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I thought I was back just in time this afternoon to make preparations for the Men's title game: Louisville & Michigan. Instead blink.gif
 there's a MAJOR fight underway brewing inside the listening room. A bit of background first. In the past year, I had been saving up furiously for a Black WooAudio WA5. I reached my savings goal on 31 March. And this past week, Jack and I have been in talks over how I wanted this new amp "spec'd" out.

Well, today I had an appointment out of town and on my way there I tripped over some vintage iron. Bought it Johnny-on-the-spot; now home wink.gif
 with it.
 BUT, I had to use my tube amp money for the solid-state purchase...
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, say what?! My thinking is that "Extremely rare" justifies things a bit.


I'm going to name my new amp "Baby sinister!" very_evil_smiley.gif





Baby needs a bubble bath, no question. Gonna put it in the shop to get it dolled-up & checked up. This pix does not do the amp justice - this amp is really BIG.

HOLY POOP! I go offline for half a day and SO scores a 22000!!!!!

That's awesome, my friend. Big congrats. That's part of the very top echelon of vintage HiFi to be sure. The Pioneer SX-1980, the Marantz 2500 and 2600, and the 'Sui 22000 and 33000. The true monsters.
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Thanks, Skylab. I'm still in hot pursuit of a SX-1980, G-33000 or Technics SA-1000. I saw a '1980' on CL for $875 - got issues. But, I may invest the $75 service fee to see if I'm still interested. And negotiate the price w/applied service fee.

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How's the feeling about Sherwood units?   Specifically a S-8400 that I can get for $110........................
 

post #6934 of 13291
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Originally Posted by Oregonian View Post

How's the feeling about Sherwood units?   Specifically a S-8400 that I can get for $110........................
 

 

I may be in the minority here, but I prefer the Sherwood sound to just about any other receiver I have heard.  Sorry to say I have not heard the s-8400.  My listening is limited to S-7110, S-7100A, and S-7300.  Lots of warmth, yet with plenty of detail.

post #6935 of 13291
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Originally Posted by Oregonian View Post

How's the feeling about Sherwood units?   Specifically a S-8400 that I can get for $110........................
 

The Sherwoods are under rated/valued but condition and required repairs for the specific unit are still as important criteria as the model.

There are many great sounding vintage amps/receivers and IMO condition of the unit is critical unless you enjoy projects and can do the work. In my experience restored units, of any brand, sell for less than a poor unit and the cost of restoration.

post #6936 of 13291
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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post


Yowza! That beast is ... A BEAST!

I love the yin/yang, light side/dark side of the force thing it's got going on. It's like it is advertising "I'm capable of great beauty, but also terrible destruction ... so don't push me!"

Congrats man, great find! That is awesome.
post #6937 of 13291

Thanks, Pudu. I haven't moved yet, so I don't really know if I'll have the Preamp/Amp together front & back horizontally or stacked vertically. 

post #6938 of 13291
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Originally Posted by SpeakerBox View Post

I have a Marantz 2230 in good shape, now recapped, and feel the sound of these units to be highly overrated (recapped or not).  IMHO a lower power Pioneer or Sherwood easily bests it (especially the Sherwood).  I read on AK someone saying that the blue lights on the Marantz units makes people suspend logic (in terms of what they are really hearing).  I think he is absolutely correct.   The advice on looking at the SX650 is good advice.

Not sure I can go there with you that anyone Japanese line from back in the day is better than another. But certainly Marantz is now overrated. Funny thing to watch is the Sansui reputation because back then they were avoided as much as they are sought after today.
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"SanSewage" I believe was the term used for them...but mostly by the Pioneer dealers biggrin.gif
post #6940 of 13291
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post

"SanSewage" I believe was the term used for them...but mostly by the Pioneer dealers biggrin.gif

Most of it is personal preference.  For me a lack of detail is a deal breaker - but to others there are more important issues.

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Yeah each one has a unique sound, and have their strengths and weakness. It really comes down to personal preference. Sansui's are the most intriguing brand to me. Each brand do have a particular house sound, but the sansui's I've owned all sounded very different. They all were warm, but that's where the similarities ended. I think each line within the sansui brand have their own house sound. They can range from dynamic and aggressive to smooth and laid back.
post #6942 of 13291
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post

"SanSewage" I believe was the term used for them...but mostly by the Pioneer dealers biggrin.gif

As I recall, the prejudice may have been political as much as anything. Sansui was the brand GIs came home with and the animosity towards them was very real unfortunately. I'm not proud of it, but my friends and I were draft age and talked loudly about leaving the country should our numbers come up. Couple that with the market just being flooded with Sansui... every pawn shop, flea market, etc. had them everywhere. I remember looking at one of the huge ones... probably the model Just being discussed/raved about above. I think I wound up taking home a tiny Harmon Kardon and paying MORE for it than I would have the Sansui monster.

Really, things are no different today. This hobby is so subjective that perception is a huge part of it.
post #6943 of 13291
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Originally Posted by BigCabDaddy View Post


Not sure I can go there with you that anyone Japanese line from back in the day is better than another. But certainly Marantz is now overrated. Funny thing to watch is the Sansui reputation because back then they were avoided as much as they are sought after today.

 

I definitely disagree with Marantz being overrated. Maybe I'm biased cos I own a fantastic one, (actually two) but they are best in class, I think. I honed in on Marantz because I've heard many of the competitor brands and I felt Marantz blew them away. Also, I wanted a good looker...albeit a very minor part of my decision...it's very subjective.

post #6944 of 13291
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I definitely disagree with Marantz being overrated. Maybe I'm biased cos I own a fantastic one, (actually two) but they are best in class, I think. I honed in on Marantz because I've heard many of the competitor brands and I felt Marantz blew them away. Also, I wanted a good looker...albeit a very minor part of my decision...it's very subjective.

Which Marantz units do you have?

post #6945 of 13291
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Originally Posted by tribestros View Post

 

I definitely disagree with Marantz being overrated. Maybe I'm biased cos I own a fantastic one, (actually two) but they are best in class, I think. I honed in on Marantz because I've heard many of the competitor brands and I felt Marantz blew them away. Also, I wanted a good looker...albeit a very minor part of my decision...it's very subjective.

 

that is the key thing.  the only opinion that matters, is your ears.  not someone else posting on the internet.  

Marantz is kinda the Klipsch of vintage receivers.

Pretty polarizing gear.

A ton of people love them.  Thats why they are both fairly expensive compared to a lot of other stuff from their days.

And some people strongly dislike them.

those poor poor deaf souls  tongue.gif

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