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stratmaster4
05-14-2012, 12:50 AM
I'm a big Marantz fan (thanks to my dad) and I am the proud owner of a 1060 model but I have always wondered what other brands/models were great from that same time period?

The reason I want to know is that I frequent the MIT Flea market and Grafton Flea market up in NE by doing so I see a lot of audio gear and I want to know what is worth hearing so I can maybe pick it up and restore it.

I want to restore great pieces of gear and save them from being thrown away or left rotting somewhere.

So in short what are the great make/models of amps and receivers from the golden age of audio (1970s) that aren't Marantz models?

EDIT:

The current list of what has been mentioned as of yet

Sansui AU-9500
Sansui 8080DB
Sansui 9090DB
Sansui AU-717
SANSUI AU-517
Sansui G22000
Sansui G9000
Sansui AU20000
Sansui TU9900
Sansui AU 919

Yamaha CA-1000
Yamaha CA-810
Yamaha B-1
Yamaha B-2
Yamaha CR3020

Luxman L-100
Luxman L-80v
Luxman L-85v


Pioneer Spec 1 preamp
Pioneer Spec 2 Poweramp
Pioneer SX-1250
Pioneer SA-8800
Pioneer SX-1250

Sony Ta-1120
Sony 6120
Sony 6200
Sony 6060F

Rotel ra1412

Technics SE-A5 Poweramp
Technics SU-V8
Technics SU-8080
Technics Se-9060

Harman Kardon citation 16a
Harman Kardon a-402

kenwood Ka 3500

Dynaco Sca 80

Crown Dc-300A-IOC

Tromatic
05-14-2012, 02:32 AM
Sansui AU-9500. Not too many that looked that good, and hard to find one that sounds better if you like the Sansui sound of that vintage.
http://audio-database.com/SANSUI/amp/au-9500.JPG

Yamaha CA-1000. A classic.

My new favorite is one I've always overlooked, and it's been my loss as it has the sound I prefer these days as I get older, the Kenwood KA-9100.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-iN4hGOgr7G4/T6g62fdU3vI/AAAAAAAAAZU/CCjVp3_FSZg/s640/Kenwood..jpg

How do you mean "restore"? Make like new, or butcher it to make it "better" like a few clowns do on the other site?

krowmagnum
05-14-2012, 03:22 AM
There are literally hundreds of examples of very good gear from the 70's. My choice would be the Pioneer Spec 1 preamp and Spec 2 amp.

http://www.hifi-studio.de/hifi-klassiker/pioneer/SPEC1/1spec2.jpg

reggaenaut
05-14-2012, 03:52 AM
Sony Ta-1120 amp
Sony 6120, 6200, 6060F receivers.

michaelhigh
05-14-2012, 04:25 AM
I have a Sansui 8080DB, anything in the x0x0 series was super popular (probably sold the most of their time, judging by the polls and the amount of posts here about them) and many thousands live on, and get restored if they need it. Well worth throwing dollars at to bring them back to spec. They are so ballsy and solidly built...

anderslober
05-14-2012, 06:33 AM
I rotate a few in and out of my system(s).......the Rotel ra1412 is getting a good run, the big Onk' plays everyday while I work on stuff, and the venerable sx1250 is just so darn good its in the main system 90% of the time.

Tomhate
05-14-2012, 10:52 AM
Simply the best, SANSUI AU-717 & SANSUI AU-517

SVI2004A
05-14-2012, 11:14 AM
From the 70s... Technics SE-A5 pwer amp and SU-V8 integrated. Marantz is lacklustre by any comparison.

Westy56
05-14-2012, 11:24 AM
Simply the best, SANSUI AU-717 & SANSUI AU-517

Nothing better? :dunno:


Steve :D

GTOJim
05-14-2012, 11:28 AM
From the 70's Pioneer Series 20 gear. M-21 amp, 30 watts pure class A power, and C-21 pre-amp. I have not taken any pictures of mine, found these pictures on the net.

vintageboy
05-14-2012, 11:40 AM
Marantz 2330
Sansui 9090DB

Vintagegeek
05-14-2012, 01:15 PM
I am using an Amber 70 and I have the matching preamp. Amplifier is nice but the preamp needs service. I have not had time to go through it.

Tomhate
05-14-2012, 01:26 PM
Nothing better? :dunno:


Steve :D


MMMMM, it┤s hard, maybe SANSUI 9090DB

Tromatic
05-14-2012, 01:47 PM
MMMMM, it┤s hard, maybe SANSUI 9090DB

Each his own.

stratmaster4
05-14-2012, 07:35 PM
Thanks for all the posts so far, lets try to include pictures with the posts.

krisjay
05-14-2012, 07:58 PM
Pioneer SA 8500, always a classic in my book, pretty much bullet proof and always a solid buy at the right price.

mhardy6647
05-14-2012, 08:02 PM
I've been happy with this one since 1978...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/mhardy6647/P1020541.jpg

Rob41
05-14-2012, 08:35 PM
Never owned a amp/preamp combination unit or an amp/preamp/tuner combination unit But I sure was partial to my old Dynaco ST150 amplifier. :thmbsp:

http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd520/Rob41/20111013233055.jpg

ryuuoh
05-14-2012, 10:56 PM
The Luxman L-100 (legendary), L-80v and L-85v, the Technics SU-8080. Good sounding amps.
You can see the L-80v and SU-8080 on my Flickr account.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryuuoh/

bluesky
05-14-2012, 11:03 PM
1979 Sansui AU-717.

That amp sounds great, deep, and simply outstanding. A timeless classic.

But...the dreaded glue they used to glue the caps on with that corrodes the componets on the boards. Ugh.

Ken Boyd
05-14-2012, 11:14 PM
Now I know a few people will hurdle beer bottles at me and make fun of them, but I like the old Phase Linears, something about the sound of them on my old speakers just seem to sound good to me. I also use Crowns for bass duty.

And I like SAE as well, mostly the older ones, as I don't care for the later versions but all the 00 series I like.

I have posted these before and they are a few years old and I have upgraded them now with some other PL replacing the Crowns and I have now a pair of the SAE 2400L's for bi amping the Infinity Quantum Lines.

http://i869.photobucket.com/albums/ab252/millenniumpower/rack3.jpg

http://i869.photobucket.com/albums/ab252/millenniumpower/SAERACK.jpg

vintageboy
05-15-2012, 12:11 AM
all are my favorite

http://i45.tinypic.com/33z3hax.jpg

cdfac
05-15-2012, 01:31 AM
the venerable Yamaha B-1, 100lbs. of naturally toned muscle:

http://www.audioscope.net/images/yamaha_b1_uc1-1.jpg

one of a handful of pre-1980 amps i'd want to own (in this case again :)).

kevzep
05-15-2012, 01:40 AM
Many members on this forum know my name is synonymous with Sansui
G22000 and G9000 are my favorites.....

Bedroom System.....
http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/1948/p1070545u.jpg

Lounge system....
http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/9373/p1070464.jpg

Vint Age
05-15-2012, 03:41 AM
There's so many great amps to choose from from back then. This is the one I chose. :tresbon:

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=349273&d=1337071074

blhagstrom
05-15-2012, 06:28 AM
Sounds like you are looking for a Who's Who list of great 70s gear.
Pretty much all the things here are worth saving, some more than others but if they are cheap and working, grab them.

http://www.classicaudio.com/value/mz/index.html
http://www.classicaudio.com/value/mac/index.html
http://www.classicaudio.com/value/pio/index.html
http://www.classicaudio.com/value/san/index.html
http://www.classicaudio.com/value/yam/index.html

There are other great things from back then, but it takes a while to learn them all (if that is possible).

ledzep1968
05-15-2012, 10:03 AM
I have a JVC JA-S31 integrated amplifier in my room. I love it! I have four speakers connected to it. It clutters my room, but it's worth it! No pictures, but I have a YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Swk_cFyeSZs) video of it before I moved it into my room.

My Dad had one of the late 70s Yamaha receivers and he claims it was one of the best out there, but he trashed it once the digital age came along. I wish I could remember the model number.

starquest52
05-15-2012, 10:29 AM
Sansui 9090DB :thmbsp:

motorstereo
05-15-2012, 03:58 PM
The only one to make the grade here has been my Yamaha B4. It just seems to do everything right.

cornwallguy
05-15-2012, 07:52 PM
Harman Kardon citation 16a ,kenwood Ka 3500 integrated, Harman Kardon a-402 ,Dynaco Sca 80, Crown Dc-300A-IOC (silver faced),Technics Se-9060

derekva
05-15-2012, 07:57 PM
Luxman L-100:

http://www.iavscanada.com/1008%20InventoryPics/1008-3886/Innovative%20Audio%20Luxman%20L-100_f_l.jpg

I'm liking mine a lot (photo isn't mine)!

-D

Rob41
05-15-2012, 08:45 PM
Now I know a few people will hurdle beer bottles at me and make fun of them, but I like the old Phase Linears, something about the sound of them on my old speakers just seem to sound good to me. I also use Crowns for bass duty.

And I like SAE as well, mostly the older ones, as I don't care for the later versions but all the 00 series I like.

I have posted these before and they are a few years old and I have upgraded them now with some other PL replacing the Crowns and I have now a pair of the SAE 2400L's for bi amping the Infinity Quantum Lines.

http://i869.photobucket.com/albums/ab252/millenniumpower/rack3.jpg



http://i869.photobucket.com/albums/ab252/millenniumpower/SAERACK.jpg

Wow, both of those stacks of gear are amazing! :bigok:

lico
05-15-2012, 08:58 PM
IMO - in terms of features, look and feel, and sound quality, it's hard to beat the Pioneer SA-8800 integrated.

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=349368&d=1337133386

superdog
05-15-2012, 09:41 PM
IMO - in terms of features, look and feel, and sound quality, it's hard to beat the Pioneer SA-8800 integrated.

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=349368&d=1337133386

These and the middle 70s Sansui AU amps are my favorites.Just beautiful.:yes:

Rrroberts40
05-15-2012, 10:30 PM
Pretty hard to beat a Yamaha CR3020 or the Sansui AU20000 & TU9900...loved them.

RPMz
05-15-2012, 11:53 PM
Gotta say my Marantz Model 500:music:

http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/r484/slayajr/rebel2010.jpg

tubed
05-15-2012, 11:58 PM
Yamaha CA-1000 1974

JohnVF
05-16-2012, 12:05 AM
If I may pick the amps of a friend and not myself, I'd throw in the Yamaha BX-1 Class-A monoblocks. If I'm going to lust after something, it's going to be worth the trouble I get into.

reggaenaut
05-16-2012, 10:10 AM
There's so many great amps to choose from from back then. This is the one I chose. :tresbon:

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=349273&d=1337071074

I heard a lot about this one from a respected former AKER.

reggaenaut
05-16-2012, 10:34 AM
Sansui AU 919. I have this one for several years and I really like it. To my ears it is the more neutral of the better Sanui integrated amps. Some are put off by the lack of a loudness switch; but it only means it has to be played at realistic level. Available are MM and MC inputs.

I believe Sansui made a special effort with this one.

KingBubba
05-16-2012, 10:40 AM
The SX-1250 has to top my list, but the Sansui Model eight and its companion the Deluxe come in next.

similost
05-16-2012, 10:41 AM
I swing a different way.. I'm more into the old pro amps..

I've got a thing for old Altec, EV, Ashly, Crown, and similar.. Great sound, great power, and built like tanks that are usually still running great.

68custom
05-16-2012, 11:59 AM
the good old Onkyo amps were/are pretty darn good the A-5, A-7 or A 7040, A-7070!

cdfac
05-16-2012, 01:06 PM
If I may pick the amps of a friend and not myself, I'd throw in the Yamaha BX-1 Class-A monoblocks. If I'm going to lust after something, it's going to be worth the trouble I get into.

i met a non-AKer at the Fest who had a working pair (not with him, unfortunately!). i was mighty jealous. sounds like he's going to have one of the guys on here refurb them (probably either EW or ManyMoonsAudio).

stratmaster4
05-20-2012, 12:39 AM
Thanks for all the posts! I have a solid list put together thats now part of the OP and I will continue to add to it!

montrecott
05-20-2012, 08:17 PM
I wish I still had my Harman Kardon HK A401, which powered my first hi-fi system in the late seventies. Here (http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=429295) is an AK thread on that terrific little amp. Edit: it's the little brother to the A402 you have listed.

jgscott
05-21-2012, 03:35 AM
Yamaha CA-1000. Pure Natural Sound "Class A" Clean and Detailed Amplification Power. ( And it Looks Good TOO !):D

Still a Daily Driver, played everyday. Driving a set of Acoustic Research AR12's.

virak
05-21-2012, 05:01 AM
I can't believe nobody has mentioned Accuphase or the Kenwood Supreme series.

Curse
05-21-2012, 05:56 AM
Personally, I would plump for th Sansui AU-9900. Best amp I've had so far!

pic in this thread:

http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=443025

*EDIT* - worth mentioning that this recommendation isn't made simply because I own said unit, it is because out of several vintage amps that have been in my possession, this one stands above them all, and the sound is ideal -to me-

audiojones
05-21-2012, 07:03 AM
My favorite integrated amp from the 70's would definitely be the Pioneer SA-9500II. IMO it's among the best integrateds of it's time with a nice dual mono power amp section and an excellent preamp section. It doesn't even take up any more room than the average receiver.

sonci
05-21-2012, 07:48 AM
I can't believe nobody has mentioned Accuphase or the Kenwood Supreme series.

Because this has become a ''what I own'' thread..

:nono:

rcspkramp
05-21-2012, 08:29 AM
SAE Mark IIICM

Marantz 250

Dunlap Clarke Dreadnought 500

HK Citation 16

Quad 303

Radford STA 60

Brian
05-21-2012, 08:46 AM
Too many to really mention them all:
CM Labs CM-35 power amp (everyone should have in in their inventory)
Mattes SP200 power amp (very rare and few know of the brand - SAE, McIntosh level)
SAE I power amp
Crown D60 & D75 (power amps)
McIntosh MC250 power amp (everyone should have one in their inventory)
Mciosh MC2100 power amp
McIntosh MC2105 power amp
McIntosh MC2505 power amp
Philips Laboratory Series power amp
Audio Research D75 power amp
Audio Research D76a power amp
Audio Research D150 power amp
Marantz 15 power amp
Marantz 16 power amp
Marantz 16b power amp
Sherwood S9500c Integrated amp
Sherwood S9600 integrated amp
Sherwood S9000 integrated amp
Marantz 1060 integrated amp (another everyone should have)
Sony TA5055 integrated amp (a very good sounding unit - surprisingly - a keeper)
Marantz 1200 integrated amp
McIntosh MA6100 integrated amp (either you love them or hate them)
H-K A402
Sherwood HP5500 (last effort to show engineering ability to make a top end amp)

Each of these I've either owned or was loaned for evaluation. There are many others. The '70s was a long time and many companies besides moving to SS also tried to very aggressively take market share by paying attention to looks, sound, flexibility and power.

As the op asked about amps, I'll not include receivers

jgscott
05-21-2012, 12:12 PM
Because this has become a ''what I own'' thread..

:nono:

Maybe I missed something But....... The name of the thread is "Your favorite Amps / 70s Classics". :scratch2:

Whats wrong with actually owning what "Your favorite Amps / 70s Classics"

Rob41
05-21-2012, 12:20 PM
Maybe I missed something But....... The name of the thread is "Your favorite Amps / 70s Classics". :scratch2:

Whats wrong with actually owning what "Your favorite Amps / 70s Classics"

+1 yeah, I wouldn't feel comfortable mentioning an amp I didn't own or at least spent some time listening to.

With that said, here is another I consider to be one of the great 70's classics, the Heathkit AA-1640:

http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd520/Rob41/2396407.jpg

ledzep1968
05-21-2012, 12:47 PM
Yamaha CA-1000. Pure Natural Sound "Class A" Amplification Power.

Still a Daily Driver, played everyday. Driving a set of Acoustic Research AR12's.

Those look sweet! :) I've always loved Yamaha amps.

BOUXY
05-21-2012, 12:56 PM
I'm a big Marantz fan (thanks to my dad) and I am the proud owner of a 1060 model but I have always wondered what other brands/models were great from that same time period?

The reason I want to know is that I frequent the MIT Flea market and Grafton Flea market up in NE by doing so I see a lot of audio gear and I want to know what is worth hearing so I can maybe pick it up and restore it.

I want to restore great pieces of gear and save them from being thrown away or left rotting somewhere.

So in short what are the great make/models of amps and receivers from the golden age of audio (1970s) that aren't Marantz models?

EDIT:

The current list of what has been mentioned as of yet

Sansui AU-9500
Sansui 8080DB
Sansui 9090DB
Sansui AU-717
SANSUI AU-517
Sansui G22000
Sansui G9000
Sansui AU20000
Sansui TU9900
Sansui AU 919

Yamaha CA-1000
Yamaha CA-810
Yamaha B-1
Yamaha B-2
Yamaha CR3020

Luxman L-100
Luxman L-80v
Luxman L-85v


Pioneer Spec 1 preamp
Pioneer Spec 2 Poweramp
Pioneer SX-1250
Pioneer SA-8800
Pioneer SX-1250

Sony Ta-1120
Sony 6120
Sony 6200
Sony 6060F

Rotel ra1412

Technics SE-A5 Poweramp
Technics SU-V8
Technics SU-8080
Technics Se-9060

Harman Kardon citation 16a
Harman Kardon a-402

kenwood Ka 3500

Dynaco Sca 80

Crown Dc-300A-IOC

You didn't mentioned what level like BOTL,MOTL or TOTL because in all honesty there are many at each Level that are fine pieces just like your 1060 which much like my 1090 are not Top of the Line but are very nice and that goes for any Brand or Manufacturer.Pioneer Specs 1 & 2 are nice but there are others suppusibly below their Level that are equally as nice and once again that goes for all Brands and it boils down to what each individual likes or prefers as well as can afford.Personally I have Pioneer SA-9500II and in Marantz 1090 & 2385 and love them as much as any other Models available:):thmbsp:

Dr Tinear
05-21-2012, 12:59 PM
+1 yeah, I wouldn't feel comfortable mentioning an amp I didn't own or at least spent some time listening to.

With that said, here is another I consider to be one of the great 70's classics, the Heathkit AA-1640. ...

A big +1 on this nomination. I picked one of these up two years ago, got it running, and was floored at how great it sounded.

rcspkramp
05-21-2012, 01:01 PM
Too many to really mention them all:
CM Labs CM-35 power amp (everyone should have in in their inventory)
Mattes SP200 power amp (very rare and few know of the brand - SAE, McIntosh level)
SAE I power amp
Crown D60 & D75 (power amps)
McIntosh MC250 power amp (everyone should have one in their inventory)
Mciosh MC2100 power amp
McIntosh MC2105 power amp
McIntosh MC2505 power amp
Philips Laboratory Series power amp
Audio Research D75 power amp
Audio Research D76a power amp
Audio Research D150 power amp
Marantz 15 power amp
Marantz 16 power amp
Marantz 16b power amp
Sherwood S9500c Integrated amp
Sherwood S9600 integrated amp
Sherwood S9000 integrated amp
Marantz 1060 integrated amp (another everyone should have)
Sony TA5055 integrated amp (a very good sounding unit - surprisingly - a keeper)
Marantz 1200 integrated amp
McIntosh MA6100 integrated amp (either you love them or hate them)
H-K A402
Sherwood HP5500 (last effort to show engineering ability to make a top end amp)

Each of these I've either owned or was loaned for evaluation. There are many others. The '70s was a long time and many companies besides moving to SS also tried to very aggressively take market share by paying attention to looks, sound, flexibility and power.

As the op asked about amps, I'll not include receivers

I've always been curious about those Mattes amps. I have a CM 35D which is being restored as I write this.

Brian
05-21-2012, 01:04 PM
I currently own only 3 on my list and there are a number that I never owned but had my hands on for one reason or another such as evaluating to decide if we should carry them in the stores such as the Crowns that we accepted as they filled both a price point and were great value for the price. Others such as the 1060 were a no brainer after testing; we sold them just for the preamp capabilities. Others were excellent but we could not slot them into the product mix.

A few are based on opinions of persons who owned or tested them over some years and whose opinion as to audio I respected and had tastes similar to mine such as the ARC D150.

johnnyboy70
05-21-2012, 01:12 PM
My first choice is the Sansui AU 9500, almost anything sounds amazing. Second would be the 9090db

jgscott
05-21-2012, 02:01 PM
+1 yeah, I wouldn't feel comfortable mentioning an amp I didn't own or at least spent some time listening to.

With that said, here is another I consider to be one of the great 70's classics, the Heathkit AA-1640:

http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd520/Rob41/2396407.jpg

Those Heathkits are "Big Time" sleepers. There are some out there that were of unbeliveable Ultra High End build, and sound quality, and didn't even have the Heathkit Badged name on them anywhere.

And yea looking at a Amp by "name" when you already have a nice one knowing how it sounds and matches your set/speaker, can get you going backwards sound quality wise. I've tried more than a few different "supposed great amps", that just were not my cup of tea sound wise.:smoke:

Made me think of a few other- don't pass if price is right amps. A/B international, Bozak 929 is a real good one, and Any Soundcraftmens Amp, especially the 4 digit series. I've never seen a bad comment on any Soundcraftsmen amp, and thoes amps send just about everybodys existing amp Packing for the closet, garage or basment for storage consistantly once they hook Soundcrafts amps in thier systems.:D

rcspkramp
05-21-2012, 03:35 PM
SAE Mark IIICM

Marantz 250

Dunlap Clarke Dreadnought 500

HK Citation 16

Quad 303

Radford STA 60

I forgot the little but amazing Bedini 25/25

onemug
05-21-2012, 09:55 PM
I forgot the little but amazing Bedini 25/25

I'm using a Bedini 45/45 to drive a pair of "hybrid" Valencia/JBL speakers. I have a Marantz tuner and 7t preamp and have been thinking of getting a Marantz amp like a 16 or 250m to complete the set but the Bedini sure sounds nice and it is "vintage".

rcspkramp
05-22-2012, 08:21 AM
I'm using a Bedini 45/45 to drive a pair of "hybrid" Valencia/JBL speakers. I have a Marantz tuner and 7t preamp and have been thinking of getting a Marantz amp like a 16 or 250m to complete the set but the Bedini sure sounds nice and it is "vintage".

That's a tough call, all of those amps are really well-designed and sound good. The Marantz 250 was the first really great amp that I owned way back when.
Something about class A operation that gets to me though.

BMWCCA
05-22-2012, 08:37 AM
I swing a different way.. I'm more into the old pro amps..

I've got a thing for old Altec, EV, Ashly, Crown, and similar.. Great sound, great power, and built like tanks that are usually still running great.

You're not the only one. I've been using Crowns and the occasional Soundcraftsmen for over forty years. The PS-series is my current favorite (I have six PS-400 and PS-200s) but I still have several D-series including DC300A-II, D150A-II, D150, and D75A. Yeah, the PS series is post-'70s but descended from the D-series for sure!

These are some of the spares. The main bi-amp system uses a PS-400 and PS-200 in the latest black-panel version without handles.

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c378/BMWCCA1/DSC_0231_1.jpg

cnolanh
05-22-2012, 09:03 AM
From the 70's Pioneer Series 20 gear. M-21 amp, 30 watts pure class A power, and C-21 pre-amp. I have not taken any pictures of mine, found these pictures on the net.

Small correction: You mean the M-22 amplifier. And there's also the M-25, which is the same form factor but with 120 wpc in class AB (first few watts are class A). Terrific amps.

Tons of other great stuff on this list, too!

ghamilton
05-22-2012, 01:26 PM
Click below:...
http://www.thevintageknob.org/sansui-AU-919.html

MikeT.
06-03-2012, 09:28 PM
+1 yeah, I wouldn't feel comfortable mentioning an amp I didn't own or at least spent some time listening to.

With that said, here is another I consider to be one of the great 70's classics, the Heathkit AA-1640:

http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd520/Rob41/2396407.jpg

-Sony TA-N5550 V-FET, I sold mine several years ago.....big mistake, huge headroom for a 50w/ch amp and extremely fast, great dynamic range.
-Nikko Alpha 1, lots of wattage, drive and oomph...pretty smooth to boot!

dfunk24
06-06-2012, 12:47 AM
Onkyo A-10 - pretty, even elegant, on the outside. Inside? It's built like a tank. I suspect it'll still be running when I'm long gone.

DaveS
06-06-2012, 01:25 AM
via dynaco PAS 3 to several
pairs of ADS.

Daniel Walte
06-06-2012, 08:48 AM
There are literally hundreds of examples of very good gear from the 70's. My choice would be the Pioneer Spec 1 preamp and Spec 2 amp.

http://www.hifi-studio.de/hifi-klassiker/pioneer/SPEC1/1spec2.jpg

Nice I remember from the Germany days in the service

Daniel Walte
06-06-2012, 08:53 AM
The old SAE 2200 is my overall choice. James Bgori sorry I can`t spell his name. Designed the circuits and later went on to make GAS amps

chuck61
06-19-2012, 01:18 AM
Best sounding amp I ever owned-Marantz Esotec SM-7 Class-A
Class A/B power :
2x 120W (20Hz...20Khz, 8 Ohm, 0,015%THD)
2x 140W (20Hz...20Khz, 4 Ohm, 0,03%THD)
Class A power :
2x 30W (20Hz...20Khz, 8 Ohm, 0,01%THD)
Power bandwidth :7Hz...50Khz
Frequency response :
5Hz...100Khz (+0dB / -2dB)
20Hz...20Khz (+0dB / -0,2dB)
TIM :0,015% (8 Ohm)
Damping factor :100 (1Khz, 8 Ohm)
S/N ratio :118dB (IHF-A)
PC :320W
Weight :14,5kg
Features : Normal or DC input pairs
gold-plated inputs

2nd best was a Kenwood KA 1000 was nonmagnetic chassis & Sigma Drive outputs
Power (IEC) :2x 110W (4 Ohm, 63Hz...12,5Khz, 0,7% THD)
2x 100W (8 Ohm, 20Hz...20Khz, 0,7% THD)
Power (FTC) :320W (4 Ohm) 200W (8 Ohm)
THD :< 0,005% (rated output)
IMD :< 0,005%

Frequency response :DC...400Khz (-3dB)

Damping factor :600 at the end of the Sigma Drive cable (100Hz, 8 Ohm)

Rise time :0,9ÁSec.

Slew Rate :▒ 120V/ÁSec.

Inputs :2,5mV / 33/47/100kOhm (Phono MM)

0,2mV / 100Ohm (Phono MC)

S/N ratio :87dB (phono MM ; 93dB/5mV)
67dB (phono MC, 0,2mV)
105dB (high level sources)

PC :5,7A

Dimensions :44 x 12,3 x 37,5cm (KA-1000)

Weight :14,4kg.

FEATURES
Sigma Drive output
Heat-Pipe cooling system
"touch-sensitive" volume control
preset level slider
separate power-supply
non-magnetic chassis

Paxton
06-19-2012, 03:36 AM
I grew up with this one: http://arch7.okr.ro/auctions.v3/700_700/2011/06/29/c/d/626815991807003282056077-5890902-700_700.jpg

Coupled with Yamaha NS-18 speakers (which it still is today), it was capable of keeping the neighbours three doors up hill awake. Gets uses regularly by my parents, but, unfortunately, only does CD and some rare tuner work.

Daunia 70
06-19-2012, 04:23 AM
My top 3 (integrated) amps of the 70's would be:

1-Trio/Kenwood model 600
2-Trio/Kenwood KA-907
3-Pioneer SA-9800

Also really like the Aiwa 8700 and the Trio/Kenwood KA-9100.