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REVIEW: Pioneer SX-3400 Receiver

Model: SX-3400
Category: Receiver
Suggested Retail Price: $14
Description: Stereo receiver
Manufacturer URL: Pioneer
Manufacturer URL: Pioneer

Review by Tuneman on January 16, 2002 at 14:07:36
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I can't pass up a bargin, so when I saw this old SX-3400 sitting under a pile of dust and magizines in a pawn shop I had to buy it. The asking price was 25 dollars, which given the weight, condition of the unit, and the fact that it might be dead, was too high, so I bargined. I got the price down to 15 dollars, but when I reached in my pocket, I had only 14 dollars. I took my new find home and hooked it up in the basement to see if it would work. Much to my surprize it worked just fine with the exception of a lightbulb that was burned out. I could tell right away that this was not one of Pioneer's better receivers when I pushed the volume up to the 11 o' clock position and my trusty Mini Monitors seemed to run out of gas on Dire Strait's "Money for Nothing", a favorite of mine to give a receiver a workout. I tried out my new Diana Krall CD and at at low volume it did not sound half bad. The overall sound was as good as one of the mass-market setups at a local chain store. I suspect that if I had more sensitive speakers, the sound would be smoother due to the low power the unit has to offer. All in all it will make for a good garage stereo when I find some old horns.

Product Weakness: None for the price I paid
Product Strengths: Very cheap, cost me less than a CD at Tower Records

Associated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: Pioneer SX-3400 15 watts @ 8 ohms
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Sources (CDP/Turntable): Pioneer DV-C503
Speakers: Paradigm Mini Monitor
Cables/Interconnects: Monster cable M550i
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Varrious music
Room Size (LxWxH): 12 x 7 x 35
Room Comments/Treatments: none
Time Period/Length of Audition: 1 month
Other (Power Conditioner etc.): No name speaker stands
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner
Your System (if other than home audition): see Tuneman's various systems in the inmate systems area

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Topic - REVIEW: Pioneer SX-3400 Receiver - Tuneman 14:07:36 01/16/02 (4)

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