Vintage Stereo Receivers ~ Tuners ~ Amps

Mitsubishi DA-R7

Mitsubishi Medallion DA-R7  (1982) 33 WPC  $175 (mint)

While they might not be the best known maker of high fidelity stereo gear in the 1970's, by the late 70's and early 80's, Mitsubishi of Japan did make some very nice stuff indeed.  

Considered rare and powerful beyond its rated wattage, this unique, mint condition Medallion Series DA-R7 receiver is very well built and should be considered a rock solid anchor for most any stereo system.  

What's also very cool is that Mitsubishi continued to utilize analog components at a time when most other manufacturers had, or were, switching to digital displays. 

Among its many cool design features are the rack handles,  distinctive hemispherical tuner dial and beefy steel faceplate that gives it a very handsome and industrial look.  

The beautiful rosewood veneer case is just the right finish to describe the DA-R7 as a unique and gorgeous piece of excellent Japanese vintage design history.

It's easy to forget that the DA-R7 is very conservatively rated at 33 watts per channel (8Ω) and yet it will easily drive two pairs of speakers with lots of punch and panache'.  

The frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz is delivered via all inputs and outputs in a clean, noise free manner.  And, with a THD (total harmonic distortion) of a very low 0.01%, it's right up there in build quality with many of the other well known names at the time. 

This classic stereo receiver by Mitsubishi of Japan is definitely one of the best looking units we've had to date.

The DA-R7 supports A&B speakers, one turntable, one auxiliary component, and two tape decks.  There are two switched and one unswitched power outlets on the back and a built-in AM antenna with capability for an additional AM antenna as well as a standard 300ohm FM antenna.


About Mitsubishi Electric...

The origin of Mitsubishi in Japan dates back to the late 1800's.  The company and most of its affiliates, with the exception of Mitsubishi Electric, were dissolved after WW2.  Eventually the parent company was restored to become the global giant it is today.  Among the many companies under the current Mitsubishi corporate umbrella are Nikon (cameras).

Mitsubishi Electric, the powerful electronics division, has been deeply tied to the history of the development of modern Japan. The Electric Division was founded in 1921, when Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. (now Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.) spun off a factory in Kobe, Japan that made electric motors for ocean-going vessels into a new company called Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

Mitsubishi/MGA branded stereo and high fidelity gear were, collectively, very strong competitors during the 70's.  Besides well built receivers, turntables, speakers, etc, there were many other private label pieces sold through various HiFi shops, department stores, etc.

You would think that such a prosperous and gigantic company like Mitsubishi Electric would have advertised as much as their main competition (Pioneer, Sansui, Yamaha, Sony, etc) but...they didn't.  Consequently, the vast majority of people (correctly) think of Mitsubishi as a car company and don't include them when it comes to vintage stereo gear.  Maybe they should consider thinking differently... 


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Akai AA-1150

Akai AA-1150 (1979) 50 WPC  $230 (mint)


We're fortunate to have this one-owner, flawless and beautiful Akai AA-1150 vintage receiver.

Most fairly knowledgeable audiophiles think of tape decks when they hear "Akai", but then, they also remember that the quality of Akai receivers, with their discrete powers supplies, is right up there with Pioneer, Sansui, etc.  

Rarely advertised in print, the late 70's Akai units were built with massive transformers and had a reputation similar to Sherwood...that is, excellent build, excellent sound yet not as well recognized.  

The clean design of the AA-1150 with it's heavy metal knobs and switches spread across the heavy solid chunk of the aluminum faceplate has its own classic look.  

The real tigerwood veneer case fits snug right up to the edges.Rare and powerful...

About Akai...

For over 80 years and still going strong, AKAI has proven itself to be one of the premier sources of vision and innovation for consumer electronics. Founded in 1929, Tokyo, Japan, AKAI has engaged in offering quality home entertainment products specializing in the audio and video arenas. Akai also manufacturers studio electronics such as mixers, keyboards, studio monitors, etc.


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Hitachi SR-8010

Hitachi SR-8010 (1980) 50 WPC  $245 (Class G, pristine)


Marketed as "The world's most powerful 50 watt receiver" Hitachi's TOTL in 1980, the SR-8010 was an upgraded version of it's predecessor, the Hitachi SR-804, with the difference being the added LED meters instead of analog.

The SR-8010 is a beautiful, very well made, classic vintage receiver, produced in Japan. With the marketing nickname "Dynaharmony" (Class G) it's rated at a very conservative 50 watts per channel (nominal power at 8 ohms, 1kHz, THD 0.09%). The legendary Class G circuit in the high output stage prevents clipping and distortion and instantly boosts the secondary rails up to 100 watts per channel to handle momentary peaks in certain musical crescendos.
This series was the last of the powerful analog receivers from Hitachi.  The red LED digital meters for left/right power, signal strength and tuning are contained in two large windows above the analog FM glass that runs the length of the front faceplate.  Visually, the Hitachi SR-8010 makes a solid impression. 

It features a stunning mahogany finished hardwood case with sculpted vent slots and a gorgeous front panel made of thick satin finished aluminum. All the polished edge knobs and switches are also made of aluminum and have a very good feel and wonderful pressure points.

About Hitachi...

Unknown to many people, Hitachi (like Sanyo and Toshiba) were major Japanese tech firms that either directly built systems for other electronic companies or had Hitachi high end parts (like output transistors) inside the competitors products.   Class G is just one example of Hitachi's leadership in vintage audio technology. Power MOS FET amplifiers, R&P 3-head system cassette decks, Uni-torque turntable motors and gathered-edge metal cone speakers are just some of the others. There's a lot more.  Hitachi of Japan was one of the companies that made their own filter caps, transformers, etc...in-house.  They also supplied many other famous names with Hitachi-made components (like Pioneer, Sony, even Marantz used Hitachi parts.)


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Technics SA-616

Technics SA-616 (1980) 80 WPC  $320


The end of the Golden Age of HiFi...
This stunning beast, the Technics SA-616 has a special place in the history of vintage gear.  

Besides being extremely rare, the SA-616 was produced in a very limited number (only made for one year) and symbolizes the end of the sample receivers and the switch to more compact digital units.  

However, this one is certainly not a compact unit.

Most unusual are the digital enhancements such as digital power meters, digital tuner, etc. yet the faceplate and walnut case fits right into the analog styling that was soon to disappear by the mid-80's.

This huge and heavy (41 lbs) powerful silver faced receiver has a gigantic wing span of two feet across and a gorgeous sculptured walnut case.
With all of its multi-colored LEDs across the front lit up and blinking like a Christmas tree when powered on and pumping out some volume, this Class A receiver is rated at a very conservative 80 watts per channel...and you can definitely feel it.  

Its incredibly low distortion (THD .005) and 100db line level signal to noise ratio are some of the best specs to be found in a stereo receiver at that time.

With just a hint of any noticeable cosmetic flaws anywhere on (or in) this gorgeous receiver, it is easily a serious anchor for almost any vintage system you can imagine.

Its colorful array of lights combined with a massive power supply make for a very unique and very rare opportunity... like we said...rare! 

Technics SA-200

Technics SA-200 (1978) 25 WPC $125


This SA-200 looks like new cosmetically and works perfect as well.  It also comes with the original owner's manual, setup poster and the original box (with original packing material).  

Manufactured from late 1978 to around 1980, it's rated very conservatively at about 25 watts per channel.  It's 0.04 THD made it the best in class at the time.  The output stage is direct-coupled OCL (output capacitor less) which, surprisingly, for its size, delivers tight solid bass right down to the very low frequencies.

Features:

Dual function tuning meter, able to handle main and remote  of efficient speakers, fuse protection for both amp and speakers, 41-step click-stop volume control, low distortion bass and treble controls and more. 

Of course the SA-200 has a sculptured walnut veneer case that is also flawless.


Technics SA-400

Technics SA-400 (1978) 45 WPC $190 (mint) 


As the late 70's were becoming a slice of heaven for HiFi lovers, the market was bursting with fine receivers and the Technics SA-400 is one of those great mid-range designs . 

Not only does it perform well but it has the looks to go with it.  

Manufactured from late 1978 to around 1980, it's rated very conservatively at 45 watts per channel.  

The signal and tuning strength meters are pure analog...one of the last before the changes hit the market and digital started creeping into the scene.

As with all our restored beauties, this SA-400 is in excellent cosmetic and working condition.  

The balanced layout of the knobs and switches along with the white dial face make the Technics SA-400 a clean and sophisticated looking unit. 

The knobs are done nicely with a brushed aluminum top and sides with a polished accent line along the outer top edge.  

In low light, the SA-400 looks fantastic when lit up in a dark room.  

This is a great receiver for anybody.  Search the net and you'll be hard pressed to find anyone that dislikes this receiver and it's brethren the SA-200, SA-300, SA-500, SA-700 and of course the monster SA-1000. The SA-400 falls in the middle and perfectly combines performance with aesthetics.


About TECHNICS / MATSUSHITA / PANASONIC
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)


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