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Old 01-03-2006, 06:13 PM
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Pioneer SX-450 info, please!

I bought a Pioneer SX-450 at a thrift store in Dallas. All channels seem to work well. Can anyone tell me about this receiver? I was also given a pair of 6ohm ADS L810s. Are these OK to use with it?

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Old 01-03-2006, 06:34 PM
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Welcome AMK10003, hope you are really planning on using these, as the ADS are a damned fine pair of speaks, the SX-450 is entry level, but a nice start to get your vintage engine going.I'm sure you'll want a little more power for them. I hope you're not a "hit and run". Come on in & enjoy.

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Manufacture Years: 1977 - 1979
Additional Information:
Power: 15
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MSRP: $200.00
USED: $24.00
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Mint: $14.00
Average: $8.00

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Manufacture Years: 1974 - 1978
Additional Information:
Retail
MSRP: $900.00
USED: $320.00
Wholesale
Mint: $190.00
Average: $110.00
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:52 PM
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The 450 will hook you and soon you will be looking for its bigger brothers to power them speaks. Welcome to AK.

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Old 01-03-2006, 10:09 PM
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The 450 will drive those ADS fairly well, just don't run it too hard as clipping an amplifier can ruin your tweeters. Keep it at a level where it sounds clean and all will be well...not going to be loud enough for hard rock with the ADS speakers, but acoustic music and piano trio-type jazz will be sweet as honey. I've had a 450 since new, it's a superb-sounding baby receiver and has more guts than you'd expect a 15wpc unit to have. Want to drop some jaws? Find a set of older Klipsch speakers and open her up. Then explain to your friends that you're running 15 watts a side....and blowing "500 watt" plastic home-theater systems into Best Buy's dumpster.

An SX-450 is an excellent choice for small bookshelf monitor speakers for PC desktop music, too.

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Old 01-03-2006, 11:02 PM
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Thanks for all the great responses!!!

(I have another question in the Turntables & Tape forum)
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Old 01-04-2006, 07:35 AM
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SX-450 Specifications here in post #36 http://audiokarma.org/forums/showthr...t=49615&page=3
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Old 01-04-2006, 08:11 AM
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good choice amk10003! This is an awesome receiver.You could easily compare it to one of those 500 watt per channel htib's,and blow it out of the water.15 watts goes a hell of a long way with this thing!
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Old 01-04-2006, 09:00 AM
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I had two of these 450's! One I paid $129 for in 1977, and the second was a curb find in like 1995 or so. The ADS 6 ohm speakers will work, but if they're power-hungry, they'll suck up the receiver's power like a black hole. I have KEF Coda 8's that are also inefficient 6 ohm speaks, and they just died whenever I turned up the volume. Very efficient speakers are needed with such low power levels, so the above suggestion to use something efficient like Klipsch's is something you really should pay attention to. Otherwise you WILL be disappointed.
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delete, didn't realize it was 2 years old, sorry
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Great receiver! You will be very happy with it. Sounds a lot better than the 15 watts per channel power rating.
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I just bought a Pioneer SX-450 ($3) with Panasonic SB-AK17 speakers ($4) at a yard sale for $7 for the set.

I suspect the SB-AK17 is not a great match for the SX-450, but they were available to test the 450. So far, my only source is the FM tuner in the 450. The system fills my two car garage with decent sound. The SX-450 needs some cleaning work with the switches and volume pots, but sounds good if I work the OFF/ON/A/B/A+B switch back and forth to get a good connection.

Now I'm looking for a manual for the SX-450.

Time to try deoxit cleaner or similar.

Now I'm looking to add a CD changer source.

PS: I got a 300 ohm diopole FM antenna and some A/V cables in the lot too.
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Just dug up this thread searching forum...found this receiver in classified ads today for $45...is it worth that much?

http://www.kansascity.com/classified-ads/ad/1330177

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Old 03-10-2011, 04:26 PM
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Just dug up this thread searching forum...found this receiver in classified ads today for $45...is it worth that much?

http://www.kansascity.com/classified-ads/ad/1330177

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I say no to $45 for the SX-450.
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Old 03-10-2011, 05:13 PM
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Just dug up this thread searching forum...found this receiver in classified ads today for $45...is it worth that much?

http://www.kansascity.com/classified-ads/ad/1330177

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There are 3 ways to look at it, assuming it is in nice condition:

1) They sell for ~$25-$40 on eBay, so with shipping you'd be well over the $45 if you bought one there. If you want one, you're better off buying the local one. You'll save money ,and you have the advantage that you can see and touch it before you buy. Even a $15 eBay "score" will end up costing you ~$50 to get to your door.

2)$45 is indeed on the high end for one, so if you're looking for a great deal, pass it up.

3) You can probably buy it for $45, and make a small profit parting it out on eBay. (please don't do this )
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:05 PM
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I'd say one in mint condition that's been serviced is WELL worth that price
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