Sep 16th, 2015 Posted in R102, SAE | No Comments »
This is something you don't see too often. It's the solid state SAE R102 Computer Direct-Line Receiver. SAE stands for Scientific Audio Electronics which was a company based in Los Angeles. SAE was formed in 1968 and built components up into the early 90's I believe. They were known for both quality and performance. The company was sold in 1988 and production moved overseas after which quality declined. The later R102 was designed and engineered at SAE in Los Angeles but made in Korea.
The R102 was produced from 1984 until 1991 and is a very musical sounding receiver. It's fairly heavy for its compact size as well. It produces 50 watts per channel and retailed for $499. The wood side panels can be removed and the unit can be rack mounted.
The SAE R102 has inputs for both a CD player as well as a turntable. It also has two tape deck inputs and inputs for two sets of speakers. It has the typical mid 1980's look with all black metal case and wood grain side panels. Red LED's seemed to be very popular back then as well.
SAE components aren't very common and don't have the name popularity of other receiver such as Pioneer or Sansui. Some do collect them however and in working condition they are desirable to audio enthusiasts. However, they are somewhat difficult to work on so you'll need to find a good tech for any repairs. They are definitely affordable at anywhere from $50 to $100 for a working unit. Still, keep in mind that repairs may be problematic.
Sep 16th, 2015 Posted in 1000x, Sansui | No Comments »
This great little entry level receiver is the Sansui 1000x. Introduced in 1970 it is a well built and great looking receiver. Here's what Sansui had to say about it:
With an unprecedented 100 watts power, the latest FET components, functional front panel design and an ability to handle two speaker systems, the 1000X considerably advances the art of stereophonic reproduction.
It puts out 28 watts per channel into 8 ohms and 35 into 4 ohms. It has a great FM tuner overall excellent build quality and is very simple to operate.
Aesthetically it is a great looking receiver. It has a nice well built wood case, black dial face with green back lighting and nice front panel layout. The toggle switches are crisp and well sized. Another interesting feature is that the bass and treble can be controlled for each channel independently. The inner part of the control knob adjusts the left channel and the outer part the right.
The Sansui 1000x is totally capacitor coupled and uses all NPN transistors and a single rail power supply. A completely discrete amplifier and pre-amp circuits give the receiver a great sound stage. It weighs in at just under 23 pounds and measures 16.4 x 5.7 x 11.8 inches.
As I mentioned above the Sansui 1000x is a fantastic entry level receiver with plenty of power for most applications. Both its looks and its performance make it very popular. A good functioning unit can be found for $125 to $200 depending upon condition.
Sep 15th, 2015 Posted in Pioneer, SX-525 | No Comments »
In 1972 Pioneer introduced the SX-525 and continued production up until around 1974. The SX-525 is a low to medium powered receiver designed for those on a budget. Pioneer's advertising language at the time stated:
Stereo on a budget can have a lot of the power and a lot of the frills of very expensive stereo, as this superlative new AM/FM receiver from Pioneer so amply proves.
The Pioneer SX-525 retailed for about $240.00 and featured the silver face plate and black dial face styling early 70's Pioneer receivers. The blue backlit dial and signal meter, as well as the red dial indicator, make this a very appealing receiver in the dark.
It is a relatively modest power producer putting out 17 watts per channel. Still, this is plenty for most users. It features a sensitive FM tuning section along with an FM muting switch. Inside is all solid state and the circuitry incorporates FET transistors.
There are hookups for a turntable, 2 tape decks and two sets of speakers. There is also an AUX connection. Note also that the SX-525 utilizes the somewhat hard to find speaker plugs. These can be found occasionally on eBay for $20-$40.
Overall the Pioneer SX-525 is a great little receiver if you just want to fill a small to medium sized room or garage with music. It has the basic features you'll need and sufficient power output to run most speakers. While not highly sought after by collectors they are desired by users wanting to try a vintage audio sound without breaking their budget. Prices for the Pioneer SX-525 run from around $50 to $175 for a really nice fully functioning unit.