Pioneer SX-980

Pioneer SX-980


Here is another late 1970's classic receiver. It's the Pioneer SX-980 and was produced from 1978 to 1979 and was the last of the 900 series receivers from Pioneer. The SX-980 is basically a slightly restyled SX-950. You'll notice that the meter faces are black instead of white to improve the legibility of the analog meters. The SX-980 is rated at 80 watts per channel into 8 ohms. As a comparison the SX-950 was rated at 85 WPC. While the sound difference between the 980 and 950 may not be very noticeable to most listeners the build quality of the two units is different. The consensus is that Pioneer's 50 series receivers are built better than the 80 series.


Pioneer SX-980 Mid


Aesthetically these receivers are extremely nice to look at. They embody the vintage receiver look of the late 70's. I personally own an SX-950 and love the look as well as the sound. With a nice restored wood cabinet they are hard to beat and will catch the eye of even non-audio enthusiasts. Here is the spec sheet for the SX-980:


Pioneer SX-980 Spec Sheet

The SX-980 features separate bass and treble controls with turnover switches from 200hz and 400hz bass, 5k and 25k treble, tone on/off, filter switches for 15hz and 8khz, FM muting, two tape in/outputs, duplicate switch, two phono inputs and one aux input, phono two selector is also the mic selector, mode stereo and mono, loudness on/off, mic input and muting switch, both signal and tuning meters, as well as both right and left channel output meters which display wattage.

The SX-980 retailed for about $600 - $650. It weighs about 41 pounds and measures 21  11/16  X  6  5/16  X  17  5/16 inches. These receivers, including the SX-950, are great values and can be purchased for a reasonable amount.


Pioneer SX-980 Back


Obviously most any vintage Pioneer receiver is going to be in high demand and the SX-980 is no exception. A working unit in decent condition sells for about $200-$300 while a fully functional unit is really nice condition will sell for over $500 pretty consistently. In fact, the unit shown here sold for $590. Another fully restored SX-980 sold for $560.00. Still, that's not a bad price for a great receiver that looks good and performs exceptionally well.


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Gerald Vaughan:

Hi, I’m currently in the market for one of these Pioneer tuner amps. It would need to be in very original condition and perfectly working. I am writing to you hoping that you may be able to point me in the direction of a good one at a good price.
Kindest Regards,

April 15th, 2016 at 9:26 pm

I have one and I want to sell. clean and all working. There is a repair sticker from the 70s on it. I’m the second owner. 600 straight up. will send a pile of pick if interested and will tell you the tape a/b pot needs to be cleaned as you can loose a side after a long time listening.

April 20th, 2016 at 4:54 pm
Mike Svendsen:

I have an sx850 I bought in the mid seventies. Would like to have it restored, anyone know of company or person who would do this and do it right?

October 24th, 2016 at 5:34 pm
charles gomez:

I have near mint sx 980 in original working condition for 525 shipped in lower 48.

February 1st, 2017 at 11:53 am
Michael Fortener:

Do you still have the amp Charles?

February 9th, 2017 at 6:46 am
Glenn Linde:

Hi Michael….I have a excellent SX980 receiver that is beautiful and in great working order.$500 plus shipping if interested.
Just respond to this post or email me at zx1truth at

February 18th, 2017 at 2:04 pm
Michael Fortener:

Glenn…sent you an email. Thank you.

February 21st, 2017 at 5:51 am
John Evanovich:

have any pic’s or paperwork

March 12th, 2017 at 4:25 pm

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