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Vintage Pioneer Amps/Receivers

Discussion in 'Equipment Reviews & Opinions' started by teknokid, Jun 17, 2018.

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Which Pioneer is best Pioneer?

Poll closed Jun 24, 2018.
  1. SA-9500

    100.0%
  2. SA-8100

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. SA-6800

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. SA-6500

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. SX-780

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. SX-636

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. SX-3800

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. A-70

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. teknokid

    teknokid New Member

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    Location:
    Calgary, AB - Canada
    Hi all,
    Long time lurker, first time poster... I'm looking for a new integrated amp/receiver from Pioneer to match with my TT. I've been reading some reviews and searching on here and I think I have a good grasp on what I'd like. There are a few in my area and I'm looking for thoughts/opinions. Some of them require refurbishing and some are mint. All are very similarly priced around $300 CDN (some are much cheaper but will end up around $300 after refurb).

    SA-9500
    SA-8100
    SA-6800
    SA-6500 MkII
    SX-636
    SX-780
    SX-3800
    A-70

    Most of the time I'll be listening to vinyl on a Pioneer direct drive PL-520. I usually listen at moderate volume and my current system rarely gets cranked. I'll be driving a couple of PSB Image mid-size speakers for now but intend on upgrading in the near future. (Another post for another day). For my needs, I don't think any of the above would be a bad choice and would welcome any into my system. At this time, I'm not sure if I'd be able to audition any of these - I will ask though.

    So far, I'm sweet on the SA-9500 and SA-8100 as I like the dual phono input and they would drive just about any speaker I could afford. I would rarely use the built in tuner on the SX series but do love the glow of the lights. I like the A-70 the least but hear that the A-90 is amazing, so it's worth a look.
     

     

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  2. Silentnet

    Silentnet AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Location:
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    SX-1250 is best Pioneer. ;)

    As for the above... Not familiar enough to make a recommendation.
     
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  3. teknokid

    teknokid New Member

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    Location:
    Calgary, AB - Canada
    There is an SX-1080 in my area for $1500. Out of my price range for now. If I get crazy stupid into this hobby a 1280 could happen.
     
  4. jimfet

    jimfet AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    You left out the SA-9900, that I onced owned. I bested my Spec 1 and 4.
     
  5. blhagstrom

    blhagstrom Mad Scientist, fixer. Subscriber

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    Location:
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    Of those choices, I would buy the largest and get it restored (eventually).

    The SA-9100 is the cult favorite.
    It should be rebuilt to really get its potential.

    Just to enlighten and confuse.
    If you are a vinyl junky, vintage Yamaha is the ticket. Even newer Yamaha is great. I was not a fan of Natural Sound until I used a Yamaha for vinyl. If you see a cheap black face and it has Phono, try it.
     
  6. teknokid

    teknokid New Member

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    Location:
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    Managed to negotiate the 9500 down to$200. Grabbed a pic before I fired it up, now it's time for a listen.
     

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  7. itsjim

    itsjim New Member

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    I have an SA-8100 that I picked up from an antique store for around a hundred bucks a few years ago. I've never done a thing to it and it still works great. I like the fact that you can switch out the built in amp and run it as a pre-amp only. I run it through an SAE 2200 into a pair of Elac F5s and it sounds pretty darned good. Had an SX-780 that I gave to one of my kids. Still going strong.
     
  8. teknokid

    teknokid New Member

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    Location:
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    Well, after some time with the Pioneer 9500, I must say I'm impressed. The only issue is that this amp is happier when it's working. Which means, I have to be aware of what time of night I'm playing it. I try to be a good neighbor...
     
  9. Silentnet

    Silentnet AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Location:
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    Could be worse. My landlord's master bedroom is directly above my living room...
     
  10. Markoneswift

    Markoneswift Quartz locked n ready to rock

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    Nice ! I have an SA-7800 and it's awesome. I would look at getting the TT off the top of the amp though and away from that heat :)
     
  11. 70'sMusic

    70'sMusic Active Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    Got a question for the collective wisdom of the group - getting ready to purchase a power conditioner. But, I'm having trouble determining how many AMPs I need. I've look at the back of my receiver and I've checked the owner's manual of a couple of my devices but all I find is watt information. How do you determine how many AMPs you need for a power conditioner?
     

     

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  12. sqlsavior

    sqlsavior AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Watts = volts x amperes. In the U.S., volts = 120.

    It would be better to ask your question in your own thread, BTW. And maybe in the General Audio Discussion forum, as this one gets much fewer readers. :)
     
  13. 70'sMusic

    70'sMusic Active Member

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    Thank you sqlsavior, I really appreciate it!
     

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