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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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,442
    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.
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  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 23,960
    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: 20,568
    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: 7,135
    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: 20,568
    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: 7,135
    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.
  • A pic of my best sounding receiver which also happens to be the only receiver I owngvgdq8z5u985.jpg
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 7,135
    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: 20,568
    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: 4,790
    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:
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  • verbverb Posts: 4,790
    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, Rega RP1 TT, VTL 2.5 Preamplifier, Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport, Northstar Designs DAC, Conrad Johnson MF2300A Amp, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's, MIT Terminator2 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, Marantz CD-1 transport, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus Subwoofer, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
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  • 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.

  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 5,768
    Marantz 2385

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  • OleBootOleBoot Posts: 410
    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: 2,537
    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: 3,729
    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: 4,978
    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: 4,536
    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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