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Posted: 12/24/2005 10:18:25 AM EDT
Anybody still using older stereo equipment?
(Curious, bored, thinking about upgrading, and stuck at home preparing for tomorrow)

I have a Pioneer SA-508. Here’s a pic:



You can go to this site and see larger/better photos and info.
www.arcticcorsair.f9.co.uk/audio/kit/pioneer-sa508.html

I bought this around 1979 while I was stationed in Germany.

This thing has gone overseas 5 times, Korea to Germany, stored for a year, left with a friend for 6 months - 18 years of mil travel - it'd take a few minutes to write it all down.

This thing has NEVER given me a single problem - unless you consider taking the cover off and cleaning inside a problem. Probably stone age equipment compared to what some of you folks have - but it satisfies my needs, and it just keeps on working. This thing has been left on for days at a time and gets used almost everyday - I’ll turn the amp on WAY before I think about turning on the idiot box.

I’m also still using the receiver I bought at the same time: Pioneer TX-608.

Still have the original Sansui speakers, but one has a hole in it thanks to the ex’s kid - I’m now using a pair of Polk Audio Series 2 Monitors that I bought about 2 years before the Kid From Hell toasted my speaker.

I bought a Teac tape deck at the same time. Man, that thing was huge! Had it rebuilt on one trip back in the US - it has since died, and is no longer with me.

Listening to Harry Chapin - Greatest Stories Live as we speak.


Link Posted: 12/24/2005 10:20:15 AM EDT
I love my SX-1080, great setup. I really want an SX-1981
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 10:21:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/24/2005 10:23:07 AM EDT by Aviator]
Pioneer VSX 9700s

Also bought in Germany. 1987 or so.




Aviator
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 10:23:36 AM EDT
Those older stereo amps are still very good, if you want stereo. So many people these days need their amp to pull double duty as both a music amp and home theater receiver, that you just see them around much anymore.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 10:23:36 AM EDT
Just searched the SX-1080.

Those look really nice.

I like the wood look - I just might consider buying something like that as an upgrade rather than something new.

Gotta research the possibilities...
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 10:25:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By thelastgunslinger:
Those older stereo amps are still very good, if you want stereo. So many people these days need their amp to pull double duty as both a music amp and home theater receiver, that you just see them around much anymore.



HAHA!

Got my Sony DVD player and sat receiver plugged into it.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 10:27:39 AM EDT
I am still using my Onkyo A25 integrated amp and T15 Tuner. Hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I re-edged the surrounds in my old Speakerlab towers, but am in process of building some Pi designed speakers (www.pispeakers.com).
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 10:31:44 AM EDT
Nakamichi Stack! Dragon cassette decks, CD OMS7, ST turner, Statis 200x200 Amp and a set of Infinty Series 7 reference speakers.

Yep, old technolgy but what a sound!

My CD player doesn't like the CD burns sometimes. I wish somebody repaired this stuff.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 10:32:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Aviator:
Pioneer VSX 9700s

Also bought in Germany. 1987 or so.
Aviator



Got mine at Mainz Kastel.

Old dorms converted to BIG stereo centers.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 10:32:28 AM EDT
A Pioneer SX-737 receiver, the damn things weighs a ton but still cranks out.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 10:33:48 AM EDT
I would love an old Mac tube amp, I still have some adcom mono blocks around somewhere.I even still have a pair of JBL L300 summits in storage.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 10:38:10 AM EDT
I've still got an old MCS series reciever/amp that I got back in 80/81 and it works great. Pretty soon it will be an antique...
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 10:38:25 AM EDT
My amp, speakers and turntable are still part of the original system I bought back in 1981. The rest of its gone through several generations worth of components. I simply don't make stereo stuff the priority I did 25 years ago in college.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 10:38:55 AM EDT
I have stereo equipment my dad used in the late 70's to early 80's. Most of it needs fixing though.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 10:41:21 AM EDT
Everything I have is old.

vmax84

Link Posted: 12/24/2005 10:52:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Aviator:
Pioneer VSX 9700s

Also bought in Germany. 1987 or so.

www.canuckaudiomart.com/image.php?image=34501&is_user=0


Aviator



I'm still using a VSX 9700S as well, damn thing won't die and still sounds great.
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 12:03:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/24/2005 12:17:59 PM EDT by Skibane]
Marantz 2245, and 2250B (similar to shown below).

If it don't have flywheel tuning and a blackout sliderule dial, I just ain't interested!

Link Posted: 12/24/2005 12:13:59 PM EDT
You know Skibane, I'm starting to think the same. Been looking around a bit - the new stuff just doesn't have something...
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 12:19:56 PM EDT
Carver system I picked up from AAFES back in 1989 Compared to some of you old farts I've got a state of the art system
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 12:22:34 PM EDT
I'm still using an Onkyo component system from 1987. (Separate amp, tuner, CD, cassette deck)
Link Posted: 12/24/2005 12:24:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Shrike9:
Carver system I picked up from AAFES back in 1989 Compared to some of you old farts I've got a state of the art system



Damn new fangled whizbang infrared electronic...
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 3:44:13 AM EDT
Sony Trinitron TV from 1980 or 81. Stay safe
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 4:13:42 AM EDT
Dang - thought my TV was old.

1991 - Sony bought while in Korea. Bought the same day I bought my Polks.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 4:19:54 AM EDT
In 1996 I bought a pair of bose 901s and a harman kardon receiver. They're about 20 years old now and I still use the every day. the boses suck when you're shopping for new speakers and are paying 1500 for the pair, but they're hard to beat at 300 for the speakers plus amp.

Link Posted: 12/25/2005 4:25:08 AM EDT
Um, no. I need the video upconversion to component video and the switching that a modern receiver offers
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 4:27:07 AM EDT
Technics receiver from mid-eighties...it's all good.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 4:35:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
I need the video upconversion to component video and the switching that a modern receiver offers



Think I understand the 'switching' part. But what do you mean with the 'upconversion?' (info for my future upgrade)
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 5:06:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Backstop:

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
I need the video upconversion to component video and the switching that a modern receiver offers



Think I understand the 'switching' part. But what do you mean with the 'upconversion?' (info for my future upgrade)




Upconversion - I can input s-video, component video, co-ax, whatever, and it all gets up converted to component video - and that is fed to the tv

So now the receiver switches everything, and the tv is just left on component video input
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 5:10:02 AM EDT
Thanks - I never knew.

I need to upgrade - at least to the mid-80s.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 5:54:44 AM EDT
Krell KSA 150 and Audio Research SP-11 Preamp from 1990. Adding Krell CD player and Wilson Audio Sophias next week. That should keep me happy for another 15 or 20 years!
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 6:02:25 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 6:06:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:


Upconversion - I can input s-video, component video, co-ax, whatever, and it all gets up converted to component video HDMI - and that is fed to the tv



Fixed it for you
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 6:09:34 AM EDT
While not stereo equipment, I still use a Pioneer CLD-S104 Laser Disc player in my home theater.
Link Posted: 12/25/2005 6:19:13 AM EDT
My TV/living room stereo is modern, because of the need for digital, but in my computer room I still have an Onkyo RI-44 Preamp/Tuner, a Carver Cube Amp and a Lab direct drive turntable. Speakers are home-made Polk towers, I used drivers from a buddy's damaged Polks and remade the boxes. It sounds pretty good, for dinosaur equipment.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 10:02:20 PM EDT
Oh, and a pair of like-new Pioneer HPM-60s I scored earlier this week at Goodwill Industries, for $9.95 apiece...

Link Posted: 12/30/2005 10:05:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 10:08:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 10:12:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Paul:
I've got a Sansui QRX 3500 receiver from 1975 that I still use and a bunch of early 1980's Yamaha and Nakamichi stuff.



Sansui! I thought I was the only one with one still running in the house!
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 5:32:03 AM EDT
1/2 my equipment is from 1986/87 and is Yahmama. It was premium stuff back then. I have a Yamaha turntable, graphics equalizer, cassette deck, and 5 CD carausel. Used to have a 100 watt integrated receiver which has been replaced in 1990 or 1991 with an Adcom 200 watt integrated amp and separate tuner! Haven't made a cassette tape for over 5 years, maybe more
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 5:42:00 AM EDT
Mix of Technics,Yamaha,and Pioneer stuff from the late 70's/early 80s,and YES,I do still have hundreds of 8 track tapes.
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 5:50:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Backstop:
Anybody still using older stereo equipment?
(Curious, bored, thinking about upgrading, and stuck at home preparing for tomorrow)

I have a Pioneer SA-508. Here’s a pic:

photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/Attachments/DownloadAttach.asp?iImageUnq=43951

You can go to this site and see larger/better photos and info.
www.arcticcorsair.f9.co.uk/audio/kit/pioneer-sa508.html

I bought this around 1979 while I was stationed in Germany.

This thing has gone overseas 5 times, Korea to Germany, stored for a year, left with a friend for 6 months - 18 years of mil travel - it'd take a few minutes to write it all down.

This thing has NEVER given me a single problem - unless you consider taking the cover off and cleaning inside a problem. Probably stone age equipment compared to what some of you folks have - but it satisfies my needs, and it just keeps on working. This thing has been left on for days at a time and gets used almost everyday - I’ll turn the amp on WAY before I think about turning on the idiot box.

I’m also still using the receiver I bought at the same time: Pioneer TX-608.

Still have the original Sansui speakers, but one has a hole in it thanks to the ex’s kid - I’m now using a pair of Polk Audio Series 2 Monitors that I bought about 2 years before the Kid From Hell toasted my speaker.

I bought a Teac tape deck at the same time. Man, that thing was huge! Had it rebuilt on one trip back in the US - it has since died, and is no longer with me.

Listening to Harry Chapin - Greatest Stories Live as we speak.





www.simplyspeakers.com

You might be able to repair the speakers yourself. For $20-30 I re-did the foam edges on some Acoustic Research 10 pi speakers and still use them in the front room.
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 5:53:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/31/2005 5:56:04 AM EDT by ilikelegs]
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 6:10:33 AM EDT
Thanks, nightstalker.

I'll keep that in mind. The Kid From Hell also got mad and kicked the grill and broke it. The speakers have been in storage for quite a while - the cases are looking a little rough. But...I'm moving in a few months, so may repair the speaker and use them for garage/work shop speakers.
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 6:25:16 AM EDT

you guys can't touch this...







ar-jedi


Link Posted: 12/31/2005 6:29:44 AM EDT
tubes are cool
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 6:33:55 AM EDT
Still running my Marantz gold series WITH TURNTABLE!
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 6:42:16 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/31/2005 6:42:45 AM EDT by DaveS]

Originally Posted By ar-jedi:
you guys can't touch this...

losdos.dyndns.org:8080/public/dyna/DSC00191_sm.jpg

losdos.dyndns.org:8080/public/dyna/DSC00198_sm.jpg

losdos.dyndns.org:8080/public/dyna/DSC00195_sm.jpg
ar-jedi



Nope, but I am running David Hafler DH-110 pre-amp, DH-120 amp, Sumo Charlie tuner and Polk Audio 5jrs. Got rid of the SAE C101 cassete deck and Audio Source C-101 Eq w/ Spectrum Anylizer and added a DVD player.
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 7:05:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By thelastgunslinger:
Those older stereo amps are still very good, if you want stereo. So many people these days need their amp to pull double duty as both a music amp and home theater receiver, that you just see them around much anymore.


True, but if you connect the amp to an iPod (has a built-in volume control) and a couple of speakers, you've got a nice stereo.

vmax84, nice tape deck!z

Link Posted: 12/31/2005 7:17:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By vmax84:
Everything I have is old.

vmax84

img355.imageshack.us/img355/9367/img000208hu.jpg



Gotta love the dragon by Nak! If I had more tapes I'd have one for sure!
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 7:26:26 AM EDT
Mine is a 1994 Kenwood rack with Dolby Digital and surround with 4 foot speakers.
Too modern for you guys.
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 8:08:19 AM EDT
Sansui G7000 - Sweet

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