Most powerful receiver ever manufactured?

Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by acdc7369, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. acdc7369

    acdc7369 Active Member

    The Pioneer SX-1980 was rated at 270 wpc...however, in the September 1978 issue of Audio Magazine, Leonard Feldman did a spec test on the SX-1980 and concluded that the rating of 270 watts per channel was too conservative. He stated in his report, "Though the new [IHF mandated] 'Dynamic Headroom' measurement is specified in dB, it should be mentioned that based upon the short-term signal used to measure the 2.3 dB headroom of this amplifier, it was producing nearly 460 watts of short-term power under these test conditions!"

    At 460 watts per channel (2.3 dB dynamic headroom) into 8 ohm loads with THD 0.03%...even beating the Technics SA-1000... doesn't this technically makes the Pioneer SX-1980 the most powerful receiver ever manufactured? What do you guys think?
  2. Jon S

    Jon S Well-Known Member

    I think the Marantz 2600 receiver was the highest rated receiver at 300wpc. marnzt also was very conservative in rating their units so it is possible that this unit could even exceed your Pioneer.
  3. Inkara1

    Inkara1 Active Member

    We'd need to see the same test done on the Technics to know for sure.
  4. Glen B

    Glen B Super Member

    Sansui G33000, also 300 w.p.c. ?
  5. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    In terms of FTC-compliant power specification, it was the Technics SA-1000 at 330 wpc.

  6. Soran

    Soran Active Member

    why bother anyway ? it's the sound quality that matters, 10 watts of perfect music on a pioneer or sansui sounds more powerfull than 1000 watts on a disco amp.
    be serious ! 270wpc i saw the mighty quadral titans of 260lbs/piece almost killing at 2x300 watt on the pioneer meters. wich speakers can handle this amount of power perfectly pure without any more distortion than usual ?
  7. ManFromPorlock

    ManFromPorlock Super Member

    Power levels like that are probably better delivered by separates, anyway. Easier to lift, if nothing else. :p:
  8. KlipschFan61

    KlipschFan61 Smooth Jazzer

    That Technics would sure look good next to my SL1210..
  9. toxcrusadr

    toxcrusadr AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Ohh, m'groin...:yikes:
  10. Gibsonian

    Gibsonian AK Subscriber Subscriber

    The Marantz 2600 and the Technics SA-1000 would need to be tested with the same conditions to compare. I'm thinking the Pioneer would come in last place here.
  11. whoaru99

    whoaru99 Part-time Iconoclast Subscriber

    Surely you jest? ;)
  12. acdc7369

    acdc7369 Active Member

    The SX-1980 was designed for Pioneer's HPM series of speakers, wasn't it?
  13. John L

    John L Chief Bloviator

    I have a question: why is it so important to be able to have a sound system that can work within the entire SuperDome? Who gives a contential Damn about the most powerful amplifier.

    I guess you may be able to tell that I am a big valve person, so anything over 35-40 watts RMS is overkill anyway.
  14. AnalogDigit

    AnalogDigit Realistic fan.

    Has anyone who had these receivers had it up to their max power? I wonder if listening at those levels for a extended period of time would effect your hearing.

    For myself, I have an SX-950 that I only crank it up to 1/4th of the way up. I don't like it too loud anyways. I once had it to 12:00 position and I could not hear myself talk or yell.
  15. Njord Noatun

    Njord Noatun Banned

    Based on nominal power output, the answer is simple: Technics SA-1000.
  16. John in MA

    John in MA Respect the gamba tuba

    I used to own the second-most-powerful receiver ever made, the Marantz 2600. In addition to being a massive mooring to haul around when needed, the interior looked like the wiring inside an ICBM casing. I went the seperates route and I greatly enjoy the ease of maintenance, moving, and mixing and matching. When you pack everything into a receiver that size corners are bound to be cut. I have an unremarkable 200WPC power amp that weighs almost as much as the 2600 and is just as large, so that says something.
  17. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    It was the late 1970s, and fast, fuel-guzzling automobiles were rapidly becoming unfashionable as surrogates for penis size. For a brief time, the gap was filled (so to speak) with hi-fi power.

    Now, of course, in the sophisticated 21st Century, it's flatscreen TV sizes.
  18. xoaphexox

    xoaphexox Supernatural Anesthetist

    Precisely! or the iPenis
  19. John L

    John L Chief Bloviator

    As John Ringo has stated in some of his novels, it's like a bunch of guys standing around, banging their dicks on their desks to show who is the most Macho of them all. :D
  20. SoCal Sam

    SoCal Sam Lunatic Member

    Is the SA-1000 capable of generating MORE power into 4 ohm?

    The 300 wpc Marantz 2600 has an FTC rating of 400 watts into 4 ohm.

    The dual toroidal G-33000 has an awesome amp section so I'd imagine it has plenty of headroom.

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