Tandberg TR-2080

Tandberg TR-2080

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.

Tandberg TR-2080 Front

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.

Tandberg TR-2080 Meters

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.

Tandberg TR-2080 Back

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.

Tandberg TR-2080 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.

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6 thoughts on “Tandberg TR-2080

  1. I have a Tandberg TR-2080, the pots and the knobs, need a clean and maybe replacing. What did you do to clean up these on the Tanberg TR-2075? do you know anyone who has replacement parts that would match the originals should I need to replace them? It currently sounds scratchy when I turn the pots and the sound is generally fuzzy.

    Thanks
    Chris

    1. Hey Chris,
      I used De-Oxit to clean the potentiometers in the Tandberg. If I remember correctly I took the case off and just sprayed some De-Oxit into the tiny hole in the side of the Pots. Then moved the knob back and forth about 50 times. Cleaned them up nicely. Completely got rid of the scratchiness.

  2. I have a Tandberg TR-2075 myself and I love everything about it, not only because of the music quality, but I’m a norwegian too.
    The Veneers are in fact factory made of exotic wood, the flamed one up above is palisander (brazilian rosewood), others were teak or walnut. Tandberg also used oak on treir TR’s
    Hope this was of help
    March 23, 2014

  3. I picked one up at my local “Dump”. Of course the pots were very dirty and 2 rounds of contact cleaner were necessary to get them to a listenable condition. I marveled at the modular design they used making disassembly pretty straight forward. If you find one and decide to clean the pots do yourself a favor and take a photo of every step. You can’t go wrong. Great sounding amplifier. Mono FM switch is great for those living in Rural locations. Tape switch functions are more than you’ll ever need.

  4. I have two great Tandbergs. A “2045” (mid-power) one I bought as demo unit in 1982 with a Beautiful rosewood case – used it for years as main unit – now my bedroom unit. And more recently picked up a “2080” (the big one!) – great sound too. Cleaned it all up – & had a pro guy work on it some so essentially like new now (as my 2045 is too.) These are very nice classic units – and good looking too. (My stereo pro guy thinks these about the best sound out there from the “classic era” — and he recently scored a nice “2060” model for his own home.

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