Vintage Stereo Receivers ~ Tuners ~ Amps

Technics SA-818

Technics SA-818 (1980) 110 WPC  (1980) SOLD


This stunning "monster" Technics SA-818 has a special place in the history of vintage gear as it signaled the end of the "Golden Age of HiFi".  One of the last of the big boys...

This extremely rare beauty was obtained from the original owner who purchased it new in 1980 and it has been well cared for...it's in excellent condition.  

Minimum rated power is 110 watts per channel @ 8ohms but with the volume at just 10 o' clock, it's enough to get you evicted.

This is the elusive (near impossible to find) blackface European dual-voltage edition with the US military PX "FEE" designation at the end of serial number. As such, the black anodized aluminum faceplate version was only available through the US Army PX in Germany while the silver face units were only available in North America. 

The SA-818 silver face was produced for only one year in limited numbers and VERY few of the black Euro versionsIt has been said that the SA-818 symbolizes the end of the sample receivers and the switch to more compact digital units.  

It listed for a whopping $850.00 when introduced in 1980 and weighs just under 41 pounds.

One of the SA-818's features was called "Synchro-bias" which was a change in the circuitry to eliminate distortion from transistors switching on and off. It's rated maximum THD (total harmonic distortion) is .005% or less!!

It also has quartz synthesized tuning and a "Class A" amplifier section along with LED meters instead of the older analog needle meters (Vu). 

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 110 watts per channel...and you can definitely feel it.There's hardly a hint of any noticeable cosmetic flaws anywhere on (or in) this gorgeous receiver.  The silver metal knobs, black faceplate, huge sculptured walnut case and array of lights combined with a massive power supply make for a very unique and very rare opportunity.


Technics SA-500

Technics SA-500 (1978) 55 WPC $215


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-500 is one of those great mid-range designs of that era . 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 about 55 watts per channel. The price in 1978 for the SA-500 was $430.00.A precursor of things to come, the SA-500's Power Level meter is LED which you can turn on or off via the Power Display button.  The signal and tuning strength meters are analog.

As with all our restored beauties, this SA-500 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-500 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 the evenings the SA-500 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 the SA-500 and it's BIG brother...the monster Technics SA-818 (listed below). The SA-500 falls in the middle and perfectly combines performance with aesthetics. 


Technics SA-5360

Technics SA-5360 (1977) 45W x 2  $165 


One of the more beautiful mid-sized receivers from Technics, this one (like all of our units) is in excellent cosmetic and working condition.  The design of the 5360 includes the Technics trademark of that era: when powered off, the FM dial is sky blue, when powered on it becomes a soft white.  The clean layout of the silver face is understated elegance and the walnut case is flush with the front top and sides.



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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Kenwood KR-6050

Kenwood KR-6050 (1979) 60 WPC  $235

This is one Kenwood's well regarded "high speed DC" offerings from 1979-1980.  The Kenwood KR-6050 supplies a very conservatively rated 60 watts per channel into 8 ohms. It has a very good tuner and features Wide/Narrow IF selection and incorporates 5 ceramic filters. Like all the great quality receivers of the era, it was built in Japan and the IF selection is something most of the competition did not have. It's a great feature to have when trying to tune in a weak station that is adjacent to a strong station.
It's most appealing design features four huge meter splashed across the entire silver faceplate and a wide linear FM dial.  All the solid metal knobs and switches are knurled with striking top notch quality as well.  Of course the huge walnut veneer case is near flawless as is the entire unit.  A real beauty!

Kenwood KR-4070

Kenwood KR-4070 ('78-'79) 40W x 2 $190 (mint!)

Looking it like it just came out of the box​, this very cool Kenwood KR-4070 is complete with the very rare real walnut case and upgraded warm blue LED lamps.  Known for its strong tuner section and excellent phono stage, there are very few available out there in mint condition and as nice as this one. 

The overall sound is sweet and transparent with many numerous great reviews on the web.  Built to compete with comparable mid-sized Pioneer, Sansui, Yamaha, etc and, according to sales figures, outsold them all.
It  features a wide band power with the same low distortion amplifier and high performance FM tuner you expect from Kenwood. 
Capable of driving two pairs of speakers, it also has the usual aux, phono, and setup for tape. Features: 40 watts per channel, (min. RMS both channels driven at 8 ohms, 20 - 20,000 Hz, with no more than 0,05% THD), 
Direct-coupled pure complementary amplifier circuit, quietest phono section in its class: 83 dB S/N, 3-gang tuning capacitor and FET front end for high FM sensitivity (2.0 µV ) with low distortion, PLL in FM Multiplex for improved stereo separation, Large signal strength and FM center-tune meter and FM Auto Muting. 
In other words, a lot of great stuff in a beautiful vintage receiver.

Kenwood KA-5700 & KT-5300

Kenwood KA-5700 amp & KT-5300 tuner (1978) 40 WPC $175


In near mint condition, this beautiful matching integrated amplifier and tuner system from Kenwood is part of their highly acclaimed and very popular model lineup in the late 70's.  Conservatively rated at 40 watts per channel, the Kenwood KA-5700 has its own signature sound. It is warm, but still is detailed and layered. Lows are a bit punchy and energetic, but not too overbearing. Mids are excellent, with so much life to them.  Highs are nice, not harsh, may be just a tad on the bright side, the sound stage is very accurate as well. The KT-5700 is an accurate and detailed tuner that literally matches the distinct design of this series.

For vintage components of the late 70's era, the sound is just excellent! And with the recognizable Kenwood designed chrome face, solid chrome knobs, switches and dual meters, they both have unbeatable looks!


About Kenwood (Trio)...

Established in 1946 as the Kasuga Radio Co. Ltd. in Komagane City, Japan, in 1960 the company was renamed Trio Corporation. In 1963 the first overseas office was founded in Los Angeles.

In the early 1960s, Trio's products were rebranded by the Lafayette Radio Co with a focus on CB radio.

An importer of Japanese-made electronics Radio Shack (Realistic, Tandy Corp) was A&A Trading Co., and a bilingual Japanese-speaking manager from there established a company that would be the exclusive importer of Trio products.

The name Kenwood was invented by Kasuga as being the combination of "Ken", a name common to Japan and North America that had been tested and proven acceptable to American consumers in the name of Kenmore appliance (Sears) \, and "Wood", referring to the durable substance as well as suggesting a relation to Hollywood.  The brand recognition of Kenwood eventually surpassed that of Trio's, and in 1986 Trio bought Kenwood and renamed itself Kenwood.  Eventually, Kenwood merged with JVC in 2008 as JVC/Kenwood.

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Pioneer SX-780

Pioneer SX-780 (1978) 45W x 2 $235


High output, low distortion power amplifier, a high fidelity equalizer amplifier with low noise and high gain, a high stability tuner section, tone controls with tone defeat function, built in protection circuits and independent power meters.  

As with all our inventory, this one is in very good cosmetic and working condition.  However, we did have to add thin, real wood overlays on the side panels of this SX-780 because Pioneer, in order to keep costs down (like most of the competition of the time) began using cheap vinyl veneer that eventually would begin to peel off, which was the case here.  

The beautiful silver face and black meters combined with a wide linear FM dial, solid metal knobs and switches makes a great looking, great sounding piece of vintage history.

Pioneer SX-3600

Pioneer SX-3600 (1980) 30 WPC $165


Pioneer’s Fluroscan receivers were the last of the heavily-built Pioneers. The excellent-sounding SX-3600 is conservatively-rated at 30 continuous watts per channel (RMS) with low 0.05% total harmonic distortion. It has ample power for home use with any reasonably efficient speakers. The Fluoroscan display indicates power output for both channels.  Maybe not a powerhouse but certainly one of the best looking receivers that Pioneer ever made.  Timeless elegance with it's stunning front silver face design, blue digital meters and walnut veneer side panels and top.  This is a fine minty unit...faultless and sounds fantastic.

Pioneer SX-434

Pioneer SX-434 (1976) 15 WPC  $135


The Pioneer SX-434 is a mid-1970s AM/FM stereo receiver that supplied state-of-the-art technology to the tuner and integrated-amplifier. The fact that SX-series receivers are still widely used today speaks to their superior built quality.

There are inputs for Phono, Aux, a Tape Loop and XLR, plus switched and unswitched AC outlets. Everything on this receiver works just as you'd expect. Cosmetically, the face plate and wood cabinet are in perfect condition - it almost looks brand new.

This originally sold for $299 - about $1,500 in today's dollars!!

Pioneer SX-550

Pioneer SX-550 (1977) 20W x 2 $165

The Pioneer SX-550 is one of the ​very cool​ receivers that Pioneer ​designated as​ the successor to the popular SX-535​. ​ ​Conservatively rated at 20 watts per channel​, it feels like a lot more​. ​ I​ntroduced in 1977 , i​​t has the ​very popular and great styling of the late 70's Pioneer SX line with the silver face​, ​faceted knobs​ and real​ wood​ veneer​ side panels ​and walnut veneer metal top.​ Among its many features are the weighted ​a​nalog ​f​lywheel ​t​uning​, ​precision ​tuning ​meter​, ​FM ​s​tereo ​s​ignal ​i​ndicator ​l​ight​, ​3 ​g​ang ​t​uning ​s​ection​, ​controls ​f​or ​b​ass, ​t​reble, and ​b​alance​,​ loudness ​s​witch​, ​stereo/​m​ono ​s​witch​, ​inputs ​f​or ​a​ux, ​t​ape ​d​eck, and ​p​hono​, and more.​


About Pioneer...

Not much needs to be said about Pioneer other then the simple fact that the name is known worldwide for above average quality and excellence in high fidelity component design.  They were the unchallenged leader in stereo advertising and marketing in the 70's.  Back in the day, Pioneer made it clear that if you didn't have a Pioneer stereo system in your house (or college dorm) you just didn't have the right stuff.


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Hafler P500

Hafler P-500 amplifier ('80-'89) 255W x 2 @ 8 ohms  
$400

This Hafler P500 is in good working condition and best described as a high power, two-channel audio amplifier intended for professional or home use.  It's level of performance and reliability have been amply demonstrated in the success of it's counterpart in the consumer market, the DH500, for many years.   It's a lot of fun having this much power at your disposal - seemingly unlimited headroom.  It's nominal power output is rated at 255 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo) and 800W into 8Ω(mono) Its incredible frequency response is 8Hz to 85kHz with a total harmonic distortion of 0.025%.  Heavy at 53 lbs and solid as a tank, this Hafler is a real beast.


About Hafler...

Right from the very early years of high fidelity, David Hafler introduced the world to high performance audio with his range of Dynaco preamps, tuners and amplifiers. Today, Hafler continues the tradition by producing the very finest audio components that enthuse and enthrall those that have a particular bend towards spectacular audio.

All Hafler products are designed and hand made in North America, using the finest components while every possible effort is made to reduce odd-order harmonic distortion, minimize phase shift and broaden the frequency response to ensure the signal transfer from source to destination is pristine and color free.

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Sansui G-5700

Sansui G-5700 ('79-'80) 75W x 2 $295


Pure Power! That was the tag line for Sansui's G-Series receivers from the late 70's and they lived up to the advertising hype.
This mid-high range Sansui G-5700 at a conservative 75 watts per channel is one great performer.   
A "hybrid" receiver of sorts with its analog and digital tuners, digital power meters, luxurious faceplate design and its real rosewood veneer case make this a desirable beauty.
In fact, many audio enthusiasts make the claim that the Sansui G series receivers are some of the best receivers ever made in terms of both build quality and performance. The audio industry was evolving at the time and technology was advancing to a point where audio equipment could do a far better job of amplifying sound in a manner that kept it as close to the original recorded sound as possible. Sansui's DC circuitry did just that.The G-5700 was produced from 1979 to 1980 and really is a great representative of the vintage audio years. 

About SANSUI
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.

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Onkyo TX-4500MKii

Onkyo TX 4500 MKII (1980) 65W x 2  $265


This super clean TX-4500MKii was, at the time, the first stereo receiver with quartz-synchronization for the FM band.  Even though its predecessor, the original version TX-4500 was a successful Onkyo upper middle class receiver, Onkyo decided to redesign the 4500 so the MKii version was optimized.  Upgraded components packed into the same chassis resulted in an additional 10 watts more than the first version and was rated at a conservative (and honest)65 watts per channel.  
And, for the display scale, they used real thick glass. With its already desirable industrial design, this was an added expression of timeless elegance. It's a heavy receiver with solid high power, enough to drive 3 pairs of speakers.  The trademark look of this series, the rosewood veneer on metal along with the four hex bolts holding the front glass, gives it a "top shelf" appeal.
Onkyo was so pleased with the overall success of the TX-4500MKii that, out of the hundreds of products they designed all that time,  it was the featured receiver on the print sheets for their 70th Anniversary.


About Onkyo...
The word Onkyo translates as "sound harmony".  Starting out in 1946, Osaka Denki ONKYO K.K. is established and begins manufacturing phonograph pickups. The CP-1000 turntable was the first product to bear the ONKYO brand.  They also manufactured integrated stereo systems throughout the years but they majored in turntables, early amps, preamps, stereo receivers and also the cassette tape format beginning in 1981 with the TA-W800, the world's first high-speed dubbing, double-cassette tape deck with a wide variety of tape-editing functions.
They hit their high mark in the late 70's with the TX-xxxx series of stereo receivers, tuners and amps.  Onkyo kept pace with, and in some ways exceeded, the strong competition from Pioneer, Sansui, Marantz, Optonica, etc.  The stereo wars of the 70's yielded so many great products and Onkyo is right there with the best of them.
Today, Onkyo is still a global brand and their Integra series is well respected.


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