Pioneer SX-1080

Pioneer SX-1080

 

You’ll recognize this receiver by its styling as a late 70’s Pioneer. In fact, it’s the Pioneer SX-1080, a direct descendant of the SX-1050.  The SX-1050 was produced in 1976-1977 while the SX-1080 showed up in 1978-79. Despite the fact that the SX-1080 is supposedly an improved version of the SX-1050 you’ll find opinions on the matter split amongst collectors and audio enthusiasts. Some swear that the SX-1050 sounds better or is built better while others claim the opposite.

 

Pioneer SX-1080 Back

 

The SX-1080, like the 1050 puts out 120 watts into 8 ohms.  The 1080 also has two VU power meters, one for each channel, that the 1050 does not have. Interestingly, the 1050 has outputs for 3 pair of speakers while the later 1080 only has outputs for two pair. The 1080 also featured turnover tone controls and 6dB/octave high and low filters. Total harmonic distortion was reduced from 0.100 % in the SX-1050 to 0.05 % in the SX-1080.

 

 

Pioneer SX-1080 Left

 

The styling is classic Pioneer with the brushed aluminum faceplate and walnut cabinet.  The meters did have dark faces and white lettering though which is a little different then some other Pioneer receivers such as the SX-1050, that had white faces and dark lettering. Obviously the Pioneer engineers felt that the lighter lettering on a darker face was easier to see.

 

Pioneer SX-1080 Right

 

When the SX-1080 hit the market it was priced at around $700.00.  The price increased slightly to $750.00 a year later. Technically speaking the Sx-1080 is a well built receiver.  As you can see in the picture below it has a large toroidal transformer, huge heat sinks and very well organized circuit boards. One drawback of the Pioneer SX-1080 is that the output transistors are no longer available and are very difficult to find. Weighing in at about 48 pounds it was also one heavy receiver.

 

Pioneer SX-1080 Inside

 

Obviously Pioneer vintage receivers are very collectible and always in high demand. The SX-1080 is no exception. In really good cosmetic and working condition they will sell for over $500.00 fairly consistently. Lower grade units sell for about $300.00.

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