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Let's get shallow -- post what you think is the coolest looking amp/receiver ever

Please post pics of your favorite/coolest looking amps/receivers/components of all time. Forget performance, forget price, forget everything, just post based purely on looks. Vintage or modern, doesn't matter. You don't need to own the equipment, just post what your "shallow self" has lusted after at various times in your life.

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I'll start the discussion with an example: When I was young, I was always attracted to Panasonic receivers. They weren't high end or expensive, typically sold in better department stores (back when department stores did that). I think they came with "Thruster" speakers. I knew they weren't great systems (not that that they were bad either), but I was oddly drawn to them every time I saw them on display in a store. The attraction to the Panasonic was as much tactile as it was visual -- loved the way the volume knob and (IIRC) the tone controls clicked between settings:



These days, I'd probably put the Krell KAV-300r close to the top in terms of looks. It's just very industrial, cool, and compact:

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These. Pretty much everything Dan D'Agostino makes has fantastic industrial design. I've never heard the stuff, I assume it's ok.


And for turntables, I've loved this look since the early 1970s. Someday I'll own one for display. Transcriptors, of course. OK turntable, but fantastic look.

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Well, it's not really home theater/av, but this thing is cool as hell:




https://www.universal-radio.com/cata...hf/4890lrg.jpg
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For sheer Steam Punk coolness, the Dan D'Agostino Integrated takes the cake -



https://dandagostino.com/products/mo...integrated.php




Crazy expensive, I wouldn't really have one, but it does look COOL - in a Steam Punk sort of way.

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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.


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In a Classic Old-School Integrated Amp design, I wouldn't say No to a LUXMAN -

http://www.luxman.com/product/#Integrated




Roughly £3000 to £4000 with 100w/ch. (US$4500)

https://www.fanthorpes.co.uk/hi-fi-s...ted-amplifier/

https://www.musicdirect.com/integrat...ated-Amplifier

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I've always found McIntosh gear to be both very cool and very classy.


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Pioneer SA-9800. I like the line so much I bought an SA-8800.

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I love this amp from Pioneer. Something about the symmetry of the volume knob in the middle is very appealing for me.
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I really disliked the looks of those Marantz in period (late 70's) -- just thought they looked weird back then with that unusual tuning knob -- now I love them and the are on my "must eventually have one" list.
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Pathos makes some cool looking stuff, and it's relatively affordable.
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Also, it's time for some tubes:

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I'll start the discussion with an example: When I was young, I was always attracted to Panasonic receivers. They weren't high end or expensive, typically sold in better department stores (back when department stores did that). I think they came with "Thruster" speakers. I knew they weren't great systems (not that that they were bad either), but I was oddly drawn to them every time I saw them on display in a store:
Along the lines of Panasonic, I love the look of the vintage Technics gear:



For that matter, the new stuff looks classy as heck too:

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My Yamaha A-S1000 integrated is as ugly as a mud fence, but has plenty of muscle. Its old school, doesn't even have an on/off button in the remote! And two tiny little amber LED lights, one showing it's powered up, and the other shows the input source. For sheer good looks I like the looks of the HK line, and especially the HK990 integrated amp. I've owned two of them in the recent past. It is a real beast, with 220 amps on hand for sudden dynamics. It has what my A-S1000 does not have, great looks. FWIW the Yamaha is here to stay. It works great and powers the LSiM705s just fine.








Looks good even when 'naked'.








I should have gotten the silver faced S1000.



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Looks good even when 'naked'.







You have a typo, let me fix it for you.

Looks even better when 'naked'

There you go, you're welcome!
I mean dang, look at those transformers and ginormus heat sinks! Thats a truckload of awesome
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These. Pretty much everything Dan D'Agostino makes has fantastic industrial design. I've never heard the stuff, I assume it's ok.



Gorgeous. A beast, too!


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Weighing in at a mere 570 lbs...
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Along the lines of Panasonic, I love the look of the vintage Technics gear
On my 7th grade lawn mowing "salary", I was ably to buy "Panasonic by proxy" with the Modular Component System (MCS) 3233 at JC Penny (a display model marked off quite a bit due to a scratch). MCS was built by Panasonic exclusively for JC Penny -- back then most department stores sold at least a bit of audio. The MCS 3233 sounded really great, though the power supply would creak a bit when cranked up. It also looked pretty cool (fitting this thread) and had actual wood covering the chassis:







It's bigger brother, the 3275, was arguably even cooler and unquestionably less subtle (also unquestionably over my budget at the time):

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I always liked the look of my Sony TAE-8450 and it is still a static display. It was in service for 20+ years. As a backup it was periodically in service over 30 subsequent years before dying:
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The first piece of kit I ever bought was a 2285B in 1980, but without the sleeve. It was exceptionally expensive for a yr10 high school student, but I used all my savings as a deposit and paid it off on lay by over 3 months or so. I used it for listening to FM with some really cheap Sennheiser cans until I was given an AR TT.


I still have it. It has some issues so is in storage until I retire when I can dedicate a few days to restore it fully. I also have a few classic tube receivers that will wait for the same fate.
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Don't want to own any of it but if there were a museum down the block with all of Josh's stuff I'd buy an annual membership.
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My first receiver was a Sansui 4000. I bought it in Japan while serving in the Navy. Because of the prices, buying audio equipment was on everyone's mind when visiting Japan.





Stepped up to the digital world with my next purchase. Ironically, another 4000 series, this one was an Onkyo. I liked the sleek and uncluttered look of this receiver.



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The first piece of kit I ever bought was a 2285B in 1980, but without the sleeve. It was exceptionally expensive for a yr10 high school student, but I used all my savings as a deposit and paid it off on lay by over 3 months or so. I used it for listening to FM with some really cheap Sennheiser cans until I was given an AR TT.


I still have it. It has some issues so is in storage until I retire when I can dedicate a few days to restore it fully. I also have a few classic tube receivers that will wait for the same fate.
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These bad boys by Gryphon would do too...

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