Cherry Vintage Audio (stereo receivers, speakers, turntables & cassette decks) Inventory is listed further down this page

Wednesday October 26, 2016 
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CHERRY VINTAGE AUDIO (Long Beach, Southern California)
4000 Cherry Avenue Long Beach CA 90808
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Nikko Alpha 130 (amp, 1985) 100W x 2 $150
Nikko Gamma 1 (tuner, 1977) $100
Nad 1020 Series 20 (preamp, 1985) $100
Realistic STA-690 (1980) 50W x 2  $150
Sansui 6060 (1977) 44W x 2 $175
Sansui 3900Z (1980) 35W x 2 $150
Optonica SA-5406 (1980) 65W x 2 $300
Optonica SA-5205 (1980) 45W x 2 $250
JVC R-S5 (1980) 27W x 2 $130 (includes very rare gorgeous walnut case)
Sherwood S-2660CP (1981) 50W x2  $125
Rotel RX-603 (1978) 45W x 2 $175
Sanyo JCX-2400K (1979) 50W x 2  $175
Panasonic RE-787 (Matsushita, 1967) 8W x 2 (includes rare satellite speaker) $99
Tandberg TR-3030 (Norway, '81-'84) 20W x 2 (with rack handles, rare)  $125
Hitachi SR-804 (1978) 50W x 2 (Class G, Dynaharmony)  $250 
Hitachi SR-803 (1978) 50W x 2 $175
Akai AM-U03 amp (1980) 37W x 2 & Akai AT-K03 (1980) tuner  $150 (set)
Toshiba SA-375 (1978) 35W x 2 (super clean!)  $150
Onkyo TX-2500mkii ('78-'80) 40W x 2 (super clean!)  $150
Onkyo TX-4500mkii (1979) 65W x 2  $200
MCS 3260 (NEC, 1978) 60W x 2 $150
Luxman R1040 (1978) 45W x 2  $200
Luxman R-3030 (1979) 30+W x 2  $150 
HH Scott 375R (1981) 65W x 2 $190 
Yamaha CR-1020 (1978) $375
Fisher RS-2007 (1979) 75W x 2  $200
Fisher RS-2003 (1981) 30W x 2  $125
Fisher CA-880 amp (1985) 100W x 2 and Fisher FM-660 tuner  $300 (set only)
Sony STR-V1 (1979) 15W x 2  $125
Sony STR-V4 (1979) 50W x 2   $175
Sony STR-7055 (1973) 35W x 2  $175
Sony ST-80W (1969) tuner only  $75
Concept 4.5 (1978) 45W x 2  $200
Concept 2.5 (1978) 25W x 2 $150
Reference: 650FET-R by Quadraflex (1978) 65W x 2 $250 
Reference: 450R by Quadraflex (1978) 45W x 2  $175
Reference: 240R by Quadraflex (1978) 24W x 2  $130 
Pioneer SX-780 (1978) 45W x 2 $175
Pioneer SX-828 (1974) 54W x 2  $225 (near mint, original box, color manual & color brochure)
Pioneer SX-737 (1974) 35W x 2  $175
Pioneer SX-690 (1978) 30W x 2  $150 (rare Euro black tuning dial version)
Pioneer TH-303 (Centrex, 1972) 12W x 2 (with 8-track) $99
Philips AH-786 (1978) 45W x 2  $175 
Philips AH-7861 (1978) 45W x 2  $200
Philips AH-7831 (1979) 22W x 2  $125 
Technics SA-5570 (1977) 85W x 2  $325
Technics SA-5170 (1978) 25W x 2  $140
Kenwood KR-5010 ('78-'81) 50W x 2 $175
Kenwood KR-9340 (1975) 40W x 4  $150
Kenwood KR-720 (1980) 40W X 2   $150
Kenwood KA-7300 (1976) 65W x 2 $200
Kenwood KT-815 (1979) tuner $100
Realistic SA-150 amp & TM-150 tuner (silver, 1989) $125/set
Optimus SA-155 amp & TM-155 tuner (black, 1993) $125/set

Pioneer CS-53 (1971) $180
Technics SB-S20 (1988) $50
RSL 2600 Mini Monitors (1990) $150
RSL Compression Guide CG-8A (1991) $185
a/d/s L470/2 (1988) $150
Akai SW-155 (1974) $225
ESS PS-620 mini-monitors (1990) $125
RSL Outsider (1979) VERY rare outdoor system ($125)
Sony SS-NX1 (1986) $125
Synthetic granite "rock" outdoor speakers (2-way) $125
KEF Cresta One (1999) $125
Boston CR6 (1994)  $115
Concord CE-20 (Berlant-Concertone, 1969) extremely rare  $85
Boston VR-M50 (1999) with stands $320 (FIRM)
Sound Research AL-7 (1984)  $50
Kenwood KL-333D (1971) $125
Jamo Cornet 145 (Denmark, 90's) (arctic white, very rare) $125
Wharfedale Force 2180 (90's)  $150
Epicure M120 (1971) $230
RSL Magnificent (1989)  $130
Optimus T-110 (1983)  $175
Realistic MC-500 (1971) $45
Pinnacle PN5+ (1990) (as new, with original box) $125
DBX Soundfield 3x2 LS Plus satellites $85
JVC/Victor VS-5339 (very rare) $200(FIRM)
Polk R300 (90's) $150
Polk RT-25i (2001) $125
Realistic/Optimus 27 (1980) (very rare) $150
Optimus STS-50 (1998) $45
Sound Dynamics RTS-7b-1 (Canada) very rare $150
Coral BX-200 (1968) (all new drivers) $125
Design Acoustics D2 (1980) $175
Bose 10.2 Series II ('88-'92)  beech-wood $500
Bose 201 Series II (1984) walnut $115
Bose 201 Series III (1990) walnut $135
Bose 141 (1986) (2 pairs available)  $45
Panasonic 8840 (1968) (very rare)  $99

Pro/Ject Debut III (2010) $150
Sony PS-160 (1971) $125
Kenwood KP-5022F (1973) $275
Kenwood KD-1500 (1979) $150
Rotel RP-1000 (1972) $200
MCS 6502 (Technics, 1978) $175 (two available)
Reference 610T (by Quadraflex 1978) $200
Sansui 2050C (1973) $200
Yamaha PF-50 (1985) $175
Yamaha P-751 (1981) $175
Sony PS-5520 ('73-'76) $250
Sony PS-T33 ('78-'83) $175
Marantz 6100 (1978) $225   
Technics SL-D2 (1979) $150
Calibre 360 (1978)  $115  
Philips 209-S (1978, full automatic, rare)  $200
Thorens TC-124 (roll-top cabinet only, 60's) (very rare, restored) $100
JVC JL-F30 (1977)  $200
Sanyo TP-1005A (1988) $100 
Onkyo CP-1033A ​(1982) $150

STEREO CASSETTE DECKS: (all functions in working order)
Optonica RT-3300 (1981) (rare)  $175
Sharp RT-30H (1980)  $85
Technics RS-263US (1974) $175 
JVC KD-65 (1978) high end quality  $200 
Reference 412D (by Quadraflex, 1979)  $125


Sorry, but we do not take in outside repair work.  As a courtesy to our customers, even though we do not offer warranties on ANY items, we do offer maintenance and repair of most items purchased from Cherry Vintage Audio.  


Cherry Vintage Audio
No warranties or returns but all equipment is guaranteed to be working. Everything will be tested, explained and demonstrated prior to purchase.

We have done our very best
 to assure that our equipment has been subjected to many, many hours of labor-intensive and meticulous detailing involving one or more of the following: 
reconditioning, restoration, cleaning, testing and/or whatever else may be needed in order to be able to say everything is in good to very good condition (unless otherwise noted.)  

This list of available gear is updated daily. If you see it listed here, it's still available.
Text/call/email for price list, directions and/or appointments. 

About us:

Having worked at Pacific StereoThe House of Music, University Stereo (60's & 70's) and up through today, we have been involved in the world of high fidelity for over 50 years. We don't claim to be anything other than those who like the warmth of sound when it comes to analog stereo equipment (or the occasional digital/analog piece that comes along).  
We won't mislead you, lie to you or deal in unethical transactions.


Here's a short video tour of just a few of our many receivers...


Rotel was a family-owned Japanese manufacturer of high end audio and video equipment. The company was established in 1961. In the early 1980s, Rotel joined the B&W Group forming a strategic alliance with Bowers & Wilkins and later adding Classé Audio.  Their vintage gear (receivers, turntables, etc) is still generally considered to be a "cut above" most of the mainstream vintage electronics. 

Rotel RX-603 (1978) 45W x 2 
A receiver in a classic Rotel design from the end of the seventies. While not the biggest in the line it operated very well with an output of 45 watts per channel, more than enough power to all speakers.  Typical are the 19-inch rack-mounting brackets that give the receiver a special touch.  The RX-603 design, with the silver aluminum front panel and unusual FM dial glass shape, this was a very successful vintage piece.


Some of Carver's technology sounds like something out of a Star Trek movie. Magnetic Field Amplifiers (MFA). Sonic Holography (SH). Asymmetrical Charge-Coupled FM Detector (ACCD). 
Originally trained as a physicist and engineer, he created Carver Corp in 1979, Sunfire Audio in 1994 and finally, Bob Carver LLC in 2011 (sold in 2013).  However, Bob Carver is still kickin' it somewhere in the Pacific Northwest and is very well known throughout the audio world for making great amplifiers and receivers

Carver currently out of stock

Akai was founded in Japan by Masukichi Akai and his son, Saburo Akai as "Akai Electric Company Ltd". a manufacturer in 1929.  Akai's products included reel-to-reel audiotape recorders (such as the GX series), tuners (top level AT, mid level TR and TT series), audio cassette decks (top level GX and TFL, mid level TC, HX and CS series), amplifiers (AM and TA series), receivers and turntables, speakers and much more.

Akai AM-U03 digital integrated amp and Akai AT-K03 digital tuner (80'-82')
Early 80's entry into the silver-faced, matching higher-end rack system units, 37W x 2 and digitized tuner with walnut veneer on metal cases...a VERY nice vintage system from one of the best of the Japanese electronics companies.

The company was founded as Tandbergs Radiofabrikk (the Tandberg Radio Factory) in Oslo in 1933. The company's first radio was named "Tommeliten" (Tom Thumb), and used only earphones.  Their stereo receivers found followers throughout Europe and were considered to be very well made with attention to detail and having excellent tuners.  They are considered somewhat rare in the USA but have developed a cult following among collectors.  To say the least, their design concepts are unique.

Tandberg TR-3030 (Norway, '81-'84) 30W x 2
Very slim and wide, very different and very rare unit with original factory installed rack handles. Very nice, very well-built from a respected Norwegian company (now morphed into a different entity). Very quiet and sensitive FM section...all switches operate smooth as silk.
LED upgrade for FM tuning dial. Two phono inputs. 


The Optonica brand was created and first launched by Sharp in 1976 as a separate high-end brand to compete directly with Pioneer, Technics (Panasonic), Fisher, Marantz, Nakamichi, Sansui, Kenwood and Sony.  Sharp Electronics Corporation of Japan was founded in 1912 and takes its name from one of its founder’s first invention, the "Ever-Sharp" mechanical pencil. Obviously, they also designed and sold much more over the years.  By the mid-70's their electronic equipment (mostly gadget oriented items sold in catalogs and department stores) was well situated in the USA.  Major decisions were made to move into the select high-end stereo component market.  They absolutely hit a home run with their Optonica lineup. Unique, powerful and definitely well built, they are now very well known and commanding prices approaching the better Marantz and Pioneer units.

Optonica SA-5205 (1980) 45W x 2
Beauty and superior technology are the trademarks of these stunning black-faced receivers. This one is in the middle of the pack (power-wise) yet is sonically excellent.  The top tier design and sonic quality (that includes stunning tear-drop siler trimmed machined black aluminum knobs) puts Optonica in a class by itself.  Real rosewood veneer cabinet.

Optonica SA-5406 (1979) 65W x 2
A very powerful build along with its stunning appearance, the all black face is of designer quality (black machined aluminum tear-drop shaped knobs with silver trim) and the trademark real rosewood veneer cabinet compliments its wide linear analog dial against a pure white backdrop.  The interior components are easily comparable to any of the best of Pioneer, Marantz, etc.  


Another famous Japanese company that, besides designing and producing gobs of their own fine quality audio equipment, also manufactured OEM electronics for most of the major audio companies during the 1970's.  Not as well known as some of the "big" names, they were a late entry into the "monster receiver wars" (the outstanding Toshiba SA-7150 at 150 watts per channel comes to mind).  Bottom line: they used their own parts and mostly designed everything in house.  A major plus.

Toshiba SA-735 (1978) 35W x 2
Rumored to have been designed and built with Hitachi's help, these are getting harder to find...this one has a larger transformer than your average mid-sized receiver of the era.  With  a wonderful build and sleek silver face, large well-lit tuning dial, twin meters and a full size walnut case, this is a handsome and rare unit.

Founded in the 1920's, Lafayette was a radio manufacturer and retailer based in New York.  The company sold radio sets, amateur radio equipment, CB radios, other communications equipment, electronic components and tools through retail outlets and by mail-order.  By the 60's and 70's, Lafayette was competing strongly against the likes of Marantz and Pioneer by offering comparable high end stereo receivers.  Today, they are highly regarded and have proved to be just as good as anything the "big boys" offerred.

Currently there are no Lafayette receivers in stock but we're looking!


The company started under the name of Osaka Denki Onkyo K.K in 1946.  Onkyo grew as an innovator and fashioned itself into a force in audio, making the name Onkyo synonymous with sonic excellence and high-quality loudspeakers and components. Through the 70's, Onkyo, in an attempt to stay relevant in the crowded HiFi market, put all the marbles into development of the TX-2500 and TX-4500 receivers.  It worked.  The receivers were critically acclaimed.  They continue to attract collectors and are consistently rising in value (depending on the particular units) 

Onkyo TX-4500mkii ('78-'81) 65W x 2  
Among its many features are huge filter caps, big transformers, hearty heat sinks and thick beveled real glass front dial cover with 4 gold-tipped bolts holding it in place. This receiver is really a very nice looking unit when it is lit up. It also features a very good phono preamp circuit.  Looks impressive sitting there with its wide 21" silver face and faux dark walnut veneer.

Onkyo TX-2500mkii ('78-'80) 40W x 2
Excellent performer that excels in hitting the sonic "sweet spot" when combined with the right speakers.  Slightly larger & heavier than most in this class, it has a beautiful faux dark walnut veneer on metal with an "industrial strength" front face design, new lamps enhance the elegant face design

Founded in 1947 by Herman Hosmer Scott (HH Scott, Inc)., it was one of the best brands of high fidelity equipment in the United States, primarily beginning in the tube era (late 50's and 60's) and on into the rise of solid state into the 70's.  Like many excellent but smaller companies with limited advertising budgets, Scott wasn't able to compete with the giants (Pioneer, Sony, Technics, etc) in mass merchandising but instead relied on the excellence of their products and reviews by experts. 

HH Scott 375-R (1981) 65W x 2 
Rare, powerful and highly refined receiver with analog tuning dial and digital fluoroscan tuner/meters...designed just as the industry-wide change-over into digital was beginning...Scott's history of acclaimed excellence is packed inside this excellent receiver, beautiful design and walnut case 

Lux Corporation was founded in Japan on June 1925.  By the mid 1970s and early 1980s Luxman came to prominence of the world hi-fi community due to the quality of sound of their equipment. Luxman's primary specialty was in making vacuum tube amplifiers of the highest caliber.  In 1984 Luxman became part of Alpine Electronics, another Japanese electronics brand. 

Luxman R1040 (1978) 40W x 2 
Easily more powerful than its listed rating it has the Luxman luxurious design and, as the immense majority of receivers that were made in Japan, it was export-only.
Elegant design...the build quality is top notch with great tuning specifications and its recognizable center-tuning display...Very good looking in its genuine rosewood enclosure...Luxman elegance is recognized world-wide.

Luxman R3030 (1978) 30W x 2  
This receiver has exceptionally smooth and balanced sound, due to employment of their famous Duo-Beta circuit, that was exclusively patented by Lux Corporation. As opposed to most Sansui and Pioneer receivers, there's not even a trace of harshness. Unlike Marantz receivers, the sound is not heavily colored, yet Luxman manages to approach the perfect sweet softness of real tube amplifier. The build quality is top notch; the signal path is short, with only a few capacitors used to preserve the authentic music quality, and all parts used are premium quality parts. Rosewood case.


Founded in Tokyo in 1947, Sansui initially manufactured electronic parts.  By the 1960s, they had developed a reputation for making serious audio components. They were sold in foreign markets through that and the next decade. Sansui's amplifiers and tuners from the 1960s and 1970s continue to remain in high demand by audio enthusiasts.

Sansui 6060
(1977) 44W x 2  
Sibling of the renowned 9090, it has the same distinctive design on a slightly smaller scale...precise aligned power amplifier circuit; IC phono equalizer; high & low filter; muting; FM Dolby; plug-in connections, speaker selection (A, B, A+B).  A beauty to look at and a worthy vintage piece with a nice walnut veneer case. 

Sansui 3900Z (1980) 35W x 2 
A classic Sansui model of high quality made in Japan.
These were the last of Sansui series using nice silver aluminum faceplates.  An analog dial with an accurate digital tuner signaled the beginning of the end of the analog era as the manufacturers slowly transformed into the digital age.  Walnut veneer on metal case.

Sansui T-707(tuner, 1983)
A simple slim design with manual or auto-search tuning, soft blue LED lit left/right tuning switches, black metal case

Most folks do not realize this, but Yamaha is one of the oldest companies in existence, (certainly when it comes to music gear) and was actually established in 1887.  The company's origins as a musical instrument manufacturer is still reflected today in the group's logo—a trio of interlocking tuning forks.   While it's surely open to debate, it's been said that Yamaha products are known as having about the best 'resale value' of any brand, regardless of the product class.

Yamaha CR-1020 (1978) 70W x 2
From the Vintage Knob website: "The CR-1020 has CLASS...and just like any other late 70s Japanese component, it'll be on your grand-children's shelves, making music just like way back then, when most of the human race wore flared trousers, dreamy-eyed listened to Pink Floyd's Animals and/or mourned Elvis' death and/or still heard echoes of Janis' performance at the Monterey but felt it was somehow fading away.  The CR-1020 is part of those few components one can buy eyes closed and which, just by looking at it (eyes opened), brings its period back, intact and unharmed by time - colors and flared trousers included."


Today, it's not commonly known but, at one time, (late 60's through late 70's) all the house brands listed directly below (and almost all other well-known brands of the time) were sold by Pacific Stereo.  As one of the largest stereo chain stores in the USA (especially in the West) they eventually faded away but not before they left behind a legacy of some very fine equipment they designed in-house but made in Japan.  The Concept units were first tier (top of the lineup) followed in order of "quality" by Reference, Quadraflex and Transaudio.  The Concept 16.5 stereo receiver (165 watts per channel) is considered by many to be one of the best of the "Holy Grail" of vintage receivers.

Concept 4.5 (1978) 45W x 2
Another great build with considerably more power than its rated listing.  Like all the Concepts, it's a great American design made in Japan.  Designed with the future in mind (at the time), a lot of the components were very high end arranged to last longer and need less maintenance. Gorgeous faux rosewood case.

Concept 2.5 (1978) 25W x 2 
As the brochure said: "The Concept 2.5 is nearly as great an engineering as the magnificent Concept 16.5...puts the full Concept audio quality into an affordable price range." (we tend to have tongue in cheek about comparing it to the 16.5 but is a great low-powered receiver). Beautiful rosewood veneer case.

Reference: 650FETR (by Quadraflex, 1978) 65W x 2
A very special unit, this top of the line in the Reference series is becoming as "rare as hen's teeth". Designed in USA, built in Japan and very heavy, it was the first stereo receiver to feature FETs (field effect transistors) and was hailed as a breakthrough design.  The Quadraflex 650FETR utilized special MOSFET power transistors. Those advanced devices would reduce high frequency distortion to a fraction of that found in conventional receivers. The absence of distortion at frequencies far beyond the range of hearing would assure a purity and clarity of sound that was unprecedented in those days.  Sold exclusively by Pacific Stereo, this is a worthy addition to any collection.  These are very hard to find and seldom seen for sale. Blackface, blue lamps, walnut side panels.

Reference: 450R
(by Quadraflex, 1978) 45W x 2
Second from the top of the Reference line from Pacific Stereo.  This is a heavy, reliable and gorgeous well-built beast.  Satin blackface with dark blue lamps, power meter and indicator lamps.  Walnut side panels.

Reference: 240R (by Quadraflex, 1978) 24W x 2
Described best as a solid, reliable workhorse, the 240R has the same elegant look of all the Reference series by Quadraflex.  Blue lamps, black face, walnut side panels

Reference: 180R (by Quadraflex) (1978) 18W x 2,
Armed with excellent specs, this is the "baby" of the Reference receiver family.  Appearance-wise, this is different than most in this power class because of the unique and elegant black-face with its blue lamps and nice dark walnut side panels

Reference: 085R (by Quadraflex) (1978) 8.5W x 2, (Not for sale)
Super cool powerful mini-receiver (built in Japan for Pacific Stereo) designed to compete with (electronics guru) Henry Kloss' famous KLH Model 8 and later Tivoli units except the 085R has phono preamp/FM tuner/aux inputs, black case, stereo tuning light, cool and rare!

In the 70's, as stereo equipment began to grow in popularity (thanks mainly to Pioneer and its massive advertising campaign in the USA) some of the major American department store chains eyed this expanding lucrative market.  JC Penney was the smartest. They contracted primarily with top Japanese companies like NEC (Matsushita/Technics) and Foster to produce some really fine systems.  Of course, back in the day, most folks had no clue about who was really making all the gear.  No "hip audiophile" would have been caught buying stereo gear at Penneys so it was mostly the "average" consumers that were the buyers.  Today, MCS gear is appreciated and some have even attained "must have" status among collectors.  

MCS 3260 (1984) 60W x 2 
Note: Modular Components Series were originally sold by JC Penney and generally designed by either NEC or Technics.  The 3260 is hardly ever seen for sale, it's impressive looking and huge, and is a very fine build that is definitely Technics inspired with its analog silver face and digital scanning tuner and digital meters...beautiful and large rosewood case


After designing his first solid-state amplifier in 1962, Morris kessler and a partner started SAE (Scientific Audio Electronics) in Morris’ apartment in Los Angeles in 1967.

By all accounts, the best amplifier in the world at the time was the Marantz Model 9, a monophonic tube amplifier rated at 70 watts. When Morris’ first commercial product, the 60 watt SAE Mark 2 solid state amplifier was praised by J. Gordon Holt in Stereophile as a legitimate Model 9 rival, SAE sales took off.

Currently there are no SAE products in stock 


In 1952, the first Marantz audio product was designed and built by Saul B. Marantz in his home in Kew Gardens, New York. The company had a major influence in the development of high fidelity audio systems.  Marantz was acquired by Superscope in 1964 and then eventually partnered with Standard Radio (Japan) in '66.  They reached the high point of their success in the mid to late 1970s.  In 1992 Marantz was purchased by Philips, a large Dutch electronics corporation with massive global reach.

Currently out of stock


Hitachi was Japan's leading technology manufacturer. 
Founded in Japan in 1910 by Namihei Odaira as an electrical repair shop, it started by manufacturing electric motors. Eventually, by the 60's, they not only manufactured electronics for dozens of other major electronics firms, they also manufactured many types of products including parts for electronics, such as capacitors chips etc.  Hitachi is famous for designing electronics from the ground up containing (almost exclusively) their own very high quality parts.  In the audio community, 
some of their vintage receivers are very highly regarded.

Hitachi SR-804 Class G (1978) 50W x 2
Heavily promoted (at the time) as "the world's most powerful 50 watt receiver because it has the revolutionary Class G amp that instantly doubles its rated power from 50 to 100 watts to prevent clipping distortion during those demanding musical peaks"  It was very conservatively rated (power-wise) because the SR-804 has been reviewed and tested to yield almost 62 watts per channel.  Gorgeous real walnut case.

Hitachi SR-803 (1978) 50W x 2
Primarily sold in Europe and Asia, it's rarely seen in the USA. Even though it does not have the famous "Class G" amp section, it's still a very rare and powerful silver-face receiver beauty.  Superior build quality.  Flawless walnut case.

Forget what you may think about Sanyo today.  They were one of the Japanese companies that made their own gear and supplied electronics for others.  Born as an offshoot of the massive Japanese conglomerate Matsushita, Sanyo is best known for taking over control of Fisher, the great American audio company, in 1977. However, prior to that, they were doing quite well and easily held their own against Pioneers, Yamaha, etc. (See the FISHER products listed below for more history) Although they were already producing some of their own fine audio gear, the Fisher deal kicked them into high gear.  The Sanyo-Fisher components are now considered great classic designs with high quality performance.  

Sanyo JCX-2400K (1979) 50W x 2
More "juice" than others in its class and loaded with a heavy and powerful transformer, this one really rocks!  Hard to find in this condition, great design, beautiful simulated walnut case, meters and "stepped" knobs make this Sanyo stand out. Notably more powerful than its rated 45 watts per channel, it's 100% built entirely by Sanyo and has outstanding specs.


Note: Back in the 60's, Fisher was one of the names that audiophiles throughout the world turned to for their high standards in excellent electronics.  As the 70's came along, Avery Fisher (founder) wanted to move on and, eventually, a great Japanese company called Sanyo came along and bought the Fisher line and all intellectual property.  While some older purists fealt that this meant Fisher was in decline, some of the other "audiophiles" were excited to see this Sanyo-Fisher alliance jump into the market with some beautiful designs and very powerful receivers including the remarkable, very powerful Fisher RS-2015 (150 watts per channel) and the monster Fisher RS-1080 (170 watts per channel)

Fisher CA-880 (integrated amp, 1984) 
100W x 2 Originally built for, and sold by Macy's in New York (Yes...Macy's!  However, this system was NOT a typical low end rack setup that was sold by so many department stores back in the day but rather a superior build in a class all its own). A visually stunning system that includes the FM-660 tuner, CR-125 cassette deck and equalizer.  The CA-880 amplifier is one of those Fisher post-tube units that is worthy of bearing the name of Fisher...built like a tank, very solid with a clean, powerful performance.  The stunning black-faced units utilize white silkscreen graphics to present great looking components .  All black metal cases.

Fisher RS-2007
(1980) 75W x 2
Powerful and great looking design with four meter windows and a very wide linear of the later Sanyo designs that have withstood the test of time. Online tests have found the RS-2007 rates out closer to 80 watts per channel. Massive heat sinks rule the rear on this excellent receiver.  Blue dial lights and large walnut case.

Fisher RS-2003(1981) 30W x 2
Another great build (by Sanyo) featuring a 5-band equalizer on the well-designed silver face, machined aluminum knobs, blue-green lamps and an attractive upper section with several meters and a very wide linear tuning dial.  Large heat sinks protruding from the back of the beautiful walnut case.


NAD and NIKKO separates

NAD 1020
Series 20 preamp (1985) 
Simplicity and acclaimed performance is guaranteed by this rock-solid gun-metal gray preamp with spartan cosmetics but excellent engineering.

Nikko Gamma 1
 analog tuner (1977)  
5-gang, FM only, black, rack-mount style is part of a matching set that includes the very powerful Nikko Alpha 130 amplifier (1985) 100W x 2, rock-solid power amp, black, rack-mount...both are bulletproof, attractive and as a set they are rare.  Nikko separates sold as a set only


Philips was originally based in Holland but in the 60's and 70's were not very well known in the in America so they simply bought the entire Magnavox company. Magnavox had always been deep into home and commercial audio applications.  After years of design research and experience in their field, Magnavox was about to enter the mid to high end home stereo business right about the same time as the purchase by Philips.  The idea was to compete directly with Pioneer, Sansui, Marantz, etc using only the best parts and available technology. Philips came in and added a few design elements to put it all together with brilliant production engineering.  The results were dazzling components under the "Philips Laboratory" name.  They were all produced in the USA in the late 70's, early 80's and are no longer "under the radar".  They are excellent in every way.

Philips AH-7861 ('77-'81) 45W x 2,
Very rare, gorgeous design, blackface with white FM dial, black aluminum knurled metal machined knobs with burnished silver edges, unique black dyed wooden case. (two units available)

Philips AH-786
('77-'81)) 45W x 2,
Very rare premium silver-face beauty with large light walnut case (internals are identical in every way to the 7861), knurled aluminum knobs, excellent build quality, powerful beyond the listed power ratings

Philips AH-7831 ('77-'81) 22W x 2,
Slightly smaller unit with black-face, silver metal knurled knobs, stippled black metal case, easily one of the best designs and internals in the lower-powered receivers available at the time.

JVC was established in Yokohama, Japan in 1927 as the Japanese subsidiary of the U.S. firm, Victor Talking Machine Company. Born as a company that manufactured phonographs, they also pressed the first record in Japan.  In the 1960s, JVC established the Nivico (Nippon Victor Corporation) brand, known for their unique speaker designs. Some of their stereo receiver designs, like the "Super A" series, yielded maximum linearity and the least distortion yet kept the amp section running at maximum current.

JVC Victor R-S5 (1980) 27W x 2
Due to its combination of Pioneer and Sansui styled design elements from the mid 70's, this is a beautiful receiver.  Powerful beyond its listed rating, it also comes with a very rare, real woodgrain walnut case.  It captures the essence of what classic vintage stereo gear is all about. 


Founded in the 1920's, the huge Japanese conglomerate Matsushita had interests in many electronics companies.  The most well known would be Technics and Panasonic. Technics was introduced as a brand name for premium loudspeakers marketed domestically by Matsushita in 1965.  Eventually, Technics became a premium brand bringing classics like the SL-1200mkii turntable and the absolute monster receiver at the top of the list: Technics SA-1000 (330 watts per channel)

Technics SA-5570 (1977) 85W x 2,
The sky blue color of this "SA" series of receivers dial face makes it immediately recognizable. This rare and powerful beauty features big wide-band power output from its direct-coupled amplifier section.. It has a beautiful silver face design and the FM tuning dial appears to be a soft blue when the unit is off yet lights up a soft white on power-up.  Solidly built with a large transformer and big sized unit that features a gorgeous sculptured walnut case

Technics SA-5170 (1978) 25W x 2
The sky blue color of this receiver's dial face makes it immediately recognizable. This is the 5170 and a number of Technics receivers have this look.  It is pretty distinct when lit up. This isn't a powerhouse of a receiver at 25 watts per channel but it's a good little performer. If you're into the big receivers then the Technics SA-5170 isn't for you. But if you want an affordable, simple, easy to use, receiver that will catch your eye when it's lit up then maybe you should check this one out.  Beautiful sculptured walnut cabinet.


Almost needing no introduction, Pioneer was exactly that: a pioneer in the world of high fidelity because they led the way when it came to advertising, especially during the 70's. They targeted the college crowd and were in almost every magazine with ads that made you believe that it was the "hip" thing to have: a stereo system in the dorm, in the house, everywhere!  Of course their products were mostly first rate and even today, vintage Pioneer gear attracts collectors world-wide.

Pioneer SX-780 ('78-'80) 45W x 2
One of the most popular Pioneer silver-face receivers of all time.  Just flat-out gorgeous and powerful, easy to maintain and elevates any home system into a higher level.  A few battle scars on this one but only on small sections of the walnut veneer case.  The faceplate is excellent.  And so is the sound!

Pioneer SX-828 (1974) 50W x 2
Near mint condition, all lettering is perfect, faceplate and walnut cabinet are both flawless. This was Pioneer's top of the line for the "twenty" features dual tuning capacitors and a fully shielded FM section. This baby can easily handle two turntables, three sets of speaker systems, two microphones and even two sets of headphones.  One set of new speaker plugs are included. Also comes with the original box (with factory packing materials), original full color brochure, and original owner's manual.  One of Pioneer's very best receivers...

Pioneer 737
(1974) 35W x 2
This extremely popular receiver was a mid to higher end stereo in their lineup of the SX-424, SX-535, SX-636, SX-737, SX-838 receivers. Produced in 1974 it churns out 35 watts per channel. Pioneer advertised it by saying: It has the power to do the job - not too much and not too little.  That about sums it up.  The famous "Pioneer blue" lamps and a very clean walnut case.

Pioneer SX-690 ('78-'80) 30W x 2
Essentially the same as the SX-680 except this one is the European version with the black tuning dial and silver face plate.  A hybrid of sorts that just plain looks cool.  Walnut case.

Pioneer TH-303 (1972) 12W x 2
Don't let the power rating fool you, it easily powers most efficient speaker systems.  It is a unique, very clean and rare Pioneer FM stereo receiver with built-in 8-track player, fully functioning, strong tuner, blue lamps, gorgeous walnut case


Back in the 70's, Sherwood didn't do a lot of advertising (unlike Pioneer, Marantz, Sony, etc) and therefore they are not as well known except among those who know about the high quality that Sherwood put into their electronics.  Most of theirs ads started out "We're really number four?"  And, they did seller fewer receivers than the big boys. In fact, most of their production runs were only 500 to around 1500 units at a time. Still, they were considered higher end and were sold in the same audio stores that sold Marantz and McIntosh.

Sherwood S-2660CP (1981) 50W x2
Edging closer to the digital age, Sherwood (like every other manufacturer) slowly evolved their products away from the wooden cosmetics and analog style.  This receiver, although powerful and packed with features, is the first all digital unit from Sherwood.  Low profile and handsome, at least it isn't all black like so many of the faceless digital units around today.


The name Kenwood was invented by one of the original partners (William Kasuga) as being the combination of "Ken", a name common to Japan and America that had been tested and proven acceptable to American consumers (as in the name of Kenmore appliances) and "Wood", referring to the durable substance as well as suggesting a relation to Hollywood.
Aside from that, Kenwood /Trio has a long history of producing some of the best and most reliable audio components to ever come out of Japan.

Kenwood KA-7300 (1976) 65W x 2
The KA-7300 features a dual power supply: two transformers, two driver/pre-driver boards, two heatsinks, and four 10,000µF caps for true, proper, dynamic capacities and stereo separation.
Also, for Kenwood, this was the beginning of "high-end" 2-gang attenuator sourced from ALPS, DC phono and power stages, ICL inputs, FET differential input for the EQ stage and many tone-altering controls within their own NFB loop.  A beast!

Kenwood KR-5010 ('78-'81) 50W x 2
Becoming rare...sounds and looks amazing...more power than its listed rating and probably the nicest looking of all the silverface Kenwood receivers ever made. With those very large knobs & well-lit gorgeous oversized power meters combined with its excellent DC design makes this one of the best all-around receivers as well.  Walnut case.

Kenwood KT-815
 tuner (1979) 
This is a VERY highly rated excellent tuner with great specs.  It matches up perfectly with the KA-7300...aluminum case

Kenwood KR-720 (1980) 40W x 2
High speed DC mid-size reflecting the advance of digital refinements slowly moving into the analog scene.  Slim and beautiful replacement for the very popular KR-4070.  Walnut case. 

Kenwood KR-9340 (stereo/quad, 1974) 40W x 4 @ 8 ohms 
(Note: flip the "2 channel" switch and this becomes 80W x 2 in stereo mode!)  This was the top of the line in '74, a 56 lb. massive quadraphonic/stereo beast of the somewhat rare kind with knobs, buttons and meters everywhere. This was, at the time, Kenwood's latest, greatest and last quad. 

Kenwood KT-7100
tuner (1971)
A rare and beautiful design with very nice walnut side panels, beautiful green lamps, heavy machined and knurled knobs, overall in very good condition


Again, needing no introduction because everybody, everywhere...knows that name.  One of Japan's largest conglomerates, they have so many products in so many categories that it's pointless to list them.  However, the flagship Sony PS-8750 turntable and STR-V6 receiver (120 watts per channel) were standouts and are very highly prized today.

Sony STR-V4 ('78-'80) 50W x 2,
Built like "tanks" (as the saying goes), this receiver was made to last a lifetime.  The V4 is quite restrained in its appearance (similar to Yamaha's receivers of this era), more classy than brassy. The green glow and brushed aluminum frame is carefully balanced with the different finish textures...class.  Nice dark walnut side panels.

Sony STR-V1 ('78-'80) 15W x 2
Although this was the "baby" of the very attractive STR-Vx family, it's still very attractive (as are all in this series).  It can handle enough (one pair of speakers, one turntable, one accessory) to be the anchor and fill most needs for a small, yet fully functional vintage stereo system.  Walnut side panels.

Sony STR-7055 (1973) 35W x 2,
Generally agreed upon as a high quality build, this one is a collector's dream, in excellent condition...a high water mark for Sony styling - classy, understated, and with lovely wooden case (slotted vents on top), packed with everything that Sony's engineers could come up with at the time.

Sony ST-80W (tuner, 1969) 
Part of the all-time Sony design icons and well-remembered stereo separates...small sized, really good-looking, not that bad sounding, lightweight and - successful : Sony sold many of these worldwide.  None of these represented full-size high-fidelity, nor sonic powerhouses, of course, but their imprint on small-size audio design was big enough to launch a continuous series of "me-too" products from other brands throughout the 1970s.



Soundcraftsmen was a manufacturer of high end stereo components located in Santa Ana CA. The company was founded in 1961 by Ralph Yeomans.  Early Soundcraftsmen components included tube-type receivers and amplifiers but they went on to also design and produce some truly amazing speakers under the "Lancer by Soundcraftsmen" name.  In particular, they featured some really fine equalizers (an area of electronics that was pushed to the limits of excellence by Soundcraftsmen).  Long gone from the audio world, their vintage units are still growing in value.  It's interesting that some of their salesmen back then actually made their highly regarded speaker systems in the back rooms of their offices.

Currently out of stock for Soundcraftsmen electronics
Currently out of stock for Soundcraftsmen electronics


One of the most well known and longest lasting electronics companies in the USA, they also have an incredible online source for every piece of equipment ever sold...going back almost 75 years!  From speaker wire to full blown high end stereo systems  (and everything in between) Radio Shack was the place to go.  Quite a few of their products have survived the test of time and were almost entirely made in Japan.  They can sometimes compare to the best of the competition. 

Realistic STA-690 (1980) 50W x 2
One of the best looking vintage receivers they ever sold. The cabinet is made of real solid walnut and the faceplate is a brushed and highly polished silver alloy, it really stands out! The front panel features a well-lit and angled FM tuning glass.  This over-sized beauty looks great and could easily be the centerpiece of any fine vintage system.

These are of excellent quality, were made in Japan and sold exclusively by Radio Shack

Optimus SA-155
(stereo amp, 1993)
Upgraded version of the extremely popular SA-150 mini-amp designed in Japan and sold by Radio Shack for decades, built-in phono preamp, this was sold as a matching unit for the matching Optimus TM-155 (stereo tuner, 1993) with backlit tuning dial and great performance in a small package.  Both units are black color. (Note: add a small pair of efficient speakers for a really cool mini vintage system...these two units are being sold together only)

Realistic SA-150
 (stereo amp,1989) 
Popular and well-built mini-amplifier with a built-in phono preamp that can easily drive a pair of efficient bookshelf size speakers, this small yet excellent amp was sold as a matching unit for the Realistic TM-150 (stereo tuner, 1989)  a popular matching tuner for the SA-150 amp, this has a lighted tuning dial, walnut case.  Both units are silver with walnut veneer cases (Note: add a small pair of efficient speakers for a really cool mini vintage system...these two units are being sold together only, two sets available)



Realistic Stereo "Concertmaster" (1971)
A complete, compact stereo system with 36 watt vertical bookshelf receiver and matching bookshelf speakers with luxurious real dark walnut cabinetry. Super cool "midnight" panel with circular blue light comes on when it's switched on.  Phono preamp built-in, great looking too!

ADC SS-1 Sound Shaper One (equalizer, 1980)
This is a basic 5-band equalizer of good quality and pedigree from Audio Dynamics.  Includes the rare factory walnut case. 

KLH Model Twenty One (1967)  
This famous FM tabletop radio is legendary among collectors. This was the last version actually designed by Henry Kloss himself  before he left KLH.  This particular one is the original version with walnut cabinet and beige knobs and grill. It creates wonderful sound for a small table radio. The front controls are simplicity itself: tuning, power and volume, bass, and treble. A vernier mechanism provides precise tuning.

Parsec ARC energized AM/FM antenna (19??)
Complex unit designed to enhance (boost) low grade FM reception by means of gain, frequency and band width control knobs.  We thoroughly tested this ARC unit and it yielded amazing results, it actually works very well. Includes transformer power plug, cables and attractive black case styling.

Panasonic RE-787 (Matsushita, 1967) 8W x 2
Very cool working mid-century modern styling table-top FM stereo receiver with the very rare matching satellite speaker, electronic and manual tuning, cool looking design with walnut cabinets

GE AM/FM radio (1956) cathedral style "old timey" look, solid state, mellow dial lamp 

SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...but not forgotten...
(here is a partial list of electronics that have found a new home in 2016, listed by most recently sold first:)

Kenwood KR-6600...
Carver MXR-150...Toshiba SA-850...JVC JR-S501...
Kenwood TK-140X...Kenwood KR-6160...Rotel RX-154A...
Kenwood KR-5010...Yamaha CR-840...Pioneer SX-680...
Sansui AU-5500...Sansui TU-5500...Pioneer SX-3800...
Technics SA-5360...Marantz MR-220...Sherwood S-8300...
Fisher RS-2010...Sony STR-5800SD...Pioneer SX-990...
Pioneer SX-550...Sony STR-4800SD...Kenwood KR-4070...
Akai AA-R50...Technics SA-5470...Technics SA-425...
Pioneer SX-535...Marantz MR-235...Fisher RS-1022...
Sansui 5000X...Onkyo TX-2000...Sansui G-3500...
SAE TWO T6...SAE TWO C3D...SAE TWO A14...Kenwood KR-2600...
Technics SA-700...Pioneer SX-780...Harman Kardon Soundsticks II...
JVC R-S77...JVC VR-5541...Kenwood KR-6050...
Reference by Quadraflex 210-EQ equalizer...Yamaha CR-620...
Quadraflex 878...Yamaha R-300...Sanyo DCX-3300KA...
Hitachi SR-304......Kenwood KR-4070...Kenwood KR-5600
Pioneer SX-780...Soundcraftsmen PE-2217 equalizer/preamp...
Toshiba SA-7100...Philips AH-7851...Sanyo DCX-2500L...
Fisher RS-1060...Pioneer SX-525...Fisher RS-1035...
Sherwood S-7200...Kenwood KR-9600...HH Scott 330-R...
JVC R-S11...Luxman LV-105 amp...Luxman T-102 tuner
Luxman D-351 CD player...Dynakit Stereo 70 amplifier...
Pioneer SX-550...Toshiba SA-320...
Carver C-4000...Kenwood TK-140X...Sanyo JCX-2400K...
Hitachi SR-904...ADC SS-1 SoundShaper MKii...Sansui R-50...
Pioneer SX-1500TD...Technics SA-700...Hitachi SR-504...
Sansui G-4700...Pioneer SX-780...MCS 3253...Kenwood KR-4070...
Sanyo 2050...Pioneer SX-939...Pioneer SX-450...
Lafayette LR-3500...Pioneer SX-626...Technics SA-404...
Sansui 661...Yamaha CR-640...JVC R-S33 Marantz 2225 ...Luxman R-1040 
Pioneer SX-525 ...Pioneer SX-550...Technics SA-5160 ...Pioneer SX-990 
Sherwood S-7450CP...Technics SA-200...Yamaha CR-620
Kenwood KR-4070...Sony STR-6065...Kenwood KR-8010...Kenwood KR-2600 
Sansui G-5500...Kenwood KR-6600...MCS 3245...Pioneer SX-1000TD 
Fisher 222...Reference 180R by Quadraflex...Kenwood KR-5600...Optimus TM-155 
Optimus SA-155...Realistic SA-150...Realistic TM-150...Kenwood KR-4070 
Tenna HL-3105...Pioneer SX-950...Pioneer QX-9900...Nikko STA-7070 
Realistic STA-85...Akai AA-1150...Philips 7841...Philips 7831 
Fisher RS-2015...Technics SA-101...McIntosh MC2120...McIntosh MX117  

Sansui 4000...Kenwood KR-3600...Fisher 400 FM
MCM Electronics TC-25...Niles SPS-6...SIMA SSW-L4EX...Sansui 771

Sansui 331...Realistic STA-65C...Realistic STA-2600
Technics SA-5170...Kenwood KR-5030 

Two showrooms, over 135 vintage pieces...


Pioneer CS-53 (1970-1977)

For use in most rooms, the CS-53 system is powerful enough to provide full, rich sound.

They feature 12" woofers and 2" tweeters and have outstanding performance in the important mid range and bass range with additional smooth highs. The large floor cabinets have an nice subtle grey fabric weave with aluminum frames and the finish is a subdued oiled walnut.

Braun a/d/s L470/2 (1988)
These were the latest version of the L470 series that have upgraded drivers and very good bottom end for relatively small enclosures.  Easily identified with their cool black metal "mesh" style grills and black walnut cabinets.  Braun a/d/s only made excellent speakers.  Period. 


RogerSound Labs (RSL) In the ‘70s and ‘80s Howard Rodgers owned a series of hi-fi stores in Southern California called Rogersound Labs. In those stores he sold his own RSL loudspeakers—a brand that attracted a healthy following of audiophiles at the time. Eventually, the Rogersound Labs stores went away and Rodgers himself moved on to other things.  His proprietary "Compression Guide" (CG) technology recognized that resonance inside a speaker enclosure can create havoc for your ears. His compression guide system is kind of like a cattle shoot for air within the speakers. Air will travel throughout the speaker enclosure from areas of high compression to areas of low compression in an attempt to prevent internal resonances from mucking up what the woofers and tweeters are trying to accomplish. Rather than just letting the air bounce around inside the cabinet until it’s worn itself out or escaped through the port (in vented styles), CG directs the air along a calculated route. The purpose is to create very clean, accurate sounding speakers."

RSL CG-8A Compression Guide monitors
(RogerSound Labs, '91-'92)
Much has been said about RSL and it's all good.  These 2-way compression guide monitors are all about acoustics and crossover brilliance in design.  Too complicated to explain, it's best to look online for detailed description.  Heavy blond beechwood cabinets contain 8" drivers with massive magnets.

RSL Mini Monitors
(RogerSound Labs, '87-'92) 
Another in a line-up of excellent speaker systems from a great company...dynamic and excellent ultra rare acoustic suspension 3-way system with 8" Alfa Olefin woofers, 4" Alfa Olefin mids & 1" Alfa Olefin horn tweeters, solid heavy black oak cabinets and metal mesh grills.

RSL Outsider (RogerSound Labs, 1979) 
This was the very first high fidelity outdoor speaker system and they are incredibly rare.  This vintage set is from a great company and they sound very good.  Good enough to use indoors as well.  Weatherproof polymer-infused enclosures, 6.5" ferrite magnet woofers with polymer composite cones producing tight clean bass and .5" ferrite silk dome tweeters giving crystal clear highs.  Mounting brackets and metal grills. 

RSL Magnificent (RogerSound Labs, 1989) 
Luckily, we found another pair of these wonderful speakers.  Made in Canoga Park CA, Roger Sound Labs (RSL) concentrated on designing speaker systems that integrated the best of the West Coast and East Coast sound.  These are gorgeous, heavy solid oak veneer bookshelf (or floor) cabinets with 8" long excursion woofers (heavy 3.25lb magnets) and 1" dome tweeters combined with superior crossovers protected by exterior fuses.

Akai SW-155
These gorgeous speakers were Akai's top of the line (at the time) and are, to say the least, a pair of stunning solid timber, 4 way heavy floor-standing speakers with beautiful timber veneer enclosures featuring real wooden hand-made ("Kabuki" style made in Japan) classic acoustically transparent speaker grills...ported baffle design.  

ESS PS-620
Mini Monitors (1990) 
Hardly seen on the market are these very attractive radial design (rounded edges) heavy walnut veneer cabinets indicating that these are excellent satellites.  And they have very good presence. The rear-firing passive radiator is a 4.5" unit that adds timbre to the front 4" woofers and 1" peerless tweeters.

Synthetic Granite Rock 2-way outdoor system
Very well made, these are outdoor waterproof speakers made out of heavy synthetic thermoplastic “addition polymer” material designed to look like granite rocks. Did we mention there were heavy?
Each "rock" contains some very high quality speakers and electronics inside...4" full-range poly drivers and 1" poly tweeters. These guys are very solid, very well made outdoor "granite" rock design speakers with heavy cable wiring and, the best part is...they sound terrific! 
The ported design enables faux omni-directional sound. They are easily connected by weatherproof speaker cable wires to whatever sound source is chosen (usually a stereo receiver) up to 100 feet away!  Rock the garden!

KEF Cresta One (1999) 
The ultra compact Cresta 1 combines a 25mm fabric dome tweeter with a 100mm (4”) doped paper cone bass midrange driver. Careful and efficient crossover design coupled with critically curved cabinet edges allow a smooth acoustic response with subsequently detailed and precise stereo imaging.  Light walnut cabinets.  Like new.

Boston Acoustics CR6 (1994)
It's hard to imagine that 1994 is "vintage" but, after all, that's 22 years ago!  This highly respected CR6 two-way system has far more detail than the highly regarded original Paradigm Atom or PSB Alpha and that's says a lot...mellow, open midrange, and punchy bass make these very good all around.  Natural dark walnut veneer cabinets.

Concord CE-20 (1972)
A most unusual find from Concord Electronics Corp, part of the  Berlant-Concertone group which eventually became TEAC.  Japanese made 2-way system (2" 16ohm tweeters--crossovers handled by vintage (working) *Astron 5mv capacitors--and 8" full-range/whizzer type drivers)  The heavy, well-braced bookshelf sized dark walnut enclosures are in excellent condition.  *(Trivia: Astron caps were common in the early 50's/60's Fender guitar amps and known for producing excellent tone)

Boston VR-M50
(Lynnfield VR series, 1999)  
VERY excellent monitors featuring wickedly smooth sound from the 5.25" copolymer drivers in die-cast aluminum baskets and 1" aluminum tweeters with Boston's patented "Amplitude Modification™Device (AMD)".   Real cherry-wood veneer enclosures.  Includes a pair of very elegant, and very heavy, black anodized iron stands.  

Sound Research AL-7 (1984)
"Sound Research, Inc" was a small (now defunct) company in Oregon that made some very good speakers.  They were made for and sold exclusively by Leo's Music chain stores (also defunct).  They have been compared to the AR sound and are heavy, well-made 2-way bookshelf size.  Silk domed tweeters, 6" woofers (similar to the AR Teledyne Acoustic Research design), both cabinets have their original and impressive colorful brass logo badges.

Optimus T-110
This is an outstanding two-way floor standing system, made in Japan but designed and sold by Radio Shack beginning in 1983.   Well defined sound and exceptional bass...beautiful cabinet construction. Crossovers have been recapped, the drivers have been refoamed and the rich, dark walnut veneer has been carefully refinished. Each contain 2.5" ferro-fluid cooled tweeters, 8" long throw woofers, and 10" passive radiators.    

Kenwood KL-333D (1971)
Made in Japan...3-way/3-driver bookshelf (or floor) system with the real wood lattice grills...known for being very lively and musical, (great bass too) these definitely make an excellent, affordable vintage pair.

Jamo Cornet 145
(Denmark, 90's) 
This rare pearl-white, 2-way, ported bookshelf system faithfully reproduces vocals in a way which few other speakers of this size can match. They have excellent transient attack, and a rock solid and reasonably low bass response with a build quality that's confidence-inspiring.  Very clean white fabric grills.

Wharfedale Force 2180  
Probably best well known for using their famous "Baker Effect" technology (very wide sound dispersion so speakers can be placed anywhere in the home, hall, nightclub, etc)  Wharfedale claimed the 2180 to be "one of the best loudspeaker designs of all time" (and that's quite a claim to make)  If you want loud, punchy and clear sound for a large (or very large) room, these are the ones for you!  Great looking design with shades of grey/black grills and heavy black MDF cabinets.

Sony SS-NX1 (1986)
2-way system in gorgeous blond oak enclosures with circular teakwood accents around tweeters, deep accurate bass, heavy and solid bracing, rarely seen for sale. These match up very nicely with our vintage Sony STR-7065 receiver (see description in the "Receiver" section above).

Realistic MC-500 (1971)
One of the "Rat Shack's" most popular bookshelf speaker systems, the square walnut cabinets contain a 2-way system that yields a warm sonic presence that sounds more like a much larger system.  The brown grills are tightly secured giving a luxurious appearance that will fit into any room.

Pinnacle PN5+
Premium and excellent small 2-way system that sounds surprisingly rich for its size and produces a sense of a blended orchestral mass credited to a flared and angled duct within its enclosure that bolsters response at the low end.  Walnut accents.  Excellent condition (as new), original box included.

DBX Soundfield 3x2 LX Plus
(late 70's)
Very cool 2-way ported system in dark beechwood angular cabinets, unique design factor provides crisp highs and acceptable bass for a small room.

JVC / Victor VS-5399 (1973) 
JVC/Victor came up with these "skyscrapers" of modest size but sizable efficiency and convenience. "Designed to fit inconspicuously into the corners of a room - tastefully finished in walnut - diffuses sound richly, faithfully, evenly throughout the room- two tweeters and two woofers facing at a 90° tangent to one another - two surfaces in walnut, two surfaces fitted with attractive aluminium grills"

Realistic Optimus 27 (1980)
Made in Japan, very unique, very rare, quality 3-way system (8" hi-compliance passive radiators, 6.5" low frequency drivers, 1" textile soft dome tweeters) real walnut cabinets with a narrow, space-saving slope design (similar to DCM Time Frame speakers) 

Optimus (Realistic) STS-50 (1998)
Small yet dynamic 2-way bookshelf system with 5" long throw cone woofers and 2.5" tweeters. Very attractive walnut veneer cabinets with rounded corners and beautiful brown fabric grills.

Sound Dynamics RTS-7b-1 (Canada, mid 80's)
Solid, rare floor towers from API in Canada (designers of Mirage & Energy) designed by Gord Van Kessel and Carmine Gitto (the team responsible for the highly popular Energy Take 5.2 system), double-ported system, bridged banana plug inputs (bi-wirable), black oak

Coral BX-200 (1968)
Made in Japan by the well-respected Coral designers...definitely a very cool 2-way system that we've upgraded with new Infinity components & crossovers (1.2" polycell tweeters and 6.5" polypropylene woofers, 6 ohms, 15-75 watts)  The cabinets themselves have very unusual "filigree" metal grills with vintage fabric backing, heavy, well-braced real walnut, not veneer. Truly collector quality.

Panasonic 8840
Originally part of the Panasonic "Rosemead" 8840 quad system, these are most unusual and striking.  A 2-way bookshelf system with 8" woofers and 1.5" tweeters featuring genuine dark walnut vertical wood "strips" on the front of the cabinets.  Sound quality is actually pretty good. In 1972, the quad system was almost $400, quite a lot for its time. Very rare.

Design Acoustics D2 (1977) 
Very rare floor-standing system with surprisingly great sound (really) and aesthetically interesting. 10" woofer and soft dome tweeter in unique angled mount. Expect fairly deep bass, warm midrange and nice clean highs with good texture. These are rear ported cabinets but have a removable plug for acoustic suspension option - tighter and lower bass but not as loud, wrap-around grills ("socks"), 60°angled tweeters, front/rear firing drivers, real oak veneer on the top and bottom of each tall floor standing enclosure. 

Bose...All the arguments about Bose (Are they really that good? Are they really that bad?)
And, all the myths surrounding some of their best products (Bose 901, Bose 10.2, etc), let's put it this way...what if Bigfoot is really a nice guy? 

Bose 10.2 Series II
Besides being ultra rare, the Bose designers (and technicians) themselves often claimed the 10.2 series II as the BEST system they ever made (originally sold for $2500/pr) Many audio fanatics are able to say these do sound very good indeed.  Heavy, well-braced tri-chamber Acoustimass design, internally sub-ported floor standing columns.  This design incorporates the original and much more accurate version of the REAL Acoustimass technology.  This provides some seriously low "rumble" with virtually no distortion and they can handle up to 180 watts per channel...genuine hardwood veneer with a special lingam teak finish.

Bose 201 Series III ('90-'94)
Upgraded drivers and totally redesigned system (compared to the Series II) made these look almost exactly like the Bose 301 Series II except on a slightly smaller scale.  For a smaller bookshelf speaker these really have an amazing low end and very clear mids and highs as well. Two-tone light/dark walnut cabinets.

Bose 201 Series II ('84-'90)
2-way direct-reflect system in the typical Bose style and design that performs very well with even the smallest receivers.  As little as 10 watts per channel will easily drive these great sounding bookshelf speakers.  Dark walnut enclosures.

Bose 141 (1986)
Uniquely designed cabinets each containing one full-range "star" driver, (the same ones used in the Bose 901) and produces decent sound from very small enclosures, 3 pairs available 

Polk Audio RT-25i
Not exactly vintage but these are still excellent sounding two-way bookshelf satellites sporting 1" trilaminate polymer-dome tweeters and a 5" mineral-loaded polymer/composite-cone woofers and the gorgeous cabinets are made of real maple.

Polk Audio R300 (90's)
These are some of Polk's best smaller 2-way towers and we REALLY like the way they sound...slender black oak mini-towers with silk dome tweeters & polymer composite drivers producing realistic imaging and detail...crystal clear highs, deep solid bass.

but not forgotten!
(Here is a partial list of speakers that have found a new home in 2016, listed by most recently sold first:) 
Sansui SP-2500...
Epicure M-201...JVC SP-FSSD9...Rectilinear XI...
Realistic Nova 8B...Bose 2001...Realistic/Optimus 4...,
Criterion 444...Electro-Voice EV-7A...NHT HDP1-A410...
Kenwood LS-SE7...KEF C-60...Akai NDS-70...
Sansui SP-50...Original Ensemble by Henry Kloss...
Bose 6.2...Soundcraftsmen 9534-X...Soundcraftsmen 9535-2...
Parallax 1220...JBL L20T...Bose 201 Series II...Bose 4.2...
Linear Dynamics LD-10...Morse OmniDirectional...
Bose 2.2...Sony APM-22ES...
Quadraflex ST-19...Electro-Voice EV-7A...HH Scott SP-1212...
OHM FRS-7...Kenwood KL-220...Juliette S-120A...KLH AV-1001...
Bose 201 Series IV...Bose 501 Series II...Bose 301 Series I...
Technics SB-6000A...Infinity RS-2000...University Mini Flex...
OHM Walsh 4X0...Kenwood KL-777X (7070X)...Sansui SP-7500X
Micron GS-5 Concert Series...Frazier Mark IV/V/Buckaroo... 
Dynaco A-35...Bose 201 Series II...Cambridge SoundWorks New Ensemble...
Denon SC-907...Realistic Nova 8...Rotel 555...
Mission 731...Mission 70MKii...Bose 2.2...Yamaha NS-A1738...
Pinnacle PN5+...Realistic/Optimus T-120...KLH AV-1001...
Harman Kardon HK-50...RSL Magnificent...Realistic MC-500...
M&K S-1B satellites...Bose 301 Series II...HH Scott S-100...Bose 2001
Mystery Series One...Design Acoustics PS-8A
Mini-Advent...Sony SS-510...Harman/Kardon Soundsticks II
Sony SS-330...Bose 301 Series II...Siefert Research Maxim III
Bose 301 Series V...Dynaco A-35...Bose 2001
Advent 3...Acoustic Research AR 228...JBL 18Ti...BIC Venturi V62 
Bose 2.2 Series I...Bose 4.2...HH Scott SP1212...Bose 501 Series V
CMC LS-160...Coral BX-1001...Pioneer CS-77...Marantz Imperial Model 5
Pioneer CS-77A...Celestion Model 5MKII...Epicure M-150
Realistic Nova 8B...Bose 201 Series II...Pinnacle "Arctic One" 
Sansui SP-100...Bose 901 Series IV 


STEREO TURNTABLES (dust covers, cartridges and stylus included)

*NOTE: all items inspected/cleaned/repaired/restored/working
(unless marked as "fixer/parts only")

Sony PS-160 (1971) 
A rare bird!  This is an auto-start, auto-stop, idler wheel, semi-automatic, two-speed with sculpted and tinted dust cover. The wrap-around wood case looks like it just came out of the box and yet it's almost 50 years old.
(Note: Some critics feel that idler wheel drive turntables actually have better motors than many of the later belt drive units simply because most idler wheel units were designed to handle speeds up to 78 RPM which required more torque to begin with)

Kenwood KP-5022F (1973)

Up there with some of Kenwood's very best audiophile quality turntables, the 5022F has literally every advanced technology available (at the time) packed into it.  (note: the "F" indicates the built-in strobe light and designates the difference from the similar 5022 model which does not have a strobe) This is a heavyweight, direct drive, fully automatic with an exceptional, highly sensitive, oval tapered pipe tonearm.  Solid walnut plinth, heavy tinted dust cover, very unique and specific headshell with an innovative slide connector locking system.  High end and gorgeous!

Kenwood KD-1500 (1979)
Another of the fine decks put out by Kenwood.  Simple to use, this is a two-speed, belt drive, semi-automatic with a single chrome push button to activate the auto return.  Dark grey plinth.

Rotel RP-1000 (1972)
Always known and respected for producing beautiful and reliable turntables, this RP-1000 was made in Japan and was one of Rotel's first semi-automatics.  Belt drive, two-speed with a large beechwood base and tinted dust cover.

MCS 6502 (Modular Component Systems, 1978)
Often compared to the very similar Technics SL-23, and sold exclusively by JC Penney, the very attractive rosewood plinth immediately stands out among other turntables.  This is a very well made two-speed, semi-automatic, with on-board strobe, speed controls and a visually stunning design.

Sansui 2050C (1973)
Luxurious vintage stereo turntable with Sansui's "auto-shutoff" system making it a great looking semi-automatic.  Heavy and huge dark walnut plinth with a solid tinted dust cover, s-shaped tonearm and newly installed spring feet.

Yamaha P-751 (1981)
High quality single play, fully automatic, quartz locked direct drive, cast aluminum alloy platter...features Yamaha's unique brushless, coreless DC direct drive motor with "Hall effect" elements. Optimum mass straight tonearm, die-cast aluminum/resin plinth.  Built-in strobe.      

Sony PS-T33
Expect superb performance from this fully automatic, direct drive, two-speed turntable with a low mass tonearm, non-resonating base (with specs closest to Sony's best decks)...high rigidity "Duralumin" alloy straight arm, unique brushless-slotless BSR motor and Sony bulk molding compound plinth. 

Marantz 6100 (1979)
The lustrous dark walnut plinth and the typical excellent Marantz styling from the late 70's era are always appreciated by just about everyone.  This is a great looking two-speed, semi-automatic belt drive turntable.  

Technics SL-D2 ('79-'80)
Solid direct-drive semi-automatic two-speed that features an onboard strobe, top notch BF-G servo-controlled motor, S-shaped tonearm, pitch control, original dust cover and original owner's manual...silver plinth  

Sony PS-5520 ('73-'75)
Great looking, well engineered, versatile...fully automatic play is accomplished simply by using only the operating lever.  Lots of features including a static balanced tonearm, anti-skating compensator, 4-pole hysteresis synchronous motor and, of course, the famous Sony "Gold Badge" emblem on the front of the beautiful full-size walnut plinth.

Pioneer PL-50A (1973) 
One of the best looking of all the Pioneer turntables, The PL-50 is a semi-automatic that features a drive system that is free from the effects of even minor voltage fluctuations.  Basically a simple, yet very well designed 2-speed belt drive with a very stable synchronous motor that brings wow and flutter to inaudible levels.  Other than it's stunning and large walnut plinth, features include automatic return and automatic cut (simply by moving the function lever)...the oil-damped tonearm raises and lowers very gently.

Yamaha PF-50 (1985)
"Sophisticated" is the best way to describe this 2-speed, fully automatic, quartz direct drive with gold-plated spring cap 3 point floating system, knife edge tonearm, cut, cue lift...all sitting on a black plinth. This is a great looking turntable.

Philips 22GA209-S (1978)
Primarily made for the European market (especially Germany) this rare and very unusual electronic marvel (2-speed, belt drive) is from the audio purists at Philips (Holland) and rarely seen yet it's a visual masterpiece.  Beyond being fully automatic, it also senses the size of the record and begins play immediately when placed on the platter.  Solid heavy build and very unique.  Very classy dust cover with rounded edges.

Thorens RTC-124 roll-top turntable case only (mid 60's)
A genuine collector piece...this rarely seen walnut roll-top case has been carefully restored and is fully functional.  The original brass Thorens badge is intact.  Many different turntable models will fit inside. Dimensions 20" x 16" x 9.5 (gallery photo shows a Realistic Lab-290 installed as example)

JVC JL-F30 (1977) 
2-speed fully automatic belt drive with tonearm lifter.  Another excellent Japanese-manufactured turntable from the late 70’s, features direct-drive Quartz technology, a core-less motor (doesn’t cog), intuitive fully-automatic features which revert to manual if you move the tonearm  – and an up to 6 times repeat function. Beautiful black/silver.

Calibre 360 (Pacific Stereo, 1980)
Midrange quality deck made in Japan (by CEC) for Pacific Stereo.  Two-speed, direct drive, semi-automatic, pearl-grey finish, good solid performance, satin black S-shaped low mass tonearm with proprietary headshell
(Note: the Calibre models 360 and 330 were, in fact, completely identical to the higher priced Marantz turntables, especially the Marantz 6025. All were made by CEC and badged accordingly to whatever company sold them.)

Sanyo TP-1005A (1988)
Made entirely by Sanyo (they often supplied components to other turntable manufacturers) this is a very nice 2-speed, belt drive, semi-automatic (auto-stop/return), servo driven, very reliable, good looking table with a faux walnut veneer accented plinth

Reference 610T 
by Quadraflex (Pacific Stereo, 1978)
Elegantly designed in USA, built in Japan, DC direct drive, semi-automatic (it does have a functioning auto start and auto return, but due to a commonly known design flaw, the "reject" button has been disabled), very heavy premium table with massive die-cast platter, ultra low-mass S-shape black tonearm, original Reference black headshell, owner's manual, beautiful satin-black plinth with walnut side panels, tinted cover...a very nice deck!

Onkyo CP-1033A (1982)  
This gem is a premium build and is a fully automatic, 2-speed, quartz locked direct drive, low-mass tonearm, strobe built-in, heavyweight and very reliable, oakwood accents


Optonica RT-3300 (1991)
This is one very attractive, 2-head, 4-track stereo cassette deck with gold trim on the machined black aluminum knobs and switches.  Black faceplate and twin backlit vu-meters from the great designers at Optonica in Japan.

Sharp RT-30H stereo cassette deck (Japan, 1980)
Single play 2-head 4-track, LED power meters, dolby, great build, good looking deck

Technics RS-263US stereo cassette deck(1974)
2-head 4-track cassette deck, great loading with slanted control panel, twin analog vu-meters, Dolby B, very nice walnut case.  Made in Japan

JVC KD-65 
stereo cassette deck (1978)
This is a VERY high end, very nice, premium 2-head, 4-track, 2-channel stereo cassette deck with visually pleasing LED frequency spectrum analyzer, large case with very hi-tech silver face, attractive dual meters. Made in Japan.

Pioneer TH-303 stereo receiver with 8-track player (1972)
12W x 2 (easily powers most efficient speaker systems) unique, very clean and rare Pioneer FM stereo receiver with built-in 8-track player, fully functioning, strong tuner, blue lamps, gorgeous walnut case

SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...SOLD...but not forgotten!
(Here is a partial list of turntables and tape systems that found a new home in 2016, listed first by most recently sold:)

Pioneer CT-40 cassette deck...
Dual 1218...Garrard Lab 80...Rotel RP-1100Q...
Kenwood KD-2000...MCS 6601...Realistic Lab-290...
Thorens TD-160 with Shure V15 Type II & VN-7 stylus...
Pioneer PL-55X...Dual 1237...AR XA...Pioneer PL-25...
KLH Model 11...Fisher MT-6310...Hitachi HT-460...
Kenwood KD-2070...Dokorder MK-550 cassette deck...
JVC/Nivico SRP-473e...Onkyo CP-1010A...Kenwood KD-29R...
LXI 9231 cassette deck...Panasonic RD-2900...Technics SL-QD33...
Marantz 6110...Sony PS-LX210...Transaudio 1600...
Calibre 330...Kenwood KD-2070...Technics SL-1650...
Hitachi PS-48...Reference 412-D cassette deck...
Technics SL-BD20...MCS -6604...BeoGram 3000...
Sharp RT-1157mkii cassette deck......Technics SL-1900...

Longines Symphonette LCR-511...Realistic Lab-58...Realistic Lab-440...
Sony PS-4750...Pioneer CT-F500 cassette deck...
Kenwood KX-1060 cassette deck...Sony PS-5520...Pioneer PL-50...
Onkyo CP-1055Fii...Panasonic RD-7673...Sony TC-K60 stereo cassette deck...
Reference 510T by Quadraflex...Philips GA-406...Pioneer SE-50...
Sony PS-5520...Reference (by Quadraflex) 620T...Kenwood KD-2070...
(Muntz) Autostereo W-88 4-track stereo deck...Sony PS-1150...
Yamaha P-450...Panasonic (Matsushita/Technics) SL-750 CD-4...
Dual 1218...Fisher CR-4025 stereo cassette deck...Pioneer PL-115D...BIC 940
Marantz 5120...;Yamaha YP-B4...Pioneer PL-15D-II...Pioneer PL-600
Sony PS-LX2...Sansui SR-535...Pioneer PL-15D-II...Garrard GT-15
Beogram (B&O) 1700...Quadraflex QL-410...Technics SL-1800
Pioneer PL-100...Lloyd's DD-2910-0010...BIC 960...Tenna HL-3105...Dual 1257
Fisher CR-4028...AKAI CS-703D...Pioneer PL-A45D...Sony PS-X5
Mitsubishi/MGA DP-620...Dual 502...Pioneer PL-12D-ii...Realistic Lab-440
Pioneer CTF-6161...MCS (Technics) 6502...Dual 1229
Sansui FR-3060...Sony PS-2700...Philips GA312
Sansui SR-2050C...Micro-Seiki DD-24...Marantz 6100...Yamaha YP-211
Pioneer PL-15D-ii...Technics SL-1200mk2...Reference 620T by Quadraflex