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Looks alone: Best looking equipment?

Discussion in 'Equipment Reviews & Opinions' started by McBru6177, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. McBru6177

    McBru6177 One Way or Another Subscriber

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    Ok, forget sound quality and specs for a change and let's be superficial. What is the best looking piece of vintage gear you have ever owned?

    Of course choosing the "best looking" is a subjective excercise, but it should be fun to see the different tastes and whether there is a consensus on a certain model, brand or style.
     

     

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  2. egl333

    egl333 Active Member

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    I would say the Pioneer SX-1250 receiver that set the trend of changing from the back lit color tuning dial area to the all silver metallic appearance. The wrap around heat sinks project a powerful robust build quality which peaked with the SX __50 series.
     
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  3. frankxbe

    frankxbe Super Member

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    Pioneer SX980
     
  4. joel27

    joel27 Super Member

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    For me its my Custom Sixty in my avatar.
     
  5. nickrobotron

    nickrobotron una bella tazza di caffe Subscriber

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    Also a huge fan of Pioneer 50 series stuff.

    For looks, I love KLH, Advent, AR speakers.

    For tables, I love the really vintage stuff. Garrard 301, early Thorens, Empires, Rek-O-Kut...
     
  6. nickrobotron

    nickrobotron una bella tazza di caffe Subscriber

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    I forgot the most beautiful of all...

    Klipsch LaScala
     
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  7. Sandstrom

    Sandstrom Seldom turns out the way it does in the song Subscriber

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    Continuing the trend...Pioneer PLC-590 turntable :rolleyes:
     
  8. gearhound

    gearhound Lunatic Member

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    Optonica SA-4141 receiver

    Steve
     
  9. skeetdaddy

    skeetdaddy Active Member

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    Good looking gear

    Sx-1280 with black dials looks better than my SX-1050 IMHO
     
  10. Designdweeb

    Designdweeb Super Member

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    Dieter Rams designs
     
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  11. AnalogDigit

    AnalogDigit Realistic fan.

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    Pioneer 50 series. Marantz receivers. I also like the look of a lot of Realistic receivers. The STA 2000, 2100 series. The Sony STR-7025 receiver I like a lot. Hell, I think a lot of vintage receivers during the 70's look good.
     
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  13. Jailtime

    Jailtime Standin' on a corner Subscriber

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    :yes:

    You have to see it to believe it. Beautiful wood work, and the best looking Fisher tuner inside.
     
  14. Doc Zinger

    Doc Zinger Well-Known Member

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    Classe Dr5 pre amp
     
  15. prisoners

    prisoners AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Pretty much anything made by Accuphase does it for me.
     
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  16. no*dice

    no*dice shit sucks!

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    fisher ca/ba 4500 and Pioneer PLC 590
     

     

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  17. theprofessor

    theprofessor Well-Known Member

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    My favorite receiver is the STR-7065, I just love the green and orange indicators, angular knobs, and matte faceplate. My Philips GA 212, with the deep green touch sensitive controls is the perfect match. It just looks good, even against new gear.
     
  18. Ski

    Ski what? Subscriber

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    I've seen many great looking Panasonic pieces with the circular dials.
     
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  19. Permanent Waves

    Permanent Waves Digital Man

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    x2. Love the black dials.

    So much vintage gear looks so good though. Lots of contemporary gear too (especially speakers).
     
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  20. epifanatic

    epifanatic acoustically suspended

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    Kenny Supreme series.:thmbsp::music:

    fixed (not mine btw)
     

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