Newbie needs some expert advice

Discussion in 'Equipment Reviews & Opinions' started by Alguymcgee, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Alguymcgee

    Alguymcgee New Member

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    Hey guys, long time listener first time caller. I'm finally starting to make the leap from free hand-me-down gear to solid vintage gear. I just got a fully restored (to the nines) technics sl 1301 and I'm ready to get a receiver that will do it justice. Right now there is a jumbo jet, an hk 730 twin, and a sansui 7900z for sale. All three are in perfect working order (the sansui was even fully serviced recently). I don't care a whole lot about rarity, collectibility, or cosmetics... I mainly care about power (it would be nice to have something that goes to eleven but still sounds crisp and clear) and quality of sound/functionality. I don't need any of the bells and whistles on the jumbo jet either. I have a budget of $500. My question is, which of these three units sounds like the best fit? Or should I hold off and wait for something else to come around? Any input is greatly appreciated. Sorry for the long post!

    P.s. I have a pair of sansui sp710ms hooked up right now, but I plan on upgrading those too. Any inpu
     

     

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  2. kvining

    kvining Active Member

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    I'd go with the Harman myself, the Sansui is much more powerful and all things considered it's a much better receiver than the Harman, but those push buttons are 30 years old and they are going to break. WTF is a "Jumbo jet"?
     
  3. faber12

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  4. KG_Jag

    KG_Jag Member

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    While your receiver choices are reasonable, I'm not wild about any of them. The Sansui, made just as quality was starting to decline, probably best matches your stated needs. However, I am not wild about motorized controls on nearly 40 year old equipment.

    I personally like the Harman best of the three. But at 40 watts RMS per channel, it is probably not the one to meet your stated power requirements.

    I would go with modern speakers from makers like Monitor Audio, Wharfendale, KEF, ELAC or the like. Be sure to check the Ohm ratings of your speakers, as a number of vintage receivers are only OK with 8 Ohm speakers.
     
  5. awillia6

    awillia6 Super Member

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    The ELAC Debut B6 bookshelves are on clearance right now (Apr 2018) at $200/pr (down from $280/pr) to make room for the new B6.2 models which will retail for $300/pr. Well worth considering for limited budgets seeking new rather than used speakers.
     
  6. classic carl

    classic carl Without Music, Life Would B FLAT. Subscriber

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    :rflmao:My thoughts exactly, until I saw the link in the post after yours.

    @Alguymcgee
    Be patient... Post your location. There may be local AKers who can help you out. We all have spare gear sitting around. You could also become an AK subscriber ($25/year) and post a Want To Buy ad in Barter Town. The offers would pour in.

    Look for an integrated amp unless you need a receiver to listen to the radio. In that case, you can always add a tuner later.
     

     

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