The Pioneer SX-xx80 series came after the SX-xx50. This Pioneer SX-880 is a classic example of that generation of Pioneer receivers and was the last of the 800 series. It premiered around 1978 and retailed for about $425 at the time.
The main aesthetic difference between the two series are the dark faced meters with white lettering. This change was made to improve visibility. The SX-880 produces 60 watts per channel with total harmonic distortion at 0.05%. It can handle a speaker impedance of 4 Ohms.
The tuning section utilizes a 3 gang variable capacitor tuner. Other features include:
- Bass and Treble tone controls with tone defeat.
- Low cut filter which cuts out ultra low frequency noise below 15Hz (like low pitch rumble from a turntable)
- Independent left and right power meters
- FM Muting
- Stereo and Mono modes
- Two tape in/outputs
- One phono input
- One Aux input
- Duplicate switch
- Loudness switch
The general consensus is that the xx80 series does not have quite the same quality build as the xx50 series did. As an example the Pioneer SX-850, which the SX-880 replaced, weighed 42 pounds (19.1 Kg) while the SX-880 weighs in at just 27 pounds (12.2 Kg). The SX-880’s dimensions are 19″ x 12.75″ x 5.5″.
On the plus side, the SX-880 is discrete and does not use IC’s in the design like the SX-780 and lower models. Many of those IC’s are not easily found today and when one goes bad it can be difficult to replace so you avoid that issue with the 880.
While the Pioneer SX-880 has a few weaknesses it is still a very nice receiver with classic vintage styling and plenty of features. The 60 WPC is enough to fill most any room with sound. The SX-880 is also cheaper to buy than the SX-850. The SX-850 sells for around $500-$1000 while the SX-880 comes in at around $300-$600.
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