Tandberg TR-2060

Tandberg TR-2060

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.

Tandberg TR-2060 Top

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.

Tandberg TR-2060 Left

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.

Tandberg TR-2060 Right

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 a 5 pin DIN to RCA cable – male or female RCA depending upon the cable on you turntable. You can find them on eBay HERE.

The speaker outputs are the common spring loaded clips.

Tandberg TR-2060 Back

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.

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16 thoughts on “Tandberg TR-2060

  1. Ah, yes. I have a TR-2060 in absolutely perfect condition (coupled with Tandberg TL-5020 speakers), and can’t imagine I will ever need to upgrade my stereo.

  2. Have a PDF file of the instruction manual. Get me your Email address and I’ll be happy to send it to you.

    Just purchased a TR2060 complete with manuals. Haven’t hooked it up yet. Waiting for my DIN cables.

  3. Allen, I would appreciate it if someone could send me the instruction manual of the Tandberg 2060. Best regards,
    Alejandro
    avivas at econometria.com

  4. Looking for Din 3 pin Fm Antenna connector for the rear of my Tandberg Receiver
    Any leads would be appreciated

  5. After 60’s age, I feel much love to Receiver such as Marantz, Sansui and Pioneer. Long time ago, Receiver as I remember was treated as “C” degree because the information about Audio equipment was available only from Magazine. The magazines as you know is commercial purpose, they were focusing only for Luxury and New product. I was misguided due to such trend. One day, suddenly I feel very strong beauty to receiver when I see some photos thru Internet. Especially I have shocked to TANDBERG receiver thru a certain youtube. Immediately purchased TR2045 thru Ebay to Korea. Luckily the receiver was delivered without any damage. Nowadays, my main equipment is the TR2045, other than Mckintosh, Naim Nate, M-fidelity and Creek.

    1. Nice to hear there are Tandberg aficionados in Korea!
      The TR-2045 is a wonderful receiver.
      Here in Scandinavia Tandberg already has a reputation and many fans, I am glad to hear people are taking care of and using Tandberg equipment all over the world.
      To me, it is among the best of vintage audio.

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