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REVIEW: Pioneer SX-1980 Receiver

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Model: SX-1980
Category: Receiver
Suggested Retail Price: $1200 back in the 70's
Description: Classic, vintage, respected top of the line receiver with huge power reserves
Manufacturer URL: Pioneer
Manufacturer URL: Pioneer

Review by jaconde ( A ) on September 19, 2004 at 01:19:17
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The Pioneer SX-1980 is quite possibly the most beautiful looking receiver ever made. At 270wpc, its more than a receiver, its an assault weapon! I had it hooked up to a pair of Bose 901 series IV because they're just about the only speakers that wont burst onto flames when you crank up the 1980. If you listen to classical music, dont bother reading this. The SET and tube lovers should surf elsewhere. But if you love hard rock, at rock concert decibles, and dont mind cops knocking at your door, snag one of these monsters off ebay! If the price is too steep for you, you cant go wrong with the SX-1280 or SX-1250 at 160wpc. My 1980 died around 1995. While I now own McIntosh equipment, I still bought an SX-850 on ebay simply for it's looks.

Product Weakness: Will cause small speakers and lab rats to explode! :)
Cops will know you on a first name basis.
Product Strengths: Ultimate hard rock machine.

Associated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: SX-1980
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Sources (CDP/Turntable): JVC turntable JVC cassette deck
Speakers: Bose 901 series IV
Cables/Interconnects: standard fare
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Sabbath, Zeppelin, Purple, Priest
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner

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Topic - REVIEW: Pioneer SX-1980 Receiver - jaconde 01:19:17 09/19/04 ( 23)