70's Receiver and/or Integrated Amp recommendations


Hi folks,

Looking for recommendations for 70's Receivers and Integrated Amps that will mate well with my Vandersteen 2C's?  I recently sold my Roksan Kandy integrated and Arcam irDAC as I am getting more and more into listening to vinyl these days. I've been using my old Megatech TT-1100 turntable and it still sounds good after all these years. My 2-channel system is in a second bedroom I converted into a den or second tv room. My budget is $500-$600, but I'd like to use some of that (if possible) to upgrade my TT, but I can hold off on that if needed. I know there is tons of different vintage 70's gear out there and it all sounds different. My biggest requirement is finding the right one that mates well "has the chemistry" with the Vandy 2C's. 

Thanks, 
JSB
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All good recommendations above. The Onkyo A-10 integrated was one of the great components on the 70's. Excellent phono stage  (both MM and MC), very neutral sound character compared to most of that vintage, and a monster power supply that should drive your 2C's with ease.

Dave
Kenwood is another good vintage brand.  I sold tons of their receivers back in the 70's and owned quite a bit of them myself.
Any of so called big three, Kenwood, Sansui and Pioneer would fit the bill! If you want to up your budget you should look into McIntosh, that company is still in business and will support anything that they made no matter how old it is!
just got a Marantz 2285B and loving it.

yogi boy
FYI.....McIntosh does NOT support everything they've ever made. I got a "We no longer work on ...." response to an email I sent a month or two ago when asking if they'd service my 1700 receiver. In all fairness though, they did however furnish the name, etc. of a nearby company that would.
JSB,

I've enjoyed Yamaha separates like their C-2 pre-amp and B-2 power amp for decades. Never owned any of their receivers or integrateds but used to sell them. Yamaha components were conservatively rated and fairly warm sounding. Seem quite accurate to my ears, of course they do build some fine musical instruments as well which has to have some influence on their audio products. Never did care for their speakers though.
Scott is another brand to consider.
How about that "little giant killer" - the venerable NAD 3020! Years ago I used two of them for the upper range in an active biamp system (one 3020 per channel using just one side of the amp).
Hi folks...

Thanks for all the great suggestions. I've been scanning my local area and have found the following items within a 100 mile radius. Still browsing... 

Marantz 1060 
Marantz 2226B
NAD 7240PE
Kenwood KA-7100
Sansui 2000x
Kenwood KA-7150
Marantz 2275 (but he's asking $800) 
for 70s stuff i'm partial to pioneer (sa9100, sa9800) and kenwood (krxx00, kaxx00). if you dip into the early 80s, i think tandberg (2055, 2075) and luxman (rx series) were more refined and sounded a little better, with particulaqrly good tuners and phono stages. the mid-80s kyocera are also great a real bargain now.
My father used to have a Luxman R1050. It was beautifully made, and sounded the part.
offer $600 on Marantz 2275. That's what I would do.
$600. - $800. is a good price range for un-restored  Marantz 2275's. They can fetch up to $1200.00+ for a restored one.
I'm not sure why you're restricting yourself to the '70; but if you could extend to the '80s the Nakamichi TA and SR series Nelson Pass designs are unbeatable and have gorgeous phono sections. 

Ive got about 50-60 of these and have tried lots of others. Brands I would avoid are: Sony, Yamaha (Natural sound), Tandberg, Realistic...to my ears they are sub-par.

Many Kenwoods are also pretty lame....If you want one stick to the 9600 or the later "50" Series (7050/8050).  Dont bother with the "Nines" or "Elevens". They look stunning...I have several...but are Mediocre performance wise

Top 3 Marantz's are the 2330, 2285 (Not B) and 2325 although you wont find any in your price range. The 2270/2275 are OK but nothing to brag about at all. Avoid the lower end models.

Pioneer 9100 Integrated is very nice. Im sure the 9800 is at least as good BUT will run you more than 600 most likely.

Sansui in your price range I would strongly suggest the EIGHT DELUXE (Not the Eight). Other ones to consider are the 881, 5000x. Many other great ones but not in your price range.

Pioneer receivers: 1010, 939, SX-950, SX-1050 should fit the bill.

Technics - SA-700 or SA-800

Sherwood - 9910A

NIKKO NR1415

Luxman R1070 or R1120. These are great for detail/clarity...you will hear stuff with these that are missing on almost all of the above receivers BUT they are geared more to acoustic or softer music. If you play "congested" Hard Rock you will lose all the detail that separates them from the rest of the pack.

Hope you find this helpful

Also the SANYO JCK 2600/2900 Receivers are bargains as well and sound great.
$500-$600 for high end vintage is going to be rough.  I had a Pioneer SA9900 for 30 years.  Best integrated they ever made.  When I went to find another they were all $1000 +.  You'll need to find someone anxious to sell who needs money.  It took me a while(6 months) to find a Marantz 2252B.  But I got it for $98.  
The Sherwood S8900A was an excellent receiver.
Nikko intergrates  were very good .
The Kenwood kr 9600 is better than most modern  day integrated amplifier's like the lame rega osirs intergrated.
Still using my Kenwood KA-7100 that I bought new for $200. back in 1978 when I was in college. One channel finally let go, so I’m looking to upgrade to separates. It was trouble free for 40 years, mostly driving Energy 22 Reference Connoissuers.

Budget is a bit bigger now thankfully. I’m thinking Don Sachs and maybe Odyssey Stratos, But, I’m having lots of fun looking. Plan on keeping the Energys.

Good luck with your search and have fun!
Kenwood KR8010 165 WPC
I still have mine from back in 1978-79 it's packed away, but I get it out 1-2 times a year and play it through my AR 308HO speakers and it still sounds awesome.
sansui 7900 not as good as Marantz 2270. In my area asking price is $600 and dude willing to nego.


I love the retro styling of such units, but it pays to remain realistic. An excellent new 2x100 watt amplifier with integrated DAC like the Yamaha AS701 will only cost you $800. The similar 2x85 watt Yamaha AS 501 will even cost you only $550. Both measure and sound exceptionally well, and you make a fresh start, without any need to recap etc. And these modern Yamaha amps even have a somewhat retro look.
See here for tests of the earlier units without digital inputs:
http://www.avhub.com.au/product-reviews/hi-fi/yamaha-a-s500-amplifier-review-test-395710
http://www.avhub.com.au/product-reviews/hi-fi/yamaha-a-s700-integrated-amplifier-393552
If you are into a receiver, the 2x100 watt Yamaha RN803 with all kinds of modern facilties is only $750.
Is the Kenwood KR-5030 any good?  There’s one in excellent condition near me for sale for $100. 


willenj,
I was curious about the a Yamaha AS Series integrateds. Marantz’s PM Series is supposed to be nice too. 
These Yamaha integrateds are very good indeed, as those in depth reviews show, with for example a load independent frequency response that beats just about any amp on the market. Harbeth used an AS701 at the Bristol hifi show to demo their P3ESR, if only to make their point that you do not need an expensive amplifier for their speakers to sound their best.
I like those old Kenwood receivers. I have a KR3600 that I bought for very little years ago. It looks stunning, but there are the occasional noises from the volume control etc, but that may be because I no longer use it. Power output of that KR3600 is only 22 watt per channel, which is audibly anaemic.
The tuner part was always a big asset of these Kenwood receivers, but for me that no longer matters. I have come to the conclusion that on balance the higher bitrate internet radio stations sound at least as good as FM, even if the respective weaknesses of lossy internet radio and FM are not directly comparable. Internet radio will only get better, and you already have this enormous range of stations from all over the world.
A properly restored Pioneer SX-1250 is very hard to beat with the right speakers (can sound a little bright otherwise).  I have one that I rebuilt myself and it produces some of the cleanest most detailed sound I have heard (gives up nothing to my old Proceed Amp 3).  Have heard many Marantz but they are too woolly sounding for my taste.  Many feel the 1250 is the best of the vintage Pioneer receivers.  Will never part with mine.