I’ve always though that Tandberg built some of the nicest looking receivers during the late 70’s. This Tandberg TR-2080 is no exception. The sleek design and logical layout are enhanced by it’s lighting scheme. Originally built in Norway from 1978 up in to the early 80’s, this receiver puts out 125 watts per channel into 4 ohms. The faceplate is aluminum and it came with wood cabinet in either natural wood grain or black.
The TR-2080 was one of Tandberg’s top of the line models and is known for its exceptional tuner. While not nearly as well recognized in the U.S. as the Pioneer, Sansui or Kenwood it can definitely hold its own performance wise with those behemoths.
Another interesting feature of the Tandberg receivers is that I see quite a few of them with fairly exotic veneer. I’m not sure if they came from the factory like that or were re-veneered by their owners. Given the number I’ve seen I’m leaning toward it being factory work. In fact, I’ve heard that the earlier versions of the Tandbergs had the more exotic grained veneer while the later versions utilized a more normal looking receiver veneer.
At one time I owned a Tanberg TR-2075 that I picked up at a garage sale for a few bucks. Once it was cleaned up it looked beautiful. I cleaned the pots and switches and it then sounded fantastic as well. The TR-2080 replaced the TR-2075 which was made from arouns 1975 to 1976 and supplanted by the TR-2075 MKII. The early TR-2075’s had blue dial lighting which looks great. Unfortunately with the TR-2080 the lighting scheme was changed and amber lights were used. Still, when it’s lit up it looks great. There is also a dimmer switch that will accent the lighting of the meters when switched.
The receiver below is an example of one with exotic veneer.
As I mentioned above these receivers aren’t that well known here so bargains can still be had. Still, in good working condition these receivers sell from $400.00 on up to above $600.00.