Circa 1993 give or take, 35 wrms/ch integrated receiver. Other models in the line, R-115 (50 wrms/ch), R-117(70 wrms/ch).
WOW. If your needs call for an audiophile-grade stereo receiver, PICK ONE UP!!!!
They had THIS???? in 93????
After opening the well-packed double-box from Tony Rome, my initial impressions are as follows:
1. Black, all black finish, nice, clean, well laid out.
2. HUGE binding posts for 4-speaker hookup. Takes anything, bananas, spades, bare wire....name it, it'll handle it.
3. Transformer the size of my fist along with monster heat sinks.
Features to take note of. (Outside of the usual bells & whistles):
1. 2 tape monitors.
2. Subsonic filter.
3. Pre-in/outs for system flexibility/upgrades.
4. Switchable impedance.
5. CD Direct function (not sure what this is yet, but its gotta be cool)
Other equipment used:
AMC CD8B DAC CD Player, Audioquest Sidewinder Interconnects, 10 awg lamp cord spade terminated, Polk R10 and B&W 303 speakers. (Entry level bookshelves from the US and GB) Sanus 24" Basic Foundations stands. 12'x12' room, acoustically treated on all walls/ceiling.
Granted, I have had a couple, uh six packs, but here goes. Talk about flat, if I wasn't schnockered, I would swear I was listening to separates. Is that BASS I hear??? Low, I mean LOW end extension from small bookshelves??? (everything FLAT on the rec. - no loudness, nothing....)
This thing brings back memories of the way receivers USED to be built. Thoughts of Marantz 22xx series, or the mid 80's NAD power envelope series.....
Listening to everything from Alice In Chains to Vivaldi, this unit came through, and with flying colors. I do notice a slight, ever so slight, coloration in the upper mid-range on some vocals and horns, but if it is truly there, it makes it only sound better. This is hard to tell, I will do some more listening with Thiel .5's this weekend (about the absolute flattest speaker I have access to). Anyone familiar with B&W will recognize this 'tilt' in the upper mids.....
The R10's sound TOTALLY different compared to both my Onkyo SV-454 and Yamaha RX-V390. I am talking night and day here brothas. Everything seems so much fuller, or richer, if you will. Once again, are my ears deceiving me? Is this really a RECEIVER?????
All I can say, if you find one, GET IT. I could not be more pleased. This is a unit that once you get a demo from, you want to go home and sell your gear to get one....(comparable gear that is).
Props to Mr. Grand for once again providing unprecedented value for a fellow in need. My hat is off to you sir.
PS. For the record, 'made in Japan'