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Pioneer SX-1050 — The pinnacle of 1970s HiFi industrial design.

The vintage audio hobby requires a dogged resolve when searching for a rare audio gem like the Pioneer SX-1050, and an even stronger back, if you’re lucky enough to find one. While the Pioneer SX-1250 is considered one of the most sought after of 70’s receivers, its “little” brother the SX-1050 is nearly the same physical size — built like a tank, and spoiler, it sounds fantastic.

You’re going to need a bigger rack

If you’re looking for a receiver that makes a statement in your listening room — you’ve come to the right place. The SX-1050 weighs in at…


A helpful guide to separate fact from fiction for vintage Marantz, Sansui, Pioneer and Luxman HiFi gear.

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I’ve been collecting vintage audio for several years. I’ve purchased (and sold) virtually every 1970’s Marantz receiver model, and most Marantz integrated and separate model amps. I stumbled upon many of the rare classic monster receivers, including the Sansui 9090 and Marantz 2330B. I’ve restored the classic and much sought after Sansui AU-9500, purchased multiple classic vintage Pioneer amps; SA-9500 MKI and SA-9900 MKI. And luxuriated in vintage Luxmans. With this experience I’ve learned to separate fact from confounding fiction — hopefully busting these myths will help you on your vintage audio journey.

This article is focused on the Golden…


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Sansui 9090 (1976), Mordaunt Short Signifer speakers, (1979), Thorens TD 125 MK II, (1978) DAC / streamer is BlueSound Node 2i (2019)

The ideal vintage audiophile scene is set; vinyl playing on a 70’s Thorens turntable, warm, deep, tube-like, velvety music floating through a dimly lit room. Soft bluish green lights glimmering from a hulking wood encased 70’s receiver. Yet, something is unsettlingly different; the music sounds deeper, richer, velvetier, it’s more tube like than normal. …


The classic 22xx series vs. silver face 22xxB, how they stack-up. Five key differences reviewed.

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Vintage Marantz WC-22 walnut cabinet, AKA Marantz WC-22 wood case – A helpful guide.

Finding, model variations, compatibility, care and step by step instructions for installing your Marantz receiver into a WC-22.

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Photo: Marantz 2275 an older model WC-22. Also, Thorens TD 125 MKII, Mordaunt Short Signifer Speakers, Bluesound Node 2i

Our vintage HiFi journey began in 1976 – when today’s vintage HiFi was contemporary. As a wide eyed twelve-year-old visiting (as often as possible) the local HiFi shops to ogle at Marantz, Sansui, Pioneer and Luxman gear. Budget realities resulted in the purchase of a Sanyo Amplifier. However, an oath was made, and honoured. Fast forward decades later, we have the good fortune of acquiring multiple pieces of…

HiFi Setup

For the love of vintage HiFi design. Love blues, Jazz, Bossa Nova.Follow us on Twitter: @hifisetup for HiFi reviews. Art History, Architecture Design BFA

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