Pioneer Elite Lovers Vintage Lineup.

Tony MTony M Posts: 8,304
edited November 2017 in Electronics
I just remembered the # of my forgotten Pioneer Int. Amp. The A-88X. Top of the line JUST before the Elite brand was coined. BUT it is still considered to be an ELITE for some reason.
Check out that distortion level..( .003

I remember now why I don't use it, even though I could, it had a cold solder joint in the volume circuit. The volume would go lower and back to normal a few times before it got warmed up. Then it would play just fine. I really think it's a solder joint.

Here is a cool page with interesting facts and Pictures of the earlier Elite line-ups. Anybody still using one of these ?

http://oyvind.servehttp.com/forsterkere1.htm
Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.

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  • dolbyddolbyd Posts: 423
    Cool link. Makes me miss the old days hanging out Saturdays at boutique Hi FI shops around town.
    I love the old Pioneer stuff. I always have called the pre Elite stuff Pioneer Reference .
    Sad to see all the mergers and money grabbing changes in electronics these days.
    Still have a PD65 in storage. I should get it back out.

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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,304
    I agree about mergers and the reliability of supposedly top tier brand name electronics not lasting 2 years sometimes. Not even 1 year even. Technology is supposed to progress, not regress. :/

    I do have a beautiful Elite receiver with the rosewood side panels that I bought with a speaker package. No speaker wire there but I plugged it in and ALL the functions lit and changed when buttons were pushed. The speakers were NHT 5.1 BIG system so the price was well worth the asking price.

    Well after getting the stuff home, no sound from that beautiful receiver. The speakers are awesome ! still have them.

    I put the Elite Rec. in an electronics repair shop. The tech called me a day or two later. " Tony, that receiver has a 5.1 digital computer chip that distributes the power to whatever is selected. " ...." And it's fried, and I can't find another one on the planet. It was common for the chip to die and ALL the spare ones are gone. "

    I asked if he could turn it into a 2 channel receiver or pre or 2 channel amp .

    His reply..." It's a boat anchor now " " The BRAIN IS DEAD ".

    I still have it. It's a pretty boat anchor !!!
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • verbverb Posts: 7,648
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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,404
    Ahh MAN what cool memories. I've always been a Pioneer Elite kinda guy and kept it in my system one way or another for decades.
    Thanks for the link, cool find there.
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,304
    verb wrote: »

    If it works great, 350.00 is more than fair I think. :p

    I should put mine into a local fixer if he'd take it.

    The volume has a cold solder joint or oxidation. No static, just volume fluctuates on it's own after it warms up. It DOES sound great and powerful too.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • verbverb Posts: 7,648
    Worth a try @Tony M my man! A lot more easily fixable than my Peachtree! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,304
    I think your 100% right.

    This repair guy is only 1 mile away... :D
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • verbverb Posts: 7,648
    Yep, with my Peachtree, they'll swap out boards. Easy for them, but not for any local repair shop, as they'll have to buy the board from Peachtree first!
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS, Cary SLP-05 Pre, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable, Marantz SA-14 SACD, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, PASS ACA Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: , Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks, Tisbury Mini Passive Pre, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,304
    I hope Peachtree just gives you a NEW one! ;)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
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