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post #31 of 251 Old 01-31-2019, 11:52 AM
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Since this is let's get shallow, you cannot find this amp anywhere........I designed and built this!!!
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I bought my Outlaw Audio 2-channel receiver because I liked the way it looks.
Pretty solid performer too with analog bass management.


Most opinions on the look vary, apparently plenty of folks don't like it.
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A look back at a few of the best-looking components in my system from the late 1970s through mid-1980s:

Sansui TU-9900 tuner:




Pioneer CT-F1000 cassette deck:




Crown SX-724 reel-to-reel tape deck:





(Photos from willi_vintage, hifiengine.com, and usaudiomart.com, respectively)
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Pretty much anything from Electron Luv. For example:



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Mac stuff...cool blue, pretty much everywhere. Including the turntable. (shot at last spring's Axpona).

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I'm partial to my Snappers


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Chord has some nice looking gear









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Chord has an audiophile toaster division as well.
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Gone but not forgotten, my old Krell HTS preamp. Beautiful to me in the industrial sense. Best sounding processor I've owned. The "brick" remote was an industrial work of art (an impractical work of art, though, because it weighed a ton and if you dropped it wrong, you'd probably lose a toe).



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chord has an audiophile toaster division as well.

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Octave Jubilee monoblocks.

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Haven’t heard but have seen the jubilees! V70SE, V80, V40SE are great! Almost bought the 40 once.
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Chord has an audiophile toaster division as well.
Who needs just a toaster when you can have a real heater. 84 output tubes plus 26 driver tubes. Of course Ralph Karsten could learn a thing or two about design.

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Does anyone remember the Heathkit Modulus? Heathkit was in my hometown and my best friend from high school was one of their audio techs back in the 70's and 80's until Zenith bought Heathkit and eventually closed it down. I could have gotten one of these with his employee discount of 25% but just wasn't in need of it at the time. Just for the cool factor, I wish I had bought and built one of these. I saw one in their showroom a few times but never heard it playing anything.
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I love the look of the early-mid '00's Marantz Reference gear, especially in the champagne finish. The current Reference stuff is quite nice looking too.

Reminds me a little bit of my old Marantz Dolby Pro integrated amplifier and tuner. It was the last AVR I had that sounded amazing for music. It was pretty crappy for movies, though, not because the amp itself but because of the limitations of Dolby Pro. Dolby Digital is night and day better for movies.



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I love the vintage look. I love the look of most of the Fisher stuff. I have the 400c



I'm also a big fan of the retro stuff from Luxman:



That being said, I like the newer stuff from Yamaha and Luxman as well.


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I always loved the look of the Pioneer SX-737 we had when I was a kid.

It was heavy, well assembled, highly finished, and was mechanically responsive in a way we don't get today. The toggle switches were cut in an interesting way and were even brushed metal so you could feel the texture. It looked great all lit up, too!
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A few of the beauties I've owned.
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I always loved the look of the Pioneer SX-737 we had when I was a kid.

It was heavy, well assembled, highly finished, and was mechanically responsive in a way we don't get today. The toggle switches were cut in an interesting way and were even brushed metal so you could feel the texture. It looked great all lit up, too!
I owned the SX-3700 for about 10 years (the model that followed the SX-737). The 3700 added a digital FM frequency display to the analog tuner. That was a hell of a receiver -- sounded great and the FM tuner was the best I've ever experienced (and I've owned several fairly high-end tuners). The power supply eventually blew when party guests left the volume knob at max for a long period of time (took out my Advent tweeters at same time). I think I considered it "old" then and threw it out, which I regret (especially since the Adcom separates I replaced it with sounded terrible in comparison). I think the older SX-737 looks better without the digital readout, but these receivers perform great as well as look great. If I had space for more two channel systems, I would pick one up now (along with similar vintage Marantz and Yamaha receivers).
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A few of the beauties I've owned.
Very cool. I thought for sure I would be the only MCS owner (see post #22 ), but you had the top-of-the-line model. That Pioneer amp is extremely tasty!
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Nice!! I thought I remembered everything from that era, but I don't remember any NAD's looking like that. I thought there was a rule that all NAD's had to have an industrial gray look. This is very cool to see, thanks for posting.
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I love the vintage look. I love the look of most of the Fisher stuff. I have the 400c



I'm also a big fan of the retro stuff from Luxman:



That being said, I like the newer stuff from Yamaha and Luxman as well.
I have the current version of the Luxman preamp in your photo. The CL 38U-SE is the best tube preamp I ever owned. They only made 100 of the SE version world wide for their recent 95th Company Birthday.
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A few more beauties in my collection ...

I have the 3800. This is the 3900. Looks the same except a couple more controls and double the watts.




My first real receiver (Technics SA-500).





These Elites (M-72 amp, C-72 preamp) have very dark wood with a tinge of burgundy side panels.



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I have the current version of the Luxman preamp in your photo. The CL 38U-SE is the best tube preamp I ever owned. They only made 100 of the SE version world wide for their recent 95th Company Birthday.
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I have the 3800. This is the 3900. Looks the same except a couple more controls and double the watts.

I had the 3700. Looks the same as your 3800/3900 except a couple less controls and fewer watts.

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