Just received a Sanyo 2050 Receiver

Discussion in 'Solid State' started by 70sGuy, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. 70sGuy

    70sGuy New Member

    I'm going to set it up and test it out tonight with some JBL2600 speakers. I'm hoping that it has a good FM radio.
  2. Mattwizz3

    Mattwizz3 Web-er-web user...

  3. chasaboo

    chasaboo Active Member

    Yeah, I've been interested in Sanyo stuff for awhile.

    Pics please! :music:
  4. 70sGuy

    70sGuy New Member

    Sorry, I don't have Pics yet, but it really sounds good! The JBL2600s (connected to Speakers B) did'nt have quite all the bass I had hoped, but I also connected some KLH 120 as Speakers A, and using both, the unit was very impressive. It has a large volume control in the middle that goes from 0 - 100. I never got it past 10 as it was too loud. Everything seems to work OK on this Sanyo 2050, but there are a few things that I noticed that seem a little unusual. To tune the FM, I found that it was better to turn off the FM Stereo, and then to tune in the station using the tuning meter. The Signal Strength meter seems to only work on some really loud and obnoxious AM stations. Once an FM station was tuned in though, after a few seconds, the green quartz-lock light would come on indicating that the station was locked, and then I switched it back to FM stereo. This was all using the built-in little FM tube Antennae on the rear of the unit. All of the function lights seem to work, but the radio dial is not lit, not even the selector needle. I've replaced light fuses on an old Superscope receiver in earlier days, but don't know if this one has lights that need to be replaced, or if that is just the way they were made. The Power meters, Signal Strength, and Tuning meters are all lit. Did I mention it sounds great! Even the wife and cats liked it! I've read some online info (what little I could find that suggest that this receiver is 50 WPC. That sounds about right. I'll get some pics and post later.
  5. 70sGuy

    70sGuy New Member


    Here are some pics.

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  6. kermit z

    kermit z Loud Music saves Lives!! Subscriber

    Very nice looking receiver. congrates :)

    I believe the antenna on the back is AM, but I could be wrong.
  7. ryuuoh

    ryuuoh FFXIV Summoner Subscriber

    The ferrite bar is indeed the AM antenna. A simple piece of wire, ~3ft. will serve as an FM antenna, or you could hook up an indoor dipole.
  8. PoppaSteve

    PoppaSteve Your what hurts?

    I was lucky enough to be able to fix a Sanyo 2033 receiver for a guy I work with a while back, and found it be a pretty good unit.

    The FM section wasn't anything special on that one, but my buddy has been happy with it since it's been fixed.

    Use a decent antenna, and you should be fine.
  9. zenith2134

    zenith2134 Addicted Member

    Nice Sanyo. I used a Sanyo integrated amp for years and it had a great sound.

    Reminds me of the Plus-55 receiver. Had one of those too, but the power switch was toast.
  10. 70sGuy

    70sGuy New Member

    Thanks for the info about the AM Antenna. That would explain alot. I believe that I still have one of those old T wire antennas downstairs. I'll try it tonight.
  11. 70sGuy

    70sGuy New Member

    More Pics

    Cut off about 5 feet of some old 300 Ohm Antenna wire, and connected, and it works much better. This morning, I took off the covers to see If I could get the radio dial to light. At first, I could find no lights for the dial, but soon found some on the sides of the dial. I looked for blown fuses, but could not find any. I even removed the bottom. I then decided to check the voltages applied to the bulbs, and when I was checking the one on the left side, they all of a sudden came on. I re-inserted the lights to the sides, and they immediately went out again. I tried jumpering around one of the bulbs, and then the right hand bulb worked as they are wired in series. It looked ok, so I went ahead ans soldered a small jumper around the non-working bulb, until I can find a replacement (the bulb will have to be desoldered anyway).

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  12. BrocLuno

    BrocLuno AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Nice piece and a fun project :)

    Funny thing is that a lot of our gear has Sanyo parts inside. Yous has them on the outside too :)
  13. Mattwizz3

    Mattwizz3 Web-er-web user...

    The cats given its stamp of approval. The receiver looks good!
  14. highping

    highping AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Sweet picture of your cat.....congrats on getting a nice receiver. :)
  15. 70sGuy

    70sGuy New Member

    The cat thinks it's her new receiver. I figured out today that the signal strength meter only works for AM, and the Tuning meter only works for FM. I don't know if other vintage receivers are like that or if it is just a Sanyo thing.
  16. zombie1210

    zombie1210 Super Member

    Nice find. Nice cat.
  17. 70sGuy

    70sGuy New Member

    Update: I noticed the other morning that the Signal Strength meter was also working on an FM station, but most of the time it does not. Not sure why...
  18. KingBubba

    KingBubba "Too Much Stuff" Subscriber

    Judging from the look, it is not a receiver that looks service person friendly. I don't think I would want to work on that one. If you have to really dig in, tell us what difficulties you encounter. I'd be curious.
  19. bporter

    bporter New Member

    I also have a Sanyo 2050 receiver. Works great, awesome sounds with my TT. First the signal strength meter and tuning meter should BOTH work for FM, while ONLY the signal meter should be working when in AM, yours in weird. Second the MHZ and KHZ range display should light up, not the dial or needle, the needle is mirror finish to contrast the lit display. Anyone know on the years this model was sold? What speakers would people recommend for a broke college student like me?
  20. krisjay

    krisjay Super Member

    To pick up this thread I also have just got a 2050. It is very overbuilt and tank like(good thing). This is a sleeper reciever in my eyes, if you can get one at a good price, by all means do, it is a very nice reciever and a very powerful 50 watts. Crazy heavy for a 50 watt unit.

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