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Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: April 30, 2015 11:45AM
We want a plain old AM/FM stereo receiver for our living room--we don't want to navigate all the user interface confusion of a home theater receiver. And we'd like to spend less than $200.

So I'm thinking something semi-vintage, like one of the old Carver Sonic Holography or Magnetic Field receivers, or maybe an NAD receiver, or maybe a Pioneer Elite, or possibly even a B&K....

Your good thoughts and suggestions are invited. Thanks!
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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: Buck
Date: April 30, 2015 12:00PM
[www.bestbuy.com]
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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: Bixby
Date: April 30, 2015 12:17PM
As much as I like the old stuff, a lot of it does require maintenance - caps dry out, other things that cause them to not perform well. If you want to go old, I'd also look at NAD: NAD receiver on ebay.

But I'd probably save up and go with something newer, like the 'basic' HK stereo receiver: HK 3700. With the newer technology, you'd have access to a lot more flexibility: iPod input, DNLA and internet streaming, etc.
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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: 3d
Date: April 30, 2015 12:25PM
My mom passed down my dad's vintage radio to me. It's a Telefunken Gavotte 55. It all still works. Including all the lights. I'm waiting for the kids to get a bit older before bringing this into my house. Not my pic. Same model.



EDIT:
Here's a pic of it lit up. (again not my pic)





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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: April 30, 2015 12:28PM
I seldom see the word "audiophile" and $200 in the same sentence.



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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: April 30, 2015 12:29PM
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bazookaman
I seldom see the word "audiophile" and $200 in the same sentence.


agree smiley


Unless we're talking about cables...
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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: Don C
Date: April 30, 2015 12:40PM
I went to a pawn shop and got a nice JVC FX 7010V receiver for well under $100.
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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: April 30, 2015 12:46PM
or maybe an @#$%& receiver

are you sure?

I would just look at CL or ebay, honestly. you can get a very nice receiver for cheap, even one that is gently used. people move and dump this stuff with frequency



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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: April 30, 2015 12:46PM
True dat. I am unusual.

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freeradical
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bazookaman
I seldom see the word "audiophile" and $200 in the same sentence.


agree smiley


Unless we're talking about cables...
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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: Octave Doctor
Date: April 30, 2015 01:11PM
I'd be a bit hesitant of ebay and CL, a lot of speculators have glommed on to old stereo equipment and the prices are getting steep. I got a Pioneer SX-321r at GW last week, 70 RMS/side, all analog except the tuner, $5.99 out the door.



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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: April 30, 2015 01:13PM
I got a Yamaha receiver last summer that I've been happy with. There is an input on the back for an optional iPod dock, a phono input, and the usual other stuff. Good reception just with the wire antenna for the most part. But I think it was more like $350. There is a more expensive model with Ethernet.
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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: August West
Date: April 30, 2015 01:45PM
The recommendation I've made in the past is to look at outlaw audio for lower priced, good quality stereo. Out of your price range, but, unfortunately, your price range is for cheap consumer grade gear.



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I'll post another pic from my work in South Africa that is, hopefully, apolitical.

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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: April 30, 2015 01:52PM
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bazookaman
I seldom see the word "audiophile" and $200 in the same sentence.

One seldom sees the word "Carver" and $200 in the same sentence. However, if there are Carver receivers actually available for that much money, I would conclude that they fulfill the definition of "audiophile."



It is what it is.
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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: April 30, 2015 01:55PM
N*A*D or Rotel both make excellent, affordable receivers. I'd start with those two brands first...



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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: April 30, 2015 02:11PM
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Yoyodyne ArtWorks
N*A*D or Rotel both make excellent, affordable receivers. I'd start with those two brands first...

I concur.



It is what it is.
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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: decay
Date: April 30, 2015 02:25PM
I'm trying to buy a Pioneer VSX-9900S from a guy on Offerup. He replied once but not since. it's not marked sold, and I really want it because it has a remote AND a phono input!

Don't wanna be a pest...



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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: August West
Date: April 30, 2015 02:31PM
I can get behind the NAD and Rotel recs, also.



Apologies to the anonymous forum member affected by my previous sig pic. It was my personal pic of a country expressing great grief as their leader, one of the most recognized people in the world, lay on his deathbed 8 years ago, days before he died. Like a naif, I did not realize it was offensively political, I considered it an expression of deep emotion and a reminder of the mortal coil's nature; that we all, great and small, can only hope to make a difference in our short time here, no matter the personal cost.

I'll post another pic from my work in South Africa that is, hopefully, apolitical.

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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: April 30, 2015 02:35PM
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decay
I'm trying to buy a Pioneer VSX-9900S from a guy on Offerup. He replied once but not since. it's not marked sold, and I really want it because it has a remote AND a phono input!

Don't wanna be a pest...


If you want to use moving coil cartridges, you're probably going to have to get a separate phono preamp anyway.
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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: April 30, 2015 02:37PM
I think we've located another banned word on the forum...
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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: April 30, 2015 02:42PM
Go, N*A*D, Go!



=TC
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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: April 30, 2015 03:01PM
OK, you can have our Carver CT-17 (preamp/tuner w/ sonic holigraphy, and a remote control so you don't have to leave the couch) and Carver TFM-45 and TFM-15 amps, as sort of an RYO receiver for your $200....

but you gotta pay another $1,350 shipping/handling* (CONUS only)... :-)

(*even if you pick it up)
Offer expires at midnight.
==



Sometimes it is what it is...
and then there's times when it's really better.



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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: April 30, 2015 03:02PM
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Buzz
OK, you can have our Carver CT-17 (preamp/tuner w/ sonic holigraphy, and a remote control so you don't have to leave the couch) and Carver TFM-45 and TFM-15 amps, as sort of an RYO receiver for your $200....

but you gotta pay another $1,350 shipping/handling* (CONUS only)... :-)

(*even if you pick it up)
Offer expires at midnight.
==

ftw smiley



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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: April 30, 2015 04:33PM
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TheCaber
Go, N*A*D, Go!

That was going to be the name of our junior high basketball team, the N*A*D*S, so the fans could cheer us on as per your post! Alas, we settled for the Warsaw 69ers instead...



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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: pdq
Date: April 30, 2015 04:59PM
I recently inherited/was gifted some classic SAE gear, much like this:



(...and the Radio tuner as well) This high-end gear was an object of much desire back when as a kid my stereophonic desires exceeded my income.

Finally got it all set up a couple of weeks ago.

Amazing how noisy linear potentiometers can get over time. Also switches.

Oh, well. Everything looks worse in black and white...
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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: April 30, 2015 08:51PM
A Sansui 9090DB. I sold mine years ago and still regret it. The resell value of them continues to rise.





Grateful11
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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: April 30, 2015 11:39PM
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Grateful11
A Sansui 9090DB. I sold mine years ago and still regret it. The resell value of them continues to rise.


That's why I didn't offer up our Sansui 9090DB... :-)
the Carver gear was a MRF compromise. facepalm

Leo's Stereo here in SoCal used to periodically offer up 9090DB refurbs at half-price in their newspaper ads.... well, one week there was a misprint, and the ad didn't show as a refurb... so, I took the ad into Federated Electronics, and as a Federated cardholder, you got an extra price-match guarantee... Bottom line; the poor Federated salesman ended up crying the blues because he didn't get a commish on the new Sansui or the high end new Aiwa cassette deck I bought on the same invoice. After that, Baby Buzz is gonna have to hand the 9090DB down to his kid when he finally gets around to having one (some).
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Re: Audiophiles: Which stereo receiver to get?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 01, 2015 12:12PM
In the service, I remember guys buying huge Sansui speakers and topping them with smaller Sansui speakers.

I thought that was the funniest thing I'd seen in a long time until one guy bought a HUGE receiver. In my memory, it was about a foot tall and two and a half feet wide. So maybe not so much, but it was HUGE.

And then everybody in the barracks had to have one. Loud-Fi.

It was mayhem to the ears.





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