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the pioneer receiver rocks! damn. the sound is so warm and clean. I can listen again.

now, if I can find a good receiver that goes down to 198kHz ... :-)
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July 17th, 2007 2:53pm
<pokes his nose>

ooooo

what did you get?
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July 17th, 2007 3:25pm
an old Technics TX5000 receiver off ebay. paid 16 euros ... just picked it up off an old guy that had had it since new.

I almost felt guilty cutting off the original US mains plug to fit the local variety - but I'm not *that* religious ... :-)
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July 17th, 2007 4:05pm
Yeah the old Pioneers had a really warm sound -- not like a tube, but still impressive for discrete transistors.

My brother in law has one, but doesn't really understand what he's got in it.

I used to have a Hafler DH-200, and for the price it was just amazing.  Wish I still had it.

I also like Yamaha receivers, which aren't bad for a modern unit.  They don't always have the latest features, but they're solid performers.
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July 17th, 2007 4:21pm
The nice thing with this is also the mechanical build quality. It's amazing - I never knew the japs did stuff in this class.

Solid aluminium front panel, engraved legends (so still looks new). Nice quality connectors - not gold, but good chunky feel to them. Big assed tuning knob with a lot of weight on it, and all the switches go "clunk" when you flick them over, and the pots feel smooth and solid like the ones on pro audio gear.

Of course I had to open it up - expected to see a thin cheap circuit board. Nope, solid looking fibre glass, with fat traces - like something you'd see in older Tektronix or HP test equipment. Old fashioned air gap capacitor (with a lot of gangs and trimmers that I dare not go near) for the tuning. Internal wiring is very looking heavy gauge wire wrap.

The front panel design is also nice and clean - just the stuff you need, no more. Oh and it sounds good ... and that nice glow in the dark thing is cool too ...

so hats off Pioneer Corp of c.1976. They knew how to design and build quality gear. This is way above what I expected.
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July 17th, 2007 7:10pm
>> It's amazing - I never knew the japs did stuff in this class. <<

Sony, at it's peak, came close but never exceeded the quality of the receiver that you have.

Probably the closest they came was with the original CD player in late 1982 - the CDP-101 (I still have mine -- sounds like crap, but a solid bit of engineering)

Nowadays, Sony is junk.
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July 17th, 2007 8:18pm
all early CD players suck, just about. That tech was built on quite a few bad assumptions, it took a while to be able to get past them.
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