Stereo Turntables ~ Cassette ~8-Track

JVC QL-A2 wlth Micro Acoustics 282-e cartridge and stylus
JVC QL-A2 (1978) $200

The JVC QL-A2 direct-drive, quartz-locked, two-speed turntable is a very good, well-built deck.
It plays great and sounds great. 
It is a semi automatic (automatic return and reject).  The table has good sound and vibration isolation and adjustable isolating feet. The QL-A2 features a quartz lock motor, easily the table's best quality (-73dB rumble). The charcoal plinth and platter really does look stylish and cool! This is a really good looking turntable.

About JVC...
JVC was a great manufacturer of audio gear. The brand was sadly damaged during the recession of the late 80s and never really recovered from it. Originally, the Japan Victor Company was once associated with the RCA Victor Company. They built a name providing competing audio equipment at a lower price point than the more established names. However, their middle and upper range units were very good to exceptional...JVC and Denon turntables. Looking at the higher end turntables of the two manufacturers, there could be some merit, but who helped who is the big question.

Sony PS-T22

Sony PS-T22 (1980) $150

This Sony PS-T22 is a direct drive, semi-automatic turntable that features a low-mass straight tubular tonearm and non-resonant base.  Pitch (speed) control and built-in strobe are extras that sweeten the deal. The specifications rival some of Sony's best turntables.  A very nice Grado C Prestige cartridge/stylus is included.  The original dust cover is in very good condition as well.

About Sony...
Obviously, there's little we can add to the history of Sony as it is one of the world's most famous brands and needs no introduction.


Sansui SR-232

Sansui SR-232 (1978) $150

This SR-232 from Sansui is simply understated design enhanced with custom designer insulator strips around the outside edges of the plinth. The 232 has foolproof semi-automatic operation that means you never have to lower the arm by hand; two levers - one for start/stop​, the other for lift/play.  The high sensitivity S-shaped tonearm with it's finished pivot bearing support is firmly secured by a 3mm thick steel plate in the cabinet.  Even the four feet are complex rubber and coiled spring insulators to absorb rattles and bumps.  Sansui's hgh torque performance from the 4-pole synchronous motor means you never have to worry about speed adjustments.  The original dust cover is also in excellent condition.

Sansui SR2050C

Sansui SR2050C (1972) $210

One of Sansui's classic vintage turntables that was acclaimed for its styling and excellent motor, the 2050C is indeed a beautiful piece.  With its large walnut plinth and tinted perplex dust cover (with kickstand), this will be an attractive addition to any vintage system.  Designed as a semi-automatic (auto-lift/auto-stop), it can be used a full manual as well.  This is a precision 2-speed, belt drive.  Basic motions, such as​ speed selection and hydraulic cueing are identical to those in professional manual turntables. Complete with statically balanced tonearm, easy-to-use controls, anti-howling insulators and encased in handsome walnut plinth.

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.


The top photo is Reference 620T below is the Reference 610-T

Reference 610T (1980) $170

Rare with an elegant design (by the same guys at Pacific Stereo that were responsible for the success of the Concept lineup) developed in the USA, built in Japan.
This is a DC direct drive, semi-automatic, very heavy premium table with a massive die-cast platter, ultra low-mass S-shape black tonearm, beautiful satin-black plinth with walnut side panels.  Like all the Reference series components, this is a very nice, very solid, very good looking hard to find vintage piece.

Reference 520T (1980) $150 

This satin black deck with walnut side panels is definitely as nice as a costly Project Debut for a lot less money.  Well designed in Japan by CEC for Pacific Stereo, this Reference 520T turntable is a two-speed belt drive, semi-automatic with a very accurate 4-pole synchronous motor, straight pipe low mass tonearm, cueing, anti-skate and tinted dust cover.


We had the good fortune to have worked at Pacific Stereo in the very early days (back when they only had three stores!) Today, it's not commonly known but, at one time, (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 were made in Japan.  The Concept units were first tier (top of the lineup) followed closely behind in quality by the Reference series.  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.



Toshiba SR-250

Aurex Toshiba SR-250 (1976)  $200

This Toshiba is a high quality, very handsome and exceptionally clean turntable.  Belt driven, two-speed with a rock solid DC Servo motor for trouble free performance...the semi-automatic operation is effortless and liquid smooth.  The plinth is a very nice light charcoal color which blends very well with the chrome controls, a well-designed layout.

About Toshiba...*(and Aurex)
Back in the day, some Toshiba, Sanyo, Hitachi (and other lesser known names) were associated with clock radios, and similar little devices that showed up in various stores that normally didn't sell HiFi gear.
For the dealer, Toshiba was aggressively priced so that there was better margin in their products, which translated to higher profits. This was because Toshiba didn't advertise or get product reviews from the audio magazines. Today, this explains why Toshiba is less known in general about the very good quality in their stereo equipment.

Today, when it comes to vintage HiFi, most recognize the name Toshiba primarily because of its monster class SA-7150 with its massive power at 150 watts per channel.  But, back in the early 70s, when HiFi dealers took on the Toshiba audio product lines, the salesmen considered them a second-level product line to the Marantz, Pioneer, Sony , etc. As time went on, more and more techs and curious salesmen began to open them up, check the build quality.  Guess what? Wow!  Great stuff!  *

The Aurex branded gear was designed as a premium addition to the standard Toshiba line-up.
In fact, even though Toshiba branded products were quite good and performed as good as the big-name gear and still does today, the Aurex was a notch higher in quality.  Because of their low key marketing stance, it's doubtful their sales volumes were anywhere near those of Sony, Pioneer, etc.


Sanyo TP-1012

Sanyo TP-1012 (1978) $165

This very affordable, direct drive, two-speed deck is rock steady performer with semi-automatic operation.  It also has a built-in strobe and speed controls.  Mounted with a very nice Pioneer PL-C9 cartridge and new stylus for clean, clear sound.  The TP-1012 has excellent damped cueing.  The original dust cover is also in very good condition.

Sanyo TP-825D

Sanyo TP-825D (1976) $265

Here's another rare beauty that Sanyo designed in-house, developed and made entirely in Japan.
The specs and build quality for this heavyweight (28 lbs) direct-drive, semi-automatic, 2-speed are very, very good.  It's rock solid, steady motor is easily adjusted (if needed) by simply looking at the strobe light and lightly tweaking the speed controls.  This is departure from the usual, basic styling of most vintage decks out there.  The multiple chrome knobs and push buttons along with the scaled platter set into the well along with the twin chrome counterweights and anti-skate dial all combine to set this apart.  The heavy, dark forest green wooden plinth sits on a secondary black wooden base.  Like we said earlier...rare, hardly ever seen for sale because they're keepers.  It is one of the best Sanyo turntables ever made.


Rotel RP-1100Q

Rotel RP-1100Q (1976) $200

This classic Rotel table is a beauty and very hard to find!  The gorgeous tigerwood plinth is an immediate eye catcher.  It's a belt drive, with a fully sprung floating suspension and is a semi-automatic (auto-return). As with all our gear, everything is working just as it should. The bearings in the static balanced, 4-pole hysteresis arm are nice and tight...the tinted dust cover is near mint condition and we have several cartridge/stylus options to choose from.

About Rotel... Rotel is 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 and Wilkins and later adding Classé Audio.


Optonica RP-1414MKii

Optonica RP-1414MKii (1978) $250

Rare and stunning!  Typical of most Optonica components, the RP-1414MKii was made in Japan using only the best designers and parts.  In this case, made by CECs higher end labs in Japan for Optonica.  For added flair they used their trademark and beautiful flawless rosewood plinth.  Two-speed, belt drive , semi-automatic with the original, very rare, chrome anti-skate dongle hanging at the end of the S-shaped tonearm.  The elaborate counterweight system is well balanced and very accurate.  Damped cueing, auto-cut lever and the original Optonica dust cover included.

About Optonica...
Slowly becoming more popular, the once "under the radar" Optonica components have been rising in price for collectors of fine vintage audio gear.  Sharp Industries of Japan, the parent company, decided to go all out and compete with the best of the competition of the era.  History shows that they told their labs and designers to create the brand "Optonica" and go full bore. spare no expense towards designing unique, high end components that would stand out in the crowded audio marketplace of the 70's and 80's.  Their decision to jump in the market was almost too late to have a major impact because by the end of the 70's and early 80's, the so-called "Golden era of HiFi was coming to an end...


Philips GA-427

Philips GA-427 (Holland, 1976) $140

Rarely seen in such beautiful condition, this classic GA-427 from Philips Hi-Fi International is simplicity defined.  This two speed, belt drive, semi-automatic turntable will fit into any vintage system and perform without problems for years to come.  Equipped with a new special order belt and new stylus, it works flawlessly and looks very cool.  The full walnut plinth is flawless as well.  The original dust cover is free from any cracks or scratches and the hinges are very well designed to be trouble free.  Because of it's unique retro design, it stands out from all the other turntables of the era.

About Philips High Fidelity International...

Philips goes way back to the early 1900's and has always been a respected name in Europe and the Netherlands.  Their early development of loudspeaker technology pushed them into the high end section of audio.  A little known fact: They also invented and developed the cassette tape among other things.  Before they became well known in America, they were a leading maker of turntables, speakers and higher end electronics all over the rest of the world.  When they moved into the North American market, they dropped the "High Fidelity International" and became "Philips" and/or "Philips Laboratories". 


Yamaha P550

Yamaha P550 (1980) $200

Custom Yamaha P550, "Natural Sound" direct-drive turntable with Yamaha's unique, optimum mass, minimum resonance, straight tubular tonearm.  
Fully automatic, brushless coreless DC servo DD motor, stable FG servo system ("Frequency Generated Servo system" - basically a circuit generates a frequency that the motor works with to derive its revolution speed and accuracy.) Strobe window allows for maintaining speed accuracy by using speed trim adjustment (if ever needed) hidden under the front panel.
The ultra-modern slim styling is still vintage thanks to walnut veneer trim around the front and sides.  The unique, 3D stepped plinth (base) is formed of high density BMC (Bulk Molding Compound) to keep resonance and vibration to an absolute minimum.  Other features include: oil damped cueing, adjustable anti-skating dial, two-speed selector, unique Yamaha "W-type" insulator feet and crystal clear dustcover.



Nakamichi CR-1A

Nakamichi CR-1A ('88-'90) $145

The CR-1A features the Nakamichi 2 head reproduction system. It delivers sound and performance you'd expect from a high quality 3 head machine. The heads themselves, the transport and electronics have all been specifically designed to deliver the peak of perfection in 2 head reproduction. Your own ears will immediately tell you that the CR-1A succeeds in being one of the most 3 head sounding 2 head decks in existence. If you've always wanted to experience the renowned Nakamichi sound but haven't yet taken the plunge, the CR-1A may be the easiest way to get started. 
Features: microprocessor control, silent mechanism, custom rosewood veneer case


Reference (by Quadraflex) 412D stereo cassette deck ('78-'80) $125

A very nice, fully operational, 4-track, 2-channel stereo cassette deck originally sold as part of their excellent "Reference by Quadraflex" house brand line-up at Pacific Stereo.The line-up included stereo receivers, tape decks, turntables and speaker systems.  Considered by many to be one of the better house brands ever sold by any retail electronics chains back in the 70's and 80's.
As were all the Reference units, this 412D has genuine walnut side panels and a beautiful black face  
Among its features are: 
Dolby switch, metal or normal tape switch, two mic inputs, left/right input volume controls, precision dB calibrated meters, two peak level LEDs, memory stop to locate a desired point in a recording, full auto-stop at end of tape in any mode.​​


Technics M260 stereo cassette deck ​('80-'82) $125

This M260 is a fully operational tape deck with 3-Sendust heads, flywheel-powered soft touch transport, single compact cassette deck producing 4-track, 2-channel stereo.  It has digital LED meters for precise control.  Many switches for almost any kind of tape, volume/line input volume controls, mic inputs, metal case with silver face.
Like open-reel decks the M260 has three heads for superior performance and convenient tape monitoring.  With 3 heads you can hear what you just recorded on the tape, you know if the tape is not getting best results, (if maybe, the head needs cleaning or be demagnetized, as you are switching between source and tape and can hear if the tape is as hot as the broadcast or source being recorded.


LXI / Sanyo RD-4550
stereo cassette deck (1977) $80

This fully operational RD-4550 was made by Sanyo (Japan) for Sears to be part of their house brand LXI components.  As with most of the LXI units, they were all made by Sanyo and were of good quality at a low price.  This RD-4550, while not as fancy as other decks of the era still has an excellent motor, tape selection switch, two vu-meters, mic inputs and a walnut veneer on metal case.