View Full Version : Pioneer SX-3900 vs Pioneer SX-1050

01-22-2007, 04:26 PM
I am torn between looking for a SX-3900 or a SX-1050. Would anyone care to venture any pros or cons regarding these receivers? Also who were they marketing to with each of the receivers? Any and all opinions would be appreciated.

01-22-2007, 06:16 PM
Both are 120 wpc. The SX-1050 was second in its series, 1976-78. The SX-3900 was TOTL in 1980-82.
Most would say that the SX-1050 is better built. It is well built.
I'm not familiar with the SX-3900, but it was TOTL & $800. Gotta be a nice receiver.

01-22-2007, 10:02 PM
I owned both about a year ago. Listening to them both in comparison was always interesting.

The sx1050 was my daily driver but when I would hook up the sx3900 my immediate reaction was this is better! More detail more stage!

After about 5 minutes it would start to sound a little bright and thin I'd switch back and the sx1050 sounded positively sophisticated in comparison.

Did this many times. Just to make sure you know.
The sx 980 is mabey mid way between those two. A tad closer to the sx 1050.

All great fun.

01-22-2007, 10:28 PM
SX-1050 anyday of the week.

Fred Longworth
01-22-2007, 11:22 PM
I vote for the SX-1050.

The SX-3800 and SX-3900 were both inclined to multiple solder-fagigue failures on the long circuit board with power amp driver stages and power supplies on it. Put simply, they should've used larger solder pads.

I also have not been impressed with the radios on these models, whereas the FM radio on the SX-1050 is a gem.

Fred Longworth

01-23-2007, 11:18 AM
Just a note of thanks for the informative responses to my question. The information has really helped. I still like the cleanleness of design of the SX-3900 but since it is ultimately the sound quality I am after I think I will give the SX-1050 the nod, unless anyone knows of an available 3900 for under $20. Again, thank you.

01-23-2007, 12:19 PM
rikki-tikki, once you get ahold of a sx-1050 you will think differently, because that series looks 5x better in person, as where the sx-390 looks the same.

01-23-2007, 12:36 PM
In the past 6 months I have had more than my share of luck. A Concept 11 (9 on a scale of 10) for $60 and a set of Altec Lansing Valencias (other than one small break in one grill a 9.5 on a scale of 10) for $150, all with in 10 miles of home.

May be that SX-1050 or SX-1250 is just waiting around the corner. I can hardly afford them on eBay any more. Again thanks.

01-23-2007, 12:59 PM
The closest i am is a sx980 .the 1050 probably sounds better but imo the flouroscan series is better looking

01-23-2007, 01:34 PM
Correct me if I am wrong, but the distortion of the 3900 is a wee bit shy of 2 orders of magnitude better than the 1050. (.005 vs .1% - humans can hear that. Ok, humans not called 'Pete Townsend')

If I had druthers Id look at a 1080. Advertised tuner specs were about the same across the board. As for marketing, considering the $750 and $800 MSRPs, and the years involved, it came out to appx 1/4th the value of a middle of the line automobile. If we assume the same relative ratio of disposable cash - they would be $7G's today - which is a bogus comparo...Moore's law kinda works for all electronic equipment.

At any rate, the average college Kid did not rush out and get one of these unless he mowed a lot of yards....