Audiokarma Featured Sponsor

Go Back Home Audio Stereo Discussion Forums > Solid State

We appreciate your help

in keeping this site going.
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-08-2007, 10:58 PM
quaddriver quaddriver is offline
120 What's per channel
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: NW PA, in the woods. By a bear.
Posts: 1,107
Anyone ever hear of 'claricon'?

Father in law found out I am into fixin vintage stuff and wants me to move his collection he had from the 60's 70's, aside from a sx-780 and a teac r2r/amp combo, there is an odd garrard? turntable, some odd speakers and this 70wpc SS amp from 'claricon' (36-175)

I told him I will likely refresh (caps and small trannys) the teac and amp, clean up and tune the 780..its not the money, he wants it to go to a good home for someone who will use it like he did way back when...but the first step is to locate some info. each item he has, has the MINT condition manuals to boot! with schematics...

(this teac r2r/amp stereo center thingy is a LOT like the sony tc-230 that I have, both seem to be from the mid-lates 60's. about 5-10wpc, will run a phono, tuner and tape deck from the front panels - its even in some sort of a case - pretty cool. I wish I could start on it sooner, but I got a couple kenwoods and a nikko in the pipeline...)

Pioneer Silver-face Collector
Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 06:43 PM
DaWoofer's Avatar
DaWoofer DaWoofer is offline
AK Member
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Elkhart IN
Posts: 4,699
"Clarion" yes, "Claricon", no.
Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 07:45 PM
Donny's Avatar
Donny Donny is offline
Big Damn Hero
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Vidor TX
Posts: 1,364
I bought a claricon at a garage sale bout 4years ago. Seller said it was from 1967 some aztec speakers came with it. I had it before I started to criticly listen to a stereo so I can't comment on imaging etc but I was less then thrilled with the set up. I only used it with the aztec speakers so that could have been the problem.
Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 08:07 PM
mhardy6647's Avatar
mhardy6647 mhardy6647 is offline
AK Member
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: New England
Posts: 48,105
my first R2R (as a child!)... was a Claricon 3" portable. Talk about memories...
Japanese, is all I can tell you.

As noted above, there was (is?) also a Clarion company, better known for car stereo IMO.
"I see angels on Ariels, in leather and chrome
Swooping down from heaven to carry me home"
And he gave her one last kiss and died
And he gave her his Vincent -- to ride
- R. Thompson
Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 09:26 PM
pioneernut's Avatar
pioneernut pioneernut is offline
I need help
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Chicago burbs (Roselle, IL)
Posts: 876
I snagged an old FM Tube tuner from Claricon back in High School. It didn't leave much of an impression on me and sold it on ebay. Couldn't really find anything useful on the web about Claricon either. So I have my doubts that its very good, but I could be wrong.
- Mike
Pioneer Elite M-91 C-91 M-72 F-91 PD-65 CT-91a DV-09 SP-99D
Pioneer A-717 F-717 PD-7100 CT-S800 CT-S600 DSS-7 RT-701 PL-610 CT-F615 SX-1500TD SA-900 TX-900
Sony TC-640 Technics SL-D2 Teac A-4300SX
KLH Model 17 Polk S-6 AR-4x DBX-224
Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2007, 11:38 PM
slow_jazz's Avatar
slow_jazz slow_jazz is offline
AK Member
Join Date: May 2006
Location: SE Michigan, Downriver....
Posts: 12,893
i used to have a Clarion car stereo. Never heard of Claricon.
Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2007, 05:07 PM
calabashak's Avatar
calabashak calabashak is offline
Not a replica, no mask
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Ventura, CA
Posts: 544
There are some Claricon speakers that just went up on an auction site - some decent pics of the somewhat thrashed speakers - label says "Claricon Products Elizabeth NJ Japan"
Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2007, 07:05 PM
bully bully is offline
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Near Lafayette, Indiana
Posts: 12,769
No "Claricon" listed in my Orion.
pete the bully
Enjoy your vintage gear!
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2007, 09:06 AM
SDA SRS 1.2's Avatar
SDA SRS 1.2 SDA SRS 1.2 is offline
AK Member
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Beech Mountain, NC
Posts: 580
I have a Claricon 8 Track Deck in my closet. Had to go take a second look to make sure it was Claricon and not Clarion. All it says on the back is "Claricon Products Division of AMD Electronics, Inc., Elizabeth, NJ - Made In Japan".
Polk SDA SRS 1.2, Sunfire Signature 600~two, Carver C-16, Carver TX-11b, Marantz 6350Q TT, Teac V-707RX, Marantz 2325, Marantz 5220, Marantz HD-880, Kenwood KR-9600, Pioneer CS-99a, Sansui SP-X9000
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2007, 09:40 AM
Njord Noatun Njord Noatun is offline
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 3,935
Originally Posted by calabashak
There are some Claricon speakers that just went up on an auction site well as on my local CL: "Claricon Vintage Speakers - 8" woofer 2" tweeter"
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2007, 04:40 PM
CUlater's Avatar
CUlater CUlater is offline
Member #287, thereabouts
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Bel Air, MD
Posts: 2,177
I think Claricon made some products. Hope that helps.


There is tic and toc in atomic
The cosmic is largely comic
Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2007, 12:01 AM
amason3's Avatar
amason3 amason3 is offline
AK Member
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 551
Yeah, a friend of mine has an old Claricon receiver/turntable combo that actually sounds pretty good, and it's a pretty heavy unit.
McIntosh MA 6100 /MC 2200/MR 74 /MCD 7005
Technics SL-D205 w/Shure M97XE
2 Nakamichi MR-1's
McIntosh MQ-101 w/XR-6's
Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 01:20 AM
CucamongaDan's Avatar
CucamongaDan CucamongaDan is offline
AK Member
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 446
Hey I was going to start a new thread about my Claricon speakers. This thread was the first thing that came up on Google as I attempted to research that name.

I got this pair of Claricon 87-345 bookshelf speakers about a month ago at a thrift I don't usually stop at for $3.99. I just loved the look of them. Real wood veneer too. For that price I didn't care what they sounded like- I could always put something better in those cool looking cabinets if I wanted too.

Anyway I needed to give my Sansui preamp a deoxit treatment today so I thought it would be a good time to try out the Claricons. So I set up on a card table in the garage my mp3 player hooked to the Sansui hooked to my $15 Accurian amp hooked to the Claricons. They sounded rather pleasant actually. Nothing exceptional but definitely decent vintage mid-fi. A good overall tone balance, unexceptional as far as apparent efficiency, power handling, and frequency response (as subjectively judged by my none-too-critical ears).

The only issue is those plastic horns (which look like they're just stuck over a paper tweeter with a screen over it) are a little loose in the cabinets so there is some buzzing if you you give it much volume. I'll see if that can be cured with some window screen spline or rope putty or something.

Too bad there doesn't seem to be any way to access the drivers without damaging the cabinets. If someone really wanted to get inside these what would anyone recommend? The only thing I could think of to do would be cut out the back panel with a saber saw, then put on a new removable back panel.

Anyway I'm glad I found them I think they'll be part of a cool 70s system.
Any guesses on the vintage by the way?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg claricon1.jpg (116.3 KB, 117 views)
File Type: jpg claricon 2.jpg (67.0 KB, 56 views)
File Type: jpg claricon 3.jpg (27.2 KB, 68 views)
File Type: jpg Claricon 5.jpg (114.5 KB, 85 views)

Last edited by CucamongaDan; 04-28-2008 at 01:22 AM. Reason: typos
Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 05:32 AM
Garethster's Avatar
Garethster Garethster is offline
AK Member
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 11
...and as for other sound-alikes, let's not forget Clairtone
Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2008, 08:33 AM
CucamongaDan's Avatar
CucamongaDan CucamongaDan is offline
AK Member
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 446
...I've looked at some nice looking Sankyo tape decks before. Another legitimate manufacturer, of pretty good stuff; I guess they never got out of Sanyo's and Onkyo's shadows.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:27 PM.

Friends of Audiokarma
We appreciate your help in keeping this site going.
Sonic Craft
Parts Express
Meistertech Solutions
Capacitor World
Analog Engineering Associates
Vintage Home Audio
Okki Nokki
Hudson Valley Hi Fi
Wargos Electronics
Organ Donor Parts
Parts Connexion
Sound Stage Direct
Take Five Audio
Audience AV
Howard Products
Simply Speakers
The Tube Store
FM DX Antenna
Many Moons Audio
Audio Doctor
RSL Speakers
Yesterday's Audio
DeWick Repairs
BOI Audio Works
MCM Electronics
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
ęCopyright 2002-2015, All rights reserved.