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    Since I have gotten the vintage SDA bug, I have found that I enjoy pairing up SDA speakers with Vintage receivers. For some reason I think they sound better than later receivers made for HT. I am looking for opinions on great late 1980's receivers to mate with SDA speakers. Kinda of trying to hook up the best speakers in the day with the best receivers in the day. It's a pet project of mine. Right now I am using a Kenwood 9600 receiver but that is from the late 1970's. I am looking for killer 2 channel receivers from 1985 thru 1991. Any input would be appreciated.

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    Hi. Here is one monster of a receiver that will power your speakers quite nicely. They can be hard to come by but worth every penny.

    http://www.nadelectronics.com/img/da...s/NAD_7600.pdf
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Monster-POWERHOU...1%7C240%3A1318
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    I like NAD products. That looks like a good fit and something I would be interested in. What models in the late 80's were considered the heavy hitters of the day. I remember going into our local high end shop and they were pushing Yamaha's, NAD and Onkyo. Also some Sony ES and Pioneer does that seem right.

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    I've got a Carver HR-772 The Receiver that kicks serious butt for an all in one. Great phono stage, decent tuning, and 140 watts per channel. Plus sonic holography (all SDA users please control yourselves). I think made around 1990. Found it in a pawn shop for under $100.00. No remote though...
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    Carver "The Receiver" or "Receiver 2000". 150wpc for The Receiver and 200wpc for the "2000". I am not talking about any of the HR model numbers such as HR-752 or 772.

    I'd look at Luxman or Tandberg from that time frame as well.

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    Just for clarification...my HR-772 has the label "The Receiver" on the back but is NOT the legendary "The Receiver" George is talking about. Great performance none the less.

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    A big, freakin' Onkyo! I have a TX-7000 or something like that. It weighs a ton and is only 90wpc or something like that. Nikko is a quasi-player. I drove the Carver Amazings with a 100wpc, Nikko NR-1219 once, but only for about ten minutes cause it sounded handsome. But it drove them.

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    A somewhat rare and very under rated (wpc)receiver is the Kyocera R-851 @85wpc with mosfet power and a sweet & smooth sound that's often compared to tube equipment. They make cell phones and copiers now, but for a very brief period in the 80s they made some nice audio stuff. I've still got my R851 and two Kyocera CDPs that I'll never get rid of. The 851 has NO problem powering some SDA- 1As to high volume levels cleanly and for long periods while barely getting warm. SOL on a remote though! a couple links:
    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/arch...p/t-53190.html
    http://www.audioemporium.com/hall_of_fame.htm
    There was an 861 also but I don't know anything about that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluecomet View Post
    Since I have gotten the vintage SDA bug, I have found that I enjoy pairing up SDA speakers with Vintage receivers. For some reason I think they sound better than later receivers made for HT. I am looking for opinions on great late 1980's receivers to mate with SDA speakers. Kinda of trying to hook up the best speakers in the day with the best receivers in the day. It's a pet project of mine. Right now I am using a Kenwood 9600 receiver but that is from the late 1970's. I am looking for killer 2 channel receivers from 1985 thru 1991. Any input would be appreciated.
    Are you sure the 9600 is common ground?

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    Denon DRA-825 100 wpc rms.
    Denon DRA-835 100 wpc rms.
    Denon DRA-1025 125 wpc rms.
    Denon DRA-1035 125 wpc rms.
    Luxman R-117 160 wpc rms.
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    Why not go separate? It's easier to get good separate gear from that era.
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    http://www.stereomanuals.com/vintage...vers/sa600.htm

    What a great piece of equip it is.

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    You can always add an amp with a receiver with pre outs. I was looking for high powered receivers of the late 80's to match up with the era of the SDA's. I was looking for period correct receivers to put on display in my house. I thought that would be interesting. You guys gave me some good ideas. I do like the NAD that was mentioned and some others.

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    How about Late '70's--Early 80's?

    http://reviews.ebay.com/JVC-JR-S-quo...00000001150315

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    I would suggest what I heard the SRS on in a shop in the late '80s, the Luxman R-117. 160 WPC

    A poor pic example, but still representative........
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    I had a killer Oink back in the 80's that could drive stacked Advents without getting hot and they aren't the most efficient 6 ohmers ever made. I had a Denon and an intergrated Kenwood that could drive them, too, but not to the levels that I required in my early 20s and got hotter, The best was an HK, just can't recall an of the numbers. Also, I ended up looking for High Current more than high watts.
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    Default Another late 70's

    My father had one of these pushing a pair of 901's.


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    I know you are looking for late 80's receivers but thought I would throw this one out there for the heck of it. ** Rotel RX 1603** From everything I have seen and read it is one highly sought after receiver that gives a very pleasing sound. A monster to say the least (180Wx2) and weighs 75 lbs. I know there are tons of other receivers but I thought this one looked bad ass imo.





    I like this pic because it shows just how big these receivers are. The pic is from the cover of the May 1978 issue of Stereo Review Magazine showing some of the Monster Receivers together (from top to bottom they are the Nikko NR-1415, Hitachi SR-2004, Kenwood KR-9600, Marantz 2600, Rotel RX-1603 and Pioneer SX-1980). Notable absences are the Concept 16.5, Sansui G-9000, Akai AA-1120 and the Technics SA-1000.



    I just found this list of vintage receivers that are at least 100wpc or more. Not sure of their age but thought it was worth posting. List was compiled by "alexkerhead" from AudioKarma.

    Akai AA-1200 - 120wpc
    B&O 8000 Beomaster - 100wpc
    Bose Spatial Control - 100wpc
    Carver The Receiver - 150wpc
    Concept 16.5 - 165wpc
    Concept 12.0D - 120wpc
    Concept 11.0 - 110wpc
    Fisher RS-1080 - 170wpc
    Fisher RS-2015 - 150 wpc
    Fisher RS-1060 - 125wpc
    Fisher RS-2010 - 100wpc
    Hitachi SR-2004 - 200wpc
    JVC JR-S600 II - 120wpc
    JVC JR-S600 - 120wpc
    JVC JR-S501 - 120wpc
    Kenwood KR-9050 - 200wpc
    Kenwood KR-9600 - 160wpc
    Kenwood KR-8010 - 125wpc
    Kenwood KR-9400 - 120wpc
    Kenwood KR-8050 DC - 120wpc
    Kenwood KR-1000/1000B - 120wpc
    Lafayette LR-120DB - 120wpc
    Luxman R-1120 - 120wpc
    Marantz 2600 - 300wpc
    Marantz 2500 - 250wpc
    Marantz 2385 - 185wpc
    Marantz 2330 - 130wpc
    Marantz 2330B - 130wpc
    Marantz SR9000G - 130wpc
    Marantz 2325 - 125wpc
    MCS MCS-3325 - 125wpc
    MCS MCS-3125 - 125wpc
    Nakamichi 730 - 105wpc
    Nikko NR-1415 - 175wpc
    Nikko NR-1219 - 100wpc
    Onkyo TX-8500 MkII - 160wpc
    Onkyo TX-8500 - 110wpc
    Onkyo TX-6500 MkII - 100wpc
    Optonica SA-5901 - 125wpc
    Optonica SA-5902 - 125wpc
    Optonica SA-5905 - 125wpc
    Philips AH-903 - 125wpc
    Pioneer SX-1980 - 270wpc
    Pioneer SX-1280 - 185wpc
    Pioneer SX-1250/5590 - 160wpc
    Pioneer SX-1050 - 120wpc
    Pioneer SX-1080 - 120wpc
    Pioneer SX-3900 - 120wpc
    Pioneer SX-D7000 - 120wpc
    Pioneer SX-1010 – 100wpc
    Pioneer SX-9 – 125wpc
    Project-One Mark 1500DC - 150wpc
    Realistic STA-2100 - 120wpc
    Realistic STA-2300 - 120wpc
    Rotel RX-1603 - 180wpc
    Rotel RX-1203 - 120wpc
    S.A.E. TWO R18 - 180wpc
    Sansui G-33000 - 300wpc
    Sansui G-22000 - 220wpc
    Sansui G-9700 - 200wpc
    Sansui G-8700 - 160wpc
    Sansui G-9000/901 - 160wpc
    Sansui 9900Z - 160wpc
    Sansui 8900Z - 125wpc
    Sansui 9090DB - 125wpc
    Sansui G-8000 - 120wpc
    Sansui G-7700 - 120wpc
    Sansui 9090 - 110wpc
    Sansui 7900Z - 100wpc
    Sanyo PLUS 200 - 200wpc
    Sanyo 130 Plus - 130wpc
    Sanyo JCX-2900 - 120wpc
    Scott(H.H) 390R - 120wpc
    Setton RS-660 - 120wpc
    Sherwood S-9910 - 100wpc
    Sherwood S-9910CP - 100wpc
    Sherwood S-110CP - 100wpc
    Sony STR-V7 - 150wpc
    Sony STR-7800D - 125wpc
    Sony STR-V6 - 115wpc
    Technics SA-1000 - 330wpc
    Technics SA-5770 - 185wpc
    Technics SA-5760 - 165wpc
    Technics SA-800 - 125wpc
    Technics SA-818 - 110wpc
    Technics SA-700 - 100wpc
    Technics SA-828 - 100wpc
    Toshiba SA-7150 - 150wpc
    Toshiba SA-7100 - 100wpc
    Wintec R-1120 - 120wpc
    Yamaha CR-3020 - 170wpc
    Yamaha R-2000 - 150wpc
    Yamaha CR-2040 - 120wpc
    Yamaha CR-2020 - 100wpc
    Yamaha R-1000 - 100wpc
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    That is a great list. I have the bose spatial control receiver and the kenwood KR-9600. Both do a good job. The Luxman R-117 is also looking prime to me.

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    I just won a Luxman R-117 on ebay. I am looking forward in hearing it. I have only heard good things about it.

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    i have a yamaha cr 2040 just aging here. your dirt cheap if interested.i think its a late 70s receiver though. yamaha mada a a-1000 in 85 or so. i dont mean the dsp a-1000 but that a-1000 was well worth a couple hundred in working condition.

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    You can PM me with price. I may be interested in it if it is in good working condition. Thanks.

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