Sony STR-VX22

Feb 10th, 2016 Posted in Sony, STR-VX22 | No Comments »

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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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Harman Kardon 330B

Jan 27th, 2016 Posted in 330B, Harman Kardon | 1 Comment »

Harman Kardon 330B Faceplate

 

The Harman Kardon 330B was a modest offering from the company. It was designed as a budget receiver that still produced hi-fi level sound. It produces 18 watts per channel so if you want to shake your foundation then it's probably not for you. However, for a low end, budget minded receiver it produces some really nice sound and sold for only $199 when introduced.

 

Harman Kardon 330B Dial

 

The 330B was introduced around 1973, followed by the 330C, and was somewhat of a staple for many years.  You'll find many people who still own and rave about their 330B and many others who regret selling their 330B. That should tell you something about their performance. They are very minimalist in their design. A simple red power button, black switches, and corrugated knobs run across the front. The tuning knob is only slightly larger than the other knobs. The split front panel with brushed aluminum bottom and black glass top give it a different look. An optional walnut cabinet was also available.

 

 

Harman Kardon 330B Back Panel

 

The 330B is a really well built receiver for it price. It weighs about 21 pounds and measures 15 3/8" W x 13" D x 4 1/2" H.

 

Harman Kardon 330B Inside

 

While many audio manufacturers of the time insisted that the human ear couldn't hear below 20 Hz and above 20 kHz Harman Kardon felt differently. They specifically designed their amplifier circuitry to reproduce frequencies well below and above these alleged limitations.

 

Harman Kardon 330B Ad

 

The Harman Kardon 330B was manufactured as a lower end budget receiver and most stereos of that type don't sell for much these days. But, the 330b holds its own. A really nice, serviced 330b can sell for more than $200. A good working unit will run about $100 to $150.

 

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