Stereo Receivers Good Enough For Main System - Help

Discussion in 'Solid State Gear' started by StevenZ, May 8, 2018.

  1. StevenZ

    StevenZ Active Member

    So, what do you guys think about using an old stereo receiver in a main rig. If you have to choose just one (or two) which one(s) would you pick to live with for the long haul?

    I'm finding myself enjoying this old Yamaha CR-820 here at my office more than I expected. I'm also finding myself listening to the local jazz and college radio stations more and more. The idea of a nice sounding receiver as a main system is quite appealing to me at this moment.
  2. John Frum

    John Frum Junior Member

    I've had an embarassing number of vintage solid state receivers, including many of the famous heavy-hitters.

    The only one I'd purposefully revisit would be the Toshiba SA-7150.

    But based on positive experience with gear from the same line, I wouldn't turn down the chance to try a Marantz 2285B, even though I have no experience with that particular model.

    And, switching gears a bit, I guess, I'm a sucker for any pre-IC TOTL solid state, as well, and would happily drag home a Marantz 19, Sansui Eight, Pioneer SX-828, etc. even though I've never owned any of those receivers.
  3. BruceK

    BruceK Junior Member

    I have a Luxman R-1070 that sounds marvelous and has what I think is the nicest industrial design from all of Luxman's history. A lovely piece of gear visually and sonically.
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  4. John Frum

    John Frum Junior Member

    Why do I feel like this was a trap?
  5. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    [​IMG]DSC_9817 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
    The one on the top.

    EDIT: Derp. Solid state.
    If I had to, I could live with this (the one on the right):

    [​IMG]DSC_0576 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    Bruce's choice is probably a very good one -- the only Luxman Rx here is "as-is" ("as found", i.e., unrefreshed) and farther down the food chain. I've never really listened to it carefully (although my recollection of these when new was that they were quite good). Inarguably* elegant aesthetics, though.

    [​IMG]DSC_5978 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    * Well, I guess that's arguable
    Last edited: May 8, 2018
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  6. JohnVF

    JohnVF Administrator Staff Member

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  7. StevenZ

    StevenZ Active Member

  8. MikeyFresh

    MikeyFresh Moderator Staff Member

    That would be a really gorgeous example of the limited edition harman/kardon citation.
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  9. fiddlefye

    fiddlefye Senior Member

    Of the receivers I've know personally the one that has given me the most enjoyment has been this one:
    [​IMG]DSC_6377 by fiddlefye, on Flickr
    Just don't move it often if you want to keep your back in good stead.
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  10. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    Solid state receivers? OK....Won't bore you with all the tube stuff. ;)

    Just sold my Pioneer SX-1010 to a friend who will actually use it. It is a very nice receiver from that era.

    Still have my Marantz Midel 19. IMO one of the coolest and classiest solid state receivers ever made.

    Sherwood SEL200. Great tuner section.

    Marantz 2270 is an all time classic receiver from the 1970s.

    If you don't need lots of power, the lower powered 1970s Marantz units - 2230, 2220 - sound very nice and won't break the bank.

    The 1970s Yamaha amps and receivers are also great sounding.

    Lots of good stuff out there to choose from. :)

    As always......YMMV. :)
  11. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    oh, yeah -- I forgot that one :p
    (speaking of unassailable aesthetics)
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  12. JohnVF

    JohnVF Administrator Staff Member

    As said above it's an HK The Citation Receiver. I did run it for a bit as my main rig but eventually went back to my tube amps and modern solid state option, with a TVC passive pre. The Citation Receiver is fantastic but can be beaten sonically, as can every receiver I've heard. But that's not really why I like them, and regardless of it being bettered it still sounds great and better than a lot of things. I used to collect '70s receivers and have had maybe two dozen of them over the years. Few of them impressed me for sonic reasons. I thought the Yamahas sounded flat in imaging, the Pioneers were vague and/or a bit glassy depending on which one, my MAC 1900 is kind of too thick in a faking-the-tubes kind of way but really fun to use and nice to look at, the Sansui 9090db I had was fun and decent sounding but, again, easily bettered. There are some really nice Sonys that nobody mentiones...STR-6800sd was very nice sounding. The tube receivers are probably the best sounding, subjectively (which is how I happen to enjoy most things...) though I've never owned one personally. The closest I have is a Fisher X202b and its matching FM200b tuner. And that's a VERY fine sounding combo.
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  13. cableguy

    cableguy Junior Member

    My first choice would anything from the Sanyo Plus lineup.
    That stuff flew well under the radar and bested a lot of the heavy hitters that were bought by badge snobs.

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  14. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    Probably should have asked these questions first. ;)

    Which speakers will you be using?

    Any thoughts on power requirements?
  15. ronm

    ronm Junior Member

    If just listening to music is your thing you don't even need a totl receiver.I been enjoying a Yamaha CR620 (35 wpc) with some lps that I never listen to on my newer setups.Its all good with me.Even the ones that are not the best recordings are good.I'm just listening to the music.I'm waiting for a Sansui 5000x to get back from the repair shop.This is where I started and I don't mind coming back.
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  16. StevenZ

    StevenZ Active Member

    Thanks, I've been down this rabbit hole already and actually landed on a Nakamichi TA-3A that I felt could easily fit the bill for a main rig. In fact, I feel the Nak is so good that it's actually competing for a place with a $2800 amp that I just rolled into my system. Of course, the Nak of mine has been fully gone through by a very good tech. where quite a few parts were replaced and slight changes were done to others to increase it's performance. I sometimes wonder why I'm even trying to sell the Nak. If it weren't for funding the new amp purchase I wouldn't have an issue putting the Nak in my rig for the long haul. It's that good.
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