Pioneer SX-1250

Last week I found out a buddy at work has a vintage Pioneer SX-1250.

He purchased it new, and it has been in storage for a few years.

I told him I am interested in buying it, so he is bringing it to work this week for me to check out.

A quick google search suggests that this is a highly sought after model.

Anybody want to share knowledge of this bad boy? I have had many vintage stereos, but never a Pioneer.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,569
    Decent enough; the 1250 if memory serves has dual power supplies with toroidal PTs.

    Still, it's an awful lot of stuff to be packed into one box (albeit a large, heavy one) -- and the sound of the Pioneer receivers was always a bit unrefined to me (especially the big ones). Personally, I (far) prefer the Yamahas of the era, although I will admit that the Pioneers looked better inside.

    Other than the wow factor (aesthetically), an integrated amp of the same era will provide (considerably) more bang per buck invested (then or now).

    16335232805_ea781758f6_b.jpgSemi-monstrous 1970s soiled state receivers by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    That's a 1050, not a 1250; biggest Pioneer I've got (not being much of a fan) -- not in the same league in terms of audio quality as the CR-2020 sitting next to it, though.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,569
    Oh, should be plenty of info (including catalog scans) at www.hifiengine.com
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,988
    Unit is clean. Another co-worker inspected and cleaned all knobs and switches. He said it was really clean considering the age. All lights work. Old school so cool!
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,569
    edited July 2018
    Unit is clean. Another co-worker inspected and cleaned all knobs and switches. He said it was really clean considering the age. All lights work. Old school so cool!

    Has it been rehabilitated yet? It will need attention to, at least, its electrolytic capacitors. They're not necessarily all bad, but many will be. Shotgun replacement is not necessarily indicated (indeed, don't let any one mess with the tuned circuits unless he or she really, really knows what he/she is doing), but the ESR of any that are in the signal path, at the least, should be checked. Main P/S filter capacitors get the crud beat out of them and are at odds >>50/50 as candidates for replacement, if not done already.


    Does the SX-1250 use wirewrap connections? If so -- they're notorious for causing [i[issues[/i] after four decades :| and will also likely need attention.

    The cost of rehab won't be insubstantial (even if one DIYs).
    I don't want to discourage the OP, but he should also go into this with realistic expectations.


  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,747
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Does the SX-1250 use wirewrap connections? If so -- they're notorious for causing [i[issues[/i] after four decades :| and will also likely need attention.

    What kind of problems? My H/K has wire wraps, they could be the cause for concern.
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    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,988
    Well, this SX-1250 is now in my possession...pictures coming soon... B)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,569
    'grats! :)

    Here's hopin' you pop the top & show us the innards, too!
    (but I certainly understand if you're not the top poppin' kind of fellow -- I realize that some folks aren't)
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 7,179
    frikken cool beans.... congrats ... vintage stuff rocks...the stuff that is going on 40 will last another forty if you give it some TLC.... Tender Loving Cash!
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

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    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

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    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | LSiM 705's |
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,988
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 7,179
    edited July 2018
    She's a BEAUTY!! Looks like new... Let us know your impressions from listening too.
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    Family Room| Marantz AV7704| Usher Dancer Mini - 2 DMD Mains |Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's Surrounds | Usher BE-616 DMD Center | SVS Ultra Rear Surrounds | Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | MIT Shotgun S3's | Dual SVS SB 4000 Ultras | Oppo UDP 203 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life |

    ManCave: HT:Polk LSiM 706VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's|| Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro Sunfire TGA-7401| Sony PS4 Pro| Sony PS4 Pro|SVS PB13 Ultra| Oppo UDP 203 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Samsung 55" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office BlueSound Node| KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | LSiM 705's |
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,110
    Can we take a minute and talk about the massive surround on the sub? Holy cow the excursion!
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,988
    That 18" sealed sub is very nice.
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 7,179
    They even used to put power outlets on the back of the receiver... 1 switched and 1 un-switched
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    Family Room| Marantz AV7704| Usher Dancer Mini - 2 DMD Mains |Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's Surrounds | Usher BE-616 DMD Center | SVS Ultra Rear Surrounds | Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | MIT Shotgun S3's | Dual SVS SB 4000 Ultras | Oppo UDP 203 | Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life |

    ManCave: HT:Polk LSiM 706VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's|| Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro Sunfire TGA-7401| Sony PS4 Pro| Sony PS4 Pro|SVS PB13 Ultra| Oppo UDP 203 | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Samsung 55" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio | Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office BlueSound Node| KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | LSiM 705's |
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,569
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Knobs, buttons , switches, dials, meters....!!!!
    What's not to like? Am I right?

    No power meters, though. What was Pioneer thinking?

    ;)
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,569
    It does look great. :)
    Pioneer got that part very right -- pretty much the whole industry copied the look of the SX-*50 line after it was introduced.

    Blackout dials became passe pretty much passé overnight :p

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 8,110
    There's something to be said for wood enclosures and even wood side panels. Love love love. <3
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,747
    Wow. Just wow. Beautiful.
    Good luck on the restoration!
    signature is in the spoiler window :)
    Not Tom or Trey or Jim just Micah
    Martin Logan LX16s, NAD 1155 preamp and 4155 tuner courtesy of DaddyJT, NAD C352 playing power amp, BJC Belden cables, Technics SL3200, Marantz CD6004 CD player and Audio Technica cartridge courtesy of Drew/Clipdat, Salamander Archetype rack
    I've always thought the goal of high-end audio was not to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Turn that darn music down' but to have your neighbors bang on the wall and say, 'Tell your friends to go home and you can practice later this week'.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 9,104
    I had one. Sold it for 180.00 20 years ago. :#:s:'(
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 9,104
    I love the solid wood corner posts! Nice touch!

    I love my little pioneer SX-550 I have now. It looks new like yours does.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,988
    It needs a good cleaning...I will post pictures of the innards when I get her cleaned up...
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