Pioneer SX-1980 Porn

S0und Dragon

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If only it sounded as good as it looks. All those switches and buttons just totally bring me back to my childhood, pretending I was an astronaut or in some sci-Fi adventure. I recall finally hearing one and being seriously let down. I thought my KA-9600 sounded much better and even that was not the end all of sound reproduction by any stretch.
 
They’re a technological marvel and a wonderful exercise in excess. I bet they made a lot of people very happy.

And yes, all those knobs, switches and buttons were something right out of a Space 1999,Million Dollar Man, Logan’s Run episode. Absolutely fascinating to a kid.

But these days I’m definitely in the camp of less is more. I really wouldn’t want something this complex. It would probably discourage me.

It would look nice on top of a credenza in some MCM furnished home though.
 

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He has my dog's haircut.

I think he should hook it up to the Sansui XP-X8900s behind him and drive them until they catch on fire. THAT I would like to watch, having owned a pair of SP-X9900s. That... I don't even remember selling? What happened to them?
 
He has my dog's haircut.

I think he should hook it up to the Sansui XP-X8900s behind him and drive them until they catch on fire. THAT I would like to watch, having owned a pair of SP-X9900s. That... I don't even remember selling? What happened to them?
John, have you ever had a receiver you liked? I imagine there are a few out there that must be decent. Maybe from Accuphase, Luxman, a few others?

I am curious as to how many of these were “tuned” for sonics and why. I will assume to sound fun and exciting and to catch the ears of a certain demographic? To pair with bold or specifically voiced speakers?

I really enjoyed receivers for a good stretch- they were light years ahead of many things I grew up with- our family’s husky sounding Zenith console, the boom boxes, the table top radios.

But time with integrateds and then separates forever changed things- although I could step back from separates back into integrateds and not feel I’ve dumbed it down.

I really think integrateds and a tuner were the perfect compromise (without much compromising).
 

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John, have you ever had a receiver you liked? I imagine there are a few out there that must be decent. Maybe from Accuphase, Luxman, a few others?

I am curious as to how many of these were “tuned” for sonics and why. I will assume to sound fun and exciting and to catch the ears of a certain demographic? To pair with bold or specifically voiced speakers?

I really enjoyed receivers for a good stretch- they were light years ahead of many things I grew up with- our family’s husky sounding Zenith console, the boom boxes, the table top radios.

But time with integrateds and then separates forever changed things- although I could step back from separates back into integrateds and not feel I’ve dumbed it down.

I really think integrateds and a tuner were the perfect compromise (without much compromising).
I liked several of the receivers I've had, but none of them sounded particularly good in comparison to what came after. The one I started out with, a semi-restored Sansui 9090db, was still my favorite after I let most of the rest go. It was the last go except for a MAC1900 and the HK Citation Receiver (which is the only one left). I have a feeling I'd like how a Tandberg sounds. Maybe? Never had one. I thought I'd like how the HK sounds more than I do. Many of them were totally forgettable despite claims online of this or that one being as good as it gets. I had Sherwoods, Onkyos, Sonys, Kenwoods, Pioneers, Hks, Scotts, Macs, Sansuis, and I don't even remember what else.

They're fun to use and look at, though, and I think they're super cool. Which, to me, is a good reason for most people to be into them. The gear I run now is a lot more expensive and the receivers were good cheap fun to be had by the dozens. They're not cheap anymore, so the fascination has to be different now I guess.
 
I remember buying one of those off of Craigslist in Corinth, TX, just north of Dallas, from a woman whose husband had passed away some months earlier. I think this was around2007 while I was a manufacturers rep for home A/V and car audio stuff at the time and working from home and was perusing CL. It said "old Pioneer receiver for sale" so I called her and asked if she could read the model number as I didn't want to waste a trip. She starts reading....S....X....1.....9 (gulp) .....8....0. I told her I would be over in 20 minutes. I gave her my condolences and asked if there was anything else she was selling. She said Goodwill had been buy the day before and picked up some speakers and other things but the receiver was "just too heavy" for them. They took a pair of HPM-1100's and 1500's. Damn...

Oh....she was asking $10 for the receiver. I took it. It was fun for awhile but I just didn't care that much for it like I thought I would and enjoyed my separates better. Last I heard, it was somewhere in Great Britain.
 

mhardy6647

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If only it sounded as good as it looks. All those switches and buttons just totally bring me back to my childhood, pretending I was an astronaut or in some sci-Fi adventure. I recall finally hearing one and being seriously let down. I thought my KA-9600 sounded much better and even that was not the end all of sound reproduction by any stretch.
You, sir -- needed a Yamaha CR-1000... or a Kenwood "Galaxy Commander".
Your whole life might've turned out differently.
Why... why... you might be working for SpaceX even now.

PS My sincere & humble apologies if you are in fact even now working for SpaceX. My luck tends to run thus with my attempted bon mots*.

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or is that bons mot?
 

mhardy6647

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I have a feeling I'd like how a Tandberg sounds. Maybe? Never had one.
Careful what you publish on the internet's public forums...
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Things have a way of... transpiring... sometimes.
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I somehow missed the monster receiver craze entirely. I went from a Fisher 400 right to separates and never looked back.

But speaking of looks they do really capture the essence of 70s cool. Plenty of local hifi buds have them so I have gotten to hear them over the years and when properly restored they do sound great.
 
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