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post #241 of 251 Old 11-08-2019, 10:11 AM
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When I was a teenager in the 1980s, we used to dub all the time. Sometimes to make copies, but mostly to make mix tapes.
Same thing here. Made so many mix tapes (cassette to cassette) back in the early 90's when all we had in our cars were cassette decks. Even made straight copies of cassettes themselves because why buy new when a friend already had said tape? The quality was pretty crap, but in the car we didn't care. I suppose that's how XM/Sirius justifies their horribly lossy streams.

Once I got a home CD player then it was CD to tape. I also had more money by that point and it was CD to Metal tape. I still pull out some of those metal cassette copies from time to time and I must say...they still sound pretty damn good.
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I made mix tapes, back then, but every single one was recorded directly from LP tracks exclusively, never other cassettes, until CD showed up and then it was a combination of both LP and CD cuts.
If you are only making one mix tape for yourself, you definitely only need a single deck. If you are making multiple copies of that mix tape for friends, then a dual deck would be handy because doing that track-by-track is too tedious to do multiple times for multiple tapes (at least for me). If I needed to do that, I probably would have bought another single deck to dub from rather than getting a dual deck (my recollection was that quality was pretty poor for most dual decks).

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I literally never bought a single per-recorded cassette; everything I had was roll-your-own. [largely dbx encoded metal type IV tapes]
I never bought pre-recorded tapes either. Whatever I recorded myself on UDXL-II's sounded much better than the pre-recorded version of the same album. Doing inappropriate things with Dolby, like recording with Dolby on and then playing it with Dolby off, could sometimes make the tapes sound "better" than the album because the treble was more sparkly. Inappropriately sparkly of course, but I sometimes left Dolby off in playback back in the day, particularly in the car.
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Sansui AU-999: (apparently one of their first transistor amps after the tube era):


This makes me wonder if Sansui or McIntosh had that knob style first. They look very similar.

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My very first receiver. My father bought it new in Pittsburgh prior to my birth. I received it as a gift at 9 years of age. I used it until I turned 18 and bought a newer Onkyo 100 watt stereo Receiver (which had to be better because it was newer, RIGHT?!?!?! ). I gave this Sony STR-7065 to my best friend at the time. He's still got it, though we haven't spoken in nearly two decades.


It was a real sweetheart. Mine looked exactly like this:
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My very first receiver. My father bought it new in Pittsburgh prior to my birth. I received it as a gift at 9 years of age. I used it until I turned 18 and bought a newer Onkyo 100 watt stereo Receiver (which had to be better because it was newer, RIGHT?!?!?! ). I gave this Sony STR-7065 to my best friend at the time. He's still got it, though we haven't spoken in nearly two decades.

It was a real sweetheart.
Lucky duck. See Post 100.

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Lucky duck. See Post 100.

Well, I can assure you that this hero was worth meeting. I've been fortunate enough to be able to fondle some breathtakingly expensive equipment in my life, and none have surpassed the feel of the controls on the STR-7065.



The weight and damping of the volume knob, the damped ker-chunk of each of those massive switches. The tuning knob was heavily weighted and would actually freewheel if you spun it with your fingers.... traversing the FM band before stopping. The VU meters. And ti actually sounded really decent.


I remember even as a child learning what confirmation bias meant and felt like. I dropped coin on the Onkyo (their most powerful 100 watt RMS stereo receiver) and felt the need to reinforce my biased thought that it sounded better. Except the Sony did. Even in my youth, I remember how etched and fatiguing the Onkyo came across. Getting really stiff headaches even as a young man over FAR shorter periods of time (30 minutes and I'm in pain, versus HOURS).


So I royally screwed up and gave it away as some effort to gain closure. I was feeling deep regret in less than a week. I should have called my buddy and offered to trade, but I was too prideful to do that.


But, please understand that the Sony STR-7065 was excellent. I've had a chance to hear a few since then (but they weren't for sale). Easily on-par with a Hafler DH-220 in good condition, with much less power of course. Cest la vie.

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I grew up with this receiver, anyone recognize what it is, I can’t remember and haven’t been able to find it searching online?

Dad had dual reel to reel players, dual turntables, in the 80’s I mostly listened to cassette tapes and radio on that system.




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^ Looks like a Sansui to me.

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I grew up with this receiver, anyone recognize what it is, I can’t remember and haven’t been able to find it searching online?
It is a Sherwood receiver. It will take a bit of research to find the model number.

Edit: It looks like a Sherwood S-7200.
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Thanks, that’s the one and coincidentally I have a newer Sherwood RV-6030R I set up for my mother to use when the mood strikes.

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Thanks, that’s the one and coincidentally I have a newer Sherwood RV-6030R I set up for my mother to use when the mood strikes.

You are welcome. A further coincidence is that I, too, have a Sherwood RV-6030R, which is sitting unused in my garage. I purchased it new in the mid-1990s. It was a nice AV receiver. I bought it from the now-defunct J&R Music in Manhattan for (if I recall correctly) $279.
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