View Full Version : Fisher 170 Receiver?

02-01-2006, 08:11 PM
I'm wondering if anyone has any info on the Fisher 170.

I was in a local used furniture store today and they had some electronics including the Fisher. I'm wondering if it would be worth going back to pick it up. I'm not sure of the price, as it was not marked. If their furniture prices are any indication of their electronic prices, then I probably can't afford it.

They also had a bunch of turntables of varying quality, a Sony 5000F tuner (which I know I should get) and a Harmon/Kardon 330B. I wonder if they'd give me a deal if I were to purchase all three pieces. :scratch2:


02-01-2006, 09:24 PM
Check the back of the Fisher for the maker's tag. If it says "made in Japan", I'd pass on it. If it says "made in USA", it is probably worth $10 ~ $50 depending on how it sounds. Recognize this is all my opinion and worth what you paid for it :D

02-04-2006, 03:46 AM
Strangely enough, I picked up one of these today for 5 bucks. What the hell. Still in the trunk with the other 3 that I picked up for no good reason (Sansui 800, Akai AA-1150, Marantz/Superscope R-1270?). Sure it was only $40 for all 4, but now, what the hell to do with 'em? :-)

*tsk* too much time on my hands at work!

05-22-2006, 12:51 PM
I just brought one of these babies home from grandmas house.
the Fisher 170 that is. I have not fiddled with the tuner much, it works but have not tested out it's AM capabilities, but as for sound Im very impressed. Mine was made in Japan, so if what the other guy^ said is right then oh well, it was free. But I thought shit made in Japan was good.
All of my Yammi gear is Jap and so is my last car and my new to me 900RR

Mine has tone. So if your in to "neutral" sound then this is not the one. It sounds damn close to tube tone, but I figure it's because of all of the harmonics generated by the very strait forward amplifier circuit. They use 2SC1066 finals. They are TO-220 general Purpose Tranies. In other words you can find them in the PA circuit of you Wal-Mart purchased CB.

On top of all of that, mine is mint. Really mint. Well until I burned a little spot on the top last night with my soldering iron.

Oh well..... As long as it's not a commie Im happy. :music:

05-22-2006, 01:01 PM
As it appears in the 1973 catalog:

16 wpc RMS into 4 ohms at 1 kHz and 0.1% THD.

05-22-2006, 01:07 PM
Well thanks for the info there Fisherdude :thmbsp:

I'll be sure to modify it tonight, or at least start anyways. I know those transistors can consume almost twice the power they are getting. The heat sink will be an issue, it's just a vertical plank of aluminum. But I can always change it so it has more surface area.

I have a feeling this would be a good combo with my JBL 2500 book shelves.

07-19-2006, 04:49 PM
I just got my grubby little paws on a 170. A little cleanup and some bulbs and it ought to look pretty good.

03-25-2008, 10:16 AM
I got the Fisher 170 from Craigslist for twenty five bucks and I was impressed with the sound from the 70's. It's beats the sound of my modern digital Sony 60 watts with DSP. I notice that it was made in Japan (1972) and I could not tell the difference between the Fisher 500C and this model I used to have. Anyway, I think this is the period that Fisher was bought by Emerson and subcontract assembly of The Fisher brand in Japan.
Still I enjoyed the residue of good engineering in sound quality even with simple controls. This receiver goes to one of my favorites.

03-25-2008, 12:31 PM

Avery Fisher had a few components contract manufactured in Japan late in his era. The Fisher 201 and 202 were among these. Hitachi made them for Fisher to Fisher specfications. My first good receiver was a Fisher 201 secondhand in 1980. In 1971, Avery Fisher sold Fisher Radio Corporation to Emerson Electric. :tresbon:

03-25-2008, 11:20 PM
Hi ,

I wonder how that works for subcontracting receiver at that time. Maybe some of Avery's engineer approves the design and sound before mass produce. Todays receiver is so digital that it is flexible that I have to fiddle the digital setting to get the sound right ---but there's something subtle that seems not present compared to the simplicity of analog amplifiers. I like to one switch "Loudness" contour button. Its like a magic switch that makes the sound better without the need for equalizers. All I need to do is turn the bass and treble control manually (rarely) and enjoy the music. Not mp3 junk but pure CD or LP sound. But not to discredit digital , It's also nice for surround sound. So I guess having classic analog and digital amps are great collection :)

03-26-2008, 10:43 AM
Hi Fisher man. You'll find that there are a lot of us here who stumbled back upon vintage components after making the mistake of thinking newer equals better. I had a Pioneer '70s receiver in college (it was vintage by then, early 90s) then was relieved when I could afford a big plastic home theater receiver, and lived with three of those (acquired as surround formats changed) until finding a nice turntable and realizing that my records just didn't sound as good as they did on that Pioneer. Now I have about 15 1970's receivers, and am moving even farther back into vintage tube equipment. It says a lot that the best sounding stereo I've ever had is based on a piece of equipment from the '60s (Dynaco stereo 70). Perhaps the technology of reproducing sound was mature, almost perfected really, and companies just had to keep changing things to give people an excuse to buy again...

04-01-2008, 01:40 PM
I''ve ordered the servince manual for this receiver and I'm replacing some of the electrolytic caps which looks leaking . It only affects the receiver when I power it up creating a brief hum then goes back to normal. This one I can handle but one of the front panel knobs got broken:sigh: ...Now, does anybody have a good source of knobs. I've search ebay but could not get same parts.. maybe somebody has a better source of info. Please let me know.:scratch2:

04-03-2008, 12:28 PM
I finally was able to restore this:

-Held together the broken knob using lock tite glue
-Use garden wire (green) to held it tight
-Once dried up, use epoxy to fill up the missing gaps
-Went to hobby shop and buy one of those black touch up paint - painted it
-Dried it up
-Slide it in the shaft of the stereo

Not perfect but works for me. Need to smoothen the corners next time.
But hey restoring gives me a good feeling :D