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post #6616 of 13101

Current setup...

 

 

The McIntosh would occasionally drop the left channel when i first got it, though it seems to have healed itself before I got around to opening it up.

 

Unfortunately, the Heathkit has deteriorated and generates a lot of white noise now. I don't think that one's going to recover on its own.


Edited by ardgedee - 2/17/13 at 6:23am
post #6617 of 13101

What Heathkit do you have?

post #6618 of 13101

It's the AR-1500. It's an odd beast even when it's well-behaved -- but a good-sounding one.

post #6619 of 13101

Hey forum, I'd like to take a moment to introduce the newest member of my family - I just finalized the deal.

Meet my 'new' Pioneer SX-1980!

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And he came with friends, a pair of HPM 150's and the original operating manual.

 

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This adds another monster receiver to a collection that already has a Kenwood KR-9600.

 

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I am the second owner on both receivers.

 

The Kenwood is a little warm sounding, amazing for radio, but too warm for daily use (movies & tv). The HPM 150's are both missing woofers, which cost $550 to replace for the pair, though Pioneer amazingly still makes them in limited availabilities. 

I haven't given the SX-1980 a thorough audition yet as the price it was offered to me was too good to pass on whether it worked or not.

I currently have the Kenwood paired with a pair of JBL L100's and a Pair of Sansuii SP5500x's. The L100's are also very slightly on the warm side of neutral, which makes the warmth excessive on the 9600, but the Sansuii's are very neutral with a slight bias towards the high/midrange - a good pairing with the 9600.

 

Unfortunately, I only have shelf space for one monster amp, so unlike in a real family, now I have to choose which one I'm keeping. Furthermore, I'm going to have to get rid of one pair of speakers. I only have use for 4 speakers and only took the HPM's since the seller wanted to liquidate the entire SX & HPM set at once.

 

I'd like to hear what you all think - which receiver goes well with which two pairs of speakers and what should I sell? (and why?)

 

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I hope the links to the pictures work...

post #6620 of 13101
DO WANT. Keep the Pioneers.
post #6621 of 13101

Welcome to team SX1980.beerchug.gif

I play mine mine through recapped HPM 100's and HE6's out of the headphone outs.

 

My next upgrade is to send the 1980 to the USA for a full recap/ restoration at Circle Stereo. The thought of sending it to Texas round trip is giving me the fear.ph34r.gif


Edited by MrQ - 2/18/13 at 12:12pm
post #6622 of 13101

Yes Yes!! Good score. I just hooked up a SX1010 to my HPM 1500. Sounds better than my SX1080. 

 

I'd give both receivers a whirl with those speakers and see what gives. 

 

I bet the pioneer wins.

post #6623 of 13101

Hey folks, I have an opportunity to pick up a Sansui AU-717 for $250.  Worth it?  Pass?  Keep in mind I'm looking to power KEF R-300s with whatever vintage receiver I settle on.  Thanks

post #6624 of 13101

PhoenixG: best 5th post in head-fi history!!!!!! Nice looking stuff there man, congrats.

post #6625 of 13101
Thread Starter 

I disagree, 4th best post.biggrin.gif What are the odds of finding two one owner vintage monsters? Lucky you. As a previous owner of the kr9600 and a sx1010, for those speakers, I would chose the 1980 by far. But not to sell the Kenny short, as it is an excellent receiver. During the time of ownership, I had a pair of klipsch cf2, kg4, and (currently) forte II. The Kenny was better with the brightish sounding klipsch(all of them). But I found the pioneer to be better with warmer sounding speakers. It was the same with cans as well as my denons sounded better with the pioneer, but liked the Kenny better with my he6. Both those receivers looks simply stunning.

post #6626 of 13101
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by claybum View Post

Yes Yes!! Good score. I just hooked up a SX1010 to my HPM 1500. Sounds better than my SX1080. 

 

I'd give both receivers a whirl with those speakers and see what gives. 

 

I bet the pioneer wins.

Congrats on the 1010, it is one great sounding receiver. And may be the best value of the sx monster currently since you can get them about half of what a comparable xx50/80 receiver cost.

post #6627 of 13101

Yeah the SX-1250 used to be the best bargain but prices on those have almost doubled in the last 18-24 months.

post #6628 of 13101
Thread Starter 

Umm, and around the same time this thread got created. Coincidence? The 1250/80 and 1980 has been my most desired receivers, but I refuse to pay 4 figures for one(although I still think they are more than worth it). Every time I come across a deal for 300-500.00, it's gone before I can get my hands on it. But one day!!!!!

 

My best find to date was a kr-9600. I got it for 25.00, it needed an ic that I later got on ebay for 100.00. It was mint cosmetically, and all of the caps were good. The owner blew out the ic, a few years after getting it and put it on the shelf and never fixed it. I probably shouldn't have never let that one go.


Edited by moodyrn - 2/18/13 at 2:54pm
post #6629 of 13101

How does one just come home with a SX1980?

 

oh while were talking about HPMs, guess what i ran into yesterday?

 

yeah a pair of HPM 200's.

I never knew they existed.  woulda bought em if i didn't fear he wanted an arm and a leg

 

 

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Originally Posted by dmcs414 View Post

Hey folks, I have an opportunity to pick up a Sansui AU-717 for $250.  Worth it?  Pass?  Keep in mind I'm looking to power KEF R-300s with whatever vintage receiver I settle on.  Thanks

i like that amp a lot.

i'd probably pay it

 

Does it have the handles?

post #6630 of 13101
Thread Starter 

Oh, somehow I missed that post. Absolutely, I've seen 517's go for much more than that. As a previous owner of a 517 myself,(Wow I keep finding myself using the term previous owner) you can't do much better than that for 250.00. Especially if it's in pristine condition. The built quality of those are top notch as well, and I love the internals of those sansui integrates. They look like high end modern amps on the inside.

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