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A great many terrific replies and (even better) pictures. ..Bringin' a tear to my eye to see all this old stuff. ..Time to cue up the Boz Scaggs, Boston, and Fleetwood Mac Rumours.
I wonder if there might be an opportunity for a gear company to come out with a modern day receiver, replete with balance, bass/ treble, loudness comp, mode (L+R, R+L, Mono), etc... ALL mounted on the faceplate, all at the ready to be quickly and easily accessed. I understand that most AVR's allow you to do much of this, but using a single Push and Scroll knob to do all of this basically discourages adjusting any of this. The mfgs would have us believe this is progress, but I would argue that it's simply cost savings that's behind this.
The notion that bass/ treble/ balance/ loudness, etc.. somehow damage the signal EVEN when they're set to neutral or zero is total bunk. If having a few switches, etc.. in the signal path erodes the signal, then how is that mixing boards have sometimes HUNDREDS of sliders, switches, etc... ..If each one of these devices damages the signal, then the cumulative effect of having hundreds would certainly lead to the music becoming unrecognizable mush.