Stereo Turntables ~ Cassette ~8-Track

Yamaha YP-211

Yamaha YP-211 (1978) $250

Aside from the obvious good looks and design, the YP-211 added a twist to the semi-automatic operation.  Almost a full auto, it has a unique "play/reject" lever that leaves your hands free while starting the record.  This is fitted with a beautiful new aluminum Ortofon headshell and Ortofon cartridge/stylus. The original chrome anti-skate dongle is included (those are almost always missing) and the cream colored platter mat adds a touch of elegance.  The solid, accurate motor in the YP-211 was made by Fujiya Audio (Japan), the same motor in many better Marantz, Luxman, etc turntables.  All in all, another of the very nice Yamaha tables.

Audio Reflex DD-1979

Audio Reflex DD-1979 (1979)  $180

This very rare, well built and good looking turntable was made in Japan (by CEC) to be primarily sold in Canada and Australia by "Audio Reflex", one of the brands under the umbrella of parent company AGS (Audio General Supply) an import/export electronics company.  As with almost all CEC turntables, the DD-1979 is a very well made, very good looking, direct drive unit with semi-automatic operation.  It has an excellent motor drive with an on-board stroboscope.  The dark walnut veneer plinth is attractive and sets it apart from ordinary looking turntables.

Kenwood KD-3055

Kenwood KD-3055 ('76-'77)  $250

In 1977, Kenwood demonstrated the KD-3055 in a dramatic fashion by placing it directly on top of a large floor speaker.  With its special base made of an anti-resonance *concrete so dense that it absorbs vibrations from the speakers and the floor before they got to the specially designed "S" shaped tonearm.​ Nothing happened.  No howl.  No screech.  Just music, loud and clear.
This heavyweight beauty is a fully automatic, belt drive with some very cool chrome controls (lever handles for record size selection and cueing, chrome buttons for 33/45 and start/cut and repeat)
The cosmetic condition is near flawless and that includes the original dust cover.

The term "concrete" was a marketing hook from Kenwood.  The actual material was called ARCB (Anti Resonance Compression Base) that was a composite of powdered synthetic marble (like Corian) mixed with resin and then cast it into shape.  Another company called Optonica used the same basic formula for their very cool RP-3636MKii turntable.


Sony PS-4300

Sony PS-4300 (1976) $225

One of the most desirable turntables ever designed by Sony, the PS-4300 direct drive turntable is built like a tank...seriously.  It includes an auxiliary tonearm weight, allowing you to use heavier cartridges as well as light cartridges. It is fully automatic and uses a light sensing system to indicate when the tonearm reaches the end of the record, eliminating mechanical interference in the tonearm movement. This superb unit features a very heavy die-cast plinth, precise speed control, and automatic shutoff.  Several reviews by leading audiophile magazines stated the PS-4300 easily outperforms the highly respected Technics SL-1200 (when used in a stereo configuration).  Weighing in at almost 30 lbs, this baby is no lightweight. In fact, it is one of the heavier tables ever produced by Sony. With a flick of the switch, besides being automatic, it can be used a high grade manual.
Operational and cosmetic condition is very good except for minor scratches and scuffs on the dust cover.

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) $185

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.  Fitted with a hi-end Audio Technica AT13Ea cartridge and stylus, it can track as low as 3/4 gram.  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 (stock photo)

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) $180

Elegantly designed in USA, built in Japan, DC direct drive, semi-automatic, very heavy premium table with massive die-cast platter, ultra low-mass S-shape black tonearm, beautiful satin-black plinth with walnut side panel.  Other than the very common problem on the 610-T's cueing lever defective plastic clamps inside the mechanism (an unobtainable part) for which we have figured out a workaround, this is a very nice turntable!

Reference 520T (1980) $175

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.



JVC QL-A2 wlth Micro Acoustics 282-e cartridge and stylus
JVC QL-A2 (1978) $250

The JVC QL-A2 direct-drive, quartz-locked, two-speed turntable is a very good, well-built deck.
It plays great and sounds great. The tonearm is fitted with a high-end Micro Acoustics 282-e cartridge and stylus tracking at 1 can definitely hear the difference.
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.

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.


Marantz 6100

Marantz 6100 (1979) $215
(on hold for customer until 10/20)

Although somewhat similar in design and appearance to the Model 6110 (see above description) the 6100 squeaked in before the bean counters at Marantz began cost-cutting.  In that regard, it is thought to be of a little better construction with different tonearm gimbal bearings and assembly.  Semi-automatic operation, two-speed belt drive with auto stop and return.  The original chrome ant-skate dongle is included along with the beautiful walnut veneer plinth and original Marantz 45 adapter and platter mat.

About Marantz...

The history of the Marantz Company begins in 1948, when a lover of music by Sol Bernard Maranz, like many people of that time, had an interest in quality sound reproduction. However, the sound left much to be desired and Marantz took up the creation of the preamplifier: experiencing problems with the equipment, he worked on it for 4 years and eventually achieved his goal. Sol described the development of the erroneous recording characteristics as "Audio Consolette": the first created 100 sets were sold out quickly, and during the same 1952 demand grew to 400 models.

Having released this preamplifier, Sol almost won the respect of music lovers: the recognition pushed him to the official founding of Marantz in 1953. And immediately began commercial sales of Model 1 Mono Preamplifier - a preamplifier, created on the basis of Audio Consolette. Then it was sold for $168, but today the collectors are ready to pay for this technique the amount that is large at times - it has long become a real classic.

In 1956, comes Model 2 Power Amplifier: power amplifier, which has 2 modes of operation. Its output power could be as high as 25 watts or 40 watts - this is the technique that set the standard for Hi-Fi equipment of the 50's. A year later, in 1957, the following development of the series - Model 3 Mono Two-way Channel Divider - device dividing the signal into 2 mono channels was presented. After that, the Model 4 power supply comes out, followed by the Model 5 power amplifier. From its well-known predecessor, it is more affordable. With the birth of stereo, there was a need for adapters, so Sol Maranz released Model 6. And in the same year, 1957, one of the company's most famous products - the preamplifier stereo Model 7c Stereo Preamplifier - was released. Since that time, the sound of Hi-Fi equipment has become really high and attention has been paid to its aesthetic appearance.

This was preceded by many more events: in 1962, for example, a 30-watt stereo amplifier, named in the spirit of the entire series, Model 8, was on sale.

A year later, in 1963, a mono amplifier of 70 watts, Model 9 and a radio receiver with a FM tuner Model 10 comes out. The production of the latter model led to high costs, the following difficulties with financing, and as a result, Sol Maranz had to sell his offspring.

So, what else can be said that hasn't already been said about Marantz? A lot of changes have happened to the company since the 60's and 70's when Marantz was THE brand of choice for audiophiles around the world (second only to McIntosh of course).  Until the mid 80's, Marantz was still a highly sought after name but, with the company being sold so many times, eventually, like so many other famous names, they gradually declined in popularity.


Philips GA-427

Philips GA-427 (Holland, 1976) $165

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". 


Sanyo TP-825D

Sanyo TP-825D (1976) $235

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.


Yamaha P550

Yamaha P550 (1980) $225

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.



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 (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.