Sony STR-7065

Produced from 1972-1974 the Sony STR-7065 is a nice looking, aesthetically well balanced, receiver. It’s Direct coupled power amp produces 60 watts per channel. It retailed for about $550.00 and was a direct competitor with Pioneer, Marantz and McIntosh.

The brushed aluminum face, beveled knobs and green dial give it a sophisticated look. The sleek optional wood case is well designed too.

The older Sony receivers fly under the radar these days and are underrated by most enthusiasts. The performance of the STR-7065 compares favorably with all the other top end receivers of its era.

Some of the features include:

Inputs for phono and aux
2 Tape outputs
Seperate tone controls for each channel
High and low filters
Loudness compensation
Preamp and power amp input
Headphone jack
Optional wooden cabinet.
Outputs for 3 sets of speakers

The build quality is excellent though it does tend to encounter some problems due to age. The green dial face loses its color, probably because of heat buildup around the lamps at the edge of the dial. The power switch can also fail due to heat related issues. So, be on the lookout for these potential problems when purchasing one.

The Sony STR-7065 measures 18.5 x 6.2 x 14.8 and weighs almost 34 pounds.

Overall the early Sony receivers are excellent. If you find one in good working order you will most likely not be disappointed. A really nice one should run about $250 to $400.

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6 thoughts on “Sony STR-7065

  1. I just received a SONY STR-7065 for free and I wanted to see if it worked , I plugged it in and it worked great, I hooked up one speaker and smoke started to come out. I talked to a electronic guy and he said I need a amp for this unit.
    In your opinion, do I need a amp?
    I plan on hooking up 6 speakers with this unit.

    1. Shouldn’t need an amp for one or two pair of speakers depending upon the ohm rating of the speakers. If you get smoke with one speaker then something is wrong. Smoke is always bad. If you’re running three sets of speakers then you at once then you may need an amp. But, it seems like there is another problem.

  2. This is an extremely good sounding, stable receiver. I have this and a Marantz 2270 as well as some contemporary gear. I’ve been working on old electronics for years and realign tuners, rebuild amps, etc..

    My STR 7065 is about 45 years old. It still produces about 70 watts per channel, full bandwidth at low distortion and the tuner simply has never needed an alignment. My Marantz 2270 required an extensive rebuild and has never tested as well.

    The Sony is sonically excellent delivering a very smooth, natural sound stage with good transparency and no harshness.

  3. Are there any parts available for these? Years ago, the tuner was scratchy. And like an idiot, sprayed it with Radio Shack electronics cleaner. Took it to an audiophile shop, in Orlando, he scolded me and said the damage was done. Crap!!!
    Love love this piece. Hate to part with it.

    1. You can try eBay. There is a tuning capacitor available there right now HERE but it’s not cheap. If you’re patient then maybe another will show up that is cheaper.

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