Pictures don’t really do this Tandberg TR-2060 receiver justice. Having owned one in the past I know full well how nice they are on the eyes. Tandberg is a Norwegian company probably more know in vintage audio circles for their tape decks rather than their receivers. But, those who’ve seen and heard either their Huldra, SolvSuper or TR lines of receivers know just how good they are.
During the early 1930’s Vebjørn Tandberg’s company started manufacturing radios based loosely upon the German Telefunken radios of the time. Known for their radio reception they grw in popularity. During the 1950’s the quality of their reel-to-reel tape decks brought them recognition in the US and really overshadowed the quality of their receivers. The TR-2060 was introduced in late 1977 and was in US markets until about 1981 or so.
The TR-2060 is rated at 60 watts per channel into 8 ohms. It has an unmistakable European styling that, even today, looks modern and high tech. The aluminum faceplate, big square push buttons and fat black Tandberg name font all add to its unique look. But, the one thing most people remember about the TR series is the rosewood cabinets. Their really isn’t any other receiver line with such nice looking cabinets.
One interesting feature of the TR-2030, TR-2045, and TR-2060 is that they all have stereo presets which were somewhat uncommon at the time. Some Tandberg owners aren’t even aware of the feature. Amazingly the top of the line TR-2080 did not have the preset feature. The presets work as follows:
Select the preset by pushing the button. Tune the preset by using the knob below the preset and the indicator needle on the signal strength meter. The signal strength meter shows the station frequency as it is calibrated with the 88-108 and turns into a tuning dial when the presets are selected. This system gives a total of P(1-5) + 1 = 6 presets as the main dial is selected when the FM button is pushed.
The tuner sections in the Tandberg TR line are top notch and can compete with the most pricey tuners of the time. One drawback of the Tandberg’s is that they require DIN connectors. So, if you’re in the US, and want to run your turntable or tape deck through the receiver, then you’ll probably need to find 5 pin DIN to RCA cables.
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The speaker outputs are the common spring loaded clips.
Tandberg receivers are great performers and look fantastic. For a time they flew under the radar and could be had pretty cheaply. But, their popularity is growing and so are their sale prices. Still, compared to other brands such as McIntosh and Marantz they are still reasonable. If you like a little European flair to go along with your vintage taste then try out a Tandberg. A really nice TR-2060 can be had for around $400 with average units running at about $200.