What is the best 2 channel receiver you have ever owned.

Mine would be a Nad, that i got back in the late 80,s.
Not an Audiophile, just a dude who loves music, and decent gear to hear it with.
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  • halohalo Posts: 4,988
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,515
    edited November 2018
    If it has to be a receiver than my Lafayette LR-1100. (not my pic)
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    If integrateds are allowed, then my NAD C352.
    Micah
    If you're reading this, I've put up devices for a week; maybe more. I'll talk you guys later!
    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'.
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,047
    Nakamichi SR-3. Circa 1987

    Bass, imaging and soundstage were the things it excelled at. It also seemed to play beyond its power ratings and could drive more difficult loads.

    I'm sure it had a lot to do with the Stasis circuit licensed from Threshold/Nelson Pass. These were powerhouse, well built and expensive units for their day.

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    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,445
    edited November 2018
    Not really a two channel receiver kind of guy, but the best I've owned to date to listen to is probably a rather nicely rehabbed (and cosmetically decent, if not quite Mad Men quality) Fisher 500C. It's the one sittin' on the top (Sansui 1000A on the bottom) in the photo below.

    The 500 C, like its kin the 400 and 800(C), has push-pull 7591A outputs for ca. 30 wpc (give or take). This one was rehabbed by Craig Ostby (amplifiers) and Mike Williams (tuner).

    14979459776_07c5142685_h.jpgDSC_9817 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    Very fine piece of hardware and nicely made inside and out.

    The "best on paper" 2-ch receiver here is probably the Yamaha CR-2020 (on the right in the photo)

    15741951355_f56128d662_h.jpgDSC_0576 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    (BTW, this is a scan of an actual film photograph :) )

    -- or, perhaps, the CR-1000: TOTL, two model generations earlier than the CR-2010, with a very, very good tuner -- and... umm, shall we say an imaginative, disco-era design ethos :p It's the one on the bottom :|

    14476943406_1a372b8e5a_b.jpgDSC_6691_ by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,760
    edited November 2018

    This question makes my brain hurt.

    There's been so many that were great.

    I owned a Nak like the receiver above and it was special for sure. ;)

    Maybe a Pioneer SX-1250. :) And I sold it for 180.00 years ago. :s Another regret!!
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    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,445
    Tony M wrote: »
    ...

    Maybe a Pioneer SX-1250. :) And I sold it for 180.00 years ago. :s Another regret!!
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    Yeah. I'd regret that. :/

    And I am not even a huge fan of those big Pioneer receivers (although I do have an SX-1050... and it was more than 180 smackers, quite a few years back now).


  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,760
    edited November 2018
    I sold a SX1050 for 50.00 too. :s

    It turned on but it didn't put out sound. I never looked in it. It was dirtier than sin but I knew then how well they clean up. But a guy bought a bunch of stuff from me and in the end, I sold that to him too. :#

    I paid 5.00 each for those two receivers from an estate sale. :o

    If I had more money I'd have filled my car up and went back with my truck for the huge BOZAK speakers that were there. They were HUGE speakers!

    The kids said there was some more stuff down in the basement but the stuff was SO dirty and dusty and I spent what I had pretty much, I passed on seeing what was down there for fear of catching whatever might've killed the father of these 2 boys.

    Another regret! :s He might've have some McIntosh gear stacked up along with some Marantz's too.
    I'll NEVER KNOW. :( :'( :s
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,153
    A pic of my best sounding receiver which also happens to be the only receiver I owngvgdq8z5u985.jpg
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,760
    edited November 2018
    Not a bad only receiver to have at all! ;) B) :p :)

    I've owned maybe 100 receivers and NEVER have owned a McIntosh.

    It's surely on my bucket list but my time is getting somewhat limited. I better hurry up! :D :p
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,445
    For a long, long time, McIntosh wouldn't deign to allow the McIntosh name to be used on a mere receiver. The earlier McIntosh receivers were branded MAC.


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    When the 4100 came along, they did use the full name. though.

    There were also the Japanese made Stereotech receivers -- MAC in all but name and place of assembly (i.e., not McIntosh, by the company's standard of the time).

    Pretty well regarded and not particularly easy, nor cheap, to come by today.

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    (borrowed images above, needless to say)

    Looking at the Stereotech 1200 receiver's cosmetics now, I am struck by how similar to the (US made) early HH Scott stereo receiver it looks.
    Here's a Scott 342-C that used to live here, for comparison.

    14918764275_38c9d66223_b.jpgScott 342C by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    (very good tuners in the Scotts of that era -- and made in Maynard, MA, they were, too)

  • verbverb Posts: 6,063
    Admittedly, I've only owned 1 receiver most of my life, since then I went to separate pre/amp combos. Here is my beloved Pioneer SX-V500:
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    It recently died a quiet death a few years back, but it had pre-amp connections so most of it's use was as a pre! I found another one, bought it out of nostagia mainly, but retired it shortly after I joined this forum! Paired it with an SAE A205 power amp (still have) which is now back in the box. What memories! :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, Marantz CD-1, Marantz AMP-1, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, 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 su, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • verbverb Posts: 6,063
    A pic of my best sounding receiver which also happens to be the only receiver I owngvgdq8z5u985.jpg

    You still have the McIntosh equalizer? How do you like it?
    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, Marantz CD-1, Marantz AMP-1, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, 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 su, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,153
    verb wrote: »
    You still have the McIntosh equalizer? How do you like it?

    Yes it's still here but like the 4100 it rarely get used. When it does get played I use it with either my Mcintosh ML1C's or khorns which both benefit from it's help. It's effects are very subtle compared to the more common slider eq's.

  • OleBootOleBoot Posts: 450
    I've only ever owned one receiver - a Rotel RX-503 back in the mid 70's. Receivers weren't as big in Europe as they were here - if you wanted radio, you got a tuner to add to your integrated amp. I remember it sounding pretty good with the Mission (I think) speakers I had at the time, but in those days the sex and drugs rather lessened one's discernment of the quality of the rock and roll.

    To wit:


    I started out with nothing and have most of it left.
  • DawgfishDawgfish Posts: 2,553
    edited November 2018
    Marantz 2220B I'm currently using for a headphone rig. It sounds great with my ZU Omens since they are highly efficient and the Marantz is only 20wpc. It's a very powerful 20 wpc. The headphone amp and phono stage are killer on this thing. l0hfxvnr9m8y.jpg
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,804
    40-plus years in this hobby and I have NEVER owned a receiver! (Or a tuner.) :p Integrateds and separates only. Unless you count my big JVC ghetto-blaster I got in 1983. HAHAHAHA

    DVD & SACD>CD>vinyl>cassettes>8-tracks>AM/FM
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 5,421
    Tony M wrote: »
    I sold a SX1050 for 50.00 too. :s

    It turned on but it didn't put out sound. I never looked in it. It was dirtier than sin but I knew then how well they clean up. But a guy bought a bunch of stuff from me and in the end, I sold that to him too. :#

    I paid 5.00 each for those two receivers from an estate sale. :o

    If I had more money I'd have filled my car up and went back with my truck for the huge BOZAK speakers that were there. They were HUGE speakers!

    The kids said there was some more stuff down in the basement but the stuff was SO dirty and dusty and I spent what I had pretty much, I passed on seeing what was down there for fear of catching whatever might've killed the father of these 2 boys.

    Another regret! :s He might've have some McIntosh gear stacked up along with some Marantz's too.
    I'll NEVER KNOW. :( :'( :s

    Don't look at me!
  • Yamaha Av-34 that I got for $25 at a second hand store. It was/is a faithful piece, sounded good and packed quite a punch. Since I have gone to separates.
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,806
    Realistic STA-2100 I had in the late 70s' or early mid 80's. BUT, I was young and probably on something during the time I had it LOL. I would actually like to hear it now against the Pioneer sc27 I have in the living room. The sc27 does a decent job for a receiver. A bit warmer then folks might think.
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  • verbverb Posts: 6,063
    edited April 24
    Tony M wrote: »
    This question makes my brain hurt.

    There's been so many that were great.

    I owned a Nak like the receiver above and it was special for sure. ;)

    Maybe a Pioneer SX-1250. :) And I sold it for 180.00 years ago. :s Another regret!!
    8ojbf0rn11qt.png

    Going through this thread @Tony M my man! One available right now in the FS section! :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, Marantz CD-1, Marantz AMP-1, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, 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 su, Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Pioneer SX-N30 Network Receiver, Pioneer PD10AE CD Player, Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi Subwoofer
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,130
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    Carver 2000. Still have a 900 in the garage
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    800 Va Dreadnought- Speaker Interconnect
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900
    Sangean HD FM Tuner

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • gyosagyosa Posts: 78
    Yamaha R-9....
    Bought it new in late ‘80’s from overseas AAFES catalog , when I was in the Air Force....
    125 watts / channel ... first few in auto class A... space heater when in auto class A
    Still have it ...
    Bk
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, PS Audio 4.6 , Polk SDA 1c’s - bedroom

    B&K EX-442 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

    Onkyo TX-RZ610 ( for now ) ,Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers - den

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center - patio
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,168
    My Marantz 2385

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    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub |Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

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

    Office Bluesound Node | Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | Marantz 2385 |

    Bedroom Peactree Nova 125SE | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio | SVS SB2000 Sub

    Garage Yamaha R-N303BL | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | 2 Parasound A23's | Marantz 2252B
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,760
    edited April 24
    verb wrote: »
    Tony M wrote: »
    This question makes my brain hurt.

    There's been so many that were great.

    I owned a Nak like the receiver above and it was special for sure. ;)

    Maybe a Pioneer SX-1250. :) And I sold it for 180.00 years ago. :s Another regret!!
    8ojbf0rn11qt.png

    Going through this thread @Tony M my man! One available right now in the FS section! :smile:

    I ALMOST posted the "I'll take it!" post but somehow just couldn't do it. :s :# SERIOUSLY!

    Maybe it's because I JUST got that Huge Pioneer Quad a couple of months ago. I know it's not a 2 channel BUT come on, I can still use it as one... :D
    http://thevintagehifishack.com/1977-pioneer-qx-949a-kingquad/
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    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,871
    Kenwood Super Eleven.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • WagnerRCWagnerRC Posts: 1,856
    I still have my 2385 too bought back in the 70,s. Best one ever.
  • WagnerRCWagnerRC Posts: 1,856
    And I have a sansui 9090 that I bought to compare. The 2385 kicks it ****. Both are legends.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 20,185
    Does the Sansui AU20000 qualify?
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    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

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  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,130
    Does the Sansui AU20000 qualify?
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    No. Has to fit into a 78 Chrysler Cordoba trunk to qualify. Not sure you'd get the lid closed with that thing....
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    800 Va Dreadnought- Speaker Interconnect
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900
    Sangean HD FM Tuner

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
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