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.

Panasonic RD-3600

Panasonic RD-3600 / Technics SL-20 (1976) $200

This is the gorgeous walnut plinth version of *Technics SL-20.

The Panasonic RD-3600 is identical to the Technics SL-20 except the RD-3600 has a luxurious walnut veneer plinth.  It's a high-quality, belt-driven turntable with (at the time) a newly developed FG (frequency generator) servo-controlled DC motor with IC.  This gorgeous turntable features fabulous wow, flutter and rumble rating and has low power consumption for greater efficiency.  The static-balanced, S-shaped tonearm has the benefit of semi-automatic operation (automatic return/shut-off) and has a new Ortofon cartridge/stylus combined mounted on the headshell for high compliance support and good channel separation.

Seeing as how Panasonic and Technics were part of the same parent company (Matsushita of Japan), there were several versions of this table (SL-23, RD-3500, SL-20).  The design of the RD-3600 is far more elegant than the Technics versions that had a basic grey plinth.

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 units (turntables, loudspeakers, etc) marketed domestically by Matsushita in 1965.  Many of the earlier Panasonic branded units were simply rebranded as Technics but with some slight design and marketing changes.  Eventually, Technics pulled away from its Panasonic affiliation and 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.



Sony PS-1100

Sony PS-1100 (1976) $175

We've been fortunate to have had several of the Sony *Gold Badge turntables over the years and the PS-1100 is another goodie.  They are very cool looking, very reliable​ and operates perfectly with its rim-drive.  (There were several rim drive turntables available from many companies, some dating back to the 50's.  It was an effective way to keep rumble and inertia under control and, in most cases, actually better than some belt drive units.)
It's a semi-automatic with cueing, reject and on/off lever.  Included is the original chrome anti-skate "dongle" which 99 times out of 100, is usually missing.  The walnut veneer case is flawless.  Included as well, is the original dust cover in very good condition.
*The Gold Badge edition of Sony turntables was a marketing twist to help separate Sony from the competition.  It's literally a "gold" nameplate on the front and supposedly was meant to show that any of these units were "a cut above" the others.

Sony PS-5520
Sony PS-5520 (1972) $225

A classic definition of a fine vintage, high quality turntable, the Sony model PS-5520 has become one of our personal favorite decks...we've had several in the last few years. Fitted with a high end Audio Technica AT-216EP cartridge/stylus, this PS-5520 is a well engineered and versatile turntable that can be operated as a full automatic or, if you wish, as a manually operated unit.  Even when operated manually, the tonearm still returns and the unit shuts off.   Operation is accomplished using only one light touch of the operating lever.  This model has many important features which contribute to the faithful reproduction of your records; a static balance tonearm, an effective anti-skating compensator and a reliable 4-pole hysteresis synchronous motor.
Built into a gorgeous walnut plinth, this "Gold Badge" edition Sony PS-5520 also has the great looking classic split design, perplex tinted dust cover with heavy duty hinges.  Nothing cheap here, tough as nails yet beautiful and simple...a pleasure to own, to admire and easy to operate.

Sony PS-T22 (1980) $150 (NO PHOTO)

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.


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.


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.


Technics SL-Q300

Technics SLQ300 ('83-'84) SOLD

Technics produced a ton of turntables during the 1970's and 1980's. 

Here is one of their offerings - the Technics SL-Q300 with a new AT p-mount cartridge/stylus mounted on the straight pipe tonearm.  The dark metallic charcoal finish is in good condition and so is the original dark plastic dust cover.

It's a fairly run of the mill turntable with a few basic features but, after all, it is a Technics and it's fully automatic.  

It was sold from 1983 to 1984 and retailed for around $160, so, it certainly wasn't one of their high end offerings. In fact, it was frequently offered as part of Technics' more affordable rack systems.  

Bottom line:  it works perfect and looks great, very clean and complete.  A real sweet bargain!

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)



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.


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.



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.

About Sanyo...

Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. was a Japanese major electronics company and formerly a member of the Fortune Global 500.  They were one of the few electronics companies (like Hitachi) that made most of their own high fidelity components in-house using their own parts.  They also supplied some of the other big names like Pioneer, Sansui, etc. with Sanyo built parts and components. Their late 70's JCX series of receivers were very well known and in high demand by audiophiles.  At one point in their history, they had over 230 subsidiaries and affiliates.  Sanyo was eventually bought by Panasonic in 2009. 



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.


Aiwa D50

Aiwa D50 (1984) $150

By the mid 80's, digital rack systems began taking over the HiFi world and Aiwa, in an attempt to make a splash against the competition, introduced this rather unique D50 turntable. Designed to be placed anywhere in a vertical rack system, it has a cool slide out tray so you can load the record without having to lift the top of the dust cover. Of course this was supposed to be an automatic function but since that rarely works, you can simply slide it out manually anyway.  As far as the rest of the deck goes, it's a smooth, push button, fully automatic, direct drive with strobe, speed controls, cueing and had a very cool built in stylus cleaner that brushes the dust of the tip of the stylus with a touch of a button.  It does not have to be used strictly as a slide-out tray unit, it is also a regularly operated deck by lifting the dust cover as normal.

About Aiwa...

Aiwa. Remember them? The company was founded in June 1951 as AIKO Denki Sangyo Co., Ltd., a maker of microphones.A key development came in February 1964 when Aiwa introduced the first Japanese cassette tape recorder, the TP-707. Cassette recorders, players, and decks became the company's core product area, and remained so as they
established their name manufacturing hi-fi components in the '70s and '80s. In the '90s they went mainstream. Boomboxes, portable CD players, headphones, speakers, mini-systems. In the '00s they faded away, became property of Sony and died.  Aiwa was so close to becoming an American establishment, and a very unique one at that. They may not have focused on the audiophiles, or the high-end gear freaks, but for the average person, their product wasn't garbage either. Think of it as the Honda Accord of stereo systems.



Optonica RP-4705

Optonica RP-4705 ('80-'82) $290

For those of you who are upscale-minded Optonica collectors (like us), we offer this this very unique and beautiful RP-4705 fully automatic direct-drive turntable.  In flawless cosmetic and working condition, as an added plus, it's fitted with very nice, high end Accutex LPM-312 cartridge/stylus. 
The RP-4705 is a quartz-locked, direct drive turntable featuring simple push button operation, even with the top lowered in position. Accurate speed controls are verified by the strobe window on the front of the platter.The clear, solid glass top that covers the dark grey aluminum "well" (plinth) and protects the platter and tonearm, swings up on hinges.  Truly this is a stunning setup designed to impress and built to excellent specs.  

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...