Vintage Stereo Receivers ~ Tuners ~ Amps

HH Scott 375R

HH Scott 375R ('81-'83) 65W x 2 $220

Very rare and built to compete with mid-sized Sansui, Pioneer and the other well known names, HH Scott's reputation was well established during the 70's.  

It's common fact that Scott didn't spend as much money on advertising as the competition, relying instead on high quality components and word of mouth. 

One of the nice features on this unit is the ability to run two turntables, either MM or MC (having the option for a moving coil cartridge is a major plus and rarely seen on most receivers)

The 375R was Scott's mid size entry in the analog/digital market that was taking over the market in the late 70's and early 80's.

As is typical on many of the hybrid digital/analog units, the FM digital LEDs are erratic but since the analog tuning functions perfectly, it matters not. 

The front silver face with fluorescent blue LEDs is quite fancy and adds a touch of vintage cool.  Powerful, heavy and, of course, very well built, Scott added phono inputs for both MM and MC (moving coil), a truly nice touch.  

Three level controls for low, mid and highs (another nice touch) and real walnut side panels, the 375R is a premium receiver getting harder to find in such great condition.

About H.H. Scott...

Hermon Hosmer Scott held many patents and was instrumental in the birth and development of high fidelity sound equipment.  HH Scott, the famous name by which he and his firm were so widely known, became one of the top two respected names in consumer high fidelity (and later stereo), the other also bearing its founder's name, the very famous Fisher Radio.  As mentioned above in description of the 375R, Scott was one of several top notch brands that built seriously good equipment but spent very little money advertising their gear. Consequently, they didn't sell in large numbers (compared to Pioneer, Sony, etc that spent many millions more in advertising) but they did sell excellent equipment.  Scott is a brand that's a little harder to come by but well worth the time and effort to seek them out.


Sanyo JCX-2300K

Sanyo JCX-2300KR ('78-'81)  31 WPC  $165 (mint)

It's now pretty well known that, back in the day, Sanyo (like Hitachi) supplied many of their competitors with Sanyo designed high quality internal components.  Today, Sanyo vintage receivers (especially the JCX and "Plus" series) are no longer "under the radar".  
This flawless JCX-2300K is very well built with a huge power supply and large heatsinks.  The rated power of 31 watts per channel seems like a misprint because this 2300K rocks!    The gorgeous silverface design is complemented by its real wood timber case with horizontal vents. The knobs and switches are all made of solid aluminium with angled designs, grub screws, and chrome push buttons.   

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 and the much improved "Plus Series" of components are 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. 


Philips 7861

Philips 7861 (1979) 45 WPC   

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One of the most beautiful of the late 70's vintage, black-face stereo receivers, the Philips 7861, rated at a conservative 45 watts per channel, was second to the TOTL Philips 7871 which itself is considered VERY rare.  While the 7861 can still be found from time to time, it's still pretty hard to find. The black anodized aluminum faceplate with its white lettering, machined aluminum knobs and switches combined with the black wood case make for a sleek, unique piece of vintage history. 

About Philips (North America)...

The Philips Laboratory Series trace their beginnings back to Magnavox and the model 1500 receiver that was very well designed and respected. The Magnavox engineers took on a task to make a no-holds barred system that would compete with the best and upgrade and expand the 1500 to capture a place in the hi-fi market that the Japanese were taking over. Also, they hoped it would save the company. However, before bringing the line out, Philips stepped in and bought Magnavox.  Philips had a foothold in North America and were doing quite well with their turntables, speakers and tape equipment but could not penetrate the market with its European styled receivers. They rebadged the Magnavox designs and introduced them in 1977.  The "Philips Laboratories" line of receivers, preamps and power amps were produced in the Magnavox facility in Tennessee. 
As mentioned above (AH-7861) the receivers came in two versions, the x9x and the x8x series. The internals of the series are the same while the faceplates and placement of indicators/meters are different. 



MCS 3249

MCS (NEC) 3249 (1979) 45W x 2 $180  (mint)

We've had a few MCS (Modular Component Series) units over the years because typically, most of the MCS units were of excellent quality and build.   Reviews tend to confirm that most of the MCS products were custom built for JC Penney by either NEC or Technics.  Back in the day, "hipsters" wouldn't consider buying their stereo gear from Penney's because, just wasn't cool.  Years later, of course, once word got around that most of the MCS stuff was very good indeed, the prices began to climb.

In literally mint condition, this late 70's MCS 3249 stereo receiver is another solid, good looking, rock steady vintage piece.  
The very accurate digital synthesized tuning section has digital power meters and tuning lock.  The LED frequency numbers are spot on and have no issues.  

We also replaced the interior foam "springs" on the tuning push buttons since this was about the only issue this series ever had.  

Rated at a conservative 45 watts per channel, it's got lots of headroom beyond that rating.  Unlike most receivers of the era that had just bass and treble controls, this one adds the midrange as well.  

Flawless aluminum faceplate, smooth and accurate controls and the pristine walnut case make this an excellent value and one very good performer.  To be quite honest, this is a rock solid and reliable receiver.  End of story... 

About MCS (Modular Component Systems)...
MCS was the house brand for JC Penney back in the 70's and was often passed over by audiophiles simply because it was sold by Penney's.  However, in our opinion, whoever worked for JC Penney's electronics acquisition department at the time certainly had discerning taste which resulted in some very good products being offered. There is some debate over who actually manufactured the MCS series for JC Penney. Most seem to agree that it was either NEC while others mention Technics. 
Probably the different models in the MCS line were made by different Japanese manufacturers like Technics or NEC, all of whom designed great products for Penney's.  By the late 70's, it was near the end of the receiver power wars and despite the fact that most of the mid to high range MCS units had actually incorporated some of the latest technology at the time, digital was looming on the horizon and was about to change the face of HiFi.



Realistic STA-235B

Realistic STA-235B (1979) 55 WPC  $215

Rarely seen for sale in such beautiful condition as this one, the STA 235B was originally sold by Radio Shack in 1979 for a whopping $429.00!!

It was certainly one of their most powerful receivers at the time.  Very conservatively rated at 55 watts per channel, it features Realistic's famous "Auto Magic Tuning" and very cool double slider volume controls. 

One of its many claims to fame was the outstanding 4 gang 3 filter tuner section.  The amplifier section definitely has plenty of PUNCH...good reserve power with a lot of bass character.  

A look under the hood impresses too. Besides the direct coupled amplifier section, the layout and workmanship inside featuring the Toshiba output transistors and the placement of the modules shows a very well thought out design.

The STA-235B also has three detented controls with superior Baxandall-type circuitry for bass, mid-range and treble. The "Auto Magic" tuning is pretty cool...while you have your fingers on the tuning knob searching for a station, then near to the station and take your fingers off the knob, the FM light changes color and locks in the station.

The cosmetics are nearly flawless on both the faceplate and the beautiful real walnut case.  



Kenwood Super Eleven

Kenwood Super Eleven ('81-'85) 125W x 2​  

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​In excellent condition and fully operational, this​ most rare and coveted ​monster ​Kenwood​Super Eleven, high speed, DC stereo​​ receiver is one of the last of the truly big and well built receivers made during the golden age of HiFi​.  

At a conservatively rated 125 watts per channel and ​absolutely ​all the bells and whistles anyone could ever want rolled into one​ super-sized (nearly two foot wide) black face walnut case, it demands your's that impressive.

The Super Eleven easily handles 3 pairs of speakers, two turntables, two tape decks, aux, and so much more.

The FM analog dial plate has gorgeous blue lights and stretches across the front and is part of the analog/digital tuner combo that works flawlessly.  The blue LED frequency numbers are in correct alignment with the analog dial pointer.

The built in 5-band equalizer is much better for controlling accurate sound reproduction than the standard bass/mid/treble knobs​ and can be shut off to allow the receiver to function in a completely flat mode.

Another of its many fine features includes adjustable reverb and time-delay to simulate live concert hall sound.

Kenwood KR-4070

Kenwood KR-4070 ('78-'79) 40W x 2 $185(mint)

One of our all-time personal favorites and Kenwood's most popular receiver, the KR-4070 has a strong tuner section and excellent phono stage. 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 a few online discussions, 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 has the usual aux, phono and  tape inputs/outputs.  

The teak veneer case adds a touch of vintage class.

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.

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.



Rotel RX-845

Rotel RX-845 digital receiver (1989) 30 WPC  $125

In the late 80's, NAD and Rotel were fierce competitors when it came to digital receivers, preamps, etc. and they are often compared favorably in their class.  Similar in styling to NAD except for the Rotel is a flat black vs NAD's charcoal grey look.This RX-845 is no barn burner at 30 watts per channel but it's a well built, reliable receiver that can power up two pairs of efficient speakers with inputs for tape, CD/Aux and Phono.  Certainly a great starter receiver for anyone looking for an inexpensive yet top quality digital receiver.

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.