Anyone Know the Vector Research VRX-9000?

prime minister

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I’ve stumbled across some pictures of the Vector Research VRX-9000, but I’ve never heard one or even seen one in the flesh. Anyone have any experience with these?

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jblnut

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Yup - a buddy in the 80's had this and the matching cassette deck. iirc they were a house brand from some big east coast hifi store (Tech Hifi maybe). I think the quality was OK but these were not high-end by any stretch. Given what the other big brands were also doing in the early 80's (like Pioneer, Sansui etc) I think they were par for the course.

For the right price, maybe worth a trip down memory lane ?
 

JohnVF

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There's quite a bit of Vector Research gear that pops up around Chicago, so maybe midwest + east coast? I'd be curious who the OEM manufacturer was for it (though it could have several sources).
 

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I want to say it was also a Sears house brand. I seem to recall seeing VR in the big Sears Christmas catalogs in the late 70s / early 80s.
 

JohnVF

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I did some poking around and there's a thread on AK about them that was very informative. CD players sourced from Kyocera, integrated amps from the same OEM source as NAD and Rotel in Taiwan. They started as a hi-fi mail order company out of California and then later contracted out their own gear, so sort of like a house brand but they were their own house brand.
 

MikeyFresh

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I want to say it was also a Sears house brand. I seem to recall seeing VR in the big Sears Christmas catalogs in the late 70s / early 80s.
TheVintageHiFiShack.com also indicates the original gear lineup was made by Crown Radio in Japan, and that Federated Stores (Macy's A&S, and Bloomingdale's among others) was also a customer offering it as a sort of house brand.

Later on various OEMs were used, including the above mentioned, as well as NEC.
 

JohnVF

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It would be interesting to have a definitive source on who was the OEM for what, as I think many of the tribal wars are hilarious in that many of the different brands came from the same factories. How many turntables did CEC make for others? Certain Pioneer receivers look an awful lot like certain Realistic receivers... was Pioneer the OEM of Realistic or did they share a 3rd party OEM? Micro Seiki turntables had a hand in Luxman, Mitsubishi, others. Stax and Micro Seiki were in the same alley apparently, and maybe even shared a wall? A lot of those Marantz turntables that Marantz collectors pay good $$ for look an awful lot like the Realistic LAB turntables that nobody really pays good money for (I think they're both CEC? Maybe?)
 

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It would be interesting to have a definitive source on who was the OEM for what, as I think many of the tribal wars are hilarious in that many of the different brands came from the same factories. How many turntables did CEC make for others? Certain Pioneer receivers look an awful lot like certain Realistic receivers... was Pioneer the OEM of Realistic or did they share a 3rd party OEM? Micro Seiki turntables had a hand in Luxman, Mitsubishi, others. Stax and Micro Seiki were in the same alley apparently, and maybe even shared a wall? A lot of those Marantz turntables that Marantz collectors pay good $$ for look an awful lot like the Realistic LAB turntables that nobody really pays good money for (I think they're both CEC? Maybe?)
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