The Fisher 500C is one of the classic receivers and is always in high demand from collectors. Introduced in 1964 it is estimated that over 100,000 units have been sold so it was obviously very popular with the audio buying public. In fact, in terms of sound it still holds its own with today’s high tech audio equipment. It’s original retail price was around $369.00. It’s tube design delivers 35 watts per channel and features a multiplex FM tuner.The 500C’s big brother the Fisher 800C is similar but it also has an AM tuner.
Tubes: Seven 12AX7 (phono, tone control, phase inverter stages); four 7591 (output stage), 6HA5, 6HR6, two 6CW4, three 6AU6/EF94 (tuner stages)
It also featured:
- Two-channel FM receiver
- Output power 35Wpc at 0.7% harmonic distortion (14.8dBW) into 8 ohms
- Frequency response: 25Hz–25kHz, ±1.5dB
- IM distortion (60Hz/7kHz, 4/1) 0.7%
- Tuner: IHF FM usable sensitivity: 1.8µV
- Weight: 45 lbs. with cabinet; 38 without
- Size with cabinet: 18 1/4″ wide, 6 1/4″ high, 13″ deep
Fisher 500C’s are popular because they provide great vintage performance for a relatively cheap price. Since so many units were made there are always quite a few of them on the market at any particular time. They will sell anywhere from $500 for an unrestored unit to $1000 in fully restored and cosmetically good condition.