeronautic engineer he decided to "improve" the circuit. He said they had to switch all back because all his "improvements," although theoretically better, sounded terrible!

scottlr
02-05-2011, 06:33 PM
I have an old Pioneer SX650 I bought used years ago. I haven't had it hooked up for years.

gregsguitars
02-05-2011, 06:35 PM
Sansuai GS 9000....totally kick arse.

groovetube
02-06-2011, 12:30 AM
The only vintage receiver I have had trouble with was a Pioneer RG-1. Terrible sound, lack of features, ugly as well. There are so many awesome vintage receivers out there, but that one would be embarrassing to own IMO.

Braciola
02-06-2011, 12:49 AM
I like the old Onkyo receivers

gigant0r
02-06-2011, 01:37 AM
http://vault66.org/ramhead/imgz/marantz.jpg


Have this machine for many years, it sounds big and warm especially with my Revox PR99 mkII

groovetube
02-06-2011, 02:11 AM
http://vault66.org/ramhead/imgz/marantz.jpg


Have this machine for many years, it sounds big and warm especially with my Revox PR99 mkII


Good gosh, that is gorgeous!

I am a fellow Marantz owner, but still I am jealous. :drool

svenhoek
02-06-2011, 02:35 AM
Mission Cyrus are simply astounding and don't cost much these days.

Same for Audiolab. All hand crafted British quality...

HammyD
02-06-2011, 05:48 AM
Good gosh, that is gorgeous!

I am a fellow Marantz owner, but still I am jealous. :drool
:agree

22f
02-06-2011, 06:13 AM
I've got one of these:

http://usr.audioasylum.com/images/3/32810/McIntosh_MX110_fr_rev_3.jpg

that is powered by one of these:

http://www.classicaudio.com/value/mac/MC250.jpg

pedalcr8z
02-06-2011, 06:14 AM
My previous life was in the hi fi business for 36 years. Find a old Nad 7020 and call it a day. Try this website; audiogon

groovetube
02-06-2011, 06:26 AM
My previous life was in the hi fi business for 36 years. Find a old Nad 7020 and call it a day. Try this website; audiogon


36 years in Hi-fi is very impressive. Why do you recommend a Nad 7020? I am very curious. I see one in "good working order" on Ebay currently for a "buy it now" price of $70. That seems very inexpensive. Are they just really great receivers that totally flew under the radar? Thanks for your input.

Very curious here.

Doug's Tubes
02-06-2011, 09:54 AM
Let's talk Marantz!
http://www.harmonyaudio.net/files/vintage2-large.jpg
http://www.audioclassica.de/files/Galerie/marantz-tuner-10b-1.jpg
http://www.audio-summit.co.jp/05090020.jpg

HammyD
02-06-2011, 10:03 AM
Let's talk Marantz!
http://www.harmonyaudio.net/files/vintage2-large.jpg
http://www.audioclassica.de/files/Galerie/marantz-tuner-10b-1.jpg
http://www.audio-summit.co.jp/05090020.jpg

You will probably cry when you hear this story.

When I was in business I used to convert PAL videotapes to NTSC for an elderly gentleman by the name of Sandor Tezler. He donated $2 million to the local college I attended for a library.

He was an industrialist and textile baron who came over "from the old country" as he liked to call it and settled in NYC. He quickly became friends with Saul Marantz, Henry Kloss and Avery Fisher.

As a gift, Saul Marantz gave him a stereo, one of the first of the classic Marantz stereo series. When I would visit him in the 90's it was in mint condition, complete with KLH speakers and he would play it for me.

His grandson wanted nothing to do with it because it did not have a cd player. As far as I can find out, it was thrown away after his passing and wound up at the local landfill!

As a kid, my uncle gave me a Fisher Tuner, an Marantz "Audio Consolette" (Mono) a Quad amplifier, and a Boazak speaker system, all in custom built matching blonde cabinets. The Bozak had two 12" coaxial speakers with two tweaters each and a six inch midrange. I used to stay up late at night at the age of 11 listening to Allison Steele, the Nightbird on WNEW FM in NYC.

I love old Marantz stuff! The units you have shown are extraordinary!!!

lakehaus
02-06-2011, 11:32 AM
I bought a new Pioneer SX780 back in the day. I loved that receiver. Then I got a used Marantz 2238B, which I gave to my daughter.

A couple years ago, I picked up a Crown DC300A & IC150A from Craigslist - $400. No receiver, but stations around here suck anyway. HOWEVER, I use one of the Aux inputs to play iTunes Radio from my computer - lotsa specialty stations to choose from.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh172/tidalsurge/DSC_0083.jpg

vds5000
02-06-2011, 11:41 AM
I'd say an 80's Harmon Kardon or a Luxman.

Doug's Tubes
02-06-2011, 12:44 PM
Sansui had tube receivers
http://www.sansui.us/images/Tube_Receivers/500_6.jpg
Or the Pioneer SX-800a
http://www.audioscope.net/images/pioneerSX800a5.jpg

Tonekat
02-06-2011, 01:01 PM
Go all corksniffy and get a tube McIntosh. Reminds me- there's one in the garage of my Sister's house she said I could have.

What's her address? I'll go get it for you....:Devil

I like the old Onkyo receivers

I'm a Mac girl, but my friends with Onkyos swear by them and they've had them for years.

pedalcr8z
02-06-2011, 01:19 PM
36 years in Hi-fi is very impressive. Why do you recommend a Nad 7020? I am very curious. I see one in "good working order" on Ebay currently for a "buy it now" price of $70. That seems very inexpensive. Are they just really great receivers that totally flew under the radar? Thanks for your input.

Very curious here.

Well trust me they didn't fly under the radar. For a while the audiophile community was rocked by the very inexpensive Nad 1020 pre-amp. It was compared to the very best pre-amps of the day. Next came along the integrated amp version and last but not least was the 7020 version which was simply the receiver. All 3 units used the award winning 1020 pre-amp. The Nad line at that time was a very musically satisfying brand built extremely well without bells and whistles.

Hecube
02-06-2011, 04:17 PM
I bought a new Pioneer SX780 back in the day. I loved that receiver. Then I got a used Marantz 2238B, which I gave to my daughter.

A couple years ago, I picked up a Crown DC300A & IC150A from Craigslist - $400. No receiver, but stations around here suck anyway. HOWEVER, I use one of the Aux inputs to play iTunes Radio from my computer - lotsa specialty stations to choose from.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh172/tidalsurge/DSC_0083.jpg

Wow! I love the look of that. Looks a lot like HPs first computers in the 60s...

groovetube
02-06-2011, 09:39 PM
Well trust me they didn't fly under the radar. For a while the audiophile community was rocked by the very inexpensive Nad 1020 pre-amp. It was compared to the very best pre-amps of the day. Next came along the integrated amp version and last but not least was the 7020 version which was simply the receiver. All 3 units used the award winning 1020 pre-amp. The Nad line at that time was a very musically satisfying brand built extremely well without bells and whistles.


huh, cool info

Timinator
02-07-2011, 07:07 AM
I still have a Marantz 2230 I bought new in '73. Needs a restoration though. I also have a Pioneer SX-1250 I got for free from a friend. Actually, I'm not using either of them at the moment. My Infinity's 2.5's are bi-amped with Niko 440 and 220 power amps with an Earthquake electronic crossover. I'm not sure how to use them anymore.

Doug's Tubes
02-07-2011, 10:09 AM
Sherwood S8000 series
http://www.stef.free.fr/hifi/Forums/SherwoodS8000/SherwoodS8000.C.JPG

firebird1999us
02-07-2011, 12:25 PM
SX850 + CS 88s + Technics 1200 slmk2 with Denon DL160 cart + Harman Kardon DVD 48 I scored for $60 for teh CDs:red

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b270/firebird1999us/b04bdd83.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b270/firebird1999us/1300ba1c.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b270/firebird1999us/bed46a44.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b270/firebird1999us/7eec52fc.jpg

:BluesBros

Abe
02-07-2011, 12:46 PM
Onkyo TX series receivers are all excellent and tend to sell for a lot less than most others. I picked up a mint TX-8500 for $40 a couple years ago. They usually are a bit more than that but not to much.

Setton is lesser known brand that is pretty decent for the money, too. I think I'd go for a higher end TX Onkyo first, though.

Scafeets
02-07-2011, 02:02 PM
Fisher 500C Receiver (http://www.stereophile.com/historical/605fisher)
I have the 500B: Great, GREAT pre-amp and amp section. Damn well oughta be: probably would take $300 to buy a good set of all those tubes again. Unlike the 500C, it gets crummy FM reception.

FeloniousBishop
02-07-2011, 02:32 PM
Great thread, especially Doug's Tubes' pics.

I have a late 70s Lafayette LR-5555a. Can't find a good pic of one but it looks a lot like this:

http://www.enjoyaudio.com/zbxe/files/attach/images/397691/127/875/001/크기변환_SDC10413.JPG

Bought it new around 78 or so after saving for more than a year, I was ~15 years old. I loved this thing and still have it.

The one in the pic is a LR-9090, the 90 watt version. Mine is 55 WPC.

One cool thing on these old receivers is you can take the tuning knob and give it a good twirl and is has so much flywheel it'll spin the whole length of the dial.

mcknigs
02-07-2011, 02:33 PM
I am a big fan on Marantz. I just picked up one just like this for a few hundred.

http://jamestdawsoncom1.ipage.com/personal_photos/marantz2245.jpg



My wife owns a Marantz receiver much like that one (a bit larger [edit: I looked, and it's not larger. It's a 2230 that appears to be about the same only not in a wood cabinet.]) that we have set up in the den to play CDs, vinyl, and whatever is on the TV. I've run it to speakers in the kitchen so we can listen to music there.

I also have a Yamaha CR-820 from about 1980 that needs work. I had a Sansui at work for years that I bought at a yard sale for $15 in 1987. It finally stopped working about 2 years ago. :(

I still have an Electro Voice amp/receiver that my dad bought my mom for mother's day circa '67. Still works...

All great-sounding stuff.

russ
02-07-2011, 02:33 PM
I bought this Marantz along time ago for $30. It still works great.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d31/rstw2005/IMG_2774.jpg

Darby Crash
02-07-2011, 06:47 PM
I am a big fan on Marantz. I just picked up one just like this for a few hundred.

http://jamestdawsoncom1.ipage.com/personal_photos/marantz2245.jpg

Wow, that brings back memories! My parents had that exact model -- I was a little kid in the late '70s and used to play my KISS records through it. Sitting in the dark with the blue lights, it seemed so futuristic!

Trandy
02-07-2011, 06:56 PM
I still have a Marantz 2230 I bought new in '73. Needs a restoration though. I also have a Pioneer SX-1250 I got for free from a friend. Actually, I'm not using either of them at the moment. My Infinity's 2.5's are bi-amped with Niko 440 and 220 power amps with an Earthquake electronic crossover. I'm not sure how to use them anymore.


This guy does great restoration work...he'll do your Marantz proud:

http://stores.ebay.com/Circle-Stereo?_rdc=1

Doug's Tubes
02-07-2011, 09:12 PM
Or separates...HH Scott 355 Tuner/preamp with the 208 power amp.
http://hhscott.com/_images/300%20-%20RF%20Devices/Receivers/Scott_355.JPG
model 208 amp
http://www.collectibles-articles.com/antique/collectible-image-large/h-h-scott-model-208-tube-power-amp_230566252831.jpg

Baba
02-07-2011, 10:04 PM
That's it. I'm pulling my old Marantz 2220B out of my closet and hooking it up to my speakers!

I am no audiophile by a longshot, but I remember what that thing sounds like, BIG difference between the Marantz with a turntable vs. my newer receivers with a cd player.

Jahn
02-08-2011, 08:34 AM
Marantz? I likes the Marantz! My old headphone rig, I still have everything but the STAX cans.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v449/jahn0603/pop.jpg

groovetube
02-09-2011, 09:02 AM
i love how a lot of TGP ers are into vintage gear.

some un-real gear posted in this thread...................

Timinator
02-12-2011, 03:33 PM
Well, you guys have motivated me. I spent the day rearranging furniture all over the house and set up a nice LP stereo system in my Living Room. I figure if I don't just go ahead and do it, I'll probably never listen to my LP's again. I have so much stuff that I just wouldn't go out and buy in CD or download (which is not my thing).

The system is going to be my old Polk towers, a Pioneer SX-1250 receiver and my Techniques turntable. I have several needles and cartridges that were pretty good in their day, but I've pretty much forgotten which is which anymore. Should be fun.

Doug's Tubes
02-12-2011, 05:03 PM
http://www.stereofixers.net/image/AudioResearch01.jpg

Jube2550
02-12-2011, 05:13 PM
http://www.stereofixers.net/image/AudioResearch01.jpg

Wow.., love it. I auditioned and purchased my Thiel 3.6s at the home of someone that had the MSRP $10K Audio Research reference 1 tube preamp and a Krell transport w/ KSA-300 setup. If he swapped transport or the D/A for another manufacturer the difference was so staggering it blew my mind.

tfunster
02-12-2011, 05:18 PM
Sherwood S8000 series
http://www.stef.free.fr/hifi/Forums/SherwoodS8000/SherwoodS8000.C.JPG


Slightly off topic, but I just got one of these for free yesterday and it works! Probably need a tech to go through it but I've heard these are pretty good receivers.

jcs
02-12-2011, 05:20 PM
Timinator, sounds like a really decent system!

Most of the Polks are pretty well regarded overall..

Cartridges and turntable setup are important as you know,getting the turntable isolated enough where it doesnt feedback etc.

jcs
02-12-2011, 05:21 PM
tfunster, more pics please!!

Sherwoods are very well regarded.

VCuomo
02-12-2011, 06:02 PM
After reading this thread I decided to pull my old Pioneer SX-780 out from the closet - looks like the one below (this is not a pic of mine):

http://www.hypersensory.com/files/DSC05478.jpg

Lo and behold, my almost 30 year old receiver fired right up and started playing tunes! It's been in a closet for over 15 years, and for at least 10 years before that it was in my home office and was rarely used, so it looks like it just came out of a time capsule - not a mark on it! I checked all of the pots and, except for a little scratchiness on the balance pot when it's turned towards the left (and who uses the balance pot regularly anyway), they are all whisper quiet!

I'm really jazzed! It's downstairs playing through an old pair of Jensen 820 bookshelf speakers that I inherited from my grandfather - thought I'd let it get good and warmed up to be sure it's A-OK. Next step is to hook up my old Dual record player (that's also been stored in the same closet), and then I'll take a trip back in time and listen to one of my old LPs (hmmm... Grand Funk Railroad may just be the first one on deck)!

hamstrat
02-12-2011, 07:18 PM
My Pioneer SX-750 that I bought new in 1975 is, for the first time, giving me trouble. Looks like I'll be replacing it soon.

Where, besides yard sales, do you find similar receivers for a good price ($50-$100)?

Baxtercat
02-12-2011, 07:23 PM
http://www.stereofixers.net/image/AudioResearch01.jpg
This amp looks very much like the high current power supply I used to use in my anodize/metal finishing shop.

VCuomo
02-12-2011, 08:05 PM
My Pioneer SX-750 that I bought new in 1975 is, for the first time, giving me trouble. Looks like I'll be replacing it soon.

Where, besides yard sales, do you find similar receivers for a good price ($50-$100)?eBay! And, most likely, you can have your 750 repaired (eBay also has the repair shops listed, many of them sell replacement parts).

teleking36
02-13-2011, 12:15 AM
You will probably cry when you hear this story.

When I was in business I used to convert PAL videotapes to NTSC for an elderly gentleman by the name of Sandor Tezler. He donated $2 million to the local college I attended for a library.

He was an industrialist and textile baron who came over "from the old country" as he liked to call it and settled in NYC. He quickly became friends with Saul Marantz, Henry Kloss and Avery Fisher.

As a gift, Saul Marantz gave him a stereo, one of the first of the classic Marantz stereo series. When I would visit him in the 90's it was in mint condition, complete with KLH speakers and he would play it for me.

His grandson wanted nothing to do with it because it did not have a cd player. As far as I can find out, it was thrown away after his passing and wound up at the local landfill!

As a kid, my uncle gave me a Fisher Tuner, an Marantz "Audio Consolette" (Mono) a Quad amplifier, and a Boazak speaker system, all in custom built matching blonde cabinets. The Bozak had two 12" coaxial speakers with two tweaters each and a six inch midrange. I used to stay up late at night at the age of 11 listening to Allison Steele, the Nightbird on WNEW FM in NYC.

I love old Marantz stuff! The units you have shown are extraordinary!!!

I'LL PLAY!!!

You probably don't want to hear this...or maybe you do!

I ran across the score of my lifetime back in 2009, when I literally rescued a legendary audio system from be demolished with a house. Here is that system:

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o99/teleking36/IMG_4580.jpg

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o99/teleking36/DSCN2112.jpg

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o99/teleking36/IMG_2873.jpg

Now I know it's technically not a receiver, but if you plug the Model 9s into the 7T Preamp, you're halfway there!

For those that don't know, the Model 9 is/was a modern marvel in audio. A breathtaking 70 watt monoblock powered by four EL34/6CA7s. Most in the know will tell you that the Model 9 is the most prized power amp in history. I scored a pair of them (only 13 serial numbers apart) along with the pictured 7T preamp and a 10B tuner.....for....free.

Ian Anderson
02-13-2011, 12:50 AM
I remember you posting about this. It was almost impossible to comprehend a score like that! Very cool to see the pics, that is beautiful!

HammyD
02-13-2011, 05:40 AM
I'LL PLAY!!!

You probably don't want to hear this...or maybe you do!

I ran across the score of my lifetime back in 2009, when I literally rescued a legendary audio system from be demolished with a house. Here is that system:

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o99/teleking36/IMG_4580.jpg

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o99/teleking36/DSCN2112.jpg

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o99/teleking36/IMG_2873.jpg

Now I know it's technically not a receiver, but if you plug the Model 9s into the 7T Preamp, you're halfway there!

For those that don't know, the Model 9 is/was a modern marvel in audio. A breathtaking 70 watt monoblock powered by four EL34/6CA7s. Most in the know will tell you that the Model 9 is the most prized power amp in history. I scored a pair of them (only 13 serial numbers apart) along with the pictured 7T preamp and a 10B tuner.....for....free.

That's remarkable!!!! Wonderful equipment! Glad you rescued it!

davess23
02-13-2011, 07:26 AM
This is an interesting thread, since I never knew that 70's receivers were considered to be the good stuff. I've got a Pioneer SX-850 that's been sitting under the bed for many years. My mom didn't want it anymore, so I spoke up for it, but I haven't used it for anything. Worked perfectly a decade ago, as I recall...maybe I should get retire my '80's Kenwood KR-A5020? I've got no complaints about the Kenwood, but if the Pioneer would sound better, I can take the time to dust it off and hook it up.

skydog
02-13-2011, 07:30 AM
"back in the day" it was Crown and MacIntosh.

skydog
02-13-2011, 07:32 AM
I'LL PLAY!!!

You probably don't want to hear this...or maybe you do!

I ran across the score of my lifetime back in 2009, when I literally rescued a legendary audio system from be demolished with a house. Here is that system: For those that don't know, the Model 9 is/was a modern marvel in audio. A breathtaking 70 watt monoblock powered by four EL34/6CA7s. Most in the know will tell you that the Model 9 is the most prized power amp in history. I scored a pair of them (only 13 serial numbers apart) along with the pictured 7T preamp and a 10B tuner.....for....free.
I'll give you 10 times what you paid for it!

Jack Gilvey
02-13-2011, 08:43 AM
Fisher 500C Receiver (http://www.stereophile.com/historical/605fisher)
I have the 500B: Great, GREAT pre-amp and amp section. Damn well oughta be: probably would take $300 to buy a good set of all those tubes again. Unlike the 500C, it gets crummy FM reception.

You really sent me down the rabbit hole with this post. :rotflmao I wound up researching the Fisher receiver my dad had when we were growing up and really discovering music in the late 70's and turns out it was a 700-T from the late 60's, one of their initial transistor models. I'll never forget that faceplate. He also had some big Fisher speakers and the system rocked.

Scafeets
02-13-2011, 09:00 AM
You really sent me down the rabbit hole with this post. :rotflmao I wound up researching the Fisher receiver my dad had when we were growing up and really discovering music in the late 70's and turns out it was a 700-T from the late 60's, one of their initial transistor models. I'll never forget that faceplate. He also had some big Fisher speakers and the system rocked.

One of the great early solid state receivers - and very expensive in its day, even though it was low-wattage (22 per side?). I read that adjusted for inflation, the 700T would go for over $3,000 today. (Yikes).

gigant0r
02-13-2011, 09:25 AM
Good gosh, that is gorgeous!

I am a fellow Marantz owner, but still I am jealous. :drool

thanks man http://img.thegearpage.net/board/images/icons/icon10.gif

no need to be jealous.. I think they are still out there and reasonable cheap

Jack Gilvey
02-13-2011, 09:52 AM
One of the great early solid state receivers - and very expensive in its day, even though it was low-wattage (22 per side?). I read that adjusted for inflation, the 700T would go for over $3,000 today. (Yikes).

Yeah, that's one of the things I found in my searching. Dad's long gone but as I recall the system was some kind of sales bonus or along those lines from his company...no way we would have had a system that expensive in the house otherwise. :) Discovered Abbey Road on that system...great memories of it.

ski_fast
02-13-2011, 09:29 PM
Russ-those 2285s are great amps. They are going for as much as $700 on eBay with the wood cases. Tonight I just switched out my Harmon Kardon PM665 100 watt amp for my old Harman Kardon 330B. The Harmon Kardon is lower power and sounds nice. I hated to do it but I replaced my ADS L1590s with the L1290s.

Doug's Tubes
02-13-2011, 09:34 PM
http://www.davesrepair.com/images/MC60.jpeg

groovetube
02-13-2011, 09:38 PM
Doug's tube's seriously needs to start a vintage stereo porn thread/book/magazine for some of us.

Have you seen the vintage gear in this thread? Have you??????

Doug's Tubes
02-13-2011, 09:45 PM
Doug's tube's seriously needs to start a vintage stereo porn thread/book/magazine for some of us.

Have you seen the vintage gear in this thread? Have you??????

My pair of MC-60's are unrestored cosmetically, they do sound good however!

My favorite piece may be my dad's 1962 HH Scott 296 integrated amp. We still have the box in the attic!!!

Doug's Tubes
02-13-2011, 09:51 PM
http://www.fast-autos.net/diecast-cars-models/diecast-car-image-large/sherwood-s-5000-ll-80-watt-stereo-amplifier-powers-on_300502926189.jpg
Sherwood S-5000 integrated amp.

loudboy
02-13-2011, 10:12 PM
I've had this since about 1980:

http://www.audiocircle.com/gallery/albums/userpics/49771/Picture_004%7E0.jpg

Mine has the walnut case, too.

Still brings a smile to my face, whenever I turn it on!

I've made it somewhat of a hobby of mine to find great stuff from the 70's-80's at garage sales and hook my friends up with it.

It's slowed down a little now, but about 3-4 years ago everyone was switching to those "5.1 in a box" horrors that Best Buy sells, and thye were dumping their great old stuff. I rarely pay more than $10-15 for anything and I've found a lot of nice Onkyo, Nakamichi, etc. stuff.

Ron Thorn
02-13-2011, 10:36 PM
I bought this Marantz along time ago for $30. It still works great.
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d31/rstw2005/IMG_2774.jpg

That's a beauty Russ. The black face is the European version. Let me know if you ever grow tired of it :D

russ
02-13-2011, 10:40 PM
That's a beauty Russ. The black face is the European version. Let me know if you ever grow tired of it :D

Ok Ron, will do!

Jube2550
02-13-2011, 10:40 PM
It's slowed down a little now, but about 3-4 years ago everyone was switching to those "5.1 in a box" horrors that Best Buy sells, and thye were dumping their great old stuff.

It's the stuff coming from China like Denon, Yamaha etc... I hate to say it some of it isn't half bad compared to what was available a decade ago. I just picked up a Denon for $149 retail from Frys that for comparison is rather scary against my $1200 made in Japan NAD Integrated from a couple of decades ago.

Don't get me wrong vintage analog is still the way to go for the fewer of us that will still appreciate it but the masses will always drive progress.

My point is of course that people just don't seem to care so much about letting some of the old stuff go if they can get a new fangled HDMI home A/V surround reciever for less than a couple hundred bones....better for us.;)

Guinness Lad
02-14-2011, 06:30 AM
I bought a Pioneer SX-780. I paid $100 shipped to my house. It was gone through and has no issues and the seller has 4000 feedbacks with a 100% rating. For what I need it for I think it will suffice.

The NHT Super Zeros are nice but definitely not as good as my Vienna Acoustic speakers, not even close actually.

I hope this makes a good monitor setup for recording, this was the original intent.

Blanket Jackson
02-14-2011, 06:32 AM
Congrats Harry. I believe that you will be quite happy with the SX-780. I know that I was.

GA20T
02-16-2011, 02:41 PM
My recently acquired Technics SA-5560 and old AR-3a speakers:

UPDATE: I was noticing some distortion in the left speaker in the bass frequencies and when I took the cover off I was shocked to see the surround on the sub was falling apart. :( It's been a while since I had them up to volume but the bass has definitely been looser than in previous years. Can anyone provide a resource for replacement subs? Could folks list some good affordable vintage/modern speakers to look out for? :bonk


http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/ga20t/IMG_2244.jpg

loudboy
02-16-2011, 03:46 PM
My recently acquired Technics SA-5560 and old AR-3a speakers:

UPDATE: I was noticing some distortion in the left speaker in the bass frequencies and when I took the cover off I was shocked to see the surround on the sub was falling apart. :( It's been a while since I had them up to volume but the bass has definitely been looser than in previous years. Can anyone provide a resource for replacement subs? Could folks list some good affordable vintage/modern speakers to look out for? :bonk




http://www.newfoam.com/

You can do it yourself - I did it to a pair of Tannoy's a few years ago and it was a piece of cake.

GA20T
02-16-2011, 03:58 PM
http://www.newfoam.com/

You can do it yourself - I did it to a pair of Tannoy's a few years ago and it was a piece of cake.

Thanks for that link, I'll give it a try... I suppose it's a common issue with 38 year old foam surrounds...

mcknigs
02-16-2011, 04:04 PM
I've had it happen with far newer foam surrounds...

HammyD
02-16-2011, 04:08 PM
My recently acquired Technics SA-5560 and old AR-3a speakers:

UPDATE: I was noticing some distortion in the left speaker in the bass frequencies and when I took the cover off I was shocked to see the surround on the sub was falling apart. :( It's been a while since I had them up to volume but the bass has definitely been looser than in previous years. Can anyone provide a resource for replacement subs? Could folks list some good affordable vintage/modern speakers to look out for? :bonk


http://i932.photobucket.com/albums/ad165/ga20t/IMG_2244.jpg

I just bought a AR refinishing kit, L-Pads and crossover capacitors from this fellow on Ebay. Excellent products and for less than $40 I am able to restore my old 2AX's.

http://shop.ebay.com/vintage-ar/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

GA20T
02-16-2011, 06:07 PM
I just bought a AR refinishing kit, L-Pads and crossover capacitors from this fellow on Ebay. Excellent products and for less than $40 I am able to restore my old 2AX's.

http://shop.ebay.com/vintage-ar/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686

Wow, thanks for that! Looking into it a little deeper, I found a restoration manual in PDF, and with the link you gave me, I should have these babies sounding like new in a matter of weeks. They used to sound fabulous and I might finally be able to retire the old so-so Sony lattice-grilles I've been using.

HammyD
02-17-2011, 08:41 AM
Wow, thanks for that! Looking into it a little deeper, I found a restoration manual in PDF, and with the link you gave me, I should have these babies sounding like new in a matter of weeks. They used to sound fabulous and I might finally be able to retire the old so-so Sony lattice-grilles I've been using.

Glad to help! In my online reading (fueled by insomnia!) I found many replace the pots (or Lpads) and capacitors in old speakers and wind up with the wrong values, profoundly changing the sound, and altering the original design.

I found that fellow on Ebay and he was very helpful. One thing he had, which I paid about $24 for, was a refinish kit. The 2AX's I had been given have a big water spot on the top and this kit will take care of that.

My only problem now is finding someone who will do a turntable restoration on a Ariston RD40 for me. It needs nothing, but a little cleaning and the SME arm installed. But I am clueless to the procedure and figure it would be easier to pay someone experienced that try to figure it out myself! LOL

I tried vintageturntablerestoration.com But he never responded to my email. Anyone know someone?

SarasotaSlim
02-17-2011, 09:10 AM
Doug are you hoarding all that old hifi iron? WOW!

The local store my buddy worked at sold EV speakers for my PA and Rotel stereo stuff. Not exactly at the top of the cork sniffing list but since there has been no mention of them I thought I'd share a pic of one like mine ala Google...


http://www.hifitrader.com.au/images/pl_rotrx503_l.jpg

Had it cleaned and the tuner adjusted last year and it still seems to work OK.

Doug's Tubes
02-17-2011, 09:27 AM
Doug are you hoarding all that old hifi iron? WOW!

The local store my buddy worked at sold EV speakers for my PA and Rotel stereo stuff. Not exactly at the top of the cork sniffing list but since there has been no mention of them I thought I'd share a pic of one like mine ala Google...


http://www.hifitrader.com.au/images/pl_rotrx503_l.jpg

Had it cleaned and the tuner adjusted last year and it still seems to work OK.

I've sold off a great bit of it, but still have lot's of stuff. I had originally bought the stuff over the years basically for the value of the tubes to mine Telefunken 12AX7 and Mullard GZ34 pulls since Scott Fisher and Dynaco use TFK. I ran into a collector at a hamfest and he came over with a bunch of cash and bought MC60's, Scott tuners, preamps, amps, integrated amps and speakers. We had 3 pairs of the MC-60's, now I'm down to one pair.

HH Scott is my thing because my dad had a Scott 296 integrated amp he bought new when I was 10 years old in his system which we still have. Folks, pick up a nice old Scott 222 or a 299, rebuild them and you'll never look back.
http://www.hifi-studio.de/hifi-klassiker/scott/296.jpg

SarasotaSlim
02-17-2011, 09:54 AM
I've sold off a great bit of it, but still have lot's of stuff. I had originally bought the stuff over the years basically for the value of the tubes to mine Telefunken 12AX7 and Mullard GZ34 pulls since Scott Fisher and Dynaco use TFK. I ran into a collector at a hamfest and he came over with a bunch of cash and bought MC60's, Scott tuners, preamps, amps, integrated amps and speakers. We had 3 pairs of the MC-60's, now I'm down to one pair.

HH Scott is my thing because my dad had a Scott 296 integrated amp he bought new when I was 10 years old in his system which we still have. Folks, pick up a nice old Scott 222 or a 299, rebuild them and you'll never look back.
http://www.hifi-studio.de/hifi-klassiker/scott/296.jpg

All that old stuff is great and each one has a unique twist on the sound they make. My thing is speakers. I've never owned any cool vintage stereo speakers but have heard most of them. I really liked those old Tannoys.

Doug's Tubes
02-17-2011, 10:01 AM
All that old stuff is great and each one has a unique twist on the sound they make. My thing is speakers. I've never owned any cool vintage stereo speakers but have heard most of them. I really liked those old Tannoys.

I've found that horn loaded speakers like Klipsch are very efficient and perfect for tubes. Scan Craiglist or Ebay for Klipsch Heresy's, Fortes, Cornwalls. Not expensive but they sound great with tube amps. We have a pair of Klipschorns that deliver 105dbl at 1 watt.

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k163/Graciefloydie/AK%20Gear/KlipschForte.jpg

SarasotaSlim
02-17-2011, 06:09 PM
I've found that horn loaded speakers like Klipsch are very efficient and perfect for tubes. Scan Craiglist or Ebay for Klipsch Heresy's, Fortes, Cornwalls. Not expensive but they sound great with tube amps. We have a pair of Klipschorns that deliver 105dbl at 1 watt.

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k163/Graciefloydie/AK%20Gear/KlipschForte.jpg

Anyone ever snoop around the Lansing Heritage web site?

When I think of horn loaded speakers - I think of things like these...

http://www.audioheritage.org/images/lmco/photos/products/shearer/shearer5.jpg

http://www.audioheritage.org/images/misc/we/wide-range.jpg

FeloniousBishop
02-17-2011, 07:03 PM
Or how about this, in the back is a horn loaded subwoofer:

http://i574.photobucket.com/albums/ss188/giahy02/DSC_2748-1.jpg

groovetube
02-19-2011, 01:14 PM
I've found that horn loaded speakers like Klipsch are very efficient and perfect for tubes. Scan Craiglist or Ebay for Klipsch Heresy's, Fortes, Cornwalls. Not expensive but they sound great with tube amps. We have a pair of Klipschorns that deliver 105dbl at 1 watt.

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k163/Graciefloydie/AK%20Gear/KlipschForte.jpg

how expensive are speakers like those? For some reason, I am really drawn toward Klipsch speakers. always loved the look and the sound of most of em

seafoamer
02-19-2011, 05:58 PM
I inherited a lot of my stereo gear from my grandfather.
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b176/remaofaes/DSC_0251.jpg

GA20T
03-04-2011, 10:16 PM
Glad to help! In my online reading (fueled by insomnia!) I found many replace the pots (or Lpads) and capacitors in old speakers and wind up with the wrong values, profoundly changing the sound, and altering the original design.

I found that fellow on Ebay and he was very helpful. One thing he had, which I paid about $24 for, was a refinish kit. The 2AX's I had been given have a big water spot on the top and this kit will take care of that.

My only problem now is finding someone who will do a turntable restoration on a Ariston RD40 for me. It needs nothing, but a little cleaning and the SME arm installed. But I am clueless to the procedure and figure it would be easier to pay someone experienced that try to figure it out myself! LOL

I tried vintageturntablerestoration.com But he never responded to my email. Anyone know someone?


Yo Hammy,

I thank you again. Vintage-AR had the right kit and, while I was waiting for it it the mail, I found a nice AR "woodie" turntable for cheap! The re-surround/shim/dust cap procedure was easy as pie and the speakers sound better than I remember them sounding in a long time. Fantastic, actually. I'm considering recapping the crossovers now just to get them like new.

mcknigs
03-05-2011, 06:18 AM
I inherited a lot of my stereo gear from my grandfather.


Those look like the same Criterion speakers that were my main speakers from 1975-2005. I think I still have them around here somewhere.

-Scott

telecopter
03-05-2011, 06:36 AM
I still have my old Marantz 2220B that I bought new. My Sony "100 watt" (new) that I have for my TV system feels like a toy and sounds anemic compared to the Marantz.

VCuomo
03-06-2011, 02:38 PM
As I posted earlier, this thread motivated me to pull out my old Pioneer SX-780 and I discovered that it still works perfectly!

Now I'd like to "complete the set", so to speak, and buy a turntable, cassette player, and CD player - preferrably all "vintage" Pioneer. Any recommendations on what I should get without spending a fortune (remember, the receiver is just a middle-of-the-road SX-780)? I'm really just looking to have a nice vintage all-Pioneer system, not a system that an audiophile would get excited about.

TIA!

jcs
03-06-2011, 03:35 PM
VCuomo, in case you dont have a pair, find a pair of Pioneer HPM series speakers.

CD players werent around when that Pioneer SX-780 was built but Pioneer made some decent turntables,,,,matter of fact i think i have some NOS Pioneer cartridges but many Pioneer tt i saw back in the 70s used the trusty Shure M95ED cartridge.

The Last Rebel
03-06-2011, 03:39 PM
I inherited a lot of my stereo gear from my grandfather.
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b176/remaofaes/DSC_0251.jpg
What model Pioneer is that? I've been looking at some of the black dial ones but it's hard to find info on them unfortunately.

rdnzl
03-06-2011, 03:40 PM
Sansui 9090DB

http://www.sansui.us/images/9090DB_00003.jpg

http://www.sansui.us/images/9090DB_00039.jpg

The King.

The Last Rebel
03-06-2011, 03:42 PM
Those old Sansuis are just beautiful, I like them even more than the vintage Marantz units.

rdnzl
03-06-2011, 03:47 PM
Some of my stuff.

http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/1161/p1000257k.jpg

rdnzl
03-06-2011, 03:52 PM
One of my AR9LS's with a large Advent for size reference.

http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/8482/004ba.jpg

rdnzl
03-06-2011, 03:59 PM
My monster. It's a Concept 16.5 It weighs 85 pounds and cranks out 165w RMS a channel.

http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/9205/003ox.jpg

GA20T
03-06-2011, 03:59 PM
One of my AR9LS's with a large Advent for size reference.

Nice. Could you share your impressions on the differences in sound between the two makes/models? I'm familiar with the large Advents, and own a set of AR3a Improved, but haven't seen a set of AR9's in person.

VCuomo
03-06-2011, 04:00 PM
VCuomo, in case you dont have a pair, find a pair of Pioneer HPM series speakers.

CD players werent around when that Pioneer SX-780 was built but Pioneer made some decent turntables,,,,matter of fact i think i have some NOS Pioneer cartridges but many Pioneer tt i saw back in the 70s used the trusty Shure M95ED cartridge.Yeah, I knew that about the CD players - they came onto the market a couple of years later. But I would like to get one anyway.

Any particular Pioneer turntable that I should be looking for (1979 through early 1980's models)?

seafoamer
03-06-2011, 04:02 PM
What model Pioneer is that? I've been looking at some of the black dial ones but it's hard to find info on them unfortunately.

It's a SX-737. Same model as Tom CT's in post #20 of this thread (but he's got a better pic).

jcs
03-06-2011, 04:05 PM
telecopter, what speakers are you driving that Marantz 2220B with?

I love my 2230 (still have the books with it), these smaller Marantz will drive 4 ohm loads as well.

rdnzl
03-06-2011, 04:10 PM
Nice. Could you share your impressions on the differences in sound between the two makes/models? I'm familiar with the large Advents, and own a set of AR3a Improved, but haven't seen a set of AR9's in person.

Large Advents are my favorite normal sized speakers. But the Teledyne AR9LS is a whole other animal when it come to power. They can literally blow out a window. What you can't really see in the pic is the 10 down firing woofer. You don't need a sub woofer with these things. They sound very good at normal volumes, but you can crank them to concert volume levels and the sound is crystal clear. I power the with a Concept 16.5 receiver at 165 RMS watts a channel. The listening experience is quite invigorating.

Large Advents are two way speakers, and are the best of their kind IMO. But speakers are even worse than guitars when it comes to why people prefer one over the other. They go surprisingly loud, and have nice tight bass.

I like old analog receivers and amps played through speakers from the same era. Modern hifi gear does nothing for me.

rdnzl
03-06-2011, 04:59 PM
http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/7329/p1000253e.jpg

rdnzl
03-06-2011, 05:01 PM
http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/4688/p1000200quw.jpg

http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/2733/p1000106.jpg

rdnzl
03-06-2011, 05:14 PM
http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/2382/p1000223.jpg

groovetube
03-06-2011, 06:51 PM
http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/2382/p1000223.jpg




gorgeous. never seen a marantz tape deck of that vintage. what I would do to get my hands on one...........................:bow

Baxtercat
03-07-2011, 11:35 AM
That cat moving in on those speakers is a bit alarming!

rdnzl
03-07-2011, 11:38 AM
No claws.

rdnzl
03-12-2011, 04:36 PM
One of my other hobbies is vintage audio gear. To me, nothing sounds like audio gear from the 70's. Pure, unadulterated clean power.

I picked up this 9090DB today, (in the middle) and she's a beauty. Completely restored and sounds fantastic. Looks and sounds brand new. I used to have an 8080DB and I've missed that great Sansui sound. A real nice tuner that picks up everything nice and clear.

Running it through stacked New Large Advents, and it rocks the house.

http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/7909/p1010953s.jpg (http://img12.imageshack.us/i/p1010953s.jpg/)

Why is it that when you get new amplification, it seems like you have a whole new music collection?

The bottom receiver is a rare Concept 16.5

Jack Gilvey
04-29-2011, 08:29 AM
One of the great early solid state receivers - and very expensive in its day, even though it was low-wattage (22 per side?). I read that adjusted for inflation, the 700T would go for over $3,000 today. (Yikes).

Well, I wound up all the way down the rabbit hole and scored a 700-T on the 'bay a few weeks ago. Thing's in immaculate shape back and front for its age (sat in a closet for decades, apparently) and works great. Went for quite a bit less than what I've been seeing them sell for as well, even the typical grimy examples.



http://www.box.net/shared/static/z3txglczkr.jpg

barkndog
04-29-2011, 06:02 PM
I've got into vintage [70s] stereo in the last year and it's a huge bang for the buck in terms of sound quality. Some of this gear is 35+ years old so there are some additional expenses [most need new capacitors] but when they perform to spec they sound fantastic. My top 3 receivers are:

Marantz 2245 [with wood case]
Harmon Kardon 430 [$85 of CL - tube like sound]
Pioneer SX-780 [$50 of CL]

The Pioneer does not sound as good as the other two, but in truth it probably needs a recap. I love the look of it though - especially with the bouncing VU meters.

Beat Up G
04-29-2011, 07:51 PM
Pioneer SX-780 from the 70's - the greatest receiver ever built.

http://www.hypersensory.com/files/DSC05478.jpg

Really? Cool. I have that reciever. It does sound great. I got it like new in box a couple of months ago in trade for a junky '89 SG.