Sony STR-7045

Sony STR-7045

 

This very nice looking Sony STR-7045 was made available around 1973 or 1974. It retailed for $370 which is over $1800.00 in today's dollars. So, it wasn't cheap. It puts out 30 watts per channel and is known for its selective 4 gang tuning section.

 

Sony STR-7045 Knobs

 

This was the typical look for Sony's STR-70XX line with a silver face, black dial face and wood cabinet. The STR-7045 was the middle of the road receiver while the STR-7015 was the entry level offering and the STR-7065 the TOTL. The previous generation was the STR-60XX series. While the Sansui, Marantz, and Pioneer receivers were a little more flamboyant with their knobs, lights and meters, the Sony had a more simplistic look to it. But, it made up for the lack of frill with just plain good performance and quality construction.

 

Sony STR-7045 Inside

 

The Sony receivers were very well built and rarely required servicing. The STR-7045 is all discrete with the exception of some of the FM section. The preamp/power amp sections are all discrete as well. It was the last generation of Sony gear that was discrete as later generations had a lower component count, through the use of IC-based circuits, which reduced the cost of production.

 

Sony STR-7045 Inputs

 

The Sony STR-7045, and Sony STR-70XX series receivers in general, aren't nearly as popular now as the Marantz, Sansui and Pioneer receivers of the same era. This is reflected in their price. The STR-7045 sells for around $125 in very good working condition. The top of the line STR-7065 sells for about $200. As a comparison the Marantz 2230 (30 watts per channel) sells for about $400. The Sony receivers are good quality stereo's though, so if you want performance at a lower price, then take a look at the STR-70XX series line.

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Sony STR-VX22

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This Sony STR-VX22 lacks the distinct look that most people expect to see when it comes to vintage audio but nonetheless it is vintage. Introduced in 1982 at a time when the look of audio components was moving away from brushed aluminum face plates, analog dials and wood cabinets toward a more tech oriented look. While there are a few knobs on the STR-VX22 everything else is push button and toggle. The tuning indicator is an LED digital readout and the case is a rather mundane battleship gray. The tuning and FM Mode buttons were accented with gold color which added just a tad of flair to the front of the stereo.

 

Sony STR-VX22

 

The Sony STR-VX22 produced 30 watts per channel, though I have seen claims anywhere from 25 wpc all the way up to 50 wpc. It features:

  • FM Pre-programmable Buttons
  • Phono input
  • Tape Monitor/Record
  • Built in Tuner
  • Aux input
  • Speakers 1 and 2

 

 

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The STR-VX22 competed directly with Akai's AA-R22 and both receivers delivered 30 watts per channel with distortion ratings of 0.03 and 0.05 percent respectively. The STR-VX22 retailed for about $250.

 

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One weak point of this receiver is that it has a battery backup compartment in the back panel. While this might have been a great feature at the time, many owners left the batteries in the compartment and, over the years, they leaked and. corroded the inside of the unit. So, if you're looking for on of these receivers make sure to check that battery compartment. These receivers aren't in high demand but there are some Sony collectors that covet them. Still, you can find a STR-VX22 for about $40 or $50 fairly often. Though, I did see one that had been fully restored sell for $210.

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